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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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622 Ratings
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of smanders


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 23:48:19 | More by smanders
Photo of ccrida


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Mighty Arrow is a burnt gold with a fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace.

Smell is citrus hops but there's a woody kind of aroma that I don't love, I think it's just one of the malts.

Taste is ok, similar to the nose. Cascades and toasted bread, or maybe hop stems, with a sweetness from the alcohol on the finish. I didn't realize this was so hefty, so that's a nice bonus fo a pale ale, and I dig the hoppy bight, but that woody/nutty/stem taste hurts it a bit for me.

Mouthfeel is avg, some crispness tempered by the malt, medium body.

Drinkability is avg as well, not to bad but not really my bag.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 08:10:56 | More by ccrida
Photo of bsp77


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 00:07:13 | More by bsp77
Photo of hoplover82


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep pale color with a fluffy, to creamy off white head that has great retention and leaves very consistant sticky lacing. Very pretty to look at.

S-Then the aroma is outstanding! Very hoppy with resinous pine characteristics.Some pale malts in the nose too. Very nice.

T-The flavor is what every pale ale should be. Very hoppy and some pale malts to balance. A good pale ale should be balanced. I'm very impressed with this one. Resinous pine hops shine the most, but I think there are other hops here too. But I can't put my finger on them. And just a slight bitterness that keeps things in check.

M-Very smooth and creamy but not too creamy, slightly crisp. Just right for me. A full medium body.

D-Man, I could session this all the d ole day. And night...

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:25:11 | More by hoplover82
Photo of whoneeds8


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 22:07:06 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Best by 7/3/09.

A - Nice golden wheat color with a steady stream of carbonation leading to a big fluffy white head with some major lacing and good retention.

S - A good floral, fruity, and citrusy hop character that has this aroma of a concentrate pineapple juice like crazy! Apple bits and almost no malts present to my nose. Unbalanced but good!

T - Light, crisp, and refreshing is the immediate reaction followed by a dry citrusy characteristic. Tastes more of adjuncts like corn and wheat than a good, solid malt. Could be mistaken for a hopped Miller Lite in my opinion.

M - Incredibly dry. Beyond that it's like, crisp, and refreshing. Good level of carbonation with out a bite.

D - Its a lawnmower beer with a good smell at best. It's taste is fine but a letdown after the appearance and smell. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:05:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of SeattleAdam


4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into New Belgium "Worthy" glass.

Wow! I haven't really liked anything NB has done outside of Fat Tire except, of course, my favorite beer of ALL TIME...La Folie.

But this aint La Folie. This is the next great, hoppy, crisp session.

A- Pale. Just like you'd expect. No need for elaborate words. Plenty of foamy, white head with great rentention and beautiful lacing.

S- Floral, citrus, hoppy. Like toned down Pliny the Elder. (Oh no he didn't!)

T- Comes through like a typical refreshing Pale Ale but kicks ya with some great Cascade hoppiness at the end. Not too hard though. Just right! I'm loving every taste!

M- Light to medium. Gotta grab a little head with each taste. Makes the hoppiness nice and fluffy.

D- Very drinkable. I'm on number 2 and I have no intention of slowing down. This beer tastes great and its not filling me up. It's interesting enough to crack one after the other. No...I'm not trying to get wasted or anything...but its 70 degrees in Seattle! It's never like this round here in April! This is the perfect beer to say hello to Spring and goodbye to rain with! Thanks NB!

Go grab a sixer. $9 for 72oz of pleasure.

(sure beats the $32 22oz of L.A.'s Angel's Share. Oh! Don't worry...you can read all about that. As you can tell I'm STILL trying to get over it.)

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 00:13:44 | More by SeattleAdam
Photo of lkno301


2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 06:53:28 | More by lkno301
Photo of OzarkElmo


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB June 18, 2009. Pours a very clear golden/orange with moderate white head that diminishes to a trace. For some reason I smell a Purina Dog Chow bag. Funky smell of malts and hops without nothing distincive hitting me, other than an empty Purina Dog Chow food bag (is this what they call "barnyard"? Definitely more malts than hops in the nose. Have to say I like a more hopped APA than this, but overall it is balanced and more malty. I'd drink again but would probably pass on purchasing. To me the aroma is not as pleasant as others. I am not picking on New Belgium as others seem to enjoy. I have rated several of their beers and have been very positive. Something about this one I just found out of favor a bit, but hey it beats a macro!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:37:01 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into mug.

Pours crystal clear pale copper, nice effervescence and a nice, one-finger fluffy white head that settles into a long lasting white cap, nice, solid lacing as well.

