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BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 468
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The head fades fast to leave a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma has notes of some sweeter and some bitter citrus mixed with tropical fruit smells. The sweeter citrus is of a tangerine smell while the bitter is more grapefruit in nature. The tropical fruits were a mix of mango and pineapple, giving the beer, when mixed with the tangerine, an overall sweeter smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty taste. It is quite smooth with some flavors of an orange and caramel flavor upfront. As the taste moves on, some more resinous bitter hop flavors enter the taste. Flavors of grapefruit and some light pine taste. More toward the end more sweet flavors of caramel as well as a biscuit flavor comes to the tongue. These combined with the hop to leave a sort of chewy, mildly bittered, biscuit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamy and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier flavors really accentuate the resinous hop flavors well as well as bolster the malty and biscuit taste. Pretty nicely done.

Overall - I actually rather enjoyed this beer. It had a good, but not overly so, resinous hop flavor that melded well with the lighter fruit, citrus and malty flavors of the brew.

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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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Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one pours a beautiful, cloudy orange with lots of sediment and a big, lacing, white head.

Smell – Strong citrus hops carry the nose of this NW ale. There’s a wonderful malt balance here but this one is all about the citrus and pine hops.

Taste – Big, hoppy flavors overcome the smallish malt balance. There aren’t any sweets to speak of; just big citrus hops with some pine to boot.

Mouthfeel – Medium-to-full in the body and some good carbonation gives this one a terrific mouthfeel.

Drinkability – If you’re not dead, this one is a great buy. It is big and hoppy and doesn’t disappoint. The finish to this one is awesome, making it a great nightcap.

Update – The ’04 vintage is just as fantastic as the ’03. I got some tremendous lacing on this one and raised the Appearance 0.5.

Update – The ’05 vintage is more of the same. This edition by Elysian is wonderfully consistent and one o f the best wintertime beer available in the PacNW.

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Photo of KSL
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Nice clear golden amber with a light golden colored foamy head. Looks great in my tulip.
Smooth taste. Milky feel up front. Easy drinker. A great beer for sitting by the fire and just relaxing.
This is a very good to style beer that won't disappoint.

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Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, pours lighter amber, with an orange glow, off white tiny bubble head, long lasting, frothy and then leaving real nice fine lace and plenty of fine sheeting. Muted bready nose. This one looks and drinks more like an American Pale then a WW. Creamy and pleasing on the tongue. Hops come through loud and clear. Grainy and citric and then smooth and mellow in the finish. Real nice moderately hoppy sessioner. A pleasant seasonal new comer to the Elysian line. Well worth a try

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to skyhand for this special treat...
Honey amber in color...a hefty dose of white head and attractive lacing as it recedes.
Subdued in the aroma, some sweet caramel malt and a hint of citrus.
Taste is one of the best I've ever savored...sickly balanced with sweet malt and a hoppiness that you would typically find in most IPA's. As true to the style, the bitterness takes a back seat to the malty sweetness...citrus (mainly oranges), honey, and subtle spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel was full bodied...thick without getting syrupy.
Carbonation was just right and the drinkability was thru the roof.
Easily, one of the most impressive limited offerings I've had recently...certainly not your "typical" winter warmer, but was perfect for me.

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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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. No freshness dating. ABV listed on the side of the bottle as 7.8% ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy honey color with a frothy, rocky, persistent off-white head that laces the glass with a patchwork of sticky lace.

Smell: Scents of fruity esters and some pine tar. Virtually non-existent malty sweetness scurries about in the background.

Taste: Not overly-hopped, but malt is the clear loser in this one. Very flavorful, with a brisk finish. Slight warming effect from the alcohol. A little bit of bitterness lingers on the palate, almost an ESB-like finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Originally, this got a 3.5. But as it warmed, the mouthfeel got bigger and a little smoother. Pretty decent carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Nice mix of flavors, combined with the lasting aftertaste, make for a nice before-bed brew. Nothing too heavy to knock your socks off...just a little something before you turn out the light.

Notes: Thanks to RoyalT for this great offering.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerCrack
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of masikon
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a gorgeous deep honey color with a fair head and some moderate lacing. It was quite fragrant with a very fruity scent which immediately reminded me of strawberries. mouthfeel was rich with a bit of syrup texture which coated the mouth, the only real downpoint was that after swallowing there wasn't much finish. Overall a great, very drinkable winter ale that is hearty and warming...just what a winter ale should be.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Kasabuske
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of takusan1000
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown sugar, fruitcake, and slightly astringent alcohol aftertaste. Overall mild for a winter warmer, but very thin mouthfeel that throws me off.

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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 mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Berndt
4.95/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Elysian BiFrost - 3/3/2013 - bottle 22oz - bottle conditioned

Aroma - Citrusy American hops - big hop aroma.

Appearance - Light orange, white head

Taste - Full hop flavor - wonderful bitterness, a bit of caramel in aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, light-medium body

Overall - I've had this hoppy winter warmer before, and thought it was fine, but this year's version was amazing. A lighter colored counterpart to Sierra Nevada Celebration, emphasizing the hops. My favorite winter warmer this past season.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caddybuyer
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hammerhead18
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasant taste. Could use more hops.

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
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