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 gtermi
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a coudly gold with a finger white head.

S: This is a very weird scent. It has some malt and some weird slight pepper smells.

T: The beer has a lot stronger malt than hops. It does have some hops, but not as much as it should. I also get some pepper tastes.

M: This is the best part of the beer. It is very smooth and easy to drink. It has a bit of carbonation, but I believe it ads to the beer.

O: This is a weird tasting IPA. I love Saint Arnolds and feel they make great beers, but this isnt their greatest. I was excited to try this, but man it let me down. Just doesnt have the hops I want from an IPA.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom stamped 085 11.

Appearance - Pours white one-finger head with decent to good stick and retention. Slightly hazy amber body.

Smell - Wet grass. Some hoppy spice. Slightly fruity maltiness.

Taste - Bitter. Otherwise thin on the flavor. Mild hop and malt presence. Somewhat metallic.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Thin bodied. Kinda sticky.

Overall Drinkability - Decent if middle of the road for the style.

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Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy light orange color with some golden notes. There is a slightly ecru thin head that recedes quickly.

S - The aroma has some biscuit malt and some nice grainy notes with some slight citrus hop notes. However, the hops are very light. I don't think this smells like an IPA at all. Don't get me wrong the aroma isn't bad but this needs more hops.

T & M - Starts off with some bready notes. Very crisp and clean grain notes. There is some slight pale caramel malt notes in the beginning. There is some nice slightly citrus hop notes but the hop presence is definitely lacking. There is some slight tangerine and a grassy herbal hop note but once again these are very light. The bready notes are nice and it has a slight English IPA vibe to it. I feel like this beer is not too bad but it is lacking. It needs more hop flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp and light as expected.

O - Pretty average beer. It isn't bad or anything like that but just very average and nothing to write home about. I will probably have more than one of these but just because I bought a six pack.

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Photo of NODAK
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma on this beer is pretty light for style...some pine is evident, along with some cereal graininess, but it's rather clean all around. Here's hoping the taste doesn't follow that tameness.

Taste has a fair, somewhat light, amount of bitterness of a pine quality straight away....not among the top IPA's by any stretch of the imagination, though....along with a sweet malt alongside it with a cereal grain quality to it as well as some lemon. A little stingy bitterness hangs around after the swallow, dancing on the sides of the tongue.

Not bad but not great. Very approachable, and could be a good entry beer for style. Drinkable but not outstanding.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ’s in Houston. Pours orange with a white, short lived, foamy head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of orange fruit, citrus hops and caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Citrusy hops, orange fruit and caramel fill the mouth. Short, bitter finish. Not very hoppy, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of sweethome
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this versus Real Ale Lost Gold IPA. Based on my score...I think you'll see I like Real Ale better. This is the lowest score I've given this brewery.

Pours a light yellow with a bit of haze.

A bit of honey on nose...not much more. Slightest hint of hops. Say what - IPA with a hint of hops?

Not much of a finish. This disappointed me.

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Photo of Rizalini
2.31/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Recieved in a trade from scm2787. Thanks for the bottle!

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip, it pours a clear golden orange color, with a minimal 1/2 finger off-white head.

S - Faint aromas of some malts, but no hops.

T/M - Unfortunatly, I'm not getting much of anything besides a slight bitterness at the end. Medium light mouthfeel.

O - I'm wondering if this one's not old? Without any identifiable markings to verify the date, I'm just taking a shot in there dark here. But for an AIPA this one falls flat...

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

I picked up this beer in Houston during a business trip. It pours a light copper, orange color with a thin head.

The smell is hoppy and has lemony citrus and some raw hoppy, resiny notes. It is not as complex as other IPAs I had.

Taste is pretty bitter and a medium maltiness. The malt has a light dextrine taste and adds body to the beer./mouthfeel is pretty light for an IPA. The hops are lemony and a little grapefruit.

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

Thanks to Travis for the chance to give this bottle a try.

Pours an attractive golden hue with a nice fluffy head that stays around for the life of the pint.

The smell is interesting. Dank, peppery, some resin, and herbs. It comes off slightly medicinal, but still good.

The taste follows. Lots of floral and herbal qualities. Pepper and more resin with a bit of light citrus and pine needles. I really enjoy the complexity here, but I do fear this bottle is a little less than fresh. A bit mroe kick was probably intended.

The feel is quite nice with a full body and creamy texture.

Overall, this was good. Next tiem I make it to Texas I will give this another try.

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