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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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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

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Photo of tburkhart
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of vasdef42. Thanks man.

A - pours a crisp, clear golden with 1/4 inch head sitting quite nicely on top. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells of floral Cascade hops.

T - Very nice balance. The hops are definately there, but not as prominent as I would expect for and APA. The "best if drank by" date was June 12, 2009, so that may have a little to do with it.

M - smooth. very clean across the palate.

D - I could personally drink this beer day in and day out. Very sessionable for 6% abv.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent pale ale. definitely one of the better ones

Appearance- amber color, transparent, nice lacing

Smell- very hoppy aroma

Taste- very hoppy taste too

Mouthfeel- light bodied, great mouthfeel

Drinkability- very drinkable, one of the better pale ales

Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived a pale golden color with a fair amount of head. Typical extra pale ale, no issues here.
The flavor is a pretty even balance between the grain and what I'd guess are amarillo hops. Different sips seem to bring different flavors to the forefront. Everything from grapefruit (from the hops) to stone fruit. The one thing is that it just seems a little muted. The balance is there, but neither the hops or malt really stand out like I'd hope.
For a 6% brew, it's easily drinkable as a session brew if you want. It's highly drinkable, which definitely has merit. It also pairs well with food of all kinds.
The early batches in Ft. Collins of this reminded me of a Belgian style pale ale, but after trying it a few times since, it seems like the final product is more of a straight ahead APA. I definitely prefer the final product as I've never been a fan of Belgian beers that are hop-forward.
Reminds me a little of a toned down version of Boulder's Mojo.
That said, I miss the Bier de Mars as the Spring seasonal.

Nothing really wrong with this beer, but there's nothing outstanding either.

Photo of budgood1
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a darkish gold hue with orange highlights...somewhat muddled view through the glass. smallish head and light carbonation. thin wisps of lace. fresh citrus aroma...ripe orange and tangerine with a grapefruit kick. toasted malts mingle about. smells nice. taste isn't quite up to what the nose offered but there is enough hop flavour and bitterness to prop up the seemingly light malt base. bready, doughy, honeyish malts definitely play second to the bright hoppiness. sweetly citric. light bodied for a 6% ABV pale ale. mouthfeel is thin but some hop bitterness makes up for it a bit. drinkability is obviously good. it goes down nicely. has some kolsch characteristics. would make a summer quencher for sure. as a spring seasonal...um...not so sure.

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice little surprise here. After reading some of the reviews, I was expecting a so-so middle of the road average tasting brew... Not so...

This is a beautiful clear amber with a small tight thin head... Very clear... Nice color...

Surprisingly hoppy aroma... Dang... This smells really piney and aggressive... The malts are there and make a showing but this is piney hop domininated all the way...

Tastes just like it smells.. Starts out a little sweet from the malts and then the hops burst out and take over. Very very drinkable APA here....

This reminds me A LOT of 60 Min... Also Schlafly Dry Hopped Pale Ale... this might be my summertime easy chair brew here...

Photo of SpecialK088
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

Pours a very need crisp amber with a very light head over the top.

Nose is floral hops and just a very subtle sweetness almost like an apple very subtle tho

Flavor is far from subtle big hops flavor with bitter citrus peel notes and a nice bitter piney finish. This is like drinking a totally diffrent beer on tap and out of a bottle.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and rich medium body, the flavors in this beer blend great

Its quite possible that you would have to drag me away from this tap to get me to stop drinking it. Even with 6% being just a shade high its still very sessionable.

Photo of angelmonster
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger white head, clear golden body. Head retention is above average and lacing is great

Smell is of floral and piny hops. Faint malts are also present.

Taste is nice and hoppy, floral and piny mostly. Some light malt balances it out

There is a nice mouth feel to the beer. The consistency of the body and head is very smooth. Only thing holding it back from having really great mouth feel is the slight over carbonation.

This beer has extreme drink ability, goes down great. Probably my favorite pale ale

Photo of usmittymc
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (best before 4 Sept 09) into a tumbler glass.

A: pours a clear golden color with a finger high white head that lingers.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus. Faint mintiness.

T: Just as the nose advertises, citrus (grapefruit and lemon). Very clean.

M: Light, but not watery.

D: Honestly, not the best for the style, but pretty damn refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day out on the creek or after mowing the lawn. Great summertime brew.

Photo of Offa
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of woemad
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Best before 14 August '09.

Poured a clear copper color, with a big, fluffy white head that left rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose is grassy and spicy, but not in a particularly assertive way. Mild, biscuity maltiness. This is like a West Coast APA with motivation issues.

