Elysian Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #145
Ranked #34,970
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 576 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - cloudy body of amber under 2 fingers of off-white, lots of suspended sediment, moderate visible carbonation

S - citrus, caramel sweetness, grain, spice

T - biscuits, caramel sweetness, spices (coriander, pepper, etc.), citrus, touch of pine, earthy hops

M - chewy medium body, moderate carbonation

O - more like an IPA than expected; not bad

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Photo of fps_dean
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a slight head. Smells of a a feint mixture of malts, pine and citrus, and the taste is similar except much stronger. It's feels pretty light and is moderately carbonated. Until I read it here, I had no idea this winter warmer was 8.3%, I would have guessed maybe 6% from the taste and characteristics.

Overall, not a bad winter warmer by any means. I also used this beer to make beer battered flounder, and the citrus flavor really came to life.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a copper color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and malty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrus and malty flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-An easy winter ale

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Nice pine, earthy taste with roasted malt and toffee.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copperish color with small to medium head. A bit of citrus with some floral and piney hops and touch of corriander peppery tastes. This one has a good christmasy feee to it

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy dull orange with a modest head. The aroma leads with a rich, nutty malt aroma, with burnt orange and sticky pine. The flavor is mild, with lovely nutty malt, cashew, orange peel, dusky pine, and a hint of caramel. The mouthfel is fairly light, with soft, fuzzy carbonation. Overall this is a truly enjoyable beer, with superb balances, and an artistic tension between sweet, nutty malts, and pungent, slightly bitter hops.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this off the single shelf from a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice in Dayton,OH. It poured a slightly hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had hints of earth. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with touches of cinnamon and frankincense. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz IPA shaped glass best before 4/02/19. Pours a very attractive clear bright orange with a 3 finger sticky white head that leaves loads of patchy lace. 4.25

Smell is tangerine, caramel, toffee, apricot, pine resin, and grapefruit. 3.75

Taste tangerine and apricot upfront with caramel, toffee, and a healthy dose of piney grapefruit in the bold flavor-full finish. 4

Mouthfeel is big, plenty of like, a tad dry, and drinks pretty easy for 8.3% ABV. 4

Overall this is a hop heads type of Winter Warmer, not sure it isn’t a DIPA, but tasty just the same. 4

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick thin off-white head with medium retention.
Nice tropical aroma with notes of guava, passion fruit, caramel, apples, orange marmalade, tangerine and white coconut.
Flavor with notes of orange marmalade, pine, mint, guava, grapefruit, caramel, tangerines, some spices and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste with a pleasant almost mellow bitterness despite of its 58 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. No way you can tell this is 8.3% abv.
This was rather pleasant Winter Warmer and not heavy at all. It is half way between and American IPA or APA and a Winter Warmer, with some tropical and citrusy notes.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In the world of winter ales, this lil number is pretty decent, albeit not a stand out. It hits all the characteristics of a nice winter ale, but without distinction.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a heavy amount of particulates - some of which are 3mm long. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Extremely weak nose. Weak to the point of being almost non-existent. Just a mere hint of malt.

Light body with a hint of smoothness. Quite outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle provides a nice effervescent rush that really opens the flavor profile up. The finish is prickly but doesn't overdo it.

The very good flavor profile is tasty and makes up for the weak nose - to a degree. Bitterness is moderate and is mostly a blend of pine, cedar and citrus. Towards the end, the bitterness shits to mostly zest. The middle shines with a nice sweet base. Malt is the sweetness driver but there is more caramel present than the color would suggest. Overall, this one is basically a hop ride over a world class balanced contrasting sweetness. The finish is slow fade of zest and just a hint of the 8.3% alcohol.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent offering from Elysian. Silky and smooth and good ABV for a winter warmer. Floral almost like an IPA. I will definitely have some of these as back ups in the fridge.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming 8.3%. Overall this is a very nice imperial amber ale style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Nice well rounded complexities. Balanced Amarillo/Styrian Goldings hops with Munich/Crystal malts. A bit juicy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ordybill
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is apricots. The taste is piney hops and mild citrus.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little winter warmer pours a
very nice red tinged amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin subtle pool, and shows some very nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
herbal hops and caramel malts with a touch of citrus fruit notes. Flavors
exceed the nose with a nice balanced caramel and honey malt that surrounds
a nice spicy hop and subtle pine note with a touch of orange and subtle
citrus notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation,
and a sweet and hoppy balanced finish with moderate warming.

Overall a very solid brew.


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3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No date visible...seasonal N/D beer should be fresh.
Slightly hazed orange glowing beer with a 1/2" white head above and decent retention and lace left behind.
Hop = perfume, floral, earthy - maybe oranges...sweet candy grainy malt backbone present at 8.3%.
Big beer - fruity hops and plenty of malt sweetness, hoppy enough to mostly dry out in the end. Not much depth of flavor for a beer this big.
Full bodied with a slick, smooth entry, low to mid carbonation.
It's OK, had way better from Elysian...listed here as a Winter Warmer and they claim it's a bold Pale Ale...confused is a good description for me and the beer.

