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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Is it just my imagination," queried old Santa, surveying the scene, "or is my Elf only getting worse and worse every year? What’s next? Seriously Bad Elf, I’ll wager. Mark my words."

This Very Bad Elf is one fine ale - rich, hardy, and flavorful, brewed to an original 1795 Thames Valley recipe, with a very special pale amber malt that is rarely used nowadays, and balanced by a modest addition of English Fuggle aroma hops. ’Ere’s to your elf!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a sweet and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1593) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2013
Draught, quick rating. Dull pale golden, no head. Bready malt, fruity, toffee, light spices.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2013
translucent gold with a thin but persistent white head. medium bodied with a touch of creaminess, and medium high carbonation.

aroma: dank woodsy hops, grassy bready malt.

taste: grassy and herbal hop bitterness like brussels sprouts, with a mostly stale and musty malt background, but with a subtle and short-lived helles-like biscuity malt sweetness popping up in the finish.

improves a lot as it warms up, as more of the malt character comes through, but maintains a nice blend of intense yet sessional throughout.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2685) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: golden orange, medium white head. Aroma: wet cardboard, grass, spice, pepper, grain and malt. Flavour: boozy, caramel, lots of wet cardboard, tangy bitterness. Caramel again, long grassy wet cardboard. Wow. Yuck.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (6232) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20081216.
Pours dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of strong caramel, some toffee, malts and hints of fruits. Flavor of dark malts, caramel and ripe fruits, some sugary alcohol too.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBaboon (1564) - FINLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Pours clear golden with white head. Aroma of grains, malt and caramel. Aroma is spicy, malty and hoppy.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Toasty, cerealy nose. Pours medium gold with a thin white head. Flavour is rich and has a good malty sweetness but the alcohol makes it a bit cloying and syrupy. A fair ale but slightly old-fashioned and in need of freshening up.

4.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pasijussi (8) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
500ml bottle from BevMo. Poured into an imperial pint glass that accommodates the entire bottle. Strong lacing. No aroma to speak of. Alcohol notes hit the taste buds right from the start but served cold it is a quafflable alternative to a stout. A great winter ale that does not feel like a meal. This is my favourite Ridgeway. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozarkspops (363) - - DEC 29, 2012
Crystal clear golden pour. Medium light white head. Fuggle hop aroma. Flavor is very strong. Boozy. Malty with a slight balance with the hops. ---Rated via iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (1010) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt and Halloween candy. Clear copper with white head, lacing. I taste roasted malt, vanilla, sugar, pepper, banana and alcohol in back. Hops in aftertaste. A nice winter warmer.


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