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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
86
very good

387 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 954
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 177 | 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:
Beer added by: TXHops on 05-14-2004

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Reviews: 387 | Hads: 954
Photo of nandemo1
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bright clear gold with tons of bubbly carbonation. Had a full finger of white head. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is very muted and I'm able to get just a little bit of earthiness and sweet malt. It is bitter, but I'm not getting much flavor at all outside of that.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a single IPA, crisp and refreshing, without a whole lt of stickiness.

Very drinkable but without any flavor so this is an average beer at best. (446 characters)

Photo of jkanavel
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of bastardface
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have always liked and respected Saint Arnold's products. The Elissa isn't exactly my favorite though. The smell is good in that in is strong and a little overbearing. The taste is harsh and a little bitter. It's a strong taste and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. If you like dark, strong ales this IPA is for you. Just not for me. (331 characters)

Photo of busterwhite
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a coudly gold with a finger white head.

S: This is a very weird scent. It has some malt and some weird slight pepper smells.

T: The beer has a lot stronger malt than hops. It does have some hops, but not as much as it should. I also get some pepper tastes.

M: This is the best part of the beer. It is very smooth and easy to drink. It has a bit of carbonation, but I believe it ads to the beer.

O: This is a weird tasting IPA. I love Saint Arnolds and feel they make great beers, but this isnt their greatest. I was excited to try this, but man it let me down. Just doesnt have the hops I want from an IPA. (628 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom stamped 085 11.

Appearance - Pours white one-finger head with decent to good stick and retention. Slightly hazy amber body.

Smell - Wet grass. Some hoppy spice. Slightly fruity maltiness.

Taste - Bitter. Otherwise thin on the flavor. Mild hop and malt presence. Somewhat metallic.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Thin bodied. Kinda sticky.

Overall Drinkability - Decent if middle of the road for the style. (449 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy light orange color with some golden notes. There is a slightly ecru thin head that recedes quickly.

S - The aroma has some biscuit malt and some nice grainy notes with some slight citrus hop notes. However, the hops are very light. I don't think this smells like an IPA at all. Don't get me wrong the aroma isn't bad but this needs more hops.

T & M - Starts off with some bready notes. Very crisp and clean grain notes. There is some slight pale caramel malt notes in the beginning. There is some nice slightly citrus hop notes but the hop presence is definitely lacking. There is some slight tangerine and a grassy herbal hop note but once again these are very light. The bready notes are nice and it has a slight English IPA vibe to it. I feel like this beer is not too bad but it is lacking. It needs more hop flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and light as expected.

O - Pretty average beer. It isn't bad or anything like that but just very average and nothing to write home about. I will probably have more than one of these but just because I bought a six pack. (1,141 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma on this beer is pretty light for style...some pine is evident, along with some cereal graininess, but it's rather clean all around. Here's hoping the taste doesn't follow that tameness.

Taste has a fair, somewhat light, amount of bitterness of a pine quality straight away....not among the top IPA's by any stretch of the imagination, though....along with a sweet malt alongside it with a cereal grain quality to it as well as some lemon. A little stingy bitterness hangs around after the swallow, dancing on the sides of the tongue.

Not bad but not great. Very approachable, and could be a good entry beer for style. Drinkable but not outstanding. (656 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of sweethome
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this versus Real Ale Lost Gold IPA. Based on my score...I think you'll see I like Real Ale better. This is the lowest score I've given this brewery.

Pours a light yellow with a bit of haze.

A bit of honey on nose...not much more. Slightest hint of hops. Say what - IPA with a hint of hops?

Not much of a finish. This disappointed me. (344 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
2.31/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Recieved in a trade from scm2787. Thanks for the bottle!

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip, it pours a clear golden orange color, with a minimal 1/2 finger off-white head.

S - Faint aromas of some malts, but no hops.

T/M - Unfortunatly, I'm not getting much of anything besides a slight bitterness at the end. Medium light mouthfeel.

O - I'm wondering if this one's not old? Without any identifiable markings to verify the date, I'm just taking a shot in there dark here. But for an AIPA this one falls flat... (535 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer in Houston during a business trip. It pours a light copper, orange color with a thin head.

The smell is hoppy and has lemony citrus and some raw hoppy, resiny notes. It is not as complex as other IPAs I had.

Taste is pretty bitter and a medium maltiness. The malt has a light dextrine taste and adds body to the beer./mouthfeel is pretty light for an IPA. The hops are lemony and a little grapefruit. (425 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Travis for the chance to give this bottle a try.

Pours an attractive golden hue with a nice fluffy head that stays around for the life of the pint.

The smell is interesting. Dank, peppery, some resin, and herbs. It comes off slightly medicinal, but still good.

The taste follows. Lots of floral and herbal qualities. Pepper and more resin with a bit of light citrus and pine needles. I really enjoy the complexity here, but I do fear this bottle is a little less than fresh. A bit mroe kick was probably intended.

The feel is quite nice with a full body and creamy texture.

