Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Spring HopMayflower Spring Hop

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264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 37
Gots: 29 | 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 JordanPhraczek
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of greenengineer
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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 scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

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 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 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 mjyoung
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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 Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of LittleDon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

a purplish/amber beer produces a sizable soft off-white head that sticks around for a while and laces very nicely.

some caramel malts give way to herbal/floral/woody, citrus and grassy hops.

starts with some crackery malts with a ton of caramel and then a rush of hops come in providing some spicey, herbal, floral, citric and pine flavors. a bit toasty, but hoppy and balanced.

medium bodied a bit resiny and a bit sticky with subtle but present carbonation.

another quality, though not quite mind-blowing, Mayflower beer. They are always worth the money, and this is another example of that.

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 brureview
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/31/14. Current date 3/7/14.

Poured an attractive amber color in a stein with a 4 finger head which
resolved itself in a few minutes.

Aroma- very strong pine with a hint of vanilla.

The mouth feel is carbonated yet not overdone.

The aroma transitions nicely to the piney taste, which is not as accentuated as the aroma.
The beer finishes with good hoppiness followed by a light bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer. I would have liked a bit more fruit and pine in the taste.
The hoppiness was quite good and the finish was smoother/lighter than other beers in the style.

Photo of Gushue3
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of A_Casual_Fan
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Review on BA.

Serving Type -- Two 12oz bottles, in a big "20 oz" beer mug that actually fits 23.90 oz. Not quite a maskrug, but a worthy vessel in any case. (for $1 @ Dollar Store, by the way. Check the endcaps.)

Appearance -- Color is surprising for such a hoppy ale, would expect far more malty tones based on presence of red. Before pouring, I had assumed it was closer to the IPA-ish end of the spectrum, based on what I had heard about hoppiness levels. Once poured, no longer sure what to expect. Color is dark, a brown-with-heavy-red overtones, but is misleading relative to taste.

Smell - Despite owning a "power nose", tough to discern anything unique. Similar to an IPA, as best i can make out.

Taste - First, immediate, taste on a clean palate is truly redolent, in a big way, of copper or other metal (Amstel Light or Strohs, almost "rusty"), but almost ****<b><u>immediately</b></u>**** (within seconds) is superseded by the big big big big big big big big "Big Pine Tree" hops tones. Afterwards, some malty aftertastes, mixed with bitter hops.

Mouth Feel -- I am not sophisticated enough to put a fine point on things related to mouth feel, but my impression is that this is lighter/smoother than a stout or porter or even a heavy nut brown. Feels about as heavy as a IPA or lager. Liquid, not creamy in any way. Crisp.

Overall -- Wow. Talk about crazy good hop combo. Pine trees. Big pine trees. Very unique, intense combination of flavors. Color adds to overall surprise/wow factor. Me likey.

Tranquilo.

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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. :)

Photo of beer4colin
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.