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 froghop
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy dark orange with a medium size off-white head that goes away quite quickly leaving a very nice lacing.

smell is of peach, apricot, touch of caramel, and some spice.

taste is a bit watery, light grapefruit, hops, apricot, some pine, spice, a touch of white pepper, and some malt is hiding in the back, ends slightly on the dry side.

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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 Gmann
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of ATPete
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent amber orange color with a large 3 finger peachy white head. Faint nose of clean pale malt, husky grain and gentle bitter hops. Citrus fruit, brown sugar, herbal/earthy notes and caramel on the tongue, im really enjoying the fruity bitter blast just before the finish. Warming for sure, but the alcohol doesnt seems maybe a bit too apparent, muddling the beers main profile. Fairly drinkable, definitely a good alternative to some of the over spiced winter offerings out there, it just doesnt strike me as anything to write home about.

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Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a huge creamy head. Plentiful bubbly lacings.
Aroma is bready and piney hops.
Taste is earthy bitter hops, some breadiness, good amount of sweet malt character to offset the hop bitters. A bit of fruit in the finish. Medium dry bitter finish. Very nice beer. Tastes like a very full bodied Pale Ale. Some blessed relief from the brown sugar winter warmers.

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Photo of northwestmark
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Winter seasonals are usually dark and malty. Elysians BiFrost is a good mix of malts and hops and it appears to be unfiltered. I suggest drinking this one at a very cold temperature (near freezing) for best flavor. I think that New Belgium's mass production of this beer has hurt the overall quality and flavor profile. Still an average to good selection at a reasonable price for a bomber.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a thin, creamy white head that vanishes, leaving some lacing.

The smell is grainy and bready with booze. Some spicing (cinnamon and mint).

The taste is sweet/grainy and bready with mild winter spicing. Some booze comes through. It has a sharp, bitter, slightly metallic, finish.
Not crazy about the aftertaste - a bit like copper.

Medium-bodied - fullness seems more from alcohol bite than from body - a bit strange.

Warming. There is a bitter hop balance to the sweetness and spicing. Not bad, just not a big fan of it. I like hoppy winter beers - but, this just didn't go in the right direction for me to think anything great of it. A bit too bready to boot.

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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 stumac
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice Winter Warmer. it pours up a murky copper color with a white head. the nose was very bready and there was something else that I couldn't put my finger on. the taste is subtle hops, bready, subtle malts, earthy, full bodied...nice

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade from travisd13. Thanks Travis!

Reviewed by Wisemen Pete and Nick.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber (Pete says dried peach) with sticky white cap. Pete's glass has better head retention than mine. Lots of carbonation within. Nice looking lacing, especially in Pete's glass - DAMN! P: 4.0; N: 4.0

Smell: Bready yeast, dried fruit (specifically peach, apricot, apple), figs, raisins, holiday spices, and mild hops. P: 3.5; N: 3.5

Taste: Figs, yeast, and hops are noted first by both of us. Fruity esters abound. Green apple, caramel/molasses apparent as well. Finishes bitter, dry, and yeasty. Alcohol is poorly masked. P: 3.0; N: 3.5

Mouthfeel: A pretty heavy body with medium-heavy carbonation. Really chewy and viscous. P: 3.0; N: 3.5

Drinkability: This is a definite sipper, in terms of body and flavor. I wasn't a big fan, and neither was Pete. P: 3.0; N: 2.5

Peter: B- (3.30)
Nick: B- (3.50)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -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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Photo of paco1029384756
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of off white head and decent lacing.

Scent of malts, citrus, and some peppermint. Not bad, but can't hold up to the better Winter Warmers.

Taste of biscuity malts, citrus and spices. Not really a noteworthy beer, pretty plain is all aspects.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, but just kind of bland.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent, healthy copper color with a hint of precipitate fogging the ale. White 1-finger head, decent lacing.

Aroma is of piney, spicy hops with a bit of malt underneath. Taste is hoppy and spicy on the tongue, with citrus and pine dominating the caramel sweetness of the malt. Well balanced, with a hint of light, bready yeast and autumn spices.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly rich and creamy, with ample carbonation and a spicy finish. A very drinkable winter warmer, though it is lacking in depth and could be a bit darker for me.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gingerman in NYC...
Dark, auburn hue... Minimal head, minor lacing, slight carbonation evident...
Sweet, enticing malt-loaded smell... Nuances of honey, roasted grains noticeable on the tongue... Candied sugars, thick malts, cinnamon,cloves...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel...
Delicious stuff...

