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Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bighuge on 09-23-2002

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Photo of murrayswine
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has taken over as my go to session beer!
It pours a golden-amber hue with a good full head that doesnt quit.
The smell is hops like hell, high bite citrus, green hop freshness, and a hint of candy sweetness.
The taste is hops almighty! Eat your hart out Alpha King, this bad boy is gunning for yah!
Folks this is all hops balance with even more hops with a touch of soft cream and a hint of yeast, if you arent a serious hop-o-holic, than pass, but if you're like me, well then HELL YAH!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler.

This beer is a nice clear light copper color. A creamy off-white head sits on top and has decent retention. Nice ringed lace patterns form when drinking. Beautiful hop boquet on the nose. Dry hopped to perfection. A blend of the floral, pine and citrus properties. There is a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. More malt properties than your typical american style pale ale. There is a nice bitterness here that doesn't overwhelm. It lingers after sipping however. There's a nice little dry aspect that leaves you longing for another sip. The hop taste is grassy, piney, citrus-like. A little bit of grapefruit rind makes an appearance as well. Medium to full in body, this is a highly enjoyable and drinkable brew.

I picked this up in Madison last weekend. cokes has told me his main supply stores for this beer have a hard time keeping Lake Louie beer on the shelves. I can understand why. It's a one man, 3 barrel brewing operation that produces awesome beer from what I can tell so far. The demand for this beer seems to be outweighing the supply.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Hazy orangeish-copper color with an impressive two-finger off-white head that left some foamy lace. Citrusy, grassy hop aroma. Taste was a pleasant surprise: a moderately-high hop sting is finished off on the tail end of the palate with a wave of clean biscuity malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a carbonic bite to it.

This wonderfully balanced APA may be the best I've had in the genre and I will definitely be picking up some more on my next trip up north.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark amber color with a frothy two finger head that slowly receded down. Nice moderate activity could be seen along the edges of the glass.

It smelled sweet-hoppy. Not too strong but stronger than normal for an APA.

A great taste, a slightly malty, rich in smooth hops taste. It was just barely medium body and easy to go down with a nice hoppy dry finish. It was so good that I took three drinks from my glass before I stopped to ponder.

Very drinkable. Slightly more hoppy than other APA's that I have had but very good none the less. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, what the hell kind of name is "Arena Premium" ? Every macro swill calls itself premium, and arena just makes me think of bands like Journey and their ilk, all power ballads and no soul. What, oh, the town's name is Arena. Ok, that makes some sense.

Pours a bright orange, with some pleasant looking haze, topped by heaping mounds of slightly off-white froth. One good patch of light lacing.

A very inviting, very citrusy, very piney, nose was evident from the moment I popped the cap.

Nice sweet juicey fruity beginning rolls around the mouth, sloshing joyously. Hops edge in from the side and finally balance and overcome with a nice snappy finish, and a nice little tingle into the aftertaste. Hey, this is an APA ! They still make those ?

Nice light-medium mouthfeel, suitable for the style and the heat of the season.

Very good drinkability. hard to keep this in the glass.

As our world becomes more extreme, sometimes we forget the simple pleasures of a well made, no I or DI, pale ale. Good well done here.

Still don't like the name (for the beer, Arena is fine for a town).

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Photo of expatsteve
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey orange, cloudy. Not much head, besides a whirlpool of suds dancing across the top of the glass. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Grapefruit, honey, a little orange with a mild hop emphasis. Almost peachy background to it all.

Taste: Honey malt, a little pepper and a great pine resin bristle. Great balance of flavors. The finish is bready and malty, with grapefruit bursts. Assertive, not oppressive.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, with cleansing finish.

Drinkability: This is what APAs are all about. Not as fruity as say an Alpha King, but the malt development is nice and the beer is balanced. All round classic from Lake Louie.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a solid copper color with a finger of head that falls to a very light coating. Very nice brilliant clear color. The aroma is nice and balanced. Moderate citrusy sweet hop over a very nice solid caramel base. Nothing too strong, but very nice in the aroma. The flavor is again balanced. Moderate hop, not too citrusy but also not too earthy sit over a moderate caramel base. Very easy drinking and very tasty. The feel is a solid moderate with a moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy or velvety feel. Overall, a true sessiom beer. I could easily sit and drink this brew all night. No real flaws. I might like a touch stronger flavor, but if it broke the balance, it would not work.l

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Photo of Lemke10
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a strong scent of malts and hops. Has a long lasting head. Has a very bold hoppy taste to it but is nicely blended together so it's not bitter. Finishes very smooth. A must try!

