Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale
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Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2008

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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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.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color. Thin light-tan head.

Has an almost a wine-like fruity aroma with a little sweet malitness mixed in. I can pick up a hint of the alcohol.

The wine/oak fruity flavors hit you first, then it has some sweet malty biscuity flavors. There's a little vanilla there as well. I can only pick up the alcohol slightly.

After a couple more glasses, the fruity flavors subsided and it had more of a whiskey character to it. The alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms also.

Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

This beer is excellent. A perfect beer for the fall.

I picked up this growler at the brewery. These guys are making some fantastic beer down there.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown ... surprisingly not much head to speak of.

Smells of caramel, bread and maple syrup.

Taste has the slight hints of wood and vanilla, but is cut off by a brassy, metallic finish. None of the secret ingredients are coming across fully. Muddled ... but maybe knowing the ingredients hindered my experience. An excellent flavor nonetheless. Very versatile and balanced.

The light carbonation is a real asset of this beer. Very soft and pleasing on the tongue.

Great drinkability considering the alcohol content. Could go very well with a variety of American fare, and could even taste great on a hot day.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into 20 oz pint glass.

A- Nice brown/amber color. Thick tan colored head with a foamy consistency. Great retention with very nice lacing through out.

S- Strong roasted malts with caramel and molasses.

T- Great malt backbone with a subtle and very nice hops presence. Two words: friggin' delicious.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

D- Fantastic beer and easy to drink. I enjoyed this after Thanksgiving dinner, my only regret is that I had only one bottle and did not have this with dinner. Well done!

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Photo of Cakanator
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Happy Thanksgiving at dinner! POurs a nice darker brown, nice lookng carbonation. I can smell the heavier sugars and can feel this one is gonna feel bigger than the ABV. Sure enough a thicker mouthfeel but not overwhelming. Molasses and honey finish this beer sweet but not cloying. A worth first beer at the table!

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look. Medium brown, fairly clear, no head.
Smell. Immediate sugars, molasses......that's it for me.
Taste. Mild malty start, bit of spice then a mild dry finish.
Feel. Slightly spritely, a bit thin, especially for a big bottle beer.
Overall. Very middle of the road, no punch anywhere.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower's Thanksgiving Ale is brewed in the American strong ale style and comes in at a very nice 8.0% ABV. If you have family members like mine, sometimes a good 8.0% American strong ale is needed to get through the holidays! The nice thing about this offering though is that the strong ale "punch" is rather muted by the robust flavor that is packed into this Thanksgiving Ale.

Thanksgiving Ale is available in 22 ounce bomber bottles and was available on draft at local establishments around Mayflower's geographic distribution channels.

The ale pours a rich, deep brown with ruby hues clearly noted in the pour. Upon pour, there is a very minimal amount of head present and the small white head that does rise to the top of the glass does not stay with the pour for very long. There is not a tremendous amount of carbonation working its way along the glass with this pour and there is little to no lacing left along the inside of the glass while the ale is enjoyed.

There is a very rich and complex smell to the Thanksgiving Ale when poured into a standard pint glass. Roasted malts are paired nicely to a vibrant caramel presence. There is a biscuit nature to the nose that heightens the richness of the nose and a warm vanilla presence is highlighted off in the distance once poured.

The mouthfeel of this ale is quite pleasant as the minimal carbonation present allows the ale to coat its way across the tongue. Perhaps I was expecting something different from the strong ale varietal, but this mouthfeel has an interesting smoothness and creaminess to it that really allows the offering to be deeply enjoyed.

Just like at Thanksgiving often times the best part of the whole day is tasting the food piled onto your plate, Mayflower's Thanksgiving Ale's real selling point here is the taste, as well. The malts that were present in the nose really are exhibited nicely in the taste with a rich roasted caramel to almost cocoa nature in play with this ale. The vanilla that was present faintly in the nose really comes through nicely in the taste as it streaks its way across the roasted complexities and brings out a bit more of the hops and oak barrel uniqueness that launches this ale into a category of Thanksgiving greatness.

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Photo of Cedromar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking copper pour with little head

Mild, slightly boozy aroma.

It's an odd flavor. Not at all hoppy. The malts are all there. It's not bad, but it's not quite my bag. Maybe it's the bitter, slightly metallic, aftertaste. Something here doesn't quite work.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i had never heard of this until i found it on tap at union brewhouse in weymouth. very muddled taste with unknown unpleasantness hidden towards the back... think oak, smoke, vanilla, and whiskey. yeah, it didn't really go together. i like the concept of a beer tailored for thanksgiving, but not the final product. it is worth noting that my friend liked it a lot more than i did...

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Photo of SMADMS
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from the brewery on 10/31 into a imperial pint glass

A-- pour a clear warm amber/reddish brown with slight head light carbonation

S-- notes of florals and wiskey.

T-- warm, wiskey, sublte malts,vanilla and oak the floral notes nice undertone. Lots going on here and all are standing out on there own.

M-- very clean, light carbonation smooth

D-- as I found the growler went down very fast.. This is danagerous at 7.7% you would never know it.

This is fantastic. I need to get back to the brewery for another growler or 3. Mayflower has hit it right on the head with this one. Great first venture outside the 4 staples . This like the others are top notch brews

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Photo of WyethBednar
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly smooth, very well balanced. A little malty and a little sweet with a really great head. This was the first legal beer I ever got and I've been trying to find it again ever since but it's tricky to find. Still remains my favorite beer I've ever had

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Photo of samueladams76
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was extremely excited to try this. I work at a liquor store and got mixed reviews from others that had already popped their bombers. It seemed that those that didn't like it blamed their own tastes rather than the beer itself. Encouraging.

Served in a large wine chalice-type thing. Seemed appropriate.

Appearance. First impressions - very deep rich amber color. Not too much head off the pour (less than a finger-width).

Smell. Oakey, malty, spicy. Alcohol is not too overpowering.

Taste. The combination of malts and hops really meshes well. It easily could have been too busy, but I found them to be complementary and well balanced. Notes of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Oaked qualities apparent...

The higher ABV and perhaps one of the floral/citrus notes from the hops used reminds me of a Belgian style ale. Tastes like an ale, but has the robust punch of a well crafted stout.

Mouthfeel. Dense. Almost syrupy like a heavy stout, but not as sweet as the texture would suggest.

Drinkability. One bomber will be plenty. I'm about halfway through and I'm thinking I wish I could share this with someone else to savor. A special holiday treat that should be enjoyed as such.

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Photo of SudburyWineBeer
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly not what I was expecting from a thanksgiving ale.

has an amazing ease of drink ability to it. Great reddish amber brown color,

nice head and well carbonated, not too much not to little.

taste was the shocker... I was expecting to be blown away in this area, but it's subtle yet distinctive flavor was mild and pleasant to enjoy.

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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