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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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621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of jstevep00


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-19-2014 02:10:54 | More by jstevep00
Photo of ghebel


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear filtered dark gold with two fingers of white head that forms a nice curtain of lacing.
The smell is far from strong but it has notes of citrus. The taste is excellent. It is a blend of sweet and bitter is classic. The finish is something I would define as union of lime and applesauce with a bitter lingering.
The mouthfeel is nothing special, but this beer is drinkable enough that I plan on returning to pick up a sixer after just getting this one beer to try it. You should too.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:18:41 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of dankster


5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-20-2011 20:06:06 | More by dankster
Photo of weasbri


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange color, good head and significant lacing.
Pine hop aroma with some citrus.
Good balance of flavor with the malt managing to pin down the hop bitterness.
Not too much of a lingering bitterness, nice smooth carbonation makes for a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 21:57:05 | More by weasbri
Photo of SaltyLime


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice clear amber with a thick, slightly off white head

Smell - pleasant hop aroma, not too much, just mellow and fresh

Taste - nice clean taste, has all the hops without going overboard on bitterness, nice balance between the hops and sweetness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with a bit of crisp carbonation that smooths out mid sip

Drinkability - I liked it, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 20:15:19 | More by SaltyLime
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 HOPPYKC


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into a pint glass. Did not look to find a best by or bottled on date. However this is relatively new to my liquor stores so it is probably good.

A- Poured a nice light copper color with full transparency. A nice full inch to 2 inches of foamy white head emerged. It has been sitting for almost a solid 5 minutes. Shows a bit of carbonation.

S- The smell is down right amazing. Right in the front i get a floral bouquet that is beautiful. Hops and almost a rice like smell are next to follow. Not a lot of a malty smell to it but thats okay.

T- The taste is a light floral arrangement, light amount of hops, not too overbearing. A slight alcohol taste that is actually great. For a beer that is light and has a 6% ABV it is enough to let you know your having a beer. A bit of grain, almost like a wheat bread or rice in the finish. Dry finish.

M&D- I get a hit of floral right in the mouth. Hops coat the tongue. Goes down smooth. Easy drinker. Dry down the throat making you just want more and more.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 00:57:58 | More by HOPPYKC
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-24-2014 03:23:02 | More by maniaczak
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm doing as I think I'm supposed to and comparing this beer only to other pale ales.

A: Clear orange gold with minimal tiny bubble carbonation. Thin white head.

S: Apricots up front and a typical yeasty ale smell. Smells fantastic.

T: Kind of spicy and sweet with stone fruit in the background. Nice hoppy finish.

M: Seems to really wet the palate. Not that carbonated, but its pretty refreshing.

O: One of the best pale ales I've had. Nice balance and some interesting flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:16:15 | More by Jemonster
Photo of ebrauser


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz to a pint glass

Appearance: Copper colored with a pure white head and pleasant carbonation

Smell: Sweet , wet hop resins. Biscuits or bread smells with a little bit of spice added in.

Flavor: Tastes a little like bitter hops diluted with club soda. Not a whole lot of malt backbone or sweetness. There was a slight hint of apples in the finish.

MF: The beer was dry and crisp, definitely sessionable and will be a refreshing addition this early summer

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:34:37 | More by ebrauser
Photo of nem2006


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle in a nonic glass. Poured clear with a nice, white head. Golden color with an amber hue. Not much carbonation visible in the glass.

Strong floral nose. Not much malt shines through.

The taste starts with a slight malty beginning, but does not linger for long because the hops come in. The hops are not overwhelming and do not have a strong aftertaste. There is the floral notes that you catch in the smell. A well balanced beer that is medium-bodied and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 06:30:56 | More by nem2006
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 01:23:42 | More by tburkhart
Photo of Jordanmtate


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-04-2014 04:38:10 | More by Jordanmtate
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-08-2014 23:43:24 | More by evbro
Photo of BeenJammin


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale golden color with a decent head.
S - Gives off a floral hop aroma and a sweet and nutty malt aroma.
T - Tastes toasty and sweet with a bit of citrus.
M - Light body and light carbonation.
D - This is a very drinkable beer. I can see more sixers in my future.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:34:08 | More by BeenJammin
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 Rosstheboss


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-02-2014 21:11:36 | More by Rosstheboss
Photo of setexascustoms


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear golden, nice and bright. One finger head with fair retention, lots of carbonation rising in the center of the glass. Fair lacing.

S- Wonderfully aromatic hops, with citric and spice notes. Bready malt undertones.

T- Floral, herbal hops with a nice spice. Pleasant bready balance from the malts. Light and drinkable with a clean finish and just the slightest lingering bitterness.

M- Light with good lifting carbonation.

O- Nothing special, but very refreshing. Certainly something I'd go for on a warm summer's day, or if I was looking for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:52:59 | More by setexascustoms
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-22-2014 04:47:10 | More by MatthewD4
Photo of NickRivers


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. out of a Folly Pack.

A - Clear bronze color with a two-finger head. Very attractive.

S - Piney hops, medium malts, a lot of biscuit, very earthy, smells great!

T&M - Floral and piney hops with a medium bodied malt flavor. Again very earthy feel. Nice and crisp hops and fresh malts then finishes with a dry bitter flavor. Very refreshing. Probably works wonders at a BBQ.

D - Wheres my designated driver?

Well fellas, New Belgium has done it again. Their motto should be "New Belgium, Keeping You Wanting More, Since 1991." I had some average expectations for this beer. I hadn't heard too much about it unlike Blue Paddle, 1154, and 2 Below which are seasonal counter-parts to this beer. Right when I cracked her open a cloud of aromas surrounded me. Not much to say about this beers character. Its overall a well balance of hops and malt just like any other New Belgium beer. Say what you want about them, but in my opinion they have the best balance. Even compared to DFH and SN. Go get this one if you can find it. I'll be looking for 12 packs thats for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 06:03:05 | More by NickRivers
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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
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 18:25:30 | More by thirdeye11
Photo of TheDTrain


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Champps in Brookfield, WI.
A nice session pale ale but nothing unique or outstanding. Color was a hazy light yellow with no head retention. Friendly light flavors of honey, lemon, hops,orange, and yeast. The grassy and graininess is somewhat off-putting.

I got bored with Mighty Arrow half way through. It's not bad, but next time I'll go with my gut and order a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 20:08:07 | More by TheDTrain
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2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 05:14:40 | More by beersheppard
Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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