Mayflower IPA - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower IPAMayflower IPA

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 568
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 22
Gots: 85 | 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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Reviews: 203 | Hads: 568
Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this while vacationing on Cape Cod. The beer is crystal clear amber with an orange glow. Not a huge head, but decent lacing. It was a little yellow in color. Nice balance in the aroma and flavor. Cracker-like malts provide a counterpoint to piny and citrus hops...more citrus in the nose than the taste. This beer does not provide a massive pucker, but delivers decently balanced bitterness. Very crisp, very refreshing and a major surprise for me. (452 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good copper color with apparent carbonation, although not much of a head on the pour.

S: Soft earthy, floral hops, with some light citrus / tropical notes. Definitely more of a British nose than American, in my opinion.

T: Almost malt-driven on the front of the mouth, with more earthy, spicy hops. It does finish nicely bitter.

M: A little on the heavy side of medium body, just slightly sticky. For the most part there's enough bitterness to scrub it, but it does linger a bit. Good carbonation.

O: I feel like this is much more of an English IPA than an American, and as such it's quite good, but a bit of a disappointment for the hop heads. (651 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass. It has a nice light amber color body with a nice 2"white foamy, sticky head. The smell is nice of citrus and pine. The taste is nice and hoppy, not real strong but good though. Very nice balance of malt and hop. The mouth feel is well carbonated and goes down nice. Overall this a good ipa and i wish i could get this in Pa. (370 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery as part of the tour. Served in a sample glass. NIce clear amber body and an off white head. Smell of nice citrus fruit and pine. Great resin, fruit flavor. Bitter but not a bomb. Good malt balance. Nice cereal flavor. Medium mouth feel. Great beer and I would have this again. (305 characters)

Photo of TonyC
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mayflower is a nice local offering for me. I really enjoy this beer, and could drink it all day long.

A: Nice copper color with subtle head retention and lacing.

S: A nice floral/grapefruit aroma. Not over powering, but mouth watering.

T: Sweet flavor with a nice grapefruity flavor. Herbal/floral notes as well.

M: Nice carbonation, and a nice level of bitterness.

O: As I said, I could drink this one all day long, and never get tired of it.

Being a hop-head, I LOVE hops! But this one is definitely not overpowering, but it offers a nice balance of hop flavor. And for me, it's all about the hops. This one has four awesome hops: Nugget, Simcoe, Glacier and (one of my all time favorites) Amarillo. It's not a hop monster, but is a delicious hop flavor. (762 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, vibrant, amber-copper coloring with a frothy, low profile, light, off-white head. Aromas are subtle, with an even blending of malt and grapefruit/floral hops. Flavors are wicked hop forward, with a resiny blast on the forward tongue, followed quickly by the green, sticky, marijuana-like hops presence that blends with a strong, tart, grapefruit character and a caramel malt backbone. Slightly roasted overall, leading to a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Great lacing on the glass, with a smooth, slightly drying bitter finish. Solid brew! (606 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from a great east coast BA'er! Packaged 12/20/11.

Poured a medium amber that was virtually non-translucent and appeared to be totally filtered. A small, bone white, energized head faded to a mere lace around the glass. The smells are of a slight piney hop scent (not sensing citrus) and a bit more of a heavier malt aroma. The tastes are in accord with that. There is no strong hop front and the malts take precedence in this one. The hoppy bitterness I look forward to in this awesome style was only barely present at best. A decent beer and worth a try.

Cheers! (575 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz sniftered, bottled on 1/09/12. Pours dark orange, with some floaties, and a one inch white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is very balanced nothing dominating, grapefruit comes threw after a few sips. Body is typical, nice amount of life, a touch dry, and very drinkable. This is a very nice IPA, not over the top, nothing to complain about. (407 characters)

Photo of icepik
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden color, clear, good head and lacing.

S: Some light pine/floral/grass hop smell with some caramel malt aroma underneath.

T: Clean malty flavor, smooth taste. Definitely balanced more towards malt than hops. Light hop bite at end.

M: Velvety mouth feel, low carbonation, which is nice.

O: Straightforward, good drinking beer, hop wise, seems more like a pale ale than IPA, but still a decent beer overall. (423 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a decent sized off white head that lasts a fair amount of time. the smell id bitter spicey floral hops up front with a slight malt backbone hint at the end. the flavor is floral earthy hops up front with a nice bitter bite followed by a light malty finish. the mouthfeel is fairly light with good carbonation. overall this beer is a pretty darn good and fairly drinkable (418 characters)

Photo of Tackleberry20
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of corylew
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes a nice light hoppy beer is just what you need. While drinking at Jacob Wirth in Boston, this thing hit the spot. Looks pretty in its yellow translucent shine and large bubbled foamy head that dies after a few minutes, smells great with a punch of hops, and drinks good with a nice light body that brings enough thickness to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Very solid all around, and dangerously "one more please"-able. (437 characters)

Photo of Burt
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Light amber orange with a little haziness. It had a thin white head because it was poured to the top. It left a little lacing.

Light white grapefruit smell in the front with some graininess in the end.

Nice white grapefruit start that turns a little sweet graininess in the middle. It turns bitter at the end and it is slick on the tongue.
the last couple of warm sips were a little harsh.

Not a bad beer from Mayflower that goes down nice and smooth. This was my first beer of the night and I went down quickly but I let the last couple of sips warm up and it needs to be drank cold. As it warmed up it defiantly turns a little harsh. (665 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass. Thanks for the extra, OrangeAmps!

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper color. Hardly a hop haze here in this beer. Eh, forget alliteration; there's no hop haze at all. It's crystal-clear, a perfectly amber window into the carbonation jetting up to the top of the glass. A half-finger of buttermilk head yields lovely crests of lacing in spite of the relative lack of foam.

