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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
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of IllicitEloquence
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Emnmarko
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured heavy and received a nice whip cream like two finger head. Active carbonation in a clear golden ale. Considerable lacing. looks refreshing.

S- I get a mild fruit aroma. some citrus behind that.

T- Same but a little more than the smell. Fruity malts and mild citrus hop flavors combine nicely and finish together. There is a dank peppery aftertaste and it stays around for a while.

M- This is a little creamy and/or malty. Medium bodied.

O- Not bad. This is a good example of a pale ale. A good balance of flavors and a warm spicy finish. I could drink this one again, I'm glad they revived this brew!

Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MarshallMan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of generalnotsew
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice juicy head and nice amber bronze coloring. Smell is quite unexpected! Juicy pineapple with an underlining bitterness and sweet caramel malts. This is one of those APA's that goes for the IPA feel. It is really very pleasant. Taste is a nice mellow bitterness. Opens up into the pineapple sweetness then I really get nothing but maybe some sourness. Eh. Taste is a bit of a let down after everything else. Kind of watery to me actually. The initial bitter/sweet is the only thing keeping it above average. Or maybe I am just spoiled on super hoppy high abv IPA's. But I kind of doubt it since even SNPA is always tasty too me. I have to pass on this from now on.

Photo of dwilson01
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a pale golden yellow color, nice carbonation, semi-creamy white head tops the brew.

Smells of fresh and sweet citrus, very floral like a springtime garden. Basically the equivalent of taking a deep breath in through your nose after a nice rain and everything is lush and green and invigorated.

Flavor is very mellow on the hops, floral and aromatics cleanse the palate leaving you refreshed and ready for another sip. The malt is there too which takes on a honey-like flavor without the overbearing sweetness. Very balanced between malt and hop, I think it's a great springtime fresh tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is better than expected, not watery at all which seemed likely from the look of it, the malt definitely fills your mouth with sweet liquid and leaves you feeling satisfied with a full-body and well balanced pale ale.

Quite drinkable, a more floral fresh green lush pale ale, SN is still the go to but this guy is refreshing as hell.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of lawlerj
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour translucent amber, w/ a one and one half finger head that lingers for quite a while. Appears to be highly carbonated based on amount of fizziness/bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: rich smell with hops and some citrus.

Taste: Bitter w/ a sweet aftertaste - a nice mix of hops & sweetness, almost honey

Mouthfeel: light/medium

Drinkability: easy drinking - a little bit bitter for my taste, but would be great on a hot day.

Photo of Perducci
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Wheelinb
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Recommended by a knowledgeable young man at Smyrna World of Beverage in Smyrna, GA for a hot and humid spring afternoon/evening. I was not crazy about Flat Tire, the only other New Belgium beer I've tried, so this ended up being a treat on a couple of levels.

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Beautiful one finger head that faded but left nice lacing and a thin head until the end. Transparent golden copper color. Smells of hops and citrus with a similar, but stronger taste and a light sweetness-just delicious. A perfect, slightly bitter/sweet finish. Carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, and endlessly drinkable.

I really like Mighty Arrow, and will continue to get it this spring without question and on into the summer if available. I'll dedicate each one to Kim's Aussie/border collie mix, Might Arrow.

Photo of beerdown77
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mighty Arrow pours a hazy light copper with active bubbles and two fingers of head. There is some moderate lacing, and the head sticks around like on an IPA...so the appearance is great. The nose is slightly hoppy and malty. The taste is very smooth and well rounded with a warming/bitter flavor that reminds me of a winter warmer; there is a nice crisp bite to this as well. I was expecting something more fresh and hoppy, but was surprised to find a more dirty and malty taste with some herbal spiciness. This is a late winter/earlier spring seasonal (for me) because it lacks the refreshing qualities of a typical spring or summer seasonal. This is a solid beer though, I'd love to try it on tap.

Photo of johnrobe
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Veteran regional brewery New Belgium throws its hat into the crowded Pale Ale field and scores big time. A pale gold in color, this one leaves plenty of sticky lace rings to mark your drinking progress. The smell is pine, pine, and more pine. Did I mention pine? If you always wanted to know what it smells like to walk through an evergreen forest, this is it. There is an ample malt backbone evident but it is of the pale variety only, has a simple sweetness and really allows the hops to shine. Evergreen and citrus hops flavor dominates the palate and do so very well. This is not an overly complex pale ale, but its simplicity is well executed.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of bbkd3b
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours out with a beautifully clear, copper body. Decent carbonation feeds a ½-finger head, but it lacks any real retention. The glass remains crystal-clear with no lacing to speak of.

S - Name of the game for the scent seems to be balance. Neither the hops nor the malts really take center stage, making for a nice, citrus nose with a good loaf of bread to come along on the journey. Simple, but effective.

T/M - Surprisingly grassy and floral flavors considering the nose. A combination of sharp carbonation and a light body spikes my tongue and makes it hard to pick many other flavors. Lingers after I swallow it, with a bitter aftertaste that isn’t all that great. As it warms, it sweetens a good deal giving it a much more refreshing flavor.

Overall/notes - Well, this won’t go down as one of my favorite beers. I had it a couple of years back and enjoyed it a bit more this go around. Nothing about it really stands out, but it would make for a good, outdoorsy drink.

Photo of Tolnik
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this at the Brewery.

A - When poured out at the brewery it had a good head. Lacing was a good amount left on it.

S - Citrus smell greets the nose. A good hoppy aroma that sticks around.

T - Great tasting citrus and hop tasting with a low malt. More aggressive tasting then their lighter beers that they brew.

Photo of tbern007
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/gold. Very large thick pillowy head with tons of lacing. Very nice to look at.
S - hoppy, grapefruit, floral, earthy.
T - good light malty sweetness serves as a backdrop to the hops. The label says there are 3 kinds: Cascade, Amarillo, and Golding. Good, hoppy, piney, flavor but not as strong as an IPA, DIPA.
M & D - good balance, leans a bit towards the hops. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Good all around beer for all occasions.

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 MatthewD4
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ToddKehoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of alli4051
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours bright, clear, brass color with a white head. Head is about a finger high and fizzy, recedes quickly leaving a nice ring around the top of the glass and some thin lacing beneath that. Smell is pleasant, nice bold hop aroma up front with some biscuty malts in the back. Taste is grassy hops up front with a malty, biscuty backbone and a lingering bitterness to the finish. A bit on the subtle side. Mouthfeel was a bit watery, a little too light for my preference. Pretty drinkable though, was part of a mix pack and I'm kind of sad there aren't more. Over all a decent pale ale, not bad at all, but nothing to write home about either.

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.