After a long holiday weekend, I’m stoked and ready to tackle this work week. OK, just kidding. I wish it were still the weekend. I had a pretty chill weekend overall. Had some friends over for dinner Saturday night, had a party with college buddies to say goodbye to our friend who has joined the army (Hooah Frank), and then spent Monday by the pool at the inlaws. Not a single beer review that entire time. Methinks it is time to get back to business.
This Saint Arnold Elissa IPA is THE last beer I have to review from the batch that Ilya sent me. So sad. It’s all good though…I thoroughly enjoyed all the beers that came in the care package.
I actually have more free beer headed my way! Later this week I’m expecting some Narragansett Fest beer to show up at my doorstop. And then, at some point a little later, I should be receiving a bunch of beers from North Dakota from Mike Biewer of Mike’s Brew Review fame.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s IPA-ing time!!!!
I have to be 100% honest and tell you that I wasn’t looking forward to this review. American IPAs just don’t do it for me anymore. “The Bitter” always attacks my tongue too much. I knew I had to make this review happen, so I sucked it up tonight.
I’m frankly surprised that the beer isn’t as bitter as I imagined. It’s got a bunch of grapefruit citrus bitter up front with some mild pine in the back. Balanced out REAAALLY well with malty deliciousness…almost tastes like honey actually.
Overall I really dig this Elissa IPA! I even had to run over to Beer Advocate to verify that this was an American IPA rather than the less oppressive cousin English IPA. It indeed is an American IPA.