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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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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 83 | 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 Durge
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice warm copper color, a solid head that thins pretty quickly. This was well carbonated, tingly to the tongue but quickly bitter in the overall feel. Hints of orange and clove in this hoppy brew. Very nice but not completely satisfying for my tastes. Kind of dry at the finish.

Update from the bottle (01-24-13) Poured into a tall glass from the bottle this shows a clear amber color with a substantial white head and good lacing. The aroma brings a considerable
malt dominated leafy hop. Nice and tasty. Speaking of taste, again a big malt
backbone with sweet evergreen pine and some more leafy ideas along with a nutty
edge. Very nice. The body is solidly medium bodied with a somewhat viscous feel
with decent carbonation. A solid IPA!

Durge, May 31, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notch in side of label into my Saint Arnold pint glass. It was an orangish amber color and hazy. It had a good head that faded to a thin film. Good lacing. The smell was very hoppy with some malt in the back. Really had a good aroma. The taste was really good at first but it had a too bitter aftertaste for me. I don't have a problem with bitter but this one was just a bit too much. Overall, a good AIPA and recommend trying. (3.5, RB, This, O)

TexIndy, May 31, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a two finger head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Some caramel malt and a touch of piney hop

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that has a nice fruity character; after the swallow, the piney bitterness kicks in to join the malt; the finish has a grainy aspect that is rather astringent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just OK out of the bottle; I liked it a lot better when I had it on cask

brentk56, May 26, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best beer I had in Tx in late April!

Poured bronze with 1.5 fingers of eggshell colored head. Super lacing & really good head retention

S: Fruitty with grassy & piney hop notes

T: Bready, piney hop notes plus fruittyness up front. Citrussy hops show up as this warms. Finishes dry with dates, breadyness & earthy hops

MF: Medium bodied,moderate carbonation with great balance & a pleasing quenching juicyness

Drinks too easy, a super quaffable IPA, that is worthy of higher praise!

russpowell, May 18, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from hojuwestlake, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with a nice floral hops smell, with an excellent compliment of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a heavy burst of grassy hops bitterness, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malt. Each of the flavors accent each other rather than battle for dominance, however, the hops flavor is what win out in the end as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick to it, excellent representation of style, I liked this beer quite a bit and could see myself drinking quite a few of these in an evening.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2007
Photo of irishtimepiece
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paired with Kraft Mac and Cheese and Ride the Lightning by Metallica.

Pours a deep copper with a fluffy white head that quickly falls to a cap and leaves spotty lacing.
Smells is amazing. All the floral hops you could ever want. I may start giving these to women instead of flowers.
A balanced hop flavor and hop bitterness in the taste with a decent bready malt backbone. Not a bitter bomb like so many other IPAs. Very citrusy.
Carbonation is low but still tingly. Very smooth and slick.
A barely noticeable 6.6% ABV and balanced hop bitterness and flavor keeps this beer drinkable.

irishtimepiece, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Dallas Gingerman. This beer has a nice coppery gold color, a small head, and excellent lacing. Nice dominant citrus-grapefruit aroma, with a little faint malt as well. Flavor is very rich in hop flavor, with lots of grassy citrusiness. Bitterness is reasonably high but emphasis is on flavor. The malt is lightly toasty, perhaps just a tad nutty as well. Finish is dry. Carbonation is appropriately low, giving it a very soft, creamy mouthfeel.

This comes off very well on cask. The hop flavor shines through even better than in the bottle.

allengarvin, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Ginger man in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is dark bronze with a midsized off-white head.

Nice citrus-pine nose backed with some grains.

The taste is slightly puckering with pine and tangerine. There is a bit of soft apple and some caramel like malts in the background. This is not a hop bomb by any means, but instead the brewery seems to have followed the more traditional recipe.

The mouth is sticky and pleasant. The beer coats your mouth. This is an easy drinker and is a mild enough IPA for me to session.

Redrover, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Melchizedek
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first reviewed IPA in a good long while...

