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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2004 Poured this pretty fast and still very small head and little if any carbonation.Nice golden orange color. more of a floral nose on this vs the DFH 60 Minute, pleasant.More of a floral hop flavor than the grapefruity hop like some IPAís.Not bitter on the tongue,but again a nice floral aftertaste.Thanks to Captain Cougar

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 (Bottle) Now this is beer the state of Texas can be proud of!!! Pours a clear copper with an average-sized off-white head. Aroma is a nice balance of citrus, pine and sweet malt. Medium body with a creamy texture. Good balance of malt and hops flavor. I will be drinking plenty more of these!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 15, 2004
12 oz bottle-thanks to 123456green for sending a 6 pack of this my way. pours dark orange with minimal white head. medium carbonation. Aroma is very piney/grapefuit (cascade hops all the way) Flavors are toasty malts and piney hops. buttery mouthfeal and slightly metallic, which wasnít bad. long piney finish. pretty standard, but i like ths.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 My parents brought this back from Texas. This is a fantastic IPA. From the red gold colour to the floral grapefruit nose I had high expectations before I even took a sip and this delivered. At first the taste was citrus with a nice dry bite on the finish. Some pine added to the complexity as it warmed, with a nice malt backbone throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Small fizzy white head above a redish amber body. Light peppery pine aroma accompanied by some citrus. Very nice IPA flavor and mouthfeel. Despite the fact that it is good, nothing sticks out in the flavor. Typical piney caramel malt. Good though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Pours a clear copper bronze with some yeast floaties and a small white head. Aroma is bold and hoppy with a nice subtle balance of caramely malt. Body starts lightly sweet with a big English hoppy balance. Finishes smooth, but with a strong bitter bite to it. A nice, easy-drinking IPA and one of the best of the English style IPAs Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 St. Arnold brews are typically slightly above average and are popular in Houston. This English IPA now has greater local competition and is tasting rather long in the tooth. Pours transparent amber. Medium-sized tan head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is hoppy, but dirty, lacking in citrus and fruit. It has also been brewed inconsistently over the past several months and varies from brighter fresher hops to downright stale-tasting, despite it being local and recently bottled or tapped. Itís not as intense as the typical West Coast IPAs, or even some of the other locally brewed PAs and IPAs but it is an OK offering if thatís all that is on the taps besides SNPA. The folks at Saint Arnold are a wonderful bunch. They do a lot for the community and have great consumer outreach and support. Stop by the brewery (the new one downtown) for a good time and above average brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2004
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 doesnít dominate like PNW varieties.   Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2004
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2004
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.

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