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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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800 Ratings

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 69 | 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 Frozensoul327


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

A wonderful American IPA. Classic. Pours out to a hazed pumpkin orange color with a 1/4 inch head of white foam. Lots of lace, and a medium level of carbonation. Aroma of fresh hops and sweet earthy notes fill the nose. Nice. Very inviting. Taste is solid all the way. Hops, sweet hops, maltiness, raw grain, a touch of grapefruit. Wow. Very juicy and rich, yet not overpowering. Mouthfeel is slick and a touch oily. Good drinkability. This is a classic. Special thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample. Recommended.

05-19-2006 01:34:59 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Higravity


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Damn fine stuff here. Nice dark gold body covered in a tight white head. Smells of noble full hops with a decent maltyness. Good bitterness to this with out killing everything else, a good basic IPA. Nice body and very drinkable, should be on any Texans session list.

04-19-2006 18:05:53 | More by Higravity
Photo of mrfootball


4.85/5  rDev +28.6%

Another excellent creation from Saint Arnold Brewery, this is a tasty full flavored IPA. Spicy and loaded with hops, this has a Piney flavor (homage to the piney woods around Houston?)...A very nice IPA....highly recommended. It's named after the famous tall ship "Elissa" (the official tall ship of Texas) an iron barque that sails from nearby Galveston, Texas. A portion of each sale goes towards the upkeep and restoration of this fine ship.

04-05-2006 05:22:42 | More by mrfootball
Photo of cheers2beers


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance: Pours a nice dark honeycomb with ruby colored edges,when hold to the light. Produces an off white head that didn't stack up much but the laceing it leaves is noticed.

Smell: The aroma of hops is dominate to this brew,but not forgotten is a sweet sugarcane and caramel maltiness that just makes you want to dive in.

Taste: True to it's style, the hops is definitely the main contributor. But not without a fight,the sweet molasses tasteing malts shine through with a hint of herbal notes to follow. A superb beer in my own opinion.

Mouthfeel: As I drink this I feel a grainy ,and yet, a silky substance as well. Medium to thick body with a nice amount of carbonation.Just right.

Drinkability: I could savor this beer for enjoyment or slam it at my own will,but what it all boils down to is, that this is a great beer. I would most definitely recommend this,and will be buying another sixer very soon.Thumbs up to Saint Arnold!!


04-03-2006 21:19:01 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice one finger head is formed. Lots of lacing left down the glass as well. Hazy copper in color with a hint of redness.

Smell has lots of citrusy hops in it. Nice malt aroma as well. Typical IPA aroma.

Taste is smooth. Creamy mouthfeel. A nice hop bit and flavor in this beer as well. Grapefruit and pine needles. Taste almost like a christmas tree.

Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Goes dow the gullet just fine thank you!

02-19-2006 00:00:03 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly reddish golden color with a small 1/8" head of small bubbles at first pour. The head was gone within 20 seconds to just be a small layer maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. Some lacing is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Sweet toasty malt and aromatic hops play well together in the aroma of this beer. There is a dominant citrus component, but this is like a garnish to the mix of the malt and floral hops. There is a slight hint of roast in there that is a bit surprising.

Taste: The flavor is much hoppier than the aroma suggested. There is an assertive citrus component that is much bigger of a player in the flavor. The hops really don't let up the entire flavor profile. In the middle there is some toasty malt that makes its way out to the taste buds...and this gives a buttery impression. The finish is rather dry and bitter with a mineral-like aftertaste that lingers long after the finish. After about half the beer, there is a noticeable alcoholic warming in the belly.

Opinion: I am not a huge fan of IPA's, but this one is almost like family by now. I believe that it has been out for 2 years now, and I probably have a consistent percentage of BAC that is directly contributed to this beer...I drink a lot of it. I like the balance between the malt and hops...I just believe that the water was over mineralized.

02-02-2006 22:25:15 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of kdog630


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%


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!

