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BiFrost - Elysian Brewing Company

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 421
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter. Was listed as a strong ale by CK, though now I see it's a winter warmer.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks a little lighter in color than I would expect.

s - Smells of fruity malts, light citrus and pine hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, and floral notes.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not a winter warmer and certainly not a strong ale. Reminded me of a malty IPA, as it had some hops and nose real spices. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color, it is topped by a frothy light tan head.

S: Initial hops, with notes of citrus, and pine.

T: Notes of citrus and pine, plus a nice, lightly bitter finish that has a certain hoppy astringency to it.

M: Medium body, crisp

O: Good for the style

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3/8" off-white head that left some lacing over light amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Citrus hops with some caramel malt.

T: Citrus and some floral hops up front which transitions to bitter piney hops and caramel malt on the back end.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of carbonation. A bit of drying from the alcohol.

O: I prefer my Winter Ales sweeter and maltier than this along with more prominent additives such as herbs and spices; this reminded me more of an IPA than anything.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to elrogish for providing the bottle. Cool caramel winter warmer color. Yummy notes of caramel, alcohol, and lots of hops suprisingly.

Taste, damn, more hops, far more than like Sammy Smith's winter welcome, which was kind of the standard for a hoppy winter for me back in the 90s. Earthy type yakima hops, nothing crazy like simcoe, amarillo or summit here.

Mouthfeel more traditional, some nutmeg to it, possibly cinnammon or a tree. Sweetness in check. Smoothness apparent. Dry mouthfeel relatively speaking for a warmer.

I like Elysian, their stuff is available, good priced and good tasting. Streak of zero not recommendeds for them still intact.

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Photo of claytong
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - golden orange. somewhat hazy top part of 22 oz so expecting the second half to be pretty hazy. decent head (bout an inch) off controlled pour. good lacing, sticking to the side of glass nicely.

smell - butterscotch, hops, earth, grass

taste - pretty hoppy for a winter warmer thats probably 9 months old, malts that are decent but nothing great, somewhat light for a winter warmer

mouthfeel - again light for a winter warmer, good carbonation, highly drinkable in the summertime and highly drinkable in general. good but not what i was expecting

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a private Vancouver store. Winter warmer in the summer to change things up from what is normally available. Pours light yellow with an orange tinge and a foamy white head that retains one quarter of an inch, lace shows through as I drink it. Malty and spicey aroma.Expecting lots of taste notes, I am getting mostly malt and then barley, hops, spice including ginger and cardommon, funegeek and cinammon. Average mouthfeel with drying finish. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Poured a light copper with a nice white head and some carbonation visible. Sweet malts, and a bit of spice in the nose. Malty to the tongue, spice is very subdued, and not too distinctive for a winter warmer. A little citrus bitterness in there, maybe just a tad of pine or juniper. Light-medium body, a little harsh and not overly drinkable, for a style that usually promises sweetness and spice.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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!

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Photo of 2BDChicago
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
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.

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Photo of Derek
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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of bpalfrey10
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
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.

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Photo of katan
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Hollybee
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.