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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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808 Ratings

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 26
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of mikereaser


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

A - pours a murky rust orange with just a bit of foam

S - citrus and piney hops aromas

T - a nice sweet malt and bitey hop balance, some nice orange and grapefruit hop flavor

M/D - nice carbonation and flavor and very easy to drink. Just a nice tasting beer

02-11-2009 16:36:18 | More by mikereaser
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.85/5  rDev -24.4%

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.

02-02-2009 13:50:12 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Kegatron


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks got to armock for this in the Local Beer & Glass BIF.

Pours a hazy medium amber, with a bunch of unappetizing looking floating yeasty bits, and 2 fingers of foamy yet smooth looking off-white head. Good retention, with a thin layer that stays creamy and firm, leaving some nice full lacing back. The aroma is is grainy smelling and citric with a hop profile that is more on the spicy and earthy side.

The taste is similar, being a moderate feeling hop profile with an equal feeling backbone of toasted grainy malts and tangy citrus character. Finishes tangy and lightly bitter with some lingering spicy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation and easy feel to it. Pretty nice overall.

I liked this for the most part and thought that it was a pretty decent IPA that I definitely warmed up to the more I drank it. My only complaint was with the floaties in the pour and considering that this was the 2nd bottle of this that I've had (from 2 different TX BAs) that appeared this way, I'm going to have to assume that this is part of it's normal look. Besides this, this was overall pretty solid.

02-02-2009 01:39:39 | More by Kegatron
Photo of diamondc


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

This beer disappeared from the local store shelfs for more than a year but now its back thanks to a new distributor. Yeah!

Appearance: Nothing to write home about. There is a nice cap of foam that sticks around for maybe a minute and leaves some thin, scattered lacing. Nice orange, copper color to the beer with a lot of haze due to the beer being unfiltered (or partially, at least).

Smell: There is a very sweet smell to this beer. Reminds me of German pilsner Noble hops in fact. Not that much grapefruit or pineiness to it either. Unusual, yet kind of inticing for an IPA.

Taste: Okay, this one is very malty! I get some orange and grapefruit hint, but there is big 'malt backbone' here that reminds me of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. The malt is big on the toffee and caramel. Not exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA personally, but I can see this one going for a more "English IPA" catagory. The aftertaste is pure biting into a grapefruit skin type bitterness, though, I'm diggin it.

Mouthefeel/Drinkability: The alcohol is hidden pretty well in this beer. I like drinking this beer with spicy foods or chili. My only wish is that there should be a bit more complexity with the hops though.

01-31-2009 11:28:48 | More by diamondc
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Big thanks to hopsleeroy for throwing one of these into a recent trade. Used my usual Surly glass for this one.

A - Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Solid retention and lacing. Murky golden apricot color, with some gritty looking suspended solids. A few bubbles lazily rise to the top.

S - This has a bit of a pilsener smell to it - spicy Saaz hop aroma, with a hint of lemon zest. Not much in the way of tropical or sweet citrus at all. Some sweet malts and spice to it as well. Reminds me a little of Dogfish 60.

T - There's a lot of bitterness in this one, as well as some bready qualities. Again, the strongest fruit taste is lemon. There's a touch of sweetness mid-palate but it's gone pretty quick. Feels like more of an English IPA to me.

M - Creamy, but with a little grit to it. A little more carbonation than I like, although there's a nice tingle to it.

D - It's solid, but not what I generally look for from an American IPA. This review is looking very similar to my Dogfish 60 review. Alcohol is not noticeable, but carbonation gets a little bloaty after a while.

My least favorite Saint Arnold, although it's a solid and drinkable brew.

01-29-2009 18:10:30 | More by MasterSki
Photo of indiapaleale


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a dark golden color. Clean & clear. Finger's worth of white foam adorns this pretty looking beer.

Smell is at once a floral hop bouquet. Strong, sweet citrus notes. Wow, this stuff smells awesome. Pineapple, grapefruit and fresh PNW hops galore.

Tastes very balanced despite the strong hop nose. Bitterness is there but its very well backed up by the malt sweetness. Grapefruit, pineapple and hop reappear in the mouth. Delicious stuff.

Extremely drinkable! Thanks to htomsirveaux for this one.

01-26-2009 01:41:07 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is pleasant but also somewhat reminiscent of a bunch of other IPA I have had before. Taste is very refreshing with nice notes of citrus and bitter hops and a medium malt base. Good carbonation with average body. Well done with no discernable flaws but nothing extraordinary either.

