Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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Reviews by AmberMan22:
4/5 rDev +3.9%
The name pale ale doesn't really seem to apply to this one. Bording on copper in color with a bright one finger head. Despite the plastic cup, some decent lacing is left behind.
Smell is just brilliantly hoppy. The malt plays a very very distant second fiddle, almost unnoticeable in actual taste. I really like Arena Premium because the hop flavor doesn't have any irritating spiciness to it. Just a very clean hop taste.
There is clearly malt at work, because the mouthfeel (and color) shows it. This is the first brew I've had by Lake Louie and I must say I'm impressed. A very crisp summer drinker with a bright hoppy taste.
05-02-2010 17:27:20 | More by AmberMan22
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4/5 rDev +3.9%
Fantastik like all of Louies beers. This is not of the same caliber as the porter and is no where near the perfection of the scotch ale but it is damn good and supremely drinkable.
If I made a sandwich on wheat toast with oil substituting the mayo and cascade hops substituting the lettuce that sandwich might be this beer. Golden brown in color with buttered toast hues and mild whitish head. Hops come through more and more as the beer warms. I like this one best at near room temperature for some reason. Calmly bitter. Perfectly balanced.
I am so happy with this beer and always have been. It is such a nice pale ale to sip and enjoy for an evening. Subtle grapefruits, lilac, a slight hint of coriander, and scotchy (island/highland) malts make it more than interesting.
This is a great brew.
11-16-2005 03:32:19 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Picked this up in a make a six extravaganza that I had when I visited Steve's Liquors in Madison.
A: A hazy and dare I say murky looking dark amber. A finger off-white head. Some topographic lacing. Seemed like there was some yeast floating around in there.
S: Nice and hoppy but in the spirit of a Pale Ale, the malt comes through and refuses to be the complete underdog. Hops are citrusy - a little floral.
T: First taste is a hint of maltiness but is quickly surpassed by a stronger lemony hop flavor. There isn't much hop bite but the hop does stay with you into the aftertaste leaving you with the nice dryness that makes you want to session on. The malt was a let-down for me. Didn't quite deliver anything substantial. The hop flavor dominated the malt and it could have been a little better balanced.
M: Really good buttery mouthfeel. Nice and smooth malt makes you feel like it is a fuller body but the medium carbonation and hops keep it in perspective and make it lively on the palette.
D: For all my nit picking, I enjoyed this drink and threw it back amazingly quickly. I could easily pop a number of these. A nice, simple pleasure. I felt like this brew was more in the British tradition.
04-01-2009 04:00:08 | More by sgoodship
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
The Lake Louie Arena Premium Pale Ale pours from the brand new 12oz bottle a deep amber orange with a creamy bubbly half inch of off white head on top. Aromas of a sweet caramel backbone, slightly bready with a nice mix of tropical citrusy herbal hops. Hints of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit with a herbal resiny twang. Nice but a little subdued..I'm left wondering what the hop bill is on this one.
First sip brings an upfront collision of sweet caramelly, bready malts met by a well placed citrusy, herbal hoppiness. Orange peel, pineapple and grapefruit come out again the flavor along with some pine resin. A slight bitterness follows the mainly sweet profile and cleans off the palate nicely. Overall an enjoyable APA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with just enough carbonation. I think it works well and gives this APA a bit more body than most. This would fall into the category of very drinkable for me. Tasty and refreshing with a yummy balance of hops and malt. Worth checking out if you can find it!
08-16-2005 02:21:38 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
12 oz bottle pours a hazy apricot body with a creamy, one finger almond head that falls into a lasting cap and collar. Very good lacing.
Aroma has luscious tangerine and orange esters mingling with a sturdy caramel malt backbone. A hint of spruce pine resin adds some complexity.
Mouthfeel has a smooth medium body with an ideal moderate carbonation.
Taste is excellent, with tropical fruitiness combining with the assertive caramel maltiness. Orange, tangerine, and a note of apricot meld very well into the waves of caramel. Bitterness is supplied by a resinous spruce pine hop presence. Very well put together, and quite tasty.
Wow! Drinkability is off the charts for this one. Exceptional balance of quality ingredients come together so well here. Another outstanding, Lake Louie brew, courtesy of kmpitz2. We're going to have to send Kevin back to Wisconsin, for more of these. Arena Premium would be a staple session ale if it were available in the Kentucky area.
