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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

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Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 180
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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of warriorsoul
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of masikon
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Berndt
4.95/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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 IntriqKen
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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 mdaschaf
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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!!!

Photo of ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone in Santa Rosa on Friday. Not sure who, but if I had to guess, I'd guess it was bifrostguard on BA, who was there and is named after this beer. The description is a little too out there for my tastes: "The rainbow bridge made from fire, air and water, used by the gods to travel from the world tree, Yggdrasil, to the heavens, Asgard." What the hell is that even talking about? Anyway, this is a beer that you can't fault much on appearance.

It looks absolutely awesome. Brilliant deep golden color, great creamy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is not quite what I expected for a winter seasonal, but still good. Fairly grainy with sweet pale and caramel malt, spices, and floral hops.

Flavor is also a bit grainy. Some citrus and floral hop bitterness in there, sweet pale and caramel malt, and mild spice.

Medium-plus bodied with a mildly bitter mouthfeel and good carbonation level.

Overall I'm not quite sure what this beer is trying to be. It's pretty good, but I'd like to know what they were going for instead of just some spiel about a rainbow bridge and such.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a puffy white head that left a good amount of lace down the glass.

Smelled of high mountain meadow wildflowers and orange rind. Not pungent, but rather subtle.

The flavor was more distinct and didn't necessarily follow the smell. While the floral hops and the orange was there, the taste is more spicy and citrus hops. Wonderful flavor, actually. This is not the typical sweet and nutmeg winter warmer. This is more like a hoppy pale ale, bordering on an IPA. I think it's mislabeled as a winter warmer.

The mouthfeel is luscious. Oily and medium-bodied. Just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a crisp and flavorful brew and the alcohol is very well masked. I could drink many of these.

NOTE: This is one of the first craft brews that I fell in love with a number of years ago. I always look forward to this release. And I always think that, as I expand my craft brew palate, I'll come to like this less. It's never been true. This is a great beer. Elysian! Well done.

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Been dying to try this brewery's offerings:

Pours an effervescent bronze/amber with 1+ finger of sand colored head, plus slight hazing. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Breadyness, honey & citric, plus herbal hops

T: Huge cakeyness, lemony & herbal hops, vanilla, & honey up front. Grapefruit, piney & lemon hops continue as this warms, along with honey, & toffee. finishes dry, with leafy, herbal & grapefruitty hops, caramel, a bit of brown sugar, & warming booze; great taste!

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation, some serious hoppyness that works, superior balance

Drinks a bit slow, due to complexity, but this is one damn fine winter warmer or DIPA! I'll certainly check out other brews from Elysian!

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.