01-23-2009 02:58:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness on bottle.

Pours a small amount of head, but leaves some splattered lace spots. Color is a very clear orange bronze.

The aroma is of floral hops, however not as strong as a typical ipa. There are also hints of lemon zest. Taste is strong on the floral hops. Now, there are some bready malts present.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but not like a typical ipa. It seems to me that this beer is in the middle of a pale ale and an ipa (an EPA maybe?). This beer is also very crisp and goes down with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. I maybe would change the style, because it does seem a slight weak for an ipa. I did enjoy this and would definitely recommend it.

01-16-2009 03:22:26 | More by mothman
Photo of zdk9


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

A- Pours orange w/ not a lot of head, and not a lot of lacing, though some wispy fingers do appear as I drink.

S- A good amount of malt, reminiscent of an Ofest is in the aroma. There is a small amount of orange, indicating hops, but nothing at all which measures up to the taste.

T- A good deal of delicious hopiness pleasantly surprises my tongue. Lots of bitterness off the back of the tongue. Some sweet bready malt on the sides. Floral and pithy. The taste reminds me of Bells Two-Hearted.

M- Though I normally don't like bitter I am really enjoying the strong bitterness of this one. Perhaps its because I haven't had too much bitterness in a while, or maybe I'm developing a taste for it. Either way its good.

D- I didn't have very high expectations for this one, but it is delicious. The hops are by far the best I've had in a Texas beer and I think I'll have to go get a sixer after finishing this single.

01-13-2009 05:15:35 | More by zdk9
Photo of Bagman007


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A very fuzzy orange/brown color with not a whole lot of head.

S- Has a very sweet, hoppy scent. Pretty strong, but not overpowering.

T- Very sweet, bitter taste. Great balance between hops and malts. Not overpowering.

M- Well carbonated and sweet. Not overly bitter for a beer this hoppy.

D- Bitter, but still a very drinkable IPA. Has a certain smoothness to it that a lot of IPA's don't have.

Overall one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Excellent balance, sweet, and not overly bitter, but still nice and hoppy. Another great beer from Saint Arnold.

01-05-2009 04:21:54 | More by Bagman007
Photo of wagenvolks


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours an attractively hazy, sunset-orange hue with a healthy dose of carbonation trickling up throughout interspersed yeast particles. The head builds to a sizable inch in height, before receding to a wisp of foam and a ring of bubbles, as great webs of lacing drape down the inside of the glass. The aroma is predominantly of citrus hops--grapefruit and orange. Crystal and a hint of caramel malt linger in the background, providing a nice balance.

The flavor starts out like a highly-hopped West Coast IPA, with pine and citric bitterness leading the charge; YUM. The malt balance could use a bit of an adjustment if this were to become a top-notch IPA in my book, as there's a hint of a metallic grain huskiness that tastes out of place amidst the caramel malt notes. Mouthfeel borders on the astringent side after a few sips, but I enjoy the bitterness. Body is of medium thickness, crisp, and finishes with a decent hoppy aftertaste. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and will definitely buy it again, but it doesn't quite stand out as an upper-echelon India Pale Ale.

01-01-2009 02:51:35 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

Thanks to xpimptasticx for sending me this one, love to try things from local breweries.

Pours at first a clear golden amber but as soon as I add the yeast the beer takes on a wonderful cloudiness that reminds me almost of a hefeweizen, minus the gigantic head, though this one leaves substantially more lace than any hefe I've come across.

Smell is setting the stage rather nicely with an excellent balace (for an american IPA anyways) struck between the hop and malt profiles. The mixture of the earthy and slightly piney hops up against the almost sugary malt sweetness makes this seem more like a meal set before me instead of an actual beer.

Almost minty in its pinyness this beer announces its presence immediatly on the tongue. The malt preence is not so much making a name for itself apart from the hops, instead it blends with it and creates a slightly grainy pine flavor that sort of muddles both aspects of the beer together into two sides fighting for the drinkers attention with the hops winning but not without coming out a bit messy as a result. The finish has a slight medicinal kick that drys out the back of the throat and makes the each sip a welcome addition to the pallet. Mouthfeel is almost full bodied and actually almost as chewy as it is coating. A nice attempt at an American IPA, has some good qualitites and things going on that I don't commonly see executed in this particular style. If this is something that you are looking for I'd say pick it up just so you can see what I am talking about, that and so you can see whether or not I am full of shit.