12-13-2005 10:08:52 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a nice copper brown clear body with a creamy cream colored head that last for a good bit.
S- The smell of light fresh malt and green hops is very strong.
T- The taste of light malt with some nice biscuit and crystal malt notes in the background finish with a big juicy pineapple hops with a faint grassy note is a great finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol or astringency.
D- This beer has great crisp clean flavors that are well put together and balanced to make a simple, tasty session beer.
05-17-2006 22:25:15 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Half gal growler, prefilled.
Fogged golden-copper underneath an adequate off-white crown.
Tasty, but muted nose of grapefruit and dry toast.
Taste begins with an immediate malt assertion. Partially dry and bready (probably more toasty) and partially caramelly sweet. Like a slightly burnt wheat toast topped with a caramel spread. Underlying buttery hues. Oh yeah, this is plenty hoppy too, but they aren't as pushy as some American examples. The hoppy bitterness grows and grows throughout the glass. Part NW and seemingly part UK. Pine and grapefruit copulate with lilac and floral. Had the parental malts not been around, this could have been orgiastic. Well-balanced and wholesome as it is.
Firm and erect medium bodied. Low carbonation.
Akin to a APA / English PA cross. Nice stuff regardless of national origin. While not Lake Louie's best (actually, it is probably one of his weaker ones..and that is meant as an utmost compliment), it is still a solidly downable and pleasing brew.
07-05-2003 22:29:08 | More by cokes
3.25/5 rDev -15.6%
Thanks JPM30 for obligin in the trade, the most efficient trader of the 50 trades I have done. It's understated bitterness, and some balance, but Kind of off-taste, a beer brewed with a ginger ale pop. Yes tea colour. Medium mouthfeel. Herbal, malots and hops but notbalanced.
10-22-2006 04:17:32 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.
Pours a med/dark amber with a finger or two of hazelnut foam fed by voracious streams of carbonation, leaving decent lacing down the pint. Nose is typical APA - earthy, herbal hops balanced by a grassy/grainy malt profile. Taste follows suit with mild, fresh/wet herbal bittering hops dueling with husky caramel malt and vanilla/oaky tones. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, yet velvety smooth with a nice, balanced level of carbonation. The APA isn't my favorite style all the time, I tend to need more of that juicy grapefruit/sappy pine tar hop profile, but this was a well put-together beer nonetheless. Nothing but solid from the Louie Garage
06-12-2006 05:14:22 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
Enjoyed on tap at the newest Great Dane in Hilldale/Madison, WI. Clear dark copper body beneath a short head of antique-white foam. Gently citrusy nose. Some mild caramelsih maltiness beneath. Medium-bodied and crisp in the mouth. Malt and hops struggle in the flavor throughout the glass, with the caramelish maltiness dominating at the outset, and the citrusy hops winning towards the end. Standard arc of bitterness beneath. Decent. Very drinkable but average, with a bit more caramelish malt than some APA's, but still pretty straightforward.
02-14-2007 05:12:01 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
appearance: pours a clean and clear copper with a foamy white head and nice lacing
smell: quite floral, lots of nice citrus orange and tangerine, caramel and malty underneath the obvious floral hops...quite nice for the style
taste: juicy and citrusy...the hops and malts balance very nicely...floral and bitter followed by caramel and toasty. a pretty tasty apa, all things considered
mouthfeel: oily, clean, rereshing
drinkability: could be a session
11-03-2005 04:05:34 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev +3.9%
I'd call it a nice dry-hopped APA. I could be wrong about the dry-hopped part, but the beer is very reminiscent of Boulder's Hazed & Infuzed. Nice grapefuit and citrus arouma, big on the tart-fruit hops. Like hops but don't want to get beat over the head with bitterness? Get 6'er of this.
12-18-2006 00:51:37 | More by tempest
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to tizzod, midwest beer guide.
Pleasant dark amber hazy brew with substantial creamy tan foamy head. Looks very effervescent.
In the mouth the bubbles are not forceful, but provide a crisp and soft mouthfeel. Aroma is softly malty with restrained citrus hop aroma, not a big dry-hop scent, hops are intergarted into the malt. The flavor is similarly well-integrated, dry witha citrus hop sour-bitter aftertaste to the smooth malt. A well-made pale ale, very drinkable.
