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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1138) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2013
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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with thin white head and ocean spray lace. Nose of caramel, honey, booze. Medium body , slight spice notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
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 12-18-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7381) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Caramel malt, orange peel, and hay aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (464) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3468) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle: Pours cloudy brown with a frothy, vanilla coloured head. Toasty caramel, bitter fruit aroma. Taste is citrus, herbal bitter, ,alty. Mild....with a long, steady bittering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (63) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at Tapastre, really enjoyed this. Very smooth, nice hoppy finish. Buy it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours a cloudy dark honey color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma is citrusy and grainy. Taste of grapefruit skins, caramel malt, citrus, hints of hay, and lots of piney bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a hazy light amber with a sticky white head. An incredibly bland beer unfortunately. Lots of ethyl acetate in the aroma, with I guess some bready maltiness. Flavor has a strong sting of nail polish remover, plus some sweetness. Might be a hint of diacetyl in there as well. Not bad, just one-dimensional for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (504) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours a hazy rust orange. Has a fruity with some pine and spices. Has a mix malt, citrus hops, and pine flavor with a slight bitter aftertaste.

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