Mighty Arrow Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Mighty Arrow Pale AleMighty Arrow Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
656
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me back a bottle of Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from his trip down south. I have had 2 different brews from New Belgium and they have both been good so I am hoping Mighty Arrow follows suit. The bottle on date is pretty faded and blurry so I can't make it out. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this brew, it reminds me of my dog letting himself out the screen door during the summer. New Belgium is pretty consistent with their classy folk looking labels. It poured a clear pale golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of nice lacing.

S- This first thing I pick up is lots of slightly sweet pale malts that impart some grainy bread and biscuit like aromas. The hops leaned more towards being floral but there was also a light amount of citrus hops in there too, but the floral stuck out the most.

T- The flavor of this beer is pretty much a mirror of the aroma. The malts retain that slight sweetness from the aroma and taste pretty bready and biscuity. The hops are pretty much all floral with only a slight amount of citrus mixed in. I think the floral hops do a great job at balancing out all the sweet pale malts.

M- Medium light bodied, crisp, and it had a good amount of carbonation to it.

Overall I thought this was a good pale ale. Some pale ales are balanced and some are all about the hops, this one was very balanced, nothing overpower anything, and all the flavors came together to make a nice smooth cohesive taste. This brew had great drinkability it was light, flavorful, and not watery. I could for sure put down a couple of these on a hot summer day, they seem like they would hit the spot. New Belgium isn't available in Michigan, but if it was I could see picking some up for those hot, active summer days. If you want a nice balanced pale ale then this beer would be a good choice. Another solid beer from New Belgium, I am starting to dig this brewery, wish they made their way out to MI.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a NB Globe on tap at Wool Street in Barrington, IL

This beer pours a nice clear copper amber, with a reflective snow white foam. The aroma was a damn fine mesh of really good quality hops. The created quite the potpourri of citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor was pretty much some pale malts dominated but mostly those same hops. There wasn't much depth of flavor, just straight up bitterness. The bitterness was hard to handle for just a run of the mill APA. Overall it was a good beer, but there were some changes that I would like to see to make it top tier.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a NG tulip glass (how fitting!) a clear light copper color with a 1 1/2 finger white fluffy white head that leaves lace as it settles. Nice hoppy aroma, not too overwhelming though, of orange citrus with a slight breadiness. Even though the aroma is light, it’s very pleasing. Medium/light mouthfeel. Slight sweet start with a slow building citrus flavor bitterness that never really gets too out of control. No real evidence of booze at all. Although this isn’t the most flavorful APA I’ve had, it is easy drinking and fairly decent tasting.

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Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color and it poured with a thick, long lasting head that left chunks of lace in its wake.

s: Lightly sweet, toasty, biscuity malts and hop aromas that were floral and lightly citric.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Well balanced toasted malt flavors and lightly bitter flowery hops at the end.

m: Medium bodied and crisply carbonated.

o: Very nicely done APA that drinks more like 5% than 6%.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in the mixed 12 pack. best by date of mid may on it. drank out of the new belgium globe that the bottle recommends.

A- this one pours a light copper colored body with a solid finger of bright white head on top. the head lasts for a little while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- my first whiff brings forth plenty of hops. lots of piny and floral notes with some grapefruit as well. there is some caramel malt towards the end which adds some balance.

T- the taste starts out with the caramel malts that i could smell which adds a solid sweet backbone to this. after that it quickly moves onto the hops. lots of floral and pine with a lesser amount of grapefruit and maybe a little bit of orange zest.

M- the body is a solid medium and the carbonation seems to be spot on. not overly bitter.

O- very easy to finish this one, and the strength is moderate enough to sit down and enjoy a couple without guaranteeing a bad next morning. id try this one again.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours out with a beautifully clear, copper body. Decent carbonation feeds a ½-finger head, but it lacks any real retention. The glass remains crystal-clear with no lacing to speak of.

