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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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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-07-2014 20:20:59 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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kiva_beer_club

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-08-2013 22:25:41 | More by kiva_beer_club
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Fresh from the brewery, it poured a nice cola body, with a tan head. Head was about 2 fingers, before settling to a small film. Nice suddy lacing. Aromatics on this one are middle of the rang, but quite detectable. Notes of vanilla and oak dominate.

This guy packs a fantastic oaked flavor, with lots of sweet malts up front. However, as the brew settles, the sweetness sadly leaves. Definitely keep this one moving in your glass. Finish is a soft bitterness and sticks to your tongue.

Really a nice offering from Mayflower. Great drinkability on this guy, even with a nice warming finish.

11-26-2008 22:30:05 | More by bigkahunas4
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-12-2012 04:46:14 | More by markgoodman10
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%

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.

11-16-2008 23:08:56 | More by donkeyrunner
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bbeerman

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

11-26-2010 12:05:18 | More by bbeerman
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Plum brown with decent tan head that retains somewhat and has good lacing.

S - Bready malts.

T - Mm, wow, this is way more jam-packed with flavor than the nose indicates. Pretty damn delicious actually. Red Delicious apples, pine, caramel and molasses malts with a bitter, boozy aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, not exactly dry. The sip breaks apart a little too much as you finish each swallow and it gives way to a a bitter aftertaste that is separate from any hop profile.

D - A good beer. If they tweaked the mouthfeel, this could be a great beer. I'd like this thick and chewy, personally. A solid offering, nevertheless. Good to see a local brewery succeeding.

08-14-2012 01:58:56 | More by jmerloni
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Big thanks goes out to the Dr again for sending me this growler of a classic NE holiday beer. I had been wanting to try this one forever, and was glad to get it in time for the season. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 11/29/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark brown color with nice hints of reddish tones on the sides of the glass. Good head of maybe two inches came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin, but long lasting crown across the top.

The aroma was loaded with spice. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, touches of maple sugar, all converging on a nice malted base and a good, light profile. More carried over into the tasting. Nice light bodied strong ale, with a rich aroma that just would not quite. Smooth ever expanding palate of tastes here. Rich caramel malts that were accented by a hint of cinnamon. Smooth, mellow hops bouncing around the middle and a nice overall presence of earthy tones throughout. Mild, mellow finish was very smooth and left a long lasting sweet flavor on the tongue.

Overall a very nice, quality seasonal beer. Very sweet and quite unique from anything I have had in the past. I would not mind trying this one again any day.

12-01-2008 02:32:46 | More by mikesgroove
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-11-2009 15:24:21 | More by Jayli
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-14-2011 00:44:36 | More by BeerResearcher
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-28-2012 23:13:11 | More by DIM
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jjayjaye

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a clear mahogany color with a full finger loose foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly to surface, leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell has an appealing complexity. Sweet malt vanilla cinnamon oak and spices supported nicely by a grainy backbone. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is creamy smooth tangy and full bodied complimenting the taste nicely. Full flavored, the grainy sweet malts vanilla and cinnamon tastes are very seasonal. 8% ABV yet really drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyed this one...many thanks Andrew!

12-11-2009 23:56:40 | More by jjayjaye
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

SMADMS provided this as another righteous extra in a great trade... Big thanks Peter... I've really been looking forward to this one. Sharing it with Brenda, but most is going into my Delirium goblet.

Shallow head with a descent cap... nice lacing... nice deep amber brew.

Nose is chock full of toasted bread with pretty heavy caramel... lite molasses.. and a trace of vanilla.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit of date and lite fig... lesser caramel than the nose.. but this is still a nice malty brew... present but lite leafy/spicy hops... a mild spicy note comes out with quite a bit of warmth that reminds me slightly of Belgian phenols...

medium body with a lite carbonation that accents a bit of slickness ... maybe from rye or maybe oats... not sure..

Thanks again Peter... I was super stoked to try this one and it has been refrigerated from the moment I opened the box.. yummy for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

02-10-2010 07:49:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

stamped "2012"

A: Dark reddish brown with a thick white head and nice lacing.

S: Sort of a soapy herbal hoppiness and a very faint, slightly spicy malt.

T: Crusty bread, sweet (but not sticky or cloying; no molasses or fruit) malt, rich vanilla. Prickly yeast spiciness and herbal hop bitterness on the finish. There's a lot going on here, and it's all good.

M: Full but not too full to accompany food.

O: A very tasty beer. Unfortunately, it's 8% and only comes in bombers.

11-26-2012 02:25:36 | More by greybeardloon
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brewerburgundy

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

22oz bottle, Duvel tulip, 2011 vintage.

Translucent but dark brown. Not like a Stout, reds shoot through in the light just fine. Some medium brown head.

Juicy, it just smells juicy. Buttered toast, Maris Otter, carob, all sorts of malt cause that's what it's got in it.

For all the malt, this is not sweet. Brown malt, brown sugar, diacetyl, herbal vegetal hops. An ever so slightly soapy strong hop bitterness makes its mark in the finish where there is also creamy chocolate.

It's a lovely creamy thing. Moderate carbonation with just a full and smooth feeling.

I was excited to try this when I received it, as I'd never heard of it and it looked like a 'different' strong ale. It is a bit different. Belgian yeast isn't all that apparent, while the skillful use of different malts is. I recommend it.

01-04-2012 01:26:01 | More by brewerburgundy
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-07-2014 05:33:32 | More by Tiernan
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

01-15-2011 23:06:00 | More by Mora2000
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2013 04:46:56 | More by ThisMoonlife
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2013 23:49:17 | More by Kmlund
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-22-2012 20:09:59 | More by andylipp
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-12-2012 04:50:12 | More by kevgod
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MPops86

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2013 01:29:54 | More by MPops86
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity caramelized malts, dark fruits, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with a lot of substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

08-08-2010 01:26:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2014 04:17:44 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-24-2012 19:08:52 | More by sweisel80
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.