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Mayflower IPA - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower IPAMayflower IPA

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very good

207 Reviews

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Reviews: 207
Hads: 603
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 21.65%
Wants: 23
Gots: 104 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Patrick on 04-06-2008

77 IBU
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Photo of Kendo
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is golden-yellow with a 1+ finger fluffy whitish head on top. Plenty of particulate in suspension.

S: Strong malt scents, primarily of cereal grains and husky grain. Also surprisingly sweet.

T: Starts out on the sweet, malty side - biscuit and grainy malt lays the foundation - but then it finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness that has a touch of pine and grass and even some citrus (orange peel comes to mind). Some spicy heat on the palate, but the warmth from the (moderate) ABV is predominantly felt in the belly.

M: A wee bit oily in feel, could use a better bite of carbonation.

O: A mixed bag. Clearly an English-style IPA with that heavy malt bill, but the hops do a decent job of showing up at the end and providing some bitterness for balance. Not my favorite flavoring hop profile - too earthy/leafy/herbal and not enough citrus/tropical fruit/pine for my taste buds - but your mileage may vary.

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Photo of Lobina
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to pour it into a little plastic glass at the hotel in Plymouth. Soapy head sort of creamy probably the glass. Very drinkable and refreshing IPA. I prefer more hop but this will do. Decent all around brew. Will try their porter soon.

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Photo of kirztenperry_
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Mayflower IPA pours a deep yellow. Subtle smell. There is lot of malt flavor to this beer accompanied by a reserved hoppy flavor. When I drink it I feel like a pilgrim on the Mayflower making my way over to America.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is an orange that fades to yellow thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smells like biscuit malt and stale hope.

Taste is much better than smell with a nice herbal bitterness going throughout and a strong malt background.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle-Chilled Glass. Excellent IPA.. Smooth to drink with an excellent taste of hops hops hops. Medium gold to look at with very faint smell. This is always a favorite...,Brewed in Plymouth Ma

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Photo of smanson56
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack while camping on the cape. A pretty straight forward IPA nothing really comes to mind to make it outstanding. It has a mild hop finish and not a strong malt profile either. I'd probably wouldn't pick it up again but it is a drinkable IPA.

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Photo of predikit
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very small white head that dissipated quickly.

Malt is strong in the scent, for an IPA the hops are oddly not present, leaving just wisps of scent in the background.

The taste is sweet and fruity up front, slides into a malty character, cracker, biscuit , there is a minor hop presence in the middle, not very bitter, after taste is mostly hop bitters with a hint of breadiness.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth with medium-low carbonation. Leaves a bit of residue after a swallow, and has a noticeable alcohol burn afterward.

As someone who tends to dislike most IPAs offered by most breweries this is by and large one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a six pack at home and a fresh pint from a restaurant near the brewery. Pleasant floral aroma with muted citrus and pine notes combining to create something not quite dank. Strong taste of orange, pineapple and papaya. More tart than sweet. Bitterness comes on without the aid of a sturdy malt flavor to provide a little sweetness to balance the flavor. Solid IPA that falls short of being well rounded.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - A warm honey color that yields a fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

S - As far as IPAs go, not super fragrant. Oranges, fresh-cut grass, some green notes, and cereal grain.

T - Despite the unassuming nose, the taste is quite robust. The Amarillo hops yield a very enjoyable fresh citrus flavor, while the remainder of the hops contribute grassy, green, and piney notes. The malt is sweet and tasty - not unlike Honey-Nut Cheerios. The finish is bitter and hits the right balance between sweet and dry. Citrus and grass flavors linger on the tongue.

M - The medium mouthfeel and carbonation makes this beer easy to drink.

O - A solid entry into the New England IPA field. Very well balanced. Considering this beer was available (and reviewed) at a company conference, not bad!

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Photo of sprat1960
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Straw yellow to light golden in color. Transparent. Pours with almost no head; less than 1 finger of white foam on the surface of the beer that dies off quickly. Slightly better than a typical mass-produced commercial beer.

Smell: Nice. Mildly hoppy aroma, some malt, citrus/lemon. Made me want to take a drink.

Taste: Taste matches the smell. Nice mild hoppy flavor; but not too hoppy. Some malt/grain. Acidic/citrus/lemon. Ever to slight dry finish. Refreshing. Nice.

