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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 1700ís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brouwerij (892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with big, fine off-white head, settles in minutes. Aroma is hoppy, resinous, piney, floral, fruity, nutty, malty and surprisingly sweet. Flavor is mildly hoppy, citrus, with a sweet malt finish and a hoppy, mildly sweet aftertaste. Not particularly hoppy, but the balance of hop and malt is pleasant. Soft to moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and mildly crisp texture. A solid IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vcoggins (39) - Cypress, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Pours an amber color with a tan head. Has a herbal somewhat bready nose. Not a very complex taste. Mild bitterness. Thin mouthfeel. Not what I expected from an IPA. It is just an ok beer. Nothing it would seek out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1222) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours clear light golden amber with a big pillowy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is bready, biscuit malts and fruity, grassy hops (cascade?).

The flavor is milder than expected - some sweet bready, biscuit malts with a little fruit and a decent grassy, slightly metallic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - too much biscuit malt and not enough hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Pours a medium copper with a fairly frothy, well-sustained head - strong grapefruit notes from the hops, as well as a healthy dose of earthy Marris Otter character, a touch of caramel - low carbonation in the mouth - flavor is medium sweet up front, but dries out through the middle, leaving a more Biscuity malt character - fairly malt forward until the tail end, when citric, peppery, and mildly woody hops take over, lingering into the finish - reminds me of a slightly less assertive version of Torpedo - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (472) - Monterey, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Pours golden with a thin white head that's gone quickly. Nose is lightly hoppy on a strong backbone of malt. Flavor is moderately bitter. Very pleasing. Medium body, lively carbonation. Very nice East Coast style IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7359) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
Gravicask, 1/3 pint, GBBF 2013. Cloudy dark golden body. Not much head or lacing. Malt-fruity aroma, mid-sweet. Flavours of orange and apricot followed by dry and prominent, bitter, fruity shells towards the ending. Fine bodied. Nice (London Olympia 14.08.2013).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1051) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle bought back from Texas by Amy from the library, through ck1 - thanks Amy & bro! Pours a pale orange with white head. Aroma has sweet fruits, pine and pale malts. Taste is of sour fruits, sweet stone fruits, bitter citrus, sweet malts. Medium bodied. Finishes lightly sweet and sour. Thanks for giving me something new.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2013. Served by the brewer. Poured a hazy light orange with a small amount of white head. Big hop aroma, Cascade, I think, but I may be wrong and some sweet orange peal. Tropical fruit flavours which turn to tart grapefruit. Lingering hop bitterness is perhaps a tad astringent, but overall pretty good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
14th August 2013
GBBF Day 2. Lightly hazy amber beer, Little white head. Light palate, slightly dry. Good fine carbonation. Nice fresh orange peel and citrus. Light dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a lively, clear dark golden body and a small, lasting off-white head that leaves lacings. Itís a bit malty on the nose, lighty bready and with some caramel, but itís the hops that plays the leading role. Grapefruit, some pine cones and a grassy hint. Itís almost effervescent on the palate, with a full body, quite dry, but with some residual sweetness. Caramel hints in the flavor, quite bitter and grapefruity. Some grassy notes in the finish which has mostly bitterness and pink grapefruit. A quite nice one, but somehow it weighs in a little bit too light, and is missing some complexity. 130829

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