Mighty Arrow Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of bboven
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark golden color, crystal clear, great head and lacing. Really just picture perfect.

GReat, layered hop aroma with just a little bit of malt. Lots of grapefruit.

Very hoppy, but nicely balanced with the malt.

Very crisp, drying, excellent carbonation.

GReat example of a west coast, hoppy pale ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear straw color. A 1 inch almost white head forms and reduces leaving a very nice lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

The aroma is solid with notes of grapefruit, citrus hops and just a faint hint of malty sweetness.

The taste is also good with a primary component of citrus hops, primarily grapefruit with some mild toasted sweetness. There is a spiciness that makes this a bit more intriguing.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the crisp, almost biting carbonation hindered the overall performance. Crispy with a solid dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a reasonably easy beer to drink but shows no real significant strong or weak point. A worthy beer, particularly if you like a hint of malts with a stronger hopping.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pour: A gorgeous orangish/red. Nice well structured head,slow to break down, eventually settling to a thin lacing across the surface. Light effervescent drifting on throughout the beer.

Nose: Light overall, malt sweetness then dances back and forth between citrus and floral.

Mouth: Slight astringency at the beginning, almost a malted honey sweetness that melds deliciously with the well balanced floral and citrus characteristics. just lightest tinge of bitterness lingers beckoning you back for more.

This I think is one of the best examples of an APA I've had the pleasure of sampling, which of course explains why its not available year. If only IV was one of the serving types!

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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.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a bronze, clear amber with a decent off-white head that keeps for a bit.

The spicy smell of fresh hops are immediately apparent. Underneath that, I can detect a bit of sweetness.

The taste was not quite what I expected from the smell, as there was quite a bit of chalky maltiness without too much of the hops in the taste. Taste was not as dry as I expected, as the malt chalkiness remains in the mouth after quite a while.

To my personal preference, I like beers that either finish very dry or let some lingering sweetness in the end, if it does have a longer finish. However, this particular beer leaves a chalky mouthfeel, which I don't like.

The taste really is not too bad and the smell is quite good, but in terms of drinkability, this is probably average due to the slightly unpleasant mouthfeel.

I will still buy this again to try soon!

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

12oz single, somewhere around here

appearance: served in great dane imperial pint glass, clear copper body with a big frothy cap and decent retention, bubbly and lively

smell: hop resin, dry grain, toasted malt, light citrus

taste: another good, but not special, offering from new belgium. definitely what i was looking for after a hard-fought soccer match - refreshing and easy drinking. hop resing, citrus peel, light grapefruit, toasted malt/grain

mouthfeel: a touch oily, light-medium body, refreshing

drinkability: good

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't get me wrong, I usually like hoppy beers, but some just don't work for me.

Pours to a thick white head, tons of lace and light copper color. Aroma is extremely hoppy and spicy, smelled of fresh dry hops and all the hop compounds--even the obnoxoious ones--were invited to the party. Flavor is dominated by the Amarillo and Cascade hops--a very strong hop tea with an antiseptic bite. Very little malt contribution or balance. Mouthfeel is "soapy" and over all, I think I am put off by the lack of balance and complexity. This is "hopsturbation" at it's ugliest. Pass.

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

A: Brilliant amber, with mild carbonation and a soapy cream cap. Head retention is good, and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Fairly straightforward APA fare, with a bit of a twist. Grapefruit and Lemon dominate, but there is a slight earthy tea aroma in the background that adds extra interest. A light toffee sweetness rounds things out.

T: Bittersweet toffee is quickly replaced by a moderate citrus bitterness. The bitterness has the grapefruit flavor associated with cascade hops, plus some lemon and black tea. It's moderate rather than overpowering. Finishes with lingering citrus bitterness.

M: The medium body is slightly oily and has about the right level of fine carbonation.

D: This is a nice effort by NB as they veer away from the Belgian styles that used to dominate their lineup. An overall solid APA.

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Photo of SamN
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -Light reddish brown ale with a large foamy white head. Leaves good lacing down the glass as the head fades. Less than average visible carbonation, very appetizing look, a little pale.

S- Bittersweet hops, sugar cookie malts, citrus fruits; grapefuits mostly. Also florals from the different hops and the honey base promised on the bottle. Great smell, very sweet and delicate.