Very mild tasting. A little too mild tasting, actually. Bland, bready malty flavors combine with spicy hops. The hoppiness tastes like it's being tasted from a long distance away, if that makes any sense.

Light bodied, with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Not horrible, but could be better.

An utterly unremarkable beer. I suppose it could work as a lawnmower beer, but there are cheaper options with not much of a loss of flavor. Don't think I'll need to try this again.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: poured from tap at the NB brewery into taster glass.

A: pours a clear straw yellow with 1 finger head, mild retention, but nice bubbles and very good lacing on the glass.

S: pretty straightforward grapefruit hops here. Not much else but very distinct and nice.

T: taste has the grapefruit hops on the finish, very clean and almost no bitterness. Wish it had a bit more but it is nice and super clean.

M: very good. Oily and light, well carbonated could use more creaminess.

D: pretty high I wouldn't tire of it easily.

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Domingo!!

A: Beautiful golden pale amber.. nice head on top.. looks mighty fine!

S: Hops. Maybe a little biscuit scent in there..

T: Hops, but much milder than the smell. Very nice and mellow. A nice beer after climbing out of the pool, which I just did.. Nice and subtle, very clean, and well balanced.

M: Clean, crisp, carbonated.

D: Plenty of drinkability, not the best example of the style, but damn good. This goes in my book right next to DFH's 60 minute. Just hoppy enough.

Photo of abrand
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this in Lake of the Ozarks, MO on Memorial Day weekend. Sixer runs about $6.

A- Pours a hazy amber with a very thick frothy head that lingers. Lots of lacing lines the plastic pint glass

S- Smell is quite nice and hoppy. Hints of citrus and veggies

T- Taste is just okay. Plenty of hoppiness and quite bitter

M- Light bodied

D- Drank all 6 in one setting and think it is a very good session beer. Not overpowering with alcohol and taste gets the job done.

Photo of webbcreative
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured light golden yellow color with white 2 finger head. If someone set this in front of me I would think it was a Budweiser, on apperance alone. Fortunately, that is the only similarity. Got a good deal on this at a local grocer, 5.97 a 6er.
Smell, is hops, pretty decent smell, but nothing really special. Taste is pretty darn nice though, great balance between malt and hops. Taste very similar to SNPA though, I would like to do a side-by-side of the two sometime.

Overall, this is a great beer, very nice balance, and really drinkable, at the price, i would get this all the time!

Photo of naterock
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a copperish-amber with a thin but sticky lacing.

smells of floral hops and a pine forest with a sweet breeze blowing through. Really, that's what it smells like.

Tastes very complex and delicate with a lot of flavors working here. Pine, slight Grapefruit and a hint of earth, fruity yeast like grapes, and a candy-like malt. relly a well crafted beer from the tap. I've tried this from a bottle but it doesn't even compare to the tapped version.

Moth is medium and a slightyl oily viscous feel. drinks easy and is very hard to stop drinking.

Photo of xmorgan
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a friend mention this beer. I have had mediocre experiences with NBB but I have enjoyed their beer compared to other yellow fizzy, I will drink Fat Tire to the nth.

The Appearance was orange brownish, a small white head

The nose was very slight, not terribly noticeable.

The taste of this beer was where the rubber hit the road.

Not sweet like a lot of their others, well balanced for a lighter pale ale. It reminded me distinctly of the first time I tried craft beer. I really liked the taste.

I like all types of beers and I know some beer snobs that would rule out an NBB on principle, but this one taste is king.

The smell is so so, the mouth feel a little too light, but that said, I really liked it, and would drink it again!

Photo of lhaqq
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange-copper body with little white head.
S: Not much there. Some grainy malts. That's about all I got.
T: More watery than expecting. Some malt mixed with wheat (not like a witbier). Nothing too exciting; no prominent sweetness or hoppiness.
M: Again, a bit watery, but not too bad for the style.
D: A decent beer if you're going to have a lot. Otherwise, not as good as the other stuff New Belgium puts out.

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden color with a nice head an good lacing this is the lightest color pale ive seen..the smell is hops ,,pine slight grapefruit,grass and malts all very light for my taste buds.. the taste again is just like the smell its ok and good but all of the b4 mentioned taste are just to thin..this is a drinkable pale ale just not a classic nor one that i will buy very much.. not recommended..just average

Photo of donmonkey1
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly darker yellow than the fizzy yellow commercial beers. It has about a one finger head that recedes slowly but doesn't hang arount long. The carbonation isn't too bad.

Smell: Mostly pine, but also floral, I was surprised that the smell was so good and strong for such a weak looking beer.

