Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Bifrost Winter Ale, Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle Washington
Our next beer comes from one of my favorite brewpubs to visit - the Elysian Brewery in Seattle. Spectacular beer, great food, it's a great place. If your in Seattle and haven't been - check it up on Capitol Hill. Their winter offering is the Bifrost. It's available in 22 oz bottles throughout the winter. I found mine at Whole Foods, their distribution is fairly wide throughout the US.
It pours bright amber with a good head.
The smell is hop and yeast with some mild malt.
The taste is hop earthiness balanced with a nice malt. It is very very smooth and the bitterness builds. It has some very nice light yeast overtones. There is also mild honey in the body, which is medium to full.
The aftertaste is malty-hop-bitterness. I think this is a great holiday warmer that is well balanced and would go great with a holiday meal.
From their website:
It is 7.5% with 42 IBU's.
Malt: Pale Malt with Munich and Crystal Malts.
Hop: Bittered with Centennial, finished with Amarillo and Styrian Goldings hops.