Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-15-2008 00:21:10 | More by botham
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
09-08-2008 17:19:27 | More by kmeves
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
09-08-2008 03:32:44 | More by Rennpferd
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-06-2007 04:47:09 | More by objectivemonkey
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
01-23-2007 00:22:51 | More by bjohnson
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-08-2006 16:54:24 | More by weeare138
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-25-2006 14:35:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
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
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
10-09-2006 02:39:41 | More by brewcrew76
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-29-2006 02:26:45 | More by terrabyte
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
07-23-2006 16:32:20 | More by expatsteve
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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).
07-21-2006 04:32:15 | More by RonfromJersey
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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...
06-11-2006 03:42:42 | More by RedwoodGeorge
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
(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
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-22-2006 00:23:41 | More by longarm
4.58/5 rDev +19.3%
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!
02-22-2006 05:14:50 | More by murrayswine
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-02-2006 17:43:11 | More by ppoitras
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
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
Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.