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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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 01-05-2008

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Photo of t0rin0
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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 kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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 chinchill
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange that isn't too far removed from bright amber. The crystalline beer is crowned by a wonderful looking chunk of ivory colored foam that fills almost half the pint glass on the initial pour. All kinds of stickiness leads to an abundance of attractive lace.

The aroma is pure American pale ale. Interestingly, the brewery's website lists the hops as Amarillo and Cascade, while the label says that Cascade and Goldings are in use. One sniff tells me that the website is correct. Mininally toasted malt rides along beneath a grapefruit and orange citrusiness.

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale tastes exactly like its ingredients say it will and exactly like it smells. That's a very good thing. It's a little surprising that NBB has taken this long to release an APA, something that is standard fare for just about every craft brewery in the U.S. Then again, they don't call themselves New *Belgium* for nothing.

First attempt or fiftieth, this is a solid example of the style. The malt backbone is nice and sturdy, with a gently toasted grain and honey vibe. The hops, while nowhere near IPAish, are fine for an APA. Mighty Arrow is roughly balanced, with a slight nod toward grapefruit zesty bitterness.

There's no letdown when it comes to the mouthfeel. No surprise there. It's at least medium for the style, features a light creaminess, and hangs on well through the finish. Spot-on carbonation helps bring all that about.

This beautifully constructed ale proves that good breweries brew good beer, even if it's outside of their (supposed) comfort zone. Mighty Arrow Pale Ale flies true and hits pretty close to the exact center of the bull's eye. If there was any justice in the world, this brew would outsell Fat Tire 10:1.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new one from New Belgium. I had been wanting to try this one to be honest and stumbled upon it the other day. Decided a glass was not going to hurt anything I dove right in. Always up for a good Pale! Nice pour, deep amber color with loads of carbonation that could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass to continually reinforce the two fingers of white foam that was sitting on top of the glass. Settling down it coated the inside with a light string of fine lacing and left a decent bit of broken crown across the top. Nice aroma, fresh, light, hints of grapefruit and light piney hops are the most dominant. Warming seems to bring out a hint of balance to it, but again nothing crazy here, in fact it was the lack of anything really blunt that made it work. Crisp, very clean and light refreshing flavor was what it was all about. Each sip was light and very well carbonated and the piney hops and light citrus notes really took over and gave you a great little session able summer ale.

Overall much better then me though going in. This was really very drinkable and very well rounded. I would have no problem with a couple of these over the course of an afternoon.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with two fingers of solid off-white head.

S: Smells of citrus hops and a bit of stale bread. Plenty of floral hop notes, which are probably the best part of the aroma. A light toast note and just a little bit of bread. Not much else...

T: The flavor is a bit grassy with a moderate bitterness. A little bit of citrus peel flavor along with some floral hops. Bready malt with some toast and pale, cracker malts.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: Just an okay example of a pale. Don't think I would make this one a repeat beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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 smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 billab914
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange appearance, big, lacey white head, high carbonation.

Highly hopped aromatics, citrus & spice. Cascades? Really lively, clean, piney. Lemon zest & orange rind.

Soft and lovely on the palate. Lush, tasty malt holds it down, a tender pillow for the hops to spring off of.

Nice and smooth, tasty, hoppy, light bodied, and easy drinking.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TGIF!!! Well for some reason I am exhausted...but I dont know why didnt do anything physically taxing today...but I did get a new vehicle...which stresses my ass cuz I loathe car payments....but at least it was 0% for 60mo....yeah baby! Anyway....this beer is hitting the spot!!! The color is a nice copper with frothy white head...at least two fingers....which is lacing nicely. The smell is of fresh hops...very nice. The taste is good...starts off with some hop then is balance by sweet malt. The mouthfeel is palletable and I could session this bad boy! Enjoy!!

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer with best before dating on the label. Pours clear light honey amber. Loose fluffy eggshell head that leaves thick rings of froth and sheeting. Bread in the nose and more then a hint of cascade induced citrus. Pleasing APA, respectable hop bite, with more cascade notes. I like it, flavorful, dry bit in the finish. Sessionable hoppy ale. Recommended.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/08/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour, about 3/4 inch of head. Leaves some fantastic lace patches and streaks.

Smell- Odd beer. At on time it smells like a pils and at other time it smells like a fruity ipa. It all depends on the sniff. Has some fruity aspects and some hoppy aspects as well.

Taste- Very tasty with a very well balanced flavor of a toasted malt with a light caramel note and some flavorful citrus hops. Also some honey flavors melded in as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth as the other side of the pillow as DJ Stewy Scott would say. I assume that's the honey playing it's part along with the mid to lower carb level.

Drinkability- This would be a fantastic session beer. God Bless Arrow...the world needs more dogs like you!

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked that this was something different, but overall, I didn't really dig this beer. The aroma was all fresh dry-hop of something that was a little grassier and more herbal like EKG. It was like when you stick your nose in bag of hops while you're homebrewing, that sort of a fresh. The flavor focuses again on the hops, but with a mild and sweet malt undertone. I guess it reminds me a little of Surly's Bitter Brewer for being a lighter beer with a balance of fresh hops and light malt, but this isn't as good.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was given a low ball glass of this at Falling Rock during this brew's release party. Then I bought a pint. Then went to Breck's Agave Wheat release party down the street. What a night!

Glossy gold/amber pour, mostly clear some haze. Two finger head that was a bit soapy and weak, but for a PA it looks great, semi-sticky.
A good floral smell to it, slight citrus and hints of sweet malt. A bit strange coming from this brewery, but it ain't a bad thing.

Clean taste. Some floral highlights, light hops and a good blend with malt. A Fat Tire malty finish gives some nice balance to this Pale. Good for a spring or fall day sitting on the porch.

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