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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a NG tulip glass (how fitting!) a clear light copper color with a 1 1/2 finger white fluffy white head that leaves lace as it settles. Nice hoppy aroma, not too overwhelming though, of orange citrus with a slight breadiness. Even though the aroma is light, it’s very pleasing. Medium/light mouthfeel. Slight sweet start with a slow building citrus flavor bitterness that never really gets too out of control. No real evidence of booze at all. Although this isn’t the most flavorful APA I’ve had, it is easy drinking and fairly decent tasting.

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Photo of nem2006
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle in a nonic glass. Poured clear with a nice, white head. Golden color with an amber hue. Not much carbonation visible in the glass.

Strong floral nose. Not much malt shines through.

The taste starts with a slight malty beginning, but does not linger for long because the hops come in. The hops are not overwhelming and do not have a strong aftertaste. There is the floral notes that you catch in the smell. A well balanced beer that is medium-bodied and easy to drink.

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Photo of bsp77
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright yellow-gold, started with moderate sized head but faded fast.

Smell: Evident citrus smell from cascade hops, and slight biscuit tones.

Taste: Mixture of citrusy cascade hop bite and biscuit malts. Almost spicy. Why does every non-Belgian beer that New Belgium makes have this same biscuit taste? Getting tired of it.

Feel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, kind of watery and thin.

Drinkability: Light but flavorful APA, and is a somewhat different take on the style. That said, the biscuit malts are a little out of place and the beer is a little too thin. Still, nice Spring seasonal.

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Photo of budgood1
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a darkish gold hue with orange highlights...somewhat muddled view through the glass. smallish head and light carbonation. thin wisps of lace. fresh citrus aroma...ripe orange and tangerine with a grapefruit kick. toasted malts mingle about. smells nice. taste isn't quite up to what the nose offered but there is enough hop flavour and bitterness to prop up the seemingly light malt base. bready, doughy, honeyish malts definitely play second to the bright hoppiness. sweetly citric. light bodied for a 6% ABV pale ale. mouthfeel is thin but some hop bitterness makes up for it a bit. drinkability is obviously good. it goes down nicely. has some kolsch characteristics. would make a summer quencher for sure. as a spring seasonal...um...not so sure.

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Photo of Overlord
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little pale. Way too expensive, but that's not the beer's fault.

Pours a clear light amber orange. Thin white crust. Surprisingly little head. Really enticing floral aroma with a bit of sweet citrus.

Taste is, surprisingly, much worse the aroma. Thin and weak, with maybe a splash of grapefruit and a hint of of orange. Just rather weak. The mouthfeel, which perhaps I should have guessed with the lack of a head, was too watery.

Still, a decent beer. Just not one I'd pay this price for again.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish copper body with a thick solid white head. Retention could be a bit better.

S- Spicy, floral, citrus hops with the slightest hint of the pale malt sticking through. Very complex aroma.

T- Citrus-like American hops immediately strike. This soon fades into a bread or biscuit-like malt character, and finishes off with a smooth caramel sweetness.

M- Just the slightest bit watery, but nothing to ruin the beer.

D- I could easily put down six.

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Photo of Baraka
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a rather small head that is quick to dissipate but leaves decent lacing around the side of the glass. Smells slightly citrusy with a hint of honey and yeast. There is a hop flavor on the palate, but there doesn't seem to be a lasting bitterness and the toasty, biscuity malt takes over on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin with solid carbonation, giving the beer a crisp, dry finish.

Not a bad little beer, although I don't think the hop profile quite fits the malt bill: the two flavors seem to be pulling in different directions that don't quite work. Nice Spring/Summer beer though for sure.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to minimal slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of only malt and hops. The flavor was of malt, rye, and hops. It was light on the palate with mid-high carbonation. Overall this was a nice pale ale. I really enjoyed the hop followthrough aspect of this one. The appearance was also quite nice for the style. However, the aroma was just okay and nothing awe-inspiring. It did however have a nice crisp and refreshing flavor throughout though.

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Photo of hdog09
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Good copper/amber tone

-Not a really strong smelling beer can't really tell what the specific hops used were

-More of a malt taste as opposed to hops, light flavor overall

-Good beer easy to drink but wouldn't say it's great. Tastes much better on tap.

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Photo of mattster
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Formed an immediate head of 1" that died down to a layer of thin lace across the top of brew. Brew is very clear, small bubbles floating up-wards.

Aroma is very subdued. slight floral, some hops, but nothing major. Taste is slightly hoppy. Mild pine, but otherwise pleasant. Balanced finish with nice bitters, aftertaste is good and not overbearing.

