BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 11-25-2003

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Photo of cdf1991
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Tastes way too sweet. Hardly bitter at all. I had to pour it down the sink as I couldn't bare to finish it (and that hardly ever happens). I really regret wasting 10 bucks on that 6 pack. This is the first time I have disliked an Elysian beer

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy orange with a finger of white creamy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pretty malty with a lot of corriander and some citrus/earthy spices.

Flavor starts out fairly malty. Finishes with a spicy kick, but really very little going on here.

Mouthfeel and carb are both ok.

This beer isn't offense, it's just sort of there. It's fairly bland and the earthy/spicy finish wore on me after a while.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Poured a deep golden yellow which surprised me as I was expecting more brown with a solid 1 inch head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma starts with hops, backed by malt and spice. The flavor is also a blend of malt, spice and hops though rather thin.

I found myself wanting more in body, aroma, and flavor. Overall, I was disappointed in this beer. I am quite fond of the style and this beer almost tasted like watered down beer that is much better.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-11-2011 02:25:30

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Photo of saulcharlesworth
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bomber in to my Sam Adams pint.

Appearance - Darker golden brown with a nice puffy white head sitting atop.

Smell - Getting quite a bit of sweetness here... Almost buttery as well... No real hop profile in the aroma.

Taste - Very similar to the aroma. Took my first sip and got lots of buttery sweetness... A little bit of alcohol on the end too with minimal hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Not sure I'd pursue much more than a bomber of this one... Actually, now I think about it I'm not sure I'd search this one out over some of the other Winter Warmers out at the moment.

Just ok for me. I sampled this at the brewpub in Seattle in January but don't recall it much - same, unfortunately, for this brew.. Don't think its going to leave a mark on the Winter Warmer style for me...
Love Elysian and they have some solid brews but this one doesn't really stack up compared to other year round brews.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beer pours a cloudy light orange color (like a new penny). The head was thin and bright white. Don't blink because it was gone in a flash.

The smell is an earthy hops wrapped in pineapple. A bit odd.

The initial taste is almost non-existent. Very flat taste. In the middle there is a hint of citrus. The finish is hoppy. Not strong like an IPA, but similar taste to an IPA with a floral finish.

The mouth feel is crisp. There is a high level of carbonation.

Overall, this beer does not live up to the description on the bottle. The citrus and the hops are both muted, and there is nothing else evident.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Wait, is this a Winter Warmer? Doesn't really look the part.... Hazy appearance, solid lacy head... Is this one of those unfiltered beers with holiday spices that has been trending recently?

Smell: A little bit of hops, not much else. Enjoyed in Philly area, so the bottle has traveled a little.

Taste: Definitely not what I'd call a Winter Warmer in the Mid-Atlantic or New England areas... Kinda a lightly spiced pale ale, which I guess is what they describe it as. Not bad if you gulp it, but when I let it sit a bit it was a little pungent. Maybe its the batch? I'm sure the taste overall isn't, but all things considered, it still feels off.

Mouthfeel: This is nice if I take it as a pale ale. Pretty sticky, enjoyable.

I can't recommend this as a winter warmer at all. It's an interesting pseudo-Winter Pale Ale, but it doesn't quite hit the mark there either. This maybe needs a re-brand and a little tuning. Not a big fan, would not buy again. Shame, this is my first Elysian brew and I've heard good things. Will have to give something else a go.

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Photo of boralyl
2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a 1/2 inch of creamy white head which as great retention. As it slowly fades there is plenty of sticky lace present. The beer is mostly clear and copper in color.

S - The aroma has some caramel like sweetness and notes of citrus. Unfortunately it's rather muted.

M - Medium in body and slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation.

T - A sweet, syrupy, candy like start followed by some caramel malts. I get some very light citrus notes and then an unpleasant sweet/flowery combo along with some alcohol burn. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup towards the end.

Not a fan of this beer at all. I've enjoyed some of their other beers, but I'm content with skipping this one in the future.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I stopped at the Elysian on a business trip. Ordered a Bitfrost from the menu, served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale copper color and is clear. A smallish off-white head fades quickly.

