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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

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very good

730 Ratings

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of FanofHefe


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
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Thin off white head that hovers over a clear darkened apricot/copper color. 

S:  Mellow crisp nose of citrus hops, pale malts, apricots, orange, grapefruit and fresh grains with a touch of herbs. 

T/M:  Medium body with timid toasted malts and grains with and fruity presence of grapefruit, apricot and orange zest. Hops are subtle and not too bitter but it's nice for a summer ale.  Sun dried lawn clippings and a slight rustic flare develop when it starts to warm.  Finish is crisp and dry with lingering orange zest. 

O:  Nice IPA especially for those looking to embark on the world of IPA's it's a gentle beast of bitter that has clean flavors and nothing overbearing. Would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 23:51:26 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear beer that's dark/goldburnt in color and topped off with a white head, medium lacing and medium crbonation.

This is a clean smelling beer, light hops with mild citrus undertnes: grapfruit, orange zest. It has a medium-to-full mouthfeel.

Its a pretty hoppy beer, slightly bitter overall and a semi sweet aftertatse and goes down well too.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 00:44:31 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of jkanavel


3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a pale orange that is so uniform its kind of weird to look at.

The smell is nice and floral but very subdued.

This is a very run of the mill IPA. Quaffable, sessionable, but ultimately unremarkable.

Clean crisp carbonation, and a medium.

Overall I suppose I like this as an IPA, but really it would make a stronger entry as a Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 23:10:41 | More by jkanavel
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ’s in Houston. Pours orange with a white, short lived, foamy head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of orange fruit, citrus hops and caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Citrusy hops, orange fruit and caramel fill the mouth. Short, bitter finish. Not very hoppy, easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 19:00:19 | More by mikeg67
Photo of 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
Photo of AdamBear


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-orange gold. transparent. nice white head

S-some hops and orange peel. faint scent.

T-comes in with a bitter taste of grains and orange and hops somewhat and even a tiny bit a bleach. the after-taste is pretty good of grains and oranges and some bitterness. a different IPA, not terrible, but not good

M-good medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-it wouldn't be terrible for a pale ale, but its seems to be misidentified as an IPA. the hops just aren't there in this one. tastes more like an aged IPA to me. still somewhat enjoyable though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 19:05:14 | More by AdamBear
Photo of bayougutter


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery, reviewing from notes.

Poured a golden light orange with a two finger head and it stayed awhile with good lacing.

Pine and grapefruit are the main characters with a little maltiness. Not a lot but not bad.

Taste is more rounded hops, ie citrus, grapefruit, pine, grass. Malts are more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: no complaints.

Overall: Not bad, better out there to be had. Bought a sixer and they won't go to waste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 22:33:38 | More by bayougutter
Photo of soju6


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear light copper color with a thick head and some decent lacing.

S: Has an initial fruity aroma which fades to mostly a grapefruit with traces of pine.

T: Has a citrus flavor with a bread and pine mixed in. There is a mild bitterness troughout that seems to linger a bit. Still a fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body, clean and refreshing.

O: This is good entry level IPA. Good for the style and a nice surprise for a Texas beer. I enjoyed this IPA as it was not overpowering. check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 23:39:28 | More by soju6
Photo of EgadBananas


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

Pale, dark golden color. Light beige head recedes to a film leavin random lace.

Pleasant citrus notes, bitterness, bits of resin and caramel malts.

Mild bitterness, citrus, malt sweetness and a touch of caramel.

Crisp, nice carbonation, smooth and clean. Slightly creamy texture.

Solid on the drink. I'd definitely have this regularly. Maybe we'll see the bottles soon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 00:26:15 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of mdunman


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber-gold pours a thick head and has a good bit of linger.

S: Hops, lemon, a bit of lime, and some malt

T: Starts off with a touch of lemon and malt then goes to a good hoppy finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall good IPA. Kinda gets lost in the mix of IPA's, nothing wrong w/ it but nothing exceptional. I would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 00:40:13 | More by mdunman
Photo of Mosstrooper


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
Photo of Spineypanda


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA.

The thing about this IPA that I really enjoy, is that I could see myself drinking more than one.

Although I seriously enjoy the Imperial style IPA's, a god IPA that has a nice hoppy taste with a slight floral note, is a great addition.

With a dark golden color, and a nice large head it is what I could see myself enjoying as an IPA. Straight up hops, but not overly hopped and a simple taste, this is a wonderful IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 02:05:43 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of Reagan1984


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
Photo of LittleDon


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly darker than golden in my pint glass with a dense off-white head which quickly subsides in to a healthy amount of lace. It is a tad hazy with a medium amount of carbonation. A fair amount of hops is present in the aroma. A nice amount of bitterness in the first to last sip. The hops are dialed back relative to the doubles I'm accustom to drinking, which is a refreshing change. Medium body and nice finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 20:34:09 | More by LittleDon
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/27/2007 (Tap @ brewery):

Huge head, good lacing, big bubbles. Bitter aroma, hoppy, just hops, not tempered by malts. Hoppy bitter taste, somewhat tempeped by the malts. Malty, somewhat bitter taste. But bitter as it warms up. Just okay, I like IPAs, but this one is in the lower half for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2009 13:50:12 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Elissa is a very palatable Texas IPA. After living in Galveston for over 8 years, I became very familiar with Texas' tall ship (The Elissa), and being an avid sailor, I MUST appreciate this brew.

