Mighty Arrow Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale

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85
very good

650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 650 | Reviews: 405
Photo of elniko
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Rich golden amber hue, finger of head that dissipated and left lacing as well.

S: Earthy and grassy notes in nose, slight hops as well. Not terribly strong.

T & M: Solid taste, hoppiness there but not overwhelming. Refreshing mouthfeel. This is a brew that is very middle of the road but has nothing wrong with it either.

D: Definitely drinkable, nice APA.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.
Into a glass.

A- Wow. It was really golden amberish. More dark than I thought It was going to be. Beautiful head. 2 Fingers. Stayed for a couple of minutes then vanished to just a light slick white on top. I love the lace its leaving already.

S- Fruity aroma. Smell was of malts and sweets.

T- Earthy. Not as sweet as I thought It was gonna be. But still a bit too sweet for my taste not as dry as I usually like. But still good. Very surprizing.

M- Carbonation was good. No hiccups. Light bubbly bubbles. Smooth sweet grassy thin feel.

D- Well this was certainly good. Not one Id drink alot of. Id like to cherish this one. You know? I wouldnt drink a 6er of this unless I had to match it agains some swill. Good but I wouldnt drink alot unless the occasion calls for it.

This was a great beer. Much better than New Belgiums Wit beer I earlier reviewed. Both were good for thier types.

I would try it since its limited.

:)

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

Clear, pale orange appearance, big, lacey white head, high carbonation.

Highly hopped aromatics, citrus & spice. Cascades? Really lively, clean, piney. Lemon zest & orange rind.

Soft and lovely on the palate. Lush, tasty malt holds it down, a tender pillow for the hops to spring off of.

Nice and smooth, tasty, hoppy, light bodied, and easy drinking.

Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a very nice golden dark yellow color, nice one finger creamy thick off white head, lots of nice thick creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/hoppy, some citrus/pines, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, a very nice blend of hops and malts, more citrus than pines, with some caramel notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice pale ale, way to go NB.

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

Found this one as part of a 12pack case. A really nice sampler I may say. 4x Mothership, Fat Tire, 1554, and this.

Apparently a new offerinh from NB released in January 08.

Golden and slightly cloudy. Lots of NB's propietary yeast settled in the bottom.

Good grassy hop and wheat-like yeast presence. Really reminds me of what would happen if you blend Fat Tire with their Springboard.

European hop twang and a grassy floral taste. Malt is balanced, on the caramel sweet side. Very bright and crisp.

Overall a great summer/spring brew. Great for hot days, camping, picnics, etc. Delightful!!!

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

Golden color with perfect clarity. 1" dense, rocky white head with very good retention. Fresh, sticky lace. Dry hopped? Cascade jumping out of the glass with pine and sharp citrus. Gritty malt, sweet - similar to Fat Tire or Skinny Dip. Fresh, leafy hop flavor -- somewhat herbal in the hop finish. Sweet malt, honey and some biscuit. Light bodied but not thin. Low carbonation...creamy mouthfeel. It all works well...very drinkable.

Photo of Larrytown
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a quickly-fading head. It does leave some nice lacing though. The aroma is pretty balanced with some of the citrusy hops coming through.

This is exactly what I like in an APA. I'm not a huge fan of the "crazy hops"; this shoots more for balance and hits it dead-on. We've got a nice malt base with the hops adding just the right amount of depth and texture. The crispness washes away some of the less clear flavors, but leaves a nice balance on the tongue.

Currently this is only available in sampler packs, but if they release it individually, I'd definitely pick it up again. I could knock back several, no doubt.

Photo of shadow1961
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium's Mighty Arrow Pale Ale- named in honor
of a beloved dog, pours a big stiff head over a clear honey
colored brew. The nose is spicy, flowery hops and something
very much like ripe melon. The flavor is sweetish malt up front,
again with fruit and melon notes, up against a fresh herbal hop
finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a long, mellow herbal
hop aftertaste. A very strange and wonderful mashup of English
and American Pale Ale styles is what they seemed to be after here.
Quirky and tasty!

Photo of demcorhip
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this weekend in a mixed 12 pack, was told this was the only way to get this beer in Minnesota. Looks decent, but nothing spectacular. A clear golden ale with a thin off white head that fades quickly to leave a bubbly collar. Some thin, intricate lacings present.

