Saint Arnold Elissa IPA | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

very good
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Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TXHops on 05-14-2004

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Ginger Man had an all-female staff last night when TheChauffeur1 and I stopped in and it took every woman-jackie (manjack) one of them to change the cask. UKBrewing and Imbiber would have been in stitches. The flexing, bending and general ten basic ballet moves had me rolling in laughter.

Their machinations resulted in a thick, foamy, tawny head with not only excellent retention throughout, but also resulting in majestic lacing. The nose was soft and mildly hoppy. The color of mine was a cloudy amber as compared to the deep amber with NE-quality clarity in Greg's glass. Mine was partially from the bottom of the keg, which is one of the hazards of that pour. The mouthfeel was silky smooth with mild hop bite on the tongue. The finish was mildly bitter, which made it a good fit for both of us although I am a hophead and Greg prefers maltier beers. Love at first taste!

My original, draft/keg review is above, but since the mighty JenRay sent me a bottle recently in support of another site's promotion, I want to do a bottle review in addition to the original. Today is Su, 01 Mai 2016.

From the bottle: "1877 Elissa - Texas Tall Ship"; "made with only the finest malt, hops, yeast and water".

A screw-top bottle! Grrr. I really hate those things and since there was no way to tell, I Pop!ed the cap with an unnecessary effort. A gentle pour followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, fluffy, tawny lacing with good retention that produced sticky lacing as it fell. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy, freshly-mown hay odor and I could not tell if it was Noble hops or the malt or a combination of both. Either way, I liked it! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very akin to a Czech Pils with a very grassy bitterness and a biscuit maltiness. No wonder both The Chauffeur1 and I liked it. It was kind of lightly bitter for an AIPA, but that actually increased its drinkability. Finish was semi-dry as a result with the biscuit malt helping to keep the hops in check. If they were to begin CANning this one, I would happily revisit it for a third go-'round.

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Photo of wray7276
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12oz bottle

Appearance: Clear Amberish color,Frothy light tan head,3 finger head that did seam to stay but did disolve to about 1 finger,Very low carbonation not too many bubbles.

Smell: Sweet nose with hint of citrus,the cascade hops really hit the nose.

Taste: Starts off like biting into an orange,then ends with a citrusy if you licked an orange peel.There is light sweetness there as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: At 6.6 abv and over 60 ibu's its a really easy brew to drink.

Notes: Very interesting American IPA.I love styles like this that make my mind wonder and keeps me guessing.Overall a very drinkable beer,i look forward to trying this again.With that said Saint Arnolds Elissa IPA gets 2 THUMBS WAY UP!!!!Great job guys keep up the good work.Also would like to note the LACING....WOW!!!! Also would like to add under the caps there is a message...mine says You've got know thats funny!!!

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was crazy smooth on cask! Had at Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX after the cask was opened about 15 minutes before. Smell was no where near as hoppy as the bottled version, but you could definitely tell it was an IPA. Served pretty cold and this almost drank like a very malty beer b/c it was so smooth and creamy. I have had other beers on cask before which I usually do not prefer cask, but this one impressed me. I am a convert now for very fresh cask. Drinkability was very high and the mouthfeel on this was indescribable. You truly have to experience this beer on cask to truly appreciate what St. Arnold's has created.

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Photo of mrfootball
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The final and most anticipated beer from assurbanipaul's Texas-Minnesota trade. Very nice murky bronze coloring with a head that rises and falls, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Smell is all about the hop flower. Floral and fruity, bubblegum and cotton candy, slightly piney. Taste reminds me of how much I love hops. Slightly malty and sweet, but the hops start sweet and then leave you with a very satisfying bitterness. Mouthfeel is spot on slick and perfectly carbonated. I could drink a gallon. What a great beer, definitely the best of my end of the trade. Thanks again Paul!

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Photo of ttu94
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the Gingerman in Dallas.
This beer gets better every time I have it. From a cask it is unbelivable. Incredibly flavorful and incredably smooth. The hop flavor is fantastic. It seems to be much more complex and full flavored than from a bottle. If I could get one of these in my house this would be the only way I would drink beer.

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Photo of GregMcQ
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had this beer numerous times, but have never taken the time to review it... and that's long overdue.

For the style, this is probably one of my favorite beers on the market; it is exceptionally well balanced for an IPA... nicely hopped for us hop-heads, but not overdone so as to take away from the taste of the malt. A solid beer and a very solid IPA.

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Photo of dwpiercetx
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOWSERS! I really liked this beer. It was very much a typical IPA. Plenty of hops. Slight hint of malt. I couldn't really beat the price too. $6.59 for a sixer and it still had some time left on the "good til" date. I've come to really enjoy the selection from St. Arnold Brewing and their master Brock Wagner. This is tops in my list and makes me long for their stout coming out in the winter. If you see this in the store, BUY it...or I will.

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Photo of nsheehan
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold
12oz bottle to English pub pint
BW 20130508 (bottled on?)

A – A very clear amber. Quickly subsiding head, that leaves just a thin layer on top. Very few bubbles rising. The clarity is astounding.

