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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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860 Ratings

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 94 | 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 SWMeyer4141
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer plenty times when I started drinking IPAs, it's been about a year since I had one, DR11s baby brother?

Appearance-Light brown with yellow hues. 2 finger off white head thats down to about 1/2 finger, nice soapy lacing. Lots of little bubbles.

Smell-Sweet malts, slighty hoppy. Pine and grass. Some citrus, fair amount of grapefruits.

Taste-Sweet malts up front, then immediately hit with bitter hops that linger for a while. Alcohol is noticable upfront until the carbonation takes over. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel-Pretty light bodied, watery. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall-Bought a 6 pack and it certainly won't be going to waste. Kind of all over the place, but still a nice, interesting IPA

SWMeyer4141, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. No visible best before date (or, for that matter, listed ABV) but I figure the beer is about six months old. It's been in the fridge for a while.

A: Very light head, pinkish copper colour. Clear and gorgeous. Lots of small bubbles.

S: Strong and pleasant. Sweet fruits, raspberries. Flowery hops.

T: Hops are more astringent than expected, and a little bit vegetal. The maintaste is slightly grapefruity, malty-firm, and relatively short. The aftertaste is hoppy, dry, and feels stronger than 6.6%.

M: Crisp, clean, and smackworthy. Significant carbonation.

O: Solid American IPA. I might not go out of my way to find another one, but it's worth grabbing one if you see it.

AgentMunky, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

6'er at Specs in Round Rock purchased for 6.99.

Golden orange look. Fluff head that disappated fairly quickly, but left nice spiderweb lacing.

Got more sweet biscuity malt than hops in the smell...not a bad thing, just thought the citrus hops were buried a bit.

Taste followed scent. Good, earthy malt...a lighter orange hop taste. A bit more citrus woulda put this one up a lot higher for me. One thing I really enjoyed was how crisp this beer was. Carbonation was spot on.

A very easy drinking beer...nice gateway IPA.

obrike, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of tronester
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Ginger Man in Austin.

Served a slightly hazy golden orange with a lucious sticky white head. Smells of light grapefruit with a hint of toffee. Taste is a bit of pine up front, followed by a sweet malt middle and a ruby red grapefruit finish. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall a fantastic ale in cask form.

tronester, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a burnt umber color with a finger of white head that dissipated to nothing and and left nothing on the sides throughout consumption.

S - Smells of earthy hops, some citrus, and a lot of caramel malt.

T - Pretty malt forward IPA with burnt sugars and caramel, as well as some sour citrus hops and earth tones. Get a bit more heat and flavor than expecting from a single IPA.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation, little syrupy.

O - It's an okay beer, full of flavor, but kind of hard to get down for a single IPA, and the flavor profile isn't great.

AgentZero, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear light copper color with a thick head and some decent lacing.

S: Has an initial fruity aroma which fades to mostly a grapefruit with traces of pine.

T: Has a citrus flavor with a bread and pine mixed in. There is a mild bitterness troughout that seems to linger a bit. Still a fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body, clean and refreshing.

O: This is good entry level IPA. Good for the style and a nice surprise for a Texas beer. I enjoyed this IPA as it was not overpowering. check it out.

soju6, May 23, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- A clear light golden/copper in color, very nice white head, medium retention.

S - Initially getting some orange with an earthiness lurking in the background, getting slight carmel notes.

T - Nice balance of malts and hops, with the hops lingering on the finish. There is a citrus quality here with some maltiness. Lingering finish is slightly bitter which is nice.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - A good session beer with friends, the balance should delight most non beer geeks.

stercomm, May 16, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5-1-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Golden copper color, poured not even a finger of foam, ok lacing ring with carbonation present

S – Hops with a slight malt nose. Faint smelling brew

T/M – Malty brew with a little hop bitterness, lighter bodied brew. Malty caramel taste, too much malt for an IPA in my opinion

D – Decent beer with more malt then hop flavor. Light IPA in book so I wouldn’t see this brew out again, glad I had tried it though

FreshmanPour77, May 12, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Typical IPA color and almost perfectly clear. Head doesn't seem to want to last and there is tons of carbonation inside the beer.

