Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - reddish brown beer thats pretty easy to see through. nice creamy head is keeps well do to a lot of carbonation.
S - hops, citrus, grass pine all float around in there in an alluring swirl.
T - pine grassy notes and malt hit first and last throughout and the hops hit in the end with a nice wallop thats not overwhelming and gives it a cleaner finish then i expected.
M - lots of carbonation which i think works well for this beer. it definitely feels light and given its a spring beer is something i'm not at all opposed to.
O - a very solid beer and i can see why a lot of people were talking about this one. glad i have five more of these in the fridge and will definitely be getting a couple more sixers for the warmer weather.
03-23-2011 22:26:59 | More by celticfutblclub
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
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.
A - Pours an unexpectedly dark magohony and amber mix with a strong two fingers of khacki dense foam with excellent staying power. As the head dies slowly it leaves behind an even coating of fine bubbled lace all over the glass.
S - Very fresh hop aromas up front here. Nice combination of citrus, pine, grass and spicy hops. Citrus takes the lead, but the variety of hop character is all allowed to shine thru nicely. Only a trace of breadlike malt sneaks past the hops into the aroma.
T - Hops and malt work together in the flavor with a bit more balance than the aroma. Firm hop bitterness with the sweetish caramel driven malt rides underneath it slightly. Layers of resiny hops thru the middle - I get more pine than anything else in here, but there is definitely citrus and grassy contributions too. Very good, but a bit less impressive than the aroma - which is always a bit of a disappointment for me.
M - Medium bodied with equivalent carbonation level. Feels very bright and fresh. Resiny but not quite sticky in feel. Very fresh tasting - coincidentally? makes me think of stepping outside on the first warm spring day aqnd breathing in the smells of spring.
O - This is an excellent American pale ale. This has such a great fresh character to it. Not sure how well this will hold up over time, but it certainly is very nice with only a couple weeks or less on it. This could very easily become my go to spring seasonal.
03-20-2011 19:17:55 | More by portia99
4.21/5 rDev +4.2%
Beautiful copper red color with a tan head. Good lace. Sweet malt and fruity hops in both the nose and taste. Sugary, sweet liquid. Great balance of malt and hop and definitely not as hop forward as I expected but its awesome for the style. Smooth and easy drinking. I had high expectations for this beer and they were met. Delicious brew. Still good in May when I think it was released in March.
05-13-2013 00:26:46 | More by Gatch
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Had this beer at the brewery as part of the tour. Served in a sample glass from a new bottle. NIce clear amber body and an off white head. Well ramped up smells. Smell of nice citrus fruit and pine. Great resin, fruit flavor. Bitter but not a bomb. Good malt balance. Nice cereal flavor. Medium mouth feel. Great beer and I would have this again.
03-03-2012 02:44:30 | More by jneiswender
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.
A- Pours a clear copper body with a 1 finger white head that reduces quickly. Leaves little lacing.
S- Literally smells like spring. Fresh citrus zest, floral notes, earthy, pine, caramel, toffee.
T- Very floral, with pine and citrus hop notes sitting on a solid sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight bitter aftertaste.
M- Medium-light body, crisp and refreshing.
A solid spring offering. I could easily put down a sixer of this. Easy drinker with a nice fresh taste.
03-28-2013 22:33:41 | More by gcamparone
4.2/5 rDev +4%
12oz bottle poured into a Baxter Brewing can glass. Bottled on 3/22/11
A: Dark orange/cherry mixed color. 1 finger off white head that is retained well. Some thick lacing towards the end of the glass
S: Nose is a burst of hop notes. Citrusy, grassy. Clean and crisp. Touch of sweetness
T: Crisp, lemongrass flavor. Piney hops with accompanying bitterness, which is very light. Finishes with some yeast and bread. Some caramel malt too.
M: Medium bodied. Full of flavor despite being lower on the ABV scale. Light bitterness left on the palate
D: This beer is delicious and very, very easy drinking. I went through 5 of the sixpack in one night and forced myself to save 1 to review. Will be picking more of this up next time I see it
04-14-2011 00:19:34 | More by Brez07
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
Another throw in from the beer bandit. Bottled on 2/23/11.
Unexpected, clear dark orange/amber brew into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. A mountain of lumpy cream-colored head. Blotchy lace.
Smell is very green, like alfalfa pellets. Twiggy & just barely scented with sweet florals & graham crackers.
Gentle pine resin, florals & earth all playing around in the taste. Dark bread crust, salt, & just a twinge of actual bitterness that lingers just a moment. A little juicy. Faint citrus. Some dank. Quite gentle.
Body is a tad chalky. Carbonation is just okay. Alcohol is fine by me. Not at all thick.
A dry-hopping clinic going on here. This stuff is tasty. :D
03-17-2011 04:06:00 | More by PEBKAC
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
4.13/5 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
4.13/5 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
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-01-2012 00:13:32 | More by A_Casual_Fan
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-25-2011 21:19:22 | More by beer4colin
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of beige head. Keeps only a thin lace, fullest around the rim, with some good rings of stick as it falls.
Smell is very bright, floral and fresh. Big grapefruit and citrus aromