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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | 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 caddybuyer
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A-very pretty glowing orange with a huge rocky creamy head...very enticing.

S-Soft, fruit and biscuit aroma, with hops lingering in the background

T-Sweet malts and citrus hops. Clean finish and a very nice flavor profile, but NOT a warmer style at all...more of a simply well balanced Amercian Ale...very nice indeed!

M-Well balanced overall

D-Nice effort, reviewed for the beer, not for the style, as this is no way a winter warmer, but rather a nice tasting rather balanced ale. Will I buy it again, hell yes, and I think it would be just fine as a summer refresher...

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine who works in a beer store recommended this as a great summer beer...much better than the normal, light summer swill that everyone else want to sell...I'm stocking up!

Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Pike Street location. This beer pours a clear orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma with notes of malt and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, honey and sweet spices, followed by mild hops and fruit. The finish is sweet and spiced with light hops and citrus aftertaste. Decent all around.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a two inch head and decent lacing.

The aroma of spices,fruits/citrus with a touch if hops and malts.
The taste is sweet,malts,vanilla notes and subtle hints of coriander. Some spices are evident as are the hops.
The feel is smooth,creamy and has a medium body with medium carbonation. Some mild bitterness with grains in the finish.

Notes: A good deal as I got the bomber for 2.99.
A 7.5 ABV is hidden well and it really is a good winter beer. Not heavy and had good aroma and flavor.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!!

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper body. Snow white three finger rocky head of multiple sized bubbles. Good lacing.

Dry, sweet biscuity aroma carries well.

Strong extra sweet malt foundation. Enough hops arrive to balance the sweet, and make a little hop nip. Fruity around the edges. Clean finish. Slight dustiness in the aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinking.

A tasty malt forward ale which bucks the typical winter trends.

Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, limpid golden yellow. A full finger of slightly off-white head slips to fluttery surface froth. Dots of lacing lay a pointillist mural across the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there wafts a light malt sweetness with a soft fruitiness and a mild doughiness. Crisp, spicy hops are floral and aromatic, but staccato. Vanilla and alcohol duel at the edges.

Upon tasting, pale malt is berry sweet with a trace of tartness and a flicker of caramel. Mellow lemon and vanilla are crisped by citrus zest and the spicy aromatics of hops. Alcohol is apparent but well-behaved. Residual grain shows as a mild sweetness and baked bread dough. A dry bitterness swells as the finish goes clean and crisp. It's a winter ale with a little lager personality.

Medium bodied, it has a soft, creamy presence that meshes well with the ensuing dry glow.

Well, I don't know what the umlaut is all about, but the beer itself is a warm, blended batch of winter solace. The aroma could offer a little more but it's very solid otherwise. The ABV is cozy and fits well with the seasonal motif. I can't think of any reason I wouldn't be happy to find this under my tree.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elysian's primary winter beer shows an exceptionally clear pale ale color with exuberant carbonation sustaining a carpet of lumpy white foam and striated lace. It delivers an unexpected fruitiness given its paleness and clarity, along with a punky marshmallow aroma. But it is an easy drinking beer to the last with firm bittering and an irresistibly smooth body. A winter ale warmly received.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden pour with a hazy amber center. bubbles struggle through a visual thickness. a creamy layer of thin head exists. aroma exudes sweetness, reminiscent of orange blossom honey and caramel malts. the first introduction of this beer to the palate screams thickness and heat, which is welcome at the 7.5% level on a chilly winter night. the predominant fruity aspect of the prominent amarillo hops compliment the honey notes perfectly. the beer finishes with a faint planty bitterness and a zip of taut carbonation. with warmth, the hop profile opens up and allows more earthy bitterness to appear in the finish. the beer appears to transform itself from a golden strong ale to an extra pale ale with an additional 10 degrees fahrenheit. not the most complex, but a nice hearty sipper that offers respite from a season full of big stouts and barleywines.

Photo of SRossman
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper orange, clear w/ only the slightest haze. Decent 1.5" head leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.
S: Caramel malt with piney hops.
T: Spicy hops up front. Some sweet caramel malt to round it out. A but unbalanced in my opinion. A little hot for the ABV, would've guessed it was higher had I not already known. Bitter on the finish.
D: Medium body balanced with the carbonation. A little too much heat to be sessionable. Could very well improve with a couple of months in the bottle.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy, tangerine color with a near 2 finger, frothy, eggshell white head that was well lasting. A vibrant medium-strong carbonation was present while the head slowly collapsed after a good 5 minutes or so clinging for dear life to the sides of the glass wall. A thick lustrious sheet lacing remained behind.

S: fresh orange peels, with a nice spicy hopping, with lemon pledge scents. Fresh pine needles and spruce notes also were evident giving this a true, wintery Christmas feel.

T: The flavor starts off with a medium sourness of tangerines with a spicy hopping. A sour bitter hop fade, that was dry with some lemon grinds soon follows. The flavor is fairly bitter and herbal with some grapefruit and pine needles along while finishing with a sour lemon twang. Fairly unique for a winter beer with an extra helping of hop bitterness and some sourness.

M: nice, nearly full in body with some astingent hopping. Pretty smooth texture wise with a noticeably strong carbonation factor. A strong herbal, green needle hopping with some lemon quenches the tongue upon the swallow.

D: The flavor was fairly unique and quite different per style, though not one I would drink in multiples or find particularly warming like most winter brews. More funky and sour then anything with a good helping of bitter hoppiness and sour tangerine character makes this an intriquing try thought with limited repeatability.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light orange amber in colour. Has a decent amount of head that leaves great lacing to begin with, and then disapates soon after.

Smells of Orange zest, caramel, some spice, and malt.