Nice aroma of Cascade with its grapefruit aroma, also some underlying more woodsy yet still floral notes from the Goldings. The malt is clean and bready with just a hint of biscuit.

Taste is clean, crisp, and much like the aroma, no surprises, just a tasty balanced brew with a decent touch of hops.

A very straightforward brew with a slight emphasis on the tasty hops. Light in body and mildly effervescent, finishes quite clean with a mild astringency.

This would be a great refreshing beverage for those dog days of summer. Very drinkable, almost sessionable, although the ABV would make its presence known sooner or later. Good stuff that I am glad to have tried. If I see a 6 pack of this later in the summer I will have to stop and buy it. Would make a great introduction to hoppier styles.

Photo of SaltyLime
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

I got this in a recent trade with Bitterbill. You da man Bill! Mighty Arrow pours a deep golden and is one of the clearest beers I've come across in awhile. Streams of carbonation rush to the surface keeping the head going. A one finger bubbly white head was produced on the pour and settled to a creamy half finger Leaves some dense spotty lacing. This is a really good looking beer!

The nose is full of pale biscuity malts with just a touch of sweet caramel. The hopping is pretty unique, more along the lines of what you'd expect from a fresh hoppy pilsner. The hops are grassy, fresh, and slightly herbal. The more I smell the more I like. As it warms it becomes very flowery.

The nose pretty much sums up the flavor of this pale ale. Biscuity malt base with a little more caramel sweetness than the nose suggested, and I like to see that. The grassiness from the hops is present and welcomed. I'm used to so many citric pales and IPAs that this is a nice change of pace. The flowery hoppiness comes through in the flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is good! I expected lively carbonation from the looks of things but ended up getting a medium bodied creaminess.

This is a very easy drinker. I could see myself drinking a few of these around the grill during the warmer months.

Mighty Arrow is another good beer from New Belgium. One I wouldn't hesitate to pick if it was available in my area. I'm a fan of their offerings.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked that this was something different, but overall, I didn't really dig this beer. The aroma was all fresh dry-hop of something that was a little grassier and more herbal like EKG. It was like when you stick your nose in bag of hops while you're homebrewing, that sort of a fresh. The flavor focuses again on the hops, but with a mild and sweet malt undertone. I guess it reminds me a little of Surly's Bitter Brewer for being a lighter beer with a balance of fresh hops and light malt, but this isn't as good.

Photo of rowew
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a dog (apparently the beer's namesake) running through the brewery doors. The usual information from New Belgium, one of the best at informative labels.

Appearance: Clear orangish gold, nice head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops and a bit of bready malt - definitely seems like the classic APA aroma.

Taste: Just towards the thin side of medium bodied, nice combination of citrusy hops and bready malt.

Overall impression: Great session beer - highly drinkable, just a bit lighter than Sierra Nevada (probably my benchmark APA). I hope they decide to put this in 6 (or even better, 12) packs soon.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours off-golden color with gloriously rich white head that retains well.

Nose is on the light side for a pale ale, but is very clean with light citrus.

Palate has a nice malt sweetness - somewhat like old fashioned candies, but is balanced by citrusy hops at the end (far more citrus, not so much pine).

Photo of TYE
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear slightly dark golden color that produces about a finger of white medium bubbled head that dissipates rather quickly to a light covering leaving some lace.
S - Aroma is takes me back to childhood. Smells like freek'n fruit cocktail. Pretty much an overwhelming scent of this. Maybe a little overwhelming with just this smell.
T - Just like the smell. A nice smooth grain flavor with a good dose of fruit cocktail juice. Not too terribly sweet, and blended well. It works, but it may grow a little old.
M - Pretty high carbonation. Light to medium body. A slight hop bite and a finishing taste of grain, with that fruit cocktail lingering in the back of the nose.
D - I wasn't sure about this one by the smell, but it works in the end. Balanced flavors I've never tasted before work well together. Slightly crisp and a little sweet, but well done. I'd certainly drink more of these. The only fear is the fruit cocktail taste and aroma getting old, since it's really overpowering. I'm still a New Belgiam fan all the way!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a cool extra in a trade with jhammerly. Poured into my Small weizen glass ... looong lasting 3 finger head is rocky and leaves a bunch of lacing. Pale gold ... but very clear.

Citrus and earthy hop aromas... a little bready .. but mainly the hops are the star in this one.