S – The fruits are the stars in this aroma. Some piney, resinous hop smells riding along with some nice fruit. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit (I think). Also, a slightly musty kind of light smell from the malt. Like a very light vanilla smell, with a dash of brown sugar.

T – Nice hop flavors come through, first followed by the fruit, and then they share the spotlight well, through the swallow and into the aftertaste. This is very enjoyable. The hops are represented by sweet grass and some light pine and spiciness, followed by a slight burst of citrus flavors: orange, pineapple, grapefruit. These flavors are supported by a light, slightly sweet malt backbone that only shows its head right after the citrus burst. As you swallow, the sweetness gives way to the fruit mainly, and then the slight pine and resin taste comes back, balancing the fruit.

M – Heavy-light bodied, not very carbonated, I’d say under-carbonated slightly. Finish is average dryness. Sticks slightly close to the tongue without hugging it. Pretty slick feeling.

D – This is pretty close to the IPA I have been wanting to brew myself (in the future when I start brewing, though based on current preference). It has hop character but really gives it to you with some fruitiness. They go well together and the malt is happy to be hanging out on the side. There is a clarity to the smell and taste that I cherish, and influences my scoring of the beer.
4.25, 4.5, 4.75, 4, 4.5; 4.6.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

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Photo of irishtimepiece
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Taste- nice crisp taste going down.
Mouthfeel- slight bitterness very mild hoppiness.
Appearance- Amber/reddish color slightly clear.
Scent- mild hoppiness, slightly floral
Overall- great IPA I recommend it to anyone learning to like IPA's

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Photo of BgThang
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper color, slightly cloudy, with a lingering white head, and a white foam ring around the edges.

Smell: malt and floral aroma of hops with hints of citrus.

Taste: Excellent! A pale ale with a nice malt back bone. The hops were not overpowering, but were not hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very good, substantial, not watery, slight tingle on tongue.

Drinkability: The best beer I have tasted since I moved to Texas a couple of months ago. The bottom line is St. Arnold Elissa IPA is a well constructed and delicious beer.

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Photo of Xadoor
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing beer.

A- Transluscent amber with a bone-white head and many various carbonation bubbles

S- Smell is of an IPA with mostly floral hops and a slight earthy malt flavor

T- The perfect balance of malt and hops. Usually IPA's are too much towards the hops side for me but this one is just right. Very refreshing flavor with an aftertaste that calls for another sip. Floral hops and earthy malts alike the smell

M- Medium body with excellent carbonation as in all St. Arnold brews

D- Drinks fine for an IPA of 6.6%ABV

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bottled: 5/30/12.

Pours a clear orange/amber with very little visible carbonation. Has a nice sticky white head (recedes to a ring) that leaves some lacing. Smell is a wonderfully juicy pineapple and tangerine citrus burst. The taste follows the smell with a burst of sticky juiciness with a nice caramel malt backing. Not particularly sweet. Leaves a lingering mouth coating bitterness.

One of the best AIPAs I have had. So juicy and hoppy. I wish it was unfiltered, but this may just be due to my favorite AIPA being unfiltered.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA has a thick, fluffy, cream-colored head, and a clear, sparkling, orange-gold appearance, with lots of lacing and some streaming bubbles. The aroma is of sharp citrus and bready malt, and the flavor is of bitter hops, citrus peel, and sweet bread. The mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Saint Arnold Elissa IPA finishes astringent, mostly dry, puckering, and mellow. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of croixian1
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No fru-fru review here. Had this beer on tap in an ice-cold glass. Paired outstanding to Kobe-beef sliders with blue cheese. I can think of no other type of beer other than an IPA that can stand up to beef and blue cheese.
Beer was deep gold and hoppy with a smooth swallow and long-lasting bitter-hop aftertaste, even through the blue cheese. Carbonation was mild in the mouth and after swallowing. A seriously full-bodied IPA that will leave a smile on the face of any Hop-Head. Definitely a DFB - Damned Fine Beer.

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Photo of mudhoney
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wonderful hoppy IPA with a creamy and nicely laced head, and hoppy characteristic for an IPA. Saint Arnold has outdone themselves on this beer. This IPA finished with a sweet clover aftertaste that is different from most IPA's I drink, but common in Saint Arnold's beers. Very crisp, citrusy flavor and a drinkability that compliments almost any type of foods. I'm a big IPA fan and also a native Texan, but haven't been all that excited about the Texas craft brews I have tried outside of Saint Arnolds since Celis was sold. This beer I would easily rank along side of any of my favorite beers. It's new and not available in too many stores.

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Photo of Morris729
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is from notes. I can't remember if I had this on cask at the Stag's Head or the Gingerman...

Semi-hazy golden copper, with a soft head. The nose is tantalized by aromas of rustic, earthy hops, soft malt, fresh unboiled hops... reminds me of homebrew!

On the palate, the medium, smooth hoppy goodness features from the start long into the finish and aftertaste. Soft, understated malt gives ample foundation for this pleasant hops "showboat."

The gentle CO2 imparts only a mild prickle on the tongue. She's smooth as silk, so easy to drink, in the tradition of St. Arnold cask ales, except Elissa on cask is much better than the Amber on cask. Too bad the latter is the one usually available.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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).

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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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