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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 the IPA style which was first brewed in the late 1700’s in England for transport to the British colony of India. The high level of hops combined with higher alcohol levels worked as preservatives to keep the beer good over the long voyage to India where conditions were not conducive to brewing. This beer is named after ELISSA, a tall ship now moored in Galveston. Ships like ELISSA were used in transporting IPAs to India. Saint Arnold is donating a portion of the proceeds of this beer to the Galveston Historical District for preservation of this ship.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brewballs (190) - USA - FEB 16, 2014
I don’t think I have ever had a Saint Arnold that I ever liked. And this keeps up with that tradition. Copper hue. Malty more so than hoppy. Bitter aftertaste. This is far from an IPA. It has more of a lager sensibility. It seems like a brewery long buoyed by hype. This along with their Pumpkinator are just that, HYPE! Skip this and grab a Karbach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2014
12 oz bottle from Mile High Wine & Spirits into a Myrcenary pint glass. Golden orange, pretty clear, light sediment and a white head with light lacing. Mild aroma of bready malts, floral notes, biscuits, nuts and light citrus hops. Malty flavor with mild bitterness. Average body, a little thin and watery, with a crisp feel. Not too good, tastes a little old and musty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KamGoPro (75) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Dark amber color, plenty of carbonation, slight remaining bitter finish. Caramel taste underneath

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocJitsu (908) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a clear deep golden color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Mild grassy and citrusy bouquet. Astringent mouthfeel. Corn, malt sweetness, citrus, grass, and citrus bitterness and acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2619) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 12oz bottle from Proof bottle shop. Medium copper pour with a small off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is floral and spiced hops. Tastes are sweet malt, bread, grass, citrus. Grainy in the moderately bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (3796) - Freising, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2014
(draught) pours a slightly hazy deep golden colour with a frothy light beige head. aroma of earth and resin, cherries, mango, herbal hops, straw and some talcum powder. flavour is heavily resinous, with more cherries, some light treebark, honey and straw. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Amber Gold in colour. Hazy. Hoppy; resinous and grassy hops. Fruity; citrus grapefruit. Slightly spicy. Malty backbone; caramel. Sweet bitter hoppy citrus fruity throughout. Very Drinkable. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3349) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Ginger Man, Houston tap: As I was drinking this, I was very unimpressed, but my brother told me that I perhaps had a bad batch because this beer is generally considered to be quite good. That said, I can only comment on the beer as I tasted and smelled it. If I have another, which I am curious to, I shall re-evaluate. Anyway, it poured golden with a white head. Aroma was pine, some earth, coupled with pretty powerful bready malts. Taste was bitter, but not hopslaughter. I just found that it was lacking in many bold or exciting flavors.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chadski4 (108) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Orange opaque color with little head retention. Strong (generic?) hops taste up front with a welcomed bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sharkweek (101) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
I was excited to have this one since I grew up in Houston but had never had a Saint Arnold beer. This one poured with less than one finger of head. There are some slight floral notes in the nose. The flavors had a little bit of citrus and some pretty good hop bitterness. This one was a little bit too thin feeling however. Overall a pretty decent IPA, maybe a starter IPA.

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