Mayflower Pale Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Pale AleMayflower Pale Ale

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DrDogbeer on 02-04-2008

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of racer2k
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  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.

Photo of WSB
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of jmerloni
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of seanh99
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TeddyBG
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: copper colored with a 1/2" head that sticks around. OK lacing.

S: Slight malt with a hint of grass.

T: Good upfront malt with a very good hop bite at the end. Very good representation of the english pale ale.

M: well carbonated. Neither thick nor thin mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to put these away. A good sessionable beer. Would like to try this on-tap.

Photo of n2185
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of fank2788
3.94/5  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.

Photo of lulu1040
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Hana
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed six pack purchased from PH Provisions about two months ago. First beer I've actually purchased there, after usually walking out with food or nothing at all because of the prices.

Pint glass pour. Dimpled/chunky, off-white head. Filtered lemon honey/copper body.

Scents of bitter lemon/tangerine rind upfront, with a thought of granola & crackermeal rounding it out.

Taste-wise, upfront is a slight doughy sweetness, but is quickly hit up with some green pepper/orange rind. Some casual cracker-ish malt in the middle, but the beer draws out & turns astringent with lots of dry & bitter wood & bark that I just don't want in this style of beer. Carbonation is high, the alcohol, though mild, only further detains its medicinal feel. Residuals flavors linger for a bit, but mostly just a mild cottonmouth effect.

The summer rye was pretty good. I should probably review that next & save myself a beating from the overzealous locals.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a mini tasting the other night to prepare for the cask day. This was an early one, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/26/2010.

Nice pour with a medium amber color and nice carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass nearly constantly throughout the session, really nicely done as a small cap of white foam just sat on top of the glass. Aroma is light, bready malts, touches of light citrus hops and smooth, even presence, albeit a touch light. Crisp, clean and refreshing taste is more then welcomed as I take the first sips. The smooth pine hops blend well with the grain base and leave a clean finish that has a touch of dryness in it.

Overall a very solid pale ale. Not the best I have ever had but it certainly gets the job done. Would have no problem doing this one again.

Photo of Fluke828
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had this on cask a long time ago at the pour farm in new bedford, ma.

poured like a typical cask ale. golden slightly amber color with a nice thick head. smelled of hops and subtle odors of grass. tasted outsanding-- not quite as hoppy as you'd think-- the aforementioned grass taste is also somewhat present. very well balanced and refreshing. i could have quite a few more of these.

overall- Mayflower Pale Ale is completely different on cask (as it obviously should be) sure to try it if you find it

Photo of erosier
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amebr color with a medium sized medium bodied tan colored head that settles pretty fast and leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: The smell is of sweet roasted malts underneath earthy hoppy aromas.
T: The taste is of sweet roasted malts underneath an earthy hoppy taste. The flavors are mixed very well.
M: Very smooth and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. None of th flavors are overpowering.

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Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.