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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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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gaitlinburg Beer Haul

Pours as one of the better APA pours, so many of them don't focus on appearance but this is clearly textbook, about two fingers of white head golden (not yellow) translucent beer.
Smell hits me smack in the face of hops and earthy flowers.
Taste is solid, I get hit quickly with the flavor of bitter hops but then it drops off with not a lot of finish.
Finish is dry but not clean, not a lot a flavor on the end of the beers taste but the hops return for a small second act on my palate.
Body is fairly thick, nearly chewy, a solid drinker this would be highly refreshing in season.

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Photo of bdupree
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowing orange. Great looking in the glass.

S: Immediate strong hop aroma with some citrus. Smell makes you believe the taste is going to be powerful, more like a strong IPA.

T: Much milder than you would think after a sniff. First roll over the tongue hits with some hop punch, that quickly moves to a smooth caramel flavor. At the end, honey comes out.

M: Very, very smooth mouthfeel. Very complex.

D: Not like a lot of American Pale Ales with both sides of the fence... good hop punch, but very smooth in the aftertaste. The more you have, the more mellow the flavor. Honey continues to grow on you as well. Great new beer from New Belgium.

Serving type: Bottle, in New Belgium tulip glass.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mighty Arrow presents an amber-copper body with off-white foam that layers the Duvel tulip with a healthy sheet of foam. Nice duration seals the deal for an excellent look. Nice, hopped smell--the Cascade and Amarillo are well represented; good and citrusy with decent caramel malt.

Good, balanced taste--grapefruit, orange, a hint of tangerine, and caramel malt. For an APA, the taste and smell are really good, a fine representative of the style. Smooth texture with a little hop bite leaves a fine impression.

New Belgium continues to impress and, while I still find Abbey the best of their products, Mighty Arrow ought to be a staple of theirs. I find it considerably better than Fat Tire, which Abbey and now Mighty Arrow should supplant as NB's primary beers.

Well done.

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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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Photo of bgreg3
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just got finished drinking a strong bitter ale, so a transition to this is quite a difference. I hope I'm not judging it harshly because of the transition but this is how I feel about it.

Very pale orange appearance with negligible foam and few carbonation bubbles going to the top. Very faint smell, I have to try hard to get all of the aromas, but I smell basic cascade and amarillo hops, that give off a smell thats between orange and lemon. Taste is quite similar not bitter at all for the most part and I like my pale ales 45 IBU or more. It's alright in its own respect I can see a person that doesn't like bittering hops loving this.The beer has a light to medium mouthfeel and a semidry mouth feel. Best part is this is very easy to drink for 6% ABV.

Skip this one from New Belgium Company, but don't miss their other stuff.Especially fat tire, one of the great american session beers.

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Photo of avvs
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz served from a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Sparkly light tan color with a slight head which fades pretty quickly.

Smell - Sweet, citrusy, slightly grassy.

Taste - Much like the smell, although the citrus notes become a bit more dry and complex ,and the grassy notes a little more prominent. There's a bit of hoppiness, but not much - I don't generally care for IPA's and this beer didn't bother me at all. Finishes to a nice, light floral taste that's not much like any other beer I know of.

Mouthfeel - Thin and bubbly.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I'm usually a porter-stout-dark ale person, so this isn't my usual style, but it's quite nice for a change of place.

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Photo of Sallerj
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a mild citrus aroma-- kind of a carmelized orange rind thing-- but overall not much aroma at all. It has a nicely balanced, but slightly thin, flavor that matches the aroma. The aftertaste has a burnt sugar and orange flavor and lingers nicely. This is a nice, highly drinkable, beer.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

New addition to the liquor store down the block, so I picked up a sixer.

A: Clean amber. Aggressive pour yields a one-inch off-white head. Decent retention. Lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Tons of Amarillo hops with some floral esters. Smells great. Wait...picking up on some hints of biscuits...if this translates into a Fat Tire aftertaste I am going to be pissed...

T: Citrus twinge right away. Super-mellow hops with a piney, mild bitter aftertaste. A lot more balanced than I had expected. Pretty tasty.

M: Fairly mellow for a pale ale. Lacks some of the hop bite I was hoping for.

D: Mild bitterness = refills (for better or worse). Not a bad addition to pale ales but not the most memorable either.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a six pack of this the first time I saw it.
guess it's not marketed too much around here:

a: slightly less than hearty head to this honey colored brew: butr a good 1.5 fingers that settles down with not too much lacing.

slight on the nose but really good and tantalizing: I THINK it's a light frutiness mixed with malt just a bit too subtle to nail down.

t: MMM nice punch of hopiness right up front, which just slowly fades away.

m: a bit heavy on the carbonation, but in a way that seems to ENHANCE the really great flavor. no alcohol bite at all

d OUTSTANDING. Easily one of the best session beers I can find.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light yellowish gold, sparkling clear. Pours a tiny head that dissolves to a thin web covering the beer.

