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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: 627
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
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 mjurney


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Deep golden color, clear, quite a bit carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks good on the glass.
[Smell]: Aroma is a bit light, some citrus hops, sweet biscuity malts, dash of earthly.
[Taste]: Biscuity malts up front, spicy citrus hops in the mid-palate, I could detect some mild earthly, finish off very crisp.
[Mouthfeel]: Very crisp and refreshing, light bodied, carbonation is about medium.
[Drinkability]: Highly drinkable, really nice Summer Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 22:13:57 | More by mjurney
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 hdog09


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

-Good copper/amber tone

-Not a really strong smelling beer can't really tell what the specific hops used were

-More of a malt taste as opposed to hops, light flavor overall

-Good beer easy to drink but wouldn't say it's great. Tastes much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 01:41:41 | More by hdog09
Photo of DANEgerous


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale orange color with a fluffy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is crisp blend of citrus and hops slightly sweet, wonderful. Best part of the beer do don't drink this on out of the bottle pour it or you will miss out.

Taste notes of sweet citrus an honey fade in to bitter hops you would expect from a good Irish Pale ale leaving a subtle but linger bitter finish

Mouthfeel Moderately carbonated somewhat mild body.

Drinkability very good refreshing perfect for a hot afternoon

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 19:38:50 | More by DANEgerous
Photo of gregshead


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

Pours with a light orange/citrus color

Aroma is a light citrus smell

Taste is light hoppiness with a orange citrus flavor

mouthfeel is fuller than the average pale ale.

Overall drinkability is good if you like a hoppy/citrus flavored Pale Ale.

I like it a lot because its not your average pale ale. If you are looking for something a little different, this one hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:51:41 | More by gregshead
Photo of mithrascruor


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

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a dark cold color with a light off-white head. Hardly any aroma. Tastes of light hops which give way to fresh grasses. Medium-bodied with a slightly buttery mouthfeel. An enjoyable beer, but not all that much to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 22:11:37 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of GreenThumb


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint at Little Woodrows (the Village location), Houston, Tx.

Let it be known that I am NOT a hop lover (I almost never order an IPA), however this APA was a delicious example of how to properly balance aroma hops with bittering hops.

Poured a clear bright gold color with a light cream/yellow head that hung on the sides of the glass for a good while.

The smell was distinctly floral with no noticeable grain to me. Seemed to be another smell there that I couldn't pick out. This was not bad but a little distracting.

Taste was light with an intensifying hop flavor of flowers and some light grain.

Mouthfeel was average and appropriate as a lighter mouthfeel well complimented the big hop aroma and flavor.

Drink ability was high. There was a depth of flavor in this beer which I think could only be explored by repetitious tastings of pint after pint.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 14:13:28 | More by GreenThumb
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a clear pale orange color with a fluffy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is crisp malt citrus hops dancing around with touches of floral notes lingering.

Taste is note quite as good as the aroma, malt is lightly dry with lingering touches of honey. Hops are citrus orange with touches of mango sprinkled with a few flower petals. Finish has some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel good light side of medium with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable pale almost as good as the fall one, but wouldn't really surprise me if it was the same and I am just reviewing it different.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 21:42:19 | More by mntlover
Photo of birchstick


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark, honey yellow with a nice 1/2 finger head

S - nice bouquet. Sweet honey and caramel malt with citrusy and grassy hops.

T - the taste isn't as sweet as the nose. Starts off with some spicy, biscuity malts which fade into some citrus and grassy hops. There is also some spiciness thrown in there. The malts and hops are in perfect proportion to one another, making this an extremely well-balanced beer.

M - medium bodied with some smooth carbonation. Not outstanding, but not weak either.

D - This is a solid pale ale that I could take a 6 pack down without blinking. Tasty and well-balanced make this a very drinkable beer. However, there is something about NB beers that makes them all taste really similar to me. It seems like most of them have a biscuity touch as a nod to Fat Tire.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:31:27 | More by birchstick
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Best by date clearly marked on bottle... thanks New Belgium for this.

A: Crystal clear rich gold full of bubbles of all sizes rising to replenish the one finger of fluffy white head that laces and retains well.

S: Ruddy, clear, distinguished hops, honey, and a very little bit of lightly toasted malts. Something else is present here, maybe a tinge of synthetic rubber or even latex? This sounds bad but it doesn't detract from the nose, just makes it a little distinct. I may have detected this same smell in Fat Tire at times.

