Elysian Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #145
Ranked #35,311
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 589 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Temporalis:
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Temporalis from Washington, Nov 11, 2012
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3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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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philbe311 from Pennsylvania, Dec 27, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer hits the glass in a very dark orange/amber to rust in color. A sizeable and frothy head forms and retains like a champ, hanging around long enough to lace throughout the entire drink. Wafting out of the glass is an aroma straight out of a midwinter's night. Mild to strong hops bitterness hits the nose right up front in a burst of floral and light pine notes. Quickly, the hops are replaced with a touch of brown sugar sweetness before those are also washed away and the nose turns toward some dark and bitter malts.

Taking a drink, the flavor of the beer follows the scent almost to the letter. The hops are somewhat more subdued than on the nose, but the medium pine bitterness is still there. Next comes the brown sugar sweetness, which is stronger than it was in the scent and drowns out the hops bitterness. The last flavor to hit the tongue, as well as the one to linger, is what I would call a "light barleywine" flavor. Big malts, light alcohol, and just a slight return of the hops ends the drink and sticks around a little while after the drink. As far as mouthfeel goes, there is a slight bit of noticeable alcohol in the flavor and weight, but other than that, this is a fairly drinkable beer. None of the flavors are too heavy to slow this drink down, and I think the best description is again "light barleywine."

Overall, this is an interesting and somewhat unique brew. The hops and malts balance out well and combine to form a winter ale that is different from a heavy stout or wet-hopped IPA. A good change of pace winter beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a great winter warmer. Tastes like apricots, brandy, yet not boozy. A session barley wine (oxymoron)? I finally found a strong beer my wife likes!

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wumpshire from Oregon, Dec 05, 2015
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3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle (Case of 6)
Outdated Label on current Beer page.

At first pour, A nice solid Orange / Carmel Color with faint visability in glass. Although other viewers stated they had lasting 2 finger head. I received about 1 finger head with decent carbonation. Borderline Lager/Champaigne look.
Upon first smell, a faint hint of citrus with a strong Malt/Alcohol Scent. Which is understandable for a 8.3 Alcohol Volume Ale.
Now the Taste. A consistent Rich citrus Malt blend, with a hint of hoppiness. A strong kick of that 8.3 alcohol as well. As for the after taste, those flavors of citrus will kick in, along with a faint zesty pepper note to top it off.
All in all a nice beer. Definitely not packed full of flavors, but if your looking for a strong consistent Citrus Malt Ale. With a zesty after kick. This beer is the way to go.

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Kuzi_86 from California, Feb 07, 2016
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/5. A truly remarkable beer. Outstanding amber-gold coloration with an unbelievably smooth, rich taste. I bought a 6 pack for a weekend beer, and was just star-struck by every aspect of this beer. Even the label is on-point. You can't go wrong with Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale. The only downside to this masterpiece is the fact that it probably is only available regionally. If you ever find yourself in the pacific northwest during the season, do yourself a favor and give this beer a whirl.

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SamQ from Washington, Oct 30, 2016
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3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty golden color with some orange highlights and a pure white head that left some mighty fine lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly bready with a subtle juicy hop. Looks like the makings of an APA. The taste is malty sweet with a touch of hoppy bitterness. A nice bready malt with a dab of honey and a nice juicy hop flavor profile. Hops used more for flavor than for bittering. The feel is thick and chewy, soft carbonation leads to a nice silky feel, finishes sweet. An enjoyable brew, though not sure of the winter warmer status. A nice malty APA.

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Gmann from New York, Dec 25, 2008
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3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a bit of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of alcohol.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that there is also a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is a little hoppier compared to other beers in the style so the mouthfeel doesn't seem very heavy or sticky.

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metter98 from New York, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rdoggg from Pennsylvania, Dec 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mendvicdog from Maryland, Dec 18, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice label art, depicting a frosty, snowy night featuring a pair of frost and snow covered pines, an eclipsed moon, stars, and the Milky Way. A google search reveals the definition of bifrost- a mythical norse "bridge to heaven" that some think corresponds to the Milky Way. The label describes the beer as "a bold pale ale".

A moderate pour from a longneck into a shaker produces a subdued head of about 3/4 inch. This reduces quickly but does leave sticky chunks of bubbly lace. The beer is a hazy pale amber color with medium carbonation.

Citrusy hops are evident in the aroma along with a hint of pure booze and just a touch of something else- perhaps DMS. The flavor is marked by a fairly solid background of bready malts, with citrus tang, a bit of melon, and a slight butter flavor. Underlying everything are some earthy and spicy hop notes. The alcohol adds just a touch of a spicy bite, but is otherwise well-masked. The mouthfeel is creamy, and supports a lingering tang in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light.

This is an unusual winter warmer, and is pretty much a double pale ale. As such, it's a nice change-up from the heavier examples out there. A pretty good deal at 8 something for a sixer.

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3.64/5  rDev -2.2%

casapy from Idaho, Nov 04, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

TriageStat from Pennsylvania, Jun 02, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this bomber up at Foodery in Philly.

Poured chilled into my snifter
A - A peachy amber w/ hazy clarity and 2.5 fingers of pillowy off white head . The winter ale throws up a smattering of lace

S - A nice bready, yeasty ale aroma w/ a hint of twiggy hop scents and subtle biscuity nose.

M the overall feel is very creamy w/ a lingering bitterness and gentle malt spiciness

T - a generous taste of grainy malt which has a dry granola huskiness and the is flavor presents a nice piney hop note. The flavor which is only mildly bitter, backing up the biscuit malt note and keeps the flavor + spiciness in balance. There is a subtle creamy and toasted flavor w/ a hint of alcohol when taken in large gulps w/ a subtle pear-like fruit and hints of citrus from the hops. The finish is slightly astringent, but the flavor is very smooth.

D - A tasty ale , but it kind of lost my interest - a bomber is good, but not a stand out among some very good beers in Elysian's lineup.

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, Dec 14, 2008
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

skaboom420 from Pennsylvania, Feb 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

sneaks2210 from New York, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

rwshelton2 from Pennsylvania, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, slight yeast, hint of resin, slight pine, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer, but perhaps more aptly fits within a Pale Ale style. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight resin, slight hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, not particularly winter-y nor is it particularly a pale ale, tastes reminiscent of an altbier.

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Tone from Missouri, Jan 26, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dsshuck from Delaware, May 23, 2016
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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.

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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey, Dec 03, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BeerForMuscle from New Jersey, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A- light copper color with a one finger head that is frothy and leaves a decent lacing on the pint. a hazy look to it as well.

S- Tangerine and exotic fruit smell like starfruit or papaya. Very interesting. Malst are nicely hidden. This is kind of like an IPA rather than a winter warmer.

F- Carbonated dry citrus fruit taste. Different and not what i expect from a winter warmer. Light caramel malt, hard to notice.

M- dry like and IPA but crisp and smooth. I like it but as an IPA not a winter warmer.

O- A great beer but it doesnt fit the style. Thats the only downfall.

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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania, Mar 09, 2013
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