Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Spring HopMayflower Spring Hop

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 264
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 37
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Mayflower brew, an in-state brand I had overlooked out of ignorance. Attracted by the name and by the fact I had read somewhere it is a good brewery.

Bottled on Feb. 16(?) 2014. Hard to read the numbers printed over text on the label. Self-served at 48 degrees.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House snifter.

a: Clear copper with an inch tall white head which receded to considerable surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Bready malt

t: Mild biscuity malt under a moderate hop bite. Some dark fruit notes appear later.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: A pretty good dinner drink, just not an awful lot of flavor, especially at first, leaving the hop bite prominent. Looks like it will be full of flavor, but comes up a bit short. (754 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a deep copper and amber color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts with some citrus and piney aromas in the rear. The scent is a bit on the light side and would be a lot better if it were more fragrant.

Taste: Same as above. Hops are nice with some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and silky smooth, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice amber/red. The taste could be cleaner and the aroma more noticeable, but I'm happy with this one. (700 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Packaged 2/17/12. Thanks to BA morningthief for picking me up this beer.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch, frothy and bubbly, bone-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few rings of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark, brownish red, and leaves occasional lacing islands.

Smell: Citrusy hops, with a sweet mango note. Interesting dark malt background aromas that are difficult to describe further, but good.

Taste: Bready malt up front, with subdued citrus and mango hop flavor in the background. High bitterness relative to the rest of the flavor (gives a refreshing impression, at least for me). White bread aftertaste.

Good malt flavors, decent hop flavor. Well put together beer. Nothing flashy, but nothing to complain about either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit watery sometimes. Good carbonation (high side of moderate). Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Solid beer. Ideally would be consumed on tap, in abundance, with good company and/or over a good meal. (1,020 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown to deep amber color. Lots of blanketing lace which leaves a ring after each sip.

Not much aroma from this bar pour--what's there is hoppy, fresh and bitter.

Astringent flavor--very dry malt. The hop is surprisingly modest, acting mostly as a spice to the near-bitter malt. The body is good and carbonation is low. (327 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a thin layer of head. Some lacing. The aroma is a mix of sweet floral and citrus hops. Some malts and dark fruit notes as well. The taste is floral hops upfront followed by some caramel and citrus. More malts and dark fruits near the end with a floral hop finish. Fair amount of bitterness. Not much of an alcohol presence. Light bodied. I'm happy to see a seasonal beer for the warmer months that's an Amber. Overall, a good hoppy Amber I'd grab again. (498 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon IPA willibecker at 52 degrees. PKG 2/24/11 indicated on the back label. Pours a semi-translucent copper-brown with a frothy, three-quarter inch off-white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent quarter inch cap. Delicate slashes and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibits good retention. Nose expresses earthy/floral/herbal hops and a trace of citrus and rind. Hops character present in the nose is a little more mellow and earthy in the flavor profile and settles on a pleasant malty backbone. Citrus and rind expresses itself again at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a lively, almost crisp carbonation. There's also a slight astringency in there as well, and the overall consistency is slightly watery. All and all a decent, sessionable beer. Perhaps not as malty as I like for the style, and hops are a little too subdued, but drinks easy nonetheless. (960 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mayflower Spring Hop Ale
12 oz brown bottle
03/06/12 jet ink on the side of label
Served in a 20 oz tulip

Pours a reddish crimson color with a decent head on top. Trails of sticky lace cling to the side of the glass.

Nice aroma of malts, but also some hoppy notes of citrus fruits too.

The mouthfeel provides a chewy malt backbone with hints of caramel sweetness. The finish provides a nice hop snap with flavors of green apples and citrus inspired grapefruit.

An enjoyable spring time beer from Mayflower. Having this beer reminds me that I need to plan a trip to visit the brewery down in Plymouth. (606 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant tangerine amber color.
Half finger of off white head, quick to fade.

Pleasant ripe pine nose with some floral hoppiness.

Taste is also lots of pine, dry hop with subtle floral notes. Maybe a hint of orange citrus. Bigger malt than I would have expected. Really rich and full flavored.

Feel is dry but robust. Medium bodied. Lingering dry hop on the finish.

Overall, seems to fit the bill well, but not a spectacular option. Well balanced, but nothing super complex. Just very likeable and straightforward. Makes a good pairing for the spring thaw while the sun goes down. Was hoping for a bit more hop though given the name. Great to have Mayflower available in CT now though. (691 characters)

Photo of JordanPhraczek
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/17/13 Bought at Quality Liquors in Salem.

A - Dark amber color, was not expecting it to be so dark and my fears were later confirmed that this was a much more malt balanced beer than the title indicated. Nice bubbly head but it didn't last very long at all.

S - Best part of the beer. Fresh hop aroma, citrus-grapefruit and malt together great combination.

T - Has a nice hop taste up front, but there was a whole lot of malt taste in this beer considering how fresh I bought it, and because the beer didn't have much carbonation which lead to a light english style flavor.

M - Although the head was well formed, the beer was sort of flat and didn't carry the malt over as well. This could be a potentially delicious cask ale.

