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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2642) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Small offwhite head, short lived, little lace. Hazy copper/orange hued color. Big, fruity hop nose, spicey with a nice blend of grapefruit, apples and piney notes that cover but dont completely mask the malt notes. Med/full body, lightly oily mouthfeel, nice texture. Plenty of piney, resiny hop notes with solid malt flavors balancing it all out. Pleasent, bitter finish. Damn nice IPA! Thanks Tom!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Fruity, leafy hop aroma, citric and lightly piney with just a hint of sweetness, the overall effect is fairly slight for the style, however. Light-medium copper color and lightly hazy with a diminishing head. Flavor is pleasantly hopped and bitter, citric and lightly grassy, finishes dry and again full of juicy hop. Lively mouthfeel, medium-bodied. The bitterness is omnipresent but seemingly very well-rounded and quite flavorsome. Refreshing and summery. Thanks, Louis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Should be nicknamed the Pogo Stick due to its extreme hoppiness. Nice brew. Take the free tour; itís short on talk and long on drink. Perfect balance of bitter hops and malt to round out the flavor, keeping the hops hoppy and the malt malty. The alcohol is prominent, much more so than the Christmas Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Hazy dark orange body, not much head going on. Caramelly, bready aroma with some light lemon/pear hop notes. Spicy hops, wheat, and caramel on the start, Grapefruit rind and a "generic" sweetness on the finish. All in all a typical but tasty IPA.

   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 (12268) - 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 (3349) - 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.

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