Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 202
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2008

The first and only perennial offering in our Cooper’s Series of limited batch beers. Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale is an inspired blend of two brewing styles: American Strong Ale and English Old Ale. Aged on American white oak, this full-bodied brew warms the soul with hints of caramel, vanilla and spicy nuts. The perfect beverage for our favorite holiday.
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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 202
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Deep, burnished amber with a two-finger head of tan foam which left a little weak lacing.

S: Fruity and tart with a hint of acidity, tobacco leaf and boozy oak.

T: Sweet and acidic malts release a dearth of fruity esters onto the palate. Flavors range from fermented plum to tangerine and chocolate. An underlying, boozy and mellow oak flavor permeates the palate and washes down with a liquor-laced, semi-tart and sweet finish.

M: Full-bodied, a bit hot due to higher ABV and acidic malts.

O: This 8% ABV American strong "old ale" is a very interesting blend of an oak-aged, acidic English-style ale. Like mixing an English barleywine with an oak-aged American strong ale and funky yeasts. If this is what the puritans were drinking, maybe settling the states wouldn't have been so bad. (858 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber with good clarity and bubbly carbonation. It almost looks like a soda. The aroma is subtle and mellow with a fine mix of barley and rye malts, sweet sugar, and a downplayed hoppy character. The body is medium. It has a nice taste that doesn't make you think too hard, which you don't want to do on Thanksgiving. It is bitter but mildly hopped. Overall I found it to be nice and drinkable. I wish I had another one available. (446 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark red/brown in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: cinnamon, roasted malt, holiday spices, dark bread and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and a sweeter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice and malty treat. This seems like a super spiced up dubbel with some of the flavors of a Christmas beer. I could have a pint or two. Not something I would get year round, but good for a cool night. (566 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I hadn't this one before, so it found its way home with me.
Pours a dark copper color with a smallish off white heads that displays minimal retention and lace. Smells fruity and sugary. Lots of toffee and brown sugar mixed with some darker fruits like cherries, prunes, plums, etc. Slightly earthy aroma is able to just barely cut through all the malt. Taste is sweet and fruity like the nose suggested. I'm picking up an astringency that is a bit unpleasant. I can't figure out if it's from the wood that I otherwise can't find or something else. There seems to be a hint of Belgian yeast in here as well. Medium body, moderate level of carbonation with a sweet fruity syrupy mouthfeel. Mayflower keeps making these 22oz bottles and I keep foolishly buying them. I just didn't enjoy this one its all over the place. (817 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with amber hues. Fizzy head dissipates quickly. Wasn't expecting such brilliant clarity.

S - Malty nose. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweet sticky buns.

T - Malt forward but not sweet like the nose implied. Toasty with a dry finish. Notes of rye, brown bread, and a slight taste of raisins. I can't believe this is 8%, can't make out the alcohol at all. Wonderful craftsmanship.

M - Moderate carbonation level and somewhat light bodied enhances the drinkability.

O - A high alcohol, flavorful, complex brew that is also ridiculously drinkable?!?!? That's something we don't see enough of. A good choice to serve to craft beer loving and non craft beer drinking Thanksgiving guests alike. (729 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic tumbler at BBC Pembroke.
Pours an orange-hued walnut color with a firm 1" beige head, along with loads of lacing.
Smells of sour dough and rye bread blend with a deep aroma of dried malt. Citrusy and resinous hops follow, as does some spruce notes. A light warming rum alcohol fuminess pulls through.
The flavors mirror the aromas in every way. Flavors of fruit cup soaked in vodka comes to mind. A mild sour tartness inches through in the background.
This reminds me of Fuller's Vintage Ale, one of my favorite Old Ales. A side by side tasting will be interesting. (583 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is malty caramel with a light pine hop finish. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (267 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with an off-white bubbly head that turns to a skim/ring around the glass. No lace.

Toasted grain in the nose, some boiled grain maltiness. Some fruit sweetness, and even a hint of smoke.

Toasty is the word here. What I like is that this element does not go overboard. I'm getting a little bit of apple skin, a touch of fruit, but it immediately vanishes for bitter. A little spice, a little wood, some wet paper, and in the very end you get a touch of alcohol, but just as a palate-cleaner.

Medium to medium full. Ok carbonation. I want this to be a bit richer and thicker.

This is a grown-up beer. Bitter from toasty edges, and not to be consumed in gulps, a sipper for the flavor and not the booze (wow, a real change). I'm glad this is in a bomber. I'm going to grab couple to hold for the holidays. One to share with those who appreciate all styles. Marketed as Old Ale, and I can see it as such. (923 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this today at Harringtons for $6.95. Now that some leaf-raking is in the bag, time for refreshments. I realize it's not Thanksgiving yet, but some pre-Holiday research is in order.

