5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours translucent orange, small white head that quickly dissipates, subtle carbonation, with so-so lacing.   Light hoppy aroma, slight grains and grapefruit as well.   Light hops up front, very slight pine flavor, with some sweet grapefruit on the tongue.   Finishes slightly bitter, and a tad malty.   Decent body and mouthfeel.   This is a nice light IPA, with the hop bitterness that doesn’t dominate like PNW varieties.   Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
OldGrowth (2417) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Good nose, nutty, piney, orange, little gamey. Brownish orange color with good head that faded quick. Bitter nutty flavor maybe a little metal, Creamy, lite bodied, in a good way.Burnt, GF finish. I rated before reading description. I think the" thinness" I was really that "sof" like it says. Thanks 123456green
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brilliantly clear copper-orange color. It is topped by a tan head that dissapates after a short bit of time. Ahhh, there is anice pronounced pine/ citrus hop aroma in the nose. I get notes of grapefruit, and a bit of toasted malt sort of backs up and ties the aroma together. The beer is dry up front with a solid biscuit malt finish. It has a solid hop character that runs from beginning to end. It is not as citrusy as I expected, given the aroma, but ther is a nice resinous flavor that evokes hay fields, oranges, and pine trees. Basically this is a sharp, clean, nice example of an IPA.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bronze colored,translusent, with a small white head. Aroma is piney, slightly citrusy with a little malt sweetness. Flavor is moderately bitter. Thick, viscous body for the style(not nearly as viscous as a barley though). Finish is balanced for the style between sweetness and hops. Good IPA, without going over or near the top. Thanks Fly!
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours orange in color with a nice off white head that is nicely retained. There is light lacing with this brew. Aroma is strongly hoppy mostly in the form of pine. Flavor is deliciously hoppy, but as the other reviewers have already stated, there is a wonderful malt base that keep the hops from becoming overwhelming. Finally, a beer all Texans can step up and be really proud of. I just bought a six pack today, but I am headed back to pick up a case. This will be my new everyday drinker.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As the zero people who have read all of my ratings knows, I despise IPAs. I think they are overdone and as other raters on this beer have noted, they are often nothing more hten a contest amongst the West Coast brewers to see who can "out-hop" the other. So, it pleases me to no end to say that I love this beer. It is restrained in all the right places and blossoms in all the others. Wonderful piney nose. Nice hop kick that is balanced PERFECTLY with the Maris Otter malt. Congrats to Brock on a real winner.
JorisPPattyn (7677) - 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 & ambrée 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 (319) - 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. It’s 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. I’ve 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.