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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 347   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!


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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3856) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Very clear amber appearance. Full bodied with an unusual very distinctive spicy flavor’s fruitiness as well.It lacks the overpowering alcohol presence that beers of this strength usually have and is all the better for this. Excellent and highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cavie (3748) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Slightly smoother than the Bad Elf, which surprised me, as I thought it would be harsher.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Draft glass at The Map Room in Chicago. Very clear bronze with a bit of head...deep malty/woody nose with perhaps a hint of banana...hugely malty, caramel-sweet with a touch of mint...light fruit-juicy mouthfeel, intense flavors, hints of vanilla and pineapple late; rather like a doppelbock with less heft. Looks like I’m the odd one out here, but it also seems that the better ratings are from draft samples. More for me!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Slightly darker (than bad elf) medium gold color, with a medium creamy head. Smells like a hefe. Smooth and citrusy. Orange blossom honey aroma. Warm and spicy, without the harsh bite of Bad Elf. Warm without being sticky.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Draft at the Old Bay (last pint in the keg; barback hooked it up wrong and most of the brew ran all over the beer cellar). Clear, deep golden ale, amazingly full flavored: big caramel taste, great hop bite, dry finish. A delight

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours light golden with an off-white head that laces well. Nose is floral/grapefruit hops. The flavor is revelatory-spicy Fuggles that must have been very fresh meld with a honeyed, biscuity malt and segue into a bittersweet hops finish that is outstanding. Yum yum.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McDreamy (24) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2007
Beautiful warm amber color. Proud and lasting head. Fruity, hoppy, some nuts and alcohol aroma. Flavor intriguingly complex with strong bitter aftertaste -- and of course some alcohol. Very Bad is very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
23rd April 2008 Crisp. Rich malt with a brandy note. A hint of hops in the dry brandyish finish. Moorish!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Neutral amber color and very clear. Modest head to start, but lasts and leaves nice Belgian lace on the glass. Caramel aroma with nice hop notes in the background. More malty. Very British smell. Smooth, round mouthfeel. Caramel flavor with a pleasant hop finish. This is a malty beer but the hop finishes the beer for some balance. If I were blindfolded, I’d guess that this is a American Amber.


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