T- Ah,what a taste! The hops bitterness I was prepared for was never came, instead I received a much more subdued and accessible hops profile. Low bitterness (50ibu) and complimented with the sweet honey character. Flavor stays relatively modest. Pleasent, slightly bitter aftertaste. Very tasty, a fine pale ale and especially good for the hops challenged among us.

M- Very light and refreshing, medium carbonation but not spicy. Smooths out towards the finish.

D- Excellent drinkability, a truly sessionable beer in every sense of the word. Delicious, light, simple and straightforward.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on: 2/21/10
6% ABV
12 oz. in a pint glass

A= Completely Translucent golden color. Doesn't appear to be highly carbonated. Slight head dissappaited quickly but leaving a nice lace on rim.

S= Citrus and herbal hop aroma. Slight sweetness, hints of pineapple and a very slight taste of maltiness.

T= Complex medely of hop flavors ranging from herbal to grassy to floral and mild citrus hints. The malt also makes a small appearance but the hop flavors almost completely dominate.

MF= Very light lingering bitterness with a slightly dry finish. very bubbly, light and refreshing.

D= Great refreshing flavor begs to be quaffed. I will be buying a couple of sixers of this to drink during some spring gardening.

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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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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and floral hops with very light hints of tropical fruit, all backed by mild amounts of pale malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and quickly fade into the background to make way for solid amounts of hop flavors, mostly grapefruit but with hints of leafiness and milder hints of tropical fruits. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer for the style and one that goes down easily but overall is nothing all that special. Worth a shot for a good session beer.

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

Mild and fairly tight aroma for a beer that should be reasonably fresh. Soft hops of grass and citrus. Mild and pleasant malt background with a touch of grain.
Very clear gold with smallish but rather dense head that laces thickly on the glass walls.
Hop present more strongly in the flavor with both bitterness and green, grassy taste noted, as the hops are prominent. Seems like a bit of hard water. Malts holds a graininess as before and I'm not experiencing much sweetness. As it warms and airs out the bitterness subsides some and the graininess increases, but not quite holding the biscuit flavors of Fat Tire.
Feel is enhanced with fullness from bubbles as the drink is a bit light overall.
This drinks nicely, although the bitterness is quite heavy limiting it some.

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Photo of jkrich
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with freshness date. Poured a clear, golden color with honey-like highlights. There was active carbonation and a foamy white head that receded quickly leaving intricate lacing.

There was sharp aromas of fresh tropical fruit and some also a little piney odor. Was this dry-hopped?

The initial flavor was sweet and fruity with a slight hop astringency coming through. Based on the pungent aroma, I thought this would be more hoppy. Instead, it is rather smooth and balanced with a nice mellow malty flavor intermingling with the fruity hops.

I think it is slightly overcarbonated and the body is little too thin. The flavors leave a very pleasant aftertaste.

Like the other New Belgium products I have tried, this one is well-packaged and very sleek. Yet there is something lacking in these ales: originality. It is still a good ale and worth seeking out.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright gold color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is big with fresh citrus hop aroma, with a light touch of toasty malt. Taste is light, with hops, floral and citrus notes. Very smooth, very West Coast on the flavor. Very good and drinkable

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

"Cascade, Amarillo and Golding hops with a fetching honey malt base." Being that I brew some of my own, I know what those hops taste like pre-boiling. This beer tastes just like the hops when you buy them for the home brew batch - so be careful. If you don't go for that hop aroma/taste, this may be a bit much for you. On the other hand, if you like smooth stouts with plenty o' flavor, you will probably like this.

I find it quite refreshing but a bit much on the hops - going to have to play with these hops in a summer batch.

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Photo of supermetroid
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

New Belgium's seasonal pale ale pours a golden, honey-like color with an inch or two of head. Significant carbonation, which spirals up to the head in curious trails. Really a beautiful color--nearly an amber, but slightly lighter.

Smell's like an IPA, tastes like an APA. Upon initial smell I expected something a little hoppier--perhaps something on the same level as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Hops are present, but don't overpower the palette--instead, the hops provide a grapefruit-esque taste, complimented by the malt's surprisingly honey-like flavor. This is a subtly sweet and floral beer that doesn't overpower the senses. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, bubbly--a real pleasure to drink.

