Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
03-26-2011 03:14:14 | More by jmerloni
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
05-15-2011 18:40:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
poured from a bottle with a clear date of 2/26/13
pours a medium mahogany with red hues. big white head that dissipates at a medium pace...
almost smells bitter. hoppy "green" smellwith a bit of dark bread. a bit of citrus, a bit of earth, a bit of pine. very nice
tastes just like it smells. starts light, transitions to a sweet flavor with grassy and tangerine hop flavor. bitterness hits towards the end with some pine and earth. Very bold bitterness towards the end, which really compliments the lighter hop flavor and mild sweetness at the beginning and middle. Malts are of very mild bread, a hint of blackberry and the slightest bit of caramel and toffee. Hops are just fantastic!
lighter body than you would expect from the appearance with a low carbonation that carries its aggressive bitterness. good lingering hop bitterness.
A simply fantastic beer. In a world where you can buy fresh summer beer before spring hits, this is a breath of fresh air! I'd love to see this year round. Very tasty, good hoppiness and drinkable as all hell. Great great stuff!
04-04-2013 03:20:10 | More by Thads324
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Packaged on 2/23/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark copper, almost amber color with a 1 finger off white head with great retention. The head is made up of fluffy foam that sticks to the glass with each sip.
Outstanding nose. Very well balanced. Great citrus and floral hops aromas are matched with a great malt sweetness. The hop aromas smell amazingly fresh and the sweetness is an excellent complement to them.
The taste follows along with the nose. There is an extremely "fresh" taste to the beer. The citrus and floral hops blend together along with a nice caramel malt background to give it a nice balanced taste through the front and middle. A nice fruity taste takes over towards the back end, light fruit, an almost melon like taste that is extremely enjoyable. There is a bit of a bite at the very end, maybe some bitterness but it may just be the carbonation.
Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and yet at times the carbonation feels quite lively, mostly at the finish.
This beer has excellent drinkability. No ABV is listed (as of yet) on the label, brewer's website, or this site but it feels like it's in the range where you drink a few pints of this and really enjoy them over the course of a night.
03-16-2011 04:04:53 | More by ms11781
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
12oz Bottle, 3 weeks old.
A: Pours a clear, Deep Ruby Read, huge head with an olive tint, head, head thins out but lasts with you till the end. Leaves a "berlin wall" of lacing.
S: This is one you can smell as soon as you crack it open. Mix of rasin bread malts with juicy citrus/pine/ hops. More sweet citrusy than I remember it. Very enticing.
T: Starts of with a biscuity, lightly toasted malt sweetness, finishes with a herbal grassy pine/lime with a hint of grapefruit hop flavor. Overall a quite green/herbal/grassy flavor. Some spiceness (rye?) in there too from the malt backbone, also has a butter malt aspect towards end. Strong/interesting flavors.
M: Very Carbonated. Body is a bit thin/watery but for relatively low ABV that's not surprising. Leaves the palate dry. A beer that could hold up to an all day session and excellent to pair with food.
O: For the style this is really world class, an excellent example of NE microbrewery putting out an awesome beer in an often overlooked/under-appreciated style. A must buy for any fan of craft beer, tame enough for the masses, but well crafted in a way a true advocate can appreciate. I will make sure I buy this every spring.
03-09-2012 01:49:58 | More by BigCheese
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
12oz into pint glass. This beer has confirmed that low ABV american red ales are among some of my favorite beers. No freshness date, although this arrived at my local store within the last few days.
A- Dark ruby amber, did not know this was an amber ale until I poured it. Orangey tan creamy head sticks nicely and has some pretty solid retention. A very attractive pour.
Floral and fruity hops- could get lost in the nose. Very sweet and sugary.
T- Follows the nose- great hop flavor, mostly fruity, some floral notes and a bit of pine resin, mild bitterness but it's much more aromatic/flavorful than bitter. Slight toasty bready malt compliments the hops without overstepping it's role.
M- Perfect balance, oozing flavors, no off-notes, splendid carbonation. Light compared to other beers, but just right considering the ABV.
O- I think I found a new favorite seasonal. This beer is the east coast answer to Stone's Levitation (of which I'm a huge fan)- however this has a bit more 'oomph' behind it, both in flavor and ABV. Glad I bought 2 6ers, will have to grab some more before this is gone. Well done, Mayflower. Thanks for coming to RI!
04-11-2011 13:45:37 | More by ShogoKawada
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours a huge fluffy 2+ finger head that fades semi slowly with a bunch of sticky lacing, the beer is a darker rosy auburn mahogany brown color, darker than I expected, some slight yeast suspended in the middle.
Nose is wafting out before I even get to it, some nice fresh hops, a slight bit of fresh hop musty resin, some light citrus, a bit of pine, some nice grassy and floral mild hop mixed in, not too bitter, but lots of fresh hops. Under that is a touch of a toasty crystal malt, but very light.
Taste starts with a nice munich and tasty malty base, toasty reddish malts, juicy, some crystal malts, a really nice malty base, then some fresh hops, floral, grassy, very nice noble hop flavor, light fresh hop resins and spicy hops but very light, touch of citrus, such a light fluffy hop flavor with some good bitterness, but adds a touch of a spicy and heavier hop profile. The hops are added very well, and the malty base balances it very well. The noble hops really shine, and it's delicious. THe bitterness ramps as it goes, but hits a peak and doesn't get out of hand, it just gets to the border of astringent way on the finish, but never crosses the border. A nice dry finish too, clean and tasty.
Mouth is medium bodied, with good carbonation.
Overall, wow, I was surprised with this beer. I heard a bit of hype before hand, but I figured it was just a surprise wit low expectations, but I had high expectations and it really blew me away. THis beer is just about the perfect spring beer, a nice toasty malt base, some reddish but darker crystal and Munich malts, with a nice noble hop flavor, and just a bit more of a heavier hop kick.
03-17-2011 01:29:46 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
04-21-2012 00:28:49 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-03-2011 03:52:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.