Mighty Arrow Pale Ale Review


This week I cracked open a bottle of New Belgium‘s Mighty Arrow Pale Ale to review. Part of my tasting process is that after I have taken my first round of notes, I like to sit back and think of where a drink would taste best. Is it a beer that deserves a cold and snowy night, with a book and a roaring fire? Or maybe a sunny beach with the sounds of the ocean waves crashing in the background as the tide comes in?

On this evening, the place I wanted this beer was obvious. Mighty Arrow screams for a warm sunny day, a shaded porch, and a dog to play fetch with. The imagery was immediate and it brought a warm smile to my face thinking about a recently lost pet, “Sheeba”. She would have loved just such a day. This was about the time my focus went to the bottle, and in this case to the story behind the name Mighty Arrow, which I think the label says best “This is our brewed tribute to Arrow, Kim’s Aussie/border collie mix who ran (literally) New Belgium for 12 years. When she wasn’t patrolling the brewery grounds, she was famous for her office visits: She never met a tummy rub she didn’t like. Atta girl Arrow.” What a fantastic job New Belgium did of capturing “sunny day dog fetch” in a beer for me!

Of course, for the rest of the evening the beer was referred to as “Mighty Sheeba” in my house. What you would name the beer if it was an homage to your best four-legged friend, and what you would be doing while you drank a Mighty _____ with him/her?

Mighty Arrow is only available in the New Belgium “Folly Packs” through April 2014.

The Mighty Arrow Pale Ale Stats

ABV: 6%
IBUs: 34

Color: Light amber in color. Nice thick head on the pour from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. The head dissipated to a very slight cover on the beer and left a good amount of cling as the beer disappeared.

Nose: Big burst of hops right away with notes of orange, pine, and other citrus components.

Flavor: Light and refreshing with citrus notes initially that transition to pine and a pleasant, slightly hoppy finish.

Bottom Line: Bring on the warm weather and sunny days to enjoy this beer with, but be sure to pick this one up before it’s not available anymore.

"Mighty Sheeba"

“Mighty Sheeba”