Mayflower IPA - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower IPAMayflower IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

555 Ratings
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84
good

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 204
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Head pops up pretty quick, not gushing, but four fingers high and took forever to drop down. Pale amber glow has a good clarity. Soft resin-like mint, spice and some citric ... an aroma takeover. Mild level of carbonation, smooth and a bit slick within the medium body. Hops slap down a thick oily flavor of spice, citric and mint ... bitterness is not rough, just firm. Yeah, there is malt there, but it struggles to poke through the thick blanket of hop flavor. Kiss of alcohol and exotic fruit in the semisweet finish ... there is the malt waiting for us in the end. Good drinking and an easy way to get your hop fix.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color that's darker than almost every IPA I've ever had. Yellow tinted, white head. Decent retention and some sticky lace.

Smells partially of woody hops, partially of grapefruit hops but just mainly of fresh, hoppy hops. If you open up packet up fresh hops and stick your nose in that's what this smells like. Smell could be stronger although I guess that's just the English influence this company maintains. Underylying malt if you're looking for it.

Tastes like it smells--smooth, with hoppy hops but not obnoxiously hoppy. A heavy caramel malt base is present to set the stage on which the hops star. By no means balanced, but more malty than most. Very low carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very bright orange/copper color with a great head & retention. Phenomenal lacing. Smell is of light tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, a bit "juicy." It smells good but would be better if it was a bit more up front...you gotta kind of dig for it. Taste is a little sweet up front with notes of peaches, a little mango, light caramel sweetness, even grassy, then the bitterness takes over and grabs on to the pallette for a good astringent finish. The malts really even things out as the beer warms up a bit and becomes an even more enjoyable brew. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, medium bodied, with a dry finish. Pretty good session ipa. Nothing that screams amazing, but nothing that puts you off either. Just a solid IPA offering from Mayflower.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling information. Pours dull golden amber, with an orange hue, the head is longlasting, tiny bubble and long lasting, leaving rich sheeting and plentiful lace on the glass. Bold and pleasing hoppy nose. Allowed to warm up quite a bit this Mayflower offering is smooth on the tongue and quite enjoyable. Quite malty, with glimmers of maple and whole wheat goodness, then quite smoothly hoppy with oily and herbal notes. Put it together and the result is a balanced IPA, that went quite nicely with a burger and salad. Nice moderatly hopped sessioner.

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper, no head, little carbonation

Smell: a mixture of grapefruit, grass, and a pinch of bubblegum

Taste: heavy on the grapefruit, lemon, and a slightly soapy taste

Mouthfeel: smooth and light with a bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: This is a perfectly drinkable pleasant IPA, but nothing that jumps out. I will have this one again, but will not rush out to get it.

Photo of ironlung
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Harvester for the chance to try this IPA from afar!!!

A solid IPA with a great look and smell, but where this beer shines; is it's balance! If your looking for something life-changing... move on. If your looking for a text book IPA that is at the same time refreshing, you've stumbled upon it!
I give this beer 4's across the board.
Worth seeking out if your a fan of the style.

Photo of pwoods
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to tprokop7 for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an orangish amber with good clarity. 2 big fingers of lightly tinted head forms and holds pretty good. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Some citrus, though not overly grapefruity, more of an orange and lemon citrus. A decent dose of pine and a hint of resin. Some malty sweetness to balance.

T/M: Decent bitterness level though I'd like to see a bit more. Very clean on the palate. Light pine and citrus starts things off and then is quickly wiped away with a very crisp, clean floral and grassy flavor. It actually reminds me of a spring field but without the heavy pollen... and I like it, lol. Nice bready and cereal grain malts come in with a touch of sweetness to balance the hops out. Body is medium to medium light with crisp carbonation. Finishes very clean and somewhat dry with a hint of lasting bitterness.

D: Easy to drink and very interesting with the nicely balanced mix between American and European hopping. Maybe just a touch over balanced with the malts but that's much my personal taste. This would be fantastic as a year round release in a small town brewpub.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date 12/14/10

A: Pours a clear orange/amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to bits of foam on top.

