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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale

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87
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2008)
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Photo of Bierman9
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Bierman9, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jaxon53, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Emma and Dan for sharing the bottle. Another review left over from the holiday season.

A- Dark ruby red body with a small off-white, foamy head that builds up to about one finger. Decent head retention as the foam drops to a mm ring at the edges. A few spots of lace and some legs but not much.

S- Malty all the way here. Some dark raisiny fruits, caramel, toasted malts and some English-esque fruity yeast hints.

T- Follows the nose with a yeasty and malty ale. Fairly spicy feel overall with a spiced raisin presence. Some sweetness, caramel, toasted nutty malts and even a hint of roast. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice come to mind (from yeast?).

MF- Creamy and somewhat foamy texture to a light-moderate body. Carbonation at a higher level and accentuates the yeast spice flavors. Finishes with a slight warmth and bitterness.

Yeast and malty brew with a spiced flavor reminding me of the pumpkin brews in a way.

cbutova, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown body with some ruby tinting in there. About a finger of off-white head that leaves spotty lacing on my glass.

Smell is packed with sweet caramel malts and some earthy and woody tones.

A few mild spice notes come through that remind me of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight bitterness from the hops. Next both woody and malty flavors come through. The wood flavor is surprisingly yet pleasantly strong here, bringing slight notes of vanilla and a big oak flavor. Packed with caramel sweetness. Earthy hops in the middle. This beer is just packed with woody and sweet malts, but is very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.

I drank my serving of this beer really quickly; its extremely tasty bordering on chuggable. A beer I was looking forward to trying that did not disappoint me.

Hojaminbag, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich chestnut hue with minimal beige head foaming up and receding to a sturdy and slightly frothy edge layer.
Aroma is caramel and toffee with a little brown sugar and mild herbal hop notes. Maybe a little peppery alcohol, but not a lot to make a note of here.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and very fine tingly carbonation.

Flavor is what the nose advertised with malt driven hits of toffee and caramel, brown sugar and a little red grape and general sweetness. I get some black pepper on the finish that hints at booze, but no real warmth anywhere.

The beer is amazingly easy to drink with each sip going down the gullet very smooth and no hits of booze. It does give a little pepper and dryness on the swallow but certainly not a boozehound beer.

I think I will go back to the store and buy a few more bombers of this one. Very tasty winter brew. Easy to drink and good to share.
WEll done.

sulldaddy, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the Mayflower brewery and was treated to a tour of the facility as well.

Thanksgiving ale poured a dark amber that shines ruby red when held to the light. Smells like oak and brown sugar.

Tastewise there's a lot going on. Very light carbonation and sweet nut flavor make it seem like a built up nut brown, but there's a lot more going on. Lots of oak. Has a distinct vanilla bourbon bite. Too thin mouthfeel. Despite a high ABV Thanksgiving Ale highly drinkable.

donkeyrunner, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Davepoolesque, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear caramel color. It poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Lots of caramel with some vanilla, oak, and spicy hop aromas.

t: Sweet toasty oak dominates, with some caramel and a spicy rye finish.

m: Fairly hefty with fizzy carbonation.

o: Thanks E, I really liked this one. I don't think I've had anything quite like it.

DIM, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +3.4%

kaelingirl, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hoppymcgee, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/8/09

A: This beer pours a nice clear amber/chestnut color. One finger of white head that recedes to a film. Spotty, creamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of nice caramel malts, touch of wood and smoke.

T: Taste is caramel malts blended with a woody nature up front. Middle is filled with and oak flavor, toffee, toasted malts and the finish is bourbon like.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily feel to the beer.

D: This is a well balanced, well blended beer. Goes down easily and another solid offering from Mayflower.

Jayli, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kmlund, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent trip to Boston. Drank it the Tuesday before thanksgiving/thingstaken as the beer warmed I contemplated history, colonization, and the nature of the holiday itself.

This pours the color of burnt sienna, a ruddy amber, with a solid layer of foam that holds up as it warms. It has a pleasing malt profile that reminds me of an English mild. It has a malty, mild flavor with a lingering mouthfeel. Some sweetness? Not chocolate-flavored but there’s an interesting, intriguing flavor that reminds me of hot cocoa in its sweetness and finish. Fennel? Fenugreek? Maple? Can’t quite place it but I like it. This is a good beer, one I’m enjoying enough to wish I had saved it long enough to share.

elNopalero, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has the makings of a red ale, on high test. The beer is low carbonation, clear, mahogany, no lacing or retention. The beer is quite syrupy too. The nose has the slight chicory aroma of a red, coupled with phenols, some ABV whiffs, with some liquor soaked florals. There are some roasted, almost charred notes in the taste, lots of crystal malts, some English ale yeastiness. There are also some caramel in the taste too. As the beer settles a bit, there are definite boozy fruit flavors coming through. This is a nice beer, tasty, a bit strong, a little bit of ABV makes its way into the finish, but overall quite respectable. There is a touch of hop in the finish just to keep things a bit more balanced. If you're in the mood for a relatively flat, slightly syrupy, crystal malty ale, this is a good stop.

albern, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ms11781, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of brdc
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, I believe to portia99 for this one.

Golden brown, clear, very thin light tan head despite a vigorous pour, minimal retention.
The bottle itself describes it as an old ale, but it does not feel that way. Aroma shows some bourbon notes, caramel, and a bit more hops *(fruity) than expected on the nose.
Thinner than expected on the palate, the taste is also hoppier than expected, and feels a little bit higher than the described 40 IBUs. Caramel is also here, some slight bourbon and vanilla, no alcohol heat at all.
I would prefer this one slightly sweeter, or at least better balanced, and definitely heavier on the palate. Still pleasant.

brdc, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Urbancaver
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Urbancaver, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Auror
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rorjets, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Chico1985, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JTomczak, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale - Cooper's Series
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep chestnut brown with some light reddish highlights on the bottom of the glass.

Dull yet effective nose. Way too many times do I find myself going overboard for whiffs of intense hops. I also appreciate a nice malty nose too. Whiffs of malts, wood chips and baked bread.

Juicy caramel malt goodness with that distinct vanilla flavor with an allspice/cinnamon quality. Some sips provide a woody oak, butterscotch and brown sugar mix. Sugary and sweet, with a nice alcohol warmth at no expense to the drinkability level.

A nicely crafted and packaged beer. Reminds me of Long Trail's Double Bag (a personal favorite) with an autumn spice twist. Close to perfect in terms of style for this part of the fall time in New England. A real nice sipper on these chilly nights. I will certainly pick up some more of the bombers at $5.99.

Cheers!

Hibernator, Nov 13, 2009
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.