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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of chumba526
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The wife greeted me after a long workday with the BiFrost.. She picked it up at the COOP... Poured into my Old Guardian goblet...

3/4" white head... The brew is a very clear orange.. pretty exceptional long lasting lacing.

This is the first "winter warmer" that I've had in a long while that had a nice mix of malts and hops... it shows big boned toasty malts with a good citrus undertone...

Flavor is very very fresh... I love the toasty maltiness... there is a very balanced hop bitterness.. the hops are seemingly earthy/floral with some citrus bite toward the finish.. the malts are very balanced... a bit astringent on the end.

Body is medium .. with medium carbonation.. This is a pretty well made brew. I almost "never" would place beers in the winter warmer category, but this one really nails it. No spice, no pine, no juniper, just plain ole American xmas fun... well made!!

Everything about this bottle is slow growing... take your time..

Photo of MtVernon
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't felt compelled to review a beer on here in a while, and I've actually been drinking somewhat rarely lately, but tonight being a special occasion, I thought I'd pick one of these up. Boy, am I glad I did!

This ale looks and smells quite good... lacing is moderate, but sticky. Smell is of piney, citrusy, and earthy hops. The taste! Oh my God, the TASTE! Highest rating! Being that smell is a large part of taste, I can't say much more than that they go together PERFECTLY, but the initial whiff does not foreshadow what the tongue is in for: beer bliss. Seriously. Wow. This is a keeper! I'm not going to attempt to describe it, other than it's an ideal balance between malt and hop characteristics with NO trace of chemical nastiness--and, the alcohol is almost completely masked.

The mouthfeel is smooth, clingy, oily, makes you want to swish it around a little before swallowing... it's just heavenly. Only some of the high dollar Belgians can top this, and then, only barely.

I'm quite convinced this is Elysian's best offering so far, and I've tried them all. I live in Seattle, so that's pretty easy! They're always fresh at my local Metropolitan Market, and usually on sale. This is my "work week is finally over" treat.

This time, was it ever!

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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 philbertk
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BiFrost Winter Ale Winter Ale--IPA--22 oz. Bottle. 2001 Release. 8.13% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear bright light amber color. Lacy white head. Huge floral hop malt front with extra spiciness. Crisp rich malty caramel Pale malt body in rich IPA style. Smooth sweet balanced hop end. Warm spicy tones. Sampled 11/10/2001.
2001 12 oz. Bottle. 8.13% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Hazy amber golden color. Rich floral hop front. Yeast accents. Thick sediment enhanced crisp creamy caramel malt body. Balanced winter spice hop end is smooth and rich. Aged beauty. Sampled 11/19/2001.
2002 Release. 7.80% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear rich bright amber color. Rich floral sweet hop front. Light head. Rich Lace. Sweet clean rich smooth caramel light grape fruit ester body. Tasty malt spice note. Balanced clean rich hop spice end. WOW! Sampled 11/30/2002.
2003 Release. 7.80% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear bright thin amber red color. Thin lacy head. Mild spice crisp floral hop front. Crisp smooth clean rich sweet Pale caramel malt body. Light Winter spice mild hop citrus spice clean balanced end. Sampled 11/8/2003.
2004 Release. 7.80% ABV--45 IBU's.? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear thin bright light pink amber color. Mild coriander floral hop front. Cloying sweet crisp rich caramel bisquit mild fruit body. Clean sweet mild hot hop citrus end. Rich Winter IPA. Sampled 11/18/2004.
2005 Release. 7.80% ABV.--42 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy mild head. Wispy bright light amber pink color. Floral mild hop front. Smooth rich mild creamy caramel butter hot toddy winter spice body. Cloying creamy unique hop spice mild coriander banana end. Sampled 11/11/2005.
2006 Release. 7.80% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Foamy lacy head. Clear bright thin light amber color. Mellow unique special floral hop front. Creamy smooth mellow caramel butterscotch apple?rich body. Smooth tangy clean hop spice mellow fruit end. Sampled 11/3/2006.
2007 Release. 7.80% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.6 / 5.0) $4.99 Each. Mild lace head. Clear bright dark gold color. Lavender hop front. Mild creamy smooth sweet butter caramel vanilla body. Clean smooth balanced mellow hop spice end. A smooth hoppy Winter favorite. Sampled 11/10/2007.
2008 ELYSIAN Release. 7.50% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.5+ / 5.0) Lacy thin white head. Slightly cloudy rich orange gold pretty color. Floral hop vanilla hint front. Mellow creamy sweet smooth rich pale crystal malt mild fruit body. Creamy mellow hop spice smooth balanced end. Rich mellow Winter IPA. Smooth & Tasty! Sampled 12/9/2008. $5.00 Each.
2009 ELYSIAN Release. 7.50% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.4 / 5.0) Rich lacy white head. Cloudy clear bright pretty orange gold color. Floral hop vanilla hint front. Rich creamy vanilla hop infused pale caramel crystal malt body. Clean hop spice rich delicious end. Rich subtle hoppy Winter Ale Favorite. Sampled 11/18/2009. $4.50 Each.
Elysian Brewing Company, Inc., Seattle Washington And Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.--ELYSIAN Bifrost Winter Ale--"Winter Ale--Bifrost is our lively seasonal-bold with citrus and earthy hops and balanced with smooth malt character." 2010--22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.60% ABV. 40 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter IPA. Thin mild lace white head. Clear bright soft dark gold color. Mellow hop toasted hint delicate floral front. Mild creamy cloying mild sweet rich mild fruit light caramel crystal smooth malt body. Mild earthy hop spice balanced clean citrus hint end. Overwhelmed by Immortal Hops. Tasted 10/11-12/2010. Purchased for $4.49 2 Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/8/2010.

