Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

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874 Ratings

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 96 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TXHops on 05-14-2004)
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Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of woopigscotty
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chadski
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of dogfish7
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of msturek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BlackAngus
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby color, hazy, fluffy white head.

S - Floral and fruity hops aromas, hint of maltiness, caramel.

T - Sweet flavor, not very bitter, butterscotch notes. Nice hop flavor, without overwhelming bitterness.

M - Light body, very nice and clean, very well carbonated.

D - I really enjoy this. Not as hoppy as most IPA's, but extremely drinkable.

Photo of permian-boozer
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of brandoneast
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent copper-orange with a nominal, light ecru head that dissipates quickly and leaves a faint collar. Cascade hops dominate the aroma's foreground with some caramel to the back. The taste surprisingly balances with sweet malt caramel and biscuity flavors then finishes with a middling hop presence that is citrus and pine that fades quickly leaving a lingering bitterness. The malt is not sticky or overly sweet; it is simply the dominant flavor. Smooth bodied with medium carbonation lend a dry finish.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many times as my go to local IPA.
A-Copper, reddish. metallic color
S-Citrus hops, piney aroma, slightly metllic occassionally
T-Astrigent citrus hops, sweet malt-good balance of the two, grapefruit, slightly drying, some metallic taste
M-Well carbonated, good scrubbing effect, dry finish.
D-Very easy to drink, can drink a few of these, especially on a hot day

Photo of monnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RickSawyer
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby mahogny color... very cherry wood-esque. I know, too much wood in one sentence, perhaps its the nice smell of pine and grape fruit peel. Nice one figer white head the subdues quickly. Smell isn't as strong as some IPA's can be, but smells very nice.

Taste much as it smells. Its very good, not great. Moderate carbonation, starts off with a very sweet, citrus fruit. Finishes w/ the bitter hops, but this isn't an IBU competitor by any means. Bitter is balanced nicely against the hops.

This ins't the 'BEST' IPA I have had, but its readily available, well balanced and @ 6% its not going to knock me out on a work night... Very enjoyable and recommended for sure.

Photo of joshuadlight
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went 4.0 across the board here because 4.0 is "good" and this beer is "good".
This offering from Saint Arnold is much better than their Amber, Brown, or Lawnmower.
Nice copper appearance with a head that descends into a thin film that still manages to coat the pint glass. Smells of malts right away surprisingly, I got bread and cinnamon first before I got the typical cirtusy bitter smells.
The taste is slightly astringent, but it is enjoyable for some reason. Very typical IPA taste, but that taste is something I like, so I like this beer as well. Plenty of hoppy bitterness and citrusy evergreen notes.
Smooth and silky in the mouth and doesn't seem like it could be approaching the 7% mark, which it is.

Good beer from Saint Arnold. I'm glad I tried it after being turned off by the other three beers I mentioned earlier. If you are planning on trying this brewery, I'd recommend the Elissa first.

Photo of Bigdood33
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rfabian
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it forms a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. The appearance is orange-amber and cloudy. The aroma is not pronounced, more of a citrus hoppiness perhaps. The taste is of citrus or spicy hops and pronounced malt sweetness with good bitterness. Saint Arnold's brews all seem a little on the sweet side. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The the hops come through in the finish. It's a refreshing and drinkable ale.

Photo of nitro0292
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, part of a mixed six purchased @ Kroger's over Thanksgiving weekend.

A - Good stable head, poured a clean, mostly clear orange.

S - Piney and Citrusy hops - Mmmm.

T - Not as citrusy as I would have hoped, more piney, floral, grassy hops than expected, but still a good, well balanced brew. Strong piney hops create a nice flavor profile.

M - Good. Nice balance of carbonation and body, could have preferred a touch more body, but still very enjoyable.

D - I would have liked more citrus to really make the mouth water for another.

When all is said and done, I would buy again. Good job.

Photo of jwff
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange leaning towards reddish tones. Decent enough but fairly dark for an IPA. Smell is hops leaning towards sugary syrup with some alcohol. Taste is about the same but with less alcohol. This is very 2 dimensional, bittering hops with achingly sweet malt. The mouthfeel is candy sweet and not in a good way. I don't hate this beer, in fact I used to really like it, but this batch is just puckeringly sweet paired with an awkward bitterness which makes it pretty hard to take. Aye.

Photo of afluentturtle
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of spence524
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from gawnphishin. Thanks!

No freshness dating, poured into goblet.

A - Light fluffy head, crystal clear orange. Pretty thick lacing.
S - Fairly delicate florals and fruits. Not much pine. Touches of citrus.
T - Not what I expected, begins floral and citrus followed by a kick of pine and a fairly bitter and astringent aftertaste. Wasn't expecting this much pine from the smell; but a nice surprise.
MF - Creamy and surprisingly light bodied- a bit too light for my tastes.
D- Elevated drinkability due to water-like mouthfeel, also lower aby helps.

A solid IPA; would have again. Not something to actively seek out but a nice beer.

Photo of Travis1221
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of hobbes2112
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours pretty dark for an IPA, bronze almost. Lots of little floaties running around also. Big head, but my pour was somewhat abusive.

Smell is entirely hops, floral and citric, more citric than floral though. I didn't get much other than that though.

Taste is sweet at first and the ramps up rapidly to a bitter sharp hop flavor. The back end or the beer has some other flavors trying to poke through, but they never quite get past the hops. This really didn't have the complexity to blow me away, but I was impressed none the less.

Good showing from the homestead.

Photo of oilcan01
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Paz8812
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of awalk1227
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/31/11 got this in a trade from a friendly Texan!

A: Pours a bright, hazy peach/orange. Unfiltered? So far so good.

S: Very sweet. Bread and malt overlay a faint whiff of hops.

T: It's pretty good! I feel that this beer's aroma doesn't do justice to the taste. I feel it may not be very fresh, but the slight bitterness indicates this isn't a bad beer by any means. Still, I wish for a slightly more pine/citrus flavor and a bit more bitterness.

F: It's pretty full and creamy. A little less than medium though.

D: Easy to drink, I could probably have a couple in a night. Not something I'd seek though.

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.