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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-05-2008)
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Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored ale. Bold hops in the nose seem well utilized. Unfortunately, they don't have the brightness I prefer and a bit too grassy and medicinal. Cracker-like malts, pine-like hops. Fresh. A lot to like in this example of Pale Ale. Well balanced, clean and well bittered.

Crosling, Mar 17, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light to medium golden,a nice one finger fluffy white head atop,broken shotty lace was left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Passing leafy and citric hop in the nose,its a bit light though,some caramel tones also showed itself.Mild on the palate with decent flavors,again that leafy hop presence mixed with a tinge of grapefruit,biscuit and honey sweet malts keep the beer balanced all the way thru.A tad light but its drinkable,not the biggest in the falvor department buts decent.

oberon, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of txbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Cascade, Amarillo and Golding hops with a fetching honey malt base." Being that I brew some of my own, I know what those hops taste like pre-boiling. This beer tastes just like the hops when you buy them for the home brew batch - so be careful. If you don't go for that hop aroma/taste, this may be a bit much for you. On the other hand, if you like smooth stouts with plenty o' flavor, you will probably like this.

I find it quite refreshing but a bit much on the hops - going to have to play with these hops in a summer batch.

txbrewer, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly an average to above average pale ale. The look is ver transparent golden with a decent head with lace.
The aroma is pale malts with a slight citrus and grassy hops.
The taste is pale malts in the begining with a slight buttery crystal malt a light carbonation then finishes with a dry slight hop flavor

bishopdc0, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +5.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with best before dating on the label. Pours clear light honey amber. Loose fluffy eggshell head that leaves thick rings of froth and sheeting. Bread in the nose and more then a hint of cascade induced citrus. Pleasing APA, respectable hop bite, with more cascade notes. I like it, flavorful, dry bit in the finish. Sessionable hoppy ale. Recommended.

Billolick, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of nem2006
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle in a nonic glass. Poured clear with a nice, white head. Golden color with an amber hue. Not much carbonation visible in the glass.

Strong floral nose. Not much malt shines through.

The taste starts with a slight malty beginning, but does not linger for long because the hops come in. The hops are not overwhelming and do not have a strong aftertaste. There is the floral notes that you catch in the smell. A well balanced beer that is medium-bodied and easy to drink.

nem2006, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of dcevans
5/5  rDev +32.3%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours orange gold with a one-finger white head that hangs around until the beer is empty. The aroma is hoppy, with orange citrus being predominant. The flavor is hops - both orange and pine - with a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mattster
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Formed an immediate head of 1" that died down to a layer of thin lace across the top of brew. Brew is very clear, small bubbles floating up-wards.

Aroma is very subdued. slight floral, some hops, but nothing major. Taste is slightly hoppy. Mild pine, but otherwise pleasant. Balanced finish with nice bitters, aftertaste is good and not overbearing.

A nice Pale Ale - somewhat lighter than others in this class.

mattster, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright yellow-gold, started with moderate sized head but faded fast.

Smell: Evident citrus smell from cascade hops, and slight biscuit tones.

Taste: Mixture of citrusy cascade hop bite and biscuit malts. Almost spicy. Why does every non-Belgian beer that New Belgium makes have this same biscuit taste? Getting tired of it.

Feel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, kind of watery and thin.

Drinkability: Light but flavorful APA, and is a somewhat different take on the style. That said, the biscuit malts are a little out of place and the beer is a little too thin. Still, nice Spring seasonal.

bsp77, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearace Beer is a mosty clear light amber. Head dissolves very quickly.

Smell a faint piney citrus smell. Some sweet malt smell as well.

Taste A nice mild pale ale with good neutral hops. Don't drink this for a hop rush but rather a nice easy hop flavor. Starts off a little sweet with sweet carmel, but does not finish very bitter. I would like the taste to be a little less watery but overall pretty good.

Mouthfeel very light in carbonation. Maybe a little to watery for me.

Drinkablity Very nice mild neutral Pale Ale that is a lot better to drink than many beers out there.

mattffrost, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Ralph's
San Marcos, CA

A crystal clear gold bordering on amber with a huge orange-tinted off-white head. A relatively sticky pale ale. This beer leaves the glass messy with lace. I wasn't expecting this; I'm very pleasantly surprised.

