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RATINGS: 574   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 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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3.9
   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!

3.7
   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

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5044) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Gold Coloring. Didnt Find This one to Be Amazing. Tasted Like a Very Average Hoppy Brew... Hops and Dry Aftertaste.. Nothing That Stood Out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
A fine balance of hops with the malts that Brock chose for this style. Especially good on tap at the brewery if you have the opportunity to make it out for the re-curring Saturday afternoon brewery tour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Golden orangeish color, thin white head. Citrusy, melon and hop aroma. Some toast and caramel in there as well. Moderatley sweet malt start, some nice toasted and toffe notes. Good level of bitterness with some citrus, and earthy, grassy hop flavor. Well balanced enjoyable IPA. Thanks 123456green.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12612) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Thanks to bu11zeye for the trade. Dark amber color with a reddish tone. Only the faintest hint of a light beige head and almost no lacing. The aroma is hoppy with grapefruit undertones. Medium-bodied with a fair amount of flowery hops in the flavor, as well as a touch of malt, and some sweet fruit. The finish doesnt have quite the hops bite that I enjoy in an IPA, but it is a well-balanced mixture of mildly bitter hops and citrus. All in all this is a pretty good IPA. Lost a little steam on the head and finish but overall I liked it.


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