Nose is is clearly northwestern American hops, clean piney citrus, with some biscuity malt very lightly sitting underneath. Nice, very fresh.

Taste is simple, straightforward, and well executed. Piney hops up front with a touch of citrus, and some light biscuity malt underneath. Bit of astringencey in there, but not much, and a clean finish that's very, very lightly bitter. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, moderately carbonated or just a bit under. Drinkability was certainly commendable.

Overall, a really nicely done pale ale. Just seemed fresher, whether it was in reality or not.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:33:37 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of kingsizedave


4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was leery to buy another New Belgium after 2 below. But I thought I would give this seasonal a try. I personally like this time of year for sitting out on my patio grilling with a light ale. This session beer hit the mark. The light crisp citrus flavor gives way to a smooth after taste. You can enjoy it with food regardless of what you are enjoying off the grill.

The head is minimal so i would not recommend letting it sit idle for too long but I have found that this is not a beer I would.

If you are looking for a full beer and something to enjoy by itself for the complexity of the beer you will be disappointed but for a simple seasonal this was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 17:50:18 | More by kingsizedave
Photo of Overlord


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little pale. Way too expensive, but that's not the beer's fault.

Pours a clear light amber orange. Thin white crust. Surprisingly little head. Really enticing floral aroma with a bit of sweet citrus.

Taste is, surprisingly, much worse the aroma. Thin and weak, with maybe a splash of grapefruit and a hint of of orange. Just rather weak. The mouthfeel, which perhaps I should have guessed with the lack of a head, was too watery.

Still, a decent beer. Just not one I'd pay this price for again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 08:05:38 | More by Overlord
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/7/2009 (Bottle BB 03JUL09):

Pours a very clear, orange-yellow colored body. Big creamy white head, very lasting. Strong sweet grapefruity aroma, some dryness and effervescence. Strong pine. Piney fruity sweet nutty taste. Dry nutty aftertaste. Almost sickly mouthfeel. Softer and lighter as it warms up. Somewhat mild tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:15:08 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of jkdrummer


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium has scored 100% on this beauty of a pale ale. Just right and perfect balance of hops and sweetness together in a mouthful of creamy goodness. Nice thick head to start soon fades into a perfect lace along the sides of the glass. Look out Sierra Nevada, this New Belgium blend is so much smoother and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:04:25 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of froghop


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a medium size egg shell head, and good lacing.

smell at first is sour, then citrus, grass, hint of caramel, some floral, and finally malt.

taste of pine, malt, caramel, citrus, roasted nuts, a hop or two, ends dry with a little bitterness to it, piney aftertaste.

overall easy to drink, taste is okay.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 21:18:22 | More by froghop
Photo of Mdog


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: Earthy and citrus hop mix, a little breadiness, and some kind of weird spice flavor.

Drinkability: The odd taste doesn't make me want to try more.

This was kind of a strange tasting beer. Definitely leans towards the hoppy side, but is a weird tasting mix of earthy hops and citrus hops and what seems to be some spices that I can't identify. Interesting to try, but I probably won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 19:05:52 | More by Mdog
Photo of Getinthevan


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack of this last night at Jewel Osco. When I first moved to Chicago, the company's flagship brew Fat Tire was everywhere. Needless to say, this was a surprise to find another one of New Belgium's brews that I hadn't come across yet.

Appearance was a very strong amber/gold with an ample and crispy amount of lacing and head. From the first pour, it definitely had a nice, smooth appeal and looked fresh from the first drop to the last. Certainly a treat to behold.

Smell was fairly strong in hops with a twist of honey. This definitely possessed bittersweet aromas, but nothing overpowering.

Taste was very refreshing. The mixture of the hops and honey sweetness made for a satisfying, quenchable brew. There's definite potential to drink a few of these in one sitting and be completely satisfied.

Mouthfeel was good, but a little thin for a pale ale. While it tasted really great, it became a bit thin towards the end, but nevertheless the flavor still remained intact. Not bad, but it could be a little bit fuller.

Drinkability is top notch. New Belgium knows how to craft good brews and this one is no exception. Definitely pick some of this stuff up if you're wanting something strong, yet satisfying and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 16:16:33 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great addition to the New Belgium line up. An American pale ale was not something I would expect from this brewery but they did an awesome job. Pours clear, almost lager like. Just a light head that leaves a trace of lacing on the way down. Aroma isn't huge but is nice... citrus, earthy and maybe some malt...to me what velvet should smell like. Taste is crisp and clean with some earthy tones to it. You get some citrus then some malt sweetness with just a little bitter finish (maybe some fruit there also). Very drinkable, just don't think to much about it. Just another quality brew from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:56:43 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of dotsonjamesg


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The brew poured a golden brown with a two finger off-white head. Head dissipated but leaves behind a tiny lingering head that tiny cascades the surface of this fine brew.

