Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +24.7%
From the Gingerman in Dallas.
This beer gets better every time I have it. From a cask it is unbelivable. Incredibly flavorful and incredably smooth. The hop flavor is fantastic. It seems to be much more complex and full flavored than from a bottle. If I could get one of these in my house this would be the only way I would drink beer.
06-23-2007 04:55:30 | More by ttu94
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Having this on cask is the way to do it.
The head and carbonation suffers somewhat due to it being a cask, but the taste is by far awesome.
the nose is that of cascade hops floral, piney sweetness
the color is a tad dark amber golden.
the hops in this merry well with the overall flavor and has to be one of the best texas IPA's out there.
04-09-2008 16:29:07 | More by BgThang
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Huge thanks to my brother in law for this one (and several other Saint Arnolds...)
A: Pours a golden bronze with thick head leaving bubbles matted to the glass. Upon closer review it is very hazy almost unfiltered look.
S: Grassy with some floral hops but just a touch underwhelming.
T: Wow, significantly more going on here than was expected from the smell. Wallop of piney hops to start and more hops (floral?) at the end with a nice bit of malt balancing things out. Not perfect but again much better than anticipated after the nose.
M: Medium body that hangs around for a while.
D: Not my favorite, but enjoyable nonetheless.
01-17-2010 02:41:32 | More by Popkas
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Appearance: Copper color, slightly cloudy, with a lingering white head, and a white foam ring around the edges.
Smell: malt and floral aroma of hops with hints of citrus.
Taste: Excellent! A pale ale with a nice malt back bone. The hops were not overpowering, but were not hidden.
Mouthfeel: Very good, substantial, not watery, slight tingle on tongue.
Drinkability: The best beer I have tasted since I moved to Texas a couple of months ago. The bottom line is St. Arnold Elissa IPA is a well constructed and delicious beer.
07-30-2008 05:37:44 | More by beersheppard
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
This one is from mhewes thanks mike.
12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.
Tight off white phomey head. Bright hazey orange lots of carbination. Smlls of tropical fruits, pine, flowers and very grainy breaded malts. Very ballanced with bitter stingy hop flovors in a grainy malted venue. Strange for an IPA nit what I'm used to but thoroughly enjoiyable. Decent mouth feel but huge carbinatoin, and pretty drinkable.
06-15-2008 19:31:44 | More by jordoo
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
A: Slightly hazy orange brassy look to it.
S: Mild hop aroma that almost has a faint lemon zest smell to it.
T: To give a food analogy here, imagine a club cracker topped with a spoonful of hops and a little pine and bitter grass. The selling point to this beer is not the punch but rather the balance that it contains. A very good beer.
M: Super clean and fresh. Slightly on the thick side, but a geed feel to it.
D: Bar-keep, I'll have another!
Update: After much deliberation, I have to knock a few points off of this one for the following reason: category. This is a spectacular British IPA where balance and malt bill are even with, if not more important than hop profile. As an American IPA, it fails to be as assertive as its' peers. Still, a damn fine brew, especially on cask.
07-23-2009 19:04:45 | More by DeathbySexyBT
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
A- Dark orange, almost amber color. Low head.
S- Citrus with spicy hops. Tingles the nose.
T- Sweat with citrusy fruit notes. Hop bitterness is pronounced and tends to build as you drink it.
M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Light enough to session. Has a little mineral taste from the awesome hard water in Texas resevoirs.
D- A very standard IPA. Not hopped out liked crazy. Would not fall into what some have come to expect of IPA since the definition has been blurred by the one-upmanship of brewers but this hits right were it supposed to be. Very good and should be tried at least once and very refreshing for the hot summer months.
08-08-2006 20:32:37 | More by teg8612
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
St. Arnold Elissa IPA, been in Houston for 2 1/2 months and not sure why I have not had this yet. Has a beautiful light cloudy orange color. Decent solid white head retention with some nice lacing. Carbonation reminds me of a soda, which takes it down a notch.
Smell is of grass and citrus hops. Very pleasant smell and not over powering. The smell leads right into the taste with some citrus hops in the nose. The finish hits you with some bitterness and more grassy hops. The flavor lasts until the next sip which is a staple for good IPAs.
The carbonation is the only thing that is an issue here. Makes the beer taste like a soda, which is unfortunate. Overall though, the flavor is still very impressive. In a world where IPAs are becoming more and more like Doubles, this is a good light version of this style. Great for the summer and also much better with the draft.
08-11-2011 06:57:34 | More by Boitnott
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
07-25-2011 22:33:38 | More by bayougutter
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Sampled on cask at the Gingerman in Houston on 8/18/10.
A- Amber in color, cloudy/bubbly at first until settled, two fingers thick whipped foamy head.
S- Hoppy, floral, caramel, sweet, bready.
T/M- Creamy, hoppy, a surprising malt backbone, medium to light medium body.
D- Good drinkability. It was the last of what they had on cask, so I definitely want to try it again when they have it fresh. Try it. It's a good way to sample a non-overpowering IPA and it benefits the Elissa tall ship in Galveston.
09-03-2010 00:51:15 | More by Duttonic
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a nice amber color with a slightly golden colored head.
The smell is very typical of the style, hops, with a slight fruity smell.
Id have to say this is the best beer I have had from this brewery. The major flavor here is hops and more hops, saint arnold went all out with the cascades here, not something they usually do. Saint arnold brews are usually slightly sweet to me, perhaps a little flat, but not this one, this beer has a nice bitter sweet blend, and good carbonation. There are some fruit flavors behind the hops that finish it very nice.
Elissa is just slightly too watery in my opinion, not by much, just very slightly, other than that the mouthfeel is great.
Overall I would say this is the best beer saint arnold has made, and I feel it can hang with any other pale ale or ipa made in the us. This may very well become one of my beers of choice to keep around.
06-16-2004 20:48:56 | More by usualpulp
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
16 oz. pint on cask at the Ginger Man in Austin. Pours a cloudy copper with nice white cascading head. The head settled down to one finger and stayed there. Lots of lacing. Some yeast floaties and hop floaties were present. Confirmed with the bartender that this is dryhopped in the cask. Piney citrus hop aroma comes on strong. Great taste with the different hop characteristics shining through - pine at first with a slight citrus tinge. Pale malt backbone holds strong. Nice creamy mouthfeel makes this a real treat with good drinkability.
05-29-2008 13:15:14 | More by TheBCrew
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
Had on cask at the Stag's Head in Houston.
This beer had a typical orangish amber color of an IPA, but with a great creamy head that just did not want to die down. The smell was light hops, not overpowering, but as it was on cask, it should be more delicate. Also typical of cask, the taste was more pronounced than the smell, but followed quite nicely with a well balanced hop/malt ratio. The mouthfeel especially was incredibly smooth and slightly spicy. This was an enjoyable IPA, not the strongest I've had, but with the addition of the cask, it became extremely sessionable and enjoyable.
12-27-2007 02:22:15 | More by pheggeseth
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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