Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale
Very Good
661 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of vdread
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the story of the fallen soldier on the bottle was enough to make me want to buy it.

the Mighty Arrow pours a clear yellow with a bubbly head

smells strong of grapefruit, citrus, pale malts.

the hops taste mostly leafy/spicy with citrus tones. strong, but without being overpowering. bitterness is average for the style. pale malts apparent. slightly toasty. tastes of hops not nearly as strong as the smell. well balanced, favoring, if only slightly, malt. as usual, it tastes like a New Belgium beer.

mouthfeel a little creamy, medium bodied, highly carbonated. my tongue is literally scrubbed by it.

+ a well balanced APA. not overly hoppy, subtle. my only problem is with the high carbonation.

 703 characters

Photo of mattsdenney
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear honey, gold color w/ a thick white head.

S: Light hops, apples, citrus, honey.

T: The taste is pretty true to the smell. Balanced hop bitterness, with malts, honey and citrus. Leaves a bitter grassy aftertaste. Overall I'd describe the taste as mild and a little muted.

M: Light and slick, slightly oily. Leaves behind a filmy coating.

D: With so many pale ales to choose from I find no distinguishing characteristics that set this one apart. It is however not a bad beer overall. Pretty drinkable.

 519 characters

Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rich honey-like golden color with a very impressive head that billowed up over the rim of the glass. Nice lacing with foam that has a death grip on the side of the glass.

S - Smells great! Mainly piney and slightly citrusy smell from the dry-hopping. Not really getting much beyond that though.

T - Hmmm. I have to admit it's a let-down. Still get some resiny notes up front followed by a weak malt body. Slightly metallic note in there too. Too bad, this was shaping up to be an all-around great beer.

M - Gentle and balanced carbonation. Slightly too thin for my tastes, but very very drinkable.

 612 characters

Photo of donmonkey1
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly darker yellow than the fizzy yellow commercial beers. It has about a one finger head that recedes slowly but doesn't hang arount long. The carbonation isn't too bad.

Smell: Mostly pine, but also floral, I was surprised that the smell was so good and strong for such a weak looking beer.

Taste: Just a hint of sweetness with a lot of pine. Still, the strong flavor is not overpowering. It's great for this style of beer.

This beer is very easy to drink, even though it has such a pronounced character. I'm really impressed.

 546 characters

Photo of AJacob81
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium globelet. Great, versatile piece of glassware, btw.

A - Deep amber with one finger of off-white head. Clean, clear, with rising rivulets of carbonation. Good-looking beer.

S - Floral, citrus, biscuity malt. Not a strong aroma, but fine for what it is.

T - Biscuity like Fat Tire, but balanced much better with citrus notes and piney, bitter hops.

M - Almost creamy, thicker than you'd expect from this style. Very smooth.

D - Very drinkable, gulpable even. Nice effort from NB.

 509 characters

Photo of waldoiverson
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into US Pint

A: Nice fluffy white head that stuck around and really left its mark on the side of the glass. A very light caramel color with strong visible carbonation

S: Sweet citrus from the malts, a bit of pine, and a bit of yeasty breadiness

T: Oranges into a lighty pine that breaks down into a very bready malt and resinous aftertaste...qute a journey!

M: Smooth at first that is relieved by the citrus and followed by a crazy dry pine-like bitterness. pretty wild and maybe a bit too dry...it does make me take another drink :-)

D: 6% abv and a really unique flavor transition from hops, to bitterness, to yeast. The only downside is that the dryness is almost overpowering.

 691 characters

Photo of trevorjn06
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.
Pours a lovely pale orange-gold with a nice white head that lingers for a bit.
Immediately I am impressed with the aroma, up front is hops, the citrusy Amarillo and Cascade definitely come through. There is also a mild grassy and earthy note, then the malt, biscuity and a touch of honey aroma. Very nice nose overall.
The first sip is... a bit underwhelming. It has a malty base, not too much hop bitterness (pretty well balanced) and a bit of hop flavor, a bit grassy. There is something a bit vegetal about this beer, I can't quite place it. It's not terribly unpleasant, but it doesn't really belong either.The finish is a bit brief, but pleasant. Not too bitter and there is a bit of a grainy malt remnant.
The mouthfeel is fair, not too watery and most certainly not heavy.
The overall impression is a nicely hopped and flavored pale ale that is very drinkable and overall quite good, but not wonderful.

