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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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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 468
Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +16.1%
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 -29.3%
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 +8.6%
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 -4.3%
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 +2.7%
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 -1.3%
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 -8.9%
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 -31.2%
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 -18.5%
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%
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 chodinheaven
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +7.5%
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 -3.8%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color, it is topped by a frothy light tan head.

S: Initial hops, with notes of citrus, and pine.

T: Notes of citrus and pine, plus a nice, lightly bitter finish that has a certain hoppy astringency to it.

M: Medium body, crisp

O: Good for the style

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3/8" off-white head that left some lacing over light amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Citrus hops with some caramel malt.

T: Citrus and some floral hops up front which transitions to bitter piney hops and caramel malt on the back end.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of carbonation. A bit of drying from the alcohol.

O: I prefer my Winter Ales sweeter and maltier than this along with more prominent additives such as herbs and spices; this reminded me more of an IPA than anything.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to elrogish for providing the bottle. Cool caramel winter warmer color. Yummy notes of caramel, alcohol, and lots of hops suprisingly.

Taste, damn, more hops, far more than like Sammy Smith's winter welcome, which was kind of the standard for a hoppy winter for me back in the 90s. Earthy type yakima hops, nothing crazy like simcoe, amarillo or summit here.

Mouthfeel more traditional, some nutmeg to it, possibly cinnammon or a tree. Sweetness in check. Smoothness apparent. Dry mouthfeel relatively speaking for a warmer.

I like Elysian, their stuff is available, good priced and good tasting. Streak of zero not recommendeds for them still intact.

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Photo of claytong
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - golden orange. somewhat hazy top part of 22 oz so expecting the second half to be pretty hazy. decent head (bout an inch) off controlled pour. good lacing, sticking to the side of glass nicely.

smell - butterscotch, hops, earth, grass

taste - pretty hoppy for a winter warmer thats probably 9 months old, malts that are decent but nothing great, somewhat light for a winter warmer

mouthfeel - again light for a winter warmer, good carbonation, highly drinkable in the summertime and highly drinkable in general. good but not what i was expecting

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a private Vancouver store. Winter warmer in the summer to change things up from what is normally available. Pours light yellow with an orange tinge and a foamy white head that retains one quarter of an inch, lace shows through as I drink it. Malty and spicey aroma.Expecting lots of taste notes, I am getting mostly malt and then barley, hops, spice including ginger and cardommon, funegeek and cinammon. Average mouthfeel with drying finish. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Poured a light copper with a nice white head and some carbonation visible. Sweet malts, and a bit of spice in the nose. Malty to the tongue, spice is very subdued, and not too distinctive for a winter warmer. A little citrus bitterness in there, maybe just a tad of pine or juniper. Light-medium body, a little harsh and not overly drinkable, for a style that usually promises sweetness and spice.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A big ol' bomber with the contents brewed by New Belgium Brewing. Isn't that crazy? On to the beer:

A somewhat murky looking beer. Pale coughdrop orange in color with small carbonation bubbles running through it. The head provides some creamy lace which sticks to the glass. Nose is fine; tree bark, light tinges of lime, gentle snaps of malt.

Bifrost is much more tame than what I was expecting. Very dry overall; some notes of tree bark, light snaps of hops, only a little mlat sweetness is present. The body is medium-full with a syrupy texture to it; a decent texture, but too dry and "cotton mouth" in the aftermath.

A decent ale that is victimized by its mouthfeel; I didn't ask for any cotton in my beer!

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Photo of 2BDChicago
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange gold, delicate white foam of medium retention.

S: Thick malty sugariness. Then comes the orange citrus with a touch of spiciness from the hops. The malt makes it a tad thick appearing, but enough fruitiness makes it more inviting.

T: First is the malt sweetness in the nose is held in check in the taste. The first impression on taste notes is very soft butterscotch mixed with slightly sour tangerine. Then some biscuity notes followed by a light touch of alcohol. Medium in both mouthfeel and carbonation. The fade away taste sensation is a spicy bitter.

O: The bad news is it's not what I expected in a winter warmer. the good news is that I am not a fan of most winter warmers. This could better be sold as a malted up IPA. I like it and in the end found it interesting. Bonus points for no added spice, just what's natural in the hops. Pretty good little brew.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attrative hazed amber orange, nice cap of frothy white bubbles with good retention and nice lacing. Scent is fruit forward with grapefruit, tangerine, mango and orange all present, touches of piney and spicy hops with a smooth and lightly sweet carmel backbone and a kiss of seasonal spices. Taste again makes with think IPA with a sold fruity hop profile but backed by a solid, yet not cloyingly sweet light carmel and butterscotch backbone. Medium bodied, feels smooth and slightly coating of the mouth. Unqiue in its construction, big citrus and fruity hop profile, big carmel and butterscotch backbone, both wrk exceptionally well together.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 01May11

An eclectic brew I'm not sure what to make of.

A: Bronze with a white head, great retention & lace.

S: Marmalade, sponge toffee, cotton candy, hints of earthy minerals.

T: Earthy orange rind and fruity esters are very British (candied pineapple, peaches & pear, with hints of bubblegum), but then there's a bit of piny american hops. Biscuity malt with some toffee sweetness, though it's overcome by a big hit of bitterness. A little ginger & cinnamon, alcohol is very subtle. Very well-crafted, but tough to review to 'style'.

M: Moderate body is very smooth, proteinaceous body rivals some German Helles.

D: A decent drinker.

Surprisingly light in colour, sort of an English strong ale with some additional American hops.

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Photo of jampics2
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass. This was an extra.

The beer looks great in the glass. It has a beautiful orange, caramel and gold mix of colors with an amazing fluffy white head that gives amazing lace. The head on this beer is truly reat looking - I could sit all day and watch the small bubbles rising in the clear liquid to replenish it.

The smell not expressive or distinct. There's some mild caramel and the hops don't pop - they do a more earthy thing. Just not something with any identity or conviction.

The beer has a nice taste, but it's still something I can't rate terribly high. There's absolutely nothing innofensive about this, but it also lacks personality. Some toasted malts, citrus notes and bitterness with just a touch of spices on the end. For some reason, this just never comes together and leaves my palate mildly strained from the bitterness and generally wanting more. It's fruity, flowery, bitter and sweet, but the progression just doesn't work for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a huge edge of carbonation. There carb hits with the bitterness and is quite harsh. Lingering citrus bitterness. Overall, this one is decent but nothing spectacular. It could use something to tie it all together.

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BiFrost from Elysian Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 468 ratings.
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