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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 405 | Reviews: 180
Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of dragonWhale
4.52/5  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 -2.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +8.7%
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%
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
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.82/5  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
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.