Ok, so what once was an empty pint glass is no longer... This ale is a clear, deep, striking garnet color. There's a little carbo here and there, slowly heading topside, where a thin, wispy layer of fine, off-white bubbles awaits.
Lacing is light and sparse. The aroma is not overly robust, but does exhibit some caramel and toffee amidst a hint of oakiness. Medium in body, the feel is pretty even and smooth on the tongue, too.

Flavor has some decent maltiness, with caramel present here as well. The oak-barrel aspect is mildly evident, and there's also a vinous quality which reminds me of Old Peculier. The finish is dry, along with some floral hopping hitting the palate. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it is solid and tasty. Prosit!!

3.8 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Moxie, fennel seed, coffee and spice-like notes, molasses of course. Pretty active, didn't expect that at all.

Mouth and taste: Malts do the work. Medium bodied and creamy, but with a great lifting carbonation. Definitely semi-dark and toasted with hints of warming spiciness, but definitely not "spiced" tasting. Cola and rootbeer candy kick around. Tickle of "porter" dryness after the swallow, but wet and semi-sticky overall. Touch of diacetyl.

I'll give some thanks for this nice ale. The American Strong umbrella is sooo big though. Definitely not an Arrogant or Nosferatu in likeness at all. (607 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Good clarity, pours a viscous deep reddish brown color. Head just won't hold up. Good carbonation thought. Oak is the dominant aroma, just about all I smell. Also quite apparent in the flavor as well. At first it was off-putting, but definitely growing on me a bit as I drink on. The rye and malty flavors come out much more once you get used to the robust oak. I believe that cooper means barrel aged, which would explain this is intense oakiness. Its a unique and decent beer. My 22oz bottle served 6 people comfortably (in a true thanksgiving fashion). The type of beer you don't mind trying, but maybe wouldn't drink all night long in huge quantity.

Minutes after finishing this beer I can still taste the beer writing the review. Serious lingering flavor. (776 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. Bottling date of 10-18-2010.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel malt and some dark fruit notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel malt, yeast and some dark fruit. Overall a decent smelling and tasting beer, but there is really nothing too exciting going on. Relatively easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (416 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle gifted to me by ljkeats & shamefully passed over for a few months till this years' Thanksgiving came up on the calender.

Poured heavy-handedly into a pint-sized crystal vase-like orifice in my grandmother's cabinet. A cascade of colorful fall leaves, maple & gold, move up the glass & settle into a thin cap of off-white head.

Caramelized malt, roasted nuts, & granola sweeten up initial whiff, while a bit of wood & hay bitter it up a bit.

Taste is a big spot of caramelized breakfast cereal, toffee, & maybe some black tea qualities. The hops are herbal, but mild to maybe moderate in strength. A half-sticky old ale is what comes to mind as I drink this. Though it contains much better carbonation & isn't as fruity. Finally noticed that it has that Sam Smith hard/minerally water thing going for it as well.

Overall, pretty nice. A bit thick & a bit seasonal(& a bit confusing), but I enjoyed it. Thank you Jeff. (928 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really pretty color. Amber with lots of red in it. Smells hoppy and a bit boozy. Tastes fruity and malty. Very malty ... A bit boozy on the tongue as well, probably should have some more age on it. Fairly drinkable... But too boozy to be more than a sipper (256 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sierra Grille last week, reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish brown, served with just an off-white ring on top, leaves some lacing.

Smell/taste - Chocolate, plums, toasty malts, nuts, caramel, some oak. Not very intense, pretty easy drinking, nice flavors. Reminds me mostly of a winter warmer overall.

Kind of a weird mouthfeel, just feels off somehow. A little bit of booze.

A good, interesting plethora of flavors. Definitely works as a holiday beer. (466 characters)

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has this with the turkey this year. Nice Amber/brown with minimal head and lacing. The smell was fruity with caramel malts, vanilla, and oak. The taste followed, with a fruity body balanced by delicious hints of spice. Very, very good for a holiday beer, or any cold night. (273 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear tawny amber with a hint of haze. Dark beige foam, mostly a collar of soapy bubbles with a thin skim of fine bubbles coating the beer's surface. Some sticky, spotty lacing too. The Belgian yeast character is quite up-front in the aroma, bready and spicy, slight banana and clove, but the caramel sweetness really cuts through and provides some balance. Light herbal and grassy notes, perhaps some nutmeg. Same in the flavour, but with some raisin/dried fruits and sturdy bitterness providing a base for the malt and yeast. Banana was more prominent, as was caramelized sugar. Alcohol warmth was apparent in the finish, but not strong or hot. Nice texture, medium plus body with fine carbonation. I enjoyed this beer. The flavour profile was interesting and nicely balanced. (778 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother-in-law brought a couple bombers over for the holiday.

