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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: 645
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 11
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

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Light brown, almost caramel colored. One finger's worth of foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - Smells a little hopy, with some fruitiness to it too, but possibly just a sweet smell due to the honey base.

Taste - Hopy, but not terribly bitter. The honey must help in balancing that out.

Mouthfeel - a little more bubbly than I was expecting, at least on the first few sips. Otherwise good balance, a little more toward the creamy side though.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure if I would come back to it too often. I like the story behind it though. Very sweet.

Photo of jampics2
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. This was purchased through the Ohio grey market and has a best by date that has not elapsed, but just barely. Served at 45 degrees as specified.

Looks great in the glass except for the top of the beer. There's a great orange caramel color, transparent/non-cloudy, and active carbonation. But there's no head at all, just a mediocre ring. Not too hot but not horrible.

Smell is really quite nice. Hops abound, with just a touch of malty sweetness to balance. Citrus hops are in effect here, adding a great bouquet of orange, grapefruit, and even some peach. Malt is present as well, with light, bready caramel notes. A nice smelling APA, one of the better I've had and a departure from NB's "house nose".

This beer tastes great but is not unflawed. It's a step back after the great nose, honestly. But it's still better than average. A bit of citrus hoppiness starts things off, then a toasty malt balance reels things in. The hops give orange and mango impressions, and the malt reminds me of toasted biscuits with a touch of honey. No real noticeable alcohol is a huge plus, and this does go down quite easy.

There's a bit of a watery finish, but the carb is nice and the body is fine. I enjoyed this and would buy again, hopefully just a little fresher and closer to the source.

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

I found this beer in a folly pack at the grocery store. Review is based off of 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Somewhere between light amber, burnt orange, and copper. Thin head with web-like lacing and poor retention.

S- Smells of grapefruit, orange and pine. No traditional "pine-y" scented hop characteristics.

T- Here, there is a pronounced pine taste, along with citrus and a little bit of pineapple. The hoppy early palate gives way to a malty sweet finish, more so than the typical American Pale Ale IMO.

M- Medium-light body, seems to lack bubbly/effervescent character. On the plus side, does not have that "gritty" feel of sediment, very clean.

D- Well above average. Although not my first choice, a solid pale ale and a quite drinkable one.

Photo of Baraka
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a rather small head that is quick to dissipate but leaves decent lacing around the side of the glass. Smells slightly citrusy with a hint of honey and yeast. There is a hop flavor on the palate, but there doesn't seem to be a lasting bitterness and the toasty, biscuity malt takes over on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin with solid carbonation, giving the beer a crisp, dry finish.

Not a bad little beer, although I don't think the hop profile quite fits the malt bill: the two flavors seem to be pulling in different directions that don't quite work. Nice Spring/Summer beer though for sure.

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

A: orange-golden with fluffy white head. pretty nice.

S: citrus, especially grapefruit with notes of orange. pungent but lacks complexity.

T: hoppy but not too strong. honey sweetness comes through as it warms. again, lacks complexity, but is refreshing.

M: just about right actually, crisp and substantial.

D: easy to drink, not overwhelming, so it would be good with some food as well.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Color was clear, burnt orange with an off-white head that left a spiderweb of lacing all the way down.
Smells like sweet grapefruit, and malt.
Tastes a little piney mostly citrus though. Leaves a slight bread-like after taste, light bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.
Feels pretty light, gets smoother as it warms up. Could be a little less carbonated.
Drinks good, this would be a great session beer. Overall pretty solid, simple pale ale.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours caramel in color with a small white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some lace.

Smell: Sweet grains and apple, with a strong backbone of earthy hops and nuttiness.

Taste: Sweet buttery flavors up front, finishing with a pleasant, balanced earthy bitterness that has some herbal and grassy notes as well. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with relatively high carbonation and a dryer finish.

Drinkability: This is a very good APA, one of the better ones I can remember having. I would definitely get this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of Merchant46
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is much better than I expected it would be.

New Belgium Mighty Arrow Pale Ale pours a 2-finger thick white head that dissipates at an average pace, with a thin layer that lingers throughout, lacing the glass nicely. Bubbles are minimal, and color is light for a beer of this style, more like a robust lager (though it tastes nothing like one). The aroma is the highlight of this beer, with a very pleasant smell of very sweet grapefruit. Taste follows the smell, with a lively, floral and citrus hoppiness which isn't too bitter, and a biscuity finish, with the malt dominating the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriate for this style of beer. Drinkability is solid.

If I were to compare it to another beer, it'd be like a slightly mellower version of Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, with less hops fire and more malt. This beer caught my attention because it was $1 off at my liquor store and I hadn't tried it before. I'm glad I did. I will definitely buy it again.

Photo of branimal9
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle & sampled at home - 6/1/2010.

Clear pale gold in color, with a fluffy off-white head. Moderate hops in aroma. Toasty toffee malt in the taste, along with a good dose of fresh hop bitterness. Moderate in body, with quite nice drinkability. Overall, one of my favorite offerings from New Belgium, at least in their 12oz. bottle lineup.

