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Elysian Bifröst Winter Ale

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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The rainbow bridge made from fire, air and water, used by the gods to travel from the world tree, Yggdrasil, to the heavens. Asgard. Brewed with Pale malt and small amounts of Munich and Crystal malts. Bittered with Centennial, finished with Amarillo and Styrian Goldings hops. Strong, hoppy, and smööth


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (6251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bomber. Pours a clear bright orange color with a small white head. A big aroma of sweet malts, toast, sweet tea and sugar. The flavor is more sugary toasted malts, the Munich comes in big here and provides a lot of the flavor and fits a bit oddly I think. Sort of spicy sweet Oktoberfest mixed with hops, mellow Crystal. Doesn’t really work for me. Seems like it should be way smaller. OK. Cool name.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lightbias (145) - USA - NOV 26, 2014
I opened the bottle and expected a little more aromatic malt coming up through the neck, but gave it a purposeful pour and found a little more of the aroma I wanted from the mouth of the glass. The first quaff is a dry, bitter pine with an apricot sneaking up from the foundation, and the balance I expected from the malt is really something I’m having to reach for. The carbonation is nice, just right, I think; the head is soft, off-white. Although it doesn’t stay as huge as I poured, it definitely sticks around to the finish of the glass. I do enjoy a nice, long-lasting head. This isn’t going to be a beer I buy again, and I think this has a nice potential, but I am not a fan of the current batch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floqqulator (1) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Light amber and hazy. Soft white head, not much retention. Strong malt flavor, contains some dark fruit sweetness. Sweetness focused in the middle, strong caramel flavor. Bitter, but not overpowering, finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (215) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle (12oz $1.75): Hazzy light brown/amber. Smallish white head. Tastes sweet and spicy. Very Malty. Slight bitterness in the middle then more sweetness and a little metallic taste. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"a very nice winter warmer. robust and malty, but with enough hops to balance. full flavored and warming on a cold night, which is just what i was looking for. 2013 much more ipa like, spicy and good. Pretty s substantially different, though."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1730) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
That’s how you make a winter ale. 7.5% alc. to keep warm. Light and crisp so you can drink a few. And the hops are subtle enough to enjoy. December 6th, 2012.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - AUG 22, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-16-13- 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Pours yellow, small white head Smell light, crisp, hoppy, fruity citrus Tastes like rainbow road, great tropical fruit hops Light to mid body Great

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DipHead14 (26) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
he first second after sip is wonderful. Smooth, warm, and subtly sweet. The next second comes back with an unforgiving sharp and bitter bite. Its like tasting all the most beauitful parts of winter, in a snowstorm without anything to keep the frostbite off your face. Its good, but I don’t think I would buy it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden amber, rich caramel, toffee, fruity spices, pine.


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