Mighty Arrow Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great clarity inside a mostly yellow with slight orange beer. 1/2" white head. Hits the dry hop notes well, not overly pungent but clearly existing. Floral aspects, light, not danky or heavy.

Taste restrained bitterness and hopping strong enough to hang in this day and age. Very dry and light body, grapefruit and crackers. Some lemon crispness to it. Plenty of pine tree. Wouldn't mind if this was more widely available.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a crystal clear gold with a creamy white head. S: Flowery citrus. T: Stone fruit, citrus, honey and light caramel with the balance to the malt. F: Medium body, medium carbonation, starts slightly sweet but finishes dry. O: A well made, easy to drink pale ale.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it once, seemed pretty happy with it, don't really remember much more than that. This is their spring seasonal, and it's a good intermediate beer between the heavy dark beers and the light summer beers. Probably wouldn't seek it out given all the similar stuff that's available year-round, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mighty Arrow pours a cooper color with a big fluffy lacing head. There is a weak aroma, with some notes of hops. The taste is rather balanced, some nice hop notes, but has a noticeable malty sweetness. Nice flavors, but could be so much more. Overall its a nice balanced easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of rob119
2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
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 mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date June 15, 2014 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the spring folly pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a brassy golden orange colored body with excellent clarity and two fingers of fluffy white head. Nice stringy scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of bready biscuit malts and some pungent grapefruit / pine / citrus hop presence. Subtle peppery yeast presence also noticeable. A tame, but pleasant aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - bready honeyed malt paired with a light earthy / piney / grapefruit hop bitterness. Lightly grainy. Nicely balanced. No alcohol detectable.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, and clean. Light honeyed breadiness lingering on the palate. Lightly sticky. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice easy drinking pale ale from New Belgium. Nicely balanced, with a well-hidden, moderate 6.00% abv. Nothing spectacular or groundbreaking here, but it is good solid drinking.

New Belgium Mighty Arrow Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of tastybeer
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold color, small white head but nicely bubbly with some sticky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, saltine crackers, soft floral hop, hint of pilsener-like spice, bread dough, and a smidge of lemon. Flavor is very similar. No surprises. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly resinous and a weeee bit syrupy over a light body. Bitterness is light but does exist just enough for some added excitement. Not bad. Nice clean flavors.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass
Notes from 03/09/14

Nice to see this one rereleased…

A: Golden amber with near perfect clarity. Lively with bubbles visibly streaming upwards into a thick sudsy off-white head. Holds together quite well leaving back sticky sheets and dots of lace on the glass.

S: Smells of fresh piney hops on the nose followed by a fruity combo of apricot, peach, and tangerines. There is some underlying bready malt aromatics as well. The fresh green hops and fruit notes are fairly expressive however which is nice.

T: Follows in line of the aroma with some bright and fresh piney hops, tangerine, and lots of juicy apricot/peach notes. Firm malt base brings that familiar honey sweet bread like that in most of NB’s beers. Moderate to upper level of perceived bitterness with the alcohol pretty much fully disguised. Nicely hopped with the refreshing apricot fruit additions.

M: Smooth and creamy texture with ample carb here. Moderate fill from the body. Light peppery bitterness. Nice clean and crisp action on the finish. Clean and not so resinous.

D: A nice and sessionable pale ale that offers up a slightly unique twist of Apricot. Nice fresh hops here is what attracts me the most. But I find this much like most of NB’s lineup; above average and nothing I couldn’t live without.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.99 for a variety Folly 12-pack (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: March 2, 2014
Consumed: March 2, 2014
Misc.: Best by June 15, 2014

Poured a caramel amber clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up. A healthy dose of layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention.

Smelled citrus hops, apricot, peach, floral hops, caramel, honey wheat, lime, pine and some roasty malts.

Tasted a bit darker than the smell. Got caramel, roasted nuts, floral hops, honey wheat, lighter citrus hops, light apricot and faint pine.