Overall, this was good. Next tiem I make it to Texas I will give this another try. (671 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic

A: Quite clear and slightly darker than golden, fairly lazy carbonation, good but fast dissipating offwhite head of medium bubbles,

S: Very nice to smell an IPA that isn't just cascade. Strong pungent bitterness, a little grapey, very earthy and herbal

T: Lemon, strong yeast, gets quite sweet for a moment and then brings a clear biscuit flavor. Again, this is not your normal AIPA

M: Shockingly crisp for what the carbonation looks like in the glass, sweet in the middle with only a hint of resinous dryness at the end

O: this is absolutely a daily drinker. the flavor profile gives you hops, but it doesn't come across with your normal insane IBUs which, don't get me wrong, I like but need to moderate. (736 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Richmond Arms, Elisa is clear gold with a very tight, creamy white head leaving scattered sheets of foam.

Smell is soft, fruity hops and esters, lime, a touch of resin.

Taste is pretty good, balanced, softer IPA for sure, English style with the apricot esters, but a firm bitterness on the bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is soft, slippery, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a sessionable IPA for sure, but I personally prefer a more robustly hop flavored IPA. But it's smooth and well made. (531 characters)

Photo of setexascustoms
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber with a one finger head. Not much retention, but good lacing.

S- Floral, spicy hops. Nice malty undertones.

T- Smooth, good bitterness with some juicy orange citric flavors. Nice malt backbone, bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- On the fuller side of medium, wonderfully smooth and coats the mouth well. Almost some chewyness. This is a strong point of this beer for me.

O- Solid IPA, and it's brewed a stone's throw from here so I have to be a little bias ;) (506 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium to maybe slightly bigger white to off white head surely does take its time to settle into a pretty decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Citrus, almost a bitter citrus dominates an aroma that also contains some sour grains and some very light spices.

A nice dry citrus filled hops taste, a very welcoming IPA, I'm also a very big fan of big hops bite but this beer with its small hops bite is still a pretty good beer and worth drinking.

As an added bonus this beer has a nice medium body and a nice light but quite dry with some citrus feel aftertaste. (579 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Boitnott
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (876 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a small off-white head that slowly subsides and leaves just a little lacing.

Aroma is mildly hoppy with hints of pine upfront and sweet malt in the back.

Tastes of caramel malt and piney hops with a slight hint of citrus.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Solid IPA but nothing out of the ordinary. Not one of my favorites but certainly not bad. (384 characters)

Photo of jeremy2027
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH sig glass

Burnt orange amber decent head retention

Smells of cascades and evenly balanced malts

Really good flavor you can taste the Cascades and still the malt a very nice balanced IPA. Extremely drinkable, this would be easy to have a few.

The mouthfeel is a little above average not too sticky but no way at all watered down.

Overall I will defiantly buy this again, it is a good change of pace from all of the Imperial/double IPA's I have been trying. Its nice to get back to a good well rounded IPA. Impressed...I am starting to see really good things coming from Saint Arnold and this excites me. I am ready for more of there brews in the future. (673 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade, Thanks Brad! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

A: Pours a very nice clear amber with some yellowed hues around the edges. Very nice 1.5 finger frothy white head that is showing some nice retention. Nice thin blanket of lace on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some piny and resin-like notes at the front and a smidgen of doughy malts through out the rest.

T: Definitely a slight bitter resin hop on the front and then it really smooths out to a light caramel malt. The taste sort of falls off after that though.

M: Medium bodied with a decent mouth to it, a little oily. There is a light bitterness that lingers for a brief second, but as I previously mentioned it falls off rather quickly.

O: This a solid IPA, although it is a little on the malty side and slightly one dimensional in the taste. (847 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought all the way from Texas to Mtl by Jwall! Didn't even get to meet the guy. But he left them to Randy and Linda from Utica at Cheval blanc so a little thanks goes to them too. So many good people like good beer!

So I've been trying to get this beer for a a long time. Girlfriend's name is Elissa and we both like IPAs. So... finally.

A- Hazy light amber. Slightly chunky flan colored head. Head coats the glass in a thick layer.

S- Doesn't seem very hoppy. A little spice from the hops but mostly some light caramel malt and alcohol. A little guava and bubblegum. Some woodiness which I'm not sure Ilike.

T- Not really sure... I guess it's really balanced. Maybe a bit of orange rind. ...Just a very nice hop taste but it's hard for me to really pick anything out. A little sweet but very balanced out by the hops. After-taste is a bit of biscuit and a soft but long lasting bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation. Body is a medium to thin. Dry.

O- A solid beer. Nothing offensive, nothing impressive. Nice flavor and nice balance. I don't think I'll be asking anymore Texans for bottles but I'd definitely want to try it on-tap.

Thanks Jwall! (1,153 characters)

Photo of roodie
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Gingeman in Houston

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a tea brown with 1 finger head that quickly dissipated. Minor lacing.

S: very mild, hints of citrus and sweet malt but very muted likely due to carbonation

T: begins with mild caramelly malt but a few seconds later a pleasant mild hoppy bitterness takes over. Piney in nature

M: velvety and smooth almost like drinking water but the bitterness lingers to remind you it's not

O: enjoyable. I love cask IPAs and this one was perfect for a hot day (517 characters)

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.