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Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 1
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 Wisconsin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear amber body that has a white frothy inch and a half head. Plenty of carbonation is present in this beer. The head fades to a lace minutes later with patches thicker and darker than others.

S - Smell of hops, citrus notes and some light malts and grains. The smell seems more of an IPA to me with the strong hop smell and sweet citrus nose.

T - Hops, sweet citrus notes and some earthy, floral notes all enter the mouth initially. There is also a nice malt balance in this beer with an adequate level of carbonation to allow the malts and hops to go hand in hand. No sign of alcohol in this one.

M - Medium bodied with a ample amount of carbonation. Malts and grains first enter your mouth with a nice transition to the hops and citrus finish. A little bitter but pretty smooth overall.

D - I am not a huge fan of hops and this APA has a bit more than usual. However, it is still quite smooth and easy to drink. I could see myself having a couple in a sitting.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some crud stuck around the rim of the bottle under the cap. Never an encouraging sign.

Pours a ruddy amber into a pint glass, with barely half an inch of orangish-white small-bubble foam. Smell is not strong - mainly sweet malt. Taste is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with its own character. A clean, almost weak opening flavor gives way to a full, hoppy, distinctly alcoholic finish that sticks around on the tongue for a long time. It doesn't have the bite of some other pale ales I've tried, so hopheads might be disappointed. For me, that's a good thing.

This one grew on me as I drank it. The taste takes a little getting used to, but it seems to build on itself as the flavor from the last sip lingers into the next. A worthwhile beer.

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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of sgoodship
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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.

Photo of chiapete
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of terrabyte
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of expatsteve
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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).

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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...

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.