Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
"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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MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
a light off brown color w/ a tiny white head and some light viz carb. smell is some light grains touches of sweet carmel and maybe a bit of apple. Palate is highly carbonated fairly decent body. Flavor is very sweet kinda bland some carmel and some odd grains. Not very good.

footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Clear brew kind of amber dark gold. Nose is nothing,a little caramel and a touch of fruit could even be some spice. This is just a pretty lousy brew.

matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Joey is right… The Ridgeway Bad Elf Winters Ale… Bad Elf had some major issues!
The yeast went into secondary and WAY over carbonated the beer, also leaving a sour apple infection of sort, and once that cap came off… beer literally exploded out of the bottle… exploded like I had to take a shower and change clothing, right after I poured the beer down the drain and moped my floor walls and ceiling!

Ok, on the VERY Bad Elf!
pours a nice copper body and a tall ivory head. The aroma and flavor are filled with what seem to be cheap grains, overly sweet with caramel and a butterscotch. The hops were so grassy and mild that there was nothing to keep the barley in check…. The palate was a bit thin… everything basically fell apart in the glass.
But that’s all OK by me, it was all acceptable because it’s just arrogant like that...and... well…. Go da Hell!

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Courtesy of Matta. <P> I had to kill the regular Bad Elf Matt gave me after it attacked and tried to drown me in foam. That beer was scary it literally reached out of the bottle for me. <P> This beer has a mildly fruity malt tinged aroma. Tea colored with a safe pinky thin, mostly fading, white head. Flavor is honey laden with a watery fore and finishing notes of bitter hops and stale fruit and bread. Manages to be both bland and offensive. That is not easy.

PhillyBeer2112 (2862) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2006
A big step down from the regular bad elf, IMO. Lacking a blast of hops, this beer features a toasted malt character, with rounded sweetness that is a little cloying. Hops manifest in a somewhat dirty fashion, being somewhat earthy and showing dirty ashtray. Reminds me in some ways of Fat Tire, but with a bigger malt presence. The finish equally unpleasant, with a stinging palate featuring burnt dry toast and cigarette ash.

IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Poured an effervescent amber with a small fizzy off-white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, bubble gum, grapes, a bit of alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet bubble gum, cinnamon, cough medicine, alcohol and a touch of bitter grass hops. Thin fizzy body. Bit of toffee and bananas in the finish. Sort of feels like the alcohol was squeezed into this one, as it doesn’t seem like the flavor profile could hold up to it.

DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2006
50 cL bottle. Amber color with small head, very clear. Caramel aroma. The flavor is malty, a touch of molasses, and a good amount of earthy hop bitterness. The alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming.

Suttree (6415) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pours a rusty chestnut. Wow, that’s an odd sentance. Smells like orange jice and cinnamon, plus wheat bread. Sweet bread flavor, plus a woodsy. peppery note. Some cereal notes, too, and maybe some hints of walnuts, too. Not as bad as I had feared, in fact I kind of liked it.

FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours with a frothy, pale tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear amber colored brew. The aroma is lightly sweet with an herbal, fruity aroma that is typically English. It reminds me of black currants, and a stale woody herbal character.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light (almost watery) on the palate. The beer has a week finish that is a bit astringent, and perhaps even a bit vegetal. There is a definite fruitiness here that reminds me of currants, berries and a bit of raisins. I really can’t get over the finish of this beer though, it is just bad, and downright un-enjoyable. I am definitely disappointed by this beer.

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eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bronze with rocky head, aroma of brown sugar on sweet potatoes, flavor earthy mushroom and cooked okra doused in maple syrup. I can’t decide if that is very interesting or "very bad." The vegetal flavor is a little overwhelming. With a long sweet finish. Nicely warming but the flavor seems way too forward to be from Britain.

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