BiFrost | Elysian Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour is quite a hazy orange yellow tint with a full inch of frothy head. Lacing is excellent.

S - Smells like a juicy IPA rather than a winter warmer. Notes of papaya and citrus hops mixing with an underlining caramel malt and touch of biscuit.

T - Kind of drinks like a lighter bodied old ale with biscuit malts and caramel. Then you get a bitter pine and sweet hop finish. Some noticeable alcohol reminds you its a winter warmer.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat thick, and very little spice.

Overall I have seen cases of this but I am not sure I would have more than one. Only sightly like a Winter Warmer and far from even an old ale which I kind of expected.

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Photo of tone77
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and a hint of citrus. Taste is also mild, malts, some citrus, and a big alcohol taste at the finish. The spices usually associated with this style seem to be missing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The head fades fast to leave a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma has notes of some sweeter and some bitter citrus mixed with tropical fruit smells. The sweeter citrus is of a tangerine smell while the bitter is more grapefruit in nature. The tropical fruits were a mix of mango and pineapple, giving the beer, when mixed with the tangerine, an overall sweeter smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty taste. It is quite smooth with some flavors of an orange and caramel flavor upfront. As the taste moves on, some more resinous bitter hop flavors enter the taste. Flavors of grapefruit and some light pine taste. More toward the end more sweet flavors of caramel as well as a biscuit flavor comes to the tongue. These combined with the hop to leave a sort of chewy, mildly bittered, biscuit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamy and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier flavors really accentuate the resinous hop flavors well as well as bolster the malty and biscuit taste. Pretty nicely done.

Overall - I actually rather enjoyed this beer. It had a good, but not overly so, resinous hop flavor that melded well with the lighter fruit, citrus and malty flavors of the brew.

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3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber body under an inch of off-white froth. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Malt-forward and rather muddled. Some overripe grapefruit underneath the doughy breadiness. Not terribly appetizing.

T: A little better here, with apricot and grapefruit leading in to mildly toasty malt. Spicy finish. Still not terribly dynamic.

M: Slick medium body with fairly light carbonation. Mediocre.

O: Drinkable but forgettable. At least it hides its ABV quite well.


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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Photo of IllNate
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, mirky amber with piles of white head and good retention. It has quite a bit of particulate that just hangs in suspension. Nose contains citrus and a smooth bready malt. Chrismtas orange is brought to mind. Taste follows with citrus and earthy hop and bready malt, with a bit of caramel. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is great for a beer like this good balance between bitter and sweat. Overall a very nice beer, although a bit out of style. Winter ale is a wide category but this still seems to miss the mark.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of thecheapies
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours stagnant and hazy. Not much head on an apricot amber body.

Smells like a malty DIPA. Huge grapefruit and bitter orange hop aromas push past honeyed pale and caramel malts and light spices. Coriander, allspice, and French toast.

White grapefruit, candied orange peel, oily hops, evergreen, caramelized sugar, mint, and toasty barley. Oh, and did I mention booze? Alcohol creams all over the finish. Very bitter in the middle, which proves a bit difficult.

Almost creamy in the body with some lightly fluttering carbonation that rolls most of the sugar stick off of the tongue. Not awful, but not great.

This is one heady and hoppy warmer. Malty DIPAs aren't my thing, so the comparison is a little distasteful. But, it's a warmer, and it works just fine. I like the approach.

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