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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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 mscott1975
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mscott1975, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

caseyscarb, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of hockenbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

hockenbeer, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of IllNate
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, mirky amber with piles of white head and good retention. It has quite a bit of particulate that just hangs in suspension. Nose contains citrus and a smooth bready malt. Chrismtas orange is brought to mind. Taste follows with citrus and earthy hop and bready malt, with a bit of caramel. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is great for a beer like this good balance between bitter and sweat. Overall a very nice beer, although a bit out of style. Winter ale is a wide category but this still seems to miss the mark.

IllNate, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jbaker67, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

cowboy83, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of tankg
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tankg, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours stagnant and hazy. Not much head on an apricot amber body.

Smells like a malty DIPA. Huge grapefruit and bitter orange hop aromas push past honeyed pale and caramel malts and light spices. Coriander, allspice, and French toast.

White grapefruit, candied orange peel, oily hops, evergreen, caramelized sugar, mint, and toasty barley. Oh, and did I mention booze? Alcohol creams all over the finish. Very bitter in the middle, which proves a bit difficult.

Almost creamy in the body with some lightly fluttering carbonation that rolls most of the sugar stick off of the tongue. Not awful, but not great.

This is one heady and hoppy warmer. Malty DIPAs aren't my thing, so the comparison is a little distasteful. But, it's a warmer, and it works just fine. I like the approach.

thecheapies, Dec 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

wembly13, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Perducci, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

joesc230, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of campfirebrew
3/5  rDev -19.1%

campfirebrew, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

WDJersey, Dec 22, 2012
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 sam_bliss
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into glass

A- Pretty orange with off-white head and decent lacing

S- Smells sweet. A hint of spice and some tropical fruits over thick malt and some alcohol warming the nostril hairs.

T- Tastes like a sweeter Pale ale. Love it but doesn't play too close to the winter warmer style. Great mix of citrusy hops and interesting spices (maybe even a touch of black pepper?). Some vanilla cream rounds out a beautiful tongue feel. Even some bubble gum and mango is evident.

M- Thick and a bit sticky. Brandy-like alcohol taste but no burn. Lingering sweetness like after some hard candy.

O- I really like this beer. I think they use a different yeast in this than most American winter ales. It's pretty sweet and probably best enjoyed with a glass of water to clear the palate every few drinks, as it leaves behind some sugary syrup feeling.

sam_bliss, Dec 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

nyclee, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

crobinso, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of ColdWaffles
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Wait, is this a Winter Warmer? Doesn't really look the part.... Hazy appearance, solid lacy head... Is this one of those unfiltered beers with holiday spices that has been trending recently?

Smell: A little bit of hops, not much else. Enjoyed in Philly area, so the bottle has traveled a little.

Taste: Definitely not what I'd call a Winter Warmer in the Mid-Atlantic or New England areas... Kinda a lightly spiced pale ale, which I guess is what they describe it as. Not bad if you gulp it, but when I let it sit a bit it was a little pungent. Maybe its the batch? I'm sure the taste overall isn't, but all things considered, it still feels off.

Mouthfeel: This is nice if I take it as a pale ale. Pretty sticky, enjoyable.

I can't recommend this as a winter warmer at all. It's an interesting pseudo-Winter Pale Ale, but it doesn't quite hit the mark there either. This maybe needs a re-brand and a little tuning. Not a big fan, would not buy again. Shame, this is my first Elysian brew and I've heard good things. Will have to give something else a go.

ColdWaffles, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mendvicdog, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jnoelani, Dec 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Gehrig13, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

4ster, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

MacStinson, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MarkyMOD, Dec 07, 2012
BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.