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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jezmez68 (395) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2007
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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewlol (63) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Never been disappointed by st arnolds. This one was great in every way. Not too hoppy it was more on the citrus side. Loved it

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PaleBlueEyes (2) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010 does not count
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clevelandbruno (58) - Half Moon Bay, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
This is a great brew. Hops are strong. Has a great taste. I think somewhat bitter but very smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
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

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2004
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.:)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2175) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrotherJoe1975 (11) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2006
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.


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