Arena Premium Pale Ale | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 09-23-2002

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53
Ratings:
99
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 99
Photo of KarlHungus
2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of butterscotch which is so strong it covers up whatever else was supposed to be there. The diacetyl in the taste isn't as strong as it is in the aroma, but is still dominates everything else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritely carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this might not be a bad beer when the brewer pays attention to what they are brewing, or at least tastes what has been brewed before bottling it. I can't imagine a brewer not tasting every batch of beer before bottling, so I have to ask why still bottle something that is this off (and this is the more diacetyl I have ever encountered)? Profit...it must be. But putting out a beer like this is only going to drive away a lot of future purchases as it gives a bad first impression to new drinkers, and is disrespectful to long time costumers. From reading other reviews I would try this again, and I would probably re-review it, but I can see myself deleting this review as the brewery is full to blame for this bottle being so off.

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Photo of dhannes
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap at a local restaurant.

A=Rich, reddish amber...eggshell head that left quickly.

S=Sweet and hoppy.

T=Too much like an IPA...strong hops upfront, with malt in the background...citrus grapefruit present.

M=Nice body with moderate carbonation.

O=Not representative of an APA...more like an IPA; too much hops. I paired with spare ribs, and it was alright. I would not choose again.

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Photo of kmeves
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light cloudy copper color with a small filmy white head. Aroma is very light sweetness with some caramel and citrus. The flavor comes on a bit more strong with caramel but a less noticeable hop presence. Somewhat short and bitter astringent finish. Light to medium bodied, lively texture.

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Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks JPM30 for obligin in the trade, the most efficient trader of the 50 trades I have done. It's understated bitterness, and some balance, but Kind of off-taste, a beer brewed with a ginger ale pop. Yes tea colour. Medium mouthfeel. Herbal, malots and hops but notbalanced.

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Photo of Etan
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Weary Traveler in Madison. Served in a pint.

A: Pours a clearish brass with a small white head.

S: Aroma brings mild citrus, bitter pith, plenty of grainy caramel.

T: Some very mild orange notes, along with some leafy bitterness, big grain.

M: Light-bodied with mild carb.

O: Another boring midwestern pale ale. I swear I can tell how these things are going to taste just by seeing the amber color sometimes. It's too bad 'cause Lake Louie makes some really great Scotch ales, but this is just generic and a bore to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stonecrusher for the trade...
Appears a clear, light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light corn, grain, berries, peach, fruity, light hay, and sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas with a highlight of yeast shining through.
The mouthfeel is light, earthy, and mildly sweet for a decent but not too impressive brew.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy burnt sienna coloration, lots of carbonation and very foamy. settles quick into a burst of uneven, taut gas pillows. thought there was a yeast problem here, it's just thick. not thick thick, homebrew thick.

i can pick up the faintest aromas of whole flower hops and a big breadiness. flavor starts out with mango nectar sweetness and balloons into a big yeast biscuit. aftermath leaves me with some hop bitterness without too much of the green hop flavor and a slight refreshing tinge of grapefruit sourness in the finish.

this is a decent beer just way too busy and shoots for a target that's way too high. i'd be interested to see what this brewery cranks out for bigger beers.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. It lost most of the head, but there was still enough there to cover the beer. The lacing was nice on this as well. Pours a nice copper color. Still light enough to see through, but a good APA style color. The smell is sweet and there's a definite malt take to the smell. Nice, but nothing special. A little bit of hoppy bitterness sticks to the roof of the mouth when drinking. This beer finishes with a fruity citrus taste. This has a nice/medium body to it and has a decent drinkability. Not a bad beer all in all.

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Photo of brakspear
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is from a 1/2 gallon Growler purchased in Madison.

This beer purports to be a hoppy American pale ale, but reminds me more of some of the malty English style pale ales I have sampled.

It pours a nice copper color, with a limited head forming. Nice but not a great appearance.

The aroma is more malt that hops, and I do not detect the citrus aroma I would expect from the American hops, perhaps this beer does not use any of the five "C" hops from the Pacific Northwest.

The taste is a smooth malty, slightly nutty flavor, limited hop bitterness. More of a session beer flavor than an in-your-face pale ale.

A nice pale ale, but there are better ones brewed in Wisconsin.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for the chance to sample this.

