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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 658
Photo of rob119
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like grass, poured 3 down the sink from my variety pack.

Maybe I got a bad batch, but this beer is awful. A good pale ale is one of my favorite geer genres, and this is a very poor example.

New Belgium disappoints yet again. Dont understand how this brewery has been so successful.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light yellowish gold, sparkling clear. Pours a tiny head that dissolves to a thin web covering the beer.

S: Fresh hops. A nicely dry-hopped pale. Crystal malts, sweet like a warm loaf of honey bread. And...what's this? Skunk? Something at the end of the nose is amiss.

T: Sweetish and bitter at first, just as it should be. A gradual shift towards piney hops next, and then suddenly the flavor vanishes and in it's place appear lavender, soapy flavors. Awful.

M: Light, slightly sticky and astringent.

D: Low. The finish is not right.

I remember this beer being a sold APA last year - not overly hoppy, bright and fresh. This time around though, the flavor isn't what it should be. The soapiness ruins it.

I plan to revisit this beer again to see if I had a fouled batch or if the flavor was really supposed to be so soapy.

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Photo of lkno301
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -- Beautiful lacing. Color appropriately pale.
S -- Odd combo of hops-vs-malts ???
T -- Strange finish (tastes of bad, mineral-laden tap water.)
M -- Watery mouth-feel, especially contrasted with the big balloon (inappropriate to style?) of aroma and taste.
D -- Two of these brews are more than enough. I'm glad I only slipped two of these into my sixer of Fat Tire! ;^)

Too much of everything heavily shoveled into the Pale Ale style, possibly in order to bring it into line with the rest of New Belgium's somewhat over-the-top range of ales. What works so very well for Fat Tire apparently isn't working for this one, at least not for me. It's probably best that this wasn't conceived of as an IPA!

Note to brew master: sometimes less is MORE.

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Photo of Thatsethguy
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: not much to say. Yellowish red. Average head.

Smell: a little bit of hops, not much else going on

Taste: A wee bit of hops in the front, then it washes away. Honey in the finish. Not sure hops 'n honey go together, though.

Mouthfeel: average.

Overall: not generally a New Belgium fan, but I gave this one a shot b/c a spring seasonal sounded appealing. In the end, I'm sad I bought a 6 pack. Nothing noteworthy.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong, I usually like hoppy beers, but some just don't work for me.

Pours to a thick white head, tons of lace and light copper color. Aroma is extremely hoppy and spicy, smelled of fresh dry hops and all the hop compounds--even the obnoxoious ones--were invited to the party. Flavor is dominated by the Amarillo and Cascade hops--a very strong hop tea with an antiseptic bite. Very little malt contribution or balance. Mouthfeel is "soapy" and over all, I think I am put off by the lack of balance and complexity. This is "hopsturbation" at it's ugliest. Pass.

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Photo of beersheppard
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale copper, pillowy white head, not very carbonated, decent lacing.

Smell: malt, faint hops, like a toned down version of Fat Tire

Taste: a Pale Ale that is pale on taste, malts, hops on the aftertaste that lingers a little. Again, sad to say, like a wimpy version of Fat Tire. Some orange and mango in the hop profile. This beer just doesn't deliver anything special in the malt or hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: slightly watery, a little tongue tingle with the hop.

Drinkability: It is not a bad tasting beer, it just has little taste. A swing and a miss from NB. With a so many great APAs out there, I would never buy this again.

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Photo of Offa
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rather thin, bland, run-of-the-mill beer was a great disappointment to me. In part this was because I was hoping it would be a Belgian pale ale, not an APA, but in part also it is simply because tis is a rather standard, and very one-dimensional, bland APA anyway.

Clear, bright, dark gold, it has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and some nice lace.

The aroma is fairly good but not great, and smells very much like an APA, my first indication that it was not going to be a Belgian-style beer. It is primarily grapefruit with some pineapple and grapes.

