radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Consumed an entire 22oz bottle. Poured a slightly orange color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma was some nice citrus notes, malts. Grapefruit, floral. Citrus, biscuit malts. Pretty tasty.
maxwelldeux (2926) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a moderate off white head on it. Nose is a little hoppy, with only some slight floral notes coming off it. Taste is a little sweet with some slight caramel bits in there that offset the hoppy bitterness well. Not spiced heavily like too many winter ales are. Pretty good.
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sticky with hops. Typical piney and citrusy flavors, with a little peach for complexity. Full mouthfeel and fairly sweet. Long bitter finish.
hockeybeerguy (544) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler to a mug and then a pint glass; pretty much the same appearance between the two which is a cloudy golden orange colored body with a one and a half finger foamy white head that dies within a minute and leaves some nice somewhat spider web/sporadic lacing that clings in a very nice way; the aroma has spiced apples up front with some earthy grapefruit/orange peel/lemon-ness going on to combine with some caramel malts in the background; the taste is sweet yet kinda earthy/musty flavors the mouth through the spiced apples and the secondary flavorings of the aroma, gets a bit resinous in the mouth, some cherry and peach starts to come out a bit as it warms, light honey comes out as well; sticky sweet apple/peach/cherry aftertaste; it has a kind of watery finish; for the most part is kinda easy on the palate but there is a degree of harshness entering in like an AIPA, no worries, still good; overall, wow, good to see another winter warmer that is pretty good in the PNW
jsmerig (1101) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy orange aroma of sweet light malt. Tastes lightly sweet up front followed by a heavier than normal bitterness and a large ABV finish. Smooth and thick.
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Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.09 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy orange/copper hue. Translucent with carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, white, frothy head which laces and retains with excellence.
Smell: Mostly West Coast-style citrusy hops with a touch of earthiness.
Taste: Something I’ve noticed recently is that West Coast breweries tend to think of strong brown and pale ales as being winter seasonals. I suppose that makes sense for the Southern Californian breweries, but Elysian is from Seattle - surely they get snow and cold temperatures there, right? In any case, their "Bifrost Winter Ale" is essentially just an extra strong pale ale. To its credit, it’s a tasty and highly drinkable beer and I like it.
It should be noted that there’s definitely a difference between a hefty pale ale and an IPA proper. This beer is a good example of that. There’s a lot of sweet, pale malt character here. Notes of honey, caramel and butterscotch are all quite prominent. Though it’s not especially rich and far from cloying. The citrusy hops are equally strong, imparting a nice taste of orange citrus and just a hint of dry, earthy spiciness (that’d be from the Magnum hops). It’s well-balanced so that neither component outshines the other. A nice bitter bite at the crux of the swig and on the finish. They probably could add some actual spices to this brew to make it more wintry or Christmas-y, but as it stands it’s a nice pale ale for the winter.
Drinkability: Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale is dangerously drinkable. Though it weighs in at 7.5% ABV, it has the body of something much lighter and is surprisingly smooth. There’s no alcohol presence at all. The mouthfeel is on the thicker, more tepid spectrum as this is definitely not a crisp pale ale. It does leave a slightly dry, pasty aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerated.
P.S. The hell does "Bifrost" mean, anyway?
tcane7 (1519) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with thin white head and ocean spray lace. Nose of caramel, honey, booze. Medium body , slight spice notes.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Serving type: bottle
shrubber85 (6804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Caramel malt, orange peel, and hay aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Nice.
BrettTaylor (368) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Pours a rich red-gold color with a light tan head. Aroma of pine, toffee, and caramel. Initially when it hits the palate it tastes almost sweet and syrupy and maybe a bit of berry/cherry, then the hops kick in and it’s bitter and resin. There is a touch of alcohol burn at the end. Finish is fairly long with hints of bitterness, but mostly hops. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a significant amount of lacing on the glass.