Saint Arnold Elissa IPA | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 1,029 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange with white head. Full C resiney hop bitterness with significant maltiness. In your face strong bitterness yet English ingrediants, a Ratatouille receipe of English and American IPA. Drinkable and refreshing though not what you expect

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a very very average ipa. nothing special here at all, and I have a fairly fresh bottle. nice orangey gold glow on the pour, and my globe gives it a good looking inch of white head with solid retention. nose of grassy hops, but everything is really in the background, almost stale. understated in smell and taste to the point of boring. this is an ipa man, assert yourself! balanced again, to the point of not being interesting, and the hops just don't pop for me. medium bodied and sort of creamy and expansive, but this has very little happening for me. I took four days off from drinking beer, a periodic reset for the guts, and all I wanted was a good ipa. this failed me on so many levels, and honestly, a 3 overall is generous. its just missed the mark in every facet. good feel though for a session ipa. saint Arnold has some work to do on their basic lineup...

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This poure out as a copper color with a small white head on top. The retention is minimal with virtually no lacing at all. The smell of the beer is mostly malt, not sure how old the bottle might be but I have trouble detecting much of the hops on the nose here. The taste is also pretty malt forward as well, decent caramel flavors but not enough hops to give it the punch it needs. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's got a solid body to it, good carbonation and it's pretty easy to put down. Overall it's more of an English IPA to me than an American one. Either way it's a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a bit bigger than the crisper versions of Blondes that appeal to me. The extra sweetness and fruitiness proves too much in the end.

The golden-orange colored ale gives a nice creamy stark white head that holds firm through the entire session, leaving good amounts of lacing all the while. A good haze keeps the beer glowing, but not bright.

Both aroma and taste deliver a consistent progression of character. Orange zest (from hops) lead the way and settle into a light caramel, cracker-like flavor/aroma that provides the foundation for the body. Light on esters, the beer relies on more hop flavor to deliver grapefruits, pineapple, and tangerines. The graham cracker malts give a modest sweetness but firm taste to balance the hops without competing with them. A bit of pint thinner alcohols is the only deterrent to the very clean taste.

Though the body is light, the crispness, cleanliness, and dryness makes up for it. Quite warming and a bit numbing, the alcohols further emphasize the dryness and bitterness that was started by the hops. The beer finishes with a long and bitter linger. Orange zest and grapefruit return in the modest aftertaste.

This is a very nice IPA. It takes a lot of discipline and craft to make an IPA taste sessionable. This is what Saint Arnolds has done here. Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the "patron saint of brewers", comes the Elissa IPA. No pressure there. This beer appears a light clear copper hue, with voluminous off-white thick foamy head, and lacing left all around. I smell pine hops, and not much else. The taste leads with a toasty, bready malt, and moves to show some moderate pine hops in the middle. There is a fair bit of carbonation, and a dry, hoppy finish. Although slightly underwhelming for an American IPA, I could still have a few of these, at least.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a two finger head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Some caramel malt and a touch of piney hop

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that has a nice fruity character; after the swallow, the piney bitterness kicks in to join the malt; the finish has a grainy aspect that is rather astringent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just OK out of the bottle; I liked it a lot better when I had it on cask

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is pleasant but also somewhat reminiscent of a bunch of other IPA I have had before. Taste is very refreshing with nice notes of citrus and bitter hops and a medium malt base. Good carbonation with average body. Well done with no discernable flaws but nothing extraordinary either.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium to maybe slightly bigger white to off white head surely does take its time to settle into a pretty decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Citrus, almost a bitter citrus dominates an aroma that also contains some sour grains and some very light spices.

A nice dry citrus filled hops taste, a very welcoming IPA, I'm also a very big fan of big hops bite but this beer with its small hops bite is still a pretty good beer and worth drinking.

As an added bonus this beer has a nice medium body and a nice light but quite dry with some citrus feel aftertaste.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with quite a bit of haze to it. The head never rises very high, but it retains nicely.

Smell: Not a ton of hop aroma (or aroma in general) from this one, oddly enough. Some mild fruit and grass are all I could pick up.