Light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, but refreshing finish.

Just a very nice pale ale. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a date.

clear with a small bubbly head and lace. smell is dank, lemongrass, before fading into a more medicinal scent. it's bitter like an ipa initially, has a crisp bite, and sometimes a deep delicious hop taste (lemon, apple, mango). mostly i just notice a "hard-water" aftertaste and that signature buttery NB taste.

smells great

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Photo of NickT2121
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a pint glass, slightly aggressive pour had a monster 2 finger head. Left a good amount of hoppyness. A slight pale Amber or golden color to it. Very clean and clear.

S - Wow. This smells amazing. strong lemony grapefruit tones, and piney hops Smell. Very refreshing the smells are just bursting.

T - off the bat I taste grapefruit and citrus taste with a slight bitterness not overpowering just right. hoppy taste.

M - creamy wet feel if that makes sense, with a slight dry bitter finish but ends with a fruity bitterness. Good amount of carbonation works really well together.

O - very glad I picked up new belgium sampler pack. This is my second beer I have reviewed from them, and they have not let me down yet. This beer is great with all the fruity flavors I am getting it's very refreshing beer as soo as I find I she'd I immediately wanted another. Sessionable beer. Very smooth and just a good all around beer. Not to bitter not to overpowering. Great job New Belgium Brewery.

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Photo of NMichael79
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. If there was only one beer I could get for every day of te rest of my life, this would be it. It's too bad it has been discontinued.

This is my first beer review here. I just signed up! I've tried almost every brew on the craft market over the last 15 years and this one is it. Top notch! Would love to try it on draught if I made it to Colorado.

Alright I'll give this a shot.

Appearance: I love the label and the story behind it about the dog Arrow and all. Pours clean. Nice light amber honey appearance. It seems to have what you people refer to as soft lacing. You can't expect too much of a creamy head on a bottled beer unless perhaps it is bottle conditioned, rite?

Smell: Well it's very ale like. I get the hops smell and some ethyl esters not unlike that reminiscent of a fine Tennessee whiskey. Oh it's beautiful. A very clean scent Yes there's some fruit there. A bit of piney mountain morning air. Gentle honey aromas. A little more pungency toward the bottom of the glass turning a bit skunky. Full character experience.

Taste: The smoothest pale ale I ever tasted. Yahweh must have kegs of this brew upstairs with 'Arrow' waiting there to greet and lick your hands. I have a hard time describing the taste. Lemme lemon has to see if he can agree with some other reviews that were posted: Yes I get fruit and fermented malt sticky sweetness balanced out with a gently caressing ever so feminine bitterness which balances out the clean and refreshing clarity and uplifting sincerity of this exceptional brew.

Mouthfeel?: It is beginning to feel increasingly difficult to review since I have polished off my glass. I might have to crack another, not as originally planned, just to be sure. I would say not heavy, but on the lighter side. If stout and porters are at a 10, and lagers pilsners are within the 1 to 3 range, this would take a five. Very pleasant and satisfying. Not too hoppy, not too malty. The brew is non astringent, that is it will not make you pucker up like a strong hoppy brew might. Nice way to cleanse the palate after something like a Ranger or Imperial IPA. I wish I could give more. You just have to experience it for yourself. It's really good.

Overall: It just draws me in. Its a clear step definitive line in the sand as far as american pale ales go. I would classify it as definately a sessionable beer. I would buy this by the case if that was all that was available. I would like a keg of it for my birthday! The empty glass almost has a green or oolong tea like stinky-sweet smell that makes me think of other things I like. Overall just a really beautiful clean drinking round pale ale without that overbearing bitter bite and aftertaste I get from some pales. This pale has more color and easygoing friendliness. It's just bar none, the most balanced pale ale I have ever had the privelige of putting to my lip. Thanks New Belgium! Don't let this one slip by again!

