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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Massively hopped IPA. Another drain pour. Cannot stand this style. Surprised a Houston brewery could pull this off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5689) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Orange / copper, big tan head. huge hop aroma - pine, rosemary. Grapefruit, resin and peppery hop flavors. Earthy barnyard finish and a long aftertaste. Thanks to Drunkasaskunk for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2160) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle. Hazy orange brown with a light thin head. grapefruit and pine aroma(I believe there may be some hops in this). a few particle floating in this, but thatís o.k. A nice IPA lemony citrus that has a prevalent grapefruit taste throughout. slight malt finish that works well. a really great finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Dark amber brew with a thin white head. Big citrusy nose. Light to medium body. Good hop bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottle. Hazy gold with alot of yeast floaties. Nose is floral and hoppy. Taste is slight of caramel, heavy hops, yeast, and bready. Very nice complex flavor that mellows on the tongue. Another damn fine IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2689) - 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 (2711) - 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

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