Elysian Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #135
Ranked #37,707
3.72 | pDev: 11.83%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 610 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bifrost pours a hazy copper color, with chunks of stuff, and a small lacing head. Aroma has a nice orange note, hint of cinnamon. Flavor is earthy, malty, nice orange notes, and sweet spices. Thick, but nice body and feel. Overall, a nice beer, some nice spiced flavors, good hints of orange, all on a earthy backbone.

Apr 03, 2021
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Pours a finger of dense, pillowy white head into my Boston Lager glass. Retention is great so far, nearly the entire head remains after a few minutes. Initial lacing looks very nice as well. Body is golden bronze, a little cloudy, with a shit ton of bubbles coming up. Looks very nice so far.

Nose is citrus, hops, light notes of bread. Maybe some faint caramel. Not my kind of winter ale, but I can probably dig it. Despite the few clear aromas, this nose is quite small. All in all not bad.

Interesting flavor, way bigger than the nose. Noticeable caramel is followed by even more prominent citrus. A little alcohol in the middle. Finishes with some bread. I don’t love this, but it’s pretty decent.

Body is pretty substantial, medium-high thickness. Pretty effervescent, the citrusy hops do a fair amount of work. That said, the carbonation is actually on the lower side, likely due to the amount of nucleation. Bitterness is maybe a hair below medium, but it drinks pretty spunky. Sweetness is here, but it is balanced quite well by the other characteristics to the point it’s hardly noticeable. Nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is significantly better in the glass than compared to when I’ve previously had this out of the bottle, drinks far less sweet.

Appearance turned out very nice. Head was tenacious, and lasted a very long time. Lacing was thick all the way down.

Overall a pretty decent beer, not what I would choose for this style, but ok all things considered. Way better out of the glass, it’s like an entirely different beer.

Feb 15, 2021
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Sayb from Arizona

3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Cloudy gold , minimal head , dissipates quickly. Appears like a wheat beer .
S: Negligible
T: Citrus And hoppy
F: Murky and grainy
O:Gave it a try wont return.

Feb 12, 2021
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Garrysbrew from Washington

1.38/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Worst beer I have ever tasted. Wife poured hers down the drain. I drank mine because I paid for it. Sorry Elysian folks. Burn this one and start again.

Jan 31, 2021
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge fan of the Winter Warmer style, so take any comments I make with that in mind. It starts off a bit hoppy and has a definite citrus flavor. Not a super strong or annoying taste, The finish is actually not bad at all. You really do not taste the 8.3 ABV so be careful if you are slurping several of these!

Jan 06, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one smells like pure malty bread water but the retronasal... oh yeah there isn't a fucking retronasal. Just malty with a little fruity sweetness maybe they were going for some kind of Christmas fruit cake.

It starts off with some hoppy bitterness but soon turns to sweet malts before it turns back to bitter hops.

The bitterness stays long after the beer is gone. When it is in your mouth it's prickly with fizz. It's dry and clean.

It's a good beer, balanced with good flavors. It's nothing spectacular but I'd give it a 3.9 out of 6.

Dec 29, 2020
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Aleforge from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy golden / copper with a pronounced slightly off white head. Strong lacing, head has no intentions of leaving.

S: Very noticeably citrus, having a tough time picking out much else.

T: Moderate bitterness that lingers fairly long turning from citrusy to somewhat piney. No signs of the higher ABV.

F: Fairly light, moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

Very solid winter beer although the only thing that makes this feel seasonal is the bottle label and higher ABV. It's much simpler and easier to drink than others but be careful (or not), this could be an easy "session" around the fireplace beer.

Dec 22, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium light, clear orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 13. Pours much lighter than expected. (3.50)

Aroma: Mild aromas of caramel, red fruit and some faint orange citrus underneath, but leans malty. Some caramel candy and alcohol underneath for sure with some spice.

Flavor: Flavor follows with a strong caramel, red apple and bready sweetness upfront that follows into a spiced pine and alcohol bitterness to finish.

Feel: Heavier bodied. Mild carbonation. Finishes malty and sweet with a massive pine bitterness on the end to finish bitter among the strong malts.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Celebraiton IPA 12/13/20: Pours a slightly lighter color even. Similarly mild aromas. But this one has more caramel and alcohol. Less pine soap and citrus. Very similar aromas. Flavor is similar too, but more caramel malts and alcohol burn on the back-end here. Less balanced. Winner: Celebration

Compared to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 3/12/21: Pours a lighter and much more orange color. More brown malt and caramel flavors/aromas. Less dark fruit, citrus, treacle flavors. Less orange citrus, alcohol burn, and bitterness.