05-20-2008 01:20:23 | More by kenito799
4/5 rDev +3.9%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with 2 tight fingers of off-white foam. Retains with a smooth creamy layer, leaving some good looking thick foamy lacing back. The aroma is grassy hops, which have a good bit of a earthy feel going on with them. This has some citric and herbal character going on as well, mixing with the breadiness of the malts to impart a light tang in the nose.
The taste has quite the assertive little hop bite to it, being full of spice and bitter grapefruit. The hops are propped up by a tight layer of lightly toasted malts but man, the hops really come back strong in the finish with a dry, spicy, and pithy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp firmness to the carbonation which matches that strong hop profile. Nice easy drinkibility to this as well, which stays relatively smooth despite all of the sharpness.
Nice! This APA brought a lot to the table, with a ramped up (yet well balanced) hop profile that kept this quite flavorful and pleasureable to drink. A could session a few of these easy.
01-07-2010 17:56:47 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured a dark orange, copper , almost brass color.Has a nice off white , thick foamy head.Lots of lacing down entire glass. A pretty good amount of carbonation.
Aroma was very light , a blend of sweetness , citrus , and a little grassy or woody . Not much of any of these really stand out.
Taste is sweet citrus , almost apple under tones. Some hops , a little toasted.
slight bitterness , with a little after taste but neither of these linger long.
smooth , clean , crisp , mouth feel. A beer a would drink again.
04-16-2008 15:21:59 | More by chiapete
3/5 rDev -22.1%
Had on tap at a local restaurant.
A=Rich, reddish amber...eggshell head that left quickly.
S=Sweet and hoppy.
T=Too much like an IPA...strong hops upfront, with malt in the background...citrus grapefruit present.
M=Nice body with moderate carbonation.
O=Not representative of an APA...more like an IPA; too much hops. I paired with spare ribs, and it was alright. I would not choose again.
11-02-2013 21:10:18 | More by dhannes
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. Consumed on 30-Oct-09.
A: The is a cloudy orange-brown color, hazed over by the cold temperature. A bit of an auburn glow near the base of the glass is a nice visual touch but generally the ale is opaque. A half a finger of white head quickly bubbled away.
S: The APA has a pleasant citrus bite that jumps out the first time I sniff it. Ample hops with a nice dose of caramel give this beer a good start.
T: The malt body takes center stage with a caramel and biscuit presence. Following in short order are the citrusy hops that have a floral sweetness. Grassiness is evident, heightening the contrast of the grains and the hops. Bready grains are a nice punctuation to each sip, lingering for a long period of time.
M: The ale is crisp, a bready pale ale that delivers a strong hop presence in both the nose and taste.
D: An enjoyable APA, well-balanced with an ample malt bill, far more flavorful than I expected.
11-01-2009 15:46:47 | More by akorsak
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Hops dominate the flavor profile of this one. More of a fresh pine scent and flavor, not a huge bitterness. Pours a cloudy orange to yellow into a pilsner glass. Nice bubblegum note in the aftertaste, finishes sort of dry.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, average carbonation, perfect for a session.
Glad that a few of these turned up on my recent trip to WI.
11-19-2006 06:38:59 | More by emerge077
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
appearance: The pour creates a low, off white head. The beer is copper in colour.
smell: There's the nice, green, resinous hop aroma I like in my IPAs and APAs. That's pretty much the dominant characteristic. Some mildly acidic tropical fruit notes, and a light caramel type sweetness are also present.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is towards the higher end of the medium range. The body is pretty light, maybe on the heavier end of the range.
taste: I want to say that the flavor is tame...but the flavors that are present, though subtle, are so darn good that I cannot. The perfect APA flavors...fresh green hops and a light caramel sweetness, both in awesome balance, grace my tongue. Nothing really exceptional, and though I might feel that way, I just cannot give the taste below a 4.0.
drinkability: Drinkability is high, I could easily drink a six of this, and it's damn good. A little more complexity in the aroma and flavours, and this would be one awesome beer.
Stolen from the fridge of dirtylou during my stay in Madison.
01-02-2006 10:10:32 | More by blackie
Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.