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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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Saint Arnold Elissa IPASaint Arnold Elissa IPA

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TXHops on 05-14-2004

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
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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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
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 explosion...like 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 ale....lol know thats funny!!!

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
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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4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
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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4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly quiet good. Texas Brews are coming up in the world!

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4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
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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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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