REVIEW: Wicked Elf Pale Ale

Hello!

So, as of today, I’m starting my New Format for how things will be posted on here. It looks something like this:

Tuesday: Beer culture/blog post/[something]
I’ll be posting something about an aspect of beer culture, production, or history. Generally speaking, something that I’m into with regards to this great drink we all share a love for (hopefully!)

Friday: Beer review

So, without further ado, let’s get going with the pretentiousness and fussing.


Wicked Elf Pale Ale // The Little Brewing Company

Wicked Elf Pale Ale (limited editon 330mL bottle)

5.4% ABV
Malted barley
(probably 2-row? Possibly a bit of CaraMalt) and Cascade hops.

Standard Reference Method scale for beer colour

Colour: ~15 SRM, burnt umber. A little darker than most are used to with their Pale ales, expecting them to be as straw-like as Squire’s 150 Lashes is.

Nose: Thankfully, it actually has some semblance of complexity to it, much unlike ‘Lashes. Maaalt, citrus by the boatload, some sort of hop aroma?, anonymous spice

Initial impressions: Pretty crisp, with some hop bitterness. Overall, nothing that’s going to win awards, but it’s pretty nice.

Thoughts: A whole load of malt, with a little sweetness in the backbone. I’m usually one for bitterer pales, often going for IPAs or higher IBU pales, but this is nice. Inoffensive, to put it diplomatically. Very veeeeery light hop bitterness on the aftertaste, and not much else. I suppose you could call it crisp.

Not really much else to say about this one! I’ve had it a few times, and have pretty consistently been happy with the purchase. I do love the label; the skydiving elf with shades and what look like American 20 dollar bills falling around him? Inspired. At any rate, if you’re trying to branch out from your James Squire’s and his ilk, and don’t know where to go in Craft? Try a Wicked Elf Pale. You’ll not be disappointed.

3/5

Have you had this beer before? What’d you think? Let me know in the comments.