Burgundy/Amber color with nice clarity and a shiny brightness. Light tan head that had a short lived existence. Very little lacing remains.

Aroma is of sweet malts, caramel with a brown sugar or molasses quality to it. A hint of the oak to come.

Caramel, Wood, caramel, wood, caramel, wood pretty much sums this up. So it really boils down to this, but there is some interesting flavors here. The rye contributes to a slightly spicy and yet dry finish which accentuated the oak.

Not sticky, but there is a sweetness here that manifests itself on the body of the beer. Very subtle but appropriate carbonation.

A decent little beer for the holiday. The oak really plays a role here and will determine how much you enjoy this beer. (798 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown with a hint of orange. Practically no head save for a small ring. Aroma was slightly sugary sweet, very small hint of alcohol, touch of caramel. Taste was a tad bitter up front, but mellowed out. Not as sweet as would be expected, a small hint of smokiness. Not quite what I would expect for this style. Felt outstanding in the mouth, coated extremely well, with just a hint of carbonation. Fairly drinkable, not overly strong, and not as syrupy as some. (533 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby-amber color. Appears to be completely clear. Moderate head, but it leaves nice ring lace initially.

Malty with a dollop of caramel to the nose. Light alcohol in the background with just enough hop to prevent it from being cloying.

Interesting blend of high-alcohol, darker dryish malts and spicy hop. In the swallow, the alcohol wins out. Certainly, it's not an everyday beer. Somewhat thin for the style. I do like the balance of the aftertaste. (458 characters)

Photo of bbeerman
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A..Initially poured a light brown, almost golden hue. After a moment sitting in the glass however, it turned darker and looked very much like a dark caramel color. Very intriguing.

S..A strong scent, almost smelled like it was going to be a very dry(ing) beer. Somehow it smells like autumn.

T..Wonderful flavor with caramel, roasty malts, a slight hint of chocolate (perhaps in the background). Really yummy - would be great with meat or fish.

M..Just average here. A bit drying, but not as much as anticipated.

D..Very easy to drink given the ABV of 8%. I could have three or four glasses of this with a dinner, or even an afternoon session in the fall. I certainly look forward to getting this one again when the opportunity presents itself. (749 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice amber slightly red dark color. Not much head on this one.

Sweet aroma of honey dominates the aroma. Not much but sweet malt smell here.

Nice good hearty taste. Starts out with a nice sweet maple flavor, and finishes dry and slightly crisp. Minimal hop flavor is present.

Good mouthfeel on this one.

This one is pretty drinkable for an old ale. Glad to have it. Could be a Thanksgiving tradition. (425 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on second Thanksgiving courtesy of Andy. Thanks! Pour is maple brown with no real head, just a bit of opaque white foam and thin lacing. The aroma is full of a bit of scotch, somewhat fruity and toasty malts. Not bad, just not as complex as I'd hoped. The taste is much like the smell, toasted malts, dried fruit, kind of a scotch finish and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice. Smooth, nice carbonation and a little bit dry in the finish. Overall this is nice, I'll enjoy it with my turkey and it drinks pretty well. (537 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is my 100th beer review so it's fitting we're talking about something pretty good and local. I've never had a bad beer from Mayflower, and considering their low pricing they're really good deals.

This sample poured a 1" head which dissipated to 1/4". Clear burnt umber in color with very active effervescence in tiny bubbles. Pleasant mild and sweet wih malt and rye. Lot's of mouth presence and a long finish.

Although not my favorite of theirs this Thanksgiving Ale is exactly what you need with your Turkey - it's mild enough to taste everything else but looks and feels like a treat. (604 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark brown that is almost opaque with some mahogany tints when held up to the light. the head raises up to two fingers but quickly recedes to a spattering of a film, but laces ok along the way.

a good amount of rye spice mixes with caramel, toffee and molasses dark malts, a touch of vanilla oakiness, and a good amount of dark fruits.

taste follows with rye hitting first, sweet and fruity malts coming next, some esters, a bit of metallic hops throughout. some harshness from alcohol, and the flavors are fighting amongst each other as well.

nice medium full body with a bit too much carbonation for the flavors and a bit of heat.

drinks okay, but doesn't quite come together very well. wants to be a smooth drinker, but stays too harsh. won't pick up another one to drink with Thanksgiving dinner. (806 characters)

Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.