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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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Thanks TannerTavernboys and Fly for scoring me bottles of this. Bright metallic-orange body with all sort of chunky satellites and suspended meanies and a thin greyish white head. Nice fruity aroma of nectarines, grapefruit, and a cheesy but enticing funk. Bitter, juicy fruit flavor. Like eating a fistful of hops and orange wedges with the peels still on. Medium body with a dry, resinous feel. This is a ballsy IPA that I would be happy to have regular access too.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Pours like any other Saint Arnolds beer, a bronze coloured beer. This brew is a somewhat malty and very hoppy beer. There is some grapefruit flavour to it and a good taste overall. I enjoy the flavour. Salud.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2004
12oz bottle: This one pours a cloudy, orangish-golden color. There was a very small head that went away immediately. There was no lacing. The aroma is dominated by grapefruit hops. There may be a hint of pininess there also. The taste is good, but doesnít quite elicit any raves. A decent hop presence in the taste, but not much else. Some maltiness. OK, but not really one to search out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Hoppy, orangey and piney aromas. Hazy orange, pours a small cream head. Full hops flavour, plenty of orange, followed with a solid malt backbone. Medium bodied, really well balanced and hoppy. Wonderful! Thanks again to wohlfs and rudolf!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
thanks kevin! / but egh, decent beer. not an ipa to me... in a blind taste test, iíd rate it as a pale ale. itís soft, subtle... but nothing more. just a poorly thick ale. should be thinner, sharper, and more distinct. ítis not. itís pretty much a light apricotish flower thing, and a dash of spice. BAM! like that.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Orangeish yellow color with a white head that was not all that big. A fair amount of lacing as well. Grapefruity piney hop aroma. Also cherries maybe and some malty sweetness I believe. A nice balance of the bitter, grapefruit rind hops and the sweet, but not too sweet malts. Thanks to Louis for sending me this top notch IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Poured orange copper with suspended yeast. The head was beige and fluffy. Aroma is of floral, juniper and orange. The flavor is of butterscotch, orange , malt and grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and warm. I bet this is excellent on tap.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Aroma is hops, floral, orange blossum, and some other sweet aroma I canít really pick up. Pours a nice copper hue, with a thin off white head. Nice hop balance, and bite, the hops seem to be light at the beginning but get strong as the beer complexes, some butter in the taste also. The mouthfeel is pretty awesome, the actual texture is normal, but after you swallow the beer it creates a neat feeling on your tounge.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 11, 2004
off white head, sweet taste with moderate amount of hops. not bad for an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle. Pouerd an amber-red color. Head was off white, minimal lacing. Taste is malty, even sweet. Then a long mellow hop finish. Nicely balanced. Not as extreme as some West Coast IPAís. Fits description nicely.


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