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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

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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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sophisticated

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Plymouth Plantation on Thanksgiving -- perfect timing.

It was a dark brown ale with reddish highlights. A small foamy light brown head. Smelled and tasted very malty. Sweet with caramel. Also dark fruits, maybe plums.

Medium to heavy, well carbonated, and tasty. A great pre-dinner drink. The 8% ABV noticeable in feel but not in taste.

Great local treat, worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 17:36:14 | More by sophisticated
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Had on Thanksgiving 2013, a few hours before the meal*

A- Dark cooper. Creamy white head. Dies to a nice 1 finger that sticks around well. Nice lacing. Very inviting.

S- Toasted malts! Oak, rye, vanilla, bourbon. Sweet. I don't remember noticing much of a hop presence.

T- Follows the nose exactly. Oak and rye are the first things that hit you. I'd say woody overall. Reminds me of an Innis and Gunn beer. Vanilla and caramel comes out. Alcohol gives this beer a layer of warmth.

*When warmed, the beer smooths out. More of the vanilla is present. Alcohol is more noticeable, but without any burn. I don't want to say this is outstanding, but it's damn close!

M- Medium to full bodied. Rich, creamy, but smooth. Velvety on the palate. The finish is quite pleasing. You get the a slight alcohol warmth as it passes the throat with the slightly earthy hop note to round out the mouthfeel. Great stuff.

*Overall this is a fantastic beer that everyone that did beer tastings during the day loved. Just the right amount of richness and flavor. Not too heavy, but certainly not light. I wouldn't want this with turkey. It's too much like bourbon in character and I think that would clash with turkey and mash potatoes. But it's really good to sip and have during the day when conversing with the relatives. GOOD JOB ON THIS ONE MAYFLOWER!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 17:43:03 | More by ThomasMetal75
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower's Thanksgiving Ale opens with an earthy, malty nose, smelling of toasted wheat and rye bread crusts, peat, vanilla, and spent grain husks. The brew also carries a somewhat cola-like, or even Dr. Pepper aroma, as if lightly touched with kola nut. Some light fruit esters--white grape, apricot--bring in sugars, and the hops are hardly noticeable, except as a faint background citrus tone. As a whole, the nose is very light, and the aromas difficult to distinguish one from the other, but dark in overall tone.

On the tongue, the beer carries far more flavor than the nose implied, opening with a quick shot of brown sugar, which is quickly joined by wheat and rye bread crusts, vanilla, hints of fig juice, and a continuation of the Dr. Pepper/kola nut notes, though here those take on a toasted quality. Dark fruit esters--fig, yes, but also black cherry and prune--bring delicious flavors and sugars. A strong loam-like, bitter, earthy quality penetrates the profile, likely from the oak aging, and I couldn't escape the faint impression of sawdust. At the very end, an ashy tobacco thread emerges. The beer is very warming as it's swallowed, evidencing a higher ABV, but that ABV is largely hidden in the brew, and does not get in the way of the other flavors. The aftertaste is a continuation of the more bitter notes from the main mouthful, with remnants of fading sugars, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, while there was much in this beer I did like, especially the range of flavors, I found the bitter Dr. Pepper/kola nut/wood notes slightly too strong, at times reminding me of biting into dandelion stems. A slightly sweeter touch would have better served the beer, showing off the great sugary esters that lie beneath.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 20:21:26 | More by jondeelee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby-copper coloring with only the slightest filmy covering of a head. Aromas are earthy and richly sweet, with brown sugar and vanilla characteristics on a toffee backbone. Smells rich. The beer's flavors are strong and rich, and they are conveyed on a full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Roasted and toasted, the flavors of caramel, butter, nut, and vanilla shine through, all very well blended and balanced, with a grainy flavor lacing throughout. Interesting, and surprisingly drinkable with all the strong qualities. There is a hops presence that reveals more into the aftertaste, with the roasted qualities combining to leave a slight drying effect, giving the beer a short-lived, somewhat clean finish. Very tasty brew, and would likely go well with just about any kind of rich, meaty foods...like, say, turkey.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:43:20 | More by GarthDanielson
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 02:27:52 | More by DrJay
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, oak, sweet fruity malts, sugar, light spice, and light caramel malts. Pretty nice, a bit fruity.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, nuts, oak, sweet fruity malts, vanilla, caramel malts, sugar, and toffee. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer; kind of reminded me or a marzen. Fruity and toasted malts with some oak, and pretty easy to drink. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:10:49 | More by mdfb79
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Cedromar

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Moan and Dove.

This one was a delicious sipper that I greatly enjoyed drinking. A gorgeous ruddy-ruby in color, with a one finger head that stayed the whole way through. Smells strong of oak and assorted dark fruits. The first sip is a glorious bite into the oak barrel. Good mouthfeel, I would drink it again. If it happens to be at the Dove still on Friday I'll have another glass or two.

Hopefully, I can snag a growler for Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 00:25:23 | More by Cedromar
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 13:15:38 | More by Chico1985
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:55:33 | More by Gambrinus1184
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:17:08 | More by OtherShoe2
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 22:04:06 | More by MoreThanWine
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:56:01 | More by puboflyons
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle bought for $6 at a local store. 2012 vintage I'm pretty sure. Served chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass. Allowed to warm up over half an hour or so.

Appearance: Amber to medium brown in color. Nice and clear throughout. Not much in terms of a head upon first pour and recedes pretty quickly into nothing.

Aroma: Toasted bread and caramel notes really stand out. The alcohol is really well hidden.

Taste: Toasted malt and caramel malt notes really create a nice base flavor. Some bitter coffee notes and a slight bittering hop character. Really nicely balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied and creamy throughout. The carbonation level is pretty low.

Overall, a really nice english style old ale. The balance and toasted character of the malt really seperate this from other beers. Works perfectly for the season too and priced nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:34:27 | More by Gosox8787
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elNopalero

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 18:53:30 | More by elNopalero
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very dark amber. Head is smaller. It laces with long drapes.

S-Aged on oak huh? Yeah, my first big sniff offered some very raw wooden aromas. This also smells right around 8%. Definitely noticing that rye piquancy. I also get a soapiness from the hops. Darker fruits and buzzing yeast.

T-Maple syrup with spiced Autumn garnish. Oak subtly sets in as the beer sits and warms. Yeast is forceful. Over-steeped tea. Very malty, very complex. Bitterness sneaks up on you, but there aren't fleshed-out hop flavors. That's okay, because this is all about the malt.

M-Fuller bodied with soft bubbles.Actually, it goes down good. Booze creeps around my senses.

O/D-God, I can just picture this next to a cut of dark meat and some voluptuous stuffing. I have avoided this for about four years. After trying this, I really regret the wait. I like how this is one of the only beers I have ever come across that has been aged on oak and such a proclamation hasnt been stamped onto the front of the label. Overall, I will definitely purchase one of these every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:34:28 | More by VelvetExtract
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 01:26:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-24-2012 19:08:52 | More by sweisel80
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-28-2011 23:20:18 | More by nmann08
Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.