Saint Arnold Elissa IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

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873 Ratings

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 96 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TXHops on 05-14-2004)
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Photo of BgThang
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first St. Arnold beer since moving back to TX last week. I've had the Elissa before, but it's been over a year.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Elissa is a bright copper color, with a big, porous two-finger head that recedes slowly and leaves some lace in its wake. A good looking beer. The nose is light and fruity, not unlike many English IPAs I've had before. But there is also a distinct hop scent rising up. Subtle, yet distinguished. Taste is nice. Not overly hoppy, as many American IPAs can be, but not quite as hoppy as I'd hoped for either. Malty and rich, with a lighter, fruitier quality than most American IPAs too. Bitter aftertaste is a strange mix with the strong fruits here, in my opinion. Notes of caramel and vanilla are detected as well. Good flavor, but not great. Mouthfeel is okay, but a bit thin and watery.

I like this beer, and can see it becoming a part of my regular kegerator rotation here in San Antonio. There are better IPAs on the shelf, but seeing as though I like to support my local craft breweries, I will probably make this IPA welcome in my home.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange with white head. Full C resiney hop bitterness with significant maltiness. In your face strong bitterness yet English ingrediants, a Ratatouille receipe of English and American IPA. Drinkable and refreshing though not what you expect

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my glass a solid amber orange color with great clarity. A half inch of creamy white head rises up and leaves some lacing on the way down. Aromas begin with toasted and caramel malt accents alongside a nice helping of floral, herbal hop notes. I get a little bit of spiciness in there as well. Good balance between hop and malt aromas.

First sip brings a toasty, slightly bready caramel malt upfront that segues into a quite floral, herbal hop flavor with some notes of citrus and fruit as well. It moves down with a light spicy aspect and finishes off with a nice shot of bitterness. On the maltier side for an IPA, but in the end still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and a good strudy carbonation that brings it all together. A solid, easy drinking IPA. Overall, this has good drinkability and I could easily have a few. It's a nice change of pace from the big west coast IPA's I've had recently. Thanks to JDV for my first sampling of Saint Arnold's beer!

Photo of nrbw23
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A real nice burnt orange color. About one finger of head that left a fair amount of lacing in my glass.

S- Basic smell of an IPA, little citrus with a good balance of hops and maybe a little grapefruit in there.

T- Really nice from start to finish. A good balance of fruit tastes maybe lemon and grapefruit and then hops.

M- Medium in body, feels good in the mouth with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- Very tasty and also drinkable. Easy to put down a couple.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange with a finger of foam. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma is of light citrus hops - not as much as I was expecting from the smell. Definitely milder than I was hoping for. Remained fairly mild throughout the drinking.

T: Taste was solid. Some citrus hops with a hint of floral hops form a nice flavor.The hops are balanced by a somewhat sweet maltiness that's fairly pleasing. Good, but not great.

M: Smooth and viscous, with a slightly crisp finish.

D: This would make a solid session IPA - easy to drink, not overpowering in flavor, and pretty good overall.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Turbine for this one!! Pours a clear orange/ambe color with a thin wispy white head. Nice lacing as the head dissapates quickly. decent floral hop aroma. Solid and very crisp flavor of tangy and piney hops off the bat. medium body but full flavor lasts. Slightly dull bitter aftertaste. Very decent IPA.

Photo of ikats
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light amber with an average creamy sticky head. Nice refreshing hoppy aroma mixes well with some sweetness. Grassy notes mingle with refreshing notes of citrus. Similar for taste. Light to medium body, slightly dry. Very pleasant mouthfeel. I've had this beer before, and I reached out for a bottle when I wanted something simple and enjoyable in my favorite style, so I think drinkability is excellent. I just wasn't sure if that's my last bottle, so I wanted to record it.

For some comments that didn't go into grades - I would've enjoyed some kind of "best before" date, so I know how old my bottle is (if it's there I didn't find it). And for some reason, I feel I would've enjoyed a little blurb about the name of this IPA (I did go to the website to find out about it).

Very enjoyable IPA!

