blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 0z. bottle, small champagne head with a fruity malt nose, grapefruit and hop very smooth body although slightly thin, sweet finish
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this in a recent trade with Bitterbill. You da man Bill!Mighty Arrow pours a deep golden and is one of the clearest beers Iíve come across in awhile. Streams of carbonation rush to the surface keeping the head going. A one finger bubbly white head was produced on the pour and settled to a creamy half fingerLeaves some dense spotty lacing. This is a really good looking beer!
The nose is full of pale biscuity malts with just a touch of sweet caramel. The hopping is pretty unique, more along the lines of what youíd expwct from a fresh hoppy pilsner. Grassy and fres. Slightly herbal. The more I smell the more I like. As it warms it becomes very flowery.
The nose pretty much sums up the flavor of this pale ale. Biscuity malt base with a little more caramel sweetness than the nose suggested, and I like to see that. The grassiness from the hops are present and welcomed. Iím used to so many citric pales and IPAs that this is a nice change of pace. The flowery hoppiness comes through in the flavor as well.
The mouthfeel is good! I expected lively carbonation from the looks of things but ended up getting a medium bodied creaminess.
Very easy drinker. I could see myself drinking a few of these around the grill during the warmer months.
Another good beer from New Belgium. One I wouldnít hesitate to pick if it was available in my area. Iím a fan of their offerings.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy white head that really lasts. Moderate aroma of floral hops, and a taste to match. Not much complexity to it, but just the right amount of hoppiness with a crisp, smooth-drinking mouthfeel. Wonít wow the IPA fanatics out there, but is a very solid, drinkable effort.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It worked New Belgium! I bought a mixed twelve pack pretty much just to get this beer. The Wit, Fat Tire, and 1554 worked out just fine for watching my Jayhawks advance into the final 4 and into to the championship game. I think I even had a couple left over to start the game that earned KU itís first championship in 20 years. On to the beer...Served fairly cold into a shaker glass. Floral and earthy aroma along with a touch of citrus and a mild, but present, malt backing. Light copper color with a two fingered head. Taste is earthy, spicy, and floral hops, with a sharp bite to them, and a biscuty, malty backing. Seems to me like a highly hopped English pale ale, I actually donít mind the hop selection and I enjoy the malt base, which is malty, but not sweet. This is a nicely balanced beer and one that I find easy to drink.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear amber with a loose, fluffy, off-white head that leaves a sticky web of lace all the way down the glass. Light, sweet malt with a solid balance of citric and earthy hop notes. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a dry and mildly bitter finish. The flavor is like a blend of an APA and a British pale ale: mildly sweet and clean malt (crystal?) with a nice citric and earthy hop backing. Well made and quite quaffable, this is a solid session beer. It will be interesting to see if they decide to release this in sixers vs. having to buy the NG Folly Pack. If they do, Iíd buy it again.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasently suprised by this. A very nice, mmild and restrained Pale that was light on the hops, like I would normally like. Nice.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at the brewery - Pours clear orange with a thin head. The caramel malt and citrus hop aroma is very good and leads nicely into the well balanced flavor. It has a slightly dry finish, is medium bodied and is certainly easy to drink. it wonít blow you away, but itís an enjoyable quaff.
ENT (2) - USA - APR 3, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tried this beer in a New Belgium sample 12 pack and i have to say that i was impressed. the immediate taste is very hoppy and spicy. Dark golden color with a small light whitish head.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 old rating: 6/3/6/4/14 - 3.3.
pours a clear pale orange with a medium size egg shell head, and good lacing.
smell at first is sour, then citrus, grass, hint of caramel, some floral, and finally malt.
taste of pine, malt, caramel, citrus, roasted nuts, a hop or two, ends dry with a little bitterness to it, piny aftertaste.
overall easy to drink, taste is okay.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous aroma - lots of cascade and some pale maltiness too. Appearance-wise itís very attractive. Light copper with a bountiful white head. I enjoy the taste quite a bit - more spiciness than i anticipated (not a bad thing at all). Body is lighter than expected too - making for a pretty easy drinking pale. Very pleasant all around and Iím really really excited that NB is making this! (fwiw, Iíve met arrow a few years ago, such a sweet dog).