O - Nice ale to warm up with while the spring is coming on. Darker than most other spring style or session ales. Quality choice for the value in a six pack, especially if you're a fan of mayflowers other beers. (956 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my Opa-Opa Pint Glass
A - deep orange, very foamy. Settles down quickly, with some nice lacing. Not cloudy.
S- sweet resiny hops smell. Not overpowering.
T - crisp hops bitterness out front, a little sweetneess and vanilla malt follows.
M - tingly bubbles, a little bit of stickiness, but not as full as some others. Fairly light going down actually.
O - drinkable, nice beer. Not an extreme hoppy beer, compared to some I've been drinking recently, just nice balance. Extra point for local. (511 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light reddish orange color with a decent white head. the smell is floral and hoppy, slightly earthy. the flavor is hops and floral earthy notes very light bodied and well carbed. not sure what it is about the hop flavor but its not what i look for in my beers, not that it is bad. i lie mayflower, but prefer their darker beers to the ipa and spring hop. (372 characters)

Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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! (788 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Portsmouth snifter. 4/7/11 printed on bottle. Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for both the beer and the glass!

A: Pours a glowing dark ruby red with a huge, oily, light-tan head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film that left sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Very hoppy on the nose with notes of citrus and flowers. There is balancing scent of sweet malt, but for the most part this smells like an ipa.
T: The malt hits the mouth first with flavors of dark breadcrust similar to rye. The hops come in second and round out the brew with an ambiguous flavor of citrus rind and flowers. The finish is sweet and peppery with flavors of earthy spices, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and drying.
M: Medium body with frothy carbonation that for the most part is soft, but there is a sharpness to the mouthfeel at times. This beer is slick but not too oily, and finishes fairly dry.
O: A very hoppy amber ale great for those of us who like everything to be hopped up. Thanks for sending me more than one of these Michael, I'm enjoying them. (1,069 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. Packaged on Date stamped on label.
Served in a SA etched fluted glass.
It's a deep coppery amber color with a 1" fast-fading white head. Some sticky and trailing lacing.
Almost IPA-quality resinous hop nose. Some citrusy and flowery aromas vie for attention, as does a light smell of rye toast.
The taste reminds me of some rye ales at first gulp. The edgy hop bitterness give way a bit to a honey and malty sweetness.
A very tasty brew and a nice beer to welcome in the spring.
Will pair nicely with grilled burgers and brats. (552 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of mjyoung
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Drank on 5/22/11. Many thanks to scottfrie for sharing.

A: Pours a DEEP red with a medium head (~one finger). I can't figure out why, but the color is entrancing.

S: Hoppier than I was expecting, but not overwhelmingly so. Definitely a hint of malt, but not as robust as I thought it would be. Very simple, without much depth.

T: Here is where the beer starts to distinguish itself. Hops and malt are nicely balanced, with the slightly citrus flavor countered well by the lightly spiced malt. Definitely not the taste that's suggested by the nose.

M: Not as heavy as I'd like, almost to the detriment of the balanced nature of the flavor. I like the finish as it's nice and dry, not cloying in the least.

O: A very solid amber, but not quite the fantastic brew I was hoping for. I would definitely drink again, and would even pay for it, but it just missed blowing me away. (892 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inch tall off white dense-bubbled head. Body is a red/mahogany color. Sticky spiderweb lacing, good head retention.

Piney/woody aromas.

Rich toasted caramel flavors with a biting hop profile. Would guess more than the stated 5.3%abv just because it packs the flavor so well.

Medium carbonation, medium-full mouthfeel.

Enjoying the prickly hop bite on this one. Thanks mj0126 for this great local beer! (406 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body is deep amber with an off-white wispy head that is patchy and thin. The head is sticky and the lacing and legs are prominent. The appearance of this beer is appealing
S - Excellent. Light floral and earthy aromas.
T - Citrusy malt taste and background hops.
M - Good dense carbonation in the mouth.
O - This is a very good Spring Hop Ale. (351 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with three inch cap of foam; excellent retention and a curtain of lacing is left behind

Smell: Caramel, tea and tobacco, with hints of pine

Taste: The malt has an earthy aspect, with bready and caramel tones adding complexity; in the mid-palate, the hops take over, bringing piney bitterness that is supplemented by tea and tobacco; nicely balanced, into the finish, with a lingering bitter tone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on in this beer that doesn't necessarily come through on the first few sips; while this is not my favorite style, this is quite a good beer

Thanks, mj0126, for the opportunity (693 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the Publick House in Brookline.

Deep amber color supports a lofty off white head. Lots of lace ensues. Aroma shows a good balance between piney hops and caramel malt. Taste reflects the aroma, with slightly more malt (than the aroma) and a bitter finish with hints of licorice. Some carbonation at the start and a medium body. (337 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks merc for this sweet free gift

The beer pours a deep crimson, almost dried blood red with a thick, foamy off-white head. There's some nice looking lacing and no sediment. The smell is big hops (not specifically citrus or pine), sweet malt, and a touch of alcohol. Although the head falls quickly in my wide-mouth DFH goblet, it's easily regenerated with a swirl. Nothing seems to be out of balance in this beers nose and taste, therefore it will pair nicely with dinner. It's got a nice malt base that helps stifle the intense hops, but the aftertaste is all AA bitterness. The beer's body is a light-medium and has a creaminess associated with the intense carbonation. There is no excessive, unwarranted bitterness in the aftertaste, just a residual grafefruitiness.
Overall this beer tastes fresh, hoppy and is easy to drink. It reminds me a lot of sixpoint's resin due to it's rich maltiness and intensely resiny hops. It's definitely something I'd try again and I would especially like to enjoy a full pint at some point. (1,032 characters)

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