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RATINGS: 565   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6543) - 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 (5559) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Cloudy orange with loitering head. Smallish on the hop-meter but well balanced fruit and bitter. Great session beer. The pinkish label is a demerit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Nice aroma - fruit and citrus rinds. Taste follows the same profile - very first seconds of the sip have a sweet fruityness, quickly followed by grapefruit (with the peel, too) and ending with an oily pine resin. All of this hop on top of a soft sull malt body. Excellent - thanks Fly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1763) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Cloudy amber/gold color. Aromas are hops, grapefruit, and some malt. Flavor is grapefruit. pine, and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Slightly hazy, bright amber w/ creamy pale tan foam. Very aromatic, floral, hoppy nose of grapefruit & pine w/ a hint of sweetness in the background. Medium, mildly sticky feel. Slightly sweet, fruity flavour of caramel, biscuit & grapefruit gives way to fairly bitter, dry, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9059) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Dark orange body with a lot of floating in the bottle. Nutty maple hop nose, with a similar flavor: peanuts, maple, caramel, burnt malts... too much peanut butter and metallic off flavors, not my kind of IPA at all. Finish is a little better with semi-sweet oranges and leafy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Poursa cloudy orange hue with a halo of a white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and a little dough. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors......the water of this brewery is definitely off...... dirty laudry with a an orange tainted tinge. A weird finish that starts semi-sweet then quickly dries out the tongue. mmmmmmm....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Appearance dings for the lame label and the screw-off, but a good orange-brown PA coloring with a blotchy film head. The aroma says "ham-handed Cascades hops." Dry, a bit grassy, with good acid balance, and with hopping which is not nearly as clumsy as the aroma would suggest. Finishes a bit woody/nutty, with a medium-long hop aftertaste. Body goes watery, and I wanted a little more fizz.

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