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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 421
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent winter brew, not too bitter or strong, but so so so tasty, this is yet another exclamation point of a great beer for this fine micro brewery out of seattle, this place continues to produce some of the best beer in the northwest and this big guy is awesome, I had this beer in a 22 ounce bottle and cried when it was gone, I want more!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BiFrost is a cloudy light orange. The bottle comes in a plain label with no freshness date. I am a big fan of Jubelale and this is a nice alternative. The BiFrost leaves a nice sudsy lacing after math on the side of the glass. The smell is of mellow malt and pine. In the taste I get the pineness and cinnamon and cloves. It leaves a nice bitter malt that is a little chewy going down. It is a good winter brew.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I stopped at the Elysian on a business trip. Ordered a Bitfrost from the menu, served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color and is clear. A smallish off-white head fades quickly.

The smell is sweet and piney. A lot of hop aroma with a little sweet malt.

The taste is hoppy and sweet 'n sour. There are some candy caramel flavor and some bourbon like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little buttery and cloying for the thin appearance. There is some alcohol heat.

Not a real drinkable beer. The bourbon flavors are a bit strong, and the ABV makes is less than sessionable. I had one, and I'll pass this one up again.

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the BiFrost is a bright clear, orangish amber color with a thick, white head, leaving behind a sticky, beautifully patterned lace. The aroma is bright and fruity, mainly peach and some citrus, with some piny hops, sweet malt and alcohol. The taste is malty but not too thick, with caramel and sweet fruit esters, a very bitter hop finish and a lot more alcohol bite than is necessary for the 7.5% ABV. Like the taste, the mouthfeel is nicely balanced and quite pleasant, helping the BiFrost goes down quite nicely, but the overly bitter aftertaste prevents this warmer from being all that drinkable right now. I have another bottle in the cellar, so I'm curious to see how it matures over the next year, but I doubt I've have trouble holding out that long...

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at OBF06. I know... in the summer!

Pours a cloudy amber with a poofy white cap. Low but active carbonation.

Aroma is pleasantly warm and spicy. Mulled cider, orange, cinnamon and clove.

Taste is robust in it's malts - chewy browns compliment the addition of spices and a warming alcoholic sensation. Finishes with a dry palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.
Very "English" looking ale in my pint glass, dark orange/amber with a nice sized frothy/bubbly light tan head.
The aroma is actually quite hoppy in character, but there is plenty malts and a good dose of spiciness.
The taste however is very much on the malty side..toffeeish,caramel malts with black coffee hints, there is a litle hopping noticable, it perks up the mouthful near the end, then the beer finishes with a long, long bitter malt aftertaste with spicy ,peppery undertones.
Excellent palate to this one, quite thick.
I found this a nice enough beer, but i think for me one bomber at a sitting is enough..the bitter aftertaste tends to deter another bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazey pale orange with a very thin cap of off-white foam. Lots of lacing in thick webby sheeting coats the glass.

Aroma is thick and fairly full of broad intensity from a big load of juicy, citrusy hops and caramel covered bread dough.

Taste is just as broad, lacking some fullness until the finish where it gets a bit more complex and thick. Citrus stays the course from start to finish with bittering tangerine skins and blended dark orange flavors. Quite nice really. The malts stay in the back, the way back, with a pale malt dryness and some doughy sweetness. Keeps a tilted balance as the hops are heavy on the flavors and character leaving the malts behind to do just a little bit of placement along the way. Quite orangey. My tongue is getting a work out. Whew...

Feel is abourt medium with a heavy citrus carry-on of orange flavored luggage that provides extra heft to the overall payload. A bit of warm and rough hoppy citric skin and pithy texture finds its way once you get into it. Gets SO much more vigorous as it warms my head is swimming with sillyness now.

Mucho yummy stuff. Must find book, toolie, toolie, orange sky is beautiful, yum-yum...huh...

