Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 264
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 37
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark red aurburn with a big fluffy head and good retention, lots of lacing. A bit darker than I was expecting for a red, but the color is fantastic.

S- lots of navel orange with big citrus notes; lemony being a big player. The malts are present with a nice graham cracker, or a molases biscuit.

T- Awesome beer. The navel orange flavor is huge and dominates the complex array of citrus in the beginning. Very floral upfront before the malt sweetness begins to balance out the beer before the bitter pine finish.

M- good carbonation level, nice pine resin but not over the top

D- This is fantastic, I think the abv is close to 5-5.5 abv. I could drink this all night and never get bored. Love the use of citra and sorchi ace and I love how you werent afraid to add a nice bitterness on the finish. Great job to Ryan over at Mayflower for creating an awesome beer, can't wait to see what you do next. (909 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, citrus, malts

taste: citrus, floral, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a very nice amber / red ale. So glad that I got to try it out.

Cheers,
The CPJ (273 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours golden/amber with a thick white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Lots of American hops. Pine and tropical fruits. Distinct grapefruit and some mango and melon. Green grass clippings. It smells like spring. Underlying malt scents are very sweet. Crystal and caramel malt.

T: Sweet malt flavors open, then step aside and let grapefruit and pine hop flavors take the helm. Pleasant grainy tastes mid-palate. Bitterness builds. Tropical melon tastes play in the background. Dry finish with hop bitterness and faint grainy tastes lingering.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Firm carbonation adds crispness and enhances drinkability.

O: A hoppy, flavorful, and very drinkable spring seasonal.

Notes: Wow! This has got to be one of the best spring seasonals on the market. Perfect warm weather beer. Hop heads will love it too. It is certainly bitter enough. This now sits behind nugget nectar at the top of the amber/red style in my mind. Best in Mayflower's lineup next to their porter. (1,056 characters)

Photo of tkelley
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of dippy
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I had to work for this beer. I went tot the brewery to get a growler filled, no luck. They ran out. I went to my local purveyor, out. I went to the next packie, nothing. I had to go to a wine shop that I knew carried a few 6-packs to pick this gem up. I am sorry to those who have missed out.

It poured a beautiful amber with a nice tightly knit head.

Smelled slightly citrus/grassy. The sweet malt sneaking through, slightly like cereal, nice.

The taste is springtime in a bottle. Now the first time I heard this expression was when an effeminate man was commenting on a particular brand of lavender lotion, I am sure that he would agree that this spring hop takes the cake. It is fresh cut grass meets mister pine cone. so good.

Great lacing on the glass.

Overall great beer. I hope that they can recreate this gem. this would really put them on the map. they really knocked it out of the park. this is by far the best beer they have made. (974 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of boomboom
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower Spring Hop, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a beautiful filtered deep ruby amber with a terrific soapy head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves behind tons of sticky lacing. Perfect appearance.

Smell - Aroma is rich red malts with a nice pine/floral hop overlay. Some malty breadiness.

Taste - Clean and crisp, the malts sit back for a blast of resiny hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests quite bitter with a little bit of malt stickiness. Some malt heat booziness which is only slightly off-putting for the ABV. Light-medium bodied with low-medium carbonation.

Overall - Good hoppy amber/red. Big hops, of the piney, not juicy variety. A solid take on the style with some oomph for hop heads. (753 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a perfect amber, just as expected. The head, while thin, laces well and is somehow creamy around the edges.

Aroma here matches the flavor exactly. It is fairly potent and very clean.

The flavors here are unique, quite unlike anything I've tasted before. The Mayflower IPA is clearly the base here, as the malt profile is quite similar. And this flavor is Mayflower copyrighted- woody, slightly spicy, with a touch of mild fruitiness. The Spring Hop twist is a slightly cleaner, yet slightly more malty take on their IPA.

Mouthfeel is dense; perhaps a little too dense for a spring brew. But the flavors are crisp, so it is palatable.

Overall, this one delivers. I suspect Mayflower will become a love-it-or-hate-it brewery because their base flavors are usually predictable. If you like it, you'll like their brews. I am personally sold, but others may differ. (903 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear, deep copper/amber color with a one finger of foamy, rocky off white. Head retains nicely and leave sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a nice big caramel malt profile with piney and citrus hop presence.

T: Taste is a very well balanced brew here! Taste starts with piney hop notes before the malt profile takes over. Nice biscuity notes and a touch of caramel come through. Mild pine and a nice grapefruit zest give a nice bite. The bite is calmed by a hint of grassy earthy notes and a touch of sweetness finish this one out.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp body, dry in the middle with a bit sticky finish.