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Photo of gdfan47
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow glad I checked this one out

it pours a great off yellow orangey color with a long froathy whitesh head that def hangs out a bit

it smells like hops and a few other spicy

it tastes really refreshing, hard to taste the extra alcohol, but I like it

havent had to many winter warmers, just kinda dipping my feel into some darker/ winterier beers and I like this one, it kinda reminds me of Bells winter white, just with more hops and with its own personality

check it out, I have been hearing alot about
Elysian, Im glad I finally tryed them

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Photo of bpelowski
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Spruce Street Market in Philly, pours golden amber with a frothy white head, mild hop aroma with a slightly sweet cereal note as well, taste is hoppy up front, sweet, with a malty and slightly dry finish, good mouthfeel - not too heavy, not too light, well balanced beer.

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Photo of erikm25
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2008 version pours a crisp combination of gold and pale orange. The head is a massive mound of snowy fluff. Being from the South I never saw snow but I'd like to pick the head out of the glass and throw it at somebody. Amazing retention. Lacing curtains around the glass like a blizzard of frosting froth.

S: Nose is subtle and reminded me of freshly baked banana nut bread. A dried and toasty ginger smell. Slightly spiced orange peels towards the back.

T: As fully expected the taste has recognizable citrus and pine hops. Coupled with a bready and malty flavor in the back. Sweet toffee candy like flavoring that helps create a sweet finish. A balance of caramel, orange, and spiced sweet flavors. No hints of alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy body with great carbonation. I thought the mouth feel was surprisingly robust.

D: Very unique and very drinkable. I expected something different but Elysian has put a cool spin on the Winter Warmer.

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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 jkdrummer
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderfully thick creamy head and never quits. Aroma is yeasty with a nose full of malts. Taste is very creamy and a very nice bite of the Golding hops. Almost like a cream ale but oh so much better. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Highly recommended. Reviewed the 2008 version.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly clouded with a tint of orange. Poured a two finger slightly off-white head that dissipated slowly. Moderate, thin lacing.

A: Biting citrusy and resin. Malt sweetness and lightly roasted nuts in the backgroiund.

T: Big bready malts. Surprisingly light hop bitterness that linger in the finish.

M: Medium balance and nice balance. The lingering bitterness was very pleasant and moderate carbonation ws cleasning

D: Nice complexity in an easy-drinking beer. I could sit down with a few of these.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy off-white head, minimal sticky lacing on this one. The nose is malty/hoppy, nice tones of citrus/pines, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, nice blend of malts/hops, the citrus/pines are a nice touch, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, recommended.

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Photo of Vancer
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured a semi-hazy amber with tinges of copper, topped off by a frothy white head in my Bitburger pilsner glass - which was brought back from my son on a <educational> trip to Amsterdam

Sweet caramel malt in the aroma, balanced out with a hoppy pop of pine and citrus. Ditto in the taste, very reminiscent of a west coast IPA, then it finishes with a caramel Barleywine sweetness.

Very different winter warmer, but the 7+ % alcohol will light a fire, although very sneakily. Give one a try when next years batch comes out.

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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a relatively thin head but some decent lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, grain, and a bit of light spice as well as some yeasty esters with a bit of pear and apple in them. Taste is somewhat sweet to start, but becomes more savory with grain, breadiness, some bitter, and almost a meatiness like roast pork. Somewhat slick mouthfeel, and a litttle viscous as well. I don't love this beer, but its fairly interesting and pretty pleasant even if the flavors develop a litle strangely.

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Been dying to try this brewery's offerings:

Pours an effervescent bronze/amber with 1+ finger of sand colored head, plus slight hazing. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Breadyness, honey & citric, plus herbal hops

T: Huge cakeyness, lemony & herbal hops, vanilla, & honey up front. Grapefruit, piney & lemon hops continue as this warms, along with honey, & toffee. finishes dry, with leafy, herbal & grapefruitty hops, caramel, a bit of brown sugar, & warming booze; great taste!

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation, some serious hoppyness that works, superior balance

Drinks a bit slow, due to complexity, but this is one damn fine winter warmer or DIPA! I'll certainly check out other brews from Elysian!

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 504 ratings.
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