 949 characters

Photo of AmberMan22
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lemon-zest yellow, with wonderful carbonation. The most impressive part was the head and lacing, which settled slowly and left a great pattern -- even on the crappy plastic cup it was poured into.

Smells of citrusy pine, hops, maybe a little pale malt since the bitterness isn't overpowering.

Taste though does seem a bit one dimension. that isn't to say it tastes bad, and as most people on this site are hop-heads, this is certainly an APA that they can get along with. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I myself could've used a tiny bit more malt to give it a bit better balance.

Nice offering from New Belgium, exciting to see this on tap alongside more common micro's...I'll definitely look for this one again.

 724 characters

Photo of mtrain237
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ommegoose
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before May 15, 2009. 6%. $7.99 for six.

Billowy head to start with, fades to a half inch and leaves sticky lace near up to the rim of the pint glass. Bright and clear light amber color. Vigorous carbonation. Laces down the entire height of the glass. Strong head retention. It outlasts the beer. Great.

Crisp hoppy aroma, to style. Piney Cascades and earthy Goldings. Toasty sweet malt behind that.

This is a nicely balanced pale. I wouldn't say it reminds of Fat Tire necessarily, but it does retain that toasty house character. Carapils malt? Herbal, piney hop flavors. Finishes with a lingering piney bitterness. Just right. A warmer bottle tasted more bready, and the hops more citric. I preferred it at 45-50 degrees rather than 60-ish, although different flavor attributes flashed in and out in the warmer beer. A little more complex than a typical try at the style.

Lively. A little soapy slickness. Medium body.

This is a good beer and a nice example of the style. Pretty fair price. Should appeal to anyone who enjoyed Fat Tire or Two Below. It's not Alpha King, but I'd take it over SNPA. I could drink a few in an evening without much trouble, but I don't find pale ales too exciting in general. I still like this, and would recommend.

 1,257 characters

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Part of the Follow Your Folly pack with Ranger, 1554, and Fat Tire. Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Pours a medium golden with about a finger of white head, little retention and lacing. Moderately active carbonation visible, and good clarity. Very mild pale ale nose. All the components are there: hop resins, floral hops, citrus, but none are very strong.

Light hops and grass gives way to mild citrus and malt flavors. Slight candy undertone from the malts. Fairly well balanced, but 'abrupt' in that the hops or malts do not linger. Light body, slightly watery mouthfeel.

This package also contained Ranger, a hoppier brew with a better nose and overall superior. This was fairly subtle for an APA.

 704 characters

Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ScorpyX
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very clear golden and bubbly. Finger width head doesn't completely dissipate with some uneven lacing.

S: Quite hoppy with some alcohol behind it. Hops make it all right.

T: Mild bitterness followed by some citrus sourness. Hints of some grain are in there, too.

M: Medium-bodied with lighter carbonation than the initial appearance suggested.

D: While a good pale ale, the bitterness was a little too dominating for me to have many.

 440 characters

Photo of Wiscodrinker
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light copper color with a rocky and sticky head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma of pine and faint citrus notes. Taste is a nice light malt, maybe some honey, but the hop bitterness is powerful. It would have been more enjoyable if there were more of a citrus hop during the drink. The drink is nice - it's a great session beer that's a suiting celebration of spring coming.

 378 characters

Photo of pBRale
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear deep gold beer with very foamy almost white head that settles relatively slowly with very little retention.

Smell: A wonderful array of hops--resiny, floral, piney, and spicey. Wow! I am ready to taste this beer!

Taste: Not as powerful as the aroma woul dlead. Seet, almost honey-like malts are faintly present and evenly balance he hops which taste of pine and a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Crisp and quite refreshing. Tastes better as you drink more. Definitely drinkable and a good sixer to buy.

Overall: Very refreshing beer with pretty decent flavor. I could smell this beer all day long. The taste is good, not excellent.

 707 characters

Photo of stinkydaddy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of IllicitEloquence
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Emnmarko
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

 617 characters

Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jcbogantes
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MarshallMan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Tolnik
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this at the Brewery.

A - When poured out at the brewery it had a good head. Lacing was a good amount left on it.

S - Citrus smell greets the nose. A good hoppy aroma that sticks around.

T - Great tasting citrus and hop tasting with a low malt. More aggressive tasting then their lighter beers that they brew.

 318 characters

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 661 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.