Photo of khiasmus
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elissa looks rather sexy as she slides down the side of my glass and holds up three fingers of creamy white head... what does she mean? She delights my sense of smell with her perfume... is that pine? no. grapefruit? perhaps... she seems to have bathed in honey yestereve as well... and somehow her backbone is malty... have you been naughty Elissa? She seems to have an excellent sense of balance in the way she wears her scents... it's intoxicating. Makes me want to taste. mmm... she tastes of the same honey in her perfume, as well as the pine and grapefuit. it's all there. She feels smooth and full, and somehow leaves my mouth feeling a bit dry. It makes me want to indulge again. But what's this? bitter? bitter at the very end? Elissa! why must you treat me so? you are smooth, for certain, and enjoyable, and you fill my palate with rich and many flavors of pine, grapefruit, honey, and light malt sweetness. You are a goddess amongst your peers, but you seem somewhat weak... I'm sorry Elissa. you need someone else to hold you up. I'll raise you in my glass, and I'll be happy to taste you again, but alas... you cannot compete with the stone or the great divide. Farewell, sweet Elissa.

(and then I look at the bottle again and realize... it's a ship!?!?)

Photo of jim102864
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While at the Dallas Gingerman, I got to sample this IPA on cask. Anytime I can get a cask brew, I've got to try it. Nice copper amber hue. A sticky two finger head. Served in a pint glass at proper celler temperature. The aroma was a little too understated. Slightly floral. Mild hoppiness. The taste was also lightly hoppy. A little too mild. Mouthfeel was watery and modest. Nothing hopping up and down on the pallet. All that being said, a nice brew just not anything that will nock your socks off.

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with JDV. Thanks!
Clear, coppery orange with a short cap of fine white bubbles. Sheets of lacing, good head retention. Grapefruit rind in the aroma, fairly intense and just a little catty, maybe a hint of pine. Definite citrus oil thing going on. Bitter and hoppy up front. Fruity grapefruit lingers, along with resinous bitterness. Not much malt presence in between, just more hops, citrusy and a little piney. A bit of toasty malt appeared towards the end as it warmed. The carbonation was a little creamy, a little on the high side, medium to light bodied. A clean IPA, refreshing and definitely all about the hops.

Photo of JDV
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask at the Gingerman:
Golden hazy cascading effect on the pour with a super creamy guinness like head that lasted the entire beer. Smell was very nice, bold fresh fruity hops. Taste was more than averagely hopped for an IPA, piney, citrusy, and resiny with minimal sweetness. When left to sit on the tongue, the carbonation was almost non-existant (due to it being on cask) I'm guessing I'd like this better bottled, or on draft and I'd definitely like to try it again. A good hoppy IPA worth trying, without a doubt.

Photo of turbine2475
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden hue that has a a very small amount haze. Avery thick teo finger white head that leaves a heavy lace.
S - Hints of pine and juniper with a hint of sugary dullness that adds to the aroma.
T - Thick hop bite followed by an eveloping sweetness that was a welcome retreat from the citrus addition that most beers employ
M - Carbonation was well balanced with the hops and alcohol content
D - Good brew that might catch you off guard, but although you might be hurting the next morning I realized I don't care :)

Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV for this one
Bottle poured into my favorite pint glass produced a fingers worth of head (turns quickly to a thin lace) on top of a nice copper body

Aromas of citrus and pine along with some nice flowers fill your nose

Flavors of hops and pine it's a nice IPA it has that nice bitter quality but not really a hop bomb if that's what you are looking for more true to the style

Good mouth feel a nice dry finish a little light on the carbonation

Great Drinkability finished it before the review and wish I had one more

Photo of cartdan
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Orange-amber in color with a decent head while pouring that dissipates quickly leaving a very small lace.

Aroma is malty with caramel and cotton candy in the background. Medium hop aroma, probably Cascades. Taste is sweet but crisp, with a fair amount of bitterness.

This IPA has a nice balance between the malt and hops, neither overpowers the other. There is a slight slickness to this one, with a medium body, and it finishes dry with a little lingering bitterness.

Overall it's very nice. Probably not as hoppy as some IPA fans would want, but I deinitely liked it.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy coppery amber with a decent bone white head at first then mostly just a bit around the edges, a good smattering of lacing. The aroma and taste both have a earthy, herbal hop with just a touch of citrus, some bready, grainy, biscuit malt with caramels lingering, and tart fruits toward the ending. It drinks real easily, the mouth fairly medium at first and dry to end, nice fine carbonation, but leaves a lil' funk. In all, a pretty stock IPA, something that'd do well on a long sail aboard the Elissa.

Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This is a clear golden coor. It pours with a medium sized white head which leaves lots of lace in its wake.

s: This has a very nice, fresh piny hop aroma. There is some minimal sweetness from the malts in the backround.

t: As the smell would suggest, this is a very good IPA which is clearly very fresh. It has a big peppery, piny hop punch, followed by a semi-tart sugariness at the end.

m: The carbonation came up a wee bit short on this one. It did have a nice sticky quality however.

d: Many thanks to JDV for throwing this very tasty IPA in as an extra.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Ginger Man in Austin. Nice, slightly cloudy with lighter-than-average color with milky, concentrated head. Understated citrus aroma with expected hop abundance. The cask conditioned serving brings out the best in the hops and the mellow citrus flavors. Creamy, melts in your mouth. Could drink all night (and did).

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in trade from RickSawyer, Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber/copper color with a smallish head that fades to minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrusy hops and some caramel malt. Taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel is a medium with a hoppy aftertaste. Solid Ipa, from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty ipa. It pours a cross between a rust and copper color with lots of bubbles and a head that seems a little high for me. Its about two fingers high and thick, almost rocky, chunks of foam. It fades fast and leaves nice lacing on the glass for you to remember it by.

The smell is slightly metallic and hoppy. There is slight citrus but nothing that screams out at me. All in all its a mild smell that is neither one thing nor the other.

Taste is right on par with the smell. Its a smooth malt that moves into some real nice bitterness from the hops. My guess is (cascade or hallertau.) A nice amount too because it eclipses the malts and leaves you with that nice ipa finish. There is some beautiful citrus in the initial sip but its mild and not distracting from the taste and bitterness.

It all works well and is not overpowering. This is a beer that doesn't get boring to me and is something the pallet will enjoy.

Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Partly cloudy orange copper body with a gauzy, lacy, off-beige head. Biscuit malt, sugar cookie, and pineapple mix with strong grapefruit hops on the nose. Toasted malts and citrus hop bitterness greet the tongue. Strong hop presence throughout with flavors of marmalade, pineapple, and grapefruit. Shortbread cookie malt underneath. Creamy mouthfeel with a juicier, bitter finish. Nice.

Photo of ballewblake
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have a keg in my fridge, also Randallaized it. Will do two reviews in one.

A-Drinking from a pint and Duvel Glass, clear amber with a moderate head that recedes quick. -Appearance didn't change through the Randall, though it did have a noticeably larger head on initial pour into the pitcher, head receded within minutes in a 3-litter pitch to a very thin, 1 finger head. Aggressive pours produce a huge head on this one.
S-Light hoppy smell, not an over powering IPA in terms of bitterness or smell, very mellow. -Using cascade hops this time we got a slightly hoppier smell, though barely noticeable side by side. Would have preferred a different hop than I could get.
T-Very mellow, bitterness was kept low. -Barely noticed any change from the cascade hops. Though most people seemed to prefer it more through the Randall.
M-Easy on the mouth, alcohol is about average and is concealed well. The keg was with an air pump so slightly dull tastes through the night.
D-Very drinkable, easy session beer. I've noticed that I under estimate the alcohol in this little brew as it sneaks up on you pretty quickly.

Photo of Risser09
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: This beer pours a bright golden orange color with a 1.5 inch off white head. Lots of bubbles flow to the surface of the beer from the bottom of the glass. Retention is good, with sticky lace left on the glass.

Smell: Strong citrus in the nose. Mostly grapefruit but surprisingly orange in aroma. Grass clippings, crushed dandelion. Mild astringency.

Taste: Hop oil in the beginning. Fresh green flavors that are vegetal. Watercress is the flavor that strike the most similarity. BItterness remains throughout, with orange and grapefruit being the dominant flavors. Mellow finish.

Mouthfeel: This one is different than most IPAs. Vegetal, slightly astringent and bitter. Mellow in the finish. Alcohol slightly noticable.

Drinkability: Very good. This is a good beer that is different. It is quenching and certainly makes it's mark as a fine IPA. Worth trying.

Photo of pheggeseth
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Gingerman in Austin TX.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber. Long lasting creamy ivory head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Grassy, leafy, and gently citrusy/piney over a mild, biscuit-like and caramelish malt.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma. There's more hops than malt, but it's soft and smooth and not bitter (well, yes, but not harsh). Mild fruitiness of apple and pear from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Supple. Smooth. As cask should be. Simply disappears down the hatch.

Drinkability: Well balanced. Well rounded. Remarkably drinkable. With the exception of its strength this could be a great session ale. Worth trying!!!

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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