Taste: Just a hint of sweetness with a lot of pine. Still, the strong flavor is not overpowering. It's great for this style of beer.

This beer is very easy to drink, even though it has such a pronounced character. I'm really impressed.

Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a dense white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. A sweet pine hop aroma is all I can smell. Wasn't very fragrant. A nice smooth sweet malt and pine hop flavor. The malt flavor is way in the background and the simple rounded hop flavor and sweetness is the highlight of this beer. Very mellow hop flavor not too overpowering or too bitter a bite. Nicely balanced. Good carbonation, not too high and just a little spicy. Great drinkability.

Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a beautiful amber/copper with a quarter inch of frothy head, and very good retention. Has lite-medium carbonation and leaves more of a broken, patchy lacing, rather than spotty. Smells of a wonderful, eye opening bouquet of spicy, floral, pine, hop twang. Side by side with potent citrus orange peel & pineapple notes, an almost intoxicating aroma! Some undertones of malts come through as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of wonderful, fruity pineapple & raisins, citrus pine, spicy burnt hop bitterness, coupled together with a lite, sweet chocolate cake like flavor, malts. Very spicy & flavorful! Very in your face! Mouthfeel is thin, watery, oily, small bite of carbonation on the tongue, and lite-medium bodied. Very desirable feel.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - First off Id like to say, this is a Pale Ale! I loved every sip of this wonderful brew, loaded with intense, spicy, hopy goodness, and could enjoy 2-3 of these on any given day. Has the same characteristics of Widmer's Drifter Pale Ale, if you've ever had that. Nearly flawless, I highly recommend you try this one, it's spring seasonal, so be sure to grab yours while you can. Cheers!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By July 2009; Sampled March 2009
A solid pour yields a three finger thick, lightly tanned head that has some staying power as well as leaving some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear, light copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deep gold, copper hued color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops, a backdrop of caramelized grain and some toasty pale malt aromatics. The hops make me think of bright fruit notes of apricot, ripe tangelo, lychee and other tropical fruit notes as well as candied citrus peel. The aroma is quite vibrant and alive, and is really quite nice.

My tongue is greeted by a biting hop bitterness that continues on into a long finish, though the bitterness is pretty well balanced for a Pale Ale. As the beer flows across my tongue bright fruit notes of lychee, tangelo zest and peach also tend to linger on the tongue, but they are cut by an herbal, almost menthol like hop flavor as well. The malt plays a secondary role here, but provides a hop boosting like sweetness, a nice texture and body to carry the hops, as well as some cracker like grain to help dry out the finish. This is light and refreshing, yet with enough body to carry the hops.

The first time I had this I remember the aroma being really nice but the flavor not really delivering, this was caused by me serving the beer too cold (which really killed the fruity hop flavors). This time I served it at a more appropriate temperature and I have been rewarded with a really tasty brew. This is my kind of pale ale (though I would likely enjoy this more if it was boosted all around into IPA territory) and is in fact a great representation of the style.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color, carbonated with a frothy white head. Good retention, soapy lacing.

S: Sweet, malty smell. Traces of lemon and grassy hops.

T: Some acidity up front, but no dominant flavors right away. I get a lot of the balance in the aftertaste. Some caramel malts, honey with some perfumy bittering hops. I was expecting a stronger maltbase from the smell.

M: Decent body, fizzy and acidic on the tongue.

D: Pretty simple pale ale. Not as hoppy as I expected. No dominants flavors. It's drinkable, and as I recall, better from the tap.

Photo of ghebel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear amber/ gold color with a slight orange hue. Head is good, about 1 1/2 inch, foamy off-white that leaves long laces on the way down to a 1/8 inch ring.

S - Floral, earthy hops; fruity; caramel malt. Mild alcohol in the background.

T - Bitter hops with good earthy hop flavor. Sweet caramel malts.

M - Moderate body, smooth, nice lingering bitterness. Finishes dry.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall - Impressing beer. I like it and will buy more. Maybe try one on tap at the brewery next time I am there.

Photo of smanders
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank goodness for flight delays, otherwise I wouldn't have had time to enjoy a Mighty Arrow (or two) at DIA.

Appearance - Clear copper color with a thin head.

Smell - Like a Fatty with a couple more pounds of hops (Cascade and Amarillo) thrown in.

Taste - Just like it smells. If you're a hophead, and you like Fat Tire, you will definitely enjoy Mighty Arrow.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean.

Drinkability - Very much so. If you find yourself at DIA waiting for a flight, trot on over to the B gates, #80, to the New Belgium Hub (110 on the directory). The staff is great and Mighty Arrow in a 20 oz. glass is a perfect way to prepare yourself for air travel.

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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