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Photo of beertaster13
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a very dissapointing head that failed to rise. The aroma is of light citrus peel and spices. The taste is light but packs a very heavy hop punch, suprising. Very tasty, more like a Double IPA than winter, still nice. A perfect beer for those cold Northwest nights.

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Photo of masikon
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big honey-malty aroma. Slightly hoppy, enough to let you know they're there.

Orange colored, very cloudy, small head but leaves some lace behind. It's persistant while drinking, but small.

Very fruity and malty. Lots of yeast character, some bread, some more fruit, a little spicy and a little bit of Phenolics. Nice hop flavor mid palate and good bitter aftertaste.

Very big bodied and creamy. light carbonation (cask)

A very nice drinking big beer. Even though the body is pretty huge, doesn't seem overly strong.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the light amber brew. Head is doughy and hangs around, with sticky lacing. Aroma is pleasantly of piney hops, a nice change for me from some of the over-spiced brews that end up in this style. Taste is light yet ample maltiness up front, quickly overtaken by the aforementioned piney hops character, which segues ever so gently into the slightest spicing at the close. Alcohol warming sneaks up on you. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. A great NW interpretation of a style that isn't always my favorite, I must admit. Find this one, it's worth the effort.

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Photo of beerinator
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tannish with a bit of orange in the color. Off-white head with good retention.

Aroma: Sharp citrusy sweet and resiny. Malt sweetness backed by a goodly amount of nutty aroma.

Taste: Malty and bready. The hops in the aroma aren't as strong as expected. The bitterness is still there, and it lingers on the finish. The mouthfeel is solid and the beer is balanced. The lingering bitterness tickles the tongue for a few seconds after the swish.

Notes: Good solid beer. Very drinkable. I will be buying this one again.

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

Pours fairly clear copper and yellow with a big bubbled white head and lots of spotty lace
Aroma of citrus and hop oil with some cookie and bread tones and just a hint of the spicy alcohol to come.
Flavors pine, sugar cookies and floral, resiny hop notes. Almost foul when cold but really opens as it warms.
Mouhtfeel is very smooth and medium bodied with a lot of residual spice and alcohol on the finish after a bread crumb and light caramel malt start.
Drinkability is above average. Alcohol permeates a tad too much to be a great beer but true to style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of zacharius
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with little head. Hoppy floral aroma with a hint of malty sweetness. Slightly sweet taste balanced with grapefruitty hops, lingering hop aroma. Body was moderate, not too thick, not too thin. A very smooth beer for it's abv, and a drinkable one at that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with minimal head. Drops to a wisp of bubbles. Hoppy nose and slight sweetness - honey. Starts with mild sweetness which is taken out by nice hop bittering. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors with just a hint of cinammon. The bittering is intense on the finish, which also welcomes a pronounced alcohol warming. Very long bitter finish. Not traditional winter warmer, but a northwest hop oriented warmer. Nice.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-white head sits atop a hazed, burnt orange beer.
Aroma is big on the hops. Mostly floral and citrus, but pine as well. Toasty malt buried underneath. Some alcohol as well.

Taste shows big hop bitterness. Mostly floral, but piney as well. This one has a big, biting resinous hop bitterness that clings to the palate and lingers after the finish. Toasty, caramel malt falls way short of balancing the beer.

Good body to the mouthfeel, although there is a touch of astringency and mouth-puckering bitterness.
Drinkability: tastey, but too bitter for my liking.

Overall a solid seasonal IPA.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it disembogues from the bottle a deep translucent copper color with a prodigious sized, frothy and a off white head, as it dissipates the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a nice hop floral crispness at the front, the middle sweet malt, finish is crisp and clean, and start is sweet and has a nice malt profile with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is benignly carbonated, the hop spiciness quite pronounced, aftertaste is desert dry and long lasting with a bit of a “Tummy warming from the 7.5 percent ABV, if there’s a problem with this beer it seems a bit thin body wise, but nonetheless a fine drinking beer and a great brewery that produces a fine line of beers overall.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.