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BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 464
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: clear gold with no head
S: not much...some hops and malt, just basic raw ingredients
T: very malty, but citrus at first then all malt finish.
F: thin, no carbonation
O: drain pour

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of auburn caramel, thin beige head 1/5". Aroma of warming alcohol, bitter c hops, and malty caramel.

Taste, immediately one of the hoppier beers in the winter warmer genre. Hits those holiday spice rack notes with nutmeg and cinnamon. Balanced between smooth and a relatively dry finish for a warmer.

Better in a 12oz than bomber format, but at least they're relatively affordable even by those standards.

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Photo of Kuzi_86
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle (Case of 6)
Outdated Label on current Beer page.

At first pour, A nice solid Orange / Carmel Color with faint visability in glass. Although other viewers stated they had lasting 2 finger head. I received about 1 finger head with decent carbonation. Borderline Lager/Champaigne look.
Upon first smell, a faint hint of citrus with a strong Malt/Alcohol Scent. Which is understandable for a 8.3 Alcohol Volume Ale.
Now the Taste. A consistent Rich citrus Malt blend, with a hint of hoppiness. A strong kick of that 8.3 alcohol as well. As for the after taste, those flavors of citrus will kick in, along with a faint zesty pepper note to top it off.
All in all a nice beer. Definitely not packed full of flavors, but if your looking for a strong consistent Citrus Malt Ale. With a zesty after kick. This beer is the way to go.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer hits the glass in a very dark orange/amber to rust in color. A sizeable and frothy head forms and retains like a champ, hanging around long enough to lace throughout the entire drink. Wafting out of the glass is an aroma straight out of a midwinter's night. Mild to strong hops bitterness hits the nose right up front in a burst of floral and light pine notes. Quickly, the hops are replaced with a touch of brown sugar sweetness before those are also washed away and the nose turns toward some dark and bitter malts.

Taking a drink, the flavor of the beer follows the scent almost to the letter. The hops are somewhat more subdued than on the nose, but the medium pine bitterness is still there. Next comes the brown sugar sweetness, which is stronger than it was in the scent and drowns out the hops bitterness. The last flavor to hit the tongue, as well as the one to linger, is what I would call a "light barleywine" flavor. Big malts, light alcohol, and just a slight return of the hops ends the drink and sticks around a little while after the drink. As far as mouthfeel goes, there is a slight bit of noticeable alcohol in the flavor and weight, but other than that, this is a fairly drinkable beer. None of the flavors are too heavy to slow this drink down, and I think the best description is again "light barleywine."

Overall, this is an interesting and somewhat unique brew. The hops and malts balance out well and combine to form a winter ale that is different from a heavy stout or wet-hopped IPA. A good change of pace winter beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight yeast, hint of resin, slight pine, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer, but perhaps more aptly fits within a Pale Ale style. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight resin, slight hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, not particularly winter-y nor is it particularly a pale ale, tastes reminiscent of an altbier.

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed by my girlfriend Sierra. Word for word.

Look: Looks like a murky lake with apples fermenting in the bottom. Really like apple cider with a foamy top.

Smell: Light. Refreshing. Like I'm walking through an orchard on the first day of spring.

Taste: Not as good Uuggghhh. As it smells. Makes my body tense up. After taste is more pleasant.

Feel: Defiantly would say it's light. When I put it in my mouth it foams up. Like I have rabies.

Overall: Words are hers. The numbers are mine :)

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely clear golden color with a two finger white head. Very stable foam. The aroma is a bit hoppy...earthy, slightly piney hops. The taste is bitter, full, sweet, and warming. Plenty of body and very drinkable. Nice on a very cold winter night.

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Photo of lastmango
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a honey orange color with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing. Nose is a bit grassy from the hops. Taste is sweet malt upfront followed by a pronounced gassiness and hop bitterness. Mouth feel was a bit oily with moderate body and carbonation. This was not what I expected from a winter ale. BA has this a winter warmer and I think this needs to be changed.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to be incorrectly categorized. Didn't seem like a true winter warmer so I went to the Elysian web site. and they called it a "winter pale ale"

22 oz bottle. No bottling date info

Pours a clear pale golden body with a white head. Some retention & lacing

Smell is not very pronounced, but what I am getting is hop forward. More grassy then citrus or pine . Some malt

Taste is hop forward. Crisp with a bitterness that hides the booze a little.

The feel was the only thing about this beer that reminded me of a winter warmer. . Smooth and velvety

Overall: Reminds me of an imperial IPA . Nice but if you are looking for a winter warmer... Keep looking !

