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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

785 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 57 | 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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oilcan01

Arizona

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-24-2014 01:35:45 | More by oilcan01
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ardy007

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

11-04-2012 07:58:08 | More by ardy007
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Duttonic

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

09-03-2010 00:51:15 | More by Duttonic
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blguillen

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-30-2013 03:45:16 | More by blguillen
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usualpulp

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 20:48:56 | More by usualpulp
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Frozenmoses

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-12-2012 16:29:20 | More by Frozenmoses
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tvl89

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-21-2013 22:45:13 | More by tvl89
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TheBCrew

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

05-29-2008 13:15:14 | More by TheBCrew
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pheggeseth

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: cask

12-27-2007 02:22:15 | More by pheggeseth
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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strib

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

04-28-2013 21:22:09 | More by strib
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JonIrabagon

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-29-2012 06:17:33 | More by JonIrabagon
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Joeyroush

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-12-2013 03:42:16 | More by Joeyroush
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kdog630

Illinois

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

Mmmm!

Poured to a rich copper color with a definite hop aroma and substantial head that left a fine lace throughout the glass.

Excellent flavor. The malt is very rich and represents the best of the style. Nice balance with the hops and a great finish.

I'll get this again and again. On my list of top IPAs and my new favorite from Texas!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 23:08:44 | More by kdog630
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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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Thehopluver

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-22-2012 18:47:00 | More by Thehopluver
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busterwhite

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head.

An earthy aroma with lots of malt and a little pine scent.

Big malt flavor with a decent balance from the hops. Decent bitterness with slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is ok.

Overall this is a good beer. Not a typical IPA, it doesn't have big citrus, pine, floral aroma and taste. The Maris Otter malt is big in this beer but it is balanced well by the Cascade hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:48:27 | More by busterwhite
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mdunman

Texas

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
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Pesci

Texas

2/5  rDev -46.9%

02-27-2013 21:01:36 | More by Pesci
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mrkrispy

California

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

Poured a hazy dark orange, quickly dissolving head.

Interesting dark caramel aroma, smells a bit sweet. Minimal hop aroma, some resin.

Nice full bodied mouthfeel, big caramel and crystal malt sweetness. Moderate bitterness, not overwhelming. Quite bubbly. I get an oily taste and feel, a few points off for that. Well balanced malt and bitterness.

A nice moderate IPA, good balance but not much of a good IPA aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 17:37:09 | More by mrkrispy
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Mtn

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2014 06:20:00 | More by Mtn
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Jbl3246

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-28-2014 03:37:25 | More by Jbl3246
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beaubarnett10

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-20-2011 17:27:08 | More by beaubarnett10
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dehjosh

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-18-2011 01:54:01 | More by dehjosh
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GenericWarrior

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-17-2013 01:05:05 | More by GenericWarrior
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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