Arrowhead Pale Ale | Marshall Brewing Company

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Arrowhead Pale AleArrowhead Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by russpowell on 07-03-2011

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 101
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body, but average at best.

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Photo of Tommo
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just what i want when i buy a pale ale, a 5% beer with the malt content of a double ipa. Is this a joke. Im astonished on how this is even passable as a pale ale. Overall its ok. not much aroma, lots of malt, not a great hop bitterness. Meh

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer with an incredible nose of fruit and flowers. The flavor is a little off to me though. I get this weird skunking on the finish.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Old review that I thought I had posted a few years ago.

Draft/pint glass

One finger off white head with decent retention, leaving nice lacing. Nearly clear, light amber body.

Powerful piney/grassy hop aroma with a touch of caramel malt behind it. Excellent, especially strong for an APA.

Taste was piney and grassy hops over lightly toasted & caramel malts. Way hoppy for a pale - which is just fine with me.

Medium body. Fine carbonation. Nicely bitter finish with some lingering hop-oils.

One of the best APAs I've ever had. Far hoppier than their Atlas IPA. May be out of balance for some - but those people are wrong. Dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours up to a nice buff head that leaves lace and lasts. Hazy orange-amber color. Aroma is hop-forward with earthy, piney, spicy hops and a nice powdery malt backdrop. Flavor mimics nose with a nice crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is sort of watery and a bit astringent but passable. Overall a decent quaff with some nice spicy, biscuity notes to make it interesting.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of head. The aroma may be the best part of this beer and possibly the best aroma Ive ever got from a beer. One of the most pungent and booming aromas, this literally smells like smelling hop pellets in your hand. Citrus and pine bombard the nose at first with a little bit of bready malt. The taste is very good with the citra hop clearly shining through with the distinctive passionfruit followed by some citrus and light pine notes. The bready malt helps balance this hoppy pale ale by removing bitternness and adding a smooth, creamy finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet from the malt which detracts for me. Overall, this is a very tasty brew and woud make for a great beginners beer to hoppy ales and even satisfy even the most seasoned hop head.

Edit: This is also a unassuming beer considering the label design, which makes for the don't judge a book by its cover example. It may look average on the outside, but this is much more than average. (91/100)

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep orange to light copper in color. 1 Finger light head with terrific lacing and a ring that stays around for a while.

S- Big citrus notes from the Citra hops- orange zest, grapefruit, lemon. Bready malts for sure. Earthy hops come through as well. Impressive nose.

T- Follows nose really well. Hop forward with the big citrus fruits. All on a nice malt backbone. Perfectly timed bitterness in the finish. Toasted malts and some pine tree oils. Just the right amount of balance in a pale.

M- Drinkable, refreshing, mid body. Carbonation seems to be about right for the style.

O- Great use of the Citra hop! A balance that is spot on. Lots of impressive qualities here. Goes perfect with smoked BBQ.

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Photo of popery
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkened orange color, glowy at the edges. Quite hazy. Small white-ish head. Not much lacing. The aroma is a bit weaker than I'd like. It's pretty much just citrus/pine hops with some biscuity malt. Grapefruit rind, pine needles, a little grass. The taste is pretty dry. There's some toasty malt character, but it's mostly marked a somewhat bland hop bitterness. That's not to say it's a bad beer. It's just well-worn territory and not exciting. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Normal carbonation. There's some body to the beer. I quite liked McNellie's Pub Ale, so this beer is a bit disappointing. Still, it's easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Not much of a white head. Fractured surface foam and a nice collar.

Smell - Some hops. Citrus. More on the orange than grapefruit end of citrus. Biscuity malt. Lots of grain, it's the most prominent smell. Just the slightest metallic hint.

Taste - Hops, again, are right up front, but not the main story. Citrus, but then cracker malt merges into a darker malt flavor. Gets pretty toasty in the back end. Moderate bitterness and a very clean finish, which yields a mineral note. Maybe what was causing the metallic smell.

Mouthfeel - I'm 5 minutes into this review and the glass I poured is nearly gone. Medium light body and nicely crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Well made with a crisp clean flavor. This isn't a pale ale that will blow you away but it's nice.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of citrus fruit, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is more malt heavy. I get a lot of bread and toffee, as well as some citrus and grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P:  Pours a clear golden burnt sienna with a full finger of airy off white head that settles to a thin translucent sheet. 

S:  Big whiffs of galaxy hops, spiced earthy malts, citrus oils, fresh flowers, sun dried grains, fresh pine needles and aroma similar to the inside of a plastic sandwich bread bag left in the sun. 

T/M:  Light-medium, almost chewy, body with crisp carbonation with aggressive hop bitterness.  A combination of toasted malts, spices, citrus oils, pine needles and fresh earthy floral hops.  Semi sweet malts leaking in the back along with a touch of mint.  Finish is super dry with bitter grapefruit and fresh herbs. 