A: Pours a cloudy over ripe peachish color with a frothy white head. Nice retention--cloud like. Sticky lacing.
S: Fruity and floral hop notes. Juicy with orange and lemon zest.
T/M: Fruity hop notes are hard to catch. Soft on the palate. Grapefruit, lemon zest, slight pine notes. A little bit of honey. Slight bitterness but no burn. Toasted grain becomes more apparent as it warms up.
D: Could be a nice session brew. Flavors and aromas are interesting enough. Nice and smooth. Easy drinking.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark amber copper, with a solid, fluffy inch plus head that has great staying power, good lacing. Aroma hints more toward IPA than APA, lots of hops citrus, fruit, not much malty sweetness to be found. Taste, even more so, lots of lemon zest, some orange, maybe some apple, but definitely little malting. Which really, usually I'd call that abd, but for this it works pretty well. Unfortunately, it has a little metallic zing to it on finish, marring an otherwise good mouth of good body and carbonation. Overall, I prefer Lake Louie's Scotch brews, but this one is itself a pretty decent. And now I'm done with the Lake Louie package from nflmvp. Much thanks, they've been great.

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Photo of kenito799
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to tizzod, midwest beer guide.

Pleasant dark amber hazy brew with substantial creamy tan foamy head. Looks very effervescent.

In the mouth the bubbles are not forceful, but provide a crisp and soft mouthfeel. Aroma is softly malty with restrained citrus hop aroma, not a big dry-hop scent, hops are intergarted into the malt. The flavor is similarly well-integrated, dry witha citrus hop sour-bitter aftertaste to the smooth malt. A well-made pale ale, very drinkable.

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Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pours a crystal clear, golden amber color, with three fingers of light tan head that retains for a few minutes, leaving moderate lacings.

aroma is mildly hoppy, with a nice mix between aromatic coniferous hops and citrusy hops. a distant malt base is detectable, with little else for the nose.

taste is distinctly hoppy, without much on the malt side at all. the hops are mildly bitter, with a smooth and citrusy character, yet curiously creamy at the same time. finishes clean for a hoppy brew, with only a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lightly creamy and bitter texture, along with a mildly bitter finish. nicely composed in texture with regard to the flavors present.

drinkability is good. this is a solid APA, with all the required ingredients, that stays true to the style. the brew could use a bit more malt character to work with the hops, but even so, it is a nicely crafted brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the newest Great Dane in Hilldale/Madison, WI. Clear dark copper body beneath a short head of antique-white foam. Gently citrusy nose. Some mild caramelsih maltiness beneath. Medium-bodied and crisp in the mouth. Malt and hops struggle in the flavor throughout the glass, with the caramelish maltiness dominating at the outset, and the citrusy hops winning towards the end. Standard arc of bitterness beneath. Decent. Very drinkable but average, with a bit more caramelish malt than some APA's, but still pretty straightforward.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange golden color with off-white head. Pine, grass, light citrus fruits, and just a hint of maltiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice balance of hop resin and caramel malt.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some crud stuck around the rim of the bottle under the cap. Never an encouraging sign.

Pours a ruddy amber into a pint glass, with barely half an inch of orangish-white small-bubble foam. Smell is not strong - mainly sweet malt. Taste is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with its own character. A clean, almost weak opening flavor gives way to a full, hoppy, distinctly alcoholic finish that sticks around on the tongue for a long time. It doesn't have the bite of some other pale ales I've tried, so hopheads might be disappointed. For me, that's a good thing.

This one grew on me as I drank it. The taste takes a little getting used to, but it seems to build on itself as the flavor from the last sip lingers into the next. A worthwhile beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a nice amber color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light earthy, pine, and floral hops. A bit of malt in the background. Taste is pretty mild with only a touch of hop flavor plus some backing malt. Pretty good body. Drinks pretty well and is nice and tasty.

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Photo of longarm
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dingy orange/amber color with decent carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma mostly carmelized malts and some citrusy hops.

Somewhat unidimensional but nevertheless an excellent brew. An otherwise clean finish has some mild vegetable flavor, but not necessarily distracting. Somewhat sticky finish, but otherwise a classic example of an american pale ale.