The taste is soft grapefruit, light raisin, grain, and cracker. It is slightly sweet with very faint bitterness and a dryish finish of cracker and grapefruit. It has a rather full, soft feel with a dryish finish. It is similar to, but slightly stronger in character and feel, than other basic cracker-grapefruit APAs like Dempsey's or Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold. I find it one-dimensionl, bland, boring, thin, and utterly pointless. Of course, this is partyl becaus I simply do not like beer that tastes like only grapefruit or grapefruit and crackers.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tons and tons of foam. Lacing is average at best. Pretty pale golden color.

Smell: Not too much here. A vague hint of hops. Very disappointed.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit of floral honey. Not much else. Very watery and a bit bitter. Bitterness would balance out with stronger flavor components.

Drinkability: Definitely average by APA standards.

Overall: Easily my least favorite Fat Tire.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle with a yellow color and a foamy white head. Has a light hoppy citrus aroma. Unfortunately I didn’t get much of a flavor from this. There was a touch of citrus and hops. It does have a nice medium body mouthfeel. Overall just okay. Maybe a revisit will change my mind, as I did have this after having a couple of other beers with strong flavors.

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Photo of Wheelinb
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I will say the color of this beer is good, but from there it just gets very average. It's a solid pale ale, it just did not have a the big bold flavor that I enjoy from this style. It goes down well. If you are trying to convert a mass market beer drinker, this might be a good beer to start with. Your friends who are more into craft beer will likely think this is an average beer.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden amber. Ridiculously clear. A decent eggshell colored head that dies down to a small cap with moderate lacing.

S - Very little in the way of aroma. What's there is some earthy and resiny hops. Not really a lot to get my mouth watering.

T/M - Very light, almost watery. A touch of bitter earthy hops. I nice, decent pale ale. The first impression is that this is a decent session beer, but with 6% ABV, maybe not. Not a lot else to say. Not a whole lot else going on.

D - There are better pale ales out there, but I would be happy to see this in a bar flooded with Bud, Miller and Coors.

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Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis - one that surprised me with the 'ordinariness" of a brew from New Belgium.

Pour was ok - orangy amber with a decent ivory head. But the aroma and quaff were both on the wood and leathery side. A semi- harsh and biting finish did not help in the ratings for it. I will not seek this one out when the bottled version makes it into the area.

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Photo of Mdog
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: Earthy and citrus hop mix, a little breadiness, and some kind of weird spice flavor.

Drinkability: The odd taste doesn't make me want to try more.

This was kind of a strange tasting beer. Definitely leans towards the hoppy side, but is a weird tasting mix of earthy hops and citrus hops and what seems to be some spices that I can't identify. Interesting to try, but I probably won't have it again.

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Photo of ksullnh
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pale orange-yellow befitting to a pale ale. light white head with some lacing.

S: fruity and piney - reminiscent of cascade hops (a la sierra nevada) but with more fruit - some sweet oranges stand out, a bit of bready malts

T: less hoppy than i expected from the smell; some slight biscuit maltiness but not much really. lights hops taste fades into a distinctive NB aftertaste that i'm not a huge fan of.

M: thinner than i expected - seems to lack the body of most APAs

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Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce blank silver can given to me as an extra from SuperWhite92, thanks for the opportunity, consumed on 12/10/08, reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass, color is a medium orange with golden highlights, big one inch soapy white head, some retention, minimal lacing, lots of hops in the aroma, also a good amount of malt, some fruit, and light pepper, flavor was a little weak for me with light malt and mellow bitterness, hoppiness is there in the aftertaste but once it warms it is pretty much all malt, some mild lemons and oranges by the end, mouthfeel is both minorly chewy and dry, pretty light overall, taste does not last long, probably a bit too carbonated, could drink a few of these because it is light and low in ABV but the malt can be heavy at times, not the best drinkability for its style, probably would skip this one next time, probably worth trying though

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Photo of lhaqq
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange-copper body with little white head.
S: Not much there. Some grainy malts. That's about all I got.
T: More watery than expecting. Some malt mixed with wheat (not like a witbier). Nothing too exciting; no prominent sweetness or hoppiness.
M: Again, a bit watery, but not too bad for the style.
D: A decent beer if you're going to have a lot. Otherwise, not as good as the other stuff New Belgium puts out.

