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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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644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

AMG55, Mar 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Hellpop65, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of rob119
2.03/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like grass, poured 3 down the sink from my variety pack.

Maybe I got a bad batch, but this beer is awful. A good pale ale is one of my favorite geer genres, and this is a very poor example.

New Belgium disappoints yet again. Dont understand how this brewery has been so successful.

rob119, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light yellowish gold, sparkling clear. Pours a tiny head that dissolves to a thin web covering the beer.

S: Fresh hops. A nicely dry-hopped pale. Crystal malts, sweet like a warm loaf of honey bread. And...what's this? Skunk? Something at the end of the nose is amiss.

T: Sweetish and bitter at first, just as it should be. A gradual shift towards piney hops next, and then suddenly the flavor vanishes and in it's place appear lavender, soapy flavors. Awful.

M: Light, slightly sticky and astringent.

D: Low. The finish is not right.

I remember this beer being a sold APA last year - not overly hoppy, bright and fresh. This time around though, the flavor isn't what it should be. The soapiness ruins it.

I plan to revisit this beer again to see if I had a fouled batch or if the flavor was really supposed to be so soapy.

SPThirtyThree, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of lkno301
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -- Beautiful lacing. Color appropriately pale.
S -- Odd combo of hops-vs-malts ???
T -- Strange finish (tastes of bad, mineral-laden tap water.)
M -- Watery mouth-feel, especially contrasted with the big balloon (inappropriate to style?) of aroma and taste.
D -- Two of these brews are more than enough. I'm glad I only slipped two of these into my sixer of Fat Tire! ;^)

Too much of everything heavily shoveled into the Pale Ale style, possibly in order to bring it into line with the rest of New Belgium's somewhat over-the-top range of ales. What works so very well for Fat Tire apparently isn't working for this one, at least not for me. It's probably best that this wasn't conceived of as an IPA!

Note to brew master: sometimes less is MORE.

lkno301, Apr 20, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of muswellbeerbelly
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

muswellbeerbelly, May 07, 2014
Photo of Thatsethguy
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: not much to say. Yellowish red. Average head.

Smell: a little bit of hops, not much else going on

Taste: A wee bit of hops in the front, then it washes away. Honey in the finish. Not sure hops 'n honey go together, though.

Mouthfeel: average.

Overall: not generally a New Belgium fan, but I gave this one a shot b/c a spring seasonal sounded appealing. In the end, I'm sad I bought a 6 pack. Nothing noteworthy.

Thatsethguy, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong, I usually like hoppy beers, but some just don't work for me.

Pours to a thick white head, tons of lace and light copper color. Aroma is extremely hoppy and spicy, smelled of fresh dry hops and all the hop compounds--even the obnoxoious ones--were invited to the party. Flavor is dominated by the Amarillo and Cascade hops--a very strong hop tea with an antiseptic bite. Very little malt contribution or balance. Mouthfeel is "soapy" and over all, I think I am put off by the lack of balance and complexity. This is "hopsturbation" at it's ugliest. Pass.

EagleTalon, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Offa
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rather thin, bland, run-of-the-mill beer was a great disappointment to me. In part this was because I was hoping it would be a Belgian pale ale, not an APA, but in part also it is simply because tis is a rather standard, and very one-dimensional, bland APA anyway.

Clear, bright, dark gold, it has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and some nice lace.

The aroma is fairly good but not great, and smells very much like an APA, my first indication that it was not going to be a Belgian-style beer. It is primarily grapefruit with some pineapple and grapes.

The taste is soft grapefruit, light raisin, grain, and cracker. It is slightly sweet with very faint bitterness and a dryish finish of cracker and grapefruit. It has a rather full, soft feel with a dryish finish. It is similar to, but slightly stronger in character and feel, than other basic cracker-grapefruit APAs like Dempsey's or Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold. I find it one-dimensionl, bland, boring, thin, and utterly pointless. Of course, this is partyl becaus I simply do not like beer that tastes like only grapefruit or grapefruit and crackers.

Offa, May 27, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Wiscodrinker, Jun 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

crobinso, Jun 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

mmilyko, Oct 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

rw1992, May 12, 2014
Photo of beersheppard
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale copper, pillowy white head, not very carbonated, decent lacing.

Smell: malt, faint hops, like a toned down version of Fat Tire

Taste: a Pale Ale that is pale on taste, malts, hops on the aftertaste that lingers a little. Again, sad to say, like a wimpy version of Fat Tire. Some orange and mango in the hop profile. This beer just doesn't deliver anything special in the malt or hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: slightly watery, a little tongue tingle with the hop.

Drinkability: It is not a bad tasting beer, it just has little taste. A swing and a miss from NB. With a so many great APAs out there, I would never buy this again.

beersheppard, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle with a yellow color and a foamy white head. Has a light hoppy citrus aroma. Unfortunately I didn’t get much of a flavor from this. There was a touch of citrus and hops. It does have a nice medium body mouthfeel. Overall just okay. Maybe a revisit will change my mind, as I did have this after having a couple of other beers with strong flavors.

brutusmuktuk, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tons and tons of foam. Lacing is average at best. Pretty pale golden color.

Smell: Not too much here. A vague hint of hops. Very disappointed.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit of floral honey. Not much else. Very watery and a bit bitter. Bitterness would balance out with stronger flavor components.

Drinkability: Definitely average by APA standards.

Overall: Easily my least favorite Fat Tire.

tjsdomer2, Apr 27, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I will say the color of this beer is good, but from there it just gets very average. It's a solid pale ale, it just did not have a the big bold flavor that I enjoy from this style. It goes down well. If you are trying to convert a mass market beer drinker, this might be a good beer to start with. Your friends who are more into craft beer will likely think this is an average beer.

Wheelinb, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden amber. Ridiculously clear. A decent eggshell colored head that dies down to a small cap with moderate lacing.

S - Very little in the way of aroma. What's there is some earthy and resiny hops. Not really a lot to get my mouth watering.

T/M - Very light, almost watery. A touch of bitter earthy hops. I nice, decent pale ale. The first impression is that this is a decent session beer, but with 6% ABV, maybe not. Not a lot else to say. Not a whole lot else going on.

D - There are better pale ales out there, but I would be happy to see this in a bar flooded with Bud, Miller and Coors.

SuperSpy, Mar 30, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ShwarzAl3r, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

SicemWT, Mar 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Luiz0930, Apr 10, 2014
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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.