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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

836 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 85 | 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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Reviews by brurevu:
Photo of brurevu
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Saint Arnold Elissa poured a nice golden amber with lots of floating sediment which seemed a little strange, but it did not detract from the brew. The Elissa had a bitter hoppy flavor that was diligently balanced by a strong malt body. It was a nicely balanced beer that didn’t try to overwhelm me with hops, but struck a delicate balance. This is an easy drinking and thirst quenching IPA.

brurevu, Sep 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Tiernan, Aug 29, 2013
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

hopsleeroy, May 31, 2008
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tbryan5, Jul 08, 2013
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!

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
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!

orbitalr0x, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of mediumrare
3/5  rDev -20.2%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
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.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2013
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!

shapudding, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 09, 2013
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.

warriorsoul, Aug 19, 2005
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.

Mora2000, Nov 14, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Meyers1023, Aug 09, 2014
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.

Cavanaghty, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Cynic-ale, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 21, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

whoneeds8, Nov 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mikebeer92, Mar 06, 2014
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.