The smell is sweet and piney. A lot of hop aroma with a little sweet malt.

The taste is hoppy and sweet 'n sour. There are some candy caramel flavor and some bourbon like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little buttery and cloying for the thin appearance. There is some alcohol heat.

Not a real drinkable beer. The bourbon flavors are a bit strong, and the ABV makes is less than sessionable. I had one, and I'll pass this one up again.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orangish yellow color with a two finger head which gives way to a very nice lace on the glass. The aroma starts off with a citrus and grapefruit aroma. There is a slight bready aroma in the middle. The end has a little pine hop action. The taste follows suit, there is a bready malty start, the middle then comes through with a grapefruit and citrus flavor. The backend has a pine hop taste. The taste is there but is slightly thin. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated maybe slightly watery. Overall it was a very average beer, there just wasnt enough going on to make me want it again.

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Photo of Rodekill
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing Company, part of their joint venture with Elysian. I was excited to learn of this "partnership" as Elysian is a highly touted brewery whose products were previously unavailable in Colorado.

I'm disappointed, however. It's a bit one dimensional and uninspiring. New Belgium isn't known for hoppy beers, which may have something to do with the understated hop character of this beer. Low hop aroma, non-descript flavor, and generic bitterness make for a fairly bland ale overall. Not much malt to back up the hopping, either.

The appearance is a cloudy yellowish/amber, which doesn't lend itself to whetting the appetite for more.

Maybe the beers will improve with practice, but I'll wait and see before buying anything else in this series. Perhaps I'll just have to make a trip to the Northwest to try them at the source one of these days.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A big ol' bomber with the contents brewed by New Belgium Brewing. Isn't that crazy? On to the beer:

A somewhat murky looking beer. Pale coughdrop orange in color with small carbonation bubbles running through it. The head provides some creamy lace which sticks to the glass. Nose is fine; tree bark, light tinges of lime, gentle snaps of malt.

Bifrost is much more tame than what I was expecting. Very dry overall; some notes of tree bark, light snaps of hops, only a little mlat sweetness is present. The body is medium-full with a syrupy texture to it; a decent texture, but too dry and "cotton mouth" in the aftermath.

A decent ale that is victimized by its mouthfeel; I didn't ask for any cotton in my beer!

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $4.49. Nice orange color, looks like an IPA or something, I almost expected it to be brown. Smell was odd and the taste was worse. It really had this weird orange rind flavor, citrusy in a very bad way. The alcohol was noticable and overall I just didn't care for this beer at all. At least it was not very expensive.

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Photo of Thatoneguyssidekick
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours light amber, good head but dissipates quickly.

Starts with a traditional winter beer taste but is replaced quickly with a fruity (almost pear) taste that lingers. You almost need to take another sip to stop this tart aftertaste.

I was excited to try it on tap since I thouroughly enjoy every Elysian beer I have come across(minus pumpkin far)

Nothing like any winter beer I've had.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Poured a light copper with a nice white head and some carbonation visible. Sweet malts, and a bit of spice in the nose. Malty to the tongue, spice is very subdued, and not too distinctive for a winter warmer. A little citrus bitterness in there, maybe just a tad of pine or juniper. Light-medium body, a little harsh and not overly drinkable, for a style that usually promises sweetness and spice.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date: code on label 110906061

A: light amber, single finger of white foam falls to etched surface. spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: smells of sweet malt and a little jasmine. Otherwise, nothing to speak of.
T: English malts, sweet candy tones, alcohol is veiled. Some back end bitterness.
M: medium bodied with hi carb. wet finish.
O: This is okay, wish it had a little hop bite to it, just a bit. Then I would be all over this beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale goldish amber colored ale with some chill haze. Small white colored head that doesn't last.

Smells malty with some cinnamon and orange but not much.

Starts out malty and mildly bitter. Some strong tea flavor. Vague orange and spice flavors.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, why did I buy this again? It is just an average ale.