S: Some floral hops, but pretty subdued. I get some biscuity malt and a little bit of caramel as well.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected. Would have guessed it an English IPA and not an American. Toasted malts and some caramel as well. The hops are there, a subtle floral flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with average carbonation. It is very dry on the palate, the more I think about it the drier it becomes. Overall its solid, but not great, pretty much what I expected. If it had a bigger hop presence I think I would bump it up.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasty and not overpowering IPA. Floral hops, dark golden coloured body with ample off-white head. The IBU is right there and the Pacific Nothwest provides a break from the usual C-hops. The palate is shaken and stirred, and not shredded. Good drinkability. Thanks Dr.Jay.

Photo of Ezone024
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty beer pours out a hazy copper/orange color with a big aromatic head giving off scents of earthy pine and bright citrus smells like your typical new england ipa. also has that very crisp refreshing brush through your nose, usually the sign of a well crafted brew.

the 1st taste is the best, very clean floral trickle down your throat, gives off a good balance. the malt is pale and the beer is dominated by clean earthy hops.

another fine brewery in Massachusettes i'm glad to have come across.

Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this courtesy of HopStoopid120 review based on notes

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of fluffy cream head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Floral, leafy, piney & minty hops

T: Floral & spicy with leafy hops as well, plus biscuitty malt up front. Malt & minty hops dance together as this warms. Finishes with floral & herbal hops & a touch dry, almost a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation & great balance

Easy to drink, a well done AIPA. I doubt the Pilgrims drank this good, they were are a dour lot, this would've cheered them up!

Photo of DTavares
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Makes you ponder the question, did the Mayflower land on Plymouth Rock, or was it Plymouth Rock that landed on the Mayflower... does that make sense?
A- Golden amber with thick, white, sudsy head (good head).

S- Smells very hoppy... citrus hops.

T- Bitter, and very hoppy. Surprisingly tasteful. Tastefully delicious.

M- Good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D- Skeptical at first, but now a life-long drinker....

Serving type: bottle

Photo of aibkstaff
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep coppery color, clear, bubbly carbonation, light silky head. The aroma is nice and hoppy with citrus and earthy notes. The taste is hoppy, bitter, and has a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, kind of a medium body. Easy drinkability. I should have got more than one growler. Mayflower good....

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle I got in a BIF from TheManiacalOne...thanks Mark for letting me try this!

A- Pours a semi-hazy deep golden amber color. When held up to the light there is some orange tints to it as well. Nice 1 finger off white head that dies down pretty quickly and leaves some soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice flowery piney hops in the forefront of this beer. There is a hint of grapefruit in this along with some underlying sweeter bready malts in this as well. A well balanced beer in the aroma at least taste will tell the rest.

T- Bigger piney and flowery taste upfront with this one. Some of the malts come through in the middle but the ending is all bitter hops and a little alcohol taste in there as well. As this beer warms up the alcohol taste gets more and kind of takes over the beer a little bit more. Overall though this is a tasty beverage to say the least.

M- This has a light-medium mouthfeel to it. The carbonation is good and lets the beer move freely across the palate. This beer is crisp and dry. Nice hoppy taste left on the palate after a sip of this. Good clean aftertaste of bitter hops.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA that I am glad to have had the chance to try at least once. This is a IPA for more of the bitter guys than the citrus people. I personally like both styles so bring it on. Wish I had a whole 6er of these!

Photo of jal30
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while living on Cape Cod for the summer. It's a real shame that Mayflower is so hard to come other than the Cape and the islands, because every beer of theirs I've had, I thoroughly enjoyed--a really great brewery.

This one is hell of a beer. I'm always happy to come by a great IPA in the northeast with all the rage surrounding west coast IPAs these days, and this one holds up with the best of them. A very restrained beer, and yet booming with delicious tastes--a piney hop character with grapefruit notes. Well balanced with a bit of a biscuity malt, but definitely dominated by hops in a good way. Never noticed the 7% ABV, until I had three of them and felt it, which gives you a sense of the remarkable drinkabilty. If you're ever on the Cape, Vineyard, or Nantucket, seek this IPA out! It's well worth a little searching. Well done Mayflower.

Photo of trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of plondrigan!). Pours copper with off-white head that quickly disappears. Nice carbonation. Aroma has some dank hops, but also some bright grapefruit and mango. Taste is semi-sweet and bitterness. Nicely balanced. Thin bodied with slick/oily texture. Finish is pleasantly bitter, but the malts are still there. Nice IPA.