01-01-2006 23:08:44 | More by kdog630
Photo of lackenhauser


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Somewhat hazy coppery color. Nice aroma-quite citrusy and grassy. High bitterness level-somewhat astringent. Could use a better balance against the malt Nice moutfeel-slight puckering effect in the finish. Overall a decent US IPA-tone down the bitterness level and I think it would be that much more enjoyable. Worth a try.

01-01-2006 01:59:16 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of pentathlete


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Received in OneBoxBIF from assurbanipaul. Thank you.

Hazy reddish amber with a small head that falls to an island. Smell is all floral hops and the taste is hoppy with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. The finish, while bitter, is a little short. Not a bad drinker, but not balanced enough to be a multiple bottle beer.

12-17-2005 23:03:31 | More by pentathlete
Photo of Pegasus


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Hazy deep amber with a scattering of white foam on the surface, slight thin lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Quite over-the-top aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops, with a slight woodiness as well, quite pleasant.

Taste: As expected, the flavor is dominated by the hops from start to finish. Towards the beginning of the taste, citrus hops dominate. As the taste moves on toward the finish, pine tar notes become quite evident. Beneath the hops, there is a light toasted and caramel malt character and a woody note as well. At the finish there is a lingering metallic bitterness that carries on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, and surprisingly full, soft to the taste.

Drinkability/notes: A solid example of the style, no doubt well-favored by hop connoisseurs. For the rest of us, it may be too much. Nonetheless, this is a quite skillfully-crafted beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass twelve ounce bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a pint tap glass.

11-13-2005 03:08:48 | More by Pegasus
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

My first Texas beer review! One of many beers I brought back from a recent business trip to Dallas, although only two (this and some Ugly Pug) were actually Texas brewed. I've got a bunch of these left, but I figured I'd get on it early. Plus, I had Indian food for dinner and this beer goes GREAT with spicy curry. Yum!

Caveat for the reader: I'm new to "real" IPAs (read: not Alexander Keith's), so a big bitter/hop fan might rate this higher than I.

Anyway -- poured from a little stubby bottle into a standard pint glass. Very clear, transparent orangy-amber with a half-inch head that fades to nothing, leaving no residue (although it was a lousy pour, so don't take my word for it in this case).

Smell is nice, although probably typical IPA -- citrus, grass, hops. I also detected some strawberries and peaches in there.

Taste is quite bitter (a plus in this case!), with flavours of hops, pine, grass, and earth. Not much citrus flavour once you get past the smell, which surprised me. Mouthfeel is smooth with relatively high carbonation. Aftertaste is... interesting. Bittersweet is the best term I can come up with for it, although I know that doesn't say much. It lasts a while, so I think this beer would be good for a session sans food -- you wouln't want anything delicate after it, that's for sure -- a definite tastebud deadener.

I need to expand my IPA palette before I can really provide a comparitive review, but I'd probably buy this beer again the next time I'm in Dallas. Wouldn't go out of my way to search for it though.

10-31-2005 01:03:39 | More by crwills
Photo of beerdiablo


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

To further the comparisons, Saint Arnold's Elissa IPA is superior to the DFH 60 minute in that it has more body, a touch more malt making it
a richer experience.

The after-taste is a bit dirty due to the malt but this beer
makes a fine entry into a multi-hour session. Dig in.

10-26-2005 03:35:36 | More by beerdiablo
Photo of Morris729


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a frothy light tan head that leaves trails of lace behind on the walls of the glass as it recedes. Nose is dominated by citrusy floral and spicy hops and is quite sniffable. Taste begins with juicy orange citrus followed by some grassy notes and even more pungent and bitter raw hop oils along with a bit of a candied sweetness. This beer is a real treat and is certainly one of my favorite local brews.

10-15-2005 01:14:58 | More by Morris729
Photo of bditty187


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Hazy, peachy coppery-amber in hue, the color of the liquid lives up to what I expect an IPA to look like. Lovely. The head was off-white in color, at the apex the foam was one-finger in height, it quickly faded to a thin cap but this ceiling of foam had excellent staying power before fading to a thin collar. Sadly there was no subsequent lacing. Otherwise this beer looks pretty.