S: Fresh hops. A nicely dry-hopped pale. Crystal malts, sweet like a warm loaf of honey bread. And...what's this? Skunk? Something at the end of the nose is amiss.

T: Sweetish and bitter at first, just as it should be. A gradual shift towards piney hops next, and then suddenly the flavor vanishes and in it's place appear lavender, soapy flavors. Awful.

M: Light, slightly sticky and astringent.

D: Low. The finish is not right.

I remember this beer being a sold APA last year - not overly hoppy, bright and fresh. This time around though, the flavor isn't what it should be. The soapiness ruins it.

I plan to revisit this beer again to see if I had a fouled batch or if the flavor was really supposed to be so soapy.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear golden, with a 1" off-white head exhibiting some retention.

S: Smell is pale malt, light grapefruity hops. Crisp smelling, but a slightly soapy odor lingers in the background.

T: Lightly twangy taste, light grapefruity hop flavours, and a small dose of light malt. A little caramel comes through after having a few sips, as well as a light, crisp graininess from the malt. Fruity yeasty notes. Not quite as crisp as it looks/smells, with the bitterness lingering with the grainy taste.

M: Medium-high carbonation, with a medium body.

D: A nice drinkable pale ale. Ideally I would prefer just a bit more dry hop flavour/aroma, but a nice seasonal release.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured great! It had a dark brass almost bronze body with a two fingered off-white head. It has great lacing. It has an awesome smell. The aroma is a fruity hoppiness and lots of citrus tones with some caramel esters. The taste is hoppy and melon like with some grapefruit. Great malt tones with a sweet aftertaste. A good beer overall.

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

Pours a crystal clear golden amber, with a large off white head. Excellent retention.

Aroma has floral and citrus hop elements, with some pale malt in the background.

Flavor has some light malt, honey, along with a mild citrus hop flavor. Finishes fairly dry, with a mild to moderate hop bitterness that lingers for a short time into the finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, a pleasant and refreshing pale ale. Nice mix of flavors. The honey gives it an interesing undertone that works well. Would have again.

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

Came in a 12 oz brown bottle with freshness dating. Poured into a pint, the beer is a hazy peach/copper with a dense and clingy beige head.

Nose of cascades and caramel malt. Pretty inviting aroma.

The taste is balanced between sweet malts (is that the honey malts they talk about on the label?), and some pine based bitterness. The finish is more bitter with some ripe fruit and more pine.

The mouth is above average with a bit of oiliness. This is a pretty good Pale Ale, it is sweeter than expected, but the hops assert themselves late. Surprised to see it clocks in at 6% so it may be hard to session. I like it as a change of pace APA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some golden highlights. A 2" head lingers around a while.

Smell: floral hop bitterness and some orange citrus are mild on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel notes with some stronger orange citrus. Bitterness is bright and upfront.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, lightly crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this is a basic APA that hits the spot when you are in the mood for the style. Nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bright orange yellow beer, very clear and a white head crackles as it rises above the beer. Mighty arrow is almost exactly the same shade of the bottle it came in.

Smell is great for an APA. I've smelt IPA's that don't have as much of a hop profile as the M.A. Clean, citrusy hops are the foundation of this beer but there is a sweet malt nose in the background.

The taste is exceptional. The bold hops in the nose are balanced nicely by a sweet honey malt in the taste. There is still grapefruit and orange notes but they aren't as big as anticipated from the smell. I was thinking that this one was pushing the line between APA and IPA but the taste is firmly in the American Pale Ale style.

Clean mouthfeel that's not overly bitter and has a less then sizzling carbonation. Hints of floral and malts in the finish. Fantastic beer. I will in no doubt be buying this beer again and again.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of vasdef42. Thanks man.

A - pours a crisp, clear golden with 1/4 inch head sitting quite nicely on top. Excellent lacing.

S - Smells of floral Cascade hops.

T - Very nice balance. The hops are definately there, but not as prominent as I would expect for and APA. The "best if drank by" date was June 12, 2009, so that may have a little to do with it.

M - smooth. very clean across the palate.

