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Mayflower Pale Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Pale AleMayflower Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 182
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 Cunningham26
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at publick house on a rainy tuesday, apparently after mayflower night during CBC week.

A- Great, trickled out of the cask into a tumbler, an amazing gold color, like the color of a sunset at the beach.
S- Didn't really go in for a big breath, but definitely smelled like fruity hops.
T- fantastic. it was as if their pale ale was in B&W and suddenly its in technicolor on cinemascope. all the flavors that are there anyways, the great maltiness but definitely the citrus of those hops. the added hops presented themselves and kept the hop character transforming, but the solid malt backbone made for it to be really leveled.
M- really fantastic. there was the slightest carbonation, really really small, like it was still in its infancy. there were some serious tannins with the hops, and it left the palate totally dried out, but not in the same way a boozy 9% would.
D- not really there just because I wouldn't really drink any cask beer over and over. But it's pretty incredible, and I may make an exception for this if i find myself alone in a room with another firkin.

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade!

A: Pale golden color, slight haze to it, giant head, with excellent retention, head is off white/tan-ish, gobs and gobs of lacing. Excellent looking beer.

S: Honey and caramel, lots of earth hops going on here too, slightly spicy. As much as I hate to say it, sort of reminds me of a macro lager on some weird subconscious level, but only faintly, all the good pale ale smells are there. Slightly lemony too.

T: Lots of good pale malt characters, really a malty beer, but spot on for the style, hops hit at the end and are spicy, but subdued and pleasant. Faint graininess at the end. A little more towards the malt side of the bill compared to other pale ales, but really a great tasting beer. I'm really enjoying this!

M: Medium thickness, medium carbonation, quite dry, and quite thirst quenching. Spot on.

D: Would make for an excellent session beer, low alcohol, low carbonation, and high flavor make it exactly what I need. I'll need to find out where John got this so I can snag some more for myself.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mixylplik3 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice three-finger foamy off-white head, with a bunch of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, and spice. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, bitter, hoppy, with some spice notes. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew, my first from them. Thanks Matt.

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner and jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours rustic copper with a thin, lasting tan head. Vanishing lace slides down the glass. Nice colour/hue.

The smell is of tangerine, somewhat musty/grassy, a bit leathery, a touch of sour that throws it off a bit.

The taste is leathery - light malt - musty with lemon, grass with an herbal/tannic bitterness in the finish.

Carbonation is okay. Body is fine.

Borderline - an attempt at an English Pale that doesn't quite make it. Sourish notes I could do without with just too much leather and grass.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a frothy head; decent retention and a few strands of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with an earthy, tea-like element

Taste: Starts out toasty, with a moderate but distinctive earthy, tea-like bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tea character develops a bit, with a nod to the citrusy APA style

Mouthfeel: Meidum body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very pleasant to drink; primarily in the English style but with a nod to the new world - are we starting to see a NE pale ale style developing?

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to corey0212 for including this in a trade. I apreciate the chance to try something from a brewery that I've never had the chance to sample from before. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a huge head and very nice lacing. The head settles down to a cap that sticks around. Smells of slightly sour graininess, some earthy hops, and biscuity malt. The taste is pretty similar, but there is also a somewhat strange sweet flavor that seems a bit out of place. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat grainy with that residual sweetness echoing on the palate. Not bad, but wouldn't be my go-to pale ale.

Photo of racer2k
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower Pale Ale smells like poundcake with some floral hops. Good head with excellent retention and lacing. Honey colored, slightly hazy.

Tastes smooth with a crisp hoppiness. Hoppy pepper notes with swallow. Thicker with a better mouth than most English pale ales. A good whatever, whenever ale.

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" light beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is balanced, but nothing particular stands out to me. Taste starts lightly sweet, gets touched by the citrus in the middle, and then closes with light to moderate hops character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not my fave of the group, but not one I would cast out of my fridge either.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, light caramelized malts, some spice, some honey and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel, honey and citrus up front, quickly followed by some smokiness and a decently strong bitterness of pale hops. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good session beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a while.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden brown in color with a one finger bubbly white head. Excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Light toasted malt and caramel aroma. A very faint hint of earthy hops. Smells like a good English Pale Ale.

T - Very strong malt presence up front. Light caramel sweetness and very earthy. A light herbal/earthy bitterness comes though later before finishing very dry.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very dry. I'm not a huge fan of English Pale Ales, too much malt for me, but this one is rather tasty. And very drinkable.

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.

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

Pours a clear gold with 2+ fingers of foamy off-white head. Nice retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of grass, lemon, and toasted grain. Tastes of lemon rind up front followed by lightly toasted grain and some bread dough in the backbone. Finishes with a strong bittering earth and dried grass kick. Medium in body with good carbonation. Some good malt presence, but lots of lingering raw bitterness in the finish makes it a little unbalanced. Still, I wouldn't mind trying more beers from Mayflower, at least it wasn't watery and weak. Thanks to ralflord for the hookup.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, medium,orange amber, nice head with a bit of foam.

S- There's a a pleasant pale malt scent, some mild floral accents, with hints of fruit.

T&M- There's a bitter, dry, earthy taste about it. Has a good balance to it, hint of hop bitterness really gets ya in the back end, that lingers in the aftertaste.

D- Is a nice crisply smooth pale ale. I would say, it is highly drinkable. Definitely a decent brew.

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.

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

This is a better than average English pale ale, and it has all the characteristics of the style. It pours a clear golden, slightly orange color with a white thin head that hangs on for a bit. The aroma is tilted towards the sweet malts, a bit earthy and a bit floral.

The taste is not all that in line with the aroma. This is a slightly dry, slightly tea like bittering hop ale, slightly creamy, some earthiness and graininess as well. The huskiness of the malts come through a bit more as the beer settles. The beer is a bit chewy in the finish. The mid section is quite dry, a bit too biting, but for the most part quite well balanced. The creamy graininess is fairly subtle. There is a slight metallic bitterness in the background that detracts from the experience. The mouthfeel is a bit drying, with some residual graininess that hangs on for awhile into the aftertaste. Not a bad beer from a fairly new brewery. I'm anxious to try their other offerings.

Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a orangey amber with a moderate light tan head.
the aroma is a biscuity toffee with a herbal floral faintly citrusy undertone. smells english.
the taste similar to the aroma, caramel/toffee/biscuity toasted malt. the hops kick in at the back end with some bitterness and some herbal hop flavor with just aa bit of a citrusy tang. a little earthy tinge to it.
it's medium bodied with carbonation that's on the soft side. a bit creamy.
drinkability is good, it's an easy drinker with enough to keep you interested. well balanced. i gotta admit though, i'm partial to a balanced english ale like this.
this went very weel with some pepperoni pizza, i wouldn't have thought to pair an english pale ale with it, but it brought out some of the sweeter malty flavors.

Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Yamar 18. Thanks Kevin!

A slightly hazy amber pour with a 1 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

The smell has notes of some citrus and some caramel malt.

The taste has a good citrus flavour tempered by some sweet malt and overall, a pretty nicely balanced flavour. This medium bodied EPA finishes on the bitter side with some grassy notes and it leaves a pleasing aftertaste.

I think this is pretty tasty example of the style though I wouldn't be inclined to drink more than 1 or 2 bottles at a session.

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.

Photo of erosier
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.