BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
512
Reviews:
201
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by woosterbill:
Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber body under an inch of off-white froth. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Malt-forward and rather muddled. Some overripe grapefruit underneath the doughy breadiness. Not terribly appetizing.

T: A little better here, with apricot and grapefruit leading in to mildly toasty malt. Spicy finish. Still not terribly dynamic.

M: Slick medium body with fairly light carbonation. Mediocre.

O: Drinkable but forgettable. At least it hides its ABV quite well.

Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kuzi_86
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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Outdated Label on current Beer page.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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Photo of philbe311
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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 SamQ
5/5  rDev +34%
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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Photo of wumpshire
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +10.7%
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 +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +22.8%
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 +1.9%
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%
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 -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerCrack
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of masikon
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Kasabuske
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of takusan1000
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +0.5%

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 512 ratings.
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