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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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!

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dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 1, 2006
An odd aroma, looks like apple cider. Taste is fairly good. Some light apple notes and a lot of mouthfeel and I mean a lot. My least favorite of the holiday 4-pack.

2.6
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2006
This one leaves me a little wanting...not nearly as good as the criminaly bad elf.Light amber/brown color,small off white head that had a decent hang time then faded to leave little behind.The aroma was mild with some malt some hints of caramel and a slight hint of spice possibly.The flavor was weak all around with some maltiness some slight hints at fruit and a bit of spice coming through as it wamrs a bit.Just does not do it for me at all.I guess it’s worth a try atleast the one time but i think there is better out there from these guys.

2.6
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 17, 2006
Nothing great here. Typical English ale, ramped up slightly. Nothing to write home about.

2.9
Tranquillity (2333) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottled in a.. nice bottle. Love rosé-red brown colour. Very perfumy nose. A bit too sweet and perfumy in the taste as well. A bit nutty in taste, almost discustingly sweet finish.

3.2
TBone (17533) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
Bottled. Copper brown, bronze color, small creamy white head. Aroma of leather, just like in "Lump of Coal" - propably hops that is. Also a bit grassy, alcoholic. Full bodied, grassy hoppy, pale malts as description says, bitterness with some alcohol. Long bitter aftertaste. Toffeish palate. Like the mix of strong bitter and Scotch ale.

3.6
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
Bottled. Orangeish golden colour, small beige head, lacing. Aroma is hops, caramel and earth. Flavour is spices, caramel, toffee, fruity hops and even a bit candy sugarish. Hides it’s alcohol well. Smooth and easy to drink. Also a lot of banana.

3.5
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
(Bottled) Clear copper color with a small, bubbly head. Intense, toffee-malty, strong, honey-sweetish, slightly grainy-alcoholic aroma. Much like a strong Scotch Ale. Aromatic-hoppy, sweetish, toffeeish, grainy-malty flavor. Quite full-bodied, smooth, slicky-syrupy, somewhat warming-alcoholic palate with low carbonation. Yes, it’s sweetish and straightforward - but also smooth, warming and quite enjoyable. Way better than the Warm Welcome (with about the same score here). I like the smooth Scotch Ale feel.

2.8
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours wtih an amber body topped by a thin head with a little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and toffeeish with a slight bitterness with grassy notes. Medium bodied and smooth. Rather boring.

3.7
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
From a 500ml. narrow neck brown bottle with a blurb on the left back side of label, no bottled/freshness date. Made a decent appearance, poured a clear reddish copper with a soapy, foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a lemon tropical fruity nose with a little earthiness and caramelized maltiness at the edges. A crisp, buttery smooth mouth feel, good drinkability. Caramelized malty and lemony tropical fruity hop taste with a little leafy earthy bitterness as well, a nice smooth butteriness towards the end and a dryish hop bitter and caramel malty finish, a mild earthiness lingering the palate. A good English Pale Ale from Ridgeway, tasty and balanced, a nice change of pace.

3
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2006
Same beer as bad elf and IPA but even stronger. Heavy taste of alcohol and hops.


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