Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company
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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
4.22/5 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
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-29-2011 00:36:28 | More by rowingbrewer
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
I do not drink the same beer twice very often. The first time I had this on draft(Union Brew House), I ordered it twice. An excellent amber! Even better that it comes in at 5.2%. The nose has a lot of floral hop notes that are balanced by sweet malt notes. Spice comes across. like rye. This is a delicate easy drinking beer with few to no flaws. I have been begging for it to become a year round offering but do not see that happening. I have three current favorite ambers. This is number one, with White Birch's Hop Session and Maine Beer Co.'s Zoe close seconds.
05-30-2011 15:24:13 | More by dbexpert
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-23-2011 01:30:28 | More by mjyoung
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
4.43/5 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
4.5/5 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
4.03/5 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
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
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!
05-14-2011 17:04:01 | More by racer2k
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
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-10-2011 17:48:18 | More by LukeK1231
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
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
04-24-2011 18:05:22 | More by Liverpool08
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Let me start by saying that I had to work for this beer. I went tot the brewery to get a growler filled, no luck. They ran out. I went to my local purveyor, out. I went to the next packie, nothing. I had to go to a wine shop that I knew carried a few 6-packs to pick this gem up. I am sorry to those who have missed out.
It poured a beautiful amber with a nice tightly knit head.
Smelled slightly citrus/grassy. The sweet malt sneaking through, slightly like cereal, nice.
The taste is springtime in a bottle. Now the first time I heard this expression was when an effeminate man was commenting on a particular brand of lavender lotion, I am sure that he would agree that this spring hop takes the cake. It is fresh cut grass meets mister pine cone. so good.
Great lacing on the glass.
Overall great beer. I hope that they can recreate this gem. this would really put them on the map. they really knocked it out of the park. this is by far the best beer they have made.
04-23-2011 02:18:59 | More by dippy
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
04-22-2011 01:53:23 | More by stonermouse
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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!
04-22-2011 01:44:41 | More by steve8robin
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from a bottle packaged on 3-22-11 into a SA Perfect Pint.
A - Dark copper color, really nice looking. Good whitish head and nice lacing. The head stays as a thin layer on top for a good while.
S - Big hops and still smells spring fresh even after a couple of weeks in the fridge. Citrusy too, which I find really pleasant. The grapefruit scent is quite refreshing.
T - The hops are really there in a strong way, but it doesn't punch you in the mouth like some other really hoppy beers out there. The citrus taste is there too, although not as strong as in the smell. There's a malt presence for balance, but the hops are the star.
M - Spicy, in the sense that it tingles your tongue in a good way. The carbonation and hops, I think, work together to give it that tingling feeling at the front of the mouth, but after that its smooth.
D - Really good. I could drink these all day long. One of the freshest smelling beers I've had, with a great taste to match. Hope they bring it back next year.
Spring Hop just wants to be your friend and welcome you to the new season, like a fresh warm rain or a breeze with the sun in your face.
04-22-2011 01:42:57 | More by tkelley
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-20-2011 23:47:44 | More by Fluke828
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
04-16-2011 00:06:09 | More by twelvsies
Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.