Overall: This one drinks like a heavier and boozier IPA, an imperial IPA. Nice caramel, apple, orange malt flavors balanced by a vague hoppy bitterness. Strong caramel and alcohol within the body to finish with a bite. The booze is present at 8.5%. As others have said, this one drinks more like an imperial IPA or even a barleywine. The caramel flavors come first, followed by the hops and alcohol bitterness to appropriately balance them. Overall, it finishes into a massive malt and hop bomb. Enough to give anyone a little palate fatigue. Really hard to characterize/rate this beer. The stronger alcohol I dislike, but underneath I don't think the flavors are bad. Nice flavors, but the alcohol is offputting. Not terrible, but I'd grab Celebration over this which is saying something. (Final Rating: 3.60)

Dec 13, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque burnt orange and my sloppy pour yields a huge, billowing head that pillows up to two fingers and leaves great lacing as it settles
Aroma: Citrus fruits, pine sap, big bready malt notes, and earthiness
Taste: Earthiness, pine, and citrus fruit hit first and the earthy and pine notes are much more in the forefront here than they were in the nose which is very citrus-dominate. Layers of warm bready malt combine with the hops and a little booze to hold through to a bold, hoppy and slightly hot finish
Mouthfeel: Big and full – almost chewy, medium-high carbonation, moderate dryness and detectable alcohol heat on the finish
Overall: I dig it. I’ve liked and have been drinking this beer for years and it’s somewhat unique for a winter seasonal but like most, definitely big enough the keep warmth in the belly and body. A hoppy, lighter-colored-malt strong ale. A little big ABV-wise for my usual liking these days but to me, that aspect is half the allure of this beer. Delicious

Nov 23, 2020
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sjrider from California

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - not quite clear dark copper/orange with white head leaving frosty lacing.Nose is a mix of mild malt and whiffs of hops. Taste follows with a slight sweetness and a mild hop bite. Finish leaves a lingering mild bitterness. Not really a winter warmer IMO, more of a modified pale/ipa.

Nov 17, 2020
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FastEddy23 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok I'm not much into the ratings via smell look taste yadda yadda yadda but I will tell you this, this is a really really good beer and my favorite beers are winter ales and imperial stouts. This beer isn't as heavy as other winter ales, but it is extremely tasty and easy drinking!! 8.3% alcohol and smooth as brown sugar!! Definitely recommend and I've tried about 50 Winter ales! I was so happy to get 3 of these for $3 at a local store in Orange City, FL (Dale's Ales) and couldn't be happier. I live in Orlando and have had the hardest time finding good winter ales this past season. I love the malty ales and this one is extremely smooth and has butter toffee undertones with brown sugar notes IMHO. I see others posting citrusy,,but I taste more malt and toffee! Fantastic beer! I honestly cant believe that this isn't higher rated for it is better than most of the Winter Ales I have had and not as heavy (Although 8.3%). Huge recommendation! Thank you Elysian! Although you arent from New Orleans,,,I love the beer!! Fast Eddy

Feb 04, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle Experience By 04/28/20 poured into becher glass at fridge temp 8.3% ABV. The beer pours hazy orange amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thick ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild with caramel malt and vague hops. The taste is semisweet caramel with pine & grapefruit peel before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good beer. I would classify it as a DIPA. No trace of spice, rich malt or any other winter warmer trademark.

Jan 01, 2020
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never had this one before so when I saw it, decided to pick up a six. The bottle says "Winter Ale"? After a few sips I was wondering where the Winter Ale was as it tastes like an IPA to me. Its okay, although by no means a Winter Style Ale.

Dec 03, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper-Gold, floaties, Permanent and lacing head

Citrusy hops, toasty malt. Low perception of alcohol.

Clean, crisp toasty and sweet malt with a strong balance of new-world hop bitterness and flavor.

Medium-full with moderate CO2 and no harshness or astringency.

A tasty winter sipper

Nov 25, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, giving a couple fingers of white head. Golden color, only slightly hazy. Slight citrus smell, with the taste pretty citrus heavy. Not too bitter. Pretty light and moderate carbonation.

Nov 24, 2019
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Jul 21, 2019
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fps_dean from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jan 01, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Dec 23, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Dec 16, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Dec 14, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Dec 08, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Nov 23, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Jul 15, 2018
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Feb 17, 2018
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