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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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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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.8%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a bit of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of alcohol.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there is also a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is a little hoppier compared to other beers in the style so the mouthfeel doesn't seem very heavy or sticky.

metter98, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a sturdy, but rocky head that sticks with it and leaves a variety of lacing patterns behind

Smell: While the bittering hops are detectable (slightly piney and grapefruity), this is a sweet aroma that is cakey and a hint figgy

Taste: Opens with a sweet cakey flavor, with figs and apples in the mix; by mid-palate, the expected NW bitterness appears, with plenty of grapefruit, but there is a sugary tone to it all; after the swallow, the flavors shake out a bit, and there is an almond, marzipan-like flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a hint of winter warmth

Drinkability: Elysian likes to make things a bit different, sometimes (think Jasmine IPA), and this falls into that category; I don't love it but I sure do like it quite a bit

brentk56, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Candlelit jack o' lantern orange with polished brass trim. The three finger cap is as thick and creamy as a tangerine milkshake and is already laying down lace along the top edge of the glass. As the cap melting gets underway, a more full lace display is seen... like frost on a windowpane. This beer looks as much like an IPA as it does a winter warmer. Oh yeah, it looks great.

The aroma isn't so impressive; in large part because it isn't all that aromatic. Roughly equally divided between malty and hoppy, it doesn't make a serious bid to be either one. A toasted maltiness lives alongside a fruity hoppiness, but I have to admit that I don't really appreciate any of the hops listed in the hop bill (Centennial, Amarillo and Styrian Goldings). That line-up should be killer, but isn't. Not in the nose anyway.

BiFrost Winter Ale is better on the palate. There's an acceptable amount of heavily toasted, bready malt, along with a spiciness that can't be coming from those three varieties of hops. Wait a second. This is a winter warmer... that must be cinnamon that I'm tasting. Some other spice is in there too. Gound ginger perhaps? Whatever has been plucked off the brewery's spice rack, I approve; both in terms of amount and in terms of specific flavors.

This wouldn't be an Elysian Brewing Company beer if it didn't contain a boxcar full of hops. With so much else going on flavorwise, I wouldn't have come close to accurately identifying the specific varieties. The white grapefruitiness of the Centennial comes through loud and clear, but the Amarillo and Styrian Goldings don't. That's okay, this isn't an IPA and there's more than enough bitterness to go around.

Bifrost is one aggressively flavored winter warmer (a good thing) whose aggressiveness is mirrored by a slightly too prominent alcohol presence (not such a good thing). If I had another bomber, I'd let the second one sleep for another six months or so. I find myself not minding so much as I enter the bottom half of the bottle, but then that always happens when the tongue numbing and brain fogging begin to take over.

The mouthfeel could be a mite more full and a mite less carbonated. It isn't bad and most will find it acceptable, but I have a very specific profile in mind for winter warmers. I've been hoping that it would firm up and becomes less sharply bubbly over time. I'm still waiting.

I love Elysian beer, so I fully expected to love Bifrost as much I love The Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, Night Owl Pumpkin and all the rest. Although it doesn't quite rise to those heights, it's still a worthwhile seasonal from a brewery that deserves much more attention than it gets.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden honeyed body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, honey candy, flowers, and herb chiffonade.

Taste: Toffee flavored maltiness with a brief candied sweetness. Full floral hoppiness with a nice bitter hit. Crisp fried herbs and light spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid beer. Something a little different for a winter seasonal.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 29, 2008
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 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 Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this bomber up at Foodery in Philly.

Poured chilled into my snifter
A - A peachy amber w/ hazy clarity and 2.5 fingers of pillowy off white head . The winter ale throws up a smattering of lace

S - A nice bready, yeasty ale aroma w/ a hint of twiggy hop scents and subtle biscuity nose.

M the overall feel is very creamy w/ a lingering bitterness and gentle malt spiciness

T - a generous taste of grainy malt which has a dry granola huskiness and the is flavor presents a nice piney hop note. The flavor which is only mildly bitter, backing up the biscuit malt note and keeps the flavor + spiciness in balance. There is a subtle creamy and toasted flavor w/ a hint of alcohol when taken in large gulps w/ a subtle pear-like fruit and hints of citrus from the hops. The finish is slightly astringent, but the flavor is very smooth.

