Mighty Arrow is the spring seasonal from the bicycle loving folks at New Belgium Brewing. This American pale ale has a 6% ABV and a surprising low 36 IBUs. Not only does this beer feature an artist rendition of the brewer’s dog on the label, but it’s also named after her!
MIGHTY ARROW Pale Ale provides lots of pleasurable sniffs from Amarillo and Cascade hops with a fetching honey malt base. 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.
The beer pours a pale amber with straw-colored highlights. A few teeny carbonation bubbles float to the surface, which is crowned by a fluffy pillow of foam. The lacing is very porous and clingy.
Mighty Arrow is very mellow for an American Pale Ale. The hops are muted and don’t take charge like most others beers in the style. It’s like a pale ale and a pilsner mated. Hops come in at the forefront, then meld into a creamy sweetness (is that the honey that they claim on the label?).
Mouthfeel is light, but airy. There’s also a noticeable stickiness as it goes down.
Mighty Arrow is a decent beer, but in the end it feels like New Belgium pulled some punches. In a genre that is full of so many great beers, it’s gonna take more than this to make it to the top.
Overall: 6 out of 10
As an AMERICAN PALE ALE: 5.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Oskar Blues DALE’S PALE ALE, Big Sky SCAPE GOAT, Anchor LIBERTY ALE