Feel: Kind of thin body. Mild fizziness from the carbonation. Slightly better than a good mass-produced commercial beer.

Overall: A nice lighter IPA that I found refreshing. While there are many that may be better, I would gladly drink this again. The fact that it is lighter, it went nicely with the pizza I was having at the time.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.5/5  rDev +16%

What a fantastic IPA. It is not Mayflowers best beer, that is without a doubt the porter, but this is still one of my favorite IPAs. Spicy with darker fruit notes, this is not my usual MO for IPAs but Mayflower makes such a good beer they bring it home.

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Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a glowing, cloudy orange with lots of yeasty particles floating around in there. Big two-finger white head. Pretty heavy lacing and carbonation.

Aroma: Nice aromas of pine, grass, apricot and citrus.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and packs more punch. Pine and apricot lead the way. Nice crisp finish. A fine IPA.

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth.

Overall: Another winner from Mayflower. This is a terrific IPA at a reasonable price. It hits all the right notes, with delicious hop bitterness and flavor and just enough boozy kick, without being at all overpowering. Great stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at tavern on the square Northborough

Nice creamy thick head 1 finger fades semi slowly Nice touch lacing, mostly clear golden honey color.

Nose nice hops, mild citrus, mostly floral grassy hops, fruity, touch of juicy fruit and orange peel, touch spicy. Hint of malt under that.

Taste brings more hops, a Canadian base hop with a bigger spicy note, little earthy and somewhat grassy too, little spicy chewy note with fair bitterness. Mild citrus and fruity note, touch orange peel. Bit of a sweet malt base, toasted malt note. Finish is dry but little sticky, fair bitterness, bit of grassy earthy hops lingering, long bitterness so if this is all they wanted to accomplish then ok but nothing much otherwise.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

I remember this being better and I could have sworn I reviewed it before. It's a decent ipa but missing the extra something, extra citrus or fruit, our even spicy hop note if that's what they want, but this is fairly generic.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear filtered copper amber with a good sized soapy head that retains well. Abundant lacing.

Smell - English hops with a balanced malt backbone. Fruity and floral, sort of a hybrid between classic English IPA and American IPA going on here.

Taste - Rich malty with a nice fruity floral and pine hop mix. Not overly bitter. Does well here.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very balanced, rests a mix of hops but not overly muddled. Really good drinkability.

Overall - Probably one of my favorite English IPAs (even though it's a hybrid AIPA), I typically can't stand the style but this one is well done in my opinion.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish IPA glass.

A: Hazy orange color. Rocky white head retains very well. Lacing is clumpy and sticky.

S: Freshly cut grass, tangerine, grapefruit rind, and perhaps a suggestion of mint. Toast and caramel malt base.

T: Tobacco, dry herbs, cut grass, spicy and peppery hops, grapefruit rind bitterness clamps down. Playful tropical notes of lemon and tangerine. Oily. Big toasty malt base, hints of dark caramel. Drying finish with some lingering bitey hop oils.

M: Full medium body with some sense of weight. Drying, astringent, and oily hops. Moderate carbonation.

O: Billed as an English style IPA with a "descendant's twist." A substantial malt base attempts to balance a powerful dose of dry hopping with American strains, and it almost succeeds. It's an IPA that has the powerful American dry hopping that the modern American palate craves, but it keeps its foot just close enough to the English side of things so as to reflect the branding.

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Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold 1.5 fingers of white sudsy head, little lacing.
S - Not a lot goin on in aroma thats special, pine, citrus zest, grapefruit, grass, some sweet malt.
T - Taste is good, more on the orange, and some biscuit malt, you get a assertive bitterness on end.
M - Somewhat chewy, still bitter after a while.
O - I'd have to say this is a textbook example of a modern American IPA, its good.

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Photo of Mundia
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bittersweet.
Nice looking beer, not too much carbonation. Good hop aroma but maybe a little something (onion?) in the middle of the floral aromas. It's sweet with some bitterness but made me think it's either too sweet or not hoppy enough. So I kinda knocked it for that.
A nice drinking IPA.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber yellow with not a lot of head and good lacing

S - Very malty with some fruityness

T - Very malty again, with just enough hop to cut the sweetness. Doesn't take reading the label to know this is an EIPA. The aftertaste quickly diminishes.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Maybe could have used a bit more carbonation.