S - Don't know when this one was bottled but the hops smell has almost disappeared. You can tell they are there but the sugar from the mash is much more present. Not going to completely slam it on rating b/c it could be due to old age.

T - Pretty much follows suit with the aroma. There is a slight citrusy/earthy taste from the hops but the freshness is gone. Sugary flavors are still there and there is sort of a metallic/grapefruit aftertaste. Not impressed.

M - Well the body is right on spot for the style as well as the volumes of carbonation, might be the best part of the beer, haha. No alcohol kick and aftertaste vanishes as fast as can be. Drinkability not really good because there is nothing to look forward to.

Acquired this one during a trade as an extra and I can tell why now, someone clearly wanted to offload their stock and make it someone else's problem.

VaTechHopHead, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of azdback
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Bright orange, clear and filtered look. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Head is barely off white and creamy looking.

Smell is more yeasty than anything. But does have a citrus hop smell. Caramel sweet.

This has an initial citrus hop punch that quickly fades to an overpowering malt bill. It is not terrible but so unbalanced that we lose the hops all together.

Mouth is very good for the style. Full to the end.

Overall this was a decent offering in the IPA category. Thanks to turfy for the extra.

azdback, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy gold in color with about a finger of head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, some bread tones, mild citrus and pine hops, just not enough for me.

T - Somewhat sweet and fruity, caramel malts, and much more grapefruit citrus hop than the aroma, has a pretty bitter linger to it, but overall pretty well balanced.

M - Crisp, bright and clean, very nice.

D - This is a very nice IPA, one that might help non IPA drinkers bridge the gap.

LiquidBread219, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of deadliest
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper colored pout topped with decent head and lacing.
S: Smells good, but kinda weak. Citrus tries to make an impact but falls a little short.
T: Balanced. Citrus and resiny hops alongside bready malts.
F: Medium-light feel, smooth.
D: Quite high. Will be a good refresher when it warms up in the summer.

deadliest, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, dark golden color. Light beige head recedes to a film leavin random lace.

Pleasant citrus notes, bitterness, bits of resin and caramel malts.

Mild bitterness, citrus, malt sweetness and a touch of caramel.

Crisp, nice carbonation, smooth and clean. Slightly creamy texture.

Solid on the drink. I'd definitely have this regularly. Maybe we'll see the bottles soon.

EgadBananas, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mdunman
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

mdunman, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of treehouse
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade...thnk u thnk u..

malted hops on the nose....i did not snort this in a proper reidel diamond snifter tho....

uptop hops...oaky...lemony....subdued with malts....

the hops are looong in the cheek...there long after the forward tongue citrus is gone...

treehouse, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Marty30
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dajtai007 for this. Poured into a pint glass at about 45 degrees.

A. Nice hazy copper colored body with good carbonation. Two finger fluffy white head. nice lacing sticking all over the glass.

S. I get piney hops and a kind of astringent taste. Some citris also.

T. Very much like the smell, lots of bitter hops not to balenced in my opinion not really a bad thing though. I get a slight bit of peach in the end.

M. Medium mouth as said before pretty bitter and well corbonated.

D. Not bad at all, I could drink a sixer in a sitting. worth trying if you can get it.

Marty30, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of joshuacavett
4.93/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was crazy smooth on cask! Had at Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX after the cask was opened about 15 minutes before. Smell was no where near as hoppy as the bottled version, but you could definitely tell it was an IPA. Served pretty cold and this almost drank like a very malty beer b/c it was so smooth and creamy. I have had other beers on cask before which I usually do not prefer cask, but this one impressed me. I am a convert now for very fresh cask. Drinkability was very high and the mouthfeel on this was indescribable. You truly have to experience this beer on cask to truly appreciate what St. Arnold's has created.

joshuacavett, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber/copper color that's clear, no head, thin white lacing, and mild carbonation. the color of this beer has to be its strong point, looks awesome!