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Photo of teromous
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't see a date on this 12oz bottle.

Appearance: The body is hazy and orange with a bit of a copper color at the edge. There are a few bits of suspended solids. It has a very short head but it leaves good lacing and despite the head being short it retains nicely.

Aroma: Oddly there is no real aroma to this beer. I kept waiting for a bit and re-approaching the glass but I never got much of anything. After about four or five attempts I started to pick up what smells like flour from freshly crushed grain. It's has a very substandard aroma.

Taste: Throughout the beer there is a pleasant grain flavor. An earthy tea-like hop flavor starts to layer on the palate the more the beer is consumed. It finishes with a woody bitterness. Every now and then there is a minty flavor that appears only in the aftertaste. The aftertaste has more flavor than the beer does while being consumed.

Mouthfeel: It has this thick and chewy body. It is smooth but it feels at odds with the flavor of the beer.

Overall: The beer was a mess. It barely had any aroma and the flavor left much to be desired. The thick body and awkward bitterness just made the beer soupy and unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend it or drink it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy golden orange colored body with a one and a half finger foamy white head that dies within a minute and leaves some nice somewhat spider web/sporadic lacing that clings in a very nice way; the aroma has spiced apples up front with some earthy grapefruit/orange peel/lemon-ness going on to combine with some caramel malts in the background; the taste is sweet yet kinda earthy/musty flavors the mouth through the spiced apples and the secondary flavorings of the aroma, gets a bit resinous in the mouth, some cherry and peach starts to come out a bit as it warms, light honey comes out as well; sticky sweet apple/peach/cherry aftertaste; it has a kind of watery finish; for the most part is kinda easy on the palate but there is a degree of harshness entering in like an AIPA

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Honey-colored (or lighter side of Ochre yellow) with big, slow bubbles, and a medium, willowy head that shrinks but quick.
A simple yet superb malty sweetness.
Taste follows the nose, with a brief, slight booze burn on the mouth's roof. After a few gulps the bubbles begin to pop, crisp and sour, but not sharp. Bold. Tastes stronger than the 8.3%.

Have not had this style in some time. Refreshing, strong, simple. Not the last bottle I will be picking up!

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Photo of BB1313
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 11/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with some sediment/floaties along with some clarity; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of grains. Some soggy corn cereal. Malts are there. The flavors are bold with a strong sharp bitterness. Tons of fresh pine. Hints of citrus. Nice amount of grapefruit and lemon. Some fresh grass in the mix. Solid malt backbone. It's slightly sweet in the finish, but it's still bitter. It's ultimately bittersweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth.

This is a decent brew. The best way to categorize it would be an "Imperial Pale Ale". It has alot of traditional pale ale qualities, but amped up.

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Photo of gandres
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint Glass during happy hour at the brewpub in Tangltown/ Greenlake, Seattle on Monday after New Year
amber, small head, some lacing
bitter taste even for an IPA
long finish, bitter aftertaste
very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to
Drank: January 2, 2017 3:45 PM

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Photo of philbe311
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - An attractive pour... Two plus fingers worth of lush creamy white froth with a big rocky top... Stellar retention... Gobs upon gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass as it settles a bit... The color is a pale amber with some lemony yellow undertones when properly back lit... Just a touch of haziness... Almost completely still with just a stray carbonation bubble her and there...

S - A slightly timid nose... Faint cereal grains... A touch of piney hops... And turkey (no, seriously I'm picking up turkey - never before in nearly 1,500 reviews)...

T - A strong hop presence... Mostly piney with a touch of citrus... Honey... Some muted candied sugars... Cereal grains...

F - Velvety smooth... On the lighter side of small bodied... Light carbonation but with a strong bit to it... A bit sticky... Very nice...

O - A interesting take on the Winter Warmer style... Exceptional and near world class appearance and feel... Very pedestrian smell with only slightly more interesting flavor profile... I may indulge again next season... A slightly unique and world class value in the realm of winter seasonals...

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps my taste buds are misaligned but tasted hints of grapefruit and space up front, with lasting bitter resin finish. Tastes like a subtle IPA. Good. Worth trying.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a date of 11/10/16. Sampled on December 15, 2016.

It pours a slightly milky looking medium orange-amber with a modest off-white head that fades.

The aroma has a slight hint of orange or tangerine but the more forward characters are the sour dough bready malt and yeast characters. Low to no booze profile.

Medium or better body.

The taste brings out the same yeasty breaded malt sweetness with a mild to moderate bitterness and a kind of tobacco like quality. Maybe that is herbal. I had hoped for more but I didn't mind it.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and citrus. Heavy and alcoholic, Murky burnt orange, I think this would be great with food, but I like winter warmers to be sweeter, browner, and stand alone by a fireplace with marshmallows.

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