I feared a weak nose, something vaguely English in nature. Maybe I was thinking Texans couldn’t handle some real-deal American hops. I was wrong. The nose barks “American IPA,” it is dripping with grapefruity goodness! Plus there are some candied orange wedges, which softens the nose a smidge before citrus rinds find a home. Lightly fruity, the malt base is shallow… either that or the hops are just that bright. The bouquet lacks great complexity, this is hard to accomplish with an IPA but I really like what I smell. Juicy. Moderate potency. The straightforward hop notes are inviting.

The palate has more earthiness then the nose indicated, there is some cheese in the mix as well. Still the hops are bright with citrus zest, grapefruit, orange candy, and a smattering of pine needles. The hop profile is very nice. I think it is every bit as good as Goose Island’s IPA, maybe better. It is light-years better then DFH 60 Minute. Anyway, this beer is tasty and much better then I thought it would be. Minimal malt backbone, just some biscuit and caramel but it is far from special. It is fruity at the finish. Dirty aftertaste: earthy, piney, alcohol hints, bitter. Well done. This is a very good “everyday” type IPA and I mean no disrespect to this beer with that comment. Tasty.

A healthy medium in body, it is one of the beefiest modest beers I’ve tried. Firm but natural carbonation yet it is relaxing. The mouthfeel is very fitting for this beer, no complaints.

The flavor profile is well developed, the mouthfeel is agreeable and thus this beer is drinkable. I would love to have six-packs of this at home. It is a very good IPA; TX BAs need to be proud of this. I enjoyed every sip and sip I did, I didn’t want this beer to end. The food pairings for this beer would be numerous. Thank you assurbanipaul, this was a dandy!

10-13-2005 13:24:47 | More by bditty187
Photo of mntlover


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a small off white head with aggressive pour some spotty lace

Aroma is malty light pine hops some citrus orange notes on a sweet malt base. Aroma is subdued to start and dies out more as it sits. Not bad just not strong enough.

Taste is good sweet malt lots of hop flavor grapefruit rind mixed with pine, good amount of bitterness also. Has a lingering pine sap that coats the mouth. Overall good flavor a decent local IPA I would buy if I lived in TX.

Mouthfeel is good lots of sweet malt in the base to hold the hops. Good carbonation about perfect.

Drinkability is good sweet and hoppy nice body, overall a good IPA. Lacking a little in the nose department doesn't smell near as good as it tastes. Want to thank TxBeer for this sample.

10-09-2005 19:01:42 | More by mntlover
Photo of Dallasjohn


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Dark in color, similar to iced tea. Nice head (but disappeared quickley) and fantastic aroma, maybe a little citrus here. I enjoyed the bitterness. I liked the hops. I call this a great bakyard beer. This beer went very well with bratwurst on the grill.

09-16-2005 00:40:13 | More by Dallasjohn
Photo of Xadoor


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

This is by far my favourite Saint Arnold brew. Poured a dark orange colour with a nice head. Strong hoppy aroma that just smells wonderful. Taste buds are flooded with hoppy, bitter goodness. A full bodied bear with a great mouthfeel. Not a beer that I would want to drink a lot of in one sitting, but definitely a delicious beer.

08-24-2005 18:18:00 | More by Xadoor
Photo of Dubblebock


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

The Elissa IPA is another fine brew from the Saint Arnold's Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. They still can't put a label on straight, but they do produce some remarkable beers to make up for the lack of attention to detail.

Eliss IPA pours with a medium-sized head atop a robust body. The coloring is deep-orange, and the pour is filled with suspended sediment. The nose is all grapefruit and hops.

