Mighty Arrow Pale Ale from New Belgium

  • I've never been all that impressed with New Belgium Brewings offerings but I have tremendous respect for what they're trying to do, namely bring traditional Belgian styles to a broader American market.  Their biggest brand so far, Fat Tire to me has aroma and flavor characteristics of dirty socks and unless its iced cold is almost undrinkable to me.  However their Old Cherry, Mothership Wit and 1554 and La Folie are all very good and they tend to be trending towards making beers more in line with these vs Fat Tire.

    With that said I picked up a sixer of their latest beer, Mighty Arrow Pale Ale this morning at the supermarket.  I was excited to see what their take on this style would be since they are in the Western US, land of hop heads but they tend to brew something akin to traditional Belgian styled beers.  The beer sadly doesn't live up to either version of this style.  It lacks any real hop character or the malty sweetness of the Belgian original.  It taste very much like a lighter version of Fat Tire with that same dingy aftertaste lingering on the pallette.  

    There is a subtle fruitiness to this beer that I can't quite place, something between pineapple and grapefruit but its very faint.  Had they upped the hops or increased the CO2 I think this beer would be much better and refreshing.  Not undrinkable but I'm not likely to pick up another sixer.  Now if I could just get my local distributor to carry the Triple we'd be in business.

2 comments
  • oregonbeerlover
    oregonbeerlover I agree with what you say about Fat Tire...dirty socks...like that!
    January 25, 2009
  • Zach
    Zach Haven't picked up the new pale yet, seems discouraging. I agree they do have much better brews, and Fat Tire especially is something I usually only drink with food (hot wings) rather than for the enjoyment.
    January 25, 2009