Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Bottle conditioned: Seasonal.
"Winter Ale". Ridgeway produce two versions of Bad Elf "Winter Ale" - one at 4.5%, and the other at 6%. There is a separate listing for the 6%.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rauchbier (3871) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle, from Sainsburys Lincoln. Gold, thin shortlived white head and gentle condition. Vague sulphur and a touch of fruitiness initially in the nose before a hoppy note develops, quite dry in the mouth with a background vegetable note and a quite delicate tingle of hop bitterness which lingers into the finish unopposed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (1305) - SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2012
A slightly cloudy golden colour, this one is faintly floral in smell and taste with a bitter edge.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Martin243 (1120) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
500ml bottle from Sainsburys, Amber gold with a thin white head. Little aroma, and a strange medicinal/stale biscuit flavour. Didnt develop into anything. Tried hard to find a redeeming feature, but failed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3625) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours orange with a thin head. Aroma is citrus and orange squash. Taste is bready to start with a citrus finish with some orange on the aftertaste. Not very Christmasy though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18052) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
500ml bottle from Sainsburys Ashford. Bizarrely Ive never had this. At the East London Camra winter beer festival they have a multitulled of these badly punned beers. Oh, Pigs Ear BF, thats it. Sliightly hazy orange gold colour with thin lasting off white head. Slight rubber from a not quite right beer. Its just not very interesting. Very thin on flavour. Bit dull and rubbery. Some orange fruit. But the rubber wins through. Eeeeek.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Aroma has grass, citrus, pine, bit caramel. Quite good. Taste is fresh, crisp, long and dry, medium body. This one has a bite to such extent that I did not find it to have much Christmas spirit. Ok beer anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2012
Large frothy head misty amber pourt medium strong carbonation aromas doughy fruity flavours citrus bitter some lemon and grapefruit good bitter yeast is doughy some toffee the finish main aftertastes toffee doughy taste citrus lasting bitter average ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 1) Bottle round Mum and Dads after Xmas dinner, 01/01/12. Dusted brass, low white head. Decently juicy orange and polished pine needle aroma. Crystallised lemon, light flowery hop, trace of nuttiness/hazelnut sprinkled Connetto. Unwintery but decent for Ridgeway. 2) Bottle in Spainsburys beer-off. Oh fuck had it before. Slightly clouded bronze with a scummy froth dissipating to nothing. Aroma of sulphur, matchbox, orange and apple peel. Initially some decent, discreetly US hop with blackcurrant and orange jelly notes; slight earthiness and husk, peanut. Scored it about right last time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle as Bad Elf Winter Ale from S H Jones & Co, Bicester as part of Ridgeway Christmas gift pack of 4 Elf beers. Pours a golden yellow with high white head. Dry grassy hop aroma with a hint of barnyard and white metal. Light, dry and bitter on the palate, little carbonation. Dry grassy slightly floral taste. Very high very bitter lemon hit then a very metallic but strangely delicious aftertaste. An interesting Golden Winter Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
Arlofelt (3) - DENMARK - DEC 21, 2011 does not count
This is a very Nice beer. Goes to all food and any time you like. Is not so easy to find in Denmark.

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