T: Starts off with a robust burst of hops with under-ripe green and bitter notes at the helm. This launches the taste experience right into the back end of things where some sweeter evergreen hops and hop oils even things out a bit. The malt never rises to its full potential, but I am not sure that the brewers intend it to. This lack of maltiness may be a negative point depending on your opinions about how balanced pale ales should be.

M: Medium bodied and fuller than many other APAs. Good carbonation and texture.

D: Not the best in this area due to the extra bitterness added by the unruly hops that dominate the flavor. This isn't a nectar, but tastes more feisty than that, which in turn makes it less drinkable.

Overall: An interesting and thoughtfully crafted take on the style. Weather or not you will like it depends on your personal opinion of this beer's hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:54:43 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of AJacob81


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium globelet. Great, versatile piece of glassware, btw.

A - Deep amber with one finger of off-white head. Clean, clear, with rising rivulets of carbonation. Good-looking beer.

S - Floral, citrus, biscuity malt. Not a strong aroma, but fine for what it is.

T - Biscuity like Fat Tire, but balanced much better with citrus notes and piney, bitter hops.

M - Almost creamy, thicker than you'd expect from this style. Very smooth.

D - Very drinkable, gulpable even. Nice effort from NB.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 23:28:16 | More by AJacob81


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice lacing, a light copper, orange hue.

S= pine and hops really come through.

T = A smooth earthy taste. It has a distinct NB taste, which I cannot quite place. A buttery pale ale taste.

M= Short mouthfeel, with a light bodied taste.

D= With a light color and overall drink, this beer is a good session beer, not quite one to cellar and save for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 05:22:24 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Bright, clear, golden orange, clingy, airy, very foamy white head, 2 fingers and then starts to settle

S: Heady aroma, but not heavy, floral and very bright, doesn't have a big sweet malt note to it though

T: Pretty mild, starts off with not much flavor, but then builds to some floral hop flavor, nice full tasting, some biscuity malt, but still doesn't get sweet

M: Medium body, dry in finish, pleasantly light, but the carbonation helps

D: Good, flavorful but still sort of light

Notes: Not much to say about this beer though. It is a good APA but nothing spectacular. It is a good example of floral hops, but nothing you haven't tried before, but another solid beer by New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 02:49:17 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of gford217


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light bubbly amber with a small soapy white head that recedes slowly and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma has some crisp grassy hops with hints of citrus in addition to some toasted pale malts.

The taste seems to be a little sweeter with more caramel, some sweet citrus and the grassy hops lingering in the finish. It's a very balanced flavor with malts and hops in equal measure.

The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish. It's very creamy and medium bodied overall with active carbonation.

A very drinkable pale with plenty of hops to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 22:57:53 | More by gford217
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at around 40 degrees; this is a clear ale with a burnt copper color to it, and is topped with a nice fairly thin head and it has some really nice lacing to it and very little carbonation. The aroma is predominantly hops with hints of citrus fruits like lemon and lemon zest, orange, there are some wheat smells coming through as well and a little bit of raisins. It's clean and light on the tongue, you can taste the hops on the side of your mouth and a roasted malt and hops aftertaste with a very small hint of alcohol; that's really all I taste in this ale, maybe a slight bready flavor overall. It's slightly bitter on the back corner of your mouth. This is a good beer and I hope to meet another one of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:14:48 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of suretolose


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tall glass. The color is a deep golden hue with a cream colored head that does not last long enough. It has a heavy hop smell that is pleasent. You can tastes the hops and a good amount of honey. This makes a nice spring summer beer. over all a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 17:26:30 | More by suretolose
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

The new one from New Belgium. I had been wanting to try this one to be honest and stumbled upon it the other day. Decided a glass was not going to hurt anything I dove right in. Always up for a good Pale! Nice pour, deep amber color with loads of carbonation that could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass to continually reinforce the two fingers of white foam that was sitting on top of the glass. Settling down it coated the inside with a light string of fine lacing and left a decent bit of broken crown across the top. Nice aroma, fresh, light, hints of grapefruit and light piney hops are the most dominant. Warming seems to bring out a hint of balance to it, but again nothing crazy here, in fact it was the lack of anything really blunt that made it work. Crisp, very clean and light refreshing flavor was what it was all about. Each sip was light and very well carbonated and the piney hops and light citrus notes really took over and gave you a great little session able summer ale.

Overall much better then me though going in. This was really very drinkable and very well rounded. I would have no problem with a couple of these over the course of an afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 23:26:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of spoons


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

On tap. Pint glass.

