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Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 36
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 03-12-2011

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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 85
Reviews by LukeK1231:
Photo of LukeK1231
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from cask at the Birtish Beer Company in Framingham, MA.

A- Amber with 1 finger head

S- Hoppy and floral, but also caramel malt tones

T- Medium taste of bitter hops combined with a medium caramel taste made for a refreshing and tasty beer.

O- A lucky find at the BBC in MA and I will be searching this one out again in the future.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

A hoppy Red Ale thrown into the ring for spring seasonals ... someone has been thinking outside the box. A beauti- ful-looking beer, with thick froth left on the glass and a brilliant red color. Fresh peppery and citric hop nose meets its malty counterpart and then some. Smooth, oily slick palate; some malt body with a faint viscous hop oil. Lots of hop flavor, so much that the bitterness is a forethought. Malt base aims dry, but is quite toasty. Hops linger for a long time with firm citric and tobacco flavors. A gem of a spring seasonal—great to see another hoppy Red on the shelves

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head, dark caramel brown in color, clear

Smell: pine hops and light citrus hops

Taste: caramel with big piney hops, small citrus hops and an earthy back bone.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a big bitter spike in the middle and a less bitter end, high carbonation, light body

Overall: Mayflower knows how to do seasonal beers. They may have the best seasonal line up in the state. This one is no exception. You would think the pilgrims landed in California as this one is a very hoppy red ale and drinks very west coast. A sipper, I could have two per sitting, but would want more for the next time.

Photo of kandrejc
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full bodied, smooth feel. Initial smokey taste, full blast hoppy finish. Quickly dissipating head, but great dark red amber color.

Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this fine beer on draft at the local British Beer Company

A: Dark amber color with a cake batter colored head that slowly dissipates on the edges of the glass. Very nice appearance to this beer

S: Citrus and grapefruit floral hop aroma with a balance of some sweet caramelized malt in the mix

T: A moderate Pale Ale like hop profile with moderate bitter tangy taste that transitions into a citrus sweet nutty candy malt finish. Nice balance on both sides of this beer with a nice hoppy finish.

M: Smooth and clean body that carries a light to moderate carbonation. The finish is a bit tangy and sticky.

D: Great complex set of flavors in this easy drinking beer. The beer is pretty light on body and alcohol so this makes for a perfect spring session beer. Really like this beer!

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great tasting and balanced hoppy beer. Bitterness up front with strong tasty malt backbone. Full mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Earthy;grassy; herbal;citrus lemon and orange; lightly toasty; fresh and refreshing. Great for the style. Floral, hop aromas.Thanks Dr.Jay.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear ruby/mahogany color with a half finger of white bubbly head, visibly effervescent, some streaks of lacing.

Smells very nice but somewhat faint- light citrusy and floral hop aromas with just a trace of malt sweetness.

Tastes great- hops cover the spectrum; mostly citrusy and floral but also a little pine. They must've used cascade and maybe centennial but beyond that I'd like to know. Nice carmel malt sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel is superb- creamy and delicious. Medium light body with a divine soft carbonation- somewhat prickly at first but smoothes out and lasts forever. Taste stays on your tongue in a very present way for at least 30 seconds. I'd highly recommend this beer.

Photo of jmerloni
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color, pretty translucent with nice sized head that sticks nicely to the glass and has great retention.

S - Glorious springtime aroma. Flowers. Purely. Roses and grass and delicious fresh malts.

T - Flowers, clean hops, nice subtle malt backbone that is just enough to keep this beer in really great balance.. Really nice East Coast pale ale.

M - Smooth. Clean, dry.

D - Drinkable. Very much so. A solid offering from a brewery that deserves more attention. I've never had even a mediocre beer from these guys.

Photo of tkelley
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle packaged on 3-22-11 into a SA Perfect Pint.

A - Dark copper color, really nice looking. Good whitish head and nice lacing. The head stays as a thin layer on top for a good while.

S - Big hops and still smells spring fresh even after a couple of weeks in the fridge. Citrusy too, which I find really pleasant. The grapefruit scent is quite refreshing.

T - The hops are really there in a strong way, but it doesn't punch you in the mouth like some other really hoppy beers out there. The citrus taste is there too, although not as strong as in the smell. There's a malt presence for balance, but the hops are the star.

M - Spicy, in the sense that it tingles your tongue in a good way. The carbonation and hops, I think, work together to give it that tingling feeling at the front of the mouth, but after that its smooth.

D - Really good. I could drink these all day long. One of the freshest smelling beers I've had, with a great taste to match. Hope they bring it back next year.

Cheers!

Spring Hop just wants to be your friend and welcome you to the new season, like a fresh warm rain or a breeze with the sun in your face.

Photo of bum732
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

S: Fresh hops, resiny, some pine, grapefruit, some breadiness, candy-like hops.

