BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 466
Photo of paco1029384756
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +14.2%
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 +13.7%
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%
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 +5.1%
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 +5.1%
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 +15.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +7.5%
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 +3.8%
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 -1.1%
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 +6.2%
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 +18.3%
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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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent winter brew, not too bitter or strong, but so so so tasty, this is yet another exclamation point of a great beer for this fine micro brewery out of seattle, this place continues to produce some of the best beer in the northwest and this big guy is awesome, I had this beer in a 22 ounce bottle and cried when it was gone, I want more!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BiFrost is a cloudy light orange. The bottle comes in a plain label with no freshness date. I am a big fan of Jubelale and this is a nice alternative. The BiFrost leaves a nice sudsy lacing after math on the side of the glass. The smell is of mellow malt and pine. In the taste I get the pineness and cinnamon and cloves. It leaves a nice bitter malt that is a little chewy going down. It is a good winter brew.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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 ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 warriorsoul
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
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 ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle in to a pint glass. Body is a bright golden hue with a huge, sligthtly creamy, stark white head that leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops and sweet pale malt, with a nice whiff of alcohol thrown in for good measure. Palate is nicely balaced between pale malt and piney hops, with light fruity notes lingering in the background and a touch of mustiness from the yeast. Finish is nice and clean, with just a little bit of warming from the alcohol. Body is smooth and just a tad sticky, a very good consistency for this type of ale. I think I'm going to be drinking a lot of this until it goes away for the season.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to skyhand for sending me this wonderful brew.
The review will be a bit skewed because I'm just getting over a cold and was going to pass on reviewing it, but since it is most likely the only one I will ever drink and since it is EXCELLENT, I have to say something.
Pours a light golden crystal clear yellow with a massive white head that lasts, lasts, lasts, and lasts leaving a sticky thick lacing all over the glass as you drink.
Aromas (forgive my cold) are primarily warm with soft hints of winter spices.
Taste is sweet light malt followed with a wonderful complex mixture of citrus and piney hops. Mouthfeel is tingly from the carbonation and hops and thick and slick from the sweet malt.
Aftertaste is primarily the citrus peel hops with a nice drying.
This is a beautiful beer...a wonderful beer...and more a winter IPA than a winter warmer and I love it for that.

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Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at OBF06. I know... in the summer!

Pours a cloudy amber with a poofy white cap. Low but active carbonation.

Aroma is pleasantly warm and spicy. Mulled cider, orange, cinnamon and clove.

Taste is robust in it's malts - chewy browns compliment the addition of spices and a warming alcoholic sensation. Finishes with a dry palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.
Very "English" looking ale in my pint glass, dark orange/amber with a nice sized frothy/bubbly light tan head.
The aroma is actually quite hoppy in character, but there is plenty malts and a good dose of spiciness.
The taste however is very much on the malty side..toffeeish,caramel malts with black coffee hints, there is a litle hopping noticable, it perks up the mouthful near the end, then the beer finishes with a long, long bitter malt aftertaste with spicy ,peppery undertones.
Excellent palate to this one, quite thick.
I found this a nice enough beer, but i think for me one bomber at a sitting is enough..the bitter aftertaste tends to deter another bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Candlelit jack o' lantern orange with polished brass trim. The three finger cap is as thick and creamy as a tangerine milkshake and is already laying down lace along the top edge of the glass. As the cap melting gets underway, a more full lace display is seen... like frost on a windowpane. This beer looks as much like an IPA as it does a winter warmer. Oh yeah, it looks great.

The aroma isn't so impressive; in large part because it isn't all that aromatic. Roughly equally divided between malty and hoppy, it doesn't make a serious bid to be either one. A toasted maltiness lives alongside a fruity hoppiness, but I have to admit that I don't really appreciate any of the hops listed in the hop bill (Centennial, Amarillo and Styrian Goldings). That line-up should be killer, but isn't. Not in the nose anyway.

BiFrost Winter Ale is better on the palate. There's an acceptable amount of heavily toasted, bready malt, along with a spiciness that can't be coming from those three varieties of hops. Wait a second. This is a winter warmer... that must be cinnamon that I'm tasting. Some other spice is in there too. Gound ginger perhaps? Whatever has been plucked off the brewery's spice rack, I approve; both in terms of amount and in terms of specific flavors.

This wouldn't be an Elysian Brewing Company beer if it didn't contain a boxcar full of hops. With so much else going on flavorwise, I wouldn't have come close to accurately identifying the specific varieties. The white grapefruitiness of the Centennial comes through loud and clear, but the Amarillo and Styrian Goldings don't. That's okay, this isn't an IPA and there's more than enough bitterness to go around.

Bifrost is one aggressively flavored winter warmer (a good thing) whose aggressiveness is mirrored by a slightly too prominent alcohol presence (not such a good thing). If I had another bomber, I'd let the second one sleep for another six months or so. I find myself not minding so much as I enter the bottom half of the bottle, but then that always happens when the tongue numbing and brain fogging begin to take over.

The mouthfeel could be a mite more full and a mite less carbonated. It isn't bad and most will find it acceptable, but I have a very specific profile in mind for winter warmers. I've been hoping that it would firm up and becomes less sharply bubbly over time. I'm still waiting.

I love Elysian beer, so I fully expected to love Bifrost as much I love The Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, Night Owl Pumpkin and all the rest. Although it doesn't quite rise to those heights, it's still a worthwhile seasonal from a brewery that deserves much more attention than it gets.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazey pale orange with a very thin cap of off-white foam. Lots of lacing in thick webby sheeting coats the glass.

Aroma is thick and fairly full of broad intensity from a big load of juicy, citrusy hops and caramel covered bread dough.

Taste is just as broad, lacking some fullness until the finish where it gets a bit more complex and thick. Citrus stays the course from start to finish with bittering tangerine skins and blended dark orange flavors. Quite nice really. The malts stay in the back, the way back, with a pale malt dryness and some doughy sweetness. Keeps a tilted balance as the hops are heavy on the flavors and character leaving the malts behind to do just a little bit of placement along the way. Quite orangey. My tongue is getting a work out. Whew...

Feel is abourt medium with a heavy citrus carry-on of orange flavored luggage that provides extra heft to the overall payload. A bit of warm and rough hoppy citric skin and pithy texture finds its way once you get into it. Gets SO much more vigorous as it warms my head is swimming with sillyness now.

Mucho yummy stuff. Must find book, toolie, toolie, orange sky is beautiful, yum-yum...huh...

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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