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Photo of claspada
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus at first, which then lends to s boat load of doughy, biscuity malt. There is some lighter apricot and pine hops as well.

The taste is initially sweet and bready, but then the hops charge in; mainly citrus with some lesser herbal and pine hoppiness. Pleasant, with a pretty nice balance of hops and malt.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick and could have used some more carbonation, but it's smooth nonetheless.

Overall this is a fairly good beer but but was I was expecting a much maltier beer because it is a winter warmer. This is almost like an IPA. Not bad, but really nothing spectacular.

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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.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elysian- BiFrost

A- A hazy cloudy orange with a thick chunky head. Big chunky lacing.
S- Toasted grains, pine hops, and alcohol.
T- Big pine hops immediately hit you with a big bite of alcohol. Sweet dried fruits (apricot and fig)slightly poke through but are overwhelmed by the alcohol.
M- Slight pine hop bitterness becomes lighter and sweeter. Alcohol again is very present and is a bit hot and vaporous.

Overall- Not horrible but just didn't dig this 1. I couldn't detect any r eal flavors because ofthe boozy alcohol. I really wanted to like this 1. Give it a shot, my taste buds are strange!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma malt, caramel, faint spice, orange, & hops. Taste zesty bitter hops, citrus, light caramel & malt, peppery spice. More an IPA than Winter ale!

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the BiFrost is a bright clear, orangish amber color with a thick, white head, leaving behind a sticky, beautifully patterned lace. The aroma is bright and fruity, mainly peach and some citrus, with some piny hops, sweet malt and alcohol. The taste is malty but not too thick, with caramel and sweet fruit esters, a very bitter hop finish and a lot more alcohol bite than is necessary for the 7.5% ABV. Like the taste, the mouthfeel is nicely balanced and quite pleasant, helping the BiFrost goes down quite nicely, but the overly bitter aftertaste prevents this warmer from being all that drinkable right now. I have another bottle in the cellar, so I'm curious to see how it matures over the next year, but I doubt I've have trouble holding out that long...

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Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and a hint of citrus. Taste is also mild, malts, some citrus, and a big alcohol taste at the finish. The spices usually associated with this style seem to be missing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of bpalfrey10
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Suprisingly light color , just a shade above straw. Excellent clarity.
S: Barely any noticeable aroma
T: Moderate bitterness upfront, which recedes into a very pleasing sweet aftertaste (maybe vanilla?). Slight alcohol burn at the end.
M: moderately carbonated, fullness.

Overall, not my favorite winter warmer as the bitterness upfront was a little unbalanced. The "warmer" from the alcohol burn and the ending sweetness was excellent.

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Photo of rand
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber into nonic pint glass

Classic ale appearance; golden tan, slightly cloudy and a small wispy head leaving a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is straight-forward West Coast ale - piney hops, earthy grains against a bready, toasty backdrop. Smells a little boozy as well, edged by pithy citrus notes.

Hoppy flavor profile, this tastes more like an IPA than a winter warmer. Earthy, bitter, pine notes up against toasted grains. As the sip progresses, flavors because sweet and sticky, almost cloying if it wasn't for the noticeable alcohol notes to break things up. A bit chewy, with long finish and bittersweet residuals lingering between swallows.

I don't really get this beer. I'm not sure what they were trying to do here - it's too hoppy and bitter for a winter warmer, but too malty and sticky to be a good hoppy ale. It's not the worst beer to drink, but nothing remarkable either.

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite annual releases and I'm a little surprised the numbers didn't come out higher.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a deep golden yellow, much lighter than others of the style. The beer had a healthy 1 inch head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The first scent on the nose is hops, backed by malt and spice. The flavors aren't as hop forward, instead there is a very nice blend of malt, spice and hops.

The body is much lighter than most of the style. This beer is very drinkable, I look forward to multiple pints every winter. As I said, I'm surprised my score isn't higher. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me or maybe it's a result of Elysians partnership with New Belgium, but I remember this beer being darker, heartier and more robust in the past. Certainly still worth your time.

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