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Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

Arena Premium Pale AleArena Premium Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold pumpkin orange with a cloud of fine yeast and an abundance of uprushing bubbles. All that carbonation has created and is sustaining a three finger cap of semi-rocky foam that is orange-tinted alabaster in color and that is beginning to deposit broken sheets of fine lace. Unfortunately, very little sticks.

The nose is citrus fruit hoppy with lemon and orange juiciness a wee bit more prominent than grapefruit. It isn't often that I can't appreciate any malt whatsoever, but such is the case here. Here's hoping the flavor is a direct translation.

It is. Again, pale malt is virtually absent on the palate in terms of flavor contribution, although it provides a light, sugar cookie-like sweetness and a wonderful mouthfeel. Lemon zesty and orange zesty hops are Arena Premium's centerpiece and they're shown off to great effect.

I would prefer a bit less sourness and bit more bitterness, but that borders on nitpicking. I've become spoiled by Lake Louie beer and now expect it to be close to perfect (which is usually is). 'Highly hopped', as claimed by the brewery, is an overstatement, but it's certainly hoppy enough to get the job done. The job of delivering APA deliciousness to the taste buds that is.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft with a lovely, mouthfilling creaminess. In spite of the fact that bubbles are abundant to the eye, at least initially, they aren't abundant to the tongue. This is a lively ale without being a fizzy or a buzzy one. Solid across the board...

... which is exactly how I would describe the lineup from one of my new favorite breweries, Lake Louie. Arena Premium Pale Ale may not be quite as amazing as a few of its stablemates, but it's a wonderful, drinkable beer that I'd be pleased to be able to buy on a regular basis. Thanks to terrabyte for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 14:35:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 06:38:59 | More by emerge077
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 04:17:32 | More by Sammy
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:39:41 | More by brewcrew76
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 02:26:45 | More by terrabyte
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 16:32:20 | More by expatsteve
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 04:32:15 | More by RonfromJersey
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 05:14:22 | More by Golden2wenty1
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 03:42:42 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 22:25:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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longarm

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dingy orange/amber color with decent carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma mostly carmelized malts and some citrusy hops.

Somewhat unidimensional but nevertheless an excellent brew. An otherwise clean finish has some mild vegetable flavor, but not necessarily distracting. Somewhat sticky finish, but otherwise a classic example of an american pale ale.

A good brew, but not everwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 00:23:41 | More by longarm
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murrayswine

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 05:14:50 | More by murrayswine
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 17:43:11 | More by ppoitras
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blackie

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 10:10:32 | More by blackie
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 10:08:52 | More by merlin48
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2005 03:32:19 | More by DaPeculierDane
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 04:05:34 | More by dirtylou
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 21:17:12 | More by goodbyeohio
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 00:22:38 | More by kmpitz2
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 00:10:09 | More by clvand0
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 02:21:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 ounce growler. Clear caramel color with a medium sized head. The aroma is mainly hoppy, but with some caramel malt. The flavor, however, favors the malt. Lots of sweet, caramel flavor. The hops come in at the end, but it's not as strong or fresh as the aroma would have you believe. The mouthfeel is just a little thin. Great dinkability, as in all Lake Louie beers I've had. This is pretty good, but not the best offering from Lake Louie.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2005 03:45:28 | More by beveragecaptain
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear peach with a slight caramel brown tinting. Medium egg shell white head of crystalized fluff. Keeps a consistent skim once it fades. Adequate lacing glazes the glass in nicely etched sheeting.

Aroma is pungent of orange oils, pine, light nuttyness, and big portions of toasted bread crusts.

Taste has a blended mirage of flavors bringing low ended and mild hop tones of pine and super eluding citrus. Mostly malty though with more mild toned stuff of toasted bread spead with a tangy butter and a slight swipe of peanut butter. Lightly dry finish with super delicate touches of herbal grasses. Clean and toasty with a bigger malt base then I like to see out of a Pale Ale. Needed more citrus and hoppyness at the surface then in the background.

Feel is firmly set within a medium body with a luscious creamyness from the malt base and keeps a toasty character. Pretty drinkable stuff given its not all that flavorful as a Pale Ale should be. Definately not APA worthy, but is good non-the-less; perhaps as an ESB.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2005 17:45:19 | More by tavernjef
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abents

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 03:12:47 | More by abents
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 22:29:08 | More by cokes
Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.