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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

783 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 57 | 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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FLtoTX

Texas

1/5  rDev -73.5%

03-10-2014 02:17:20 | More by FLtoTX
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JohnCellona

Texas

1/5  rDev -73.5%

11-18-2013 02:30:37 | More by JohnCellona
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Domvan

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

04-29-2014 02:45:43 | More by Domvan
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Bartholeme

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.9%

04-18-2013 06:43:15 | More by Bartholeme
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stampfler07

Colorado

2/5  rDev -46.9%

02-05-2012 01:05:41 | More by stampfler07
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HoustonZ33

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.9%

02-13-2013 06:53:11 | More by HoustonZ33
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Pesci

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.9%

02-27-2013 21:01:36 | More by Pesci
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goblue65

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

04-24-2012 01:21:41 | More by goblue65
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Rizalini

Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Recieved in a trade from scm2787. Thanks for the bottle!

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip, it pours a clear golden orange color, with a minimal 1/2 finger off-white head.

S - Faint aromas of some malts, but no hops.

T/M - Unfortunatly, I'm not getting much of anything besides a slight bitterness at the end. Medium light mouthfeel.

O - I'm wondering if this one's not old? Without any identifiable markings to verify the date, I'm just taking a shot in there dark here. But for an AIPA this one falls flat...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 06:21:24 | More by Rizalini
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

It pours an amberish/copperish color with a big foamy white head that sticks for a while before receding with some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit of a letdown. It is very malty, almost earthy as well, there are hops in the piney and tomatoey variety.

Maybe this one didn't survive the journey from Texas, it is devoid of any hops. Just some dough like malt and some spice.

Maybe i got a bad bottle? It isn't very potent.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 04:16:14 | More by crossovert
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armock

New York

2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on cask at the Ginger Man in Houston its a lot different than on tap.

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of pine scented hops

T - Very disappointing it was like a mouth full of dirty hops

M - On cask theres no carbonation and makes it feel very thin

D - I like Elissa on tap but on cask its just not drinkable to me when I saw it I was excited to try it but after the first taste I was disappointed with this beer I wouldn't run out to try this again

Serving type: cask

05-18-2008 20:27:55 | More by armock
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craytonic

District of Columbia

2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Nice honey-sun hazy orange-tangerine. Soda fountain head that quickly disappears.

Smell: There are hops in this beer?

Taste: Once again, there are hops in this beer?

Mouthfeel: Thin, but at least I don't have to complain about the lack of hops again. This is the better part of the beer, although it could still use a bit more malt. Very dry.

Drinkability: Not impressed at all, in a blind test I would have guessed this was a BMC, needs more of everything.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 15:11:54 | More by craytonic
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jaredseaman77

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

01-04-2012 15:33:42 | More by jaredseaman77
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TheStashRide

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

10-08-2012 00:45:49 | More by TheStashRide
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DragLine6

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

03-23-2013 13:43:40 | More by DragLine6
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phishbone23

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

02-03-2013 16:14:49 | More by phishbone23
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Rozyravens

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

04-02-2013 20:45:31 | More by Rozyravens
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is clear and light orange hued with a small white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuits, toasted bread. Very little hop presence here. The flavor confirms the absence of the hop profile one would expect in an IPA. Too grainy. Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, I find this beer unimpressive. Not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:38:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mhewes for this one.

This beer pours a clear copper amber with a sustained sandy head of off-white.

Smells of distant sour grains and a pungent hop that makes me think of produce that's on it's way out.

Tastes very thin of a sweet multi-grain bread that is subsumed by a sour and dry hop that reminds me of apples, cedar and sour grains. bleah! In the finish, there's a boozy sting.

feels light and clean with a swarm of carbonation that seems to get in the way.

Hmmm. Not as I remember this one at all. It seems that I should have drank this one when it was far more cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 03:37:59 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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SvenHayden

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

03-15-2013 02:30:09 | More by SvenHayden
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

06-12-2013 03:25:20 | More by Syracuse12
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originsbrewery

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

04-21-2012 17:33:46 | More by originsbrewery
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

07-10-2014 01:03:07 | More by StaveHooks
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sweethome

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this versus Real Ale Lost Gold IPA. Based on my score...I think you'll see I like Real Ale better. This is the lowest score I've given this brewery.

Pours a light yellow with a bit of haze.

A bit of honey on nose...not much more. Slightest hint of hops. Say what - IPA with a hint of hops?

Not much of a finish. This disappointed me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:06:08 | More by sweethome
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.