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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Over rated
Bottle poured cloudy copper with a decent head. Aroma is light citrus and pine. Flavor is a soapy citrus,pine and slightly metalic with a sweet finish.

3.8
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Santa Delivers

Aroma of pine stood out for me along with some floral aroma as well. Rusty copper color body and small head. Flavor was of fruit peals and was medium/full bodied. Cool and crisp and that citrus dry palate a good IPA.

2.8
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours darker copper with a thin rim of bubbles and low carbonation. Beer is on the cloudy side. Smell is of pine, yogurt, oranges and roses. Taste is of oranges, pine and slightly doughy. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is bitter and boring. Pretty one dimensional even for an IPA.

3.6
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 8, 2005
~~~~Thanks AndrewM!!!~~~~ Fruity aroma. This brew stays away from the piney, woodsy taste of a lot of IPA’s and leans more toward the fruitier, more balanced end of the spectrum. Very nice.

3.8
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Courtesy of AndrewM <P> Hoppy aroma, but it is a softer type of hops...more fruity and deep than piney and sharp. Orange in color with almost no head. Very hoppy in the fore, but again it is almost apple sweet with just a bit of citrus and pine then some sweeter caramel flavored thick malts. Very different than most IPA’s I’ve had...it goes it’s own way and that is a path worth walking.

3.4
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2005
12oz bottle. Pours a light amber like color with a white head. Nose is kinda salty and smokey? Light hints of grapefruit in the backround. Taste is quite maly, little bit of fruit here and there, finishes dry and clean.

3.5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Amber copper gold, no head, light lacing. Nose of fruity citrusy hops and a bit of malt, fairly hop forward. The flavor is balanced, nice body and a good amount of bitterness. Finishes creamy and full flavored. Nice.

3.3
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Thanks Walt! Pours a golden brown color with no head or lacing. aroma is weak- with hints of caramel and hops. Flavor is hoppy and grassy. Actually a very enjoyable ipa, goes down smooth and easy.

3.5
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet bitter with a nice grapefruity hop note and a touch of floral notes. Meidum bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

4
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 I was surprised by this one. Expected something close to a pale ale... nope. Pours a murky floaties-rich orange with no head, but bubbling carbonation evident. Bottle of questionable age though - I’m pretty sure it’s been on the shelf a number of months. Nice grapefruity hop aroma. Taste is a pleasant bitter orange hop, with a bit of malt - nearly hints of a light barleywine. Mouthfeel has a slight thickness to it. I like it, and would love to get my hands on a fresh bottle. A worthy Texas beer. Can’t wait to drink it again.


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