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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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632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of naterock


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

05-22-2009 21:13:58 | More by naterock
Photo of xmorgan


4.47/5  rDev +18.3%

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!

05-22-2009 02:52:45 | More by xmorgan
Photo of lhaqq


3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

05-21-2009 02:49:38 | More by lhaqq
Photo of gatornation


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

05-19-2009 23:23:10 | More by gatornation
Photo of donmonkey1


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

05-19-2009 22:43:18 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of Kromes


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-16-2009 00:34:46 | More by Kromes
Photo of PintOHops


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

05-14-2009 00:42:02 | More by PintOHops
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

05-12-2009 03:37:10 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Beefeater57


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

05-10-2009 18:23:20 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of ghebel


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

05-06-2009 22:27:21 | More by ghebel
Photo of smanders


3.63/5  rDev -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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

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...

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


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -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.

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


4.65/5  rDev +23%

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.)

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


2.4/5  rDev -36.5%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

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!

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


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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


4.72/5  rDev +24.9%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

04-11-2009 21:18:22 | More by froghop
Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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