Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

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942 Ratings

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 31
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TXHops on 05-14-2004

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Ratings: 942 | Reviews: 401
Reviews by BlackAngus:
Photo of BlackAngus
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby color, hazy, fluffy white head.

S - Floral and fruity hops aromas, hint of maltiness, caramel.

T - Sweet flavor, not very bitter, butterscotch notes. Nice hop flavor, without overwhelming bitterness.

M - Light body, very nice and clean, very well carbonated.

D - I really enjoy this. Not as hoppy as most IPA's, but extremely drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.47/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a turbid, amber beer with a dull glow. I had yeast floaties in mine. There is a very impressive two fingers of sherbert head that sticks around and laves great lace. The nose is prettymuch standard cascade citrus, pine, and a deeply biscuity malt aroma. Was nice for the first few quaffs, but turned a little musty on me.

The upfront character of this beer is juicy-fruit gum chaced quick with a bracing, almsot antagonistic hop bitter, which falls flat due to a combination of water mouthfeel, overcarbonation, and lack of a strong malt foundation. It all drops out the bottom. Metallic finish makes it all the more funky. I'm not too impressed with Elissa, and had a hard time finishing it.

Goes to show what cask can do I guess. I had it on cask in Houston and it was pretty dreamy.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many times as my go to local IPA.
A-Copper, reddish. metallic color
S-Citrus hops, piney aroma, slightly metllic occassionally
T-Astrigent citrus hops, sweet malt-good balance of the two, grapefruit, slightly drying, some metallic taste
M-Well carbonated, good scrubbing effect, dry finish.
D-Very easy to drink, can drink a few of these, especially on a hot day

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

A bit of a hybrid here with English malts and Cascade hops. Authenticity aside, the word "hybrid" is overused to begin with, and look at the facts: 6.6 percent ABV and roughly 60 IBUs--yeah ... that sounds like a modern day American IPA to us.

Good head retention with a sea foam-like lacing on the glass similar to when a tide pulls back. Orangey hop aroma with some juice and rind, a tad minty and earthy as well. There's a pleasant toasted biscuit malt nose right below the surface of the hops. A nice burst of smoothness opens up this beer. Hop bitterness is there with a slick resiny/oily orange flavor that puckers with rind and zest. More of a citric oil and wildflower flavor in the middle. The malt steps up and is able to balance without a problem--it's very biscuity with a toasted husk note in the finish. End is semi-bitter and dry.

This reminds us of those old school "microbrews" of days long gone which we love. Great to see this flavor is still around. Thumbs up!

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my glass a solid amber orange color with great clarity. A half inch of creamy white head rises up and leaves some lacing on the way down. Aromas begin with toasted and caramel malt accents alongside a nice helping of floral, herbal hop notes. I get a little bit of spiciness in there as well. Good balance between hop and malt aromas.

First sip brings a toasty, slightly bready caramel malt upfront that segues into a quite floral, herbal hop flavor with some notes of citrus and fruit as well. It moves down with a light spicy aspect and finishes off with a nice shot of bitterness. On the maltier side for an IPA, but in the end still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and a good strudy carbonation that brings it all together. A solid, easy drinking IPA. Overall, this has good drinkability and I could easily have a few. It's a nice change of pace from the big west coast IPA's I've had recently. Thanks to JDV for my first sampling of Saint Arnold's beer!

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light golden amber with a big pillowy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is bready, biscuit malts and fruity, grassy hops (cascade?).

The flavor is milder than expected - some sweet bready, biscuit malts with a little fruit and a decent grassy, slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - too much biscuit malt and not enough hop flavor.

Photo of shapudding
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No dating on the bottle.
Poured a honeyed golden and clear, with a bit of white head that left only a thin ring and a little dusting in the center. Caramelly sweet and hoppy aroma. Bitey hops, peppery, and bitterness. Grapefruit rind with a bit of grapefruit juice. Bit of sweetness and roasted maltiness coming through. Smooth with a nicely low carbination. Nicely drinkable, good flavors and neither too heavy or too light. Could easily drink a bunch of these.
Thanks to Kindestcut for this one!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to TxBeer for this one...
Pours an orange/copper color w/ a half finger of off-white head after a gentle pour....mininal lacing and head disappears within minutes.
Aroma is faint yet inticing...a nice fruity hop presence w/ some sweet malt and iced tea.
Taste is nice...a boatload of bitterness w/ a very subtle sweetness.
Very well balanced for the style...not trying to overdo it.
Mouthfeel is above average and the carbonation is perfect.
I would enjoy this one on tap very much...a very quaffable IPA.
1st impressions w/ St. Arnold are solid...recommend it to any fan of the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this beer for years, but realized I had never reviewed it.

