Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3/5 rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Summer Rye opens with a light fanfare of wheat fields, toast crust, biscuit, and peppery rye aromas, sweetened by Belgian-like touches of banana and clove (though these are quite faint), with a suggestion of brown sugar, apricot, and anise. Only the slightest note of pine speaks to hops. As a whole, the nose is very light--perhaps overly so, even though this is a summer beer--and while the aromas that are present smell lovely, they could use a bit of amping up. There’s also just a bit too much emphasis on anise, pepper, and rye, which when combined give the beer a hot rubber/inner tube overtone, which does not play well off of the sugars.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a good mix of banana and clove, joined quickly by peppery rye, white bread toast crust, floury baguette, and sugars in the form of white grape, apricot, and pear. Luckily the inner tube aroma doesn’t translate into taste. Small hints of grapefruit rind and pine come from the hops. The flavors as a whole are much better balanced here than on the nose, but still tend toward the rye/anise/pepper combo just a bit too much, and bite at the tongue. Despite this biting, however, the beer comes across as watery, the flavors muted and weak, excepting pepper and rye. The aftertaste is more pepper and rye, with remnants of wheat stalks and hay, and lingers for a short while. Mouthfeel is light to medium-light, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this had promise to be a good beverage, as the rye flavors are out in front and potent, but there simply weren’t enough other flavors in here, even considering that it’s a summer ale. The watery taste and mouthfeel seem to evidence that the brew could have used a few more handfuls of malt and hops, the former being especially important in providing a better sugary backbone.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2012 16:16:40 | More by jondeelee
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3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped PKG 6/11/13. Sampled on October 16, 2013.
It pours hazy pale yellow to olive with lively carbonation going up to a fizzy white head.
The aroma is of grains, toasted biscuit, lemon, and maybe some floral hops.
The body is light to medium and reasonably refreshing. Good for a summer weight.
The taste brings out the rye grains at first with a notable lemon and floral hop character on the backside. Slightly tart ending. Not high on my list of Mayflower brews but it would be good in the summer.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 23:35:31 | More by puboflyons
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours an extremely pale straw color. I was actually shocked by how almost-white this beer is. It has nice, lively carbonation that maintains a thin head and leaves better-than-expected lacing on the glass.
S - The dominant smell in this beer is fresh hops (the beer is just over a month old). There is also some spiciness backing up the hops.
T - Nice citrusy hop profile with a subtle malt sweetness. The finish produces a building rye flavor that rushes in like the tide.
M - On the light side of medium, but more than I would expect given the alcohol content. It's definitely another element that I like about this beer.
O - I bought a 6-pack as an impulse buy and I'm glad I did. I've now had three of these beers with the third coming straight from the bottle. This third was my favorite thus far, as I honestly am not a big fan of the color of the beer, and somehow the hop character shines through better directly from the bottle. It's relatively expensive, so I wouldn't buy it for myself, but I might bring it to the next BBQ I attend. It really is a nice summer beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2013 02:08:35 | More by Andrew041180
2.58/5 rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Green yellow color. Looks like a hard candy. Good head with a steady stream of replenishing bubbles. Leaves good ring lace.
This has an unusual smell which I can only describe as resembling the smell of drainage pipes disassembled. It's sour and earthy and unappealing.
Thin body and overly carbonated. It feels like a macro, but the taste is anything but. That's sour and reminds me of adding a lemon to a wit. Short aftertaste so his falls short of being refreshing.
Definitely not my style.
Tried it as a cask conditioned offering. Definitely improved the flavor. The scores reflect a blending of the two tastes.
Serving type: on-tap
06-30-2013 17:07:56 | More by smcolw
Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
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