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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

778 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 24
Gots: 53 | 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)
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TXHops

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-ABV: 6.6
-IBU’s: 60ish
-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 of—it 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 Cascades—Cascades in the kettle and Cascades in the fermenter for dry hopping. It’s 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 I’ve only had this beer poured for me, I can’t comment on the head. I really need to try the bottled version when it’s available so that I can do my tasting in a controlled environment.

Kudos to Saint Arnold for finally joining the hops revolution of the 1990’s and doing a pretty good job of it. Now if only they’d do a barleywine…

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2004 20:55:10 | More by TXHops
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.