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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4651) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Poured an amber color with a small head. Heavy piney hop aroma with a nice malty addition. Light to medium mouthfeel with a malty beginning and a piney/citrus hoppy finish. Very smooth.. Nice IPA

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Saint Arnold best beer. Dark yellow to golden look with much hops. Nice lacing, well worth buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
Copper with a white head. Big hoppy citric aroma. Sweet slightly fruity malt start with a dry bitter finish. Medium bodied, nice drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8527) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Thanks to fly for sending 2 of these. Pours dark straw with medium white head. Aroma of floral hops, malt, slight peach and apricot. Tastes very hoppy, with a definite fruity element, finishing with more floral peppery hints. Nice balance and complexity. I canít wait to open the other one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Bottle, thanks joet. Hoppy nose, aromatic American hops. Lychee, pine, citrus in both nose and flavour. Starts of with a gentle hop sweetness, and finishes dry, with a gentle bitterness, nice, easy drinking IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle at Chrisí brought by joet. Aroma is floral hops and a touch of fruit. Hops and flowers in the aroma, fairly balanced although a little dry. A nice example of an American IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A light amber coloured beer with a hoppy peachy aroma. The beer itself does not taste as hoppy as expected but instead comes across with a bit of Belgian richness. It is fruity and very dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilkTork (5406) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
The Kilburn Gathering. Soft cascade aroma - dark heavy oily cascade in flavour. Mostly not nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) "Saint Arnold, Saint Arnold, Patron Saint of Beer." Iím Polish, so Iím particularly fond of polka music, and I love their polka more than their IPA. But to be fair, as IPAs go, I think this is above average. It has a moderate, bready maltiness, and the mildly bitter hops balances but does not overpower the delicate malt until late in the finish where the bitterness becomes more pronounced. The nose is more malty and bready than hoppy. Medium bodied with a nice balanced palate, somewhat crisp from the hops, but with enough malty sweetness for some roundness. Light amber in color and fairly cloudy with plenty of dark particles slowly settling to the bottom of the glass. Small, off-white head settles to a wide rim around the edge of the glass, and leaves a few wisps of lace on the glass. This beer is decent, but itís even better if youíre listening to the Saint Arnold Polka! Na zdrowie!

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