Color is a clear orange. Not much head, probably due to poor pouring by the bartender.

The smell is pretty closed up. Maybe its a little to cold. I can discern some citrus in there.

Taste is nice. Has a sweet flavor with mild caramel and citrus notes. A touch of hops and a good malty finish. an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 18:31:28 | More by spoons
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of eggshell white, foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, citrus, pine, and malt. Very fragrant.

T: An interesting flavor: Hops, grapefruit, malt - very vibrant. The grapfruit seems to dominate the flavor, but it still tastes excellent.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

M: Very drinkable. A good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 12:18:55 | More by avalon07
Photo of Soilworker


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Nice amber color with a two finger off-white head. Steady stream of bubbles coming up through the liquid at a moderate speed. The head is dissipates at a moderate pace.

S: Very nice clean bouquet that is composed of nice strong yet sweet citrusy and piney hops. I get nice hints of grapefruit, some orange, cookie-like malts. Very nice balance of hops and malts.

T: An interesting balance between malt and hops, neither is too strong. There is a grassy overtone that accompanies lemony and piney hops. Right in the middle there is a small glimpse of sweet grapefruit but that fades quickly. The dry finish is characterized by a grassy and citrusy bitterness.

M: A little watery, lightly carbonated, and a small zest on the tongue.

D: The balance of hops and malt makes this an easy APA to consume, pretty good beer for the spring/summer. Only thing holding you back is the ABV or a dislike of hops.

Overall this is a fairly decent representation of the style but its watery character is holding it back.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 05:42:07 | More by Soilworker
Photo of AmberMan22


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

Pours a lemon-zest yellow, with wonderful carbonation. The most impressive part was the head and lacing, which settled slowly and left a great pattern -- even on the crappy plastic cup it was poured into.

Smells of citrusy pine, hops, maybe a little pale malt since the bitterness isn't overpowering.

Taste though does seem a bit one dimension. that isn't to say it tastes bad, and as most people on this site are hop-heads, this is certainly an APA that they can get along with. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I myself could've used a tiny bit more malt to give it a bit better balance.

Nice offering from New Belgium, exciting to see this on tap alongside more common micro's...I'll definitely look for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 18:39:41 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: nice beer to eat with. good citrus flavor but light enough not to affect a lot of foods. Great alternative to eat with fried meals or sausage and saurkraut as i did. instead of the basic lager

mouthfeel: medium bodied,

drinkability: solid apa

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 15:20:05 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

A friend brought this to a cookout last night. I've wanted to try this one. Poured into a mug. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head on top. Great retention; left lots of sticky lace. Big sharp resiny pine scent. Sinus-clearingly powerful.

Great crisp mouth. Moderate body. Pretty bitter and resiny in flavor as well. A little much for the style. Some sweet candy-like finish. Malt bready balance is lacking. Reminds me of a mild IPA. Not my favorite of the style, but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 15:04:19 | More by Onenote81
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Nice golden copper colored ale, very clear with an off-white head that is very dense. Lacing is superb.

The flowery hop aroma is very nice, complimenting the light roasty caramel malt. Ah the taste is also nice and flowery, not a citrus hop bite that defines this style to so many. Nice. There is some spiciness and just a touch of sweetness in the background. I like the balance of this beer, when a lot in the style are all about the hops.

Nice body on this beer, with some visible viscosity when swirled. A nice carbonation level, not filling but substantial.

Really this would be my go to APA if I could get it in WV.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:38:04 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Veillantif


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This started coming in 6-packs in my neighborhood supermarket a couple weeks ago. Bottle poured into tumbler.

A=A very pleasing light coppery color; like apple juice, but with just the faintest tint of rose. Head not quite one finger high, but steady after 5+ minutes.

S=I wish my apartment smelled like this all the time. Bright, resinous hoppy aroma. Lacks the usual New Belgium apricot notes. Plenty of pine scent and a hint of yew; some orange too. Just gorgeous.

T=A close resemblance to the scent, but the hop flavor isn't nearly as strong as its aroma. Still no NB apricot notes. A refreshing, stringent kind of finish.

M=Light, delicate carbonation. A little washy.

D=Hardcore pale ale fans will be rewarded. Pale ale skeptics too, however, might appreciate the somewhat subdued hop taste. Not the one pale ale I would bring to a desert island, but if I found some when I got there, I'd be pretty happy.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 06:39:07 | More by Veillantif
Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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