Elissa IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,336
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3.79 | pDev: 12.66%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet.

A Clear, and honey colored brew pours but generated just a moderate head and not much in the way of lacing

S malty backbone and a lite (LITE) touch of hops to the nose

T the taste itself is GREAT!!! hoppy IPA flavor to be savored.

M: nice enough....a bit nondescript

D: to hoppy for a session, but then go ahead and do it anyway.

Oct 10, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

A bit of a hybrid here with English malts and Cascade hops. Authenticity aside, the word "hybrid" is overused to begin with, and look at the facts: 6.6 percent ABV and roughly 60 IBUs--yeah ... that sounds like a modern day American IPA to us.

Good head retention with a sea foam-like lacing on the glass similar to when a tide pulls back. Orangey hop aroma with some juice and rind, a tad minty and earthy as well. There's a pleasant toasted biscuit malt nose right below the surface of the hops. A nice burst of smoothness opens up this beer. Hop bitterness is there with a slick resiny/oily orange flavor that puckers with rind and zest. More of a citric oil and wildflower flavor in the middle. The malt steps up and is able to balance without a problem--it's very biscuity with a toasted husk note in the finish. End is semi-bitter and dry.

This reminds us of those old school "microbrews" of days long gone which we love. Great to see this flavor is still around. Thumbs up!

Sep 20, 2010
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hopsleeroy from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many times as my go to local IPA.
A-Copper, reddish. metallic color
S-Citrus hops, piney aroma, slightly metllic occassionally
T-Astrigent citrus hops, sweet malt-good balance of the two, grapefruit, slightly drying, some metallic taste
M-Well carbonated, good scrubbing effect, dry finish.
D-Very easy to drink, can drink a few of these, especially on a hot day

May 31, 2008
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pheggeseth from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Dec 27, 2007
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Kornoms from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Feb 16, 2012
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Jame515 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Sep 11, 2013
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9mozingo from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 21, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. A one finger white head forms. Rings of sticky spiderweb lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Citrus, piney, and light grapefruit aromas. Lots of sweet caramel malt to balance everything out nicely.
T: A citrus, piney, and grapefruit hop flavor that follows the nose. There is a wonderful malt balance though. Some sweet caramel flavors. Bread and biscuit as well. Much more like an English IPA or Bitter.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation end. Very creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. A great beer to quaff at any pub around town that serves this on cask.

A great beer on cask. There are a lot more subtle flavors here than in bottle or on tap. I think only two places carry this on cask. The Gingerman and The Stags Head. Hit either one up for a great cask pub session beer.

Aug 01, 2009
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PissWarmChango from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dec 03, 2011
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HiWire from Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Dec 09, 2013
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aknalley from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 27, 2015
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Floydster from California

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from MiguelMandigo, thanks Michael, poured into a Port Brewing pint glass, color was a mix between an amber and medium orange, head was white, slightly creamy, and nearly an inch, some retention, minimal lacing, smell was made up of floral hoppiness, more on the malty side, mild citrus, and honey, flavor was light on the hoppy spectrum but more balanced like an English IPA, too sweet after it warmed, could use some dry notes, mouthfeel was a little chewy for an IPA, also sweet and slightly dry, medium carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingered, could drink a few of these but not the most sessionable IPA out there, could get a little heavy, might revisit in the future but not in a hurry, worth trying

Dec 18, 2008
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InfernoBoss from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Nov 14, 2014
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Volsdawg10 from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Sep 02, 2013
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tiitomireles from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 13, 2015
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BetterBeerPlz from Arkansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Mar 18, 2013
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mojohawk21 from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 10, 2018
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DemDumplingz from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Apr 08, 2013
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zzachm18 from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2017
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armock from New York

2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on cask at the Ginger Man in Houston its a lot different than on tap.

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of pine scented hops

T - Very disappointing it was like a mouth full of dirty hops

M - On cask theres no carbonation and makes it feel very thin

D - I like Elissa on tap but on cask its just not drinkable to me when I saw it I was excited to try it but after the first taste I was disappointed with this beer I wouldn't run out to try this again

May 18, 2008
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Daktah from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Apr 04, 2014
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DbbC from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Nov 14, 2014
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firkingroovin from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 21, 2015
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IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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).

Jan 26, 2008
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Treebs from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade, Thanks Brad! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

A: Pours a very nice clear amber with some yellowed hues around the edges. Very nice 1.5 finger frothy white head that is showing some nice retention. Nice thin blanket of lace on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some piny and resin-like notes at the front and a smidgen of doughy malts through out the rest.

T: Definitely a slight bitter resin hop on the front and then it really smooths out to a light caramel malt. The taste sort of falls off after that though.

M: Medium bodied with a decent mouth to it, a little oily. There is a light bitterness that lingers for a brief second, but as I previously mentioned it falls off rather quickly.

O: This a solid IPA, although it is a little on the malty side and slightly one dimensional in the taste.

Aug 03, 2011
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