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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned; Seasonal - Winter. Has also been seen on cask occasionally.
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 4.5% version.
Olde England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale, brewed by Peter Scholey. Master brewer for the late and much-lamented Brakspear Brewery of Henley-on-Thames, England, Peter started his own brewing operations in 2003. Bad Elf is a hop-lover’s dream, balancing a generous amount of famous English malt with an astounding 45 ounces of fresh hops – including American Cascade – per barrel.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: gold-tinged straw under a surprisingly vibrant bread white head. Head fades rocky and patchy, leaving clumps of lace in its wake.
Nose: herbal and grassy with freshly baled hay and piles of mown grass drying in the sun. Lemon skin essence. Table crackers and bread crust. Key lime. Hop pellets and generic dried green herbs.
Palate: Italian bread, table crackers, and French rolls in the back. Grass, key lime, and herbs linger in my breath. Lemon and key lime zest along the edges. Medium weight. Sweet rolls in the middle.
Final Thoughts: not bad but not great – overall very forgetful. Worth trying once and that is about it.


3.8
superspak (5517) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2017
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/17/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, orange, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Bit of diacetyl in the aromas, but not overpowering. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, plum, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a bit of warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English strong ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Very well balanced and a great style example. A very enjoyable offering.

3.2
dmctaster (89) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 Copper with a white head. Aroma is citrus hops, bready malts. Taste is citrus hops and malts like a bitter. More of a IPA than a winter ale.

2.4
snoworsummer (5628) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2017
From a bottle. Pours clear copper brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like doughy malt, corn, dried fruits, and booze. Smells like doughy malt, corn, dried fruits, and light booze.

2.7
sonnycheeba (5973) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear copper. Aroma and flavor are bready and caramel malts, fruit cake, faint booze, faint floral notes, and a slightly watery finish. Medium body.

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Faathoven (104) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - DEC 29, 2016
Pours golden colour with two fingers white head. Aroma of malts, bread, honey, grass, hay. hops. The flavour is full of bready malts and honey with a hoppy finish. Medium body and carbonation. Quite drinkable. Pretty decent beer but not for the winter whatsoever.

3.6
nybol (1765) - DENMARK - DEC 24, 2016
En fyldig mřrk juleřl, med smag af ristede malt. Fin smag fra den řl. god til julen.

3.2
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle from World Market, Friendship Heights. Dark amber body with medium head. Nose is caramel, malts, honey, barley, spices. Taste is similar of malts, caramel, spices and then gets hoppier, and crisper. Bitter in the finish. Pretty good.

3.2
katrinaez (1931) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Not bad. Not a wintry ale as such, but has a nice sweet aroma and taste to it. Lightly spiced, and some hops. Scent is fruit cake, apricot and candied plum. Dark yellow color.bottle

3.1
dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Clear copper with sudsy white head. Earthy yet light hop character and light bodied but with a slightly unpleasant alcohol character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
donandres (527) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - JAN 10, 2016
From 50 cL bottle to wine glass Appearance: Copper pinkish color close to rose, minimal head, some lacing Aroma: not a lot Taste: Taste no really good Mouthfeel: fizzy Overall: No a really good beer, sour aftertaste, reminds me of Heineken. Not dark, which is usually expected of winter ales


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