S - Name of the game for the scent seems to be balance. Neither the hops nor the malts really take center stage, making for a nice, citrus nose with a good loaf of bread to come along on the journey. Simple, but effective.

T/M - Surprisingly grassy and floral flavors considering the nose. A combination of sharp carbonation and a light body spikes my tongue and makes it hard to pick many other flavors. Lingers after I swallow it, with a bitter aftertaste that isn’t all that great. As it warms, it sweetens a good deal giving it a much more refreshing flavor.

Overall/notes - Well, this won’t go down as one of my favorite beers. I had it a couple of years back and enjoyed it a bit more this go around. Nothing about it really stands out, but it would make for a good, outdoorsy drink.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nice juicy head and nice amber bronze coloring. Smell is quite unexpected! Juicy pineapple with an underlining bitterness and sweet caramel malts. This is one of those APA's that goes for the IPA feel. It is really very pleasant. Taste is a nice mellow bitterness. Opens up into the pineapple sweetness then I really get nothing but maybe some sourness. Eh. Taste is a bit of a let down after everything else. Kind of watery to me actually. The initial bitter/sweet is the only thing keeping it above average. Or maybe I am just spoiled on super hoppy high abv IPA's. But I kind of doubt it since even SNPA is always tasty too me. I have to pass on this from now on.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with a lathery ivory head that leaves crusty rings of lace on the glass. Sweet caramel cube, honey and tropical fruity hops in the aroma. Nice and hoppy with plenty of citric amarillo hop notes. Medium bodied with mild, smooth carbonation, finishes dry. A textbook example of an American APA this one ranks up there with SN pale ale for drinkability.

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Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all after reading the label and being a dog lover myself and i want this beer to be good but netherless its a beautiful ode to anyone whos had a mate like Arrow love it anyways it pours a very light see through amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a nice one finger head that stays and leaves clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is very fresh with nice aromas of bready,biscuty malts,apricots,sourdough and zesty citrus hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that has tastes of orange zest,apricots,grapefruit,biscuty malts and finished with a really nice citrus hoppy bitterness and overall this a serious session brew its one of those drops that i could knock back all day and will buy again.

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

A nice, easy drinking, not-too-deep pale ale.

Pours sunny copperish yellow with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. The aroma is slight and a bit bready, with a sweetish head that almost evoked a good Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut. The flavor carries through that sweetish bread feel, malty and a bit sugary (without having much in the way of actual residual sugar - it's more of an impression), a little whiff of lemon, a little cinnamony burn of malt down the throat. The overall effect is like a sunny spring-like cousin of a robust Oktoberfest or Marzen, but maintaining the clean, crisp, spritzy effect of a pale ale. The moutfeel is easy and slick, with a little prickle of carbonation and a surprisingly dry edge given the sweet-ish effect of the flavor.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Tons and tons of foam. Lacing is average at best. Pretty pale golden color.

Smell: Not too much here. A vague hint of hops. Very disappointed.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit of floral honey. Not much else. Very watery and a bit bitter. Bitterness would balance out with stronger flavor components.

Drinkability: Definitely average by APA standards.

Overall: Easily my least favorite Fat Tire.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 tbern007
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/gold. Very large thick pillowy head with tons of lacing. Very nice to look at.
S - hoppy, grapefruit, floral, earthy.
T - good light malty sweetness serves as a backdrop to the hops. The label says there are 3 kinds: Cascade, Amarillo, and Golding. Good, hoppy, piney, flavor but not as strong as an IPA, DIPA.
M & D - good balance, leans a bit towards the hops. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Good all around beer for all occasions.

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Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice mild, balanced APA. Looks pretty good. Clear light orange color. Good size white head with bands of lacing and good retention.

Smell is a bit faint, a little grassy hops and thats aboutit.

Fairly good taste. Sweet malt balanced by grassy hops. Hops more pronounced in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Rich and crisp. Little hops bite at the end. A solid if not memorable APA.

