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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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:
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(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003)
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Photo of DoubleJ


2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A big ol' bomber with the contents brewed by New Belgium Brewing. Isn't that crazy? On to the beer:

A somewhat murky looking beer. Pale coughdrop orange in color with small carbonation bubbles running through it. The head provides some creamy lace which sticks to the glass. Nose is fine; tree bark, light tinges of lime, gentle snaps of malt.

Bifrost is much more tame than what I was expecting. Very dry overall; some notes of tree bark, light snaps of hops, only a little mlat sweetness is present. The body is medium-full with a syrupy texture to it; a decent texture, but too dry and "cotton mouth" in the aftermath.

A decent ale that is victimized by its mouthfeel; I didn't ask for any cotton in my beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 05:20:15 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of 2BDChicago


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange gold, delicate white foam of medium retention.

S: Thick malty sugariness. Then comes the orange citrus with a touch of spiciness from the hops. The malt makes it a tad thick appearing, but enough fruitiness makes it more inviting.

T: First is the malt sweetness in the nose is held in check in the taste. The first impression on taste notes is very soft butterscotch mixed with slightly sour tangerine. Then some biscuity notes followed by a light touch of alcohol. Medium in both mouthfeel and carbonation. The fade away taste sensation is a spicy bitter.

O: The bad news is it's not what I expected in a winter warmer. the good news is that I am not a fan of most winter warmers. This could better be sold as a malted up IPA. I like it and in the end found it interesting. Bonus points for no added spice, just what's natural in the hops. Pretty good little brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 02:18:51 | More by 2BDChicago
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attrative hazed amber orange, nice cap of frothy white bubbles with good retention and nice lacing. Scent is fruit forward with grapefruit, tangerine, mango and orange all present, touches of piney and spicy hops with a smooth and lightly sweet carmel backbone and a kiss of seasonal spices. Taste again makes with think IPA with a sold fruity hop profile but backed by a solid, yet not cloyingly sweet light carmel and butterscotch backbone. Medium bodied, feels smooth and slightly coating of the mouth. Unqiue in its construction, big citrus and fruity hop profile, big carmel and butterscotch backbone, both wrk exceptionally well together.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 14:18:41 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 01May11

An eclectic brew I'm not sure what to make of.

A: Bronze with a white head, great retention & lace.

S: Marmalade, sponge toffee, cotton candy, hints of earthy minerals.

T: Earthy orange rind and fruity esters are very British (candied pineapple, peaches & pear, with hints of bubblegum), but then there's a bit of piny american hops. Biscuity malt with some toffee sweetness, though it's overcome by a big hit of bitterness. A little ginger & cinnamon, alcohol is very subtle. Very well-crafted, but tough to review to 'style'.

M: Moderate body is very smooth, proteinaceous body rivals some German Helles.

D: A decent drinker.

Surprisingly light in colour, sort of an English strong ale with some additional American hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:21:22 | More by Derek
Photo of jampics2


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass. This was an extra.

The beer looks great in the glass. It has a beautiful orange, caramel and gold mix of colors with an amazing fluffy white head that gives amazing lace. The head on this beer is truly reat looking - I could sit all day and watch the small bubbles rising in the clear liquid to replenish it.

The smell not expressive or distinct. There's some mild caramel and the hops don't pop - they do a more earthy thing. Just not something with any identity or conviction.

The beer has a nice taste, but it's still something I can't rate terribly high. There's absolutely nothing innofensive about this, but it also lacks personality. Some toasted malts, citrus notes and bitterness with just a touch of spices on the end. For some reason, this just never comes together and leaves my palate mildly strained from the bitterness and generally wanting more. It's fruity, flowery, bitter and sweet, but the progression just doesn't work for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a huge edge of carbonation. There carb hits with the bitterness and is quite harsh. Lingering citrus bitterness. Overall, this one is decent but nothing spectacular. It could use something to tie it all together.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:08:02 | More by jampics2
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Winter beer that is really a Double IPA with some citrus notes and a generous helping of hops. I also detected some piney flavour that reminded me of the spruce tips in the Alaskan Winter Ale. Very drinkable but still complex enough to sip. Winter Warmers come in many styles

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:15:28 | More by canucklehead
Photo of bpalfrey10

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Suprisingly light color , just a shade above straw. Excellent clarity.
S: Barely any noticeable aroma
T: Moderate bitterness upfront, which recedes into a very pleasing sweet aftertaste (maybe vanilla?). Slight alcohol burn at the end.
M: moderately carbonated, fullness.

