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Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Spring HopMayflower Spring Hop

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85 Reviews

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 268
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 38
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 03-12-2011

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 268
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of tzieser
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of LukeK1231
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of Brez07
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Baxter Brewing can glass. Bottled on 3/22/11

A: Dark orange/cherry mixed color. 1 finger off white head that is retained well. Some thick lacing towards the end of the glass

S: Nose is a burst of hop notes. Citrusy, grassy. Clean and crisp. Touch of sweetness

T: Crisp, lemongrass flavor. Piney hops with accompanying bitterness, which is very light. Finishes with some yeast and bread. Some caramel malt too.

M: Medium bodied. Full of flavor despite being lower on the ABV scale. Light bitterness left on the palate

D: This beer is delicious and very, very easy drinking. I went through 5 of the sixpack in one night and forced myself to save 1 to review. Will be picking more of this up next time I see it

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Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this brew at a local beer store and loved it! Had to grab a bottle. 12oz bottle, packaged on 02/24/11...

A: A gorgeous clear ruby red and slight copper color with a 1 inch off white head that fades quickly to a bubbly lace. Very good.

S: Smells of a nice sweet hop immediately upfront followed by some nice earthy citrus and some nice faint malts on the backend. This smells great. Very good.

T: A nice dry bitter hop which is quickly followed by earthy grain and breadiness. Some grassy bitterness in the middle and a slight almost cranberry flavor buried on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A very dry finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a great beer. A nice bitter clean hop is the staple of this beer. It is nicely balanced by some tame grains and malts. Definitely try this if you like hoppy ambers! Great beer. May be the best I've tried from Mayflower yet!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the store today and was surprised to find that this would be it's first review. I looked it up on the Mayflower site and it's not even listed yet. Bottle is date stamped and I believe it says this was bottled on 3/4/11 (the month is a little smeared)

First note is that it's darker in color than I would have guessed. Totally clear and straight amber in color with no visible carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy head form and show great structure. It's collapses fairly quickly but leave clumps behind. Nice lacing.

Aroma is grassy, fresh and of grapefruit peel. Very floral and almost perfume like. Green and fresh in nature.

Nicely done. Pretty wonderful balance here. Hop focused but with a perfect malt backbone. Bitter, citrus hops front and back with a perfect bready malt flavor in the middle. Like crusty bread. Some light fruit as well. Finishes smooth with just a tingle of bitterness.

Very smooth mouth feel and subtle carbonation.

Very easy drinking and a great brew to greet spring.

Well done Mayflower.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice clear ruby red pour. Huge dense tan head adorns it. Head retention is top notch, it never fully fades, leaving a nice permanent foamy island. Lacing leaves spiderwebs all over the glass.

S: Nice citrus hop character up front with a bit of pine. Very nice bready and sweet malt backs it up. Touch of resin once in a while.

T: Citrusy with orange and grapefruit. Big sweet bready malt comes in after that to balance it up. Bitter pine and resin follows and lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a bit bitter and drying in the aftertaste.

O: Great amber ale. Nice strong malt with enough hops to match. Varied and balanced flavor. I daresay that this is basically Nugget Nectar Jr. Not as good in any one area of course but stands on its own nicely. Drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark copper/red. Usual UBH head but lace clings nicely. A lot of red beers on the bar this afternoon. This looks the same as SA Brick.

S - is very nice. This ranks up there with Flower Power for big noses. Smells like a pine forest after a spring rain.

T - Surprisingly thin at first. Takes a few seconds for the hops to kick in on the sides of the tongue. Slightly bitter aftertaste but expected with IBU level. Haven't checked yet but I expect this is dry hopped to account for the finish.

MF - As I said, a bit watery up front but it fills up the mouth and taste lingers.

D - still not doing overall, sorry. I think drinkability is better metric. This is good but not until Boston breaks out of the cold. This would be good with BBQ chicken with spicy butter/lemon sauce PR Lobster & drawn butter.

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Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of beige head. Keeps only a thin lace, fullest around the rim, with some good rings of stick as it falls.

Smell is very bright, floral and fresh. Big grapefruit and citrus aromas, very fresh and juicy. There is a bready malt base with some caramel sweetness here too, but the hops really shine brigthly.

Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the nose, but makes up for it with a nice bready and sweet caramel malt base. I don't know if there is any rye in this but it has a rye bread sort of quality to it. I do wish the hops were a little juicier and more citrusy like they were on the nose, but those flavors are much more subtle. Modest bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth. Pretty creamy with average carbonation.

This beer smells amazing and tastes quite good as well. The label states that the intent here was to profile aroma hops, so it's not surprising that it's not as hoppy as the nose was. That would have made it a really incredible beer, although the flavor is still quite good. A nice spring seasonal from Mayflower.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a deep amber colour with a coppery hue when held up to the light. Mostly clear with a lasting beige cap, some clumpy lacing. As the name suggests, hops are prominent in the aroma and flavour. It smells of freshly crushed hop pellets, grassy, grapefruit pith, floral, kind of minty. The taste is hoppy, with bitterness sturdy yet refined, balanced against mild sweetness and biscuity, bready malts. Grassy and a little herbal, citrus was less prominent. Lingering hops and bitterness, some hop spice towards the finish. Lowish carbonation, medium bodied, texture was a bit creamy and it was on the dry side. Overall, it was pretty tasty. It really captured a fresh, in-your-face-without-being-harsh hop character.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having been unimpressed with some of Mayflower's other beers, I was taken aback by this fresh springtime treat. Great little body and light, refreshing texture and finish. Beautiful blend of grassy and floral aromas and flavors. Soft-spoken medium roasted/amber malt makes way for the hops to herald the season. I'll be drinking this for a few weeks. :)

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Photo of Gushue3
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours orangy red and sits in my glass a cloudy deep amber red. Great 2 finger foamy head with great retention that goes nowhere. turns frothy and will not go away

S- Sweet floral hops

T- nice hop taste that insnt overpowering. nicely balanced between sweet and bitter

M- nice full characater with medium body. light carbonation that feels almost flat

O- really nice, refreshing beer that i wish would become a year round offering.

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Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.