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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours golden brown, very clear, 1 inch white head. Medium retention and good lacing.

Smells moderately hoppy mostly of citrus but some english hops are present. Theres also a bit of malt backbone.

The taste is subdued unfortunately and more along the lines of an english pale ale. There is some grapefruit and mango as well as some malt in the flavor.

Thin body, low CO2 (a little irritating), drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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 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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golden color with a small, white head that left small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of Goldings hops - somewhat floral. There were also malty notes.

T - It tasted quite hoppy with a tocuh of light caramel malt. A bitter kick at the end.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - I thought this was pretty good. They need to package it in six-packs.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass.

First thing I thought of when I smelt this beer was IPA.

Pours a one finger head. Leaves decent lace rings. Pretty good retention. Color is a golden sunset orange. Very clear.

Aroma reminds me a lot of an IPA. Floral hops, citrus fruit including grapefruit zest. Taste is very hoppy, floral mainly. A lot of fruity zest and some bready zest as well. Taste also reminds me of an IPA, very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is obviously bitter, no alcohol present, and ends with quite a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, I was kind of excited that this tasted more of an IPA than a pale ale. It is pretty easy to drink and I am glad I got the 6er instead of a singleton. I would really recommend this one. A good offering from New Belgium.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

12 oz bottle dated May 2011 served in pint glass

Amber colored; clear even with trace sediment at bottom of bottle added; moderate but good lasting ivory head

S - fine fruity hops with malt background; would be higher if a bit stronger.

T - fruity hop mixture; caramel and pale malt, nicely balanced, although there's a bitter hop hit in the finish. IBU = 34.

M - crisp, smooth and full; moderate/high carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front that is quickly followed by a mild caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a complimentary hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is poundable beer with enough flavor and substance to stick with for a whole evening.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light to medium golden,a nice one finger fluffy white head atop,broken shotty lace was left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Passing leafy and citric hop in the nose,its a bit light though,some caramel tones also showed itself.Mild on the palate with decent flavors,again that leafy hop presence mixed with a tinge of grapefruit,biscuit and honey sweet malts keep the beer balanced all the way thru.A tad light but its drinkable,not the biggest in the falvor department buts decent.

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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber ale with nice white head. Sprightly in the glass and on the tongue. Fresh and fruity hops to start, long harsh bitterness to finish. Some touch of biscuit flavor. Sharp fruit and resin. Grapefruit pith in the aftertaste. Thin body and just a hint of malt. Label notes Cascade, Amarillo, and Golding hops.

Nicely made, clean and crisp, but the first sip is better than the last.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Amber color with a frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a pretty nice floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. I get a bit of a herbal and grapefruit like bitterness to it as well. I also get a nice malty, bready base to it with a little caramel sweetness coming through. Pretty nice aroma for the style, the hoppiness particularly was very nice int it.

The taste starts out with more of the citrusy hoppy flavors mixing with some bready, malty sweetness. Midway it starts to turn more bitter with some of those grapefruit like bitter flavors coming out. I get a little of the caramel sweetness in the finish as well which really compliments the hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was an easy drinking and flavorful version of the style I really enjoyed the brighter, floral hoppiness in it as well. It felt very balanced and drinkable and was a pretty solid beer of the style overall.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mildly cloudy with a solid golden hue. Modest start to the head, settles into a single bubble layer. Leaves stringy lace.

Good malt base with a distinctly floral hop nose. Nice appeal.

Excellent body for the style, rich and above average carbonation. Lighter malt than the smell suggests. The hop flavor is prickly and peppery. The aftertaste is relatively short given the hop aggressiveness.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 30 May 08, 6.0% ABV

Pours a slightly effervescent honey/bronze with a fluffy 3 fingers of creamy white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Citric hops & a touch of breadyness & a bit of honey once warm

T: Lemony hops, plus a touch of grapefruit & some biscuitty malt up front. Slight fruittyness is there as well as this warms along with some grapefruitty & piney hops, plus a bit of boozey warmth. Finishes with more booze presence, grapefruit & honey malt

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & great balance, a bit hot though

Drinks pretty easy, but I believe the 6% abv would get to you sooner than later. This is a pretty good APA & a nice addition to the NB stable. This was pretty good on draft too

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light copper-toned body sporting tiny streams of continued effervescence and topped with a finger of white foam.

Smell: Largely hoppy scent smelling of pine, flowers, and citrus fruits, pith and peel included, with the light toasty, grainy notes from malts tucked in back.

Taste: Mild pale maltiness with slender suggestions of lightly sweet honey and whole-grain bread. Beyond a medium-plus bitterness, the hops deliver a taste of pine and a citrusy, citric mix of lemon and tangerine peels. Drying, lightly crisp finish with a bit more bitterness and lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Here there's no fuss, no fancy tricks, just a good, easily drinkable APA that leans light on the malts and gives a good dose of citrusy hops.

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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