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Mayflower Pale Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower Pale AleMayflower Pale Ale

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151 Ratings

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 02-04-2008)
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Photo of fank2788


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright clear orange gold in the glass with a one finger rocky head that settles to a layer of large and small bubbles and laces nicely. The smell is of caramel, bread malts and buttered biscuits. Hop aroma is faint but noticeable as a touch of floral and citrus hop come through. The taste is first of the biscuity malt, caramel malts are also in the profile. The hops are much more prevalent in the taste than they are in the smell, the bitterness is pretty solid and hop flavors are mainly of the citrus variety but maybe a bit more restrained than a typical APA, The finish of this beer is a bit sweet, and that is combined with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is pretty high and the body is light to medium. Overall this is a pretty good beer. An interesting take on the pale ale style sort of a blend of the english and american versions drawing on the best characteristics of both, a nice malt backbone with a bit more hop kick than you'd typically get in the english version.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 01:18:01 | More by fank2788
Photo of Hana


3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: poured into a pint glass

Highly filtered, clear bright cedar-bark color with an impressive head and light lacing.

Up-front toastiness with light fruity hints at the end.

Nutty and toasted, with strong hop flavor which peaks at a fairly low level of bitterness, but remains on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body. Leaves the palate feeling clean, because of the low alcohol content and the high carbonation.

Mayflower Pale Ale contains the qualities of an enjoyable session beer- refreshing, highly drinkable, and nondescript. There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer in that light, and it certainly looks delicious, but the balance of flavors isn't such that I'd seek it out again. That being said, I'll enjoy a sunny spring evening with the rest of my 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:47:46 | More by Hana
Photo of cbutova


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going through the Mayflower selection lately, not sure why I have passed these up until now.

A- Slightly hazy orange body with a bit of a copper huge to it. A bubbly white head forms with a foamy overall texture and decent retention. Some lace forms at the top and a thin ring leaves sparse lacing.

S- A balance of the beer elements in the nose. A clean overall yeast lends just a few hints of light fruits like apple and white grape as well as some bread notes. The malt bill gives off caramel sweetness and cereal grain aromas. Just enough hops to balance.

T- Fruit flavors seem to make up a slight majority of the taste with notes of white grape, apple, raisin and a tiny bit of citrus. Toasted caramel malts and lighter grains add a balancing sweetness. The hop bill does have more of an effect here with a spicy, herbal and floral profile.

MF- More substantial body than many pale ales with a creamy overall texture. The carbonation level is moderate and there is a nice hint of bitterness in the finish.

Malt and yeast contributions seem to be more important to this beer than many American Pale Ales. The caramel flavor and hop use reminds me of many English examples.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:43:03 | More by cbutova
Photo of maximum12


2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to danedelman for this extra in a mid-June trade for some Weyerbacher that I was seriously jonesing for. 12 ouncer bottled on 2/23/12 & split with my wife as a chaser, since this is a weekend night, no?

Pour is appropriately pasty, light gold with red streaks. Nose is spot-on macro: is this made with rice? Really, it smells like Bud. It isn't bad, just distinctly like beer from my clubbing days. Looong ago.

Mayflower Pale Ale tastes like a macro, too. Seriously! Grainy, gritty, almost no malt or hops present. Touch of dried hay & maybe bread, but I'm reaching like Newt for justified moral outrage. Leaves a blase' aftertaste that's mindful of a bad techno beat, & six ounces is simply too much to choke down.

This is a bad beer. I've had Mayflower beers I've enjoyed quite a bit, but this isn't one of them. I'll get through it, barely.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:37:22 | More by maximum12
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. Pretty solid lacing and retention. Aroma of caramel, bread, and bits of pine and citrus in the background. Nice malt profile... caramel, toasted bread and even a bit of toffee. Earthy. Light and crisp pine and slightly fruity hops mixed in. Solid example of the English style pale ale, good malts with just enough hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:15:12 | More by uustal
Photo of chefhatt


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a clear amber color body with a nice 2"creamy white head. The smell is a little floraly. The taste is kinda flat, a litt bit of malt and i don't get any hop flavor at all. The mouth feel is ok and the carbonation is good. Since i can't get it down here in Pa, i was glad i got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:48:31 | More by chefhatt
Photo of jneiswender


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery, on tap, as part of the tour. Pours a nice clear and amber body. Nice off white head. Great English hop aroma and varied grain smell. Well balanced and drinkable. Herbal hop and marmalade like malt. Great session beer. I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 01:50:14 | More by jneiswender
Photo of grannaniwa


2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden color, nice head sticks around for a while.

Has the ‘flat’ hoppy bitterness that I am not crazy about. Maybe this is English hops? I recognize it from other beers but find it hard to describe. It is not floral, or citrusy.

Not much malt to this one -- I don’t taste any sweetness to speak of.

