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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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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of treehugginslug
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks good

S - Great smell! The effervescent hop smell is much like Fat Tire, but has more depthy and complexity. Smells of grapefruit, citris, and underlying malts.

T - The strong hoppy smell overpowers the malts slightly in a great way which gives the beer a wonderful APA finish, much like Sierra Nevada.

M - Good amount of carbonation.

D - I could definitely drink a sixer of this.

Would I buy again? Definitely
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
Would you drink it if offered at a party? Yes
Does my wife like it? She said, "Its not the worst beer I've ever had, but I wouldn't have it again"

Overall: I really liked this beer. Almost more than Sierra Nevada. Might be the best APA I've had.

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Photo of jsh420
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

best by may 11

pours clear bright golden orange with a 2 finger fizzy white head that left some spotted lacing

smell is a good mix of sweet malts and light floral/citrus hops

taste is like the nose but i get that musty mothball flavor that so many NB beers have

mouthfeel is a medium/full body brew with low carbonation - too heavy for this style

drinkability is so so - NB's beers are very reasonable in price but i just can not get past the musty flavor

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Photo of neilgavigan
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured gold and perfectly clear with a significant nearly white head. Seemed a little light for a pale ale.

Smells of a bit of citrus but also some berry notes and a bit of funk.

I can immediately taste the bitter hops but the funk and the malt power through in a long and somewhat sweet finish.

Medium body and low carbonation.

Decently drinkable beer. The 'funk' smell and taste to me seemed to be typical of New Belgium and it's sort of reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Nice APA if you want a change from Sierra Nevada, especially in the hops department where I think this beer has the advantage in utilizing some of the more fruity notes from the hops.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. out of a Folly Pack.

A - Clear bronze color with a two-finger head. Very attractive.

S - Piney hops, medium malts, a lot of biscuit, very earthy, smells great!

T&M - Floral and piney hops with a medium bodied malt flavor. Again very earthy feel. Nice and crisp hops and fresh malts then finishes with a dry bitter flavor. Very refreshing. Probably works wonders at a BBQ.

D - Wheres my designated driver?

Well fellas, New Belgium has done it again. Their motto should be "New Belgium, Keeping You Wanting More, Since 1991." I had some average expectations for this beer. I hadn't heard too much about it unlike Blue Paddle, 1154, and 2 Below which are seasonal counter-parts to this beer. Right when I cracked her open a cloud of aromas surrounded me. Not much to say about this beers character. Its overall a well balance of hops and malt just like any other New Belgium beer. Say what you want about them, but in my opinion they have the best balance. Even compared to DFH and SN. Go get this one if you can find it. I'll be looking for 12 packs thats for sure.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into a pint glass. Did not look to find a best by or bottled on date. However this is relatively new to my liquor stores so it is probably good.

A- Poured a nice light copper color with full transparency. A nice full inch to 2 inches of foamy white head emerged. It has been sitting for almost a solid 5 minutes. Shows a bit of carbonation.

S- The smell is down right amazing. Right in the front i get a floral bouquet that is beautiful. Hops and almost a rice like smell are next to follow. Not a lot of a malty smell to it but thats okay.

T- The taste is a light floral arrangement, light amount of hops, not too overbearing. A slight alcohol taste that is actually great. For a beer that is light and has a 6% ABV it is enough to let you know your having a beer. A bit of grain, almost like a wheat bread or rice in the finish. Dry finish.

M&D- I get a hit of floral right in the mouth. Hops coat the tongue. Goes down smooth. Easy drinker. Dry down the throat making you just want more and more.

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Photo of alli4051
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours bright, clear, brass color with a white head. Head is about a finger high and fizzy, recedes quickly leaving a nice ring around the top of the glass and some thin lacing beneath that. Smell is pleasant, nice bold hop aroma up front with some biscuty malts in the back. Taste is grassy hops up front with a malty, biscuty backbone and a lingering bitterness to the finish. A bit on the subtle side. Mouthfeel was a bit watery, a little too light for my preference. Pretty drinkable though, was part of a mix pack and I'm kind of sad there aren't more. Over all a decent pale ale, not bad at all, but nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of JMforman
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A while back this was my conversion beer to pale ales. I'm a huge fan. One of my favorites from New Belgium.

A- Pale body with frothy white head. Very nice head.

S- Citrus, biscuit, very bready and nice.

T- Grapefruit, biscuity malt, very nice hop balance.