D: Goes down very easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is definitely a beer that I will be revisiting numerous times this spring! (884 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of LukeK1231
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber red color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is big and hoppy with nice malty notes as well. Nice flavor of hop oil and citrus flavors. Malt also works in to give a little balance and toasty notes to the party. A great balance to this beer. Although there are a lot of hops to love, you still get that malt finish to relax your tastebuds. This is one of the best Spring beers out there. Also its one of the best ambers you will have. Probably the best beer from Mayflower I have had. Wish they had it year round. (524 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a grapefruit ruby red with a one-finger off-white head. Solid lacing and retention. Wonderful aroma. Big grapefruit notes, orange, melon and floral hops. Nice hoppy brew. Quick bursts of sweet grapefruit and citrus hops to start. A bit of grassy hops in the middle before a semi bitter, but very dry pine hop finish. Really crisp, light flavor. Very dry. Well crafted hop forward Spring seasonal. (402 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Arrived a copper color with an inch or so of head. Darker than I expected. Bubbly head lasted longer than I expected, but didn't really leave any lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Nothing significant, but a nice mix of citrus hops and light malt.

T - Follows the nose. Basic, but really nice. The cask absolutely imparted a woody character to the beer. Lots of subtleties.

M- Medium bodied and soft. Not flat like I expected from a cask.

O - Great experience. Hard to judge based on the cask preparation. It's nice to have a beer at a bar that has carbonation and isn't freezing cold. Would buy again! (606 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours an unexpectedly dark magohony and amber mix with a strong two fingers of khacki dense foam with excellent staying power. As the head dies slowly it leaves behind an even coating of fine bubbled lace all over the glass.

S - Very fresh hop aromas up front here. Nice combination of citrus, pine, grass and spicy hops. Citrus takes the lead, but the variety of hop character is all allowed to shine thru nicely. Only a trace of breadlike malt sneaks past the hops into the aroma.

T - Hops and malt work together in the flavor with a bit more balance than the aroma. Firm hop bitterness with the sweetish caramel driven malt rides underneath it slightly. Layers of resiny hops thru the middle - I get more pine than anything else in here, but there is definitely citrus and grassy contributions too. Very good, but a bit less impressive than the aroma - which is always a bit of a disappointment for me.

M - Medium bodied with equivalent carbonation level. Feels very bright and fresh. Resiny but not quite sticky in feel. Very fresh tasting - coincidentally? makes me think of stepping outside on the first warm spring day aqnd breathing in the smells of spring.

O - This is an excellent American pale ale. This has such a great fresh character to it. Not sure how well this will hold up over time, but it certainly is very nice with only a couple weeks or less on it. This could very easily become my go to spring seasonal. (1,492 characters)

Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Finger of off white head with nice lacing and long lasting head retention. Very pretty, dark copper/amber color.

S: Some citrus and pine, earthy notes. Sweet bready malts hanging out too. Smells nice.

T: Toasted caramel malts followed by a nice spicy citrus/piney hop bitterness. Nice and balanced, sweetness and bitterness work very well.

M: Medium bodied with a noticably high level of carbonaion, something I wasnt expecting. Just a bit of oily hop slickness. Good drinkability too.

O: A nice, local rendition of a spring time hoppy amber red. Its flavorful, easy drinking, and quite sessionable. Safe to say this and their Porter are my favorites from them. (697 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - reddish brown beer thats pretty easy to see through. nice creamy head is keeps well do to a lot of carbonation.

S - hops, citrus, grass pine all float around in there in an alluring swirl.

T - pine grassy notes and malt hit first and last throughout and the hops hit in the end with a nice wallop thats not overwhelming and gives it a cleaner finish then i expected.

M - lots of carbonation which i think works well for this beer. it definitely feels light and given its a spring beer is something i'm not at all opposed to.

O - a very solid beer and i can see why a lot of people were talking about this one. glad i have five more of these in the fridge and will definitely be getting a couple more sixers for the warmer weather. (771 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a clear copper body with a 1 finger white head that reduces quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S- Literally smells like spring. Fresh citrus zest, floral notes, earthy, pine, caramel, toffee.

T- Very floral, with pine and citrus hop notes sitting on a solid sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body, crisp and refreshing.

A solid spring offering. I could easily put down a sixer of this. Easy drinker with a nice fresh taste. (544 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful copper red color with a tan head. Good lace. Sweet malt and fruity hops in both the nose and taste. Sugary, sweet liquid. Great balance of malt and hop and definitely not as hop forward as I expected but its awesome for the style. Smooth and easy drinking. I had high expectations for this beer and they were met. Delicious brew. Still good in May when I think it was released in March. (396 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (651 characters)

Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.