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal white head. Due to the beer being unfiltered, there is some yeast in the bottom of the glass after pouring.

There is not a lot of aroma (which is the only weakness in this beer as far as I am concerned) in the beer, but what is there is nicely balanced. The flavor is outstanding, progressing from malt, to hop bitterness and then finishing with a strong cascade hop flavor. Even at 6.6 percent ABV, this is a very drinkable IPA. The bitterness does not linger. This is a beer you can have multiple pints of over the course of an evening.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Mild citrus, pine, and hops

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter hops and pine, with a mild citrus sweetness. Strong bitter after taste.

Overall: Pretty good IPA, I would definitely have this one again.

Photo of MikeyLegend
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great affordable IPA. Very strong hops smell but very smooth. One of my every day beers.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big head and a deep amber almost overly carbonated appearance. Little aroma. Kinda citrusy, not compared to the big hopped ipas though.

Same in the taste profile, muted citrus along the lines of grapefruit feel. A little lighter malt body with it, matches nice. Rather easy to drink, no surprises, a solid effort. A decent, malty ipa.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, presented with absolutley minimal head. No lacing. I couldn't scent anything noticable. The taste was odd. There really wasn't any hop bite in the front of the palate. But the malted sweetness was really strong in this as opposed to in a bottle. Of course the mouthfeel had very little carbonation, yet was full bodied. This was my first Casked Ale, and I have to say it was really good. It made this IPA something completely different.

Photo of jeonseh
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JDV for letting me try this as an extra

A - A reflective copper color with golden hues thoughout it. Can see a ton of carbonation floating through this on and it has a nice one finger head that sticks throughout the beer.

S - Smells of orange, caramel malt, grapefruit. Really out of the three the caramel malt seems to dominate while the grapefruit hops smell just sits under the caramel malt waiting to attack your nose.

T - Actually this is a sweeter IPA especially on the first taste. I get a big hit of caramel malt that makes this beer sweet. After that sits in the mouth for awhile, a hint of grapefruit comes in and cuts through the sweeter flavors. Despite this being an IPA, there is really only a small hint of bitter hops that comes in on the end and reminds you that this is indeed an IPA. Was a bit surprised to find out that the caramel malt indeed dominated this one since I am used to having American IPAs really be dominated by a piney hops flavor.

MF - LIght carbonation and a medium body. The feeling is a bit sticky which is expected given that the beer seems to be so dominated by the caramel malt. The beer also gives you a nice full and chewy mouthfeel.

D - Overall this is a good IPA that has flavor and is easy to drink. My main qualm is that IPAs are usually hops dominated and this one really seems to not have that hops aspect that I like in my IPA. If I could find it in the area, I might buy it again and I would never say no if someone offered me one but It would not be an everyday beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer has a slightly hazy copper-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a yellowish-tan spongy head of foam.

S- The big perfumy aroma of green hops has support from dry caramel malt and some fresh honey notes underneath.

T- A light sweet malt note gives way to a faint orange note that increases as the beer warms. The taste of piney green hops follows right after with a slight pungent finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish.

D- This beer is very drinkable with the sweetness supporting the hops flavor nicely. The orange flavor really makes a nice transition from the sweet malt to the pungent hops.

Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium to maybe slightly bigger white to off white head surely does take its time to settle into a pretty decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Citrus, almost a bitter citrus dominates an aroma that also contains some sour grains and some very light spices.

A nice dry citrus filled hops taste, a very welcoming IPA, I'm also a very big fan of big hops bite but this beer with its small hops bite is still a pretty good beer and worth drinking.

As an added bonus this beer has a nice medium body and a nice light but quite dry with some citrus feel aftertaste.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty ipa. It pours a cross between a rust and copper color with lots of bubbles and a head that seems a little high for me. Its about two fingers high and thick, almost rocky, chunks of foam. It fades fast and leaves nice lacing on the glass for you to remember it by.

The smell is slightly metallic and hoppy. There is slight citrus but nothing that screams out at me. All in all its a mild smell that is neither one thing nor the other.

Taste is right on par with the smell. Its a smooth malt that moves into some real nice bitterness from the hops. My guess is (cascade or hallertau.) A nice amount too because it eclipses the malts and leaves you with that nice ipa finish. There is some beautiful citrus in the initial sip but its mild and not distracting from the taste and bitterness.

It all works well and is not overpowering. This is a beer that doesn't get boring to me and is something the pallet will enjoy.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first reviewed IPA in a good long while...