Very drinkable. I would have this beer again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with puffy white foam that remains layered. Persistent. Strong pine smell, grassy. Like a forest. Light malt sweet honey backed with an undercurrent of hop. Blends nicely. Light carbonation. Lighter APA, hop bittering fades at finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Erish
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by 5/22/11.

A: clear orange-gold color, pours a thick cream-colored head that slowly falls into a thick cap with excellent lacing.

S: trademark New Belgium earthy/musty yeast funk, citrus hops, some caramel sweetness on top of a biscuit malt.

T: the malt is toastier on the tongue than the nose, and the citrus in the middle is subdued, the finish is herbal/earthy/grassy and dry. An interesting take on the APA, but not my idea of a great beer.

M: light-bodied, watery texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: looks fantastic, and goes downhill from there. New Belgium must have a unique strain of yeast that they use on over half of their beers. I am not a fan of that yeast.

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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap and served in a New Belgium globe. Love it when they do that!

Burnt orange with brilliant clarity, topped with a craggy full inch of fluffy cream-colored foam. The suds collapse slowly, leaving fat webs of lace as they go. Beautiful.

Bright, woodsy nose. Tons of grapefruit and pine, lots of pale malt, some crackers, honey and roses.

The flavor exhibits a nice, bitter blend of hops. Grapefruit peel, lighter pine and a touch of dankness combine with moderate bitterness. Saltine crackers skip in the background.

High, prickly carbonation fizzes the beer softly as it moves. Easygoing medium-light body. Crisp finish.

New Belgium hit the bullseye with Mighty Arrow. It’s a beautiful, bright, sharp beer, perfect for this hot afternoon of golf.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. Pours a good pale ale color with a solid head. Not huge retention, but decent.

Aroma is a little hoppy for the style, and the malt nose is not too complex, but clean and respectable.

I like the taste of this beer, it's crisp and sharp. Not a mind-blowing pale ale or anything, but it's drinkable, good and balanced.

Mouthfeel is fine, it's refreshing and zesty. Overall, I'm happy to drink this beer, although there are better pales for better deals fairly often, so I probably won't have this too frequently.

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Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Holstein's at the New Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. I have mixed feelings about this brewer, liking some of their stuff and not others but this one was quite enjoyable and a good pale ale.

Poured a bright orange color with good carbonation.

Aroma was that of a pale ale, somewhat citusy with a bit of malt mixed in there.

The flavor was at once refreshing, hoppy and interesting. Some bitterness but not too much and very easy to drink.

I hope to see this beer again.

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Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a New Belgium mixed 12-pack to get a free snifter with it.

Poured a great golden orange color with tons of head - I almost overfilled my glass. Some nice lacing on this one as well. Aroma is full of hops with some citrus notes as well. Great tasting APA. I thought it was pretty well balanced and very flavorful. Light bodied beer that went down smooth. Could drink several of these in an evening. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear straw, with a one finger white fluffy head. good lacing on the glass.

S. Citrus, grass, grapefruit, floral

T. Sweet Carmel maltieness, then fades to a nice hoppy bitterness. Citrus, pineapple, hoppy.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, good duration.

O. Great balance, good bitterness, I like the flavor and the duration. I will have a few more of these.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 readbaron
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear golden orange with a plentiful fluffy head and excellent sticky lacing.

Smells great - hops are plentiful - there's a crisp citrus smell and some malty cereal backbone underneath.

I remember this tasting better out of te bottle. The hop presence is there, but mild. Huge malt backbone. The balance between malts and hops seems off - not enough hops.

Mouthfeel is good, if a bit prickly.

Overall - a nice, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow color with a good amount of sticky head leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus hoppiness with just a hint of bready scent

Taste: The bitterness is there first with what seems to be a grapefruit like taste. It fades into a slightly sweet flavor to calm the bitterness a little bit.

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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