Arena Premium Pale Ale | Lake Louie Brewery Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
101 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Arena Premium Pale AleArena Premium Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
lakelouie.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bighuge on 09-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.21%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of melissab318
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.2/5  rDev -43%
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.

 1,140 characters

Photo of nmann08
2.44/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Beerbelly22
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dhannes
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

 394 characters

Photo of kmeves
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

 296 characters

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

 276 characters

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Etan
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

 541 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

 398 characters

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

 692 characters

Photo of billyzoom666
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

 569 characters

Photo of wallrock
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a decent hazy looking orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing speckling the glass nicely. The smell had a nice blend of sweet citrus to bittersweet sticky pine lightly dosed with sweet caramel malts. The taste was mainly sweet but still tried to get the piney hops to make a play however, they stay subdued for the most part. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was right on par for the style and for me - just enough harshness but didn’t go overboard. Overall, good APA worthy of having again if I could.

 756 characters

Photo of tt_andy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NEDmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Craiger1967
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.