12-25-2008 17:40:21 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of BrewerB


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

Thanks to Jackie for sending this out!

A- Slight hazy, medium orange with yellow highlights. Formed a thin off-white head with good retention. Some pleasant lacing stays on the glass when swirled. Perhaps a bit more clarity (not required of style) would improve appearance.

S- Moderately intense citrus hops with orange being the most detectable. Malt backbone is clearly evident, clean with a touch of toast. Malt seems a bit too powerful for the style.

T- Moderate-high level of bitterness, very malty. Malt flavor is rather intense for the style and less emphasis on the hop character. Medium to medium-low flavor from citrusy hops. Medium-dry finish is appropriate.

M- Medium bodied, moderate to mid-high level of carbonation. Smooth, no astringency.

D- It's a drinkable beer, don't get me wrong. But for an American IPA, it doesn't quite fit the bill. Balance is too far towards the malt. Appropriate level of bitterness but without the American hop character I've come to expect in an IPA.

12-25-2008 02:55:04 | More by BrewerB
Photo of hoplover82


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

A more traditional IPA. Quite one dimentional.

The aroma is of flowers and citrus.

It pours a light caramel color with an off white head that gives off that great floral nose.

The flavor is very hoppy, spicy, very spicy.

Medium bodied. Spicy and crisp.

I might not drink again, but an ok experiance.

Over all, a nice IPA indeed.

12-23-2008 18:16:30 | More by hoplover82
Photo of Floydster


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from MiguelMandigo, thanks Michael, poured into a Port Brewing pint glass, color was a mix between an amber and medium orange, head was white, slightly creamy, and nearly an inch, some retention, minimal lacing, smell was made up of floral hoppiness, more on the malty side, mild citrus, and honey, flavor was light on the hoppy spectrum but more balanced like an English IPA, too sweet after it warmed, could use some dry notes, mouthfeel was a little chewy for an IPA, also sweet and slightly dry, medium carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingered, could drink a few of these but not the most sessionable IPA out there, could get a little heavy, might revisit in the future but not in a hurry, worth trying

12-18-2008 03:05:19 | More by Floydster
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%

Won this beer in an LIF, thanks to Andy Van Slyke. 12oz bottle poured vigorously into a Tremens tulip.
Bottle graphics: 1/10. One of the ugliest.

A: Sure beats the appearance of the bottle. Golden hazy orange with a medium sized head. Sporadic lacing at best.

S: Some hops, only small hops. Could use a hell of a lot more. The sugar completely overwhelms what claims to be a bitter fruity smell and anticipated taste.

T: Sweet caramel that is quickly chased down with some of the hops. Piney type of bitterness with a remaining awkward sweetness that I want out of my mouth. I will give it credit that is it warmed something of a fig paste flavor came out that I thought delivered some needed goods.

M: Pretty creamy compared to the other characteristics. The beers aspect that I liked the best.

D: OK, so many better IPAs out there to spend time worrying about tracking this down at any time. Pleasant but not much more. Hell, if I were in the midwest, Id suck down many a Bells over this.

Had a couple St Arnolds now and surely not have been enthused or eager to seek any more of them out. Blah.

12-13-2008 01:34:00 | More by marcpal
Photo of rajendra82


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

This one came to me from mhewes, just like a couple of other Saint Arnold beers, The pour looked like a typical IPA, but slightly paler than the typical orange-amber, and displayed a good deal of chill haze. The smell was clean citric hops and a note of honey. The taste was a little less typical, as it was sweeter than I was anticipating. The hops were more or less in balance with the malts, so this tasted more like a slightly amped up APA, than a hop driven IPA. Nice and sticky in the mouth due to the residual sugars, and aftertaste was chalky. This was a very drinkable beer, but not a very memorable one.