D - I could personally drink this beer day in and day out. Very sessionable for 6% abv.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent pale ale. definitely one of the better ones

Appearance- amber color, transparent, nice lacing

Smell- very hoppy aroma

Taste- very hoppy taste too

Mouthfeel- light bodied, great mouthfeel

Drinkability- very drinkable, one of the better pale ales

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Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived a pale golden color with a fair amount of head. Typical extra pale ale, no issues here.
The flavor is a pretty even balance between the grain and what I'd guess are amarillo hops. Different sips seem to bring different flavors to the forefront. Everything from grapefruit (from the hops) to stone fruit. The one thing is that it just seems a little muted. The balance is there, but neither the hops or malt really stand out like I'd hope.
For a 6% brew, it's easily drinkable as a session brew if you want. It's highly drinkable, which definitely has merit. It also pairs well with food of all kinds.
The early batches in Ft. Collins of this reminded me of a Belgian style pale ale, but after trying it a few times since, it seems like the final product is more of a straight ahead APA. I definitely prefer the final product as I've never been a fan of Belgian beers that are hop-forward.
Reminds me a little of a toned down version of Boulder's Mojo.
That said, I miss the Bier de Mars as the Spring seasonal.

Nothing really wrong with this beer, but there's nothing outstanding either.

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Photo of budgood1
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a darkish gold hue with orange highlights...somewhat muddled view through the glass. smallish head and light carbonation. thin wisps of lace. fresh citrus aroma...ripe orange and tangerine with a grapefruit kick. toasted malts mingle about. smells nice. taste isn't quite up to what the nose offered but there is enough hop flavour and bitterness to prop up the seemingly light malt base. bready, doughy, honeyish malts definitely play second to the bright hoppiness. sweetly citric. light bodied for a 6% ABV pale ale. mouthfeel is thin but some hop bitterness makes up for it a bit. drinkability is obviously good. it goes down nicely. has some kolsch characteristics. would make a summer quencher for sure. as a spring seasonal...um...not so sure.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice little surprise here. After reading some of the reviews, I was expecting a so-so middle of the road average tasting brew... Not so...

This is a beautiful clear amber with a small tight thin head... Very clear... Nice color...

Surprisingly hoppy aroma... Dang... This smells really piney and aggressive... The malts are there and make a showing but this is piney hop domininated all the way...

Tastes just like it smells.. Starts out a little sweet from the malts and then the hops burst out and take over. Very very drinkable APA here....

This reminds me A LOT of 60 Min... Also Schlafly Dry Hopped Pale Ale... this might be my summertime easy chair brew here...

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

Pours a very need crisp amber with a very light head over the top.

Nose is floral hops and just a very subtle sweetness almost like an apple very subtle tho

Flavor is far from subtle big hops flavor with bitter citrus peel notes and a nice bitter piney finish. This is like drinking a totally diffrent beer on tap and out of a bottle.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and rich medium body, the flavors in this beer blend great

Its quite possible that you would have to drag me away from this tap to get me to stop drinking it. Even with 6% being just a shade high its still very sessionable.

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

Pours a 2 finger white head, clear golden body. Head retention is above average and lacing is great

Smell is of floral and piny hops. Faint malts are also present.

Taste is nice and hoppy, floral and piny mostly. Some light malt balances it out

There is a nice mouth feel to the beer. The consistency of the body and head is very smooth. Only thing holding it back from having really great mouth feel is the slight over carbonation.

This beer has extreme drink ability, goes down great. Probably my favorite pale ale

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Photo of usmittymc
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (best before 4 Sept 09) into a tumbler glass.

A: pours a clear golden color with a finger high white head that lingers.

S: Grapefruit and other citrus. Faint mintiness.

T: Just as the nose advertises, citrus (grapefruit and lemon). Very clean.

M: Light, but not watery.

D: Honestly, not the best for the style, but pretty damn refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day out on the creek or after mowing the lawn. Great summertime brew.

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Photo of Offa
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This rather thin, bland, run-of-the-mill beer was a great disappointment to me. In part this was because I was hoping it would be a Belgian pale ale, not an APA, but in part also it is simply because tis is a rather standard, and very one-dimensional, bland APA anyway.

Clear, bright, dark gold, it has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and some nice lace.

The aroma is fairly good but not great, and smells very much like an APA, my first indication that it was not going to be a Belgian-style beer. It is primarily grapefruit with some pineapple and grapes.

The taste is soft grapefruit, light raisin, grain, and cracker. It is slightly sweet with very faint bitterness and a dryish finish of cracker and grapefruit. It has a rather full, soft feel with a dryish finish. It is similar to, but slightly stronger in character and feel, than other basic cracker-grapefruit APAs like Dempsey's or Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold. I find it one-dimensionl, bland, boring, thin, and utterly pointless. Of course, this is partyl becaus I simply do not like beer that tastes like only grapefruit or grapefruit and crackers.

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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