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RATINGS: 368   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Sticky with hops. Typical piney and citrusy flavors, with a little peach for complexity. Full mouthfeel and fairly sweet. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 28, 2013
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsmerig (1288) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1242) - 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 (1668) - 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 (1503) - 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 (7938) - 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 (539) - 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 (4070) - 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 (81) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at Tapastre, really enjoyed this. Very smooth, nice hoppy finish. Buy it!

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