Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company
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Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-15-2011 04:24:13 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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
05-02-2014 01:05:22 | More by brentk56
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
4.43/5 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
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
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
04-22-2012 16:43:54 | More by smcolw
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear, deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is grapefruit, bread and tiny hints of caramel. Close to an IPA. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.
05-10-2011 22:12:21 | More by jdhilt
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.
Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, with some slight spice note. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy. Medium Body. A tasty brew.
07-02-2011 19:55:06 | More by Wasatch
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-19-2011 02:41:46 | More by DrJay
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly opaque, blended copper-amber coloring with a frothy, big bubbled, off-white head that settles into a filmy coating of the surface. Aromas are very well blended, with a complex malty backbone of caramel, nut, and toffee giving rise to a hoppy, floral, and resiny highlight. Flavors are hop forward, with a green and resiny hops presence overlaying a solid caramel and toasty malt backbone. There are some buttery toasted characteristics throughout, and even a buttered popcorn flavor at some points. Good, complex flavor profile. The aftertaste is mild, with a resiny and bitter blend, leading to a bitter and somewhat resiny, drying finish. Almost astringent. Decent brew, giving an interesting twist to the red style.
03-20-2012 17:13:00 | More by GarthDanielson
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-17-2011 00:29:30 | More by THECPJ
4.01/5 rDev -0.7%
Inch tall off white dense-bubbled head. Body is a red/mahogany color. Sticky spiderweb lacing, good head retention.
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!
03-21-2014 03:35:18 | More by Duff27
3.64/5 rDev -9.9%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that appears to be stamped 1/30/13. Sampled on June 18, 2013.
The pour is a very attractive medium amber but there's little to no head and the carbonation seems a little slow and stagnant.
The aroma has a fine floral character like the blossoms of a New England spring. Also a moderate caramel malt character but it it still overpowered by the hops.
The body is medium with a vague acidic texture.
Wonderful hoppy taste with additional flavors of biscuit malts and sweetness. But even though the hops are predominant they still do not result in a biting bitterness.
06-18-2013 22:40:40 | More by puboflyons
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
04-14-2011 23:50:04 | More by Jwale73
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
03-12-2011 22:39:11 | More by Reagan1984
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
A-Pours a rich, deep amber hue. Was not sure what the style of the beer was when I bought it so I was surprised to see how dark it was. Now knowing that its an amber ale, I am excited. A slightly off-white head with orange tones forms and refuses to die. The beer leaves pretty good lacing too.
S-Quite a pungent nose. Big whiff of citrus hoppiness. Floral and grassy hops too. A sweet maltiness is present as well. Smells pretty great. Good balance between sweet and bitter hops.
T-Very, very floral. Hop bitterness mixes well with the bright floral hop notes. Rich flavor but not overpowering which makes this beer simply taste sessionable. The malt is subtle, but adds another dimension to the beer. A great amber beer.
M-Just about medium bodied. Drying. Not overly carbonated. Mouthfeel is great for a beer that begs you to drink all 6 in one sitting.
O/D-This beer far exceeded my expectations! I like Mayflower so I thought I'd give it a go even though I knew nothing about it. To my surprise, this is most likely my favorite Mayflower brew. A sessionable, but still extremely flavorful brew! Yea Plymouth.
04-02-2011 18:09:36 | More by VelvetExtract
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-14-2011 13:27:04 | More by tigg924
Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.