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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange amber with medium tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. fragrant Orange and lemon aroma. Satsuma and candy sweetness with a balanced bittering and a sweet orange and light bitter linger. Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A surprising and clear dichotomy of sweetness upfront and bitter linger. Flavors are clear and bright, not what I expect in a winter ale as it has an almost springtime feel to it but it's just malty enough to keep you from shivering in the cold. It's also not what I would like in a winter warmer but this is just fantastic, simple yet well done.

Bfarr, Dec 29, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a dull burnt orange color with a large well formed sticky egg shell colored head that took its time settling into creamy froth.Aromas are on the lighter side mainly earthy hops along with some overripe citrus,the palate is quite dry with earthy hop being the main component,faint citrus fruit and a crisp malt base are the other maint points.A decent brew but it might be a little to dry and earthy for my tastes.

oberon, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one pours a beautiful, cloudy orange with lots of sediment and a big, lacing, white head.

Smell – Strong citrus hops carry the nose of this NW ale. There’s a wonderful malt balance here but this one is all about the citrus and pine hops.

Taste – Big, hoppy flavors overcome the smallish malt balance. There aren’t any sweets to speak of; just big citrus hops with some pine to boot.

Mouthfeel – Medium-to-full in the body and some good carbonation gives this one a terrific mouthfeel.

Drinkability – If you’re not dead, this one is a great buy. It is big and hoppy and doesn’t disappoint. The finish to this one is awesome, making it a great nightcap.

Update – The ’04 vintage is just as fantastic as the ’03. I got some tremendous lacing on this one and raised the Appearance 0.5.

Update – The ’05 vintage is more of the same. This edition by Elysian is wonderfully consistent and one o f the best wintertime beer available in the PacNW.

RoyalT, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden amber with a light golden colored foamy head. Looks great in my tulip.
Smooth taste. Milky feel up front. Easy drinker. A great beer for sitting by the fire and just relaxing.
This is a very good to style beer that won't disappoint.

NWer, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +7.8%

nstroup, May 10, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours lighter amber, with an orange glow, off white tiny bubble head, long lasting, frothy and then leaving real nice fine lace and plenty of fine sheeting. Muted bready nose. This one looks and drinks more like an American Pale then a WW. Creamy and pleasing on the tongue. Hops come through loud and clear. Grainy and citric and then smooth and mellow in the finish. Real nice moderately hoppy sessioner. A pleasant seasonal new comer to the Elysian line. Well worth a try

Billolick, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of warriorsoul
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to skyhand for this special treat...
Honey amber in color...a hefty dose of white head and attractive lacing as it recedes.
Subdued in the aroma, some sweet caramel malt and a hint of citrus.
Taste is one of the best I've ever savored...sickly balanced with sweet malt and a hoppiness that you would typically find in most IPA's. As true to the style, the bitterness takes a back seat to the malty sweetness...citrus (mainly oranges), honey, and subtle spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel was full bodied...thick without getting syrupy.
Carbonation was just right and the drinkability was thru the roof.
Easily, one of the most impressive limited offerings I've had recently...certainly not your "typical" winter warmer, but was perfect for me.

warriorsoul, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is biscuit malt, dark fruit and some graham cracker malt. The flavor is a lot heavier on the hops than I expected. I get a lot of grass and orange hop notes with some biscuit and toffee malt mixed in. I also get a little bit of spiciness, possibly cinnamon and anise, but it is very faint and may be from the malt, not the actual spices. I also get some herbal notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this should be classified as a winter warmer since it really has nothing in common with the style. American Strong Ale seems like a better fit.

Mora2000, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. No freshness dating. ABV listed on the side of the bottle as 7.8% ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy honey color with a frothy, rocky, persistent off-white head that laces the glass with a patchwork of sticky lace.

Smell: Scents of fruity esters and some pine tar. Virtually non-existent malty sweetness scurries about in the background.

Taste: Not overly-hopped, but malt is the clear loser in this one. Very flavorful, with a brisk finish. Slight warming effect from the alcohol. A little bit of bitterness lingers on the palate, almost an ESB-like finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Originally, this got a 3.5. But as it warmed, the mouthfeel got bigger and a little smoother. Pretty decent carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Nice mix of flavors, combined with the lasting aftertaste, make for a nice before-bed brew. Nothing too heavy to knock your socks off...just a little something before you turn out the light.

