BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

513 Ratings

Brewed by:
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 woodychandler
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The annual summer break redding up of the living room was happening in earnest this afternoon when I came upon a plastic bag containing a six-pack carrier that included this beer. Wow!

From the bottle: "Bifrost is our lively winter brew, a bold pale ale with citrus and earthy hop character balanced by a smooth malt backbone."

I went with an aggro pour as the result of my excitement and created two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. As it slowly fell, it left some great sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of both minty hops and caramel malts, much like some AIPAs that I have had of late. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste reminded me more of a young ABW between the preponderance of biting, minty hops and sweet caramel malt. I may try to remember to buy an extra bottle for cellaring next year as the result of tonight's exercise. Finish was semi-dry with the malt providing just enough of a counterbalance to keep it reasonable. Man, this was quite the find!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dacrza1
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed: 19 January 2013...
Glassware: Mad Elf tulip...
Occasion: defeated I Spy Halloween on the Wii with the fam--good times....
Appearance: soft hazy orange body that holds a thin white head; slow, dissipating effervescence; sporadic lacing...
Aroma: punchy fruit--grapefruit? citric for certain; definite pale ale hops and a sense of malts--balanced...
Palate: medium-bodied warm finish; mildly affecting in the teeth aftertaste lingers ambivalently...
Taste: mildly abrasive hopsthat crunch with a citric/dough combo...a honey sweetness finishes welll...
Overall: like the beer's name, his glass comes up big and hearty; by the end, buzz-worthy; a dry finish suggests complexity and a fitting after-dinner drink...

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 1-finger pillowy, white head that leaves good lacing.

S - Juicy naval orange flesh, mild spice, hop floral, very light pale malt. Mildish aroma.

T - Cracker, tart citrus, tea, slight caramel, grapefruit zest, hop oils. Dries quickly. The tart citrus and significant bitterness linger-long on the tongue. I like the flavor.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly, lightly resinous then crisp.

O - Would never have guessed this was a winter warmer. Tastes like a pretty bitter, citrus-tinged IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Berndt
4.95/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Elysian BiFrost - 3/3/2013 - bottle 22oz - bottle conditioned

Aroma - Citrusy American hops - big hop aroma.

Appearance - Light orange, white head

Taste - Full hop flavor - wonderful bitterness, a bit of caramel in aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, light-medium body

Overall - I've had this hoppy winter warmer before, and thought it was fine, but this year's version was amazing. A lighter colored counterpart to Sierra Nevada Celebration, emphasizing the hops. My favorite winter warmer this past season.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A- light copper color with a one finger head that is frothy and leaves a decent lacing on the pint. a hazy look to it as well.

S- Tangerine and exotic fruit smell like starfruit or papaya. Very interesting. Malst are nicely hidden. This is kind of like an IPA rather than a winter warmer.

F- Carbonated dry citrus fruit taste. Different and not what i expect from a winter warmer. Light caramel malt, hard to notice.

M- dry like and IPA but crisp and smooth. I like it but as an IPA not a winter warmer.

O- A great beer but it doesnt fit the style. Thats the only downfall.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 513 ratings
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