Taste/mouthfeel: Semi-dry bready malts, a bit of fruit and mild bitterness. Are there hops in this? It's kinda hard to tell. Seriously though, this is rather good stuff, but it drinks more like a nice pale ale. Those used to palate-raping West Coast style IPAs will probably find this overly mild, but it does have a nice flavor to it. The finish is pleasantly dry and reveals a touch more bitterness, but I still have a hard time calling this an IPA.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness on bottle.

Pours a small amount of head, but leaves some splattered lace spots. Color is a very clear orange bronze.

The aroma is of floral hops, however not as strong as a typical ipa. There are also hints of lemon zest. Taste is strong on the floral hops. Now, there are some bready malts present.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but not like a typical ipa. It seems to me that this beer is in the middle of a pale ale and an ipa (an EPA maybe?). This beer is also very crisp and goes down with a dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. I maybe would change the style, because it does seem a slight weak for an ipa. I did enjoy this and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Gingerman in Austin TX.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber. Long lasting creamy ivory head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Grassy, leafy, and gently citrusy/piney over a mild, biscuit-like and caramelish malt.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma. There's more hops than malt, but it's soft and smooth and not bitter (well, yes, but not harsh). Mild fruitiness of apple and pear from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Supple. Smooth. As cask should be. Simply disappears down the hatch.

Drinkability: Well balanced. Well rounded. Remarkably drinkable. With the exception of its strength this could be a great session ale. Worth trying!!!

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dirtygrind (Reddit) for another Saint Arnold I've never had before.

Bah, another screw cap?! Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, light lacing, over a hazy copper honey orange colored beer.

Nose isn't bad, nice light floral hops, some citrus with a light candied orange peel, a bit of pine, and a bit of earthy bittering style hop and some sweet crystal malts.

Taste starts with some sweeter malts, a light syrupy caramel like sweet malt with a hint of a toasty reddish malt, and a light candy flavor. That leads into the hops with again the candied orange peel, a mild bitterness with light earthy bittering hop, and just touches of citrus and faint hint of tropical fruit like tangerine.Finish is a bit malty sweet and syrupy but a bit drier, a ramping grassy earthy hop taste that reminds me that it actually is an IPA despite the light hop flavors and malty sweetness.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, bit sticky.

Overall eh, not great, it started OK, but the taste dropped off with little hop flavor and even lighter bitterness overall. The malts take a lot more of the show, making this more of a hoppy red ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks got to armock for this in the Local Beer & Glass BIF.

Pours a hazy medium amber, with a bunch of unappetizing looking floating yeasty bits, and 2 fingers of foamy yet smooth looking off-white head. Good retention, with a thin layer that stays creamy and firm, leaving some nice full lacing back. The aroma is is grainy smelling and citric with a hop profile that is more on the spicy and earthy side.

The taste is similar, being a moderate feeling hop profile with an equal feeling backbone of toasted grainy malts and tangy citrus character. Finishes tangy and lightly bitter with some lingering spicy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy carbonation and easy feel to it. Pretty nice overall.

I liked this for the most part and thought that it was a pretty decent IPA that I definitely warmed up to the more I drank it. My only complaint was with the floaties in the pour and considering that this was the 2nd bottle of this that I've had (from 2 different TX BAs) that appeared this way, I'm going to have to assume that this is part of it's normal look. Besides this, this was overall pretty solid.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling this beer for the second time reminds me of just how far my tastes in beer have expanded since joining BA. The first time I tried Elissa, about 6+ months ago on a brewery tour, I found it too hoppy and almost undrinkable ( I ended up pouring it down a drain). Tonight I'm really enjoying Elissa and thinking it could be a little bit hoppier. To me this proves that to a degree beer is an acquired taste.
On with the review. Appearance is dark amber with a reddish orange hue. Head is slightly below average size but leaves nice lacings. Aroma is hoppy, fairly simple with no particular hop smells sticking out. The taste here seems fairly balanced compared to other IPAs of which I've read reviews. Hops are still the major flavor though, they just aren't strongly bitter or overwhelming to any degree. The flavor is primarily a zesty type generally described as grapefruit or citrus. A nice touch of malt flavor adds to the complexity. This is a very drinkable beer in my book, now that I've enjoyed this IPA I want to try many more.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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