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Mayflower IPA - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

521 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
77 IBU

(Beer added by: Patrick on 04-06-2008)
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Reviews by timmay41:
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4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA... delivered in my Mug Club mug.

A: Pours a burnt orange/amberish hue (lovely to look at in the late afternoon sun that poured through the open front door), accompanied by a two-finger cream-colored head that is alive with small to medium carbonation bubbles. These bubbles dissipate quickly, leaving an intricate lacing design. Decent retention overall.

S: A distinct citrus-floral mix. The citrus notes are rather bitter, like grapefruit, and the floral expressions are like summer wildflowers and freshly mowed grass. Big hop profile, with only traces of the malt in there. The warmer temp is accentuating the hop profile big time.

T: Clean, balanced, mellow. A bigger hop-bitterness occurs up front, but it's supplemented by a malt body that balances out the taste incredibly well. A much more floral IPA than a citrus one.

M: Smooth as can be, with a nice bittering residue/bouquet on the back of the palate. Minimal carbonation of course.

D: It's totally a delight at 7% and the cask-conditioning retains this beer's floral hop characters, making it even more drinkable.

timmay41, Mar 25, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ExtraStout, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TimBeaulieu, Dec 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

woodchipper, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

SunDevilBeer, Jul 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

TTripp725, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 09, 2013
Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +4.4%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Doomcifer, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Billolick, Aug 31, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

tigg924, Jan 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pat_McWilliams, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of ironlung
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

ironlung, Apr 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ccurrid, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

juicebox, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Cynic-ale, Dec 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

stereosforgeeks, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

dsauter, Nov 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Beer21, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of pwoods
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

pwoods, Mar 26, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
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Mayflower IPA from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.