RATINGS: 570   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle at Chris brought by joet. Aroma is floral hops and a touch of fruit. Hops and flowers in the aroma, fairly balanced although a little dry. A nice example of an American IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A light amber coloured beer with a hoppy peachy aroma. The beer itself does not taste as hoppy as expected but instead comes across with a bit of Belgian richness. It is fruity and very dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilkTork (5583) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
The Kilburn Gathering. Soft cascade aroma - dark heavy oily cascade in flavour. Mostly not nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) "Saint Arnold, Saint Arnold, Patron Saint of Beer." Im Polish, so Im particularly fond of polka music, and I love their polka more than their IPA. But to be fair, as IPAs go, I think this is above average. It has a moderate, bready maltiness, and the mildly bitter hops balances but does not overpower the delicate malt until late in the finish where the bitterness becomes more pronounced. The nose is more malty and bready than hoppy. Medium bodied with a nice balanced palate, somewhat crisp from the hops, but with enough malty sweetness for some roundness. Light amber in color and fairly cloudy with plenty of dark particles slowly settling to the bottom of the glass. Small, off-white head settles to a wide rim around the edge of the glass, and leaves a few wisps of lace on the glass. This beer is decent, but its even better if youre listening to the Saint Arnold Polka! Na zdrowie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Medium hazy orange, slight head that mostly faded away. Good aroma of pine and citrus, slight floral note. Just enough malt flavor (caramel mostly) to balance the hops, which tended towards pine and resin with a touch of earth. A good, textbook, IPA. Thanks Kawa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle: Poured amber with a small fluffy head. Aroma was sweet/malt with hops as well. There is also some citris as well. Malt taste followed strongly woth a bitter hop. Thepine snese sits inmy nose for awhile. There is more then adequte lacing. IPAs are not my Fav., but this is enjoyable and well made with good balance. Thanks Duane!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2005
Strong citrus (grapefruit/orange) hop nose with underlying caramel maltiness. Clear copper coloured body is topped by nice-sized but rapidly diminishing off-white head that laces beautifully. Strong malt base supports a fair bitterness with plenty of floral and citrus hop flavour. Very nicely balanced. Engaging carbonation is exciting on the tongue. Medium body. Bottle. Thanks, Kawa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2005
I found this suprisingly pleasent for an IPA (Not my favorite style) It has a nice hop bite, but almost had a strange sweetness to that bite, nice looking beer, with a cloudy reddish color, pretty solid beer

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Light orange gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity with floral hops, a touch sweet. A medium bodied India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. A big aggressively hopped IPA, yet its not an in-your-taste buds west coast style. The hops are more in the aftertaste and taste than in the aroma. Nicely balanced. This would make a great session IPA. Thanks Sean. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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