Overall, not my favorite winter warmer as the bitterness upfront was a little unbalanced. The "warmer" from the alcohol burn and the ending sweetness was excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 00:43:45 | More by bpalfrey10
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, somewhat light winter warmer. Deep amber with a thin, dense white head.

Malty, spicy scent. Brown sugar, malts, and raisins. Pleasant, but not particularly spectacular.

Somewhat generic winter warmer taste. Slightly warming alcohol presence, malts, brown sugar and a bit of spice.

An nice brew...the alcohol warmth isn't intrusive, and it sort of sneaks up on you. That said, I've had winter beers that are morre cloying and exhibit a higher alcohol burn -even at a lower ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 08:15:14 | More by BDTyre
Photo of katan


4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear, lightly bubbly. Strong head formation, bright and pearly white. Very well retained.

S - An interesting note of sweet malts and a grapefruit and orange hops. Some spicy cinnamon notes are present in the background.

T - Starts off malty, sweet with just a little of caramel. Interesting spicy notes come through the mid-stream, a contrast to some of the floral hopping. Finishes with some caramel and just a little bit of nuttiness.

M - Sold beer body, strong carbonation. Oily and sticky finish and aftertaste. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Solidly drinkable for the WW style - ABV is high enough to "warm" you but not way over the top. There is enough brightness from the floral and 2 row here to keep it balanced, so it doesn't feel completely a cold weather beer.

A very good WW - I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:42:28 | More by katan
Photo of Mora2000


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:51:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of alli4051


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This was by easily the cheapest bomber on the shelf, and my only other experience with Elysian was a good one, so I decided to pick this up. Pours a dark, clear, golden orange with a bone white head. Big foamy head that never really goes away and leaves thick chunky lace. Scent is citrus hops and orange rind. Taste is subtle hops and spice up front with a sweet malty backbone, some alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied and not as carbonated as it looks. Honestly I had a hard time rating this one. A good beer but not at all what I expected for a winter warmer. I know it's a winter seasonal but it feels kind of mislabeled as a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:20:25 | More by alli4051
Photo of Hollybee


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful golden brown color, clear. Head pours thick and dissipates very slowly leaving foamy ring.

Smell is hoppy, a little spicy

Taste is hoppy, alcoholic with a hint of citrus

Pleasing mouthfeel, medium body with a bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:54:22 | More by Hollybee
Photo of hippityhops85


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass at Union Jacks. Labeled as a Winter Warmer. I disagree but I digress...

Pours a nice apricot color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the minescus.

The aroma instantly makes me think of a west coast dipa. Citrus hop aroma with a spicy, earthy undertone. Interesting.

The taste is what I expected. Definitely hoppy with a really interesting earthy tone to it. Tastes like there are some spices used in it.

Mouthfeel is a little off-putting. A tad too much carbonation leaves a prickley feeling that detracts from the flavor.

Over all a really nice beer but I was expecting more of a winter warmer than a dipa.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 21:02:08 | More by hippityhops85
Photo of hreb


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:43:44 | More by hreb
Photo of ArrogantB


2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $4.49. Nice orange color, looks like an IPA or something, I almost expected it to be brown. Smell was odd and the taste was worse. It really had this weird orange rind flavor, citrusy in a very bad way. The alcohol was noticable and overall I just didn't care for this beer at all. At least it was not very expensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:34:28 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Pub, Wegmans Malvern, PA

A - Golden orange pour with a bubbly white head; decent retention and lacing.

S - More hop presence then I would have expected for a winter warmer, with nice doses of orange and grapefruit. Has a sweet, malty smell bordering on pineapple-like when combined with the hops.

T&M - Caramel malt presence is mostly subdued by the hop bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Hops seem to be more on an IPA level then a winter warmer; I dig the flavors, but I'm not sure it's to style. Some earthy qualities and sweet alcohol in the middle, and the finish is sweet malts coupled with a nice bready quality.

D - Highly enjoyable and drinkable, with an ABV that won't put you under the table. I'll be rating this one more on overall taste then to style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2011 19:54:57 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Bfarr


4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:00:22 | More by Bfarr
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:41:31 | More by oberon
Photo of CHADMC3


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a hazy golden yellow to orange body with a fluffy pure white head packed densely with bubbles of carbonation that leaves a fine layer of lacing around the glass.