L: Deep burnt orange, light tan head, creamy retention and solid lacing.

T: Grapefruit rind like hop with key limes. Semi-grassy sweetness followed by a rind-like bitterness. Typical hoppy dryness.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Solid beer, unique aroma and taste, very rind like and a great hop aroma. Absolutely love this brewery.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maple syrup color into a pint glass with a nice finger or two of big bubble head with sticky lacing.

I can smell this guy without bringing it to my nose, when I do, there's big bright floral/light pine hops and a little grass, very nice indeed. Definitely spring.

Prickly carbonation upfront and then sweet malts followed immediately by medium bodied crisp hoppy bitterness that lingers in a very pleasant manner from the earlier malt balance.

I'm not really clear why they tout it as brewed for aroma...I prefer to drink my beer rather than snort it (yes, I know most of taste is smell), but this is a great departure from the pale spring ales I typically see and a good outdoor drinker.

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that appears to be stamped 1/30/13. Sampled on June 18, 2013.

The pour is a very attractive medium amber but there's little to no head and the carbonation seems a little slow and stagnant.

The aroma has a fine floral character like the blossoms of a New England spring. Also a moderate caramel malt character but it it still overpowered by the hops.

The body is medium with a vague acidic texture.

Wonderful hoppy taste with additional flavors of biscuit malts and sweetness. But even though the hops are predominant they still do not result in a biting bitterness.

Photo of danmcg62
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-A real nice looking ale with a solid head that stays around for a bit. Deep red color. Almost looks like a red delicious apple.

S-A real hoppy, floral smell. Creamy smell as well. Very nice.

T-Creamy taste with a mild hop kick. Mild spice notes as well. Very tasty.

M-Creamy feel within the mouth. Very pleasing on the palate.

O-I heard about this beer online and couldn't wait to try it and it totally did not disappoint. This is a hell of a beer and possibly the best offering from Mayflower. Well done.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another throw in from the beer bandit. Bottled on 2/23/11.

Unexpected, clear dark orange/amber brew into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. A mountain of lumpy cream-colored head. Blotchy lace.

Smell is very green, like alfalfa pellets. Twiggy & just barely scented with sweet florals & graham crackers.

Gentle pine resin, florals & earth all playing around in the taste. Dark bread crust, salt, & just a twinge of actual bitterness that lingers just a moment. A little juicy. Faint citrus. Some dank. Quite gentle.

Body is a tad chalky. Carbonation is just okay. Alcohol is fine by me. Not at all thick.

A dry-hopping clinic going on here. This stuff is tasty. :D

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my early afternoon sunday beer. super refreshing and clean, a nice welcome treat for sure. served in a pint glass with a slice of pizza.

Poured out a very nice and somewhat hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had in quite some time. The feel was light with lots of carbonation and a very nice dry bitter finish. I have to admit I am impressed. As it warmed some light, caramel notes started poking through and this is probably where the amber ale was coming into play here.

Overall, this was a n excellent beer and really surprised me at how good it was. There is no doubt I would not turn this one down again, in fact I would make this a staple in the fridge if I could.

Photo of boomboom
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark amber; darker than I was expecting for a spring hop beer, but nice color and decent lacing.

Smell is almost more like light orange or tangerine to me, with a hint of the typical grapefruit.

Taste is grassy with a hint of caramel on the side and the malt comes in as well. Not too flowery but that's OK for this one.

Mouthfeel is great and the taste stays with you.

Very drinkable and I think the ABV is manageable for being a session beer. Overall, a great beer from Mayflower; up there with their IPA, which I think is one of the best IPA's in the Boston area.

Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Murphy's Imperial Pint Glass (tulip-esque, not sure what else to call this)
Bottle dated: "PKG 4/07/11"

A-> Pours a beautiful reddish/copper/amber hue with a beefy 2 fingers worth of creamy white head. As it recedes, it leaves a nice coat of sticky lacing behind. Some widespread yet sparse nucleation in the glass.

S-> Smells fruity and hoppy right off the bat. Getting that "amber-ish" aroma after a bit as well. Further sniffing reveals a citrus and pine hop aroma that is probably the most prevalent in the nose. Some nice floral scents emerge as well.

T-> First few gulps hit with a mild bitterness that coats the tongue with an almost spicy taste and leaves a faint hint of cinnamon lingering on the immediate aftertaste. Almost get a creamy mint flavor on the next few sips initially which fades into an earthy and woody flavor that is both mild and refreshing. (Invokes thoughts of Winter transitioning to Spring for the beer connoisseur as in the transition from bold stouts and porters, to lighter spring ambers and the like.) Still get a bit of faint cinnamon mint on the aftertaste as this beer warms, but it not a detraction, just an observation. Getting more of the herbal and floral notes as this warms as well. Citrus too. Delicious and mild.