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Photo of suretolose
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tall glass. The color is a deep golden hue with a cream colored head that does not last long enough. It has a heavy hop smell that is pleasent. You can tastes the hops and a good amount of honey. This makes a nice spring summer beer. over all a solid beer.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB June 18, 2009. Pours a very clear golden/orange with moderate white head that diminishes to a trace. For some reason I smell a Purina Dog Chow bag. Funky smell of malts and hops without nothing distincive hitting me, other than an empty Purina Dog Chow food bag (is this what they call "barnyard"? Definitely more malts than hops in the nose. Have to say I like a more hopped APA than this, but overall it is balanced and more malty. I'd drink again but would probably pass on purchasing. To me the aroma is not as pleasant as others. I am not picking on New Belgium as others seem to enjoy. I have rated several of their beers and have been very positive. Something about this one I just found out of favor a bit, but hey it beats a macro!

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear medium gold color with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly gentle grain, with some light hops, and was mostly benign. The taste was the same, a bland mixture of grain and light hops.

The body was a bit lighter than typical, but the smoothness and crispness made up for it. Drinkability was good, but with a beer this bland, the question becomes why?

Overall, another middling brew from a generally middling brewery. Try it or don't, it doesn't matter.

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Photo of jsh420
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

best by may 11

pours clear bright golden orange with a 2 finger fizzy white head that left some spotted lacing

smell is a good mix of sweet malts and light floral/citrus hops

taste is like the nose but i get that musty mothball flavor that so many NB beers have

mouthfeel is a medium/full body brew with low carbonation - too heavy for this style

drinkability is so so - NB's beers are very reasonable in price but i just can not get past the musty flavor

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber colored ale with a small off-white colored head.

Smell is good and herbal with a perfume of Pine added, smells like English and NW style hops were used. Floral and minty smelling there is a very mild malt scent but this is mostly hops.

Taste starts out very neutral at the start with no particular taste. Very dry with just a little hop and biscuit malt flavor. Either my sense of taste is shot or this is lacking in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable but I must say I wish I didn't have 5 more of these. Doesn't taste bad but under-flavored compared to what I am used too. A good gateway beer I suppose.

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Photo of stumac
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this brew pours up an orangish gold color with a subtle white head. the nose is composed of pale malts, subtle hops, slight grapefruit. the taste is slight citrus, subtle yeasty taste, sweet opening to a dry finish. light to medium body, medium carbo...

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Photo of woemad
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Best before 14 August '09.

Poured a clear copper color, with a big, fluffy white head that left rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose is grassy and spicy, but not in a particularly assertive way. Mild, biscuity maltiness. This is like a West Coast APA with motivation issues.

Very mild tasting. A little too mild tasting, actually. Bland, bready malty flavors combine with spicy hops. The hoppiness tastes like it's being tasted from a long distance away, if that makes any sense.

Light bodied, with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Not horrible, but could be better.

An utterly unremarkable beer. I suppose it could work as a lawnmower beer, but there are cheaper options with not much of a loss of flavor. Don't think I'll need to try this again.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice juicy head and nice amber bronze coloring. Smell is quite unexpected! Juicy pineapple with an underlining bitterness and sweet caramel malts. This is one of those APA's that goes for the IPA feel. It is really very pleasant. Taste is a nice mellow bitterness. Opens up into the pineapple sweetness then I really get nothing but maybe some sourness. Eh. Taste is a bit of a let down after everything else. Kind of watery to me actually. The initial bitter/sweet is the only thing keeping it above average. Or maybe I am just spoiled on super hoppy high abv IPA's. But I kind of doubt it since even SNPA is always tasty too me. I have to pass on this from now on.

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Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a sticky white head that retains well. The nose is a nice mix of English and West Coast hop profiles; citrus and pine meets a bit of earthiness. Crisp biscuity malt flavors first appear on the tongue, which abruptly leads into strong bittering hops. There's plenty of hop flavor as well, earthy/herbal goldings being most prevalent, though less bitterness would give this beer a better balance. Not bad all the same.

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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