The aroma really appears to offer a great malt/hop balance with immediate pine and wood hop notes as well as sweet malt. In addition there would seem to be grass and citrus present as well.

The flavor offers pale and sweet malts, grass and pine hops, and some citrus notes. As the beer warms, the sweetness shows up more, and although there does not appear to be the traditional winter warmer spices, there are certainly some spice notes, but more floral.

Medium in body and carbonation, it is a bit puckering, yet slightly drying.

This was a pretty good beer. Perhaps mis-classified as I would not consider a traditional winter warmer, it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:55:31 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus at first, which then lends to s boat load of doughy, biscuity malt. There is some lighter apricot and pine hops as well.

The taste is initially sweet and bready, but then the hops charge in; mainly citrus with some lesser herbal and pine hoppiness. Pleasant, with a pretty nice balance of hops and malt.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick and could have used some more carbonation, but it's smooth nonetheless.

Overall this is a fairly good beer but but was I was expecting a much maltier beer because it is a winter warmer. This is almost like an IPA. Not bad, but really nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:26:11 | More by claspada
Photo of flexabull


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and hazy orange color with a nice white head.

Aromas are mostly hoppy. Tangerines, light cream, and pine.

Taste is interesting, especially for a winter warmer, these seems more like an IPA. Creamy and caramel malty up front, beer then settles into a bitter earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Thick and full.

Drinkability is pretty good. I can't quite put my finger on what style this beer fits into. It's tasty, but I'm just not a huge fan of this one, it just seems to taste more like your average run of the mill IPA rather than a special winter brew. Not bad, worth trying...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:13:58 | More by flexabull
Photo of flagmantho


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The bottle reads best by 1 May 2011, so I'm guessing it's the 2010 BiFrost.

Appearance: murky orange hue with two solid fingers of frothy ivory head. I usually think of winter warmers as being dark, but this ain't half bad.

Smell: very citrusy, slightly funky and sweet aroma; let's just say it is redolent. Quite good, but somewhat light in intensity.

Taste: very floral, somewhat citrusy and slightly funky flavor. Somewhat weedy. The malt background isn't strongly flavored but contributes a bold sweetness which backs up the floral notes of the flavor. I'm not sure if this is brewed with herbs or spices but it seems unlikely you could get this much floral sweetness from just hops and malt; is it jasmine, maybe? For a winter beer, I like this kind of weirdness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation which bursts into creaminess at the lightest sip. I quite like it.

Drinkability: a damn drinkable ale for 7.5%. Elysian is not necessarily my favorite brewery, but this beer rather floats my boat. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 05:59:35 | More by flagmantho
Photo of loren01


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light orange color, nice 2 finger width frothy white head with lots of lacing down the glass. Much lighter in color than I expected a winter beer to be.
S: Citrusy, grassy hops with a slight yeasty scent
T: Tastes pretty earthy, you can tell that citrusy hops are abundant.
M: Medium bodied beer, nice amount of carbonation.
D: I've been real into winter warmer beers lately and this one for me is just ok...definately one of my least favorite Elysian beers

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:06:03 | More by loren01
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, dear Elysian..I miss these nights we used to spend together.
The Bifrost is an angelic creature, mightily ringed like Saturn, and orange like its glower. It appears the recipe has changed from centennial to simcoe bittering (according to their menu) and the smoothness of the bitterness I would attribute to this alteration. Bristle and pine, slight earthy spice and floral. Big aromas but I'm not getting much citrus, a hint perhaps. The finish is amarillo and styr goldings. A little bit of sweet bread. Tastes like these hops are licking your teeth, nice bitterness, but very sticky and very delicious. Dangerous folks over there, crafting this beast.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 23:05:10 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of chumba526


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light orange color with a small white head.

It smells slightly like roasted malts, citrus, pine, and a subtle sweet smell as well. There is also a slight floral flavor. It smells quite nice and seems to highlight sweet citrus qualities of hops.

It tastes slightly citrusy. There are notes of lemon grapefruit flavor. There is also a quite nice grassy hop flavor as well. The citrus and grassy flavor is complemented by a mild malt flavor that adds a bit of sweetness and a bit of a roasted flavor to the beer. This is lighter than most winter warmers I have had it does taste quite good though.

The carbonation is moderate.

The drinkability is quite good. It goes down smooth.

Overall a nice winter beer. It does warm you up a bit but it is not dominated by malt like many winter beers. Not a fantastic beer but it is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 23:52:57 | More by chumba526
BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.