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

Part of the Follow Your Folly pack with Ranger, 1554, and Fat Tire. Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Pours a medium golden with about a finger of white head, little retention and lacing. Moderately active carbonation visible, and good clarity. Very mild pale ale nose. All the components are there: hop resins, floral hops, citrus, but none are very strong.

Light hops and grass gives way to mild citrus and malt flavors. Slight candy undertone from the malts. Fairly well balanced, but 'abrupt' in that the hops or malts do not linger. Light body, slightly watery mouthfeel.

This package also contained Ranger, a hoppier brew with a better nose and overall superior. This was fairly subtle for an APA.

Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice basic gold pour with 1-finger medium white head. Faint retention and very large sheens of lace.

Pine background, but floral really dominates the nose. Very light, but very refreshing.

Creamy smooth hit. Grows mildly bitter with pine and almost an agave taste. Tart and dry in the finish, but again refreshing.

The feel is just right for the style.

Incredibly easy to drink. Goes down very well as the weather starts to warm.

Photo of EJNibs
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer twice now--once from the bottle and once on tap--and am very sad that I was out of the country for most of it's spring seasonal distribution.

Smell: It has a hop nose of mild pine, strong floral and citrus notes that I would almost expect of an IPA. Yummy.

Taste: Clean and crisp with a light toasty malt and just a brush of bitterness up front, then a nice hop flavor that's only very mildly bitter in the finish.

Drinkability: The combination of a brilliant hop nose and only very mild bitterness renders this beer remarkably drinkable. The mouthfeel wasn't too heavy or too light.

Verdict: I can say with confidence that this is absolutely my favorite APA, and probably my favorite offering from New Belgium. What a great combination of floral hop presence and sessionably mild mouthfeel/bitterness. This is the beer to give to you boyfriend or girlfriend who "hates IPAs" to try and convert him or her to hopdom.

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops

T - This is a good hoppy pale lots of citrus hops upfront but with some malt balancing everything out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of my favorite seasonals from New Belgium thats almost an IPA if you like hops this is a good beer you should pick up

Photo of trevorjn06
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.
Pours a lovely pale orange-gold with a nice white head that lingers for a bit.
Immediately I am impressed with the aroma, up front is hops, the citrusy Amarillo and Cascade definitely come through. There is also a mild grassy and earthy note, then the malt, biscuity and a touch of honey aroma. Very nice nose overall.
The first sip is... a bit underwhelming. It has a malty base, not too much hop bitterness (pretty well balanced) and a bit of hop flavor, a bit grassy. There is something a bit vegetal about this beer, I can't quite place it. It's not terribly unpleasant, but it doesn't really belong either.The finish is a bit brief, but pleasant. Not too bitter and there is a bit of a grainy malt remnant.
The mouthfeel is fair, not too watery and most certainly not heavy.
The overall impression is a nicely hopped and flavored pale ale that is very drinkable and overall quite good, but not wonderful.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to pint
Best by 6-11-2010

A: A moderate pour elicited a 3.5-finger foamy light tan head that had good retention receding to a 1 finger after pour and eventually a nice thick cap. Color was a clear amber. Clingy lace dotted the glass.

S: A beautiful spicy floral hop aroma with orange notes from the yeast. Exactly what I want to smell when I have an APA.

T: Being an APA, it is hop-forward but restrained enough. Hop character followed the nose with some additional grassy notes. Caramel malt and honey lead to a bright and crisp clean flavor.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium-dry finish. A well rounded mouth character.

D: Moderate ABV, medium-body

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

Pours a clear, deep golden colour with a somewhat filmy, but fine-bubbled head of white foam. Lacing is good and there's a nice amount of large bubbled carbonation keeping it active.

Pleasant fresh hop character on the nose, a little fruity west coast aroma with an underlying hint of grainy malt, almost akin to an amber ale - fused with a sweet depth a little like cookie dough. Nice. Subtle but nice.

Clean and softly sweet base malt character on the front palate, which is sliced and counterbalanced with a fresh hop note through the centre, finishing with a light bitterness, very dry. It doesn't taste as though it's substantially more bitter than the average pale ale, but it has a sharper and slightly rougher hop character that beefs up the hop presence. Overall, very tasty and crisp.

This is a nice APA - clear and fresh and quaffable, but with a robust hop presence to keep it flavoursome and enjoyable. Very nice drop.

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

Clear, deep gold with a low-slung, stained ivory head that laces well.
Scented of biscuity malt, a pang of hard toffee, honey, backed with peppery herbals and florals, and a waft of pine-tarred apricots. It's got a general British-style aroma to it, despite its Amarillo and Cascade hop pedigree, the Goldings come through the strongest.
Malt lays across the mouth, not thickly, but throughly in charge here. Bready, biscuity, smeared with apple butter and honey. Hops are modest, with apricots, dry grass, dead flowers, and a smidgen of grapefruit. Pine is absent upfront, but appears on the swallow.
Medium bodied with tautness derived from it's lowly but steady carbonation, and its sturdy malt profile.
I'm not totally enchanted with what this is, but it's balanced differently enough from most APAs to revisit periodically as a change of pace.

Photo of mjurney
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of weasbri
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of hdog09
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of DANEgerous
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of gregshead
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of GreenThumb
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.