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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillRoth
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather light and unremarkable for a winter brew

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color - it's more golden than I expected. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I really like the softness of the texture, as well as the retention. Webs of lacing are left on the glass, too. (3.75)

Smell: The aroma is closer to a standard IPA than a winter warmer - that's not exactly a bad thing, though! I'm picking up some nice grapefruit tones, along with a bit of orange flesh. Not much pine or other hop notes one might expect from a wassail, but a pleasant amount of crackery malt do come through. Having said that, it seems a bit bland. (3)

Taste: It starts with some citrus flavor. The midtaste of confectionery sugar evokes winter nicely. A piny, earthen finish helps cleans this one up. No spice character to be found...none at all. But you know what? I get what Elysian was trying to make. Its sweet character and sprucey finish does make it a nice winter ale. Yet that's the thing - it isn't great or special, it's just 'nice'. Ah well. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly hefty on the palate at first, but the finish dries things up well. Despite this, the finish is very long and a little astringent. I don't really notice much carbonation, either. (3.5)

Overall: Seems rather bland to me. Maybe I didn't drink it fresh enough, but it's too late for that now (and I knew that when I bought the single). I respect that Elysian managed to craft a beer that invoked winter without relying on the crutch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give it complexity. Still, it just isn't wowing me in any manner. Worth a try, but not a must have. (3.25)

3.25/5: If nothing else, a nice winter warmer for spice haters

Photo of CptBlackBeerd
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Valentno7
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hammerhead18
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasant taste. Could use more hops.

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of knicks19947
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJB145
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma malt, caramel, faint spice, orange, & hops. Taste zesty bitter hops, citrus, light caramel & malt, peppery spice. More an IPA than Winter ale!

Photo of mjhall1989
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bnemeth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GFM
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass. Golden orange color, slightly hazy, very little head and only minor lacing; slight carbonation; earthy/pine scent; a sweet undertone to the flavor-- caramel-like in its finish. Overall: An interesting take on a winter/Christmas ale insofar as it doesn't appear to have any distinct spice flavor and is not particularly memorable. I'd try it again on tap but not likely to buy another sixer. (8.0)

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale goldish amber colored ale with some chill haze. Small white colored head that doesn't last.

Smells malty with some cinnamon and orange but not much.

Starts out malty and mildly bitter. Some strong tea flavor. Vague orange and spice flavors.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, why did I buy this again? It is just an average ale.

Photo of Louski
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - 'Bifrost' sounds like something out of a 1970s-era Rush song.

This beer pours a hazy, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a band of misshapen webbed lace around the glass as it evenly slips away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, muddled tropical fruit, sugary citrus, and herbal, piney, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is a bit surprising in its lead-in of rather sweet candied pineapple, pear, and apple, followed by some grainy caramel malt, a hint of earthy yeast - in the manner of rising bread - floral, piney hops, and a flinty growing alcohol measure.

The bubbles are generally supportive in their plain, workaday frothiness, the body a stocky medium weight, and more or less smooth, the fruitiness of the hops outrunning the bitterness by a country mile. It finishes on the sweet side of things, the sugary tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) carrying on and on, while the malt and other typical IPA-esque hop esters resign themselves to the back burner.

An interesting take on the winter warmer style, forgoing any seasonal spice additions (it would appear to this scribe) in lieu of some south seas fruitiness, which works well enough, I suppose. More of a sweetness-forward IPA overall, though, which isn't too surprising for this brewery, and where they come from - snow, whazzat?

Photo of Inglum515
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ludwigkpa
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirty_Island
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidloRapid
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.