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RATINGS: 564   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 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 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 (2720) - 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.

   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 (5928) - 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 (2191) - 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 that’s 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 (2778) - 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.

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