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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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.

Hiero's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hiero (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Excellent IPA overall. The flavor is good, but not overpowering. It has a great, slightly bitter and dry finish. This would be a good intro to the IPA world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12712) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Keg at IAH. It pours clear amber with a thick white head. The aroma is toasted brown, bread, malt-driven, cereal, earthy, citrus rind, peach and apricot. The taste is bitter, piney, grassy, earthy hops, peppery spice, lemon rind, fairly malty backbone and some wood with a dry, sort of spicy finish. Medium body and moderate+ carbonation. A fairly old-school IPA with a decent malt back-bone. Decent enough for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (5688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Orange pour clear and tons of white head. Draft at their brewery. Dank fruit and hoppy. Good overall

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (766) - Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pale amber with a white head. Aroma of malt and light citrus. Taste is malt, floral notes, hints of citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (562) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Aroma: sweet and hoppy; very nice; Appearance: light amber with thin white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: pretty tame; slightly hoppy and very smooth; Palate: medium body with long, slightly bitter finish; Overall: not bad; would probably buy again if looking for a light IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a nice deep amber color. Aromas of hops/hops/citrus. Strong hop flavors with malts and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 26, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks David Cohen. Deep golden-copper. Aroma of malt, caramel, stale hops. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, and a bitter stale hops finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
Golden-bronze. Earthy with a light lemony note. Earthy and again lemony, medium bitterness. Hops are pretty dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Pours light amber boozy head. Aromas spicy hop, light floral and some herbal. Flavors light pine, herbal, light floral, slight spicy. Medium bitter, medium sweet. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3616) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
bottle with twist off top?. Medium copper pour with a small off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is floral and spiced hops. Tastes are sweet malt, bread, grass, citrus. Grainy in the moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Originally sampled on 4/11/08- i have to say this was a fairly decent IPA. It poured a dark amber with a little head, fair lacing, with citrus tones. Hops were well balanced not to overwhelming. The aftertaste was slightly bitter. It is worth a try.

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