Elissa IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Elissa IPAElissa IPA
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From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,190
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,459
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 12.73%
Reviews:
403
Ratings:
667
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 05, 2022
Added:
May 14, 2004
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  250
SCORE
85
Very Good
Elissa IPAElissa IPA
Notes: A traditional India Pale Ale, the Elissa IPA is very hoppy with a properly balanced malty body. Elissa has huge hop additions in the kettle that give it a wonderful bitterness and is then dry-hopped in the fermenter to create the pleasant floral, hoppy nose. Our reverse osmosis water makes the bitter very soft with no harsh notes to it. The maltiness is derived from British Maris Otter malt. Its rich flavor stands up to the hops that would otherwise dominate this beer. The Elissa is an authentic version of an India Pale Ale (IPA) style.
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Rated: 4.26 by lonestarshield from Texas

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by Highlonesome1 from Texas

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by dbean3 from Texas

Feb 01, 2022
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Rated by RichardP53

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A real “bitter” as in English bitter ales. A proper IPA, not like those nasty citrus IPAs that are barely real beer at all.
Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Oct 11, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Jan 07, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this with a wonderful meal at one of those restaurant that has excellent food but focuses on wine and has a worse beer selection than Applebee’s.

Anyway, this beer is not bad and it went well with the meal. poured into a tall pilsner glass from a bottle. Golden yellow color with good head and lacing. Piney, citrus smella Nd taste. A bit of vanilla. Overall pretty good but doubt I will buy a six pack. Meal was great!
Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by Dillinger from Mississippi

Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
100% Cascade hops.

I wrote a proper review of this and then it somehow didn't save, so here's the brief version:

It's a wannabe scaled-up version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with ill enough hop pungency. Suffers from dryness on the finish and a bit of alcohol warmth throughout. Hop profile is okay, but showcases Cascade poorly especially compared to the aforementioned SNPA.

Very pedestrian imitative fare...not a beer I'd buy again.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE
Jun 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by kbrown from Ohio

May 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Longhorn08 from Texas

May 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.76 by Chipz023 from Texas

May 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.28 by CanadianGinge from Texas

Mar 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Stengelfoot from California

Nov 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by TrojanRB from Texas

Nov 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Tennisballa07 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Slightly clear amber color. Well balanced IPA with British malts that complement the hops. Strong hops, but also enough of a malt backbone. Could even be a DIPA at 7.1%.
Aug 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Aug 10, 2018
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Rated by Categart from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Smooth yet nice hoppy bitterness, but not overwhelming!
Great summer beer that all year round!
Jul 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by hornsdude77 from Texas

Jun 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.02 by traxler from Texas

Jun 16, 2018
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Rated by OregonDuckinTexas from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Funny, this one gets higher ratings than their Art Car IPA which I think is a much better IPA. But, that's what makes the world go 'round.
Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.61 by Walnut from Missouri

Mar 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.7 by Cizoc from Texas

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.86 by Tom3 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by maxmilan4 from Texas

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Jan 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I recently had a Saint Arnolds Elissa IPA at an Italian restaurant.

Look: clear light brown yellow with a thin white head

Aroma: biscuit and pine

Taste: Biscuit, a little bit of grapefruit and pine bitterness, and moderate bitterness. I tend to like the more grapefruity IPAs.

Feel: light to medium body. It is thirst quenching and good with Italian food.
Jan 03, 2018
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Rated by Pencible from Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This brew was not a very clean IPA. The scent and taste were a little dirty, with mild earthy hops. It was not offensive, but not very good either.
Dec 23, 2017
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Rated by Lovetx from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Traditional ipa with cascade hops but minimal citrus - hints but nothing more. Makes this a good robust ipa
Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by Anayalator from Texas

Dec 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by scottvanbelois from Texas

Dec 05, 2017
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Rated by Beerucee from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Like every other not bad ipa.
Nov 18, 2017
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Reviewed by HTXcaballero from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
To me, this is a very different IPA. It's made with 100% Cascade hops, which are supposedly known for being spicy, citrusy, and with grapefruit-like notes. But mostly I tasted the spiciness, which makes this IPA a bolder, more robust ale than other IPA's. I found, much to my liking, a relative absence of the grapefruit notes, which were what began turning me off to IPA's a number of years back. Elissa is one IPA I'll be buying again.
Nov 13, 2017
Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1070 ratings