jezmez68 (374) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled at the Flying Saucer in Houston. I sampled this right after the Dogfish Head IPA and both were equally fantastic beers. Although I enjoy IPAs, normally they are too hoppy for me to enjoy. This beer started hoppy but finished with a smooth mouthfeel. Worth the trip to Texas.
PaleBlueEyes (2) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The spicy aroma and deep color make this beer irresistable! The flavors are balanced and deep, not to bitter or too sweet. Overall itís very smooth and rich.
clevelandbruno (58) - Half Moon Bay, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great brew. Hops are strong. Has a great taste. I think somewhat bitter but very smooth.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can't wait untill the official release of this beer. I had it at the brewery last summer. Yummy cascade hops....good body, nice finish...
Will re-rate when its released
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours Golden brown (a little on the dark side)Medium size head, aroma is very nice rich malts with hops that follows. Good balance and nice smooth finish. Could use a little more hops which would really make this Texas brew exceptional. Glad to fianlly have it in bottles.Hands down the best beer St. Arnolds make.:)
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh yeah, this beer is really good. The important thing about Elissa is that you can drink more than one. It has some malt character to fill out the flavor. That is what some of the Cali IPAS are missing, full flavor. I would put this 3rd behind the Stone and Harpoon IPAs. I will be interesting to taste it out of the bottle after months of only having it on tap.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As the zero people who have read all of my ratings knows, I despise IPAs. I think they are overdone and as other raters on this beer have noted, they are often nothing more hten a contest amongst the West Coast brewers to see who can "out-hop" the other. So, it pleases me to no end to say that I love this beer. It is restrained in all the right places and blossoms in all the others. Wonderful piney nose. Nice hop kick that is balanced PERFECTLY with the Maris Otter malt. Congrats to Brock on a real winner.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bold hop aroma with honey sweetness. Rich malt has soft mouthfeel, not cloying like Stone. Dry bitter finish leaves slight numbing sensation on the back palate. Can your IPA do that? Beautiful balance, nice example of the style. St. Arnolds finest yet.
BrotherJoe1975 (11) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The only negative was a cloudy pour with some bits. Unsure if itís the dry hopping (donít know if itís filtered).
Out of the gate there is a wondeful citrusy aroma that greets you.
Bitterness is well balanced with the maltyness and lingers just a bit on the back of the tongue.
I liked this brew.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 on cask;
A bright yellow pour that does continous bubbling and settles down to amber in color with a 1 inch white head. Sweet mild hop aroma. Perfect balanced hop flavor. A dry taste. So good. Good after taste. One if the best Iíve had, awesome on cask. Lacing on half the glass is perfect. Numbers now reflect cask rating.
A rich golden amber pour with lots of foam. Smells great, very floral. Strong hop flavor, but not too bitter. Great taste. weak aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little runny.