Photo of Tackleberry20
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer I first tried at ACBF 2009. It has a traditional IPA appearance, The aroma is what first caught my attention. It woke me up with the strong grapefruit aroma. It is medium bodied and crisp and has a moderate cascade hop finish. This beer was a revelation and is one of the best IPAs I have ever had.

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the NE Brewfest on June 30, 2012. It pours a handsome looking bronze amber with a moderate off-white head and good clarity. The aroma is at first slightly malty but then a decent floral hoppiness kicks in. The body is medium and creamy. There is an excellent bitterness that wraps up the taste at the end. This would be a nice beer to wallow away the hot summer days in.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is a still amber color, clear of carbonation or stray bubbles. A reddish, burnt orange tint is evident. A finger and a half of head is lacing nicely around the upper portion of the glass.

S: Some piney hops are evident, but they struggle to make themselves known.

T: The ale seems a little long in the tooth. Vibrant hops have been tamed, replaced by a mildly bitter melange that is reminiscent of a barleywine. As the ale warms, more of the hoppiness emerges, coating the palate with an oily element.

M: The mouthfeel has it moments, showing off a nice hop profile. Overall the taste really doesn't do much for me.

D: A middle-of-the-road IPA.

Photo of fitzy84
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had the drink on tap at the same tasting at Moan and Dove. Compared to its cask counterpart, the general appearance had a lighter, dark amber look with a thin head and lacing. Hoppier citrus aromas with some bready overtones were sensed as central smells. The overall lemon zest flavors were apparent as well in the tap, however, I felt the tap was hoppier in flavors than the cask. Better carbonation than its cask counterpart, but still a pretty thin body. Overall, some solid dimensions in Mayflowers IPA, cask or tap.

Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, bright copper with a 1-finger white head. Lots of foamy lacing that coats the glass on the way down.

Smell is a great combination of grapefruit/orange citrus, honey, pineapple, & grassy hops with a hint of pine. The taste is bitter citrus & floral hops with a mild caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is crisp & clean, but a bit thicker than I would expect from an IPA.

This is an incredibly drinkable IPA with a ridiculously enticing smell.

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a wide snifter.
The beer - crisply golden when held to the light but issuing radiant hues of copper otherwise - allows just enough light inside to take on the essence of a bulb creating its own glow. This beautiful visage is capped nicely with a sudsy mop of a head, replete with large, ebullient bubbles that hang around for long enough to make an impression.

Smell is a beautiful mix of sweet flowers, white bread, honey and mild earth. graceful. As it warms, it sharpens with a wild hop bouquet.

Taste is just as well balanced - bringing a motley collection of grainy and hoppy notes in equal force. "Balance" to me often connotes another overly malted & sloppy IPA. But this is different. This is subtle in a sense, although maybe its more accurate to say that several notes are given a chance to shine, none more than the next. Starts milky, a touch of sweet tangerine... then warms into a grainy middle which hints at a touch of alcohol heat before moving towards a pinecone sappiness. Bitter indeed, a big hop finish springs forth that hints to some of the West Coast's best, but stays strained by a soft sugary backbone. Piney, citric and musty - some beautiful hop notes are shining in the finish. The resinous body is so slightly coating - it is a slow moving beer. I think things could improve if the carbonation were to increase - it would keep the show moving quicker, and feeling a little lighter on the tongue. Overall though this is a treat to drink. Big in many senses, this is a beer that can be appreciated by any fan of the drink.

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle.
A) Pours with an active head. Creamy. Mildly sticky. Slight bit of haze. Copper in color.
S) Hop citrus - orange. Floral notes. Caramel.
T) Caramel malt nose. Hops kick in midway through. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth up front. Medium bodied. Light tannin feel.
D) A decent IPA. A well crafted brew. I'd have another one.

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice copper color, short lasting head, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Big hop aroma

Taste: Lots of citrusy hops. Enough bitterness, you don't have to try to justify it as an IPA, its obvious. Malt arrives late to the party.

Mouthfeel: Nice crispness, light/medium body, perfect IPA m/f

Drinkability: Totally sessionable.

Overall: A fine IPA

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper under a big frothy head with some nice stick to it. Slightly subdued citrusy hops with a bit of spice, pine, and flowery perfume. Bold, oily American hop flavor hits the tongue full on. Resinous citrus fruits and piney bitterness on a sweet malt base. Some spice and bread work well with the fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a drying finish. Nicely flavorful and satisfying.

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