Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +32.6%
The Ginger Man had an all-female staff last night when TheChauffeur1 and I stopped in and it took every woman-jackie (manjack) one of them to change the cask. UKBrewing and Imbiber would have been in stitches. The flexing, bending and general ten basic ballet moves had me rolling in laughter.
Their machinations resulted in a thick, foamy, tawny head with not only excellent retention throughout, but also resulting in majestic lacing. The nose was soft and mildly hoppy. The color of mine was a cloudy amber as compared to the deep amber with NE-quality clarity in Greg's glass. Mine was partially from the bottom of the keg, which is one of the hazards of that pour. The mouthfeel was silky smooth with mild hop bite on the tongue. The finish was mildly bitter, which made it a good fit for both of us although I am a hophead and Greg prefers maltier beers. Love at first taste!
07-05-2008 00:43:04 | More by woodychandler
5/5 rDev +32.6%
Serving type: 12oz bottle
Appearance: Clear Amberish color,Frothy light tan head,3 finger head that did seam to stay but did disolve to about 1 finger,Very low carbonation not too many bubbles.
Smell: Sweet nose with hint of citrus,the cascade hops really hit the nose.
Taste: Starts off like biting into an orange,then ends with a citrusy explosion...like if you licked an orange peel.There is light sweetness there as well.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and lightly carbonated.
Drinkability: At 6.6 abv and over 60 ibu's its a really easy brew to drink.
Notes: Very interesting American IPA.I love styles like this that make my mind wonder and keeps me guessing.Overall a very drinkable beer,i look forward to trying this again.With that said Saint Arnolds Elissa IPA gets 2 THUMBS WAY UP!!!!Great job guys keep up the good work.Also would like to note the LACING....WOW!!!! Also would like to add under the caps there is a message...mine says You've got ale....lol know thats funny!!!
12-04-2010 05:27:52 | More by wray7276
4.93/5 rDev +30.8%
This beer was crazy smooth on cask! Had at Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX after the cask was opened about 15 minutes before. Smell was no where near as hoppy as the bottled version, but you could definitely tell it was an IPA. Served pretty cold and this almost drank like a very malty beer b/c it was so smooth and creamy. I have had other beers on cask before which I usually do not prefer cask, but this one impressed me. I am a convert now for very fresh cask. Drinkability was very high and the mouthfeel on this was indescribable. You truly have to experience this beer on cask to truly appreciate what St. Arnold's has created.
02-10-2011 23:33:13 | More by joshuacavett
4.85/5 rDev +28.6%
Another excellent creation from Saint Arnold Brewery, this is a tasty full flavored IPA. Spicy and loaded with hops, this has a Piney flavor (homage to the piney woods around Houston?)...A very nice IPA....highly recommended. It's named after the famous tall ship "Elissa" (the official tall ship of Texas) an iron barque that sails from nearby Galveston, Texas. A portion of each sale goes towards the upkeep and restoration of this fine ship.
04-05-2006 05:22:42 | More by mrfootball
4.8/5 rDev +27.3%
Acquired from hojuwestlake, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is heavy with a nice floral hops smell, with an excellent compliment of citrus and caramel sweetness.
T: The taste is very well-balanced with a heavy burst of grassy hops bitterness, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malt. Each of the flavors accent each other rather than battle for dominance, however, the hops flavor is what win out in the end as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick to it, excellent representation of style, I liked this beer quite a bit and could see myself drinking quite a few of these in an evening.
05-03-2007 02:07:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.