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Photo of whatthehull
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a white wine glass (I'm at work, give me a break)

A - A golden amber, tons of tiny little bubbles floating about, a one finger barely off white head and some sticky lacing

S - Right off the bat (as with EVERY NB ale) smells of Fat Tire, lots of sugar, sweet malts, wet pine wood, pine hops, ripe sweet red apple, very subtle yeast, lots of brown/green earth, slight pineapple and common field flowers

T - Right off the bat the signature Fat Tire taste, turns into a very sweet malt, a bit of pine, some floral hops, green earth, terrior, apple? and some yeast funk

M - Mediumish body, okay balance, okay complexity, medium minus acidity and a very long sweet to malty finish

D/O - Very refreshing, easy to drink, not here nor there in flavor, just a decent, easy to drink pale ale, with just enough flavor for me to grab another

Final thoughts - Ale was in a 12 pack that was $13 and a nice 6% abv. I don't think I'd grab a six pack, but I will be drinking all 4 that I got. Very decent beer!

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Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip
best by : 04/27/14

Clear, brassy golden with a thick, foamy off white head. Great lacing.

Citric, peach, bready, lightly sweet honey notes. Very enjoyable.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done pale ale. It has a slightly more sweet profile than the usual citric or pine focused pale ales. The sweetness comes in both the malts as a honey character, and a sweet fruity hop character.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow/orange, some carbonation, one finger head that lingers and leaves some lacing.

S-Starts with malt and honey, some lemon, very slight grass and hops.

T-Malty to begin with caramel and slight honey. Ends with a pleasant hop note and slight bitterness. There are some earthy hops balancing with the citrus hops.

M- Medium in bodied, slight carbonation and some hop bite.

O-It is a good APA, better than I expected from New Belgium but still nothing special.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with one finger of head that was quick to settle to a thin film. Nice amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Hoppy aroma that is packing a lot of subtle properties. It is fruity with note of tangerine, mango, and kiwi. Also some floral and peppery qualities as well. Malt does not play much of a role in the smell.

Flavor also has a lot of tropical fruit. Citrus and other fruit flavors, and floral notes pleases the palate. Malt has a sweeter quality and a hint of caramel. Bitterness is moderate but is very well balanced.

Extremely well carbonated to a medium-light beer. Lively without being harsh.

One of the more fruit hop forward beers I have sampled. A revival beer, why was it ever discontinued? I would drink this over many other New Belgium beers.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 5/11/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with plenty of bright hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity of bright citrus hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice malt/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TCMike
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Produced a 1.5 finger of white head. The beer color is a translucent gold.

The aroma is of citrus, and malt.

The taste is similar but with a light pine taste, and mild hop bitterness. Medium mouth-feel, with a slightly sticky consistency. Medium carbonation.

Good, easy drinking beer. BA says retired, but New Belgium brought it back for a limited time in a Folly pack.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured heavy and received a nice whip cream like two finger head. Active carbonation in a clear golden ale. Considerable lacing. looks refreshing.

S- I get a mild fruit aroma. some citrus behind that.

T- Same but a little more than the smell. Fruity malts and mild citrus hop flavors combine nicely and finish together. There is a dank peppery aftertaste and it stays around for a while.

M- This is a little creamy and/or malty. Medium bodied.

O- Not bad. This is a good example of a pale ale. A good balance of flavors and a warm spicy finish. I could drink this one again, I'm glad they revived this brew!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired yesterday as part of the new Folly pack; I guess this is a revival beer. 6% ABV. Reviewed as a pale ale because the label clearly identifies it as such. Best before: April 27, 2014. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Served into an Avery stem-tulip - satisfying the label's stated ideal glassware.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Has a fluffy consistency. Low frothiness. Decent thickness. Slight creaminess. Retention is pretty good - about 4 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper-gold of above average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. Very clean; there are no floating yeast particles nor any visible sediment.