O: I have to say I love me some galaxy hops! This pale ale is one of my all time favorite beers. I grabed 2 cases as soon as I saw it this year and I will probably be getting more. The fresh earthy flavors mix well with the bitter fruit and slight sweetness. An all around great beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!

Celebrating a nice Bears win with, what else?, an Oklahoma pale ale. Right on. It pours a hazy brass amber topped by a finger of off-white foam and populated by lots o' minute floaties. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange peel, light pine resin, lighter balsa, grass, and, decidedly in the background, a swell of sweet-ish, buttery caramel. The taste pretty much brings in more of the same, but with some added grapefruit peel and lemon peel, and a touch of mandarin orange flesh thrown in as well. Not bad at all. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fairly dry finish, and a disturbingly silky feel. Damn, this stuff goes down easy, but lingers just long enough to ensure it doesn't wear out its welcome. I feel I could drink this all night. Overall, a very nice little pale ale, something I now really wish was available around here... Good times.

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Photo of TylerBGoode
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marshall's newest seasonal beer the Arrowhead Pale Ale, is currently featured on cask at McNellie's pub in Tulsa. Like all of Marshall's beers, having the Arrowhead on cask is a totally different and unique experience when compared to having the same beer in the bottle.

The beautiful orange hue and rich fruity aroma of the beer could take you off guard, especially if you're not familiar with this particular beer at all. When comparing the cask version of the Arrowhead with the bottle or keg version, the lack of overwhelming hops that dominates the bottle version is interestingly more subdued. Without the overbearing bitterness, the underlying flavors of the beer open up beautifully. Grapefruit, pine and ginger are some of the most prominent flavors that dance harmoniously on the palette.

Having a pint of Arrowhead Pale Ale on cask is a wonderful beer that offers an exciting alternative to the beer's somewhat over-hopped bottled counterpart. Tulsa area beer lovers should not miss this opportunity.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a turbid amber orange with a firm off-white head that creates solid lacing.

S - Fresh pungent hops, pine, floral, and grapefruit. You don't even have to put your nose down to it.

T - Aggressive pine and grapefruit, very raw and fresh. Sweet grainy and caramel malt in the background. The hops turn to strong grapefruit pith but also has a clean citrus infused herb character and finishes quite dry.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, dry on the finish.

The hops are the highlight here. Very bright and pungent flavors with a nice malt accent underneath. It's refreshing, delicious and gives you a good hop fix. Get it while it's fresh!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i honestly forgot your name, but thanks for handing this one to me to try at the ccb taproom last april!

hazy golden amber with about two inches of white head on top. A nice slow fade gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice film across the top. You could tell it was nice due to ample carbonation consistently replenishing it. Great fresh aroma, with lots of floral hops and a good bit of grain in the back. The taste followed through pretty much the same. Great floral hop flavor hit you right away, but it was very light and refreshing, nothing overbearing about it at all. Nice underlying grain base had a touch of sweetness to it which gave it some good depth. Smooth, crisp finish with a nice lingering bitterness. Great light bodied feel and amble carbonation made it very light and refreshing and kept you wanting to come back for more. This was easily a session ale with no issues.

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chocosushi for this one. Served this 12 oz. in a Goose Island tulip pint. No date. The body was a hazy golden butterscotch color with a yellowy tan head. There was minimal lacing but an even film remain on the beer.

The smell was citrus and pine. Whole wheat bread dough bloomed after it opened up a bit. Nice.

The taste was stone fruits and grapefruit bitterness. The sweetness was evident enough to compliment the pithy bitter finish. Very drinkable and gone way too fast. I would seek this one out.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of tronester
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at Mcnellies in Tulsa 7/20/2011

Served in a standard pint glass, very close to cellar temperature. A light orangish copper in color, with just a hint of chill haze. The head is very coarse, lively and light tan in color. Smell is overwhelming waves of citrus fruit. Taste is a sweet caramel start, followed by tons of Grapefruit. There is a very firm, clinging, clean piney bitterness that follows, and then the aftertaste. It is as if one just ate an entire grapefruit rind. One of the most citrusy beers I've had. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, perfect carbonation. Great drinkability, I had two pints of this and loved every drop. Served from the cask really showcases Marshall's beers. The best American Pale Ale I've had.

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Photo of bump8628
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, peachy orange with a sturdy head of tight, white bubbles. Hops jump from the glass with a big punch of juicy apricot and a citrus rind assault. The hops rough up the palate a bit too much for the style with some astringent, crushed aspirin bitterness, but some of the more pleasing hop character manages to fight it's way through. The bit toffee offered from the malt side of things seems a little out of place, but again, this one is all about the hops. Nice effort to be sure, I feel it could use a little refinement, but it's a great way to scratch the hop itch.

