Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by TXHops:
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
-Hops: All Cascade
-Malts: Marris Otter Pale and Medium Crystal
-OG: 1.061 (15.5 Plato)
This is the newest offering from Saint Arnold and as of this writing, is still draft-only in the Dallas area. The bottles are coming though! This beer has a pretty long history that I know ofit might have been a plan for even longer than I know. I took the Saint Arnold brewery tour back in 2001 or 2002 and owner Brock Wagner talked to me afterward about an IPA in the works. Saint Arnold beers being notoriously sweet, he was touting it's massive hoppiness and I was a bit skeptical. Well, I'm not sure exactly what the delay was, but 2-3 years later, Saint Arnold finally has an IPA and after a few tastings at the Flying Saucer, I'm impressed. The Saint Arnold sweetness serves the IPA way better than it serves the Amber, IMO. The use of Marris Otter malts and a reverse-osmosis water filtration system results in a softer bitterness, according to the brewery line. I agree that the hops are nicely floral and avoid the edginess of some of the Rogue or Sierra Nevada beers. Like SNPA, Elissa is nothing but CascadesCascades in the kettle and Cascades in the fermenter for dry hopping. Its a hoppy result. In fact, during my first tasting, I ordered a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale after my Elissa. My bar mate ordered a Salvator. When my Harvest Ale arrived, I thought for a moment that I had the doppelbock, so shot were my tastebuds by the Elissa Cascades.
The beer displays an acceptable level of chill haze (hop haze?) and a sweet, Cascadey aroma. Since Ive only had this beer poured for me, I cant comment on the head. I really need to try the bottled version when its available so that I can do my tasting in a controlled environment.
Kudos to Saint Arnold for finally joining the hops revolution of the 1990s and doing a pretty good job of it. Now if only theyd do a barleywine
Serving type: on-tap
05-14-2004 20:55:10 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
No fru-fru review here. Had this beer on tap in an ice-cold glass. Paired outstanding to Kobe-beef sliders with blue cheese. I can think of no other type of beer other than an IPA that can stand up to beef and blue cheese.
Beer was deep gold and hoppy with a smooth swallow and long-lasting bitter-hop aftertaste, even through the blue cheese. Carbonation was mild in the mouth and after swallowing. A seriously full-bodied IPA that will leave a smile on the face of any Hop-Head. Definitely a DFB - Damned Fine Beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2014 22:39:34 | More by croixian1
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.