11-19-2008 04:41:55 | More by rajendra82
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +6.1%

a: pours a nice, whipped off-white head over a medium amber colored ale

s: tangy grapefruit and otherwise tropical hops dominant, big passionfruit in there as well, good hop-biased balance between these and the pale malts, some caramel here but it's mostly on the dry/clean side

m: carbonation medium, with light-medium body

t: big passionfruit hops turning grapefruit after the swallow, malts pale with only a light caramel sweetness, dries out with a moderate-high bitterness in the finish

d: the light sweetness, refreshing hop character, and crisp body make for easy drinkability

consumed during the final quarter of NC State - Wake...from mhewes in the Pre-Season Football BiF

11-15-2008 23:11:37 | More by blackie
Photo of stephens101


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

A hazy amber is revealed after a medium pour and is enlivened with a burst of carbonation bubbles that rise to form a one-finger light tan head. A couple of random spots of lacing are left behind. The nose is met with a good waft of citrusy hops which are kept in check with some aromas of malt and yeast. Tastes of orange, orange peel and a little chalkiness, all surrounded by a pretty good hoppiness and an undercurrent of sugary goodness. This beer weighs in at a good medium on the mouth-feel scale, and is somewhat filling. I would definitely take this one anytime as a fix for the hop jones.

11-14-2008 00:06:42 | More by stephens101
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

From the "patron saint of brewers", comes the Elissa IPA. No pressure there. This beer appears a light clear copper hue, with voluminous off-white thick foamy head, and lacing left all around. I smell pine hops, and not much else. The taste leads with a toasty, bready malt, and moves to show some moderate pine hops in the middle. There is a fair bit of carbonation, and a dry, hoppy finish. Although slightly underwhelming for an American IPA, I could still have a few of these, at least.

11-13-2008 23:43:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of MSchae1017


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass compliments of JDV, thanks!

The beer pours amber golden with a decent sized off white head. The head dissipates down to a ring leaving lace on the upper 1/3 of the glass.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malts along with suble hop aroma of peppery spiciness, citrus and pine.

The flavor of the beer is also up front with the caramel sweetness and quickly followed by the piney/citrusy hops along with a lower level of bitterness along the lines of SNPA.

The body is a touch under medium with average carbonation.

Overall, this one drinks like a hoppy pale, but it is still a tasty beer none the less.

11-06-2008 02:23:42 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of corey0212


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks to RickSawyer for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy coppery/orange color, mountainous off-white head threatens to spill out the top of the glass, fades very slowly leaving thick sheets of lacing on the insides of the glass. My first impression on the nose: there's a distinct metallic smell, and it's not inviting. Faint perfumey hops underneath it, but the metallic smell is strange....because this is a damn tasty IPA. Really nicely balanced, some sweet malt upfront, a soft tangerine finish, some powdery/aspirin-like bitterness on the back of the tongue. You could definitely put back a few of these. Maybe there's something wrong with my sniffer today...either way, a nice IPA.

10-26-2008 23:47:39 | More by corey0212
Photo of csmiley


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to hopsleeroy for this bottle.

A - Pours mostly copper with some orange that shows in the light. The head was just a shade off white and topped out at under half inch. It stuck around for a miute or two before settling to a thin film. Lacing looked better than expected.

S - Some fruit from the hops stands out in front. Hints of orange and lemon for the most part. Mild leafy hops and resin follow in the background. Some malt is noticeable but stays pretty subdued compared to the hops. Caramel is most of what is evedint. Hint of cookie dough in the distant background. Alcohol is not evident in the aroma.

T - Taste has more malt presence than expected but that is not a bad thing for this beer. Starts out with some fruity hop flavors - orange and pineapple. Could be some pine that shows up next. Malt and alcohol bring themselves to the front midway to end. Notes of caramel, hard candy, and honey all have a part in it.

M - Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Finish is bitter and lingering. Not bad.

D - Drinkability is good. Balance is what this beer seems to be about. Not too powerful in any particular area but still good when looking at the beer as a whole. That, and the alcohol being hard to detect make this beer go down very smooth and quick. I could easily drink more of the Elissa and I'm definitely glad I got the chance to try it.

10-09-2008 01:33:52 | More by csmiley
Photo of EGledhill


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle courtesy of Turbine2475. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a St. Arnold Elisssa IPA pint glass from him also. (nice looking glass)

A. typical IPA, Golden brownish with 1 1/2 finger head that leaves quickly. Not much lacing

S. Typical IPA smell also. Fruit and spice scent.

T. Taste is a pleasant sweet piney citrus taste. not too bad at all

M. Mouthfeel is a little sticky. not clean or crisp like you'd expect, but not bad.

D. Drinkability is very good. solid sessionable beer.

09-25-2008 22:06:13 | More by EGledhill
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

(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.

09-25-2008 17:54:08 | More by rhoadsrage
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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