Mayflower Pale Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-11-2011 01:46:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours pretty clear, lighter amber, with bubbles continuing to rise to the top. Tiny bubble off white film, respectable light sheeting and lace. Flowery hop nose.Pleasantly balanced EPA. Nice smooth toasty malt under coating, mild hop balance in effect. Nice, classic tasting brew.
08-30-2009 15:27:08 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear, gold
Smell: malts and a small amount of hops
Taste: a very nice mix of malts and hops--some honey taste
Mouthfeel: I can feel the carbonation. Medium/light bodied..mostly bitter with a slightly less bitter finish
Drinkability: My least favorite of Mayflower's four year round offerings but still a highly sessionable pale ale
05-08-2009 20:17:18 | More by tigg924
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Dark orange deep golden color with a thin but solid white head that is about a fingernail width which fades but sticks around for a while. Great clarity in this beer with moderate carbonation. A fine looking beer with good lacing.
S: Aromas is of pale hops, toasted malt, slight earthy tone, and a touch of citrus.
T: Good balance of hops, malt, citrus on the front end with a strong bitter finish that is dry. Medium texture to the beer. The malt is definitely present but not overwhelming. This tastes better as you get deeper in to the glass.
M: Smooth, very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, with a dry crisp finish
D: Great session beer that is an excellent interpretation of the English pale ale style. Nice beer Mayflower team!
12-05-2008 00:54:16 | More by racer2k
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
04-06-2011 03:35:29 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
06-29-2011 02:58:40 | More by WSB
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
poured from a bottle into imperial pint glass leaving a nice head that slowly disappeared.
smell was light and fruity with light orange and floral hop mixed with sweet malt.
taste was much lighter and crisp. orangish flavored malts in the start with a slight bitterness mixed in the finish. malts seem to dominate this pale ale.
carbonation was medium and assisted bringing out the hop flavor.
overall, a very light and very decent pale ale. very much reminds me of an English pale ale.
02-21-2009 20:39:43 | More by hooliganlife
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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
10-04-2010 01:25:54 | More by russpowell
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
A - Pours a golden orange with soapy white head that's quite bubbly and laces pretty decently.
S - Kind of dull. Citrus hops and some yeasty bread.
T - Subdued like the aroma but a nice hop bitterness on the end. Decent overall.
M - Thin and light with good carbonation. Bready. Tastes really clear and pure. Pretty refreshing.
D - Quite drinkable. Light, not overpowering, and low ABV. A decent brew.
04-04-2010 00:24:51 | More by jmerloni
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a medium gold with a nice head and very good lacing. Smell is a nice balance of malt and hops. Taste mirrors smell, good malt presence with an offsetting hop presence on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a definite crispness. All of teh mentioned qualities lend themselves to a very drinkable brew. Excellent for the summer months.
08-03-2008 00:29:02 | More by edchicma
4.15/5 rDev +14.3%
Big thanks goes out to Pete (ppoitras) for this fine beer. Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a clear golden copper color. One finger off white head that dies down pretty quickly leaving soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- There is some some light grain aroma in the front of this. Also, some nice citrusy hops which gives off a extra lemon zest to it. Light bready aroma from the pale malts.
T- Nice surprise with this beer. Light toasted malts along with the some pale malts shine through the front of this beer. Light bready flavor in the middle with some earthy tones. Citrus hops bring up the back end of the beer.
M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light toasted bready malts left on the palate with some citrusy and earth undertones on the aftertaste. Clean flavors overall with a light crispness.
D- Very nice drinking beer with some very clean flavors. I could drink this by a sixer quite easily. Hope to get more of this sometime here soon!
03-16-2010 06:33:22 | More by alleykatking
3.63/5 rDev 0%
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot number. Sampled on March 21, 2009.
For my first beer on the first full day of Spring 2009 I went after a classic pale ale. It pours a rusty-copper tone with a small but long lasting foamy off-white head. The aroma is very rich and very clean with some hoppy notes. The mouthfeel is of medium texture. The flavor is sweet and hoppy with a vague citrus element.
03-21-2009 18:48:21 | More by puboflyons
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-29-2011 01:17:53 | More by akorsak
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into a Giant Frosted Mug - That's just how it came:
Fresh off the Whale watch in Plymouth Harbor went to lunch at the Weathervane.
The frosted mug threw off the initial impression but as the glass and the beer warmed a little it opened up and I liked it much better. This review is based on the last half of that beer
A: Dark golden to Amber with an off white head.
S: Noted some maltieness and a bit of hop. Seems to be nicely balanced
T: Delicious, as I said this beer really open up duing my tasting. I thought it was a good example of a Pale Ale, seemed to be really fresh and this was confirmed that it was a new keg delivered from the Brewery 2 days prior
M: Nice and light-bodied, I liked the amount of carbonation.
D: After trying to get to try this one, I got to try it at the Fest. So when it was an option the next day in Plymouth I jumped on it. This is a beer I will have in my home fridge soon for nights on the patio, or in the backyard. I didn't get any alcohol flavor and was surprised to see it was 5% ABV, I thought it was about 4%.
Serving type: 22oz Frosted Mug...
06-25-2008 15:00:19 | More by seanh99
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Had this at the great sample night at Moan and Dove the other night. This drink had a red amber appearance with a relatively small, thin head. In the smell category I sensed some thin hops supplemented with some spice and slightly woody overtones. Taste-wise, there was a bittersweet balance to the drink with a moderate hoppiness to it. Solid medium body allows the subtle spiciness of this pale ale come out. Very nice.
05-09-2008 03:45:59 | More by fitzy84
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