M-> Carbonation is so wonderfully perfect. Right amount of bubbly bite with a mild and creamy smoothness at the same time. Leaves a pleasant coating on the tongue and top of the throat that just begs for another sip. Crisp, light, and refreshing.

O-> Really love this brew. Not usually a big amber fan per se, but this is one that I really enjoyed. After having it several times it was time for a thorough review. The bitterness did get too be a bit much for the style towards the end, however that is hardly a fault in an otherwise stellar concoction.

Photo of tzieser
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the pour farm tavern in downtown new bedford. served in a standard pint glass.

a: pours a darker than expected copper color with a fairly thick off white head. nothing crazy but i think the darker color is pretty cool. i was expecting a pilsner like appearance.

s: nice hop aromas. notes of pine, citrus and malty grains. the hops take up most of the nose but it's malt backbone is noticeable. very nice.

t: bright, crisp hop character. nice notes of piney citrus. hops dominate the palate but finishes clean and isn't too bitter at all thanks to a nice proportion of malt. one of the best spring beers i've had all year. i love nugget nectar, but this being so fresh and so local i'm definitely going to have more.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

an excellent hoppy beer that should have all BAs excited to try.

Photo of dbexpert
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I do not drink the same beer twice very often. The first time I had this on draft(Union Brew House), I ordered it twice. An excellent amber! Even better that it comes in at 5.2%. The nose has a lot of floral hop notes that are balanced by sweet malt notes. Spice comes across. like rye. This is a delicate easy drinking beer with few to no flaws. I have been begging for it to become a year round offering but do not see that happening. I have three current favorite ambers. This is number one, with White Birch's Hop Session and Maine Beer Co.'s Zoe close seconds.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had a couple of beers from this company before, but this is the first official review.

A: Beer pours a deep, dark amber color with not much of a head on it, thins out pretty fast but leaves some bubbles on the top.

S: Initial aroma is of grassy, floral notes and hops. Not too much else but the hops definitely dominate the smell.

T: Not much bite, do get more of a pine flavor as opposed to citrus or grapefruit. Hop flavor is sweet and satisfying and finishes with a dry yeast.

M: Very light and drinkable, not over powering in any aspect. Carbonation definitely brings out the hop flavor.

O: Very delicious, but also very tame hop type beer. Have had their IPA and that was pretty strong, dont think thats what they were going for here. Kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams did with their Alpine Spring.

Photo of jakorpi
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first impression after evaluating the appearance and aroma was that this is a well-made beer that was going to deliver a lot interesting flavor. The color is medium amber, and the nose is very fragrant with dark and heavy aromas that are consistent with the color.

However, it doesn't follow through on the palate. It's light at the beginning with citrus and spice and finishes with a pleasant amount of hops accented my some malt. The problem is it does develop as much intensity as its nose leads you to expect. Maybe if the nose wasn't as powerful, the overall impression would be better since there wouldn't be such a disconnect between the nose and palate.

Since the beer was tasted on the day it was bottled, it was definitely as good as it gets. As a final thought, if you consider the price of $10 for a 12oz six pack, it is a good value. Anything better would definitely cost more.

Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the brewery as part of the tour. Served in a sample glass from a new bottle. NIce clear amber body and an off white head. Well ramped up smells. Smell of nice citrus fruit and pine. Great resin, fruit flavor. Bitter but not a bomb. Good malt balance. Nice cereal flavor. Medium mouth feel. Great beer and I would have this again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark amber with a fingers width white cap. Drippy lace left by decent retention.

Bright, airy, floral and grapefruit citrus hops and fruity bread crust aroma. Has a deep earthy undercurrent from which the hops bring brightness to like the first sunshine rays of a thawing New England spring. Hooray for the power of suggestion.

Grapefruit hop flavor and an earthy, sweet, slightly raisin puree hinted, bread crust malt. Grassy, grapefruit bitter. Mouthfeel is silky smooth - reminds me of Geoffrey Beene Sateen shirts in a tactile sense.

There are few things I enjoy more than an balanced, flavorful, sessionable amber ale.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good flavorful and poundable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I miss Mayflower - but I was pleased to see that the missus brought back a 6er of this from Boston the other day. Pours a beautiful amber color, very clear, with a frothy dense head and great lacing down the glass. Nose is very hop forward - fresh and floral with a touch of mint or herbs and some tropical fruit, apricot maybe. Hops still plenty active on the palate, but this beer is more about balance. A nice biscuity malt backdrop and a subtle, earthy nuttyness play off the hops well. Not particularly bitter, just robust, bready, and hoppy. Crisp and smooth on the palate, and refreshing for as dark as it is. A good candidate for outdoor drinking this season by the grill. This is a nice take on a "fresh hop" seasonal - usually they are lighter but this is a good malty amber with the hop profile to match.

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Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.