Arena Premium Pale Ale | Lake Louie Brewery Company

Arena Premium Pale AleArena Premium Pale Ale
BA SCORE
69.3%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 101 ratings
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
Ranking:
#18,108
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
101
Liked:
70
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
13.19%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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 nmann08
2.44/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hops dominate the flavor profile of this one. More of a fresh pine scent and flavor, not a huge bitterness. Pours a cloudy orange to yellow into a pilsner glass. Nice bubblegum note in the aftertaste, finishes sort of dry.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, average carbonation, perfect for a session.
Glad that a few of these turned up on my recent trip to WI.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 tight fingers of off-white foam. Retains with a smooth creamy layer, leaving some good looking thick foamy lacing back. The aroma is grassy hops, which have a good bit of a earthy feel going on with them. This has some citric and herbal character going on as well, mixing with the breadiness of the malts to impart a light tang in the nose.

The taste has quite the assertive little hop bite to it, being full of spice and bitter grapefruit. The hops are propped up by a tight layer of lightly toasted malts but man, the hops really come back strong in the finish with a dry, spicy, and pithy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp firmness to the carbonation which matches that strong hop profile. Nice easy drinkibility to this as well, which stays relatively smooth despite all of the sharpness.

Nice! This APA brought a lot to the table, with a ramped up (yet well balanced) hop profile that kept this quite flavorful and pleasureable to drink. A could session a few of these easy.

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

Bold pumpkin orange with a cloud of fine yeast and an abundance of uprushing bubbles. All that carbonation has created and is sustaining a three finger cap of semi-rocky foam that is orange-tinted alabaster in color and that is beginning to deposit broken sheets of fine lace. Unfortunately, very little sticks.

The nose is citrus fruit hoppy with lemon and orange juiciness a wee bit more prominent than grapefruit. It isn't often that I can't appreciate any malt whatsoever, but such is the case here. Here's hoping the flavor is a direct translation.

It is. Again, pale malt is virtually absent on the palate in terms of flavor contribution, although it provides a light, sugar cookie-like sweetness and a wonderful mouthfeel. Lemon zesty and orange zesty hops are Arena Premium's centerpiece and they're shown off to great effect.

I would prefer a bit less sourness and bit more bitterness, but that borders on nitpicking. I've become spoiled by Lake Louie beer and now expect it to be close to perfect (which is usually is). 'Highly hopped', as claimed by the brewery, is an overstatement, but it's certainly hoppy enough to get the job done. The job of delivering APA deliciousness to the taste buds that is.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft with a lovely, mouthfilling creaminess. In spite of the fact that bubbles are abundant to the eye, at least initially, they aren't abundant to the tongue. This is a lively ale without being a fizzy or a buzzy one. Solid across the board...

... which is exactly how I would describe the lineup from one of my new favorite breweries, Lake Louie. Arena Premium Pale Ale may not be quite as amazing as a few of its stablemates, but it's a wonderful, drinkable beer that I'd be pleased to be able to buy on a regular basis. Thanks to terrabyte for the bottle.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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

I'd call it a nice dry-hopped APA. I could be wrong about the dry-hopped part, but the beer is very reminiscent of Boulder's Hazed & Infuzed. Nice grapefuit and citrus arouma, big on the tart-fruit hops. Like hops but don't want to get beat over the head with bitterness? Get 6'er of this.

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Photo of weeare138
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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 TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a nice copper brown clear body with a creamy cream colored head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of light fresh malt and green hops is very strong.

T- The taste of light malt with some nice biscuit and crystal malt notes in the background finish with a big juicy pineapple hops with a faint grassy note is a great finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol or astringency.

D- This beer has great crisp clean flavors that are well put together and balanced to make a simple, tasty session beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over clear copper brew. Head holds at half height, with slow-to-recede spotty lacing. Aroma is green hops over a malt base. Taste starts with grains, but quickly is overpowered by the hops character, which is full but not just bitter for bitter's sake. A light citrus tinge at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability that is just about right for an APA. Another nice brew from Lake Louie.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

1/2 gallon growler.

This beer is a nice clear light copper color. A creamy off-white head sits on top and has decent retention. Nice ringed lace patterns form when drinking. Beautiful hop boquet on the nose. Dry hopped to perfection. A blend of the floral, pine and citrus properties. There is a nice caramel malt backbone to this beer. More malt properties than your typical american style pale ale. There is a nice bitterness here that doesn't overwhelm. It lingers after sipping however. There's a nice little dry aspect that leaves you longing for another sip. The hop taste is grassy, piney, citrus-like. A little bit of grapefruit rind makes an appearance as well. Medium to full in body, this is a highly enjoyable and drinkable brew.

I picked this up in Madison last weekend. cokes has told me his main supply stores for this beer have a hard time keeping Lake Louie beer on the shelves. I can understand why. It's a one man, 3 barrel brewing operation that produces awesome beer from what I can tell so far. The demand for this beer seems to be outweighing the supply.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

appearance: pours a clean and clear copper with a foamy white head and nice lacing

smell: quite floral, lots of nice citrus orange and tangerine, caramel and malty underneath the obvious floral hops...quite nice for the style

taste: juicy and citrusy...the hops and malts balance very nicely...floral and bitter followed by caramel and toasty. a pretty tasty apa, all things considered

mouthfeel: oily, clean, rereshing

drinkability: could be a session

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.2/5  rDev -42%
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 kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Arena Premium Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 69.3% out of 100 with 101 ratings
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