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Arena Premium Pale Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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86
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
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:
Beer added by: Bighuge on 09-23-2002

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of longarm
3.8/5  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.

Photo of murrayswine
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of abents
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.