Notes: Thanks to RoyalT for this great offering.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of masikon
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a gorgeous deep honey color with a fair head and some moderate lacing. It was quite fragrant with a very fruity scent which immediately reminded me of strawberries. mouthfeel was rich with a bit of syrup texture which coated the mouth, the only real downpoint was that after swallowing there wasn't much finish. Overall a great, very drinkable winter ale that is hearty and warming...just what a winter ale should be.

masikon, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -19.1%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Kasabuske
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Kasabuske, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to elrogish for providing the bottle. Cool caramel winter warmer color. Yummy notes of caramel, alcohol, and lots of hops suprisingly.

Taste, damn, more hops, far more than like Sammy Smith's winter welcome, which was kind of the standard for a hoppy winter for me back in the 90s. Earthy type yakima hops, nothing crazy like simcoe, amarillo or summit here.

Mouthfeel more traditional, some nutmeg to it, possibly cinnammon or a tree. Sweetness in check. Smoothness apparent. Dry mouthfeel relatively speaking for a warmer.

I like Elysian, their stuff is available, good priced and good tasting. Streak of zero not recommendeds for them still intact.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Berndt
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Elysian BiFrost - 3/3/2013 - bottle 22oz - bottle conditioned

Aroma - Citrusy American hops - big hop aroma.

Appearance - Light orange, white head

Taste - Full hop flavor - wonderful bitterness, a bit of caramel in aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, light-medium body

Overall - I've had this hoppy winter warmer before, and thought it was fine, but this year's version was amazing. A lighter colored counterpart to Sierra Nevada Celebration, emphasizing the hops. My favorite winter warmer this past season.

Berndt, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of caddybuyer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A-very pretty glowing orange with a huge rocky creamy head...very enticing.

S-Soft, fruit and biscuit aroma, with hops lingering in the background

T-Sweet malts and citrus hops. Clean finish and a very nice flavor profile, but NOT a warmer style at all...more of a simply well balanced Amercian Ale...very nice indeed!

M-Well balanced overall

D-Nice effort, reviewed for the beer, not for the style, as this is no way a winter warmer, but rather a nice tasting rather balanced ale. Will I buy it again, hell yes, and I think it would be just fine as a summer refresher...

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine who works in a beer store recommended this as a great summer beer...much better than the normal, light summer swill that everyone else want to sell...I'm stocking up!

caddybuyer, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to skyhand for sending me this wonderful brew.
The review will be a bit skewed because I'm just getting over a cold and was going to pass on reviewing it, but since it is most likely the only one I will ever drink and since it is EXCELLENT, I have to say something.
Pours a light golden crystal clear yellow with a massive white head that lasts, lasts, lasts, and lasts leaving a sticky thick lacing all over the glass as you drink.
Aromas (forgive my cold) are primarily warm with soft hints of winter spices.
Taste is sweet light malt followed with a wonderful complex mixture of citrus and piney hops. Mouthfeel is tingly from the carbonation and hops and thick and slick from the sweet malt.
Aftertaste is primarily the citrus peel hops with a nice drying.
This is a beautiful beer...a wonderful beer...and more a winter IPA than a winter warmer and I love it for that.

IntriqKen, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours slightly hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a small layer of white on top that last for the rest of the time drinking the beer. Sheets of white lacing all around the glass.

S: Citrus fruit up front, some orange, orange zest, and a little bit of grapefruit. This is followed up with a little bit of caramel and grainy malt. Hint of alcohol.

T: A little bit of citrus upfront, mostly orange, with some caramel and bready malt to balance it out. As it warms the finish starts to taste like tea almost.

M: Medium bodied up front, but the finish seemed a little thin.

O: Surprised that the beer is labeled as a winter warmer, came off more like a pale ale or an IPA to me. At first, liked it, but, liked it less as it warmed.

mdaschaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed: 19 January 2013...
Glassware: Mad Elf tulip...
Occasion: defeated I Spy Halloween on the Wii with the fam--good times....
Appearance: soft hazy orange body that holds a thin white head; slow, dissipating effervescence; sporadic lacing...
Aroma: punchy fruit--grapefruit? citric for certain; definite pale ale hops and a sense of malts--balanced...
Palate: medium-bodied warm finish; mildly affecting in the teeth aftertaste lingers ambivalently...
Taste: mildly abrasive hopsthat crunch with a citric/dough combo...a honey sweetness finishes welll...
Overall: like the beer's name, his glass comes up big and hearty; by the end, buzz-worthy; a dry finish suggests complexity and a fitting after-dinner drink...

dacrza1, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elysian- BiFrost

A- A hazy cloudy orange with a thick chunky head. Big chunky lacing.
S- Toasted grains, pine hops, and alcohol.
T- Big pine hops immediately hit you with a big bite of alcohol. Sweet dried fruits (apricot and fig)slightly poke through but are overwhelmed by the alcohol.
M- Slight pine hop bitterness becomes lighter and sweeter. Alcohol again is very present and is a bit hot and vaporous.

