RATINGS: 574   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 1700s 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 8, 2005
~~~~Thanks AndrewM!!!~~~~ Fruity aroma. This brew stays away from the piney, woodsy taste of a lot of IPAs and leans more toward the fruitier, more balanced end of the spectrum. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 IPAs Ive had...it goes its own way and that is a path worth walking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. Its slightly sweet yet bitter with a nice grapefruity hop note and a touch of floral notes. Meidum bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 - Im pretty sure its 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. Cant wait to drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
yellow brown color off white head ok lace. Light orange and carmel aroma very light. Palate is well coated but very light. Flavor is a touch bitter grass, orange, and carmel. A decent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Legion242. No head. Orange-amber liquid. Good marks for a nice hoppy aroma. Light malt flavour balanced well with stong grapefruity hop taste. Lasting hops. Sort of a middle ground between the UK and PNW style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Draught. Nice nose and look to this beer as I had this one at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Great citrus and hop aroma and the flavor is very well balanced with hop and malt sweetness. If I had more time I would have had a few more of this one. Nice brew.

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