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Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Patrick on 06-25-2009)
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

jilly425, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

codon2004, Nov 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

BanrionMAB, Nov 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

ejane, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Summer Who? This beer is probably one of my two favorite beers to drink all summer along with narragansett summer.

this beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with a decent 1 finger white head that lasts. the smell is slightly citrus hops with a definite rye presence. the flavor is very light on the rye, with a great citrus hop presence. the mouthfeel is light well carbed and mouth watering. overall this is an excellent brew and one of the best summer beers out there. if you live in the distribution area drink it, if you don't trade for it, then drink it.

rowingbrewer, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

shaft, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

glib, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Ecxeeder616, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

jlordi12, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of SMADMS
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from the brewery 2 growlers in hand...

A: straw yellow slightly cloudy. one finger head, nice lacing

S: some citrus in the nose, very clean some spice

T: clean and slight spicyness some citus

M: WOW light dry clean

D: this is going to be dangerous on a hot summer day I can see a few growlers going down.. Right on the money with this session beer!!!

Another winner from Matt and the Mayflower gang!!!

SMADMS, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of illpass78
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a really pale straw with heavy carbonation and a half inch white head that sticks around a bit. Lacing minimal. Awfully pale but still attractive.

Aroma: Smells of rye bread, hops, wheatiness, spice, lemon and citrus. Nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Tasty stuff. Taste follows the nose, with rye and lemon leading the way. Very drinkable and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable and light of body. Great spring/summer type beer.

Overall: This is great stuff in my opinion. Definitely stands out from the deluge of goldens and wheat ales that hit the market for summer. Refreshing and delicious.

illpass78, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

chris657, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Thomas_Picton, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

bruindre, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Kallessin
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very full white foamy head. Pale yellow straw. Some slight cloudiness.

Has a slightly sweet aroma with a hint of citrus, a little spice. I found it difficult to pick up a lot to be honest.

Tangy spiciness, some light bready flavors. Some slight citrus with a little hop bitterness (pine??) Very flavorful for such a light beer.

A light bodied beer, fairly smooth with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

I could easily drink this beer all day, especially since the ABV is very low (which is a big plus for me). Very refreshing and light. Absolutely check this one out if you can.

Kallessin, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow color with good carbonation and a pleasant white head.
Spice, a hint of hops and some malt character.
Very spicy beer. A bitter character from the hops rounds out the middle and a pleasant malty finish fill out the end.
For a beer of the weight the beer has a very impressive body, with just right carbonation.
A great beer that I would love to see in six packs.
This is now available in 6pks and I cannot get enough.

alovesupreme, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to axeman9182 for this extra from our recent trade!

PKG 06/16/10

A: Pours an extremely pale straw color (sort of the color of the Cream Soda flavored Dum-Dum sucker) with the hazed clarity of a Hefe and/or Wit. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, bright-white head stuck arount for quite awhile but left barely a trace of lace.

S: As soon as I started to pour this, I was struck with a super fresh green hop aroma. Quickly after that, I picked up some banana bread, clove, spicy rye, bread crust, lemongrass, white pepper, and a multitude of various herb garden scents.

T: Close to above with way more emphasis on the rye (it IS called Summer Rye Ale, after all). All of the smells I mentioned above are present in the taste with dry, peppery rye in the beginning, middle, and finish. I think I also detected some thyme and basil in there, as well.

M: Given the low abv, I was fully expecting this to be on the thin and watery side of things. Not so. Suprisingly full and slick on the tongue with a refreshingly dry spiciness.

D: An excellent summer session beer. Very, very refreshing.

GbVDave, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, straw color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus-a tad bit of rye bread

Taste: small honey, hops, rye, lemon, and some other citrus flavors

Mouthfeel: super smooth, light bodied, sweet-ish start with a slightly bitter finish, dry

Drinkability: This is a super smooth beer and is very sessionable. I like the hoppy feel to this without the high abv. This is one of Mayflower's best to date.

tigg924, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade with BogleHill - thanks!