Pours a nice medium coppery amber with a solid light beige head that subsides pretty quickly into a cap of foam. Slow carbonation supports.

Man, I love this kind of aroma in an IPA. Just fruity and tart and fresh, not too too piney, but with enough resin to make a perfect floral counterpoint to what's going on in the nose. In the mouth, all that lovely hop character shines through; plenty of citrus, maybe blueberry in there? Some mild grain serves as a moderating factor, but doesn't intrude with too much maltiness. Medium body, a nice somewhat drying mouthfeel all around.

It's tempting to really overrate this type of IPA. Not exactly for the "blaze your tastebuds off" school of IPA thought; this is approachable and extremely tasty, with a lovely bouquet. It reminds me of the things I love in BridgePort. Why didn't I try this sooner?

Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to assurbanipaul for this and other TX brews in trade.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a nice half finger of white foam on top that melts to a ring of white.
Aroma is slightly toasted malt with citrus hops.
Taste is light amber malt with orange peel hops that follow to grapefruit peel bitter.
Smooth mouthfeel with grapefruit drying aftertaste.
Very drinkable solid IPA

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the "patron saint of brewers", comes the Elissa IPA. No pressure there. This beer appears a light clear copper hue, with voluminous off-white thick foamy head, and lacing left all around. I smell pine hops, and not much else. The taste leads with a toasty, bready malt, and moves to show some moderate pine hops in the middle. There is a fair bit of carbonation, and a dry, hoppy finish. Although slightly underwhelming for an American IPA, I could still have a few of these, at least.

Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this from Spec's on an interview run to Houston. My first Texas beer if you don't count Shiner.

Upon opening I was presently surprised to get a strong whiff of citrusy hops which actually commanded attention over the poblano'd chicken right next to it. It pours a light brown/dark orange color with a well retaining tan head. First thing that jumps out at me in the taste department isn't the nice mix of piney and citrus hops but it's the subtle hint of bubble gum. I'm not used to that in an IPA. Excellent balance with a solid caramel backbone. This baby is super drinkable. I'm extremely pleased with this offering and it will probably be my alpha king replacement here in a few months.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Taste- nice crisp taste going down.
Mouthfeel- slight bitterness very mild hoppiness.
Appearance- Amber/reddish color slightly clear.
Scent- mild hoppiness, slightly floral
Overall- great IPA I recommend it to anyone learning to like IPA's

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rick Sawyer from Team sinister BIF race 2008 for this bottle.

A nice bright amber color, moderate crown in size, slightly off-white that dissipates slowly and proves to be sticky with some decent lacing. Carbonation is just right.

The aroma is very well balanced with big fresh herbal and earthy whiffs ,clean, fresh grains, wheat field on a hot summer day. But there is also a sweet, fruity smell underneath that's much like the Stone Ruination and it's pineapple and strawberries hop scent.

The flavor is also very well rounded with the fruity hop flavors popping out most, very much lke pineapple and raspberries. There is a clean, wheatie malt balance that is nice, but it finishes slightly herbal and earthy but more wheatie and fruity overall.
Light to medium feel, plenty of crisp bite and a smooth finish.

This is a very nice example of one of the most popular styles known.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour produces a huge, fluffy, rocky head, leaving cloud formations of bubbly lace as it thins. Color is gold/copper with a nice mild haze.

Despite pouring aggressively and receiving a big fluffy head, the aroma has trouble making any real impression. It's more on the Pale Ale side of things than an IPA. Maybe a little more malt comes through than in your average pale ale, but sniffing as hard as I can only draws a "ho-hum" reaction.

Taste also reminds more of a pale ale than an IPA...although there's an interesting bitter layer over everything, front to back. Much better than the aroma, but far from the greatest IPA ever. Not as fully and freshly hopped as I want a great IPA to be, but it's nice. The flavor remains fruity and toffee-sweet, light and just mildly spicy. Rough, leafy bitterness takes over in the finish.

Feels just like I like it: smooth and creamy without overbearing carbonation. Nice and airy, like whipped butter, though also full enough to give it some heft.

A decent IPA. Could use some work on the aroma. Still has enough likable characteristics that I had no problem getting it down and even enjoying it. Drinking it in 95+ degree heat might have given this an edge I wouldn't have given it otherwise.

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this one. Cheers!

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange with white head. Full C resiney hop bitterness with significant maltiness. In your face strong bitterness yet English ingrediants, a Ratatouille receipe of English and American IPA. Drinkable and refreshing though not what you expect

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.