JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cold?) hazy pale amber, slight greenish shine; slim yellowish head, dwindling rapidly. Beautiful grapey hops, or pine-soap. Restrained, but super-nice aroma. Just a touch of meaty-yeast notes. Taste is again a firm, but yet restrained bitterbite. Noble hops, faint cookie flavour betrays a good pale & ambrťe malt base. Every new sip gives a fleeting impression of lemon, or even nearly-ripe kiwi, before turning to the hopbitterness. Medium bodied, very slight slick mouthfeel. Some burning retronasal/throat, nowhere irritating. great IPA. I get the impression the historical example was sought after, and it tastes very convincing that way. Love it.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours Golden brown (a little on the dark side)Medium size head, aroma is very nice rich malts with hops that follows. Good balance and nice smooth finish. Could use a little more hops which would really make this Texas brew exceptional. Glad to fianlly have it in bottles.Hands down the best beer St. Arnolds make.:)
RaginCajun (312) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, I absolutely love this beer. Itís a little rough with some empty spots on the flavor, but that is what is good about it. The hops and malt tastes are pure and you get no side effects from the brewing process. Iíve had this in the bottle and on tap, and both are fabulous.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh yeah, this beer is really good. The important thing about Elissa is that you can drink more than one. It has some malt character to fill out the flavor. That is what some of the Cali IPAS are missing, full flavor. I would put this 3rd behind the Stone and Harpoon IPAs. I will be interesting to taste it out of the bottle after months of only having it on tap.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At last! Have long awaited this brewery making a beer I could enjoy (after dumbing down the amber so long ago). Thismay not be the best IPA ever, but itís quite good and if it gets bottled. will be added to my list of brews to ship from Texas. Thanks guys.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dry IPA. Looks excellent. Smells decent. not an awful looking or smelling brew. Tast leaves a little to be desired. The yeast this brewery consistently uses is very dry. Everything they brew has a very dry aftertaste. Sometimes I feel like Iím drinking champagne when I drink their brews, based solely one the dryness of the yeast they use. Hops prevalent. Backed by a decent Malt body. though nothing I would really buy at the store. Very peppery in the afterpalate.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Hell yeah. I gotta agree with the bro, I'm tired of hopped-to-hell west coast pound-you-in-the-ass IPAs. This is a bit easier on the hops but it has a nice and sweet malty backbone. I'm not sure of the ABV, but I'd even say that this crosses over into the "American Strong" style - it makes me think "Arrogant Bastard's little brother." Maybe "Slightly cocky bastard?"
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent! Props to Brock for going forward with this beer. This isnt a typical, over-hopped American style IPA....there is a dominant hop backbone, very piney, but he's got the maltiness to back it up....a brilliant take on the style.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can't wait untill the official release of this beer. I had it at the brewery last summer. Yummy cascade hops....good body, nice finish...
Will re-rate when its released