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RATINGS: 541   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 1700’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2004
Draught at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Houston, Texas.
Clear light amber colored beer with a fine head. Aroma is hoppy with tones of toffee. Nice but little weak. Flavor is very bitter hoppy and dry. Also nut, toffee and some spices in there. An excellent IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Thanks to 123456Green for this one. It pours a golden orange with little head. There is a great clean hop aroma with pine and floral present. It has a very nice ballanced flavor and feel. It’s citrusy and the bitterness is fairly high, but doesn’t get messy as it is ballanced with a bit of a nutty malt which works well and lends itself to a nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2005 Good to see Texas is getting the hang of tasty IPA’s. This stuff pours thick amber with medium sized fluffy head. Really floral piney aroma. Taste is much of the same with cut grass and sticky sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3478) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Deep golden color out of the bottle with a delightfully fresh hop nose (lots of pineapple) and quickly dissapating off-white head. Tongue numbing hops in this one. Lots of citrus rind and pine resin, with enough malty sweetness to balance it out. I must say I am surprised that this IPA came from TX. Thanks to 123456green for the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Piney hops with slight woody, cedar finish. A good session IPA, nothing too outrageous or out of control. Slight tongue-numbing effect but enough maltiness to balance. Love Maris Otter’s quality. I’m not sure this is quite up to the hype the overall rating shows but I’d drink it again, for sure. Thanks DasaS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Rating #1. Solid IPA! Great golden-amber color and thin frothed head. Hops are strong, but mellow...making it very drinkable during Houston summers. Definate grapefruit and hop-floral taste, with a malty finish that sticks around. One of my personal faves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3673) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Really solid, graceful aroma of grapefruit and pine. The slightly darker amber color reflects a decent malt concoction, and indeed, the flavor reveals considerable balance. The bitterness is not metallic, decently in control, and it settles in nicely after the first few sips. Well done IPA and it is nice to be able to say that there is a very good, readily available Texas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Thanks again to TChrome for giving me a motherload of this beer...glad you gave me as many as you did. This beer pours an ambery golden color with a massively thick white foamy head which took an eternity to dissipate. The aroma is piney, but not overwhelmingly so, with brown sugar and orange also in the nose. The taste is much more subdued than most west coast overly hoppy IPA’s. Nice caramel/brown sugar sweetness mid sip with a syrupy and thick hoppy finish. Piney dryness in the finish, good mouthfeel, but not overwhelming. A wonderful session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2526) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Clear and pure amber color, off-white creamy head. Fresh citrus aroma, lemon and grapefruit rinds. A hint of sugar cookies. Lively orangey flavor from both hops and malts, cocoaish (almost like orange-flavored chocolates). Smooth and drinkable. Hops are understated yet defined and present. Finish is not especially bitter. Light to medium bodied, particularly clean. A good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Sour hop aroma. Great golden color with floaties, nice head. Taste is malty and really hoppy. Very bitter, slightly sour. A good IPA, but you have to be in the mood for it bitter.

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