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with orange core. 2 fingers of creamy white head. oily. Nice cave painting lace.

Floral citrus and herbal notes. Touch of toasty caramel.

Big juicy citrus and floral up front. Bitter herbal and pine resinous bitterness. Balanced by toasty caramel.

Med body. ok carb. sticky and drying.

Good hoppy winter brew. Could be richer, have more malt character. Still very good. Nice bitterness.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bi frost looks like a lighter version of a winter warmer from looks alone, it's not as dark as most in the spectrum. Hazed golden with burnt orange with some coppa. Nice sheet of lace on the way down.when real cold this smells like a pale malted monster with sweet malt galore. Some warming brings forth some light spice but not one type I can put my finga on. Taste is the same, sweet malt completely engulfs this beer when cold but warming brings spice. A very lightly spiced warmer here, this one is hard to describe, kinda simple body is medium with a malty sweet profile. Carb on the low end. This aint half bad, one of the easier drinking winter warmers I've had. I would go for another.

Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery in Seattle on Pike St. This was a deep orange wheat color with a thin white head. Good lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus, warm alcohol, and some floral hops. The taste was of mild clove, some mango, and a slight warm alcohol finish in the throat. It was a medium body and had nice bitter notes in this. Not as much as the server had said, but it was a good brew on a cooler raining Seattle day.

Check out my beerfly review on the brewery.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy golden yellow. The white head rises to about three fingers with an agressive pour. Nice amount of lace.

The aroma is nice clean citrus hop profile. Hints of malt and a touch of spice. Not much else going on here.

The flavor is muted hops and a load of malt. Almost buttery. A little citrus in the finish. Rather bland all around.

Medium to light body. Light carbonation.

Overall drinkable if only that it's alot like water.

Photo of Seanibus
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good winter warmer, though a little fruitier than I would have expected.

Pours cloudy and golden with a decent white head. Smells sweet and fruity. Taste is strongly fruity, apricot, banana, pineapple. Caramel with slight bitterness, slightly citrusy finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick.

Photo of blackc5
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber at 50F.

A - Pours a slightly hazy deep gold/amber. Good two finger head. Medium lacing and retention.

S - A fair balance of malt and citrusy hops. Some sweetness on the nose as well.

T - Malt forward backed up with a fair amount of bittering hops. Some fruitiness here as well to balance the caramel sweetness. Decently balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Reminded me of a decent Belgian Dubbel with its crisp finish.

D - Never expected this to be 7.5% until I started this review. Would have guessed 6% tops - went down that easy and quite enjoyable.

Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy amber with minimal carbonation. Foamy and dense eggshell head has OK retention and leaves good lace.

S: Heavy grapefruit with some lemon and fresh cut flowers. A little sugary caramel sweetness lingers in the background.

T: Caramel sweet malt is quickly replaced with a modesty rush of grapefruit, lemon and pepper bitterness. Grapefruit is the predominant hop flavor, and it lingers lightly into the finish.

M: Medium body is very oily. Carbonation level is just a touch too high.

D: I know the style says Winter Warmer, but this is pretty much a straight ahead American IPA in my book. It's a nice beer that doesn't really stand out in this overcrowded style. As with the other Elysian beers I've had, I'm curious as to how true this contract brewed version is to the original.

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite annual releases and I'm a little surprised the numbers didn't come out higher.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a deep golden yellow, much lighter than others of the style. The beer had a healthy 1 inch head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The first scent on the nose is hops, backed by malt and spice. The flavors aren't as hop forward, instead there is a very nice blend of malt, spice and hops.

The body is much lighter than most of the style. This beer is very drinkable, I look forward to multiple pints every winter. As I said, I'm surprised my score isn't higher. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me or maybe it's a result of Elysians partnership with New Belgium, but I remember this beer being darker, heartier and more robust in the past. Certainly still worth your time.

Photo of cassanoj
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass. Amber-golden, frothy white head. Little bit of lacing.

Smells citrusy, some pear, grapefruit, apple. Hops have a pine smell to them, balanced by some maltiness.