2012 bottled version is a little cleaner in terms of both malt and yeast, but still lacks the hop taste promised by the vibrant aroma. More pine, but still the aggressive aspirin-like bitterness that detracts from the other nice aspects of the beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, citrus, hops, caramel, malts

taste: pine, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: This is a blend between and IPA and a Pale Ale. I enjoyed it since I'm a hophead. Very decent brew.


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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off a medium pour a packed off-white head tops out right below the pint rim. Good retention with a few hills of lace left behind. Murky orange and red in color. The froth stays thick and sticky as the session continues.

Promising aroma with some pungent, oily hops and an undercurrent of citrus. Some apricot fruitiness also exists. Tastes excellent with more apricot fruitiness mixed with some sweet malts and grain and a heap of hops, all balanced to near perfection. A few drinks in and I'm getting some welcomed sour fruitiness as well.

Smooth and crisp with a lingering hop edge in the throat. Medium bodied but highly sessionable; with the right ratio of taste to body.

This is what a Pale Ale should be. Bold but not overpowering. Tasty but not overly complex. I have a feeling the Arrowhead Pale Ale is going to be a staple in my fridge this summer, and will provide plenty of succor for these miserable record breaking, head baking days.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 one word I use to describe what Eric and the Guys over at Tulsa's own Marshall Brewing, have done with its brew. As soon as you pour this amazing beer into your glass you are taken to a HOP field and dropped off Bear Grylls style. As you descend into this beer the aromatic jungle of sense assaulting goodness springs to life. "Is this beer brewed in Tulsa Oklahoma?" you may find yourself asking...YES! it is! This beer pours an excellent golden/amber hue and has an excellent carbonation and lacing. The taste is what you would expect from a finely brewed and Dry Hopped (hop forward) brew. The taste is so refreshing and sessionable that I find my self always coming back for more. Pine, Citrus and a hint of peach standout with a mild malt backbone that makes this baby EAZY to drink. If you are into a great American Pale Ale and you are in the Tulsa area, please feel free to grab a pint (or 2 or 6) or a sixer at your local area BEER store, because Marshall simply does not disappoint with this masterful crafted nectar of hop heaven! Cheers!

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden hazy amber with a 2 finger sudsy bubbly head. Head sticks around a minute and leaves behind some patchy lacing as the drink goes down.

S- Major hop forward nose. More of a mineral hop. But then gives way to some nice toffee and citrus notes.

T- Again, major hop forward. I think its a key signature with Marshall. Piney hops and mineral hops. Dry bread. Toffee. But leads into a great fruity balance of maybe peaches, apricots, and grapefruits. Well balanced.

M- Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Crisp, a tad dry, and refreshing.

O- My go-to beer for the summer. Excellent. Not a hop bomb, just hop forward. Great citrusy notes, crisp, and refreshing. Marshall continues to put out some excellent brews. Cheers!

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Photo of chocosushi
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brand new beer from a solid company.
12 oz -> Young's Pint

A ~ Great label as usual with the Marshall brews. I like the style the go for.
The beer is mellow caramel color with a sudsy 1/4 of head. Takes a minute for the head to go down, leaving pretty solid lava rock lacing (tightly compacted very fine to medium bubbles)

S ~ A punch in the nose of pine needle and some heavy mango as well. That's all I'm getting is fruit and trees...and I'm stoked. What a great nose on a pale ale.

T ~ Pine follows through in a very crisp way bleeding into typical bread/biscuit flavors, peppered throughout with that great mango flavor on the nose, as well as some pitted fruit (peaches mostly) and the slightest hint of fresh wheat & zest. Good palette harmony.

M ~ Very well executed with not overly aggressive carbonation. The hops add a very fresh & clean element to the experience that is NOT a resin bomb. Slight, spicy bittering as well. Not too dry.

D ~ Very drinkable. I'd have to say that this is a fantastic addition to the Marshall lineup, and I hope they make bombers. I like it better than the Atlas IPA to be honest. Kudos to Marshall for staying ahead of the game and making a Pale that doesn't taste like all the others out there.
If you live in the tri-state area, seek this out.


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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked at their web site/no information...

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & fantastic lacing

S: Pineyness by the bucket, some orange peel & grainy notes

T: Much pineyness, some woody & grapefruitty hops layered with a touch of dry biscuitty malt up front. A touch mineral hoppyness comes through as this warms, plus a bit of aspirin bitterness, plus a touch of toffee. Finishes crisp with some woody hops as well, slightly dry & grassy

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy, nicely balanced

Fairly assertive as APAs go, but I like them that way. This one will be in my fridge all summer long most likely. Liked the revival red better, but this is a nice hoppy addition to their line

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Arrowhead Pale Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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