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Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bighuge on 09-23-2002)
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Photo of melissab318
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of butterscotch which is so strong it covers up whatever else was supposed to be there. The diacetyl in the taste isn't as strong as it is in the aroma, but is still dominates everything else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritely carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this might not be a bad beer when the brewer pays attention to what they are brewing, or at least tastes what has been brewed before bottling it. I can't imagine a brewer not tasting every batch of beer before bottling, so I have to ask why still bottle something that is this off (and this is the more diacetyl I have ever encountered)? Profit...it must be. But putting out a beer like this is only going to drive away a lot of future purchases as it gives a bad first impression to new drinkers, and is disrespectful to long time costumers. From reading other reviews I would try this again, and I would probably re-review it, but I can see myself deleting this review as the brewery is full to blame for this bottle being so off.

KarlHungus, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Beerbelly22
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Beerbelly22, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

zeff80, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of dhannes
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

dhannes, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -21.7%

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of kmeves
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light cloudy copper color with a small filmy white head. Aroma is very light sweetness with some caramel and citrus. The flavor comes on a bit more strong with caramel but a less noticeable hop presence. Somewhat short and bitter astringent finish. Light to medium bodied, lively texture.

kmeves, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Canada_Dan, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Etan
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Weary Traveler in Madison. Served in a pint.

A: Pours a clearish brass with a small white head.

S: Aroma brings mild citrus, bitter pith, plenty of grainy caramel.

T: Some very mild orange notes, along with some leafy bitterness, big grain.

M: Light-bodied with mild carb.

O: Another boring midwestern pale ale. I swear I can tell how these things are going to taste just by seeing the amber color sometimes. It's too bad 'cause Lake Louie makes some really great Scotch ales, but this is just generic and a bore to drink.

Etan, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stonecrusher for the trade...
Appears a clear, light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light corn, grain, berries, peach, fruity, light hay, and sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas with a highlight of yeast shining through.
The mouthfeel is light, earthy, and mildly sweet for a decent but not too impressive brew.

weeare138, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy burnt sienna coloration, lots of carbonation and very foamy. settles quick into a burst of uneven, taut gas pillows. thought there was a yeast problem here, it's just thick. not thick thick, homebrew thick.

i can pick up the faintest aromas of whole flower hops and a big breadiness. flavor starts out with mango nectar sweetness and balloons into a big yeast biscuit. aftermath leaves me with some hop bitterness without too much of the green hop flavor and a slight refreshing tinge of grapefruit sourness in the finish.

this is a decent beer just way too busy and shoots for a target that's way too high. i'd be interested to see what this brewery cranks out for bigger beers.

goodbyeohio, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of billyzoom666
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. It lost most of the head, but there was still enough there to cover the beer. The lacing was nice on this as well. Pours a nice copper color. Still light enough to see through, but a good APA style color. The smell is sweet and there's a definite malt take to the smell. Nice, but nothing special. A little bit of hoppy bitterness sticks to the roof of the mouth when drinking. This beer finishes with a fruity citrus taste. This has a nice/medium body to it and has a decent drinkability. Not a bad beer all in all.

billyzoom666, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of tt_andy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tt_andy, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of NEDmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

NEDmiller, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Craiger1967
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Craiger1967, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mattafett, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of brakspear
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is from a 1/2 gallon Growler purchased in Madison.

This beer purports to be a hoppy American pale ale, but reminds me more of some of the malty English style pale ales I have sampled.

It pours a nice copper color, with a limited head forming. Nice but not a great appearance.

The aroma is more malt that hops, and I do not detect the citrus aroma I would expect from the American hops, perhaps this beer does not use any of the five "C" hops from the Pacific Northwest.

The taste is a smooth malty, slightly nutty flavor, limited hop bitterness. More of a session beer flavor than an in-your-face pale ale.

A nice pale ale, but there are better ones brewed in Wisconsin.

brakspear, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for the chance to sample this.

A: Pours a cloudy over ripe peachish color with a frothy white head. Nice retention--cloud like. Sticky lacing.
S: Fruity and floral hop notes. Juicy with orange and lemon zest.
T/M: Fruity hop notes are hard to catch. Soft on the palate. Grapefruit, lemon zest, slight pine notes. A little bit of honey. Slight bitterness but no burn. Toasted grain becomes more apparent as it warms up.
D: Could be a nice session brew. Flavors and aromas are interesting enough. Nice and smooth. Easy drinking.

bjohnson, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark amber copper, with a solid, fluffy inch plus head that has great staying power, good lacing. Aroma hints more toward IPA than APA, lots of hops citrus, fruit, not much malty sweetness to be found. Taste, even more so, lots of lemon zest, some orange, maybe some apple, but definitely little malting. Which really, usually I'd call that abd, but for this it works pretty well. Unfortunately, it has a little metallic zing to it on finish, marring an otherwise good mouth of good body and carbonation. Overall, I prefer Lake Louie's Scotch brews, but this one is itself a pretty decent. And now I'm done with the Lake Louie package from nflmvp. Much thanks, they've been great.

objectivemonkey, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of kenito799
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

kenito799, May 20, 2008
Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pours a crystal clear, golden amber color, with three fingers of light tan head that retains for a few minutes, leaving moderate lacings.

aroma is mildly hoppy, with a nice mix between aromatic coniferous hops and citrusy hops. a distant malt base is detectable, with little else for the nose.

taste is distinctly hoppy, without much on the malt side at all. the hops are mildly bitter, with a smooth and citrusy character, yet curiously creamy at the same time. finishes clean for a hoppy brew, with only a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lightly creamy and bitter texture, along with a mildly bitter finish. nicely composed in texture with regard to the flavors present.

drinkability is good. this is a solid APA, with all the required ingredients, that stays true to the style. the brew could use a bit more malt character to work with the hops, but even so, it is a nicely crafted brew.

botham, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 14, 2007
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Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.