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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

805 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 26
Gots: 70 | 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%

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.

08-23-2013 04:20:35 | More by nsheehan
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

2.38/5  rDev -36.9%

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.

08-10-2007 02:11:09 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-29-2013 06:27:58 | More by Tiernan
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

05-31-2008 18:09:33 | More by hopsleeroy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-08-2013 02:37:26 | More by tbryan5
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

09-20-2010 19:01:11 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2014 23:08:31 | More by Ben7773
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

03-21-2008 22:18:40 | More by orbitalr0x
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Kappakoosh

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-26-2013 01:47:30 | More by Kappakoosh
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

10-03-2013 23:35:53 | More by Beaver13
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

12-18-2004 05:57:32 | More by shapudding
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-09-2013 02:37:50 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-19-2005 17:40:29 | More by warriorsoul
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Mora2000

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

11-14-2009 04:39:06 | More by Mora2000
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Meyers1023

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-09-2014 02:55:26 | More by Meyers1023
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

11-15-2013 19:16:45 | More by Cavanaghty
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-11-2012 07:29:43 | More by standardcherry
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 05:31:04 | More by mjtiernan
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-07-2013 02:49:54 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2014 17:14:45 | More by Cynic-ale
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Dinkel

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-07-2013 04:04:33 | More by Dinkel
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

05-21-2010 21:11:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-06-2009 03:30:38 | More by whoneeds8
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mikebeer92

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-06-2014 09:15:43 | More by mikebeer92
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-08-2011 18:42:24 | More by valkyre65
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.