Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company
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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
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-21-2011 20:02:12 | More by scottfrie
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-09-2012 03:59:06 | More by Dope
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
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
06-29-2011 01:24:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
Mayflower Spring Hop has a translucent, brown body and a creamy tan head. Pretty good retention and some decent lacing.
The aroma is pretty good, with loads of orange, lemon, and a little bit of floral scents. Very hoppy, with just a bit of sweet, biscuit-like malt in the background.
The flavor isn't nearly as hop-centric as the aroma suggests. Up front comes a blast of orange, some grapefruit and just a hint of lemon. A little bit of grass. The malt comes in and takes the beer over, with biscuits and a little bit of molasses.
Medium bodied and well-carbonated.
I liked the aroma of this one more than I liked the flavor. Not bad at all though.
03-19-2011 14:20:38 | More by Hojaminbag
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Clear, dark amber with a fingers width white cap. Drippy lace left by decent retention.
Bright, airy, floral and grapefruit citrus hops and fruity bread crust aroma. Has a deep earthy undercurrent from which the hops bring brightness to like the first sunshine rays of a thawing New England spring. Hooray for the power of suggestion.
Grapefruit hop flavor and an earthy, sweet, slightly raisin puree hinted, bread crust malt. Grassy, grapefruit bitter. Mouthfeel is silky smooth - reminds me of Geoffrey Beene Sateen shirts in a tactile sense.
There are few things I enjoy more than an balanced, flavorful, sessionable amber ale.
04-03-2011 23:53:09 | More by donkeyrunner
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-27-2012 22:49:31 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
03-16-2011 00:35:17 | More by Jayli
Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.