A nice Pale Ale - somewhat lighter than others in this class.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Mighty Arrow? The hell? Anyway, it pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light orange zest, wheat, and a touch of mild caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is rather provisional, lasting but a few fleeting moments on the tongue. Oh, and there's a hint of honey in there, too. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice little pale ale, but nothing really exciting enough to grab for again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a frothy head that nicely laces the glass

Smell: Enticing fruit aromas of grapefruit, mango and pineapple

Taste: The grainy and fruit flavors battle it out up front, with the raw grain ultimately downing the citrus flavor that was so enticing in the aroma; by mid-palate, the flavor profile becomes really harsh; after the swallow, the sweeter caramel and honey malt flavors start to build but never completely offset the harsher grain elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one schizophrenic beer; if it only tasted like it smelled, it would be terrific

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear honey, gold color w/ a thick white head.

S: Light hops, apples, citrus, honey.

T: The taste is pretty true to the smell. Balanced hop bitterness, with malts, honey and citrus. Leaves a bitter grassy aftertaste. Overall I'd describe the taste as mild and a little muted.

M: Light and slick, slightly oily. Leaves behind a filmy coating.

D: With so many pale ales to choose from I find no distinguishing characteristics that set this one apart. It is however not a bad beer overall. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crisp and clear honey color into my pint glass with about a one finger head.
S: A nice blend of citrus and honey. Not much in the way of the usually piney scent pale ales are known for. Really enjoyed it.
T: You can really taste the hops at the nose of the brew. The pines do come into play here and tango with the citrus notes. It's not too bitter though. At the back, the honey/malty sweetness does take over. A very nice blend here.
M: It's creamier than I expected and low to moderately carbonated.
D: Considering the great balance this beer has, I'd see myself having a couple. The malts really do a nice job of relieving your pallet of the bitterness provided by the hops and leave you wanting another sip.

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Photo of Sallerj
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a mild citrus aroma-- kind of a carmelized orange rind thing-- but overall not much aroma at all. It has a nicely balanced, but slightly thin, flavor that matches the aroma. The aftertaste has a burnt sugar and orange flavor and lingers nicely. This is a nice, highly drinkable, beer.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich honey-like golden color with a very impressive head that billowed up over the rim of the glass. Nice lacing with foam that has a death grip on the side of the glass.

S - Smells great! Mainly piney and slightly citrusy smell from the dry-hopping. Not really getting much beyond that though.

T - Hmmm. I have to admit it's a let-down. Still get some resiny notes up front followed by a weak malt body. Slightly metallic note in there too. Too bad, this was shaping up to be an all-around great beer.

M - Gentle and balanced carbonation. Slightly too thin for my tastes, but very very drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lazy Dog Cafe, on to the beer:

This beer has a goldenrod orange color to it, with a small head forming on top. However the foam stays on top of the beer all the way down the glass. Strong grassy hop aroma. Very "green". Like the aroma, there is a very strong, raw hop presence in the flavor. Subtle mango flavor, enough green grass flavor and hops to throw this beer off-balance. I would have liked to taste a little of the malt. Carbonation is on the low side of this medium sized beer.

More like an XPA than your standard pale ale. Good if you're looking for a beer with a raw hoppiness.

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Photo of JBogan
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking bright clear golden copper with a one finger crown of suds which stay in place for a while and leave a good amount of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma was a mixture of floral notes and citrus. Very pleasing.

Unfortunately the taste was not up to par with the scent. It seemed very watered down and tame, not what the aroma promised. Some malt in there to balance the hops out a bit, but overall was somewhat muted.

Mouthfeel was thin but slick. Smooth going down but could have used some more body.

All in all this is a fairly good brew, but seemed like it could have used a little something more in the taste department to rate it better than slightly above average.

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Photo of jsanford
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 3/27/11. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Clear dark gold with a 2-inch foamy white head.
S - Lightly toasted caramel with some earthy grapefruit hops. Pretty subdued.
T - Spot-on with the nose, nice and crisp and tasty.
M - Medium-thin bodied with crisp carbonation.
O - Nicely drinkable, excellent sessionable beer.

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Photo of Boblemo
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly an average to above average pale ale. The look is ver transparent golden with a decent head with lace.
The aroma is pale malts with a slight citrus and grassy hops.
The taste is pale malts in the begining with a slight buttery crystal malt a light carbonation then finishes with a dry slight hop flavor

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Photo of mattffrost
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearace Beer is a mosty clear light amber. Head dissolves very quickly.

Smell a faint piney citrus smell. Some sweet malt smell as well.

Taste A nice mild pale ale with good neutral hops. Don't drink this for a hop rush but rather a nice easy hop flavor. Starts off a little sweet with sweet carmel, but does not finish very bitter. I would like the taste to be a little less watery but overall pretty good.

Mouthfeel very light in carbonation. Maybe a little to watery for me.

Drinkablity Very nice mild neutral Pale Ale that is a lot better to drink than many beers out there.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice lacing, a light copper, orange hue.

S= pine and hops really come through.

T = A smooth earthy taste. It has a distinct NB taste, which I cannot quite place. A buttery pale ale taste.

M= Short mouthfeel, with a light bodied taste.

D= With a light color and overall drink, this beer is a good session beer, not quite one to cellar and save for a special occasion.

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 661 ratings
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