D - A tasty ale , but it kind of lost my interest - a bomber is good, but not a stand out among some very good beers in Elysian's lineup.

Slatetank, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

russpowell, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, bright, bold orange/peach color, modest snow white head, succombs,eventually, to a ring around the edges...
Fruity nose, sweet, yet citric, and a touch musty and sour, ...lightly spicy, yeasty and lively,..I like it...
Juicy fruit, palpable and pithy on the tongue, lemony, with yeast aloft in the flavor, cookie-ish, warm, fresh mouthfeel. Medium body, with a soft, yet tangy finish. Falls back, and fades a bit in the end, becomes thin, thinner than I like.
Malt is foremost here, and hops are mild, where they are present.
Not what I'd expect in a winter warmer, with qualities I associate more with certain Belgian ales...however, it falls short of being more than merely good.

feloniousmonk, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with an orangish hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head with some good retention and some lacing.

Smell: This is a very mild smelling beer with some bready malt and mild citrus notes coming through as well.

Taste: Much bolder than the smell. There is a strong citrus hop bitterness up front, but it doesn't kill your tongue. The malt balances things out, but it could use just a touch more sweetness. The finish is a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this beer is classified incorrectly. I would call it a pale ale perhaps? Just alright and I'm not sure I would have another.

oline73, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Poured a light copper with a nice white head and some carbonation visible. Sweet malts, and a bit of spice in the nose. Malty to the tongue, spice is very subdued, and not too distinctive for a winter warmer. A little citrus bitterness in there, maybe just a tad of pine or juniper. Light-medium body, a little harsh and not overly drinkable, for a style that usually promises sweetness and spice.

Rifugium, May 04, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy, pale and crystal malt scent with some bisquit characteristics. There is an excellent hop aroma as well. The taste is good. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that really showcases the pale and Munich malts. It goes down easy with a stiff hop bitterness and grainy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great winter warmer. It's not all spiced up. It's just a solid beer with added alcohol and hops.

WesWes, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mendvicdog, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter. Was listed as a strong ale by CK, though now I see it's a winter warmer.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks a little lighter in color than I would expect.

s - Smells of fruity malts, light citrus and pine hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, and floral notes.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not a winter warmer and certainly not a strong ale. Reminded me of a malty IPA, as it had some hops and nose real spices. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

mdfb79, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MarkyMOD, Dec 07, 2012
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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a thin, creamy white head that vanishes, leaving some lacing.

The smell is grainy and bready with booze. Some spicing (cinnamon and mint).

The taste is sweet/grainy and bready with mild winter spicing. Some booze comes through. It has a sharp, bitter, slightly metallic, finish.
Not crazy about the aftertaste - a bit like copper.

Medium-bodied - fullness seems more from alcohol bite than from body - a bit strange.

Warming. There is a bitter hop balance to the sweetness and spicing. Not bad, just not a big fan of it. I like hoppy winter beers - but, this just didn't go in the right direction for me to think anything great of it. A bit too bready to boot.

jwc215, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-copper color, it is topped by a frothy light tan head. The aroma smells initially of hops, with notes of citrus, and pine. As I dig deeper, the hops are all that I really can smell, notes of orange, wildflowers, and spicy herbs. The beer is actually quite tasty, with a somewhat light palate, but it is quite mouth coating. It is a nicely hoppy beer, with notes of citrus and pine, plus a sharply bitter finish that has a certain hoppy astringency to it. This is quite a nice hoppy pale ale/ IPA, hops for the holiday. I certainly like this beer, though it is certainly nothing like I was expecting it to be. It is quite simplistic in it's hoppiness (no real maltiness to back it up), but sometimes that hits the spot.

Gueuzedude, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a two finger head that lasts quite a while and sports some large bubbles.

Smell: caramel, fruit sweetness, and some lemon zest are easy to detect. Some floral bitterness comes through too

Taste: bready malt profile here. Caramel, plums, brown sugar, lemon zest, and grapefruit slices are most notable. Bitterness is bold enough to balance out the malt sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short as the breadiness and citrus linger. Medium-heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a hearty ale that is great on a cold evening. The bomber bottle is a nice size for this one.

Gavage, Jan 27, 2009
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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.