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, candied citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of wumpshire
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a great winter warmer. Tastes like apricots, brandy, yet not boozy. A session barley wine (oxymoron)? I finally found a strong beer my wife likes!

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a peach tinted yellow into my pint glass. minimal head and lacing throughout the session.

Grassy hops on the nose, hint of malts.

More grassy hops on the palate. Subtle spices. Reminiscent of Alaskan Winter ale. Spruce tips? Slight hit of blueberry as well.

Beer is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Lingers but not too long.

Overall this was a well balanced beer. Sometimes the spice notes can get away from you on a winter warmer, but this one was well done. This wouldn't become a staple, but something I would definitely have once or twice a winter season.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a viscous ruddy yellow color with a half finger of foam. Carbonation level is low. Aroma is malty/sweet, with some toffee notes.

Flavor is rather citrusy and bitter. Bitter lemon pith and strong lingering boozy finish. Big body and sweetness as well. This is the second bottle I've had. The first one I tried after drinking an IPA first and I enjoyed it more. This time, on a clean palate, the beer comes across more bitter and boozy.

This is a decent beer. Nothing too flashy, but a nice winter sipper.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle. No freshness date. Poured into tulip. My first beer in this style.
A: Golden, clear, with very thin head.
S: The first impression reminded me Scottish styles. Malty, slight caramel, little citrus. The hops character get pronounced after warming up.
T: Grainy sweet. Medium bitter. Slightly citrus. Dry finish.
M: Medium to full bodied. High carbonation.
O: Decent but not my favorite style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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!

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Photo of GFM
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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)

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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?

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beer pours a cloudy light orange color (like a new penny). The head was thin and bright white. Don't blink because it was gone in a flash.

The smell is an earthy hops wrapped in pineapple. A bit odd.

The initial taste is almost non-existent. Very flat taste. In the middle there is a hint of citrus. The finish is hoppy. Not strong like an IPA, but similar taste to an IPA with a floral finish.

The mouth feel is crisp. There is a high level of carbonation.

Overall, this beer does not live up to the description on the bottle. The citrus and the hops are both muted, and there is nothing else evident.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/16...pours dark copper orange with some white foam. Light pine nose. Strong hoppy bitter wrapped in citrus with a pine earthy taste. Rich robust mouthfeel. Oily. Heavy. Harsh on the palate. Difficult.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice label art, depicting a frosty, snowy night featuring a pair of frost and snow covered pines, an eclipsed moon, stars, and the Milky Way. A google search reveals the definition of bifrost- a mythical norse "bridge to heaven" that some think corresponds to the Milky Way. The label describes the beer as "a bold pale ale".

A moderate pour from a longneck into a shaker produces a subdued head of about 3/4 inch. This reduces quickly but does leave sticky chunks of bubbly lace. The beer is a hazy pale amber color with medium carbonation.

Citrusy hops are evident in the aroma along with a hint of pure booze and just a touch of something else- perhaps DMS. The flavor is marked by a fairly solid background of bready malts, with citrus tang, a bit of melon, and a slight butter flavor. Underlying everything are some earthy and spicy hop notes. The alcohol adds just a touch of a spicy bite, but is otherwise well-masked. The mouthfeel is creamy, and supports a lingering tang in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light.

This is an unusual winter warmer, and is pretty much a double pale ale. As such, it's a nice change-up from the heavier examples out there. A pretty good deal at 8 something for a sixer.

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Photo of Thatoneguyssidekick
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours light amber, good head but dissipates quickly.

Starts with a traditional winter beer taste but is replaced quickly with a fruity (almost pear) taste that lingers. You almost need to take another sip to stop this tart aftertaste.

I was excited to try it on tap since I thouroughly enjoy every Elysian beer I have come across(minus pumpkin ...so far)

Nothing like any winter beer I've had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a really different beer. malty and nutty and sweet like other winter warmers, but it has a funny fruity tang to it that makes for a strange flavor profile as well as an electric mouthfeel thats not as mellow as i usually look for in the style. i like that its driven mostly by grain instead of spice, rich and toffee-like in smell and taste, with some darker malts in there too. the body is only medium though, and with the high carbonation and the fruity zizzle, it feels a lot lighter than i like this time of year. it might be a good one to have a few of, but the abv is still appropriately high for the style. its a hard one to reckon, given the polarity of its attributes, but i like it for what it is. elysian doesnt always hit home runs, but they absolutely never make boring beer.

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Photo of cdf1991
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Tastes way too sweet. Hardly bitter at all. I had to pour it down the sink as I couldn't bare to finish it (and that hardly ever happens). I really regret wasting 10 bucks on that 6 pack. This is the first time I have disliked an Elysian beer

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