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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

787 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 61 | 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 nsheehan:
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nsheehan

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elissa
Saint Arnold
20130627
12oz bottle to English pub pint
BW 20130508 (bottled on?)

A – A very clear amber. Quickly subsiding head, that leaves just a thin layer on top. Very few bubbles rising. The clarity is astounding.

S – The fruits are the stars in this aroma. Some piney, resinous hop smells riding along with some nice fruit. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit (I think). Also, a slightly musty kind of light smell from the malt. Like a very light vanilla smell, with a dash of brown sugar.

T – Nice hop flavors come through, first followed by the fruit, and then they share the spotlight well, through the swallow and into the aftertaste. This is very enjoyable. The hops are represented by sweet grass and some light pine and spiciness, followed by a slight burst of citrus flavors: orange, pineapple, grapefruit. These flavors are supported by a light, slightly sweet malt backbone that only shows its head right after the citrus burst. As you swallow, the sweetness gives way to the fruit mainly, and then the slight pine and resin taste comes back, balancing the fruit.

M – Heavy-light bodied, not very carbonated, I’d say under-carbonated slightly. Finish is average dryness. Sticks slightly close to the tongue without hugging it. Pretty slick feeling.

D – This is pretty close to the IPA I have been wanting to brew myself (in the future when I start brewing, though based on current preference). It has hop character but really gives it to you with some fruitiness. They go well together and the malt is happy to be hanging out on the side. There is a clarity to the smell and taste that I cherish, and influences my scoring of the beer.
4.25, 4.5, 4.75, 4, 4.5; 4.6.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 04:20:35 | More by nsheehan
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.