I have had on-tap and on bottle, but my review comes from the tap at the nice coffee house next to Boondoggles.

Appearance- More transparent than translucent. Tan to dark blonde. White head. Adequate carbonation for the style.

Smell- I call this beer the gateway IPA, because both smell and taste are balanced perfectly between the hops and the malt. When smelling you get hints of floral-y hops, a small bit of bitter grapefruit, and a nice warm malt.

Taste- Like I said- gateway IPA. Just about anyone can fall in love with this brew. The hops compliment the malt perfectly for an IPA. While drinking, there is no doubt that this is an IPA, but at the same time, this is no West Coast hop aggressive IPA. While I am admittedly a hop-head, this brew is very nice and easy, making it a great beer to grab while grilling or enjoying an afternoon session of home-brewing and entertaining. The first sip lets you know that this is certainly not an amber ale, as the hops to step right up and proclaim their presence, but at no point in time do the hops take over.

Mouthfeel- highly carbonated, and just thick enough, this brew will stick to the tongue and tickle your mouth.

Drinkability- I find my self falling back on this as my go to IPA when I am entertaining or getting others into micros! Did I mention it goes GREAT with the grill?

Edit- 2-JUL-08: I re-read my review and I could not understand why I ranked Appearance @3.5. This IPA pours a beautiful amber with a very nice head. Strong lacing remains on the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 02:03:59 | More by rsawyer
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden hue that has a a very small amount haze. Avery thick teo finger white head that leaves a heavy lace.
S - Hints of pine and juniper with a hint of sugary dullness that adds to the aroma.
T - Thick hop bite followed by an eveloping sweetness that was a welcome retreat from the citrus addition that most beers employ
M - Carbonation was well balanced with the hops and alcohol content
D - Good brew that might catch you off guard, but although you might be hurting the next morning I realized I don't care :)

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 05:33:42 | More by turbine2475
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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
Photo of HefeTeizen


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is light amber in color, slightly clouded, with a thin head. It presents a smooth, warm hoppiness followed by an oak finish.

This is one of my favorite IPA's. I first tried it at the Gingerman in Dallas, but this one is on tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2007 00:14:34 | More by HefeTeizen
Photo of EPICAC


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark copper. A thickish, beige head thins to a film, leaving sheets of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toasty malts, light resiny hops.

Taste: Toasty malts, caramel sweetness. Moves into a grassy, resiny bitterness, which remains to the finish. There's an odd residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not that great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2007 22:35:31 | More by EPICAC
Photo of Durge


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice warm copper color, a solid head that thins pretty quickly. This was well carbonated, tingly to the tongue but quickly bitter in the overall feel. Hints of orange and clove in this hoppy brew. Very nice but not completely satisfying for my tastes. Kind of dry at the finish.

Update from the bottle (01-24-13) Poured into a tall glass from the bottle this shows a clear amber color with a substantial white head and good lacing. The aroma brings a considerable
malt dominated leafy hop. Nice and tasty. Speaking of taste, again a big malt
backbone with sweet evergreen pine and some more leafy ideas along with a nutty
edge. Very nice. The body is solidly medium bodied with a somewhat viscous feel
with decent carbonation. A solid IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 06:19:06 | More by Durge
Photo of Redrover


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

Sampled at the Ginger man in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is dark bronze with a midsized off-white head.

Nice citrus-pine nose backed with some grains.

The taste is slightly puckering with pine and tangerine. There is a bit of soft apple and some caramel like malts in the background. This is not a hop bomb by any means, but instead the brewery seems to have followed the more traditional recipe.

The mouth is sticky and pleasant. The beer coats your mouth. This is an easy drinker and is a mild enough IPA for me to session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 18:10:19 | More by Redrover
Photo of AlesRTasty


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
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came recommended from a beer-savvy drinker and Austin resident ("Eric") I met at Ginger Man in Austin. Ginger Man had previously had this beer on cask, which I'm a bit sorry I missed. This beer out of a normal tap was OK, but not very much like other IPAs I've had recently (from Texas or elsewhere). I'd recommend either the Pale Moon Rye or Live Oak LIberation, based on my limited exposure to Texas-brewed beers.

Appearance was a sparkling dark amber, and a bit dark for an IPA. The beer had a solid finger of head on it. Aroma was assertively malty, particularly for an IPA. Taste was also very malty up front, with some light hop character (Cascade?) at the finish. A rather fruity ale, but not really in the same conversation as other IPAs I drank that night. Mouthfeel was a bit on the heavy/sticky side, which seemed inconsistent with the beers very light hop taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 01:42:04 | More by BeerBelcher
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.