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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3479) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Deep golden-orange hue. Smooth palate. Sweet-smelling nose filled with pine. Sweet, sugary malts. Bready, earthy and yeasty. Subdued hop bitterness in its seemingly English slant, but big pine. RERATE: Sudsy head. Golden color. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Caramel-flavored malt, but without much sweetness. Quite a bit of bread dough, too. Hops were drastically underwhelming, with muted flowers and snuffed-out grass and pine. Hint of lemony citrus in the background. Drinkable, but not exciting at all. Plus, a bit flat and one-dimensional with a cloying stickiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Light Orange. Strong, floral, resiny hops in the nose giving scents of pine, spruce and grapefruit along with a slight hint of caramel and toffee. An onslaught of hops and not much else. In a way, East Coast hoppiness with a West Coast feel. Floral hops with a hint of grapefruit and pine. Solid, biscuity malts. Medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Bottle from Wohlfs: Cloudy dark orange with zesty hop nose. Very nice medium body that carries with it a lot of taste. starts with some zesty hops and goes through some biscuity to grainy malts before finishing with a nice birst of citrus. Nice zesty aftertaste, too. Well done!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle: Nice hoppy sweet grapefruit aroma. Pours a cloudy orange with a minimal white head. Lightly malty with a grapefruit hop finish. Well balanced IPA. No real strong lingering hop aftertaste. It is there, but itís very quick and mild.

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 (1907) - 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 (1034) - Petaluma, 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 (537) - Rowlett, Texas, 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.


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