Pours a nice medium coppery amber with a solid light beige head that subsides pretty quickly into a cap of foam. Slow carbonation supports.

Man, I love this kind of aroma in an IPA. Just fruity and tart and fresh, not too too piney, but with enough resin to make a perfect floral counterpoint to what's going on in the nose. In the mouth, all that lovely hop character shines through; plenty of citrus, maybe blueberry in there? Some mild grain serves as a moderating factor, but doesn't intrude with too much maltiness. Medium body, a nice somewhat drying mouthfeel all around.

It's tempting to really overrate this type of IPA. Not exactly for the "blaze your tastebuds off" school of IPA thought; this is approachable and extremely tasty, with a lovely bouquet. It reminds me of the things I love in BridgePort. Why didn't I try this sooner?

Melchizedek, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Csims for the brew.

Pours a nice clear golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice medium two finger foamy head which lasted a little while then left some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy and citrusy, there is also a touch of caramel. The taste is hoppy, but not that bitter for an IPA, nice touch of sweetness/citrusy. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice IPA.

Wasatch, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - came out deep amber with a thin layer of white/cream colored head, slight lacing
S - great hop aroma, quite inviting
T - nice hop bitterness to it with just the right amount of malt
M - crisp and clean
D - one of my favorite SA brews, quite a nice interpretation of the style and very refreshing

AlesRTasty, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews that I got from my brother-in-laws fridge, when they had to move. This one is at least three years old. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy amber, forming a slight head, and leaving very little lacing. Lots of sediment settling to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is all hops, creating a very nice citrusy smell. The taste again, is all hops, with a nice citrus flavor, but with a little malt. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is an intersting IPA. Enjoyable, but I'm not sure I could drink too many of these at a time.

beeragent, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came recommended from a beer-savvy drinker and Austin resident ("Eric") I met at Ginger Man in Austin. Ginger Man had previously had this beer on cask, which I'm a bit sorry I missed. This beer out of a normal tap was OK, but not very much like other IPAs I've had recently (from Texas or elsewhere). I'd recommend either the Pale Moon Rye or Live Oak LIberation, based on my limited exposure to Texas-brewed beers.

Appearance was a sparkling dark amber, and a bit dark for an IPA. The beer had a solid finger of head on it. Aroma was assertively malty, particularly for an IPA. Taste was also very malty up front, with some light hop character (Cascade?) at the finish. A rather fruity ale, but not really in the same conversation as other IPAs I drank that night. Mouthfeel was a bit on the heavy/sticky side, which seemed inconsistent with the beers very light hop taste.

BeerBelcher, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My annual St. Arnolds Christmas gift this year was again Elissa.

Bright orange / amber color with a sparse but persistant film of white foam and specks of lace.

Aromas of freshly squeezed blood oranges and doughy malt. Sugar and citrus with grassy notes - more sweet than sharp.

Flavors of the same blood oranges and some grapfruit tang mingle w/ a tasty nutty grain character. Malt is in blance with the high alpha hop bite in a firm, medium bodied IPA.

A very nice session IPA with excellent balance.
* Yeast trub in bottle leads me to wonder if these are bottle conditioned - nothing says either way on the botle. In this age of over filtered micros that have thier complexity screened out, its nice to see a little sedement in a relatively fresh, true craft beer.

Shiredave, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of dungaree
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a auburn, nice color. Not much head and dissipates quickly. Smells of a lot of caramel and some spice. Very smooth taste. Nice quantity of hops but not overpowering. Tastes of caramel, spicy hopiness. Nice mouthfeel with more bubbly in the mouth than most St. Arnold's beers. Definitely my favorite from St A.

dungaree, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jordanmills
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber with a good fluffy head. Very floral scent. Tastes pretty sweet, not as better as the average IPA, but good hop flavor. Feels light and crisp on the tongue. It's a tad bitter for me to spend a whole night on, but that's just my personal dislike of IPAs. Very good overall.

jordanmills, Dec 16, 2006
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.

