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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

786 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 786
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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zbooks

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-25-2012 21:34:27 | More by zbooks
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 03:49:35 | More by FanofHefe
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2014 23:03:36 | More by PorterLambic
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 19:15:27 | More by KarlHungus
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

06-07-2006 00:52:47 | More by Shultzerdugen
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 08:20:26 | More by msubulldog25
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 19:18:04 | More by mattcrill
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cooter

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 04:30:20 | More by cooter
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OremLK

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 15:12:28 | More by OremLK
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bboven

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 21:42:32 | More by bboven
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:45:34 | More by HopDerek
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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...

Serving type: cask

09-29-2009 23:20:29 | More by Tilley4
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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2008 16:57:28 | More by ballewblake
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Serving type: cask

12-26-2007 03:39:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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Mosstrooper

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 02:21:29 | More by Mosstrooper
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aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 21:44:05 | More by aerozeppl
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 12:34:01 | More by Reagan1984
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aeminter

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While at the AHA rally this weekend we had a rare treat; Cask conditioned Elissa IPA.

The beer was drawn behind their service bar, so the lack of head I will blame on the barkeep. The beer was honey gold in color and a little cloudy. I assume the cloudiness was do to being cask conditioned, and there by mostly unfiltered.

The smell was a little funky, but in a good way. Well, for a farm boy it's a good smell. It reminded me of wet feed mix... the more I think of it this may be what I've seen others refer to as cereal. The hops were not as pronounced as I expect with an IPA, but they were there.

The flavor is mellow in the front, citrus/pine hoppy in the middle, and clean in the finish. Very balanced.

Very drinkable. This is probably the most sessiony IPA I've ever seen.

This would even be a good way to get people who are not IPA drinkers into the style.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2009 01:18:09 | More by aeminter
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer has a slightly hazy copper-orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a yellowish-tan spongy head of foam.

S- The big perfumy aroma of green hops has support from dry caramel malt and some fresh honey notes underneath.

T- A light sweet malt note gives way to a faint orange note that increases as the beer warms. The taste of piney green hops follows right after with a slight pungent finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish.

D- This beer is very drinkable with the sweetness supporting the hops flavor nicely. The orange flavor really makes a nice transition from the sweet malt to the pungent hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 17:54:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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goochpunch

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Houston Gingerman. Came in the pint glass a slightly hazed orange-amber with a one-finger head that stayed for the entire pint. Left some ornate lacing. Smell is really big on the cascades: tons of grapefruit and an underlying presence of pine. Underneath are some subdued fruity esters and some toasty malts. Grapefruit is pretty big in the flavor but with a soft bitterness all around. Malts are pretty chewy, but unlike a lot of Saint Arnold beers in the bottle or on-tap, this didn't suffer from dominating sugar and esters. As it warms up it started to get a little too toasty for my tastes. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Awesome. A really tasty beer, but as it becomes more toasty, the drinkability takes a hit.

Serving type: cask

07-31-2007 02:58:36 | More by goochpunch
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange with a thin white head.

Smell. Toasty, sweet light malt and a little citrus fruits.

Taste. Light toasty grains, a little sweet with a lightly bitter, grassy-citus finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Pretty light on the hops and flavour intensity for an IPA, but easy drinking and tastes great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 00:02:02 | More by Rutager
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear deep golden color with a creamy white head.

S: Malty caramel with some piney hop notes.

T: Malty and hoppy. Big bittersweet flavor in the beginning yielding to a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied yet creamy.Carbonation is noticed on the tongue.

D: I'd consider this an excellent example of what I like to see in American IPA - big on hops, but with enough malt so it isn't one sided.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:04:37 | More by barefootbrewer
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice head and retention. nice pale/amber color.

Smell: citrusy, I believe this beer is brewed with cascade hops.

Taste: very balanced. Gave me a hop fix without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I could knock a few of these back. Not too overbearing, not too bitter. A very sessionable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 22:16:23 | More by jasonjlewis
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet.

A Clear, and honey colored brew pours but generated just a moderate head and not much in the way of lacing

S malty backbone and a lite (LITE) touch of hops to the nose

T the taste itself is GREAT!!! hoppy IPA flavor to be savored.

M: nice enough....a bit nondescript

D: to hoppy for a session, but then go ahead and do it anyway.
LOVE the HOPS

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:06:17 | More by burnerfinger
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AlesRTasty

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - came out deep amber with a thin layer of white/cream colored head, slight lacing
S - great hop aroma, quite inviting
T - nice hop bitterness to it with just the right amount of malt
M - crisp and clean
D - one of my favorite SA brews, quite a nice interpretation of the style and very refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 05:35:24 | More by AlesRTasty
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