Tastes of mild malt, some hops, and then some Orange and fruit

Feels medium bodied, mild to little effervescence, a nice mouthfeel overall.

There is a good burn from the alcohol. A nice one for the winter season

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the city a few weeks ago since it's winter and I wanted something to help celebrate the season. Unforuntaely, I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer by any stretch of the imagination. This is light, somewhat hoppy, and not spicy, by any stretch of the imagination. That doesn't necessarily mean that I don't like this, but it would have been nice to see this categorized properly when I read the label!

This had a wonderful pour - a translucent golden hue, thick head, and some lacing were apparent, along with a nice hop aroma smell to boot. The taste was pretty balanced with a nice, mellow maltiness and a citrusy dry-hop backbone that lingered nicely after each sip. This was thin, a bit cloudy, and easily drinkable, but it never felt watered down. There was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle too, which was quite unexpected!

I couldn't taste or feel the alcohol in this and I'm quite suprised that it's 7.50%. If I was given this without looking at the label, I would feel that it would be an offering from Sierra Nevada, since the consistency and moutfeel was similar to the pale ale; especially in the carbonation. Regardless, this was a good beer but given another chance, I'd wait until it was a bit warmer outside before I had it again.

Photo of naproxen
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I liked this beer alot for its hop profile, I do not think it works well under the category "winter warmer"

There was a thing crisp white head and lacing that remained almost the whole time, sip after sip, which was pretty cool. The color was a deep golden hue, a touch of amber as well.

Hellooo citrus! The hops in this are very prominent in the nose, mostly citrus/grapefruit/and pine. This could pass as an IPA no problem. I even burped hops from this I swear.

Final Musings: A very hoppy seasonal in the vein of SN Celebration, but not as good. Probably could drink the whole bottle myself, but I'd be craving something with a little more spice and malt afterwards. There really was not much in the way of spices that I could pick up.

Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy dark orange with a medium size off-white head that goes away quite quickly leaving a very nice lacing.

smell is of peach, apricot, touch of caramel, and some spice.

taste is a bit watery, light grapefruit, hops, apricot, some pine, spice, a touch of white pepper, and some malt is hiding in the back, ends slightly on the dry side.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty golden color with some orange highlights and a pure white head that left some mighty fine lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly bready with a subtle juicy hop. Looks like the makings of an APA. The taste is malty sweet with a touch of hoppy bitterness. A nice bready malt with a dab of honey and a nice juicy hop flavor profile. Hops used more for flavor than for bittering. The feel is thick and chewy, soft carbonation leads to a nice silky feel, finishes sweet. An enjoyable brew, though not sure of the winter warmer status. A nice malty APA.

Photo of ATPete
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent amber orange color with a large 3 finger peachy white head. Faint nose of clean pale malt, husky grain and gentle bitter hops. Citrus fruit, brown sugar, herbal/earthy notes and caramel on the tongue, im really enjoying the fruity bitter blast just before the finish. Warming for sure, but the alcohol doesnt seems maybe a bit too apparent, muddling the beers main profile. Fairly drinkable, definitely a good alternative to some of the over spiced winter offerings out there, it just doesnt strike me as anything to write home about.

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a huge creamy head. Plentiful bubbly lacings.
Aroma is bready and piney hops.
Taste is earthy bitter hops, some breadiness, good amount of sweet malt character to offset the hop bitters. A bit of fruit in the finish. Medium dry bitter finish. Very nice beer. Tastes like a very full bodied Pale Ale. Some blessed relief from the brown sugar winter warmers.

Photo of northwestmark
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Winter seasonals are usually dark and malty. Elysians BiFrost is a good mix of malts and hops and it appears to be unfiltered. I suggest drinking this one at a very cold temperature (near freezing) for best flavor. I think that New Belgium's mass production of this beer has hurt the overall quality and flavor profile. Still an average to good selection at a reasonable price for a bomber.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elysian- BiFrost

A- A hazy cloudy orange with a thick chunky head. Big chunky lacing.
S- Toasted grains, pine hops, and alcohol.
T- Big pine hops immediately hit you with a big bite of alcohol. Sweet dried fruits (apricot and fig)slightly poke through but are overwhelmed by the alcohol.
M- Slight pine hop bitterness becomes lighter and sweeter. Alcohol again is very present and is a bit hot and vaporous.

Overall- Not horrible but just didn't dig this 1. I couldn't detect any r eal flavors because ofthe boozy alcohol. I really wanted to like this 1. Give it a shot, my taste buds are strange!

Photo of stumac
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice Winter Warmer. it pours up a murky copper color with a white head. the nose was very bready and there was something else that I couldn't put my finger on. the taste is subtle hops, bready, subtle malts, earthy, full bodied...nice

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade from travisd13. Thanks Travis!

Reviewed by Wisemen Pete and Nick.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber (Pete says dried peach) with sticky white cap. Pete's glass has better head retention than mine. Lots of carbonation within. Nice looking lacing, especially in Pete's glass - DAMN! P: 4.0; N: 4.0

Smell: Bready yeast, dried fruit (specifically peach, apricot, apple), figs, raisins, holiday spices, and mild hops. P: 3.5; N: 3.5

Taste: Figs, yeast, and hops are noted first by both of us. Fruity esters abound. Green apple, caramel/molasses apparent as well. Finishes bitter, dry, and yeasty. Alcohol is poorly masked. P: 3.0; N: 3.5

Mouthfeel: A pretty heavy body with medium-heavy carbonation. Really chewy and viscous. P: 3.0; N: 3.5

Drinkability: This is a definite sipper, in terms of body and flavor. I wasn't a big fan, and neither was Pete. P: 3.0; N: 2.5

Peter: B- (3.30)
Nick: B- (3.50)

BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.