O - Pretty simple and straight forward beer. I'm not a big fan of the EIPA due to their malt profiles, I prefer the American IPAs. But this was good, enough balance to make this crisp and easily drinkable. Others may enjoy this more, but I won't be coming back for more.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Arrived dark gold with copper shading. Pint glass had about a finger's worth of off-white head that receded rather quickly, but left nice light lacing most of the way down the glass. Very clear. Little visible carbonation.

S - Didn't detect much, mostly citrusy hops.

T - Started out citrusy, mostly grapefruit. Got a little bit of sweetness towards the middle and finished off with a light bitterness. Really nice medley of flavors. Did not detect alchol. Was surprised to see that this rings in at 7%.

M - On the thin side of medium-bodied and very clean. Received a nice little tingle from this beer. Very pleasant.

O - I was glad to get this on tap for lunch. Very light, crisp IPA that suited this 90 degree day perfectly.

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Photo of ipacac
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured, not very cold, into a tall glass, producing six inches of sticky foam. When it settled, the beer is light yellow, with a honeyed aroma -- heavy on malt, light on hops. Mild flavor, easy to drink, but not much excitement. I didn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. 2/5/13 bottle date.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light citrus and grapefruit hops followed by caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Flavors have diminished and lighter than expected. Nice tingly bitterness in the end to.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, crisp, a bit dry, medium bodied, and some tingly bitterness in there too.

Overall: I have had this on draft plenty of times, but the bottle tastes different. Citrus hops are more noticeable at the bar, but at home they are lightened up from what I an used to. This is still a good beer though.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/17/13

Note: Bottled 12/4/13

Appearance: Clear, dark orange, with some gold and amber - small, off-white head fades to a wispy hint of a cap - despite the relatively low carbonation, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Caramel malts and some floral, citrusy hops - maltier than average, with caramelized malts, sweet biscuits, and toffee - floral orange and tangerine, with a lot of mellow, sweet flesh - doesn't smell particularly aggressive or bitter

Taste: Nicely balanced and drinkable - slices of orange and tangerine, with something lightly tropical, like mango - some ruby red grapefruit as well - sweet, but not excessively so, malty - caramel, biscuits, and toffee - balances nicely with the moderately bitter hops - a light touch of booze in the finish, as well as some pith

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, a bit oily, could use a little more carbonation, boozy finish

Overall: Very good, but not top tier

This is a solid IPA. There's just so much competition in this style. This could be a bit hoppier, and a bit more carbonated. It's a bit too sweet. But it's charming nonetheless. I would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of ricchezza
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance shows off a nice thick long lasting head. This is not at all a citrus hop bomb very common now a days from North American IPA’s. Taste and aroma is quite balanced between toffee-like malt and earthy/pine hop notes. However, the hops just slightly tip the balance in their favor (obviously, as to be expected) with a crisp, sharp, earthy bitterness on the palate. I could easily believe that this was barrel aged (it isn't), as there’s a faint woodiness inherent in the beer.

Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

A: Golden-orange in color with the typical head. Off-white with pillowy lacing.

S: Fruity and piney nose. Very nice.

T: Big floral and juicy hops. A West Coast hop profile with an East Coast malt bill to balance it out.

M: Super smooth with tons of flavor and the right carbonation.

O: I was hoping this beer would be this good. An impressive IPA from a great brewery.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bottle from a six pack picked up pretty recently at the store. Bottled on date of 10/2/2012. Served chilled in a Dogfish Head tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange to very light brown in color. Pours a nice two finger, pillowy white head with good retention. The head sticks to the glass pretty heavily and leaves a lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit and pine notes upfront from the hops. A pretty solid malt backbone with some caramel and toasted bread. Some grassy and earthy tones from the hops wins out over the limited fruit character of the hops.

Taste: Bitter hop tones dominate. More pine and bitter grapefruit than tropical fruit here. Hugely bitter aftertaste. Definitely some earthy and grassy hop notes in there. The malt backbone is strong like in the aroma. A pretty decent amount of caramel and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Refreshing enough for a warm day.

Overall, a pretty good IPA for the most part. The bitterness from the hops can be pretty overwhelming. The malt backbone is pretty strong considering the heavy hop bite. Nt a bad local option, but there are certainly better.

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