S - Mild citrus, pine effervescence, and a light caramel backbone. The nose could definitely use some more "kick".

T - Balance is the name of the game with this beer. Mildly sweet caramel that greets the tongue up front and midway through gives up the malt for a migration of citrus and pine that gradually take over and bring it home for a bitter finish. Pine and citrus bitterness melt together and leave a semi-dry, lingering bitterness that hangs around for several minutes.

M - Prickly on the tongue, thin medium finish, and slightly watery on the finish.

D - Would be a very good "go to" beer to have in the fridge. Is very well balanced.

jzeilinger, Feb 03, 2011
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.

mountsnow1010, Feb 02, 2011
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.

awalk1227, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jenray. Thanks Jen!

This was one of the first beers I tried at my first GABF and I remember loving it.

It pours a clear 24K gold with about an inch of foam and some decent lacing. There's a decline in both foam and lacing but ya can't take that gorgeous colour away. ;^)

The nose is hoppy with some notes of pine and a bit of citrus.

The taste is pretty damn hoppy and bitter! Some pine, a wee bit of citrus, mild grass, and buried deep into the background I can just pull out some hints of bready malt. Jen is from Texas so I reckon this must be a super fresh bottle....it sure tastes like one! Yummy.

Medium covers the body and the carbonation, though the carbo borders on high, and makes for a nice mouth feel.

I really enjoy this IPA so I'll put it in the very drinkable category.

Bitterbill, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy subdued orange look, slight off white head, which opens up bigger and fluffier when warmed.

It's really hard to get anything from the nose, maybe it's too cold right now. Nope, warming doesn't help this.

Taste has a nice malt backbone, with a balanced finish, not super hoppy as I expect from an American IPA, but well balanced, and very drinkable. Not overly exciting, this is a quafable brew, not a sipper like some IPA's, very sessionable if you ignore the 6.6% abv which is easy to do since it's very well hidden. Not a heavy beer, and no it wasn't under-carbonated, very well done actually.

I'm split on this one, a non over the top hoppy IPA?? Yes please.It drinks very well.

robbyc1, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle on 1/17/11

A: Clear copper-tinged gold color aggressively poured to an average head that disappeared rather quickly with little lacing.

S: Not an overpowering smell but hops are most obviously presented first with a slight hint of citrus that I had to look for to find.

T: Surprisingly good given the weaker smell. Balanced, not too bitter, really even-keeled nice tasting IPA.

M: Highly carbonated, light and frothy.

D: This was a very drinkable beer. This one isn't gonna punch you in the face with its characteristics but it doesn't have to given how nicely it's rounded out. For those lucky enough to have this on a regular basis (IE, not those of us in NY), you are getting a really nice treat.

suspect, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of salvo
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St Arnold Elissa IPA is a tasty if simple bitter hopped pale ale that tends toward dry astringency rather than bold citrus or pine hops. Classic and consistent with the St Arnold of Austin TX brand. A great everyday beer; tasty without becoming a chore but lacking complexity and subtlety. I wish it were on tap at my local with 2 or 3 dollar pint night specials: a gateway beer with the potential to move folks who try it to further experimentation. Lighter brown/straw with nicely laced bone white head.

salvo, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass consumed on 1.13.11.

A hazy and dull gold color with a sparse head opens up with a decent nose of grapefruit rind. At its opening there's a bright and significantlty "sour" bitter citrus feel that moves into a refreshing and easy going well balanced feel and moderately resonating finish. Everything seems very nicely distributed here and this is one of the best finishes to an IPA I've ever experienced. Not too much and not too little hops here...Great drinkability! Bravo, Saint Arnold! Cheers!

albertjr21, Jan 13, 2011
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.