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Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a standard amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet citrus and spices. Smells nice. The flavor is interesting. Lots of nice orange flavors (from the hops) and some slight spices with a caramel backing. Usually I'm not a fan of the American hops, but this one does it right for me. Love the mix of the hops. Mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

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

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic. Nice home brewed looking non-descript label is actually appealing.

Pours a light honey with a towering frothy three finger head that sticks very well.

Aroma is of earthy, piney hops. Sweet roasty malt comes through on the back but the predominant aroma is the pine cone hops. The smell is bitter and resinous, but slightly sweet at the same time.

Flavor is hops alpha acids on the front. Hop flavor is piney, resinous and earthy. Unfortunately I think the hops captured more of the alpha acid bitterness than the fruitiness. This is not a drawback however, in my opinion. Any APA with a stronger than normal hop flavor is awesome. I get a biscuit and bread with honey from the malt on the middle. Finishes bitter and dry with the bitter alpha hop flavor balancing the sweetness, this is actually a very refreshing beer. Diacetyl is kept unnoticeable, and I don't know the ABV, but there is no discernable alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the carbonation is good. The beer leaves a slightly bitter afteraste along the lines with the finish. Very refreshing, a good hot weather quencher.

In my opinion, this is an excellent example of an APA. This beer is almost an IPA. If it were a bit thicker with more maltiness it would be.

Check it out.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P - Pours a light hazy orange with a tall off white head.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, apricot with a hint of sweet tarts candy.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops with a nice sweet caramel balance. Slight bit of herbal earthiness that reminds me of sweet tart candy.

M - Light to medium and creamy with good carbonation.

D - This is a very good APA. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty Pale Ale which can hold it's own up there with the best APAs and even many IPAs. I'd say it's halfway between Deschutes' Hop Trip and Bell's Two Hearted - two very well executed brews.

The pour is very promising with a deep, dark golden color bordering on brown. The off-white head lasts through much of the glass but leaves little lacing as the drink goes down.

The nose is part golden grain sweetness and part herbal / piney hops. There's an oily aroma that promises big hop flavor.

The taste is both clear and subdued, bold and well balanced. There's a sure, clear sweet honey grain flavor at the base of this beer which follows from the front to the back of each sip. Bittering is moderate but there's a pure hop sweetness and a green herbaceous flavor that balances the grain perfectly. Hop flavors are both piney and herbal with a bit of floral thrown in as well (very similar to the hop flavors of Two Hearted, just a bit softer)

Mouthfeel is good with a fair amount of fine carbonation in this medium bodied brew. The grain adds a bit of sweetness but it's well balanced by a mild bittering. Finish is very soft, no hop harshness at all.

This is a very tasty beer and highly drinkable. The low ABV would make this an ideal session brew and the flavor is well crafted. While it's not quite perfect it's certainly close enough to ponder perfection while drinking this Premium Pale Ale...

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Photo of terrabyte
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a medium golden brown with a small head.

Smelled like oranges with a bit of hops or yeast.

Tastes great. A fair amount of hops bordering on bready. Quite sweet. Seemed a little oily, but probably just a metaphor for the long lingering flavers that grow even after you're done swallowing. It completely coats the back of the mouth, and gives you a pinch of bitterness before slowly fading.

There's nothing boring about this beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of abents
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler.

Pours a cloudy light amber with nice creamy white head. Smells kind of sweet with a roasted malts. Taste is nice and smooth. Very malty up front with a bready yeast taste. Hop bitterness hits me midway with nice citrusy touch, but smoothed by the sweet carmel end. The taste here is so amazingly complicated for a pale ale I feel. I am blown away. Beer goes down extremely well and is smooth all the way through. This is a great beer from Lake Louie, but I do prefer others from them.
Great beer to drink on a hot day. Very good.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over clear copper brew. Head holds at half height, with slow-to-recede spotty lacing. Aroma is green hops over a malt base. Taste starts with grains, but quickly is overpowered by the hops character, which is full but not just bitter for bitter's sake. A light citrus tinge at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability that is just about right for an APA. Another nice brew from Lake Louie.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of sgoodship
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastik like all of Louie’s 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.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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