ilovedarkbeer (2737) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Bman1113VR. Pours a pale orange color with a small white head. Nose is pine, citrus, floral, hops, and bread like malt. Taste is some caramel, floral, and apply. Finish is somwhat bitter but drinkable and an odd taste lingers. Not bad but kind of weak for an apa. alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2008
On tap. Pours a copper color with strong citric smell. Crisp hop flavors that has a nice candy sweetness and bitter finish. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Beautiful aroma of citric grass, perfume and slight apples. Brilliant pale amber in appearance with a quick head and lots of tiny bubbles. Crisp flavor, tart, some caramel-candy sweetness and bitter finish. Not a bad quaff. Thanks André. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2008
Sent in a picture. Pours with a big, rocky, white head covering a clear, deep gold body. Nice hoppy aroma with some bready malts. Good lacing and retention from the head. Nice lightly spicey, hoppy taste with a fruity malt back bone over the long duration. Nice level of carbonation. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2008
Pours a clear orange color with an average, brilliant white, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing but leaves some nice lacing. Nose is pleasantly filled with lots of floral notes followed by light grass, faint orange peel, lightly toasted biscuits, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is similar with floral notes taking the forefront, grass notes are fresh (not dry), and subtle caramel notes now dominate the very mild biscuity notes. Palate is typical; lively, moderately light, and a bit towards a watery mouthfeel. Finishes fairly long for the style with the somewhat sweet caramel middle giving way to a moderate bitterness and notes of caramel, lingering fresh grass, and faint nutty character. Certainly a very drinkable pale with a nice flowery aroma and a decent, supporting malt base. Simple, delicate, but nothing great to say.
troopie (2320) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured pale amber with a thick white head. Lekker floral hop aroma with citrusy notes. Then i tasted it. It seemed flat. There was very little flavor. Little malt, little hop little anything. Thin mouthfeel. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. After beginning so well, this beer was a disappointment. blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2008
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
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 I’ve 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 you’d 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. I’m 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 wouldn’t hesitate to pick if it was available in my area. I’m a fan of their offerings.
4/13/08 WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2008
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. Won’t wow the IPA fanatics out there, but is a very solid, drinkable effort. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2008
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 it’s 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 don’t 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.