BlackAngus, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this didnt taste like the othere ipa styles i have tried.not bad though just a minor adjustment.nice creamy head and moderate lacing.you can taste the hops i think this is a good thing.not a bad beer but they have better products.i think their amber ale taste more like a ipa.

tbone53, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber/yellow color, about half translucent. Large 2 inch head, fluffy and light yellow. Moderate carbonation.

American hop aromas, nice and floral. Citrus and pine undertones. Then there’s a sweet malt base, light caramel and maybe some butterscotch vibes.

First there are pronounced hop flavors: floral and citrus/pine as in smell. Nice bitterness too. Second there is that sweet malt base. That’s about it.

Mildly thick, nice mouth-foam. Mild carbo-sting.

Bad news – Hop dominates taste; it would be a better beer if it were balanced.

Good news – It is a nice & tasty over-the-top-hop IPA. Bold flavor, very refreshing. Floral tones and understated sweetness give Elissa a nectar taste.

Overall I like it. I drank it with some sautéed catfish, onions, and celery for lunch and it was quite nice. Now that I have finished it I want more: this is the signature of a good one. (I am upgrading D to 4.5)

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to assurbanipaul for this and other TX brews in trade.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a nice half finger of white foam on top that melts to a ring of white.
Aroma is slightly toasted malt with citrus hops.
Taste is light amber malt with orange peel hops that follow to grapefruit peel bitter.
Smooth mouthfeel with grapefruit drying aftertaste.
Very drinkable solid IPA

IntriqKen, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper colored fluid, sporting a medium, off-white head.

Aroma was bubblegum, fruits and floral elements. Malt was present as a honey like aroma.

Taste was quite similar to aroma. Very "sweet" at first, malt balanced with some caramel and bread notes and hop bitterness came in a secondary position, but balanced things nicely overall.

Light in body, with medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Quite good, overall. I usually prefer a brutal hop bitter blast, which this beer doesn't have. But the flavor was very enjoyable and it was so very easy to drink.

, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice head and retention. nice pale/amber color.

Smell: citrusy, I believe this beer is brewed with cascade hops.

Taste: very balanced. Gave me a hop fix without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I could knock a few of these back. Not too overbearing, not too bitter. A very sessionable IPA.

jasonjlewis, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of ecooper
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, copper hue with a two finger head. Head retention is decent but lacing is minimal.

S - Smell is full of grapefuit and other citrus fruits with a strong floral hop aroma as well.

T - Taste consists of a strong, piney/woody hop bitterness followed by a mininal, biscuity malt backbone. The hops really dominate throughout and linger until the beer finishes crisply.

M - Medium body with an overall smooth mouthfeel.

D - Pretty drinkable considering how unbalanced it is. The mix of citrusy aromas and woody hop bitterness makes for an inviting American IPA.

Good job, Saint Arnold. One of their best brews, IMO.

ecooper, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light-to-medium amber color. Nice half-inch off white head. Great retention, with decent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with pine, & orange citrus notes. Hint of toasted malt in there as well.

Flavor starts out with a bready, toasty malt character, following up with the distinctive cascade hop flavors. Moderate grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish lingers nicely.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. This IPA has a little more of a toasted malt presence than I'm used to in an IPA. Great balance, as everything melds together well without anything being overpowering. I would call the hop presence in this one moderate at best...certainly not as intense as some others. Nice moderate example of the style.

briman, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Barely cloudy medium amber color. Somewhat dark for an IPA, looks more like a Märzen than an IPA. Not much head which settles to a very thin rim. Spotty lacing.

Strong hops were nicely balanced by the sweet malts. Citrusy grapefruit scents in the background.

Bitter hops are the focus, with little malt coming through. Citrus like finish.

Light bodied and medium carbonation with a very dry finish from the hops.

Not bad overball, but middle of the pack for an IPA. Hoppy and refreshing, it's worth a try.

BeerSox, Oct 06, 2006
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.