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:
12
Gots:
77
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a private Vancouver store. Winter warmer in the summer to change things up from what is normally available. Pours light yellow with an orange tinge and a foamy white head that retains one quarter of an inch, lace shows through as I drink it. Malty and spicey aroma.Expecting lots of taste notes, I am getting mostly malt and then barley, hops, spice including ginger and cardommon, funegeek and cinammon. Average mouthfeel with drying finish. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, candied citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a really different beer. malty and nutty and sweet like other winter warmers, but it has a funny fruity tang to it that makes for a strange flavor profile as well as an electric mouthfeel thats not as mellow as i usually look for in the style. i like that its driven mostly by grain instead of spice, rich and toffee-like in smell and taste, with some darker malts in there too. the body is only medium though, and with the high carbonation and the fruity zizzle, it feels a lot lighter than i like this time of year. it might be a good one to have a few of, but the abv is still appropriately high for the style. its a hard one to reckon, given the polarity of its attributes, but i like it for what it is. elysian doesnt always hit home runs, but they absolutely never make boring beer.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - 'Bifrost' sounds like something out of a 1970s-era Rush song.

This beer pours a hazy, pale copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a band of misshapen webbed lace around the glass as it evenly slips away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, muddled tropical fruit, sugary citrus, and herbal, piney, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is a bit surprising in its lead-in of rather sweet candied pineapple, pear, and apple, followed by some grainy caramel malt, a hint of earthy yeast - in the manner of rising bread - floral, piney hops, and a flinty growing alcohol measure.

The bubbles are generally supportive in their plain, workaday frothiness, the body a stocky medium weight, and more or less smooth, the fruitiness of the hops outrunning the bitterness by a country mile. It finishes on the sweet side of things, the sugary tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) carrying on and on, while the malt and other typical IPA-esque hop esters resign themselves to the back burner.

An interesting take on the winter warmer style, forgoing any seasonal spice additions (it would appear to this scribe) in lieu of some south seas fruitiness, which works well enough, I suppose. More of a sweetness-forward IPA overall, though, which isn't too surprising for this brewery, and where they come from - snow, whazzat?

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a sturdy, but rocky head that sticks with it and leaves a variety of lacing patterns behind

Smell: While the bittering hops are detectable (slightly piney and grapefruity), this is a sweet aroma that is cakey and a hint figgy

Taste: Opens with a sweet cakey flavor, with figs and apples in the mix; by mid-palate, the expected NW bitterness appears, with plenty of grapefruit, but there is a sugary tone to it all; after the swallow, the flavors shake out a bit, and there is an almond, marzipan-like flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a hint of winter warmth

Drinkability: Elysian likes to make things a bit different, sometimes (think Jasmine IPA), and this falls into that category; I don't love it but I sure do like it quite a bit

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Photo of oline73
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with an orangish hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head with some good retention and some lacing.

Smell: This is a very mild smelling beer with some bready malt and mild citrus notes coming through as well.

Taste: Much bolder than the smell. There is a strong citrus hop bitterness up front, but it doesn't kill your tongue. The malt balances things out, but it could use just a touch more sweetness. The finish is a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this beer is classified incorrectly. I would call it a pale ale perhaps? Just alright and I'm not sure I would have another.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first real snowfall of 2009 in my neck of the woods leaves me holed-up with nowhere to go and not much to do except to open a beer and relax beneath a warm blanket with a good book. Of course a good book also requires a good beer, and I've selected Elysian's BiFrost for that.

It pours a hazy orange amber body beneath a massive head of frothy off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves remarkable walls of sticky lace about the glass. I'm not sure if it's bottle conditioned, although the mouthfeel seems to indicate that, but it's definitely either un-filtered or very-lightly filtered.

The nose is surprisingly hoppy for a winter beer with notes of spice and subtle pine, as well as citrus (orange), citrus rind (more kind-of-grapefruit) and apricot (and berries) - although I'm not sure if the apricot is from the yeast or the hops, or perhaps a combination of the two. The malt base is soft, with grainy, slightly toasty notes, and a thin coating of lightly sweet golden caramel; and the combination of the malt and hop works really well, almost becoming one.

That harmony flows over into the flavor, and although the specific notes do stand out on their own, the flavor combination is quite solid in and of itself. It's as if the malt is a piece of thick twine-like rope wrapped around a central strand of taught bitterness and alcohol, and the fruity and hoppy flavors are the fibers that are breaking free of that thick malt rope, giving it a little abrasion. Nice! It's balanced, but complex, and just slightly aggressive.

It finishes dry with some lingering grainy malt, a swatch of fruit, a smear of leafy and spicy hops, and some citrus-rind chalky dryness, no doubt enhanced by a quick splash of alcohol!

I should note as well, that this is contract brewed by new Belgium, and has a laser-printed date of 10 APR 09 on the label - I'm guessing a "best by" date. As this is 2 March 09, it's in-code but pretty close, however, I don't find a single note of oxidation. What I'm picking up is clearly Munich malts and soft caramel, and the hop flavors are right on. SO, in addition to kudos for Elysian, I have to also give kudos to New Belgium. A charming and enticing beer to be sure!!!

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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 dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Iron Monkey in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a slightly stronger presence of floral hops. Light traces of alcohol are present as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral and earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present in the finish and linger for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming are present in the finish.

O: Due to the higher amount of hops than normal for this style, it is not nearly as sweet or sticky as some of the other winter warmers that I have tried. Also, I enjoyed the fact that it did not seem like it had a lot of spices added to it which in my opinion made the beer a little easier to drink.

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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 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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden honeyed body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, honey candy, flowers, and herb chiffonade.

Taste: Toffee flavored maltiness with a brief candied sweetness. Full floral hoppiness with a nice bitter hit. Crisp fried herbs and light spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid beer. Something a little different for a winter seasonal.

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