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 -45.8%

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 brez8791
2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of M477
2.01/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer didn't do it for me.

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Photo of HermitDan
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of teromous
2.34/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't see a date on this 12oz bottle.

Appearance: The body is hazy and orange with a bit of a copper color at the edge. There are a few bits of suspended solids. It has a very short head but it leaves good lacing and despite the head being short it retains nicely.

Aroma: Oddly there is no real aroma to this beer. I kept waiting for a bit and re-approaching the glass but I never got much of anything. After about four or five attempts I started to pick up what smells like flour from freshly crushed grain. It's has a very substandard aroma.

Taste: Throughout the beer there is a pleasant grain flavor. An earthy tea-like hop flavor starts to layer on the palate the more the beer is consumed. It finishes with a woody bitterness. Every now and then there is a minty flavor that appears only in the aftertaste. The aftertaste has more flavor than the beer does while being consumed.

Mouthfeel: It has this thick and chewy body. It is smooth but it feels at odds with the flavor of the beer.

Overall: The beer was a mess. It barely had any aroma and the flavor left much to be desired. The thick body and awkward bitterness just made the beer soupy and unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend it or drink it again.

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Photo of weerezboy
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
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 -28.7%
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 -27.9%
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 -26.3%
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 -26.3%
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 Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of johnnyboy76
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of wembly13
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of nyclee
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of boralyl
2.79/5  rDev -24.4%
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 -24.1%
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%
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%
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 -20.1%
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 -19.8%
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 Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 539 ratings