A good brew, but not everwhelming.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Pours Amber Brown, 1 finger head, has an biscuity lightly-buttered toast malty smell with a nice medium pine and floral hop presence, orange peel and honey residue. Medium body, but the bitter and somewhat spicy aftertaste lingers for just a bit longer than is welcome. And about that aftertaste: the bittering of the hops linger on and on. Requires thought and patience between sips or the bittering self-amplifies through overlapping aftertastes. This aftertaste is the only fault that I can find with this product, everything else is wonderfully integrated, so please forgive me for harping upon it. Carbonation is well done for the amount of hops present.
Only needs a little bit of fine tuning IMHO to be something really special.

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Photo of chiapete
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange, copper , almost brass color.Has a nice off white , thick foamy head.Lots of lacing down entire glass. A pretty good amount of carbonation.

Aroma was very light , a blend of sweetness , citrus , and a little grassy or woody . Not much of any of these really stand out.

Taste is sweet citrus , almost apple under tones. Some hops , a little toasted.

slight bitterness , with a little after taste but neither of these linger long.

smooth , clean , crisp , mouth feel. A beer a would drink again.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear peach with a slight caramel brown tinting. Medium egg shell white head of crystalized fluff. Keeps a consistent skim once it fades. Adequate lacing glazes the glass in nicely etched sheeting.

Aroma is pungent of orange oils, pine, light nuttyness, and big portions of toasted bread crusts.

Taste has a blended mirage of flavors bringing low ended and mild hop tones of pine and super eluding citrus. Mostly malty though with more mild toned stuff of toasted bread spead with a tangy butter and a slight swipe of peanut butter. Lightly dry finish with super delicate touches of herbal grasses. Clean and toasty with a bigger malt base then I like to see out of a Pale Ale. Needed more citrus and hoppyness at the surface then in the background.

Feel is firmly set within a medium body with a luscious creamyness from the malt base and keeps a toasty character. Pretty drinkable stuff given its not all that flavorful as a Pale Ale should be. Definately not APA worthy, but is good non-the-less; perhaps as an ESB.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 ounce growler. Clear caramel color with a medium sized head. The aroma is mainly hoppy, but with some caramel malt. The flavor, however, favors the malt. Lots of sweet, caramel flavor. The hops come in at the end, but it's not as strong or fresh as the aroma would have you believe. The mouthfeel is just a little thin. Great dinkability, as in all Lake Louie beers I've had. This is pretty good, but not the best offering from Lake Louie.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. Consumed on 30-Oct-09.

A: The is a cloudy orange-brown color, hazed over by the cold temperature. A bit of an auburn glow near the base of the glass is a nice visual touch but generally the ale is opaque. A half a finger of white head quickly bubbled away.

S: The APA has a pleasant citrus bite that jumps out the first time I sniff it. Ample hops with a nice dose of caramel give this beer a good start.

T: The malt body takes center stage with a caramel and biscuit presence. Following in short order are the citrusy hops that have a floral sweetness. Grassiness is evident, heightening the contrast of the grains and the hops. Bready grains are a nice punctuation to each sip, lingering for a long period of time.

M: The ale is crisp, a bready pale ale that delivers a strong hop presence in both the nose and taste.

D: An enjoyable APA, well-balanced with an ample malt bill, far more flavorful than I expected.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a med/dark amber with a finger or two of hazelnut foam fed by voracious streams of carbonation, leaving decent lacing down the pint. Nose is typical APA - earthy, herbal hops balanced by a grassy/grainy malt profile. Taste follows suit with mild, fresh/wet herbal bittering hops dueling with husky caramel malt and vanilla/oaky tones. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, yet velvety smooth with a nice, balanced level of carbonation. The APA isn't my favorite style all the time, I tend to need more of that juicy grapefruit/sappy pine tar hop profile, but this was a well put-together beer nonetheless. Nothing but solid from the Louie Garage

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

Fantastik like all of Louie’s beers. This is not of the same caliber as the porter and is no where near the perfection of the scotch ale but it is damn good and supremely drinkable.

If I made a sandwich on wheat toast with oil substituting the mayo and cascade hops substituting the lettuce that sandwich might be this beer. Golden brown in color with buttered toast hues and mild whitish head. Hops come through more and more as the beer warms. I like this one best at near room temperature for some reason. Calmly bitter. Perfectly balanced.

I am so happy with this beer and always have been. It is such a nice pale ale to sip and enjoy for an evening. Subtle grapefruits, lilac, a slight hint of coriander, and scotchy (island/highland) malts make it more than interesting.

This is a great brew.

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Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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