Tastes malty upfront, with some Christmas spices. Citrus backbone, nice bitterness. Can taste a bit of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. Medium body, dry. Feels much more carbonated than it looks.

Decent brew. For a winter warmer, a style I find myself generally unimpressed by, this is a drinkable beer.

Photo of randawakes
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This warmer is worth a shot, and is something to speak about just given the multitude of flavors presented..

Sweet, a little hoppy, lots of sweet malts and sugary. Thick fruitiness. Can taste the Munich and crystal malts, honey like the midas touch in the faintest of notes.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a healthy 3F of foamy, white head, atop of a fairly opaque orange-tea colored body. Plenty of lacing.

Aromas of lime/citrus at first, but then overpowered by pizza dough and some sweet apricot. As it warmed, it turned to dirty Pine-Sol water-like aroma.

Flavor was sweet and bready, with some citrusy hop zing in the finish. Pleasant, with a pretty nice balance of hop and malt qualities.

MF was almost tripel-like. Would have preferred some more carbonation, but it's smooth nonetheless.

I found this highly drinkable - a good, non-threatening gateway beer for those looking to introduce something new to their BMC friends this holiday season.

Photo of Pinto21
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, much lighter than expected. lighter than an amber ale or SN Celebration. About pale ale. more of a tan than amber. White head, 1 finger that died after a min. Lacing looks good.

S: grapefruit, then pale malts

T: some tasty hops on it. citrus, a touch of pine, and some grass. low level of alcohol. finishes with some malt taste, but very little sweetness. ends with a flavor i cant place. maybe juniper.

Mouth and drink are both good. For 7.5% it's unnoticable. finishes real dry, which makes it real drinkable.

A very good beer. not what i was really expecting though, but i dont know where to place this beer. Not a APA OR IPA but i wouldnt call it a winter warmer. It's very interesting and I would try it again.

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter ale that manages to succeed without spices. Bifröst (silly name - also, Elysian's new packaging is not my cup of tea) is a pleasant-looking, mildly hazy, copper-colored affair with a creamy, lasting head. This beer has an interesting blend of European and American hop aromas, grapefruits and grass. It's much more hop assertive than I was expecting, but there is a definite doughy malt presence. The taste is mildly dry with a pleasant, medium bitterness. It's a medium-bodied beer with a touch of wateriness in the finish. The finish is nice and bitter. Good beer for a change of pace in the hops department.

Photo of Rodekill
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing Company, part of their joint venture with Elysian. I was excited to learn of this "partnership" as Elysian is a highly touted brewery whose products were previously unavailable in Colorado.

I'm disappointed, however. It's a bit one dimensional and uninspiring. New Belgium isn't known for hoppy beers, which may have something to do with the understated hop character of this beer. Low hop aroma, non-descript flavor, and generic bitterness make for a fairly bland ale overall. Not much malt to back up the hopping, either.

The appearance is a cloudy yellowish/amber, which doesn't lend itself to whetting the appetite for more.

Maybe the beers will improve with practice, but I'll wait and see before buying anything else in this series. Perhaps I'll just have to make a trip to the Northwest to try them at the source one of these days.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear copper color with a fluffy white head that left a 'frosty' coat of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is slightly grainy with a citrus hop smell sneaking in.
The taste is a good balance of grainy malt with a blast of citrus hops a bit of the alcohol can be tasted but it's far from overpowering.
Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
Good drinkability but at 7.5% abv drink it in moderation.

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal sweetness and a touch of citrus.

The taste consisted of an initial white pepper, followed by sweet malts and finished with a solid grapefruit hop.

The mouthfeel clean and round.

Overall a tasty hop driven ale.

Photo of TAREUA
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured the golden color of a cloud just before the sun burns it off. Not the normal dark caramel color of most PNW winter beers.

I don't remember much about the foam since my eyes were closed and my nose was in it. A pretty much perfect aroma for me: it tells you what is coming and yet seems complete all in itself. Hoppy, but not the overblown (to me) eucolyptus and piny hops. There is malt in the nose and balance of bitter and sweet. It smells of beer heaven, not of a gimick, a distillery, a wood barrel, or a shopping list of chemical ingrediants.

The taste is a lovely mixing of richness, bitter, and honey. Like the crust of french bread dabbed with butter and fresh honey. A beer that felt like it was built just for me.

Elysian has become one of my favorite breweries. I wish they would do six packs, I can't always squeeze in the time for a bomber. Sadly.

Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Thick, frothy white head, good retention, very active, thick lacing. Golden/light amber, mostly clear. SMELL sweet malty, and grapefruity. Prominent at first, but harder to find later. TASTE rich malty sweetness joined by citrusy and floral hoppy flavors, blending and balancing nicely, with rising bitterness and booze at the finish. FEEL rich texture, full body, clean-ish finish with a bite and some warming. OVERALL each sip begs another. goes down smooth and easy.

BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.