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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 507
Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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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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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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
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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Photo of woosterbill
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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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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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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head with good retention. Cloudy, dark straw colored body.
Smell is a nice citrus and pine.
Taste is fruity (orange, lime, pear) with a sweet bitterness. Interesting and complex.
Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and medium body. A little sticky.
Enjoyable, a kind of IPAish winter warmer.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into glass

A- Pretty orange with off-white head and decent lacing

S- Smells sweet. A hint of spice and some tropical fruits over thick malt and some alcohol warming the nostril hairs.

T- Tastes like a sweeter Pale ale. Love it but doesn't play too close to the winter warmer style. Great mix of citrusy hops and interesting spices (maybe even a touch of black pepper?). Some vanilla cream rounds out a beautiful tongue feel. Even some bubble gum and mango is evident.

M- Thick and a bit sticky. Brandy-like alcohol taste but no burn. Lingering sweetness like after some hard candy.

O- I really like this beer. I think they use a different yeast in this than most American winter ales. It's pretty sweet and probably best enjoyed with a glass of water to clear the palate every few drinks, as it leaves behind some sugary syrup feeling.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Wait, is this a Winter Warmer? Doesn't really look the part.... Hazy appearance, solid lacy head... Is this one of those unfiltered beers with holiday spices that has been trending recently?

Smell: A little bit of hops, not much else. Enjoyed in Philly area, so the bottle has traveled a little.

Taste: Definitely not what I'd call a Winter Warmer in the Mid-Atlantic or New England areas... Kinda a lightly spiced pale ale, which I guess is what they describe it as. Not bad if you gulp it, but when I let it sit a bit it was a little pungent. Maybe its the batch? I'm sure the taste overall isn't, but all things considered, it still feels off.

Mouthfeel: This is nice if I take it as a pale ale. Pretty sticky, enjoyable.

I can't recommend this as a winter warmer at all. It's an interesting pseudo-Winter Pale Ale, but it doesn't quite hit the mark there either. This maybe needs a re-brand and a little tuning. Not a big fan, would not buy again. Shame, this is my first Elysian brew and I've heard good things. Will have to give something else a go.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/amber/orange with a thin white head. Nice rentention, and laceing. Aroma is of grassy hops, and fruit. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is explosion of fruit ,carmel, candy, and hops. This is a unique flavor. A must try.

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an unusual and delicious beer. I thought it'd be rated more highly than 85. It was difficult to pinpoint, because it's not exactly what I'd call a winter ale, nor is it a golden ale like Leffe, but it does bring those to mind. After writing up my notes, I had to peek at top reviewers and I saw one which mentioned "cardamom." Rats--exactly what I'd been tasting and could just not pinpoint myself. Well, I'll add "anise" to that, the two of which will account for the unanticipated spice notes. Appearance and pour: 1/4 beady head with hazy golden, tan color. Very pleasing nose of chamomile flowers and cinna-mint (cinnamint sans gum flavor). Body: full although that is cut and masked by very active carbonation and a dry finish. Starts peppery, mid way smooth, lacto and barley drive-bys but zero yeasty bready Belgian aleness. Finish again peppery, spiced, spiked, dry. This is an interesting winter beer, and I'm sorry its uniqueness initiate a 'categorical error' in those who've found it wanting.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Poured a deep golden yellow which surprised me as I was expecting more brown with a solid 1 inch head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma starts with hops, backed by malt and spice. The flavor is also a blend of malt, spice and hops though rather thin.

I found myself wanting more in body, aroma, and flavor. Overall, I was disappointed in this beer. I am quite fond of the style and this beer almost tasted like watered down beer that is much better.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-11-2011 02:25:30

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazey, medium amber/copper color. One finger of head and a thin layer of foam after multiple sips. Slow bubbling, but big bubbles.

Smells like a perfectly balanced mix of light seasonal spices, earthy, mango hops, and awesome toasted malts. Very inviting aroma.

Powdered melba toast malt upfront. The middle has a more syrupy palate than the powdery start. The finish is a msooth toasted breadcrust, biscuit, and cracker malt flavor. Add to that some light seasonal spices, and maye some light tropical fruity hops.