Smell: Very aromatic nutty and buttery notes with a nose also containing sweet malts and hops. Earthy and citrus tones are also present.

Taste: Taste is very interesting and different than most other PA's I have had in the past. The taste is fruity, nutty, yet has a burnt-malt-like spiciness to it. Its very interesting and refreshing. The brew finishes pretty clean with a slight hoppy bitterness that lingers on.

Mouthfeel: The brew is surprisingly thin compared to other Pale Ales I have had in the past.

Drinkability: the brew is light and somewhat complex body make this an interesting and fun beer to drink. I have a six pack in the fridge and I look forward to going back for another one in a few minutes.

Never really been too fond of New Belgium Brewing but I think they make a several good beers, including this one. I'm more of a 1554 fan though.



Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:59:42 | More by dotsonjamesg
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back some of this from my vacation in Las Vegas. Decided to open tonight while watching the Masters. One of the last New Belgiums to try.

12oz bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint glass.

A: Dark tangerine body with a nice fluffy head. Presents well.

S: Bready aroma that ties me right to the New Belgium expectation, a little bit more hops than most of their offerings. Inviting orange fruity nostril tickler.

T: Plenty of hops that is balanced tightly with the malty sugars. Starts off bitter, closes sweet. A surprise treat with no effort to try and be too much- just a consolidated balance of good flavors. The orange bitterness dies off some with the warmth and toasty flavors abound.

M: Pretty substantial mouthfeel, nearly chewy for an APA.

D: Its like a hoppy Fat Tire with the bready flavors of the FT. I like it quite a bit with the bready malty hoppy balance. Well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 21:04:40 | More by marcpal
Photo of ZAP


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Light orange...medium clarity..

S-Kick ass fresh citrus aroma....love the rillo's and Cascades....great combo...this smells fantastic...juicy ripe oranges and sweet grapefruit..that is accompanied by the underlying New Belgium malt similar to fat tire....toasty malt with caramel dripped over it...

T-Not as great as the aroma but enjoyable...seems a little light weight in flavor...almost a little watered down....not bad but a little watery...flavor is like a hopped up fat tire but with less body...

M-Almost has the body of an american wheat ale....just seems thin for the style.

D-Some positives and negatives to this one...smells like a million bucks but never comes close to tasting that way...still it does give some nice amarillo/cascade hop flavor....biggest complaint is the body I guess....good beer....could be better....

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 04:43:13 | More by ZAP
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a nice light copper color that pours with a decent head that didn't stay around too long.

S- a good bit of citrus hops with a light malt background, would like something a little more interesting but still smells good.

T- Tastes pretty good, well balanced slightly on the hoppy side like a good pale ale should be.

M- medium bodied with no astringency. decent.

D- Overall a little boring, nothing out of style or particularly extraordinary about this beer. It is good, but I will stick with other APA's.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 23:03:22 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'll say this is a nice beer, but not extradordinary. It has an attractive light amber color with a bright white head. That aroma is nice. The flavor is a bit on the weak side. Perhaps I'vehad too many porters and stouts lately but it just seemed light on flavor with a bit of oddness to the crisp factor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:26:18 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of ckeegan04


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the new Brewhouse 100...thank goodness there is a real bar out on the western edge of town now!

A - Lively orange with hints of brown. Good one finger foamy head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Light citrus aroma matched well by toasted malts and light caramel malts. Smells like an American Pale Ale through and through.

T - Somewhat seet initially with the bready and toasty malts dominating. The hops come through mid drink providing a nice balance without being too bitter. Some grapefruit and orange zest in the taste. Very true to the APA taste, nothing great, but a nice solid offering.

M/D - Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to keep the beer lively in your mouth. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 15:18:55 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of jsprain1


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange color, a light amber, perhaps. A thick eggshell color head with decent retention and good lacing.
S- Smells of some West Coast hops with malty sweetness. There is some other smell I am picking up but having a hard time identifying. Something between grapefruit hoppiness and white wine. Interesting.
T- Starts with that grapefruit-wine flavor. becomes a bit hoppier and then finishes with a sweet malt taste, almost like bread dough. Starts weird, finishes nicely. The malt backbone becomes more pronounced as it warms a little.
M- Medium body for a pale ale, maybe a slight bit thin, but carbonation is high and keeps it lively on the palate.
D- A drinkable pale. Nothing to go insane about but quite good. It's very similar to Fat Tire, though hop presence is more noticable. Imo, 1554 or even Fat Tire are better NB beers for your money but this is still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 07:33:45 | More by jsprain1
Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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