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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Golden orangeish color, thin white head. Citrusy, melon and hop aroma. Some toast and caramel in there as well. Moderatley sweet malt start, some nice toasted and toffe notes. Good level of bitterness with some citrus, and earthy, grassy hop flavor. Well balanced enjoyable IPA. Thanks 123456green.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Thanks to bu11zeye for the trade. Dark amber color with a reddish tone. Only the faintest hint of a light beige head and almost no lacing. The aroma is hoppy with grapefruit undertones. Medium-bodied with a fair amount of flowery hops in the flavor, as well as a touch of malt, and some sweet fruit. The finish doesnít have quite the hops bite that I enjoy in an IPA, but it is a well-balanced mixture of mildly bitter hops and citrus. All in all this is a pretty good IPA. Lost a little steam on the head and finish but overall I liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (928) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2004
I donít like IPAs but I like this. Probably b/c it has a lot of fruity flavor and doesnít taste too dry like a lot of IPAs Iíve tried. I wish it had at least some head but mine poured with none.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
first off thanks to legion242 for two bottles of this.... the elissa was orange in color with a nice white head.it had a very nice nuttyhoppy aroma.it taste very good too!hints of malt,roasted nuts,and dry hops at the end.good enough to drink the nest bottle. ;0)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6220) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Medium orange appearance, light white head, fresh floral aroma, hints of fruit cocktail. Flavor has some bitter grapefruity notes, not overdone - just right. Balanced well wtih some sweet malty notes. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Done up well, looking forward to more from this brewer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Interesting IPA. The hops are not forefront in the flavor so much as in the finish and body. They are not so bitter surprisingly. The grassy herbal flavorfrom the hops swells rather gradually but the lack of immediate flavor gives this a washy sort of mouthfeel and a tad watered down. Good flavor in the hops, but I could use another variety for increased IBUs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Draft from Gingerman. Quite hoppy, mixed with fruity flavor. Bright, brisk beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle Pours medium golden amber with modest off white head. Small but fine lacing. Aroma is hops of course but not very strong and somewhat sweet. Feel is moderate and carbonation is lively. A decent example of the style. Thanks to Kaggie97

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3489) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.


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