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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

870 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 96 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TXHops on 05-14-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Hops4Pops:
Photo of Hops4Pops
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review and I am a little hesitant because there are so many advanced beer connoisseurs present. I have been enjoying beer for many many years but have only gotten into the craft beer thing more deeply within the last year or two. More than anything, I know what I like and what I don't like. I am reading and educating myself about all of the terms and nuances related to becoming an expert myself. Having said that I will review this beer.

I really like just about everything that I have tried so far from Saint Arnold's. This beer is no exception. I do think that there needs to be a bit more carbonation because it is barely more than flat. Nonetheless, the carbonation is present and I let the brewery know I think it needs a little more carbonation. Not being an expert I am not sure that my suggestion to them is right as more carbonation might kick something else into the red zone.

(11/29/13-Follow up on the carbonation issue. I just purchased another six pack and this one definitely has a lot more carbonation that the first one reviewed. I am drinking it from a tulip and there is a little geyser going from the bottom to the surface leaving a thin pillowy head. There is also a nice rather oily lacing. Much better!)

I placed this beer in the bottom of my fridge where it does not freeze but gets very cold. I poured it into a 12 oz Saint Arnold's glass I procured on a tour of the brewery. There was almost no head and no lacing to speak of. The nose of this beer is what I would call bright and hoppy. It is a bit strong but it seems that the hops hide the ABV. This is good.

I like this beer. I can say that I love beers that are balanced and smooth and filled with interesting flavor. This beer is in that category. The hops are very distinct and way up front and last even into the aftertaste without being offensive in any way.

This beer is something I will drink regularly. Enough extra ABV to be fun with a very interesting and refreshing flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of legalag11
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
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 Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hopsleeroy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mediumrare
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Nelguz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Beaver13
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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 +9.8%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Meyers1023
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.