A hop forward nose as compared to other popular American Pale Ales. Smells a bit like oranges and grapefruit with a hint of lemon but is also very sweet. Relatively balanced with a decent malt bill but certainly a hop focused pale.

A mild flavor compared to the nose. The hops are present but they're not quite as dominant as they are in the nose. The citrus hops are backed up by a sweet and bready malt profile.

A touch thin in the mouth, but highly drinkable.

I had very few expectations when cracking this beer, and it certainly surpassed all of them. Far more "West Coast" than I ever would have expected, with a significant citrus hop presence in the nose and mouth. All in all, this beer is accessible, highly drinkable, well crafted, and very tasty.

ehammond1, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of dza360
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light bronze with a hint of amber. Very light with a distinct New Belgium sweetness (see the sunshine wheat). Nice hop balance. A real quencher.

The label says its 6%, which is hard to believe.

A nice clean balanced beer, solid if not remarkable. Would go great with a plate of spicy wings.

Serving type: bottle

dza360, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer, very clear, good amber and yellow color. Good carbonation, minimal head and lacing.

Great dry hop aroma. Flaura. Tastes very hoppy, not too bitter though. Grapefruit. Dry finish. Crisp. Maybe a little bit of lemon in there? Very drinkable, but price is a negative. Easily one of, if not the best beer made by NB in their regular series of six packs. Which means it probably won't be back next year.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium glass golden yellow with a good white head. Great lacing. Smell is very fruity, with a noticable hop presence. Taste is very smooth. Not quite as strong as the smell hints, but a great balance of hops and malted flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with just enough carbonation. Overall, this really should be a year round for NB because it would be great in the Texas heat.

whoneeds8, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated May 2011 served in pint glass

Amber colored; clear even with trace sediment at bottom of bottle added; moderate but good lasting ivory head

S - fine fruity hops with malt background; would be 4.5 if a bit stronger.

T - fruity hop mixtur; caramel and pale malt, nicely balanced, although there's a bitter hop hit in the finish. IBU = 34.

M - crisp, smooth and full; moderate/high carbonation.

chinchill, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and floral hops with very light hints of tropical fruit, all backed by mild amounts of pale malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and quickly fade into the background to make way for solid amounts of hop flavors, mostly grapefruit but with hints of leafiness and milder hints of tropical fruits. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer for the style and one that goes down easily but overall is nothing all that special. Worth a shot for a good session beer.

glid02, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +5.8%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear orange body with a creamy off-white head that turns lumpy but last and last. There is a slow carbonation that pops off the base and glides to the surface.
S- The juicy green floral hops fill the nose and seem to get brighter as the beer opens up.
T- The soft biscuit malt flavor has a touch of sweetness to it with a mellow pungent green hop finish. The green hops linger after each sip and take on a green watermelon rind quality aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light crisp carbonation that boost the hops in the finish.
D- The biscuit malt is just enough that it is not offensive and supports the leader of this pack, which is all the bright fresh hops. It's big hops are nice but still it is very drinkable without staining your taste buds.

rhoadsrage, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of richkrull
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a New Belgium mixed 12-pack to get a free snifter with it.

Poured a great golden orange color with tons of head - I almost overfilled my glass. Some nice lacing on this one as well. Aroma is full of hops with some citrus notes as well. Great tasting APA. I thought it was pretty well balanced and very flavorful. Light bodied beer that went down smooth. Could drink several of these in an evening. I would definitely try this again.

richkrull, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

LXIXME, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright orange yellow beer, very clear and a white head crackles as it rises above the beer. Mighty arrow is almost exactly the same shade of the bottle it came in.

Smell is great for an APA. I've smelt IPA's that don't have as much of a hop profile as the M.A. Clean, citrusy hops are the foundation of this beer but there is a sweet malt nose in the background.

The taste is exceptional. The bold hops in the nose are balanced nicely by a sweet honey malt in the taste. There is still grapefruit and orange notes but they aren't as big as anticipated from the smell. I was thinking that this one was pushing the line between APA and IPA but the taste is firmly in the American Pale Ale style.

Clean mouthfeel that's not overly bitter and has a less then sizzling carbonation. Hints of floral and malts in the finish. Fantastic beer. I will in no doubt be buying this beer again and again.

jbphoto88, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.