Mayflower describes this as their flagship. “It combines a slightly sweet and toasted malt quality from caramel malt with floral and citrusy aromas from the finest quality English and American-grown hops.”

Overall: B-, would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:33:16 | More by grannaniwa
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear honey gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some pilsner-like malt aromas at first with a light biscuit smell. Dry, grassy and piny hop aromas kick in afterward with a slightly earthy aroma.

T: Again, there are some biscuit malt characteristics at first followed by lots of dry grass and pine flavors. The finish is lightly bitter with a bready and earthy aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is highly attenuated and very dry. It almost feels more like a hoppy pilsner than a pale ale.

O: A pretty decent beer. A little on the earthy side for my tastes, but not at all bad. It's surprising that such a low abv beer is also so hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 18:21:54 | More by n2185
Photo of WSB


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bright orange, but settles to a lighter orange/amber shade. Head is thin and wispy and dissolves quickly, leaving light lacing on the head and glass.

Smell is malty, alcohol, and very slightly hoppy. Nothing over the top but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is more than expected- medium bodied, thicker than a pale ale or summer beer but not heavy.

Taste is another big surprise- hoppy (slightly flowery from the Nugget, East Kent Goldings hops ), malty (Two-Row Pale, Caramel Munich 40, and Victory malts), alcoholy, in that order. Extremely well balanced.

Finish is crisp, bright, mildly bitter, but in a pleasant way.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:58:40 | More by WSB
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a terrific amber that has nearly no haze to it. The color is bright, and fresh. A strong pour yields a dense off-white head that retains quite well. Lacing makes for a pretty looking beer.

S-Has an attractive albeit light English Pale Ale aroma. A bit bready, semi-sweet, and slightly hopped. I have recently tried Ipswich's Pale Ale which is of the same style. Both aromas are quite similar.

T-In comparison to Ipswich Ale, this one is bolder, a bit hoppier and equally as enjoyable. The sweet malt is the perfect balance to the hops. This one is fresh and the hops are quite noticeable. Great balance here. Floral hop flavors similar to the hops in Mayflower's IPA but a bit dulled down. The flavor has a nice drying quality.

M-Light bodied and dry. Crisp too. Nice carbonation as well. The feel begs for another sip.

O/D-I think this brew is underrated. Its very drinkable, sessionable, and great for warmer weather. Balance is the key here. At about $9.50 a six pack, I would choose other options at the store at the same or lesser price. However, I wouldn't mind grabbing a glass on-tap in the future. Happy to support the local scene, and in closing this beer is a pretty acceptable pale ale offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:40:13 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colour with an eighth of an inch of head, a light bitter aroma.Rising carbonation bubbles. A wonderfully balanced sessionable ale with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The Bitterness is right there, only description is a blend of English and American, and thankfully the bitterness is restrained. Excellent drinkability.Thanks ol' friendDr. Jay for your selection of this underappreciated style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:35:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of lulu1040


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a local brewing company that is new to us. We did not know they existed until I saw several different styles in 6 pack bottles in our local liquor stores refridgerator. Label has "classic" Mayflower ship. Smell was good. But then I was suprised at the mouthfeel. From the smell, I would have expected more of a "full", or maybe a hoppy, mouthfeel. It was kind of flat in the mouth. I would say it is not as exciting in the mouth as it smelled. The Pale Ale was VERY basic and very light. It would be easy to drink the 6-pack and not find the experience very remarkable. We will have to return and try a few of the other selections this local store carries.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:51:26 | More by lulu1040
Photo of Fluke828


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale from Mayflower had very little head when poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Perhaps because it had been in the fridge for quite some time (meaning over a month if memory serves...)

It's appearance was amber-esque, almost copper-colored. There was a decent amount of lacing but nothing really out of the ordinary and just the right amount of carbonation.

The smell was fruity, however the taste was very woodsy and had a pine-like resemblance although I couldn't quite put my finger on it... Mouth feel was very crisp and smooth as this is a very drinkable beer.

Overall I enjoyed it, had it @ Thanksgiving and loved it but also had many other different brews so I wanted to try it again...seemed to be lacking a little "umph" or something like that and I attribute that to it having spent a good amount of time in the bottle in the back of the fridge thus likely being a bit old...would have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:40:38 | More by Fluke828
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Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a mild spicy aroma. An appealing deep amber color with a mild head. The bitterness jumps out at you at first. Has a hint of fruitiness on the tongue. Leaves a hint of sourness afterward. Not too bad but I was hoping it would be better. I'd drink it again if offered but not sure if I'd go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:44:55 | More by rjplumer
Photo of akorsak


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from Julio's.

A: The EPA is a robust amber color, a melange of orange and brown hues. Still translucent, the ale sported a head of over three fingers. Lacing all around the glass was the result.

S: Biscuity with an English smell, that fruity aroma that is, dare I say it, ringwood-y. Hops are present but in a supporting role.

