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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.79/5
Very Good
661 Ratings
Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,528
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
661
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 406
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not one for grabbing a Pale Ale at random, got sort of burned out years ago when it seemed everyone wanted to be Sierra Nevada, but I've had a hop-hankering ever since Stan Hieronymus posed a question at his BLOG earlier this week:
http://appellationbeer.com/blog/what-does-hoppy-mean-to-you-seriously-eom/

So I wanted something new and different (for me) without worrying about being, well -- "slammed." Enter Mighty Arrow. 12 oz bottle, best before: 03JUL11

A -- Clear, deep golden with a slow-settling cream colored head. Leaves nice lacing.

S -- Piny, flowery, citrus hops -- very SNPA reminiscent.

T -- Initial hit of piny and earthy hops that blends into a semi-tart, pear or apple citrus character. There's a mellow biscuit backbone that doesn't try to fight the hop character -- it just adds the proper support. There's also a vague honey sweetness paired with that backbone. The finish is the fruity hops with a definite bitter to astringent bite. The biscuit malt and fruit character start to blend evenly in the aftertaste, probably because the bitterness has taken center stage.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to slightly crisp and dry with a light medium body.

O -- Overall, this is just what I was looking for to quench my hop crave. It's not over the top, it's not crazy bitter, it's begging for another round. $8.50 a six pack might keep me from running to New Belgium all the time, but it's good to know that the beer in the bottle is worthy.

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Photo of phillipzayas
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear appearance for an APA. Great head retention, nice amber color. Liked it much better than the Ranger IPA that they had. Smell was quite nice on it. The smell was remarkably close to the Ranger's smell. Sweeter smell from the hoppiness.

As for taste it was quite good. Much better flavor than most normal New Belgium products. Good balance between malty flavors and hoppy flavors. Of course it leaned more towards the hoppy, but sweet toasty flavors did come out. Mouthfeel was quite full and carbonation levels were level.

Straight 4s on all categories.

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Photo of tbern007
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/gold. Very large thick pillowy head with tons of lacing. Very nice to look at.
S - hoppy, grapefruit, floral, earthy.
T - good light malty sweetness serves as a backdrop to the hops. The label says there are 3 kinds: Cascade, Amarillo, and Golding. Good, hoppy, piney, flavor but not as strong as an IPA, DIPA.
M & D - good balance, leans a bit towards the hops. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Good all around beer for all occasions.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed copper. Fluffy white cap of froth. Great staying power and good lace properties. Not a lot of CO2 is noted in the body of the beer. Aroma is big on orange and lemon zest. Very bright and citric. Nicely balanced APA flavorwise. Caramel malt backbone with hints of toasted malts as well. Citric hoppiness and a slight hop derived bitterness. Medium to medium-full body. Appropriate amount of carbonation. Overall, this is pleasing. Solid APA.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with perfect clarity. 1" dense, rocky white head with very good retention. Fresh, sticky lace. Dry hopped? Cascade jumping out of the glass with pine and sharp citrus. Gritty malt, sweet - similar to Fat Tire or Skinny Dip. Fresh, leafy hop flavor -- somewhat herbal in the hop finish. Sweet malt, honey and some biscuit. Light bodied but not thin. Low carbonation...creamy mouthfeel. It all works well...very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, easy drinking, not-too-deep pale ale.

Pours sunny copperish yellow with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. The aroma is slight and a bit bready, with a sweetish head that almost evoked a good Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut. The flavor carries through that sweetish bread feel, malty and a bit sugary (without having much in the way of actual residual sugar - it's more of an impression), a little whiff of lemon, a little cinnamony burn of malt down the throat. The overall effect is like a sunny spring-like cousin of a robust Oktoberfest or Marzen, but maintaining the clean, crisp, spritzy effect of a pale ale. The moutfeel is easy and slick, with a little prickle of carbonation and a surprisingly dry edge given the sweet-ish effect of the flavor.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brewdoc75
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a NB 12 pack sampler.

Appearance: Light golden in color. Lively carbonation. Strong bubbly head.

Aroma: Interesting earthy and sometimes grassy aromas. Almost herbal, but there is a citrusy "orange juice" like aroma present.

Taste: Very nice flavors. Nice hoppy bite, w/ more of the earthy and grassy tones. Not a great deal of grains, but there is a hint of honey present. Not really that sweet though.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied pale ale. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: This is a good APA. Solid aroma and flavors with just enough uniqueness to stand out from the others. I'll be hunting this down in six packs for sure.

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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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