Very happy with this Winter Warmer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours slightly hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a small layer of white on top that last for the rest of the time drinking the beer. Sheets of white lacing all around the glass.

S: Citrus fruit up front, some orange, orange zest, and a little bit of grapefruit. This is followed up with a little bit of caramel and grainy malt. Hint of alcohol.

T: A little bit of citrus upfront, mostly orange, with some caramel and bready malt to balance it out. As it warms the finish starts to taste like tea almost.

M: Medium bodied up front, but the finish seemed a little thin.

O: Surprised that the beer is labeled as a winter warmer, came off more like a pale ale or an IPA to me. At first, liked it, but, liked it less as it warmed.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable winter beer with orange and cinnamon spice. Pours amber with not much head. Medium carbonation, which made it easy to drink despite the high alcohol content. Lots of malt and caramel, with the bitterness of the hops coming out on the finish. Overall, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of beerme343
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Elysian Fields out of a basic pint glass. Light orange to bronze in color with medium cream colored head. Head bubbled off quickly leaving only a paperthin layer of micro bubbles. Modest hop scent with sweet apricot or peach notes. Drinks very smooth and light. A hint of citrus with the hops in nice balance, smooth mouthfeel with slight fizz. 7.6% ABV but it goes down easy.

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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 jmarsh123
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy orange with a finger of white creamy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pretty malty with a lot of corriander and some citrus/earthy spices.

Flavor starts out fairly malty. Finishes with a spicy kick, but really very little going on here.

Mouthfeel and carb are both ok.

This beer isn't offense, it's just sort of there. It's fairly bland and the earthy/spicy finish wore on me after a while.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date: code on label 110906061

A: light amber, single finger of white foam falls to etched surface. spotty lace. Excellent clarity.
S: smells of sweet malt and a little jasmine. Otherwise, nothing to speak of.
T: English malts, sweet candy tones, alcohol is veiled. Some back end bitterness.
M: medium bodied with hi carb. wet finish.
O: This is okay, wish it had a little hop bite to it, just a bit. Then I would be all over this beer.

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Photo of boralyl
2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a 1/2 inch of creamy white head which as great retention. As it slowly fades there is plenty of sticky lace present. The beer is mostly clear and copper in color.

S - The aroma has some caramel like sweetness and notes of citrus. Unfortunately it's rather muted.

M - Medium in body and slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation.

T - A sweet, syrupy, candy like start followed by some caramel malts. I get some very light citrus notes and then an unpleasant sweet/flowery combo along with some alcohol burn. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup towards the end.

Not a fan of this beer at all. I've enjoyed some of their other beers, but I'm content with skipping this one in the future.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight hazy orange in hue with a big 2-3 finger shock white head on top. Nice retention as it sticks around for a while in seafoam form. Lots of patchy lacing down the glass. The smell is of orange-like citrus and backed by a bready malt. A touch of alcohol floats up as well. Clean on the nose.

A nice biscuity malt complements some very well balanced citrus and pine hop notes that leave a lingering bitterness in the back. The citrus is of the orange rind variety in its dry and crisp mouthfeel and finish. Quick and clean feel but remains a full-bodied beer with that biscuity malt providing character beyand the hops. That malt tends to linger a bit in the aftertaste. Its smooth in front and then a little prickly in the back with the tingle of hops and booze. The warming alcohol is definitely detectable but adds another layer of depth to the beer. The hops really make this one as they are perfectly balanced in their bitterness, lending a nice complement to the malt bill and vice versa. The medium-high carbonation levels are nice, as the mouthfeel is the other part that makes this beer so enjoyably drinkable. This is a nice beer, full flavored and lots of character. I recommend and I would probably seek this out again.

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

Nice clear golden amber with a light golden colored foamy head. Looks great in my tulip.
Smooth taste. Milky feel up front. Easy drinker. A great beer for sitting by the fire and just relaxing.
This is a very good to style beer that won't disappoint.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/04/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter. Was listed as a strong ale by CK, though now I see it's a winter warmer.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks a little lighter in color than I would expect.

s - Smells of fruity malts, light citrus and pine hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, and floral notes.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not a winter warmer and certainly not a strong ale. Reminded me of a malty IPA, as it had some hops and nose real spices. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

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