The taste is incredibly well-balanced and fresh. The grapefruit notes hinted at in the scent really pop out and take precedence in the flavor. The malts are crisp and bready, making a nice counterbalance for the hoppy and fruity main course. Very nice, very refreshing, especially on a hot, Texas day.

Good mouthfeel, good finish. Very drinkable. Highly recommended if you enjoy a good IPA. Makes a great summertime quaffer for the Texas coast. Good job. Why the heck can't you guys put a label on straight?

08-23-2005 16:03:59 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of warriorsoul


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Many thanks to TxBeer for this one...
Pours an orange/copper color w/ a half finger of off-white head after a gentle pour....mininal lacing and head disappears within minutes.
Aroma is faint yet inticing...a nice fruity hop presence w/ some sweet malt and iced tea.
Taste is nice...a boatload of bitterness w/ a very subtle sweetness.
Very well balanced for the style...not trying to overdo it.
Mouthfeel is above average and the carbonation is perfect.
I would enjoy this one on tap very much...a very quaffable IPA.
1st impressions w/ St. Arnold are solid...recommend it to any fan of the style.

08-19-2005 17:40:29 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of rowew


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at Flying Saucer in Dallas. Poured a reddish color with a thin head. Aroma is heavy with hops. Flavor is also hop dominated, with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Unfortunately there was a taste that was just slightly off that kept this beer from being one of my favorites. Despite this it was still a very tasty beer.

07-11-2005 20:25:45 | More by rowew
Photo of mattcrill


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks go out to BA HardTarget for the chance to sample another Texas goodie.

Appearance: Pours a rich and clear copper color with a thin, carbonated khaki head. Carbonation throughout the body and little hop floaties in it...very cool!

Smell: Refreshing citrus, some carmel notes here and there, a bit of pine, and a touch of floral hops. All in all, a very inviting smell.

Taste: Dry carmel and wheat bread that quickly ramps up to some bittering and oily pine notes, a touch of grass, and then back down to the wheat bread, malty base. Bittering pine is the hop flavor profile that continues to dominate. However the malt base balances this out pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crispy due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable and great for a hot, humid Ohio summer's day. Strongly recommended and thanks again to HardTarget!

06-14-2005 19:18:04 | More by mattcrill
Photo of soper2000


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Picked up a six pack of this from Spec's on an interview run to Houston. My first Texas beer if you don't count Shiner.

Upon opening I was presently surprised to get a strong whiff of citrusy hops which actually commanded attention over the poblano'd chicken right next to it. It pours a light brown/dark orange color with a well retaining tan head. First thing that jumps out at me in the taste department isn't the nice mix of piney and citrus hops but it's the subtle hint of bubble gum. I'm not used to that in an IPA. Excellent balance with a solid caramel backbone. This baby is super drinkable. I'm extremely pleased with this offering and it will probably be my alpha king replacement here in a few months.

05-13-2005 23:48:46 | More by soper2000
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

A big cheers to fellow BA dungaree who was exceptionally generous in shipping this brew to NY. Cheers to you man!

Comes in a 12oz twist top bottle with no best by date. Pours a hazy golden-brown color. Head is light, should be a little bigger. Carbonation is very mild. Smell is to style - herbal and hoppy. Taste is sweet, subtly roasted by what I believe to be the hops, and overall just has a good hoppy character. A great beer and I would certainly have another (I've had 3 so far). If your looking for an IPA in Texas, this one is recommended.

05-04-2005 02:06:00 | More by RocketWidget
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

04-29-2005 04:30:20 | More by cooter
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

This comes to me through clvand0, as he received it as part of his Confederate BIF. It pours a nice amber color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is beautiful. Lots of sweet citrus hops abound. Very nice. The flavor is a bit less bitter than the nose led me to think it would be. The sweet hop hits first, but mellows out quickly to a slight caramel sweetness and spicey residual hop. Very nice. The feel is moderate to thick. I think this is a nice example of an American IPA. I could easily sit and drink this beer most of the night. Good show.

02-28-2005 23:22:29 | More by kmpitz2
Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.