Overall- Not horrible but just didn't dig this 1. I couldn't detect any r eal flavors because ofthe boozy alcohol. I really wanted to like this 1. Give it a shot, my taste buds are strange!

NJpadreFan, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a private Vancouver store. Winter warmer in the summer to change things up from what is normally available. Pours light yellow with an orange tinge and a foamy white head that retains one quarter of an inch, lace shows through as I drink it. Malty and spicey aroma.Expecting lots of taste notes, I am getting mostly malt and then barley, hops, spice including ginger and cardommon, funegeek and cinammon. Average mouthfeel with drying finish. Decent drinkability.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in UK pint, cold. Beer pours thick but surprisingly pale for a winter warmer IMO: orange, and slightly hazy. From the look alone I would have perhaps guessed an unfiltered double IPA. Thick white head. Aroma of citrus peel?

Ok, maybe it's just the appearance that got me going, but I really think it tastes like a double IPA too. Not super hoppy, but West coast IPA flavors dominate, with a high gravity along with it. Aftertastes of orange peel and grapefruit.

Super lacing too. Very good, and not in spite of its closer resembles to DFH 90 than Harpoon's Winter Warmer. A left coast winter, I suppose.

hreb, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first real snowfall of 2009 in my neck of the woods leaves me holed-up with nowhere to go and not much to do except to open a beer and relax beneath a warm blanket with a good book. Of course a good book also requires a good beer, and I've selected Elysian's BiFrost for that.

It pours a hazy orange amber body beneath a massive head of frothy off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves remarkable walls of sticky lace about the glass. I'm not sure if it's bottle conditioned, although the mouthfeel seems to indicate that, but it's definitely either un-filtered or very-lightly filtered.

The nose is surprisingly hoppy for a winter beer with notes of spice and subtle pine, as well as citrus (orange), citrus rind (more kind-of-grapefruit) and apricot (and berries) - although I'm not sure if the apricot is from the yeast or the hops, or perhaps a combination of the two. The malt base is soft, with grainy, slightly toasty notes, and a thin coating of lightly sweet golden caramel; and the combination of the malt and hop works really well, almost becoming one.

That harmony flows over into the flavor, and although the specific notes do stand out on their own, the flavor combination is quite solid in and of itself. It's as if the malt is a piece of thick twine-like rope wrapped around a central strand of taught bitterness and alcohol, and the fruity and hoppy flavors are the fibers that are breaking free of that thick malt rope, giving it a little abrasion. Nice! It's balanced, but complex, and just slightly aggressive.

It finishes dry with some lingering grainy malt, a swatch of fruit, a smear of leafy and spicy hops, and some citrus-rind chalky dryness, no doubt enhanced by a quick splash of alcohol!

I should note as well, that this is contract brewed by new Belgium, and has a laser-printed date of 10 APR 09 on the label - I'm guessing a "best by" date. As this is 2 March 09, it's in-code but pretty close, however, I don't find a single note of oxidation. What I'm picking up is clearly Munich malts and soft caramel, and the hop flavors are right on. SO, in addition to kudos for Elysian, I have to also give kudos to New Belgium. A charming and enticing beer to be sure!!!

NeroFiddled, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle in to a pint glass. Body is a bright golden hue with a huge, sligthtly creamy, stark white head that leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops and sweet pale malt, with a nice whiff of alcohol thrown in for good measure. Palate is nicely balaced between pale malt and piney hops, with light fruity notes lingering in the background and a touch of mustiness from the yeast. Finish is nice and clean, with just a little bit of warming from the alcohol. Body is smooth and just a tad sticky, a very good consistency for this type of ale. I think I'm going to be drinking a lot of this until it goes away for the season.

ElGordo, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head with good retention. Cloudy, dark straw colored body.
Smell is a nice citrus and pine.
Taste is fruity (orange, lime, pear) with a sweet bitterness. Interesting and complex.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and medium body. A little sticky.
Enjoyable, a kind of IPAish winter warmer.

Fatehunter, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

StevenH, Dec 15, 2013
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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.