T: Chewy with a nice flavor. Hops are there, definitely with an herbal aspect. The biscuity malt is the real star of the show though, light and toasted with a distinct nuttiness. It pairs with the yeast for added sweetness. A flavorful beer for weighing in under 5%.

M: The toasted malts, nutty and biscuity, are sweetly pleasant. Just enough hoppiness to keep things interesting.

D: A nice end-of-the-week beer. The hoppiness is most evident in the finish, lingering well after a sip is gone.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:17:53 | More by akorsak
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Mayflower's flagship beer. No, that was not a pun. It's their take on the English style.

An impressive head tops the crystal-clear golden boldness. Aroma skirts from a fresh fig note to citric minty hoppiness, to mild caramel confections. Big on smoothness, with a good level of carbonation to pass on some crispness as well. Earthy, woody, fruity and bitter with most of the flavor coming from the hops. Between each layer of hop is a layer of malt, which is big on toasted, caramel and rustic bready flavors. Nutty yeast with some fruitiness in the back takes that long walk with the slowly fading hops and malt. Bittersweet.

This is one very complex English Pale Ale. If it was a blind tasting, it would be hard to tell that it was American brewed. Set us up in front of a dart board with some pork scratchings and pickled eggs, and we'll be good for the night.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:46:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from LarryG, cheers Larry! Bottle has a 06/29/10 I presume that is the bottled on date, so this one is probably at the ragged edge of freshness...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Pear notes & grassyness

T: Grassy hops up front along restrained biscuitty malt, plus Bartlett Pear. More of the same as this warms, along with a little pithy grapefruit & lemongrass. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with a kiss of biscuitty malt & some slight astringency

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation & decent balance

Drinks very easy, this seems more APA than EPA, IMO. Would love to try a fresher sample, my fault for sitting on this at least 10 days

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:25:54 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a bitter, noble hop aroma; standard EPA. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bitter hop flavor with little malt complexity. It offers up a pale malt base, but the hops dominate the profile. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pale ale. It could use a bit more malt flavor, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 22:14:14 | More by WesWes
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LarryG for this extra.

Poured into Sam Adams Pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white creamy head. Decent lace with some lace rings. Color is a clear golden orange with lots of active carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of pale malt up front. A bit of floral hops. Mainly a bready aroma to it. Definitely is English styled.

Taste: More pale malts and a bready/biscuit flavor to this one. The hops are grassy and floral and stick out a bit more here. Has a touch of citrus notes. A bit better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a creamy, yet bitter feel to it as it warms. Ends sticky with some hop flavors.

Overall, a decent English Pale Ale. The mf on this is pretty nice, but other than that it is fairly average. Decent drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:11:01 | More by mothman
Photo of Pittsburgh


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden brown pour, light amber in color, decent amount of foam that sticks around on the glass for the duration of the beer.

Smells nice, floral and fruity aromas.

Taste is pretty good, nice bitterness in the flavor, strong to very strong from that standpoint. Bit of a fruity flavor as well, tastes a bit sticky and syrupy as well, almost as an IPA from that aspect.

Once thing I am noticing is a slight watery flavor in the middle of it, almost like a hole where something should be. I have detected this in other pale ales, so maybe that is part of the brewing process and typical to the style. But as pale ales go this is pretty good, a little above average in my opinion, was expecting a little more from this brewery since I liked their IPA so much, but it is ok. Definitely drinkable, I could have a few of these and be comfortable with it.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:24:00 | More by Pittsburgh
Photo of TommyW


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark amber/gold with a nice white head that leaves perfect rings.

S- Mild hops with bready and caramel malts.

T- Bready with hints of caramel; balanced perfectly with hops.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer, so perfectly balanced and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 02:01:21 | More by TommyW
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New Hampshire

2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Clear amber color. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is hops, no caramel malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:20:24 | More by jdhilt
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Mayflower Pale Ale pours a dark copper color, a little dark for the style imo, with a white crown that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is of toasted bready malts almost exclusively, with a faint hop aroma in the background. Each sip is bookended by nutty, caramel malt goodness, with a brief burst of hop bitterness and then some citrus notes in the middle... pretty tasty. The beer has a full body for the style, creamy even, and is very nicely carbonated. I've had Mayflower IPA before, and knowing how drinkable that is I shouldn't be surprised that the pale is is vanishing efffortlessly from my glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:12:33 | More by axeman9182
Photo of DrJay


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a faint reddish hue and a short eggshell cap of mostly fine bubbles. Good head retention, a bit of lace. Nice combination of malt and grassy, fruity hops. I'm getting a bit of earthy strawberry and spice too. Herbal bitterness up front, a bit of sweetness mid-palate, more bitterness and hop character in the finish. Medium to light bodied, lively carbonation, a bit dry. Solid overall. I could see picking this one up once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:23:29 | More by DrJay
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