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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Recieved in a trade with Kevin. The body is a medium amber color with a quickly dissapating slightly yellowish head. The aroma is grassy with grapefruit and some caramel. The mouthfeel is sticky. The taste is grapefruit and full bread crust. There is a little bit of toffee. This is a nice IPA with a little hint of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11170) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Uncelar. Light brown head. Dense fruity hop aroma. Has herbal undertones. Flavour is heavy. Hops, herbs, some chocolate and fruity. Full bodied. Is heavily bitter in the end. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured with chunks in it. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with a dry and bitter finish. Fruity notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
12oz. bottle. Hazy amber color with a small white head. Nice aroma of citrus hops and some mildly sweet malt. Flavor is fruity and floral with the hops up front and a decent malt backbone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Head is mostly diminishing. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (sweat). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not terribly notable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2005
12oz Bottle no date.Cloudy orange color with a small butdense head. Nice hop aromas with some yeast as well. Medium body average carbonation. Has a very clean flavor, some bitterness and some good fruity and floral hop flavors. Some grassiness. Bitterness lingers in finish. Overall a decent IPA. Thanks tyo Kaggie97.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2005
Wow, at first I was confused as to whether I was drinking a beer or grapefruit juice. The aftertaste is certainly high in grapefruit sensation and the mouthfeel is thin(much like grapefruit juice). I know I seem to be harping on the grapefruit aspect, but try one of these babies and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Finish is very clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
Bottled: Clean golden hue with an initial frothy head which faded to a ring but leaves a small amount of lace. The aroma has notes grapefruit and apple, pine and floral hops, bready and pale malting, and a hint of spearmint and clove. The taste is mildly bitter and citric with a good balance of malt background. Quite herbal and moderately spicy upon the finish. The feel is sharp and metallic. A very good IPA, bigger than most but still not IIPA level. Yummy and from Houston, who knew? Thanks Kevin for the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4855) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2005
Late 2004 or 2005 bottle from Walt! Grapefruit-orange colored body, quite bright and with a slight chill haze. Yellowish-white head is large and well-retained. Aroma of wet grass clippings on a hot day, dill and cumin, tangerines, and lightly sweet grapefruit in the background. Flavor is well-restrained on the hops bitterness, but quite dry and flavorful of grass, herbs, light citrus notes and some spiciness. Bits of caramel and toffee intersparsed with the hops. Not a huge malt backbone, but it has a relatively low bitterness and light, tingly mouthfeel, so it dosent need a ton of malt. Bubbly, medium body, lively, but not overdone with carbonation. My biggest and perhaps only complaint was the very quick and clean finish, with just some pale malt and light grassiness lingering on. But I like the session nature of this beer and am definitely going to seek out more beers from St. Arnold. 6.6 abv? Wow, didnt notice at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Thanks to my co-worker Subbu for hookin me up here. Clear sparkling orange, thin creamy white head. Nose was typical IPA with sweet grapefruit, spruce, toffee, caramel, and slight hints of earthiness. A very nice rich bitterness takes hold off the bat, but is quickly followed up by the light sweet caramel malt for balance. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light bittersweet finish. A good session IPA...

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