RATINGS: 567   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 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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DarkElf (3067) - 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." I’m Polish, so I’m 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 it’s even better if you’re listening to the Saint Arnold Polka! Na zdrowie!

Kinz (3787) - 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!

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. IPA’s are not my Fav., but this is enjoyable and well made with good balance. Thanks Duane!

tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, 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!

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

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.

beerguy101 (5361) - 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 it’s 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.

badgerben (5419) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Light red color with little head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Obvious hops, but they blend into the brew with some malt background. Nice, simple IPA.

axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Pours a pink grapefruitish red color. citrusy and honeydew aroma. Smooth well balanced ipa . All the hop flavor with just enough malts to take away the edge. Nice, unexpected alcohol warming ing the finish , also. Very good ipa! Thanks Louis! (123456green)

robertsreality (2461) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Gold Coloring. Didn’t Find This one to Be Amazing. Tasted Like a Very Average Hoppy Brew... Hops and Dry Aftertaste.. Nothing That Stood Out.

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