Overall, it's an inviting appearance for a pale ale, though isn't unique or special compared to most examples of the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: They used some of my favourite hop varieties (amarillo, cascade) in this pale ale, and I'm pleased to find they're showcased here. I pick up some oniony character from the amarillo, which may bother some. I happen to like it. There's ample floral hop character as well as some unexpected herbal notes - including dank oily resins evocative of cannabis. It has a lovely honey malt character with an accompanying ideal level of sweetness. There's some nice pale malt character in there too to give it some more body and presence.

This is the kind of fragrant, pleasant aroma I look for in a good pale ale. There seems to be a good marriage of hops to malts, and the moderate strength of the aroma is sufficient to entice. I'm really looking forward to the first sip.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable; it's quite a clean focused aroma profile.

T: The taste largely delivers on the promises of the aroma, providing a multifaceted hop profile spread over a honey malt base. The cannabis-esque dank resinous character dominates, with floral and herbal character not far behind. It's a bit timid in terms of citrus given Cascade was used, but it does feature a mild grapefruit twang which is a bit of a departure from the general vibe of the rest of the flavour profile. As such, the build isn't quite gestalt, but it's very cohesive.

It's pretty balanced, but I can't say the ingredients seem all that carefully selected. The honey malt is a huge success here, lending just a bit more sweetness than the complementary pale malts provide. It's got notable complexity and intricacy compared to your average American pale ale. That said, it's not a real subtle brew. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet, with a slight overcarbonation bite. It's aptly crisp, which helps the mouthfeel complement the flavour profile. Has adequate body and thickness to support the flavour profile.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, hot, or stale.

Dr: This pale ale from New Belgium surpassed my expectations. It'd make a great beer to pair with pizza and is quite drinkable for its above average ABV. It's the kind of beer I'm happy to find in a variety box and would be happy to see come back to New Belgium's lineup on a less limited basis. For its price point and availability, it really delivers. While I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again and wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's a pretty solid pale ale for a macrobrewery and will satisfy the discerning drinker.

Low B-

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Photo of jthelamontagne
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Goldish, Bronze, Caramel, Peanut Brittle

A: Pine, Spice, Citrus (orange rind) Taramind, touch of "HP sauce"
Pink Bubblegum

T: sweet raisin, tamarind, roasted pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, orange marmalade.

M: smooth, low carbonation.

F: alcohol vapours linger then dissolve

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

Poured from brown NBB bottle to NBB pint glass.

A - The beer pours a perfectly clear light golden amber color with a 1 finger white bubbly head. Good retention and lacing throughout.

S - Better nose than I remember from last year: fruity and citrusy and earthy in hop character. A nice malty sweetness on the back end.

T - Just like the nose this is better than I remember! The hop character is present immediately with sweet fruit, citrus, pine character. The malty sweetness allows for a surprisingly balanced beer. Finishes smooth and crisp.

M - Lighter end of medium mouthfeel with good crisp carbonation.

O - A very good APA that I would recommend. It has a lot more character than I recall. Very citrusy and sweet and delicious.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-25-2011 19:47:08

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Proper pale ale pour: clear golden with two fingers of white foam.

S: Very aromatic! White pepper, grapefruit, but an overwhelming pineapple aroma rise from the glass. Amarillo hops?

T: Pineapple flavour dies down here and the regular dry, fruity citrus flavours if the APA emerge. Eh...it was good while it lasted.

D: Crisp and light beer makes for good drinkability. Not terrible complex after that aroma, however.

Overall: A nice APA from New Belgium. It won't blow your mind, but it shouldn't disappoint either.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful gold with thick pillowy head with good retention and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Strong hop aromas, heavy citrus apricot up front, pine and floral, modest caramel beyond the hops. Mostly hop character to the flavor, citrus and grapefruit most prevalent, pine, and subdued caramels. Malt body is good, medium, balances well hop bite and flavors, nice dryness to finish, clean and crisp. Very drinkable, very sessionable! Good Stuff.

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