There are aromas coming out of this hop profile that I would never expect from a Northeast IPA. I'm immediately struck by the lemon, and especially by the subtle purple fruit -- like wildberry Skittles or something. Parts of this hop profile are reminiscent of New Zealand hops, only without the abundant grassy notes. The other parts of the hop profile are what you expect: Oranges and pine, slick with hop resin. The malt demonstrates itself as more toasted than caramel, which is a bit different in an IPA. There's also some faint alcohol notes that pop up as the beer warms. You also have to watch out for the catty component that develops with warmth. I would score this a 4.0 if it didn't smell so very, very strongly of a use litter box after seven minutes. Love that purple fruit though.

Only a trace amount of that berryish flavor comes through on the palate, however. Mayflower IPA is quite conventional tasting, on the whole. It's a nearly neutral balance of citrus fruit and resiny flavors. Not to say that this tastes neutral, but that there's equally as much citrus as there is resin. It's like if a flavor corporation were tasked to come up with a flavor syrup for India Pale Ale; they would come up with how this beer tastes, on the whole. My biggest problem with the beer is with the malt profile. I don't prefer balanced IPAs, personally, sure. But looking past that, there is too much toastiness here. This isn't a supposed to be a Nugget Nectar-style hoppy amber is it? The toasted malts don't play well on the finish, which is lousy with really oily resin flavors and a wallop of cat piss.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but on the lighter side of medium, really. It is less viscous than I feared it would be given its prominent malt flavors. It has a lot of oily flavors which are enhanced by the relative slickness of the mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average IPA. It takes some chances and is actually pretty aggressive in the world of Northeast IPAs (from what I've explored of the region's IPAs anyway). It ultimately ends up being too full of cat piss to truly love, and too malty for my palate anyway. But worth a shot, I suppose. Nothing bad about it. (2,609 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours into a wine a glass a beautiful faint Amber, capped with a frothy head. A very inviting appearance.

A- Smells of grapefruit pith, a little pine and some cat-piss... I already detect Simcoe.

T- surprisingly refreshing. It scrapes the palate up a bit, and detracts from the enjoyment of other beers. The simcoe isn't domineering, but that's a hard hop to hide. As the beer fleshes out, Simcoe becomes more predominant. As the beer warms, the bitterness becomes a tad too harsh. It starts out very enjoyable, but finishing it takes some effort.

M- sufficient body, even a bit of sticky sweetness. Great for putting down lots of these.

O- If it weren't for the Simcoe, I think this would be a stand-out beer. It does a great job of giving a hop-head his fix. But something about it feels unmatured. (807 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy, typical Ipa amber, nice plush head that leaves its marks all over the glass.

S: Very pine-y, lime, juniper, citrus were the scents that game to mind.

T: Quite sweet initially, grapefruit, very strong fresh hop character, taste is much sweeter and more citrus like you would expect from the smell. Flavor of fresh hops lingers on the palate.

M: Creamy, rich, resin-y (is that a word), carbornation much more present in the beguinning of the beer, towards the end became a bit flatter.

Great Tasting American IPA, more west coast style than east coast, great for the Hop heads, up there with Smuttynose and Ipswich as a contender for my favorite NE IPA. (677 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Founders snifter. Got this as an extra in a trade, Thanks Gushue!

Bottled: 6/13/11

A: Poured a perfect amber with great clarity. Pinkish tones come through when held to the light. Even after a light pour a close to three finger head still sprung up. Off white with good retention. Slowly bubbled away leaving a wonderful webbing along the glass.

S: Some pine-like citrus hits the nose. Some caramel pokes through the malts that are through the middle.

T: Some nice grassy hops with a nice caramel backbone. The malts are present with a nice mix of bitter citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied nice oily mouth. Highly carbonated.

O: More malty than I expected, but still a decent IPA. (712 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Pour Judgment, Newport, RI.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy piney hop with a significant sweet malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront full piney hop with some background grapefruit. Soft sweet malts in support.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward local treat. (424 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 2 finger white head poured into my snifter. Beer is clear orange/amber with not much lacing around the glass.

S- citrus is the majority of what im gettingin the nose. malt is in there as well but takes a back seat

T- well balanced. Plenty of bitterness up front compliment by a light pale malt. Bitterness pops up more towards the middle of the sip that fades to the finish. Bitter lingering finish.

M- lighter mouth feel that feels pretty on par for other IPAs. Higher carbonation as well.

O- not a bad beer. (517 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a amber with a lot of carbonation and a big bubbly head that dissipated to nothing. The nose is a large amount of floral hops leaning towards grassy. There is a background of light malts. The flavor is lemongrass/faintly citrus hops that quickly fades to a semi-sweet body. Drinkable given how fast the hops fade you want more. (338 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white ]Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Decanted lazily. Laced in wide, wavy rings.

S: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Caramel malt.

T: Much like the nose. Slightly resiny in the middle. Slightly resiny in the middle. Fairly clean, but bitter finish. More like an English IPA rather than AIPA.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly coating. Very well balanced.

D: Easily drinkable. Disguised alcohol well. Smooth and balanced.The one thing I didn't like about this beer is that I thought the Carmel malt backbone was to strong on this beer. (637 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a bit of an amber hue to it. Two finger, fluffy, off-white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma of sweet citrus (tropical, peach?) also some floral notes. Flavor begins with a nice kick of sweet mango, grapefruit and peach hop flavor. Good malt background in the middle of the beer to compliment it well. Followed by big floral hop flavors before a bittering pine finish. Really nice mix of hops in this one, yet still very balanced and drinkable. (464 characters)

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