It's a real shame that this is a seasonal beer. It goes down easy (crazy high drinkability here) and, really would be a great session beer if its ABV was just a tad lower. As it stands, however, it's a remarkable seasonal brew--the perfect spring beer--from one of the US's most resilient craft breweries. A perfect beer for a picnic or BBQ with good (and deserving) friends.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to be found in the Triangle yet, but a local New Belgium rep supplied a bottle for a local tasting, and I was given a single 12oz bottle to take home.

Pours a transparent dark gold with a lean, just off-white head. The aroma is full of hops, with a mild maltiness lurking in the background; a little citrus character is present as well. There's more of a "fresh hop" essence in the flavor profile that I don't normally associate with pale ales. It's quite refreshing, and compels me to taste more! That biscuit-y thing usually associated with pale malts can also be discerned right at the finish, just before the hoppy bitterness kicks in.

It's easy to drink, with a lean body and refreshing mouthfeel. At 6% it may be a tad more potent than many pale ales--my arms feel a bit heavier at 3/4s of the way through the glass--but I doubt it's dangerous. Enjoy!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours orange gold with a one-finger white head that hangs around until the beer is empty. The aroma is hoppy, with orange citrus being predominant. The flavor is hops - both orange and pine - with a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium snifter...

A: pours a bright orange with a dense white foam head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing in large splatters and arches, while the head becomes wispy patches.

S: zesty citrus, pine, honey and citrus peel. reminds me of orange mandarin cake. very hoppy with that familiar fat tire aroma.

T: has a sweet, honey maltiness up front followed by orange, grapefruit peel and biscuity flavors. finishes grassy and bitter, with mandarin orange and biscuity hop flavors and the same honey malt from the entry

M: medium body that enters crisp with a lively carbonation that turns sappy and dry.

Overall, a wonderful APA from New Belgium. Hops are well rounded and match the malt very well. And the nose is really nice!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inviting aroma is surprisingly hoppy and has grassy and fruity hints. It pours a rather typical clear golden amber but has a nice, fluffy, off-white head. Flavor is hoppy and grassy but scarcely bitter, and has just a hint of fruit. Texture is pleasantly smooth and just a little fizzy.

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Photo of mwa423
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautifully clear golden color, so clear I can read the bottle label. There is a finger and a half of frothy white head that stuck quite well to the glass.

S - Slightly citrusy and slightly earthy hop smell.

T - Solid pale ale, well balanced malt and slight hop kick that is a really easy drinker. Not all that much better than average pale ale, but certainly good tasting.

M/D - Mouthfeel is slightly watery, but not bad. This is a great drinker, that would be easy to go through a six pack of in a night.

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

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best Before: 29MAY10

A: Pours a crystal-clear, glowing gold color with one finger of creamy, bright-white head. Retention is decent and nice layers of lace are left down the inside of the glass. Carbonation is steady but not hugely active.

S: The aroma upfront is all pine and citrus hops. Underneath that there is a nice base of caramel malt, honey, and some grapefruit.

T: Follows the smell closely. Spicy pine, citrus, and grapefruit lead the charge with toasted malt coming about in the middle. The finish snaps back to the hoppier side of things with more spicy pine. Buried at the tail end of the finish is a bit of biscuity malt.

M: Suprisingly spicy and resinous. Dry with a pinch of juicy citrus to keep everything in line. A little on the thin side.

D: A very refreshing APA. This is one of those beers that I've seen on the shelf so many times I don't even see it any more. It was part of a mixed 12'er (1554, Ranger IPA, Fat Tire, and this) I picked up for a party and I was pleasantly surprised by it.

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Transparent orange in color and head has good retention. Smell is fresh and hoppy with some grapfruit notes. Taste is rich and full with plenty of citrusy hops and finishes smooth with a touch of mellow malty sweetness. Medium-bodied, perfectly balanced and very refreshing. Each sip leaves me wanting more. I am very impressed with this offering from New Belgium. One of the best pale ales I've have to date.

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Photo of matthewsteven
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, orange color with no head to speak of. The smell is a standard APA profile, but maybe with a bit stronger hop smell to it. The taste surprised me, because it wasn't nearly as big as I expected. Very mild, though not in an unpleasant way. Medium light carbonation with a bit of a honey/carmel aftertaste. All in all, I was fairly satisfied with this beer. It is pretty similar in a lot of ways to other New Belgium offerings- it's balanced and highly drinkable, but perhaps not as packed with flavor as some other craft beers.

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 64.3% out of 100 with 661 ratings
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