Good bitter backbone.. hop flavors are agains citric .. but I am getting a little pine... a little earthy .. and sorta a sweet bready maltiness... medium body and abundant carbonation.. long oily finish for a pale ale. Very nice across the board ... I would pick this up if it was available in 6-pack.

Jimi Thanks a bunch ... stellar experience once again.

Photo of brewdoc75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a NB 12 pack sampler.

Appearance: Light golden in color. Lively carbonation. Strong bubbly head.

Aroma: Interesting earthy and sometimes grassy aromas. Almost herbal, but there is a citrusy "orange juice" like aroma present.

Taste: Very nice flavors. Nice hoppy bite, w/ more of the earthy and grassy tones. Not a great deal of grains, but there is a hint of honey present. Not really that sweet though.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied pale ale. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: This is a good APA. Solid aroma and flavors with just enough uniqueness to stand out from the others. I'll be hunting this down in six packs for sure.

Photo of psinderson
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

Appearance: Clear, light amber color with a medium white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strong citrus hops with a strange earthiness as well.

Taste: Hoppy throughout. I taste something like a watermelon Jolly Rancher here. Grassy and earthy. A little bit of a honey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Easy drinkability.

Photo of mattster
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Formed an immediate head of 1" that died down to a layer of thin lace across the top of brew. Brew is very clear, small bubbles floating up-wards.

Aroma is very subdued. slight floral, some hops, but nothing major. Taste is slightly hoppy. Mild pine, but otherwise pleasant. Balanced finish with nice bitters, aftertaste is good and not overbearing.

A nice Pale Ale - somewhat lighter than others in this class.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe. Beer was orange in color with a two finger, white, foamy head. Moderate carbonation and excellent lacing around the glass.

Aroma was all floral and pine hops, with a hint of citrus.

Taste was mildly bitter with a touch of honey and citrus.

Pretty crisp and easy drinking. This isn't what I've come to expect from New Belgium, which isn't a bad thing. This is a nice session brew. Very high drinkability.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam with lots of nice lacing and the head retention is first class as my final sips still have a ton of foam.

The smell is mostly of hops with notes of citrus and pine.

The taste follows the smell with good hoppiness in the form of grapefruit and pine. The malt is there as well with some bread, a little caramel, and some slight nutiness but NB has really gone with the hops on this one and it works. The finish is definitely on the bitter side and it has a medium mouthfeel to it. Hmmm, I'm not used to drinking a hoppy brew from NB and it kind of threw me off but I think they did a pretty good job though after several sips, I'm bordering on saying, "is that it?" It's tasty enough for the style but it doesn't really stand out in any way. Maybe a second sample will change how I perceive this APA and if it does, I'll be sure to post an edit.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golden color with a small, white head that left small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of Goldings hops - somewhat floral. There were also malty notes.

T - It tasted quite hoppy with a tocuh of light caramel malt. A bitter kick at the end.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - I thought this was pretty good. They need to package it in six-packs.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 30 May 08, 6.0% ABV

Pours a slightly effervescent honey/bronze with a fluffy 3 fingers of creamy white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Citric hops & a touch of breadyness & a bit of honey once warm

T: Lemony hops, plus a touch of grapefruit & some biscuitty malt up front. Slight fruittyness is there as well as this warms along with some grapefruitty & piney hops, plus a bit of boozey warmth. Finishes with more booze presence, grapefruit & honey malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & great balance, a bit hot though

Drinks pretty easy, but I believe the 6% abv would get to you sooner than later. This is a pretty good APA & a nice addition to the NB stable. This was pretty good on draft too

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

Into a 12-oz mug, this pours a bright gold color with a frothy head and moderate lacing. The nose is big with fresh citrus hop aroma, with a light touch of toasty malt. Malt is light in the taste, with hops dominating from start to finish, tending floral and citrus. Modest fruitiness similar to Fat Tire accompanies them in the middle, with a dry finish.

Good enough APA for session drinking.

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium amazes me with how they are able to break their usual mold, yet keep their signature flavor... and still make an incredible beer!
Mighty Arrow has a bold hop character, which is sort of out of the ordinary for New Belgium. The One thing that I think of with this beer is... BALANCE. When I think of New Belgium, I think of that signature malt character, you know... that nutty, Fat-Tire-esque flavor. I love that flavor, and it is paired nicely with the bold hop profile mentioned above, to create a very balanced pale ale.
Definately worth buying.

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.