Saint Arnold Elissa IPA | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

very good
1,024 Ratings
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:
Endeavour is a double IPA. The color is deep amber with a light, creamy head. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus but then turns decidedly into peaches. The taste starts off with creamy malt resulting from the pale 2 row and caramel malts and Saint Arnold yeast. The hop bitter starts low then builds to a crescendo, but always maintains a balance even in its big finish. The hop flavor continues to be peaches, an interesting manifestation of the Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops.

Added by TXHops on 05-14-2004

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Ratings: 1,024 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of Shiredave
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My annual St. Arnolds Christmas gift this year was again Elissa.

Bright orange / amber color with a sparse but persistant film of white foam and specks of lace.

Aromas of freshly squeezed blood oranges and doughy malt. Sugar and citrus with grassy notes - more sweet than sharp.

Flavors of the same blood oranges and some grapfruit tang mingle w/ a tasty nutty grain character. Malt is in blance with the high alpha hop bite in a firm, medium bodied IPA.

A very nice session IPA with excellent balance.
* Yeast trub in bottle leads me to wonder if these are bottle conditioned - nothing says either way on the botle. In this age of over filtered micros that have thier complexity screened out, its nice to see a little sedement in a relatively fresh, true craft beer.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy gold in color with about a finger of head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, some bread tones, mild citrus and pine hops, just not enough for me.

T - Somewhat sweet and fruity, caramel malts, and much more grapefruit citrus hop than the aroma, has a pretty bitter linger to it, but overall pretty well balanced.

M - Crisp, bright and clean, very nice.

D - This is a very nice IPA, one that might help non IPA drinkers bridge the gap.

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Photo of bvlaminck
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mhewes
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice amber color with a good white head that hangs around for a little

S : Piney hops with a little bit of the malt breaking through

T : Good hoppy bitterness that is well balanced with a nice malt flavor. It reaches the balance that a good IPA needs

M : Medium body with a medium level of carbonation

D : This has become one of my favorite IPAs and one I definitely plan on having again.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA "Turbine2475" for this tasty brew.

Pours a very slightly hazy honey color, thin white head settles fairly quickly. Aroma is initially somewhat bready, with some faint grapefruit aroma. Taste is likewise fairly mild, with what seems to be a blend of English and American hop flavor. Mouthfeel is a little over carbonated, and finishes very moist. Fairly drinkable as far as American IPA's are concerned. It wouldn't be my first choice for an ipa, but I wouldn't refuse it if offered as it is a good beer.

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Photo of jmills3
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ber12
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange with a finger of foam. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma is of light citrus hops - not as much as I was expecting from the smell. Definitely milder than I was hoping for. Remained fairly mild throughout the drinking.

T: Taste was solid. Some citrus hops with a hint of floral hops form a nice flavor.The hops are balanced by a somewhat sweet maltiness that's fairly pleasing. Good, but not great.

M: Smooth and viscous, with a slightly crisp finish.

D: This would make a solid session IPA - easy to drink, not overpowering in flavor, and pretty good overall.

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Photo of salvo
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St Arnold Elissa IPA is a tasty if simple bitter hopped pale ale that tends toward dry astringency rather than bold citrus or pine hops. Classic and consistent with the St Arnold of Austin TX brand. A great everyday beer; tasty without becoming a chore but lacking complexity and subtlety. I wish it were on tap at my local with 2 or 3 dollar pint night specials: a gateway beer with the potential to move folks who try it to further experimentation. Lighter brown/straw with nicely laced bone white head.

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Photo of corey0212
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RickSawyer for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy coppery/orange color, mountainous off-white head threatens to spill out the top of the glass, fades very slowly leaving thick sheets of lacing on the insides of the glass. My first impression on the nose: there's a distinct metallic smell, and it's not inviting. Faint perfumey hops underneath it, but the metallic smell is strange....because this is a damn tasty IPA. Really nicely balanced, some sweet malt upfront, a soft tangerine finish, some powdery/aspirin-like bitterness on the back of the tongue. You could definitely put back a few of these. Maybe there's something wrong with my sniffer today...either way, a nice IPA.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of natelocc787
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is mediocre at best. Head builds good but no lacing is left upon it's death. The nose is even weaker, when I smelled it out of the bottle it was very inviting, the term "hoppy" comes to mind. Once poured though "malty hop water" comes to mind. Things pick back up in the taste category but not too much. Not much citrus in this one, lots of pine and spruce with a spicy caramel malt bite. The bitterness threatens to make your mouth pucker but ultimately fails. Mouthfeel, sadly is the highlight. Well done, tiny bubbles, medium thickness and a sparkling nectar quality.

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Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy light-to-medium amber color. Nice half-inch off white head. Great retention, with decent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with pine, & orange citrus notes. Hint of toasted malt in there as well.

Flavor starts out with a bready, toasty malt character, following up with the distinctive cascade hop flavors. Moderate grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish lingers nicely.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. This IPA has a little more of a toasted malt presence than I'm used to in an IPA. Great balance, as everything melds together well without anything being overpowering. I would call the hop presence in this one moderate at best...certainly not as intense as some others. Nice moderate example of the style.

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Photo of Mordhaus
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of garyford
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Dwtucker90
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of drinking12many
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Xul
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for Dajtai007 for the extra!

A: Pours a translucent golden with some orange highlights, capped by a thin white head. Retention is poor although some lacing is left behind.

S: Earthy hops with just a bit of orange/grapefruit citrus character, backed by a strong malt base that's a mixture of bread and caramel. Some faint pine notes hangs in the background. Overall a pretty subdued nose.

T: Hops come alive on the tongue better than they did in the aroma, with a juicier citrus character and much stronger pine, moving the earthy hops to the background. Malt base takes on more caramel than bread. Well balanced.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit on the heavy side.

D: Goes down easy but doesn't have an entirely refreshing finish. Good, solid IPA.

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Photo of Robdrinx
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of attometer00
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ChanceK
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of UHCougar12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Saint Arnold Elissa IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,024 ratings.
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