M- Crisp and medium to light.

D- Very drinkable. Makes me look forward to the coming spring!

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Photo of Duxx
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber color with white head

S: Bright and strong hop citrus aroma with just a trace of caramel malt in the background. This must be dry hopped because it comes in very prominantly.

T: Mild and balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

M: Slightly thin and watery.

D: Easy going drinker.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a fairly small white head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Head leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smell is a bit light. Picking up some citrus and piney hops. A bit of cracker like malts that are really faint.

T- Taste is mainly of hops and follows the nose pretty well. Starts out with the hops a bit of grapefruit and pine at the very end comes a bready malt taste.

M- Has really good feel to it. Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink. I just find this one a bit boring and think there is better out there. Probably wouldn't pick this one up again.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly an average to above average pale ale. The look is ver transparent golden with a decent head with lace.
The aroma is pale malts with a slight citrus and grassy hops.
The taste is pale malts in the begining with a slight buttery crystal malt a light carbonation then finishes with a dry slight hop flavor

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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 tchenery
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No head retention, but everything else looks good. The beer pours a light orange, deep yellow color and has a little visible carbonation. What head is left seems to be lacing.

It smells of aromatic floral hops and bread malt. There's a slight citrus note as well.

The taste is bitter and fruity. It's grapefruit and bubblegum with a bitter tinge on the end leaving a dry mouthfeel. It's malt base is bready with a hint of green raisins. Pretty tasty.

Medium body to it leaning on the thicker side.

Very drinkable beer. This is almost a session beer in my opinion. The flavor is a bit too overpowering to drink more than a few though, which is a good thing.

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

A: The head is quite frothy and mildly rocky, significant spotting along the interior of the glass, color is light gold in color, a nice looking beer with good head retention - 4.50, S: The initial nose has lots of biscuity dough followed by a nice mellow citrus aroma - 4.00, T: Some sharp earthy almost spicy bitterness - possibly too much for an APA though it is certainly pleasing to me, a good deal of grapefruit and also a little bready while being meekly sweet - 3.50, M: Medium bodied and with a mild prickle to the palate - 3.50, D: All around a solid APA and very nice representation of the style - 4.00

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear orange body with a creamy off-white head that turns lumpy but last and last. There is a slow carbonation that pops off the base and glides to the surface.
S- The juicy green floral hops fill the nose and seem to get brighter as the beer opens up.
T- The soft biscuit malt flavor has a touch of sweetness to it with a mellow pungent green hop finish. The green hops linger after each sip and take on a green watermelon rind quality aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light crisp carbonation that boost the hops in the finish.
D- The biscuit malt is just enough that it is not offensive and supports the leader of this pack, which is all the bright fresh hops. It's big hops are nice but still it is very drinkable without staining your taste buds.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into shaker pint

A: amber with a dense white head that sticks around.

S: lots of citrus and a little malty sweetness.

T/M: Malt profile tastes a little like Fat Tire, but there's a strong citrus hop kick. Minimal bitterness in the finish; hops mostly hit in the front and the middle.

D: Flavors are properly balanced for a session beer, but it's a little on the strong side.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to minimal slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of only malt and hops. The flavor was of malt, rye, and hops. It was light on the palate with mid-high carbonation. Overall this was a nice pale ale. I really enjoyed the hop followthrough aspect of this one. The appearance was also quite nice for the style. However, the aroma was just okay and nothing awe-inspiring. It did however have a nice crisp and refreshing flavor throughout though.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crisp and clear honey color into my pint glass with about a one finger head.
S: A nice blend of citrus and honey. Not much in the way of the usually piney scent pale ales are known for. Really enjoyed it.
T: You can really taste the hops at the nose of the brew. The pines do come into play here and tango with the citrus notes. It's not too bitter though. At the back, the honey/malty sweetness does take over. A very nice blend here.
M: It's creamier than I expected and low to moderately carbonated.
D: Considering the great balance this beer has, I'd see myself having a couple. The malts really do a nice job of relieving your pallet of the bitterness provided by the hops and leave you wanting another sip.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Light brown, almost caramel colored. One finger's worth of foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - Smells a little hopy, with some fruitiness to it too, but possibly just a sweet smell due to the honey base.

Taste - Hopy, but not terribly bitter. The honey must help in balancing that out.

Mouthfeel - a little more bubbly than I was expecting, at least on the first few sips. Otherwise good balance, a little more toward the creamy side though.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure if I would come back to it too often. I like the story behind it though. Very sweet.

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Photo of jampics2
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. This was purchased through the Ohio grey market and has a best by date that has not elapsed, but just barely. Served at 45 degrees as specified.

Looks great in the glass except for the top of the beer. There's a great orange caramel color, transparent/non-cloudy, and active carbonation. But there's no head at all, just a mediocre ring. Not too hot but not horrible.

Smell is really quite nice. Hops abound, with just a touch of malty sweetness to balance. Citrus hops are in effect here, adding a great bouquet of orange, grapefruit, and even some peach. Malt is present as well, with light, bready caramel notes. A nice smelling APA, one of the better I've had and a departure from NB's "house nose".

This beer tastes great but is not unflawed. It's a step back after the great nose, honestly. But it's still better than average. A bit of citrus hoppiness starts things off, then a toasty malt balance reels things in. The hops give orange and mango impressions, and the malt reminds me of toasted biscuits with a touch of honey. No real noticeable alcohol is a huge plus, and this does go down quite easy.

There's a bit of a watery finish, but the carb is nice and the body is fine. I enjoyed this and would buy again, hopefully just a little fresher and closer to the source.

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

I found this beer in a folly pack at the grocery store. Review is based off of 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Somewhere between light amber, burnt orange, and copper. Thin head with web-like lacing and poor retention.

S- Smells of grapefruit, orange and pine. No traditional "pine-y" scented hop characteristics.

T- Here, there is a pronounced pine taste, along with citrus and a little bit of pineapple. The hoppy early palate gives way to a malty sweet finish, more so than the typical American Pale Ale IMO.

M- Medium-light body, seems to lack bubbly/effervescent character. On the plus side, does not have that "gritty" feel of sediment, very clean.

D- Well above average. Although not my first choice, a solid pale ale and a quite drinkable one.

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Photo of Baraka
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a rather small head that is quick to dissipate but leaves decent lacing around the side of the glass. Smells slightly citrusy with a hint of honey and yeast. There is a hop flavor on the palate, but there doesn't seem to be a lasting bitterness and the toasty, biscuity malt takes over on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin with solid carbonation, giving the beer a crisp, dry finish.

Not a bad little beer, although I don't think the hop profile quite fits the malt bill: the two flavors seem to be pulling in different directions that don't quite work. Nice Spring/Summer beer though for sure.

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

A: orange-golden with fluffy white head. pretty nice.

S: citrus, especially grapefruit with notes of orange. pungent but lacks complexity.

T: hoppy but not too strong. honey sweetness comes through as it warms. again, lacks complexity, but is refreshing.

M: just about right actually, crisp and substantial.

D: easy to drink, not overwhelming, so it would be good with some food as well.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Color was clear, burnt orange with an off-white head that left a spiderweb of lacing all the way down.
Smells like sweet grapefruit, and malt.
Tastes a little piney mostly citrus though. Leaves a slight bread-like after taste, light bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.
Feels pretty light, gets smoother as it warms up. Could be a little less carbonated.
Drinks good, this would be a great session beer. Overall pretty solid, simple pale ale.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours caramel in color with a small white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some lace.

Smell: Sweet grains and apple, with a strong backbone of earthy hops and nuttiness.

Taste: Sweet buttery flavors up front, finishing with a pleasant, balanced earthy bitterness that has some herbal and grassy notes as well. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with relatively high carbonation and a dryer finish.

Drinkability: This is a very good APA, one of the better ones I can remember having. I would definitely get this again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of Merchant46
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is much better than I expected it would be.

New Belgium Mighty Arrow Pale Ale pours a 2-finger thick white head that dissipates at an average pace, with a thin layer that lingers throughout, lacing the glass nicely. Bubbles are minimal, and color is light for a beer of this style, more like a robust lager (though it tastes nothing like one). The aroma is the highlight of this beer, with a very pleasant smell of very sweet grapefruit. Taste follows the smell, with a lively, floral and citrus hoppiness which isn't too bitter, and a biscuity finish, with the malt dominating the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriate for this style of beer. Drinkability is solid.

If I were to compare it to another beer, it'd be like a slightly mellower version of Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, with less hops fire and more malt. This beer caught my attention because it was $1 off at my liquor store and I hadn't tried it before. I'm glad I did. I will definitely buy it again.

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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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