Pours an almost opaque light yellow-gold color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of wheat twang and spicy rye. Also present are light citrus aromas with hints of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust light malt flavors with good amounts of light and spicy rye flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of light citrus hop flavors, a combination of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Midway through the sip the hop flavors darken a bit with the addition of heavier, earthy flavors. The two distinct hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer despite it's relatively old age (bottled in early May if I remember correctly). A nice, complex, and most importantly easy-to-drink beer that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 14, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pale yellow that is fully clear and translucent. Little head, retains a decent lace on the top of the beer.

S - NIce and refreshing. Rye, wheat, yeast, coriander, lemon zest, a little honey malt maybe.

T - Very refreshing. All that was detected on the nose is also present in the flavor. A nice flavor.

M - Light and refreshing, carbonated well. Still very beery even though this is only 3.8% abv.

D - A good beer, overall. I didn't realize it was only 3.8% abv when I bought it, but I would buy this again. Perhaps it's a little overpriced, but Mayflower is still a young brewery with relatively small levels of scale economies, so that is understandable. This is an example of an ideal beer I'd love to drink pitchers of after reaching the top of a mountain on a hike in New England. Or in a large field on a picnic. It's that type of beer. I am quite enjoying it, actually.

jmerloni, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle came to me as an extra in a trade care of BA user bring, thanks!

Standard 12oz brown bottle has a packaged date inked on the back of the label that reads 6/16/10. Poured into a pint it appears a very cloudy light yellow color with 2 fingers of white head composed of rather large bubbles. As the head receeds patchy lace clings to the glassware. Wow this is the lightest colored rye beer I have ever had. With a passing glimpse this could easily be mistaken for a hefewiezen or wit.

The aroma of this brew is fairly well dominated by citrusy and herbal hops with a backing of the expected yet light rye spiciness. Slightly sweet faint aroma of grains almost wheat-like become known as this brew warms.

The flavor of this brew is as expected (after taking in the aroma) bitter upfront from the herbal and almost minty flavor of the hops coupled with the unmistakeable flavor of rye. Some dry graininess lingers in the mouth with the spicy taste of rye coupled with a more mellow grain like wheat but not really.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Carbed enough to be prickly and light on the tongue I could easily kick a few of these back during the summer and would choose this beer over the usual lawnmower brews like american wheat.

stakem, Jul 29, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive light lemon color in a tulip with a 2F head.

Aroma: lemon, some funk.

Mouth feel: Very carbonated. This enhances of the drinkability of the beer.

Taste: lemon and and a hint of rye.

Finish: excellent hoppy bitterness.

Overall: an refreshing summer ale. The carbonation and hoppy finish bolster the overall taste. It's a low ABV beer, but it has a lot of character.

brureview, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: As dull and straw colored as it gets. Stunning clarity. Healthy rocky white head retains forever. Aggressive clumpy lacing.

S: Lemon and orange zest, grassy, oily hops, dusty yeast with traces of yeasty Belgian spice, crackery malts and some spicy rye. A complex and interesting aroma combination, especially for a beer so small.

T: Floral and oily hops. Citrus rind lemon/lime sort of thing going on too. Some lightly musty yeast. Crackery pilsner malt and spicy rye form a light but vocal base. Absolutely bone dry. Oily hops, rye, and dusty yeast on the finish.

M: Very light bodied. Thin but with a slight firmness of feel. Vigorous carbonation makes all the difference and brings an aggressive crispness that really amplifies the refreshing qualities of the beer.

O: To just call this summer rye is a bit misleading. It's really more of a well-hopped Belgian table beer. I'd push that angle more than the rye angle. A lot of people feel that rye is coarse and a bit less approachable than other grains, so to put that in people's minds first is a mistake in my opinion. They should also play up the fact that it is a beer of true session abv. Get that right on the label somewhere, it's a big selling point these days. At any rate this is a pleasant and crushable little beer that would be equally at home pairing in the early stages of a fancy multi-course meal as it would in your hand after a hot day of lawn mowing. Perfect pairing partner for almost any light salad, ceviche, or other such things.

ryan1788a5, Saturday at 06:56 PM
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4/5  rDev +13%

samhandwich, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

kevgod, Jan 08, 2012
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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.