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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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795 Ratings

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 68 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-25-2012 21:34:27 | More by zbooks
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Served on-tap in a non-descript tulip. About a one-finger light tan head over a clear amber - orange body. Nice lacing along the top of the glass.

Pleasant hop aroma of pine resin and lemon grass. Slight note of bready malt in the background.

Tasty flavor that includes hop-centric IPA flavors of pine cone, grassy notes, and light citrus, especially grapefruit.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel with a lighter hop oil texture. Overall, a very solid IPA that I would gladly keep in my fridge.

03-26-2014 03:49:35 | More by FanofHefe
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4.01/5  rDev +6.4%

Arrives in a liter "stein" with a beautiful copper color with a voluminous tan head that leaves copius lacing as it even settles to a thick film.
Smell is a nice mix of floral and evergreen hop notes with a mild, malt in the background. Good balance and not over-powering.
Same with the taste. The hops assert themselves but do not overwhelm the other flavors. The same evergreen-floral hop presence with malt taking a supporting role. The alcohol makes itself known without being pushy.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence. smoother than many IPAs, and less drying than many, as well, though both characteristics are still well represented. For a non-IPA person, I really like this brew. Need to try the Imp. IPA next, I reckon.

04-30-2014 23:03:36 | More by PorterLambic
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this one. It pours a hazy orange color. The head is large, billowy and recedes very slowly into a thick sheet of lacing. The aroma is rather balanced for an IPA. There is a lot of hops, but there is also quite a bit of malt. Citrus, grapefruit, caramel, and pine. The taste is a bit hoppier than the aroma. It starts off fairly balanced, but the hops kick in during the finish leaving a long dry, bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fine IPA. If it were available in my area I would certainly drink it regularly.

05-23-2008 19:15:27 | More by KarlHungus
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

On cask at The Ginger Man in Austin.

Clear brown tinted copper with a healthy tight bubbled egg-shell colored head.

Sharp pine and citrus notes in the nose with a touch of cereal-like malts.

Medium light body with a mellow carbonation. Melon, cantaloupe, citrus, and conifer tinged hops are vibrant and assertive. Smooth and juicy malt center fades into hop bitterness in the finish.

The most impressive beer I sampled while in Texas.

06-07-2006 00:52:47 | More by Shultzerdugen
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-cap, toted to Oregon by new friend/BA LarryKemp. Poured to a pint glass; no freshness dating on the bottle, just some illegible laser-printed coding on the neck.

This beer's name honors the Elissa (1877) - "Texas' Tall Ship".

A: Very impressive display of 2-finger high solid white foam resting atop a clear yellow-amber. Plenty of rising carbonation meeting that head, which drops slowly and leaves behind outstanding-looking sheets of spiderwebbed lace.

S: This one is much more malt-forward than expected. Aroma of sticky caramel and a mild tangerine meet the nose.

T: An IPA that's got a nice balance between grassy/herbal hopping and toasted malts. This alternates between tasting 'green' (earthy/leafy) and tasting of doughy bread. It's a nice balance - flavorful and somewhat different than the 'West Coast' hop-bombs I've grown accustomed to.

M: An even-keeled mouthfeel, light-medium, with modest carbonation - actually it's one of the smoothest, cleanest and most well-balnced mouthfeels I can recall in an IPA. Finish holds most of the hop bittering, but is so creamy and smooth that its hard to notice.

D: Drinkability is quite high on this one; it's one of the more perfectly balanced IPAs I've tried. Flavors aren't too big & forceful but are harmonious and invite me back for another. Definitely worthy of a try and deserving of its accolades.

Thanks again, Larry!

05-24-2008 08:20:26 | More by msubulldog25
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks go out to BA HardTarget for the chance to sample another Texas goodie.

Appearance: Pours a rich and clear copper color with a thin, carbonated khaki head. Carbonation throughout the body and little hop floaties in it...very cool!

Smell: Refreshing citrus, some carmel notes here and there, a bit of pine, and a touch of floral hops. All in all, a very inviting smell.

Taste: Dry carmel and wheat bread that quickly ramps up to some bittering and oily pine notes, a touch of grass, and then back down to the wheat bread, malty base. Bittering pine is the hop flavor profile that continues to dominate. However the malt base balances this out pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crispy due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable and great for a hot, humid Ohio summer's day. Strongly recommended and thanks again to HardTarget!

06-14-2005 19:18:04 | More by mattcrill
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours well--a cloudy, murky dark orange. Head is a finger, spotty as IPAs tend towards. Good lacing.

Smell is phenomenal. I got a whiff of cane sugar before the piney, hoppey, spicy, resiny, and just slightly citrus scents hit. Very nice, enticing.

Taste is a little hollow towards the back; I expect a stronger, more enduring taste from the hops. It's tart and biting in the front, with a moderate to strong kick. It may have better than average drinkability for an IPA due to its lack of hops with stamina. Reminds me of expresso. Little grapefruit-like tang.

I can't make a decision. It's a strong, solid IPA, but beyond that I don't have the taste buds to really classify it within the style. I'd have another--and if I had a six pack, I'd be able to get to know it.

04-29-2005 04:30:20 | More by cooter
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from bottle into pint glass after sitting out of the fridge 10 minutes, 45-50ish degrees.

A: Clear golden amber with a two finger head and lots of medium bubbles. Clearly a pretty well-carbonated beer. Left lots of sticky lace on the side of my glass, belying its creamy finish.

S: Spices, pine, floral, citrus. Not as strong as some IPAs but definitely present and accounted for. Nice balance, you can smell everything in the beer right up front.

T: Reminds me of a slightly hoppier Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It has a lot of the same characteristics; the bitter backbone and citrusy flavor with hints of other tastes glinting in the background. The malty sweetness underlaying it all and capping off the bitterness at the finish with a sweet but not cloying, aftertaste. The bitterness is more pronounced and tends in a slightly more piny direction, and this is not really a bad thing. It's a fairly mild IPA, at the edge of the category in bitterness, but it tastes great. If you're a Texan wanting something a bit stronger and a bit cheaper than SN Pale Ale this is it.

M: Pretty high carbonation, as expected. Creamier finish than my comparison beer, SN Pale Ale; that plus the higher ABV means it's not as sessionable.

O: Pretty high ABV in this one, 6.6%. I'm a skinny guy, so I've got a nice buzz going after a brief walk and retiring to a bottle of these. Overall I like this beer a lot and will drink many more of them.

03-19-2012 15:12:28 | More by OremLK
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

The appearance on this one is weird. There's a bunch of stuff floating in the beer. Maybe they're hop particles... It gives it a bit of cloudiness which offsets an otherwise great color.

The smell is really hoppy, but it smells like they used a mellower hops; either that or they made up for a strong flavor with lots of malt, because that's in there too.

Taste is citrusy hops, not overly bitter by any means, and a good bit of malt.

Pretty full, but doesn't linger or get too sticky.

I'd definitely pick this stuff up if it was in my area. The floaty particles are weird, though.

09-09-2007 21:42:32 | More by bboven
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Thanks to thickerfreakness for the hookup on this one.

Pours a clear orangish amber with 1/2 inch of foamy off-white head with good retention and very nice lacing. Smells of caramel, pineapple, oranges, pine, and biscuits. Tastes of orange rind, caramel, biscuit, grain, earthy hops, and a dry grassy finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Malty with a semi-dry bitter finish. Easy to drink with a good balance of flavors, hides the alcohol well. More like an English style IPA with lots of malt character and less potent hop punch like some American IPAs. Reminds me a lot of HopDevil.

05-05-2008 22:45:34 | More by HopDerek
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Had this at The Ginger Man in Fort Worth...

I've had this in the bottle and I think I like the bottled version better... Something about the sharpness of the hops that I like quite a bit more... Still a nice littlwe brew on cask though... Terrific local...

09-29-2009 23:20:29 | More by Tilley4
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Have a keg in my fridge, also Randallaized it. Will do two reviews in one.

A-Drinking from a pint and Duvel Glass, clear amber with a moderate head that recedes quick. -Appearance didn't change through the Randall, though it did have a noticeably larger head on initial pour into the pitcher, head receded within minutes in a 3-litter pitch to a very thin, 1 finger head. Aggressive pours produce a huge head on this one.
S-Light hoppy smell, not an over powering IPA in terms of bitterness or smell, very mellow. -Using cascade hops this time we got a slightly hoppier smell, though barely noticeable side by side. Would have preferred a different hop than I could get.
T-Very mellow, bitterness was kept low. -Barely noticed any change from the cascade hops. Though most people seemed to prefer it more through the Randall.
M-Easy on the mouth, alcohol is about average and is concealed well. The keg was with an air pump so slightly dull tastes through the night.
D-Very drinkable, easy session beer. I've noticed that I under estimate the alcohol in this little brew as it sneaks up on you pretty quickly.

01-13-2008 16:57:28 | More by ballewblake
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

On cask at the Gingerman in Austin TX.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber. Long lasting creamy ivory head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Grassy, leafy, and gently citrusy/piney over a mild, biscuit-like and caramelish malt.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma. There's more hops than malt, but it's soft and smooth and not bitter (well, yes, but not harsh). Mild fruitiness of apple and pear from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Supple. Smooth. As cask should be. Simply disappears down the hatch.

Drinkability: Well balanced. Well rounded. Remarkably drinkable. With the exception of its strength this could be a great session ale. Worth trying!!!

12-26-2007 03:39:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Served on-tap in a 16oz American pint glass.

Appearance: Pale copper color with a fairly sized off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves thick lace.

Smell: Light, toasty smell backed up by earthy hoppiness and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste: Bready malt beginning, with a strong bitter finish and some slight nut flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full body with lighter carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Very good overall, though the hops are more subdued and the beer more balanced than the bottled version.

07-02-2010 02:21:29 | More by Mosstrooper
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Fairly clear golden color with a finger of white head and some lacing. A touch lighter than I like to see my IPAs.

S: Really nice mix of citrus hops and malt. Both are crystal clear. A little bit of sweetness in the back as well.

T: Just a clean tasting DIPA. A little on the malty side but enough bitterness to round things out. Not nearly as much citrus as the nose lead me to believe.

M: A touch sticky. Very fresh tasting.

D: A really nice beer. Drank a ton of this while in Texas. The best local IPA that was available for sure.

05-19-2009 21:44:05 | More by aerozeppl
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Not much head came on this pint of IPA. Slightly cloudy, Amber/Orange color. And no real visible carbonation. Fairly nice lacing remains. Not tons, but a decent amount.

Aroma is very mild and of slight citrus. Our first hint this is not a West Coast IPA.

The flavor confirms we are not dealing with a hop bomb here. Rather balanced and clean. A hop head could be disappointed, but hopefully more will enjoy the balance provided here. Bread, cracker notes, light hop bitterness. Some floral notes. Finishes with a mild bitterness that lingers. Certainly nothing that grabs your throat. Probably a nice gateway IPA.

Medium body with mild carbonation. Fairly smooth..

Very drinkable and certainly among the sessionable IPAs.

A decent representation of the style, but not one of the greats.

06-11-2009 12:34:01 | More by Reagan1984
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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