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Mayflower Pale Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Pale AleMayflower Pale Ale

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181 Ratings

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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 MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Mayflower Pale Ale pours into a chalice a clear gold color with a healthy cream colored head.

S - The aroma is breads, yeast, clove and spices.

T - The taste is a delicious blend of hops and malts. The mild hops taste combined with the spicy aroma and English ale styling leads me to guess a Golding hops on this one. Again, terrific balance. Some caramel malts are present, but the hops win with this brew. I'm also getting a slight, hop-oil or alcohol flavor ... just adds another layer in an already very flavorful experience.

M - The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of effervescence.

D - Drink it. Exceptional.

MVotter, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of kob424
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

kob424, May 04, 2014
Photo of vdub191
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

vdub191, Jul 23, 2014
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.

lulu1040, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, golden color with a white head that settled to a ring, leaving thin lines of lacing.

S - sweet and earthy.

T - sweet flavor of malt with a light bite of bitterness on the finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - hell yeah!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

alleykatking, Mar 16, 2010
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.

TommyW, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LarryG for sending along a fresh bottle of this one.

A-Bright golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt and a nice accent of lightly floral and citrus hops. Nothing crazy here yet a very pleasing aroma.

T-A near perfect balance of lightly spicy citrus and floral hops with balancing sweet biscuit malt. Nice drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with surprising long lasting hop bitterness.

D-About as perfect an American pale ale can get. Malt and hop balance with a clean crisp flavour and an easy drinking smoothness that goes a long way. Plus with but 5% ABV I could see putting down plenty of these.

Deuane, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Patlee3324
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

Patlee3324, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of trill
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up as an extra in a trade, thanks to BanditBrewingCo.

Comes out a pale, slightly hazy honey color, with a 1/2" off-white head. Smell is mostly quiet Pilsner-y malt, with a light, lemony hop note. Some light honey and graham cracker smells come out as the beer warms. The taste is exquisitely balanced, with the grainy, cracker-y malt flavors playing against the restrained, herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is also spot-on for the style, with perfectly middle-of-the-road carbonation and body. What this one lacks in complexity it more than makes up in drinkability.

trill, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of TrevorGW
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale strikes a brilliant balance. It maintains the British subtleties of the style but still gives me enough of an American hop fix.

Shimmering gold color ... slightly lighter than most pales. Soft aroma, mostly sweet malt on the nose. Biscuity body complimented by a dry bitter kick in the center. A unique honey-ish sweetness from the malt lingers. This ale is restrained, but complex - different nuanaces with each sip.

Finish is clean and carbonation is crisp, giving it high marks in drinkability.

I have also had this on tap several times and it seems slightly hoppier from the bottle (coincidence probably). A great brew in both forms.

TrevorGW, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of timmay41
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Moan and Dove (Amherst, MA) in my customized 32 oz. mug.

Appearance: A bright copper color, with one volcanic eruption of a head. The bartender and I determined that the full mug, leaking profusely over the lip, looked like one of those frothy mugs you see at Moe's in "The Simpsons."

Smell: Huge hop aroma, with earthy tones and a subtle citrus spice.

Taste: Expected it to be hoppier based on the smell (like a West Coast big hop brew) but definitely not... some malty grit that becomes really smooth.

Mouthfeel: A cask brew, so flat and placid. But not in a bad way.

Drinkability: Absolutely. A solid session offering.

timmay41, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of axeman9182
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.

axeman9182, May 22, 2010
Photo of TeddyBG
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

TeddyBG, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Kallessin
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with fair amount of head. Pretty much what I expected.

Has sweet malty grainy aroma with some earthy hops in the background. Very appealing.

Taste of sweet malt with some slight bitterness and earthy hop flavors. A few citrus notes in the background if you swish it around. Very well balanced flavor.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, which was actually very surprising. I was expecting something much lighter in body. Finishes slightly dry.

This beer was surprisingly good. Very easy to drink. Good job Mayflower.

Kallessin, Aug 01, 2008
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

KenC, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of katrinakennett
4/5  rDev +10.5%

katrinakennett, May 19, 2013
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +10.5%

kevgod, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of sauger86
4/5  rDev +10.5%

sauger86, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev +10.5%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
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.

jneiswender, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

kingstonma, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of PaulD
4/5  rDev +10.5%

PaulD, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Eduarte78
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Eduarte78, Jul 15, 2014
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Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.