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RATINGS: 350   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


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
bottle-pours a light tan head, color is golden. Aroma is hops. Taste is hops, mild, good carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 5, 2005
On Tap @ Elysian- Pours a dark orange color, small off white head, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and piney, oranges. Flavor is very hoppy, tons of pine needles and alcohol, warming with a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Dull Amber color....you can definitely taste the strong alcohol content. Sharp hop taste with just a little sip....but with a deep malt finish. Not as deep of taste as I expect a good winter beer to have. Might be why they’re serviing it in September....

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1808) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
I picked up my bottle at Sam’s Liquors in Chicago. Just like JMerritt and Cornfield it cost under $2 for a bomber. It was a West Coast holiday ale in the vain of SNCA, hoppy not spicey. Amber color with tan head that contained a few large bubbles. I believe I found a good deal on Bifrost but I also think the bottle had lost some quality and that landed it in the bargain bin @ Sam’s. I’ll be drinking my other bottle of Bifrost sooner than later.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JMerritt (1744) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Purchased at Sam’s Wine and Spirits for around $1.50 for a bomber. Pale orange with a frothy, uneven head. Lemongrass, alcohol, sour grapes and medicinal aroma. Off-putting caramel flavor, stale graham crackers and sour apples. Very alcoholic, with moderate carbonation. Wow, was this stuff awful. Looking at the other ratings, maybe my bottle was off, but it looks like I purchased it the same time and place as Cornfield. WIll have to re-rate again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
There’s some awfully heavy-handed northwestern hopping for this to be an English strong ale... much more like an American, or even an Imperial IPA. Pouring a slightly hazy, deep amber body, it has a thick, yellowish head that does some nifty lacing. There’s a sturdy caramel base under the heavy pine and grapefruit hop bitterness. Nice and bitter, although the hops take a more earthy tone in the finish.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5485) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Orange-amber but still; huge rocky head. Clean airy aroma with mellow flavors of candy corn, sugar and a teaser of the high alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Bottle: Clean medium amber hue with a initial large frothy head and excellent lace. The aroma has notes of spicy and piney hops, caramel and biscuity malt, grapfefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest. The taste starts moderately bitter with a good malty background. The citric notes and sublime spices add some depth. Peppery and bitter finish. The feel is sharp and biting, metallic finish. A good beer but like Yulesmith is not a Holiday beer. Hum methinks it is an IIPA or at least an American Strong, nothing really English about it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Good hop aroma. Nice hop flavor throughout, with a good malt balance. Not quite as big as I would have expected but good none the less.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $4.50 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) This winter ale is more like a big west coast IPA to me. It’s fairly fruity initially, sweet, orange citrusy with a balancing hops bitterness, but the beer finishes with a dominant and lingering bitterness that’s typical of west coast. The two principle aromas in the mildly aromatic nose are a lightly sweet orange citrus and moderate hops, with some light malt in the background. Medium "plus" body and hoppy finish translate nicely into a crisp but round mouthfeel. A slow forming light tan head tops the murky amber beverage, but fades to a sheen within a few minutes. Not what I was expecting from a winter beer, but it’s still well made and enjoyable.


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