Mighty Arrow Pale AleMay 1, 2009
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO
Available: AR, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, KS, MN, MS, MT, NE, NV, NM, NC, OR, TX, TN, WA, WY
This pale ale is a tribute to Arrow, the owner’s Aussie/border collie who “ran the brewer” for 12 years.
Original gravity: n/a
Cascade and English Goldings give the beer a mighty and appealing hop character—both fruity and peppery. It has a gorgeous bronze/gold color with a massive aroma of spicy hops, rich biscuity malt and tangerine fruit. Tangy fruit and bitter hop resins dominate the palate, with a long and quenching finish that has peppery hops and tart fruit to the fore but based on a good solid, juicy maltiness. I'll keep this one in my quiver...
- Roger Protz
The beer pours with a bright honey-gold color and a wonderfully fluffy foam. The nose is interesting—malt, honey, bread, hay-like hops, and apricots. The palate is bone-dry and minerally, with a husky grain flavor and a hint of spicy fruit. The finish is short and snappy, with grain lingering. An interesting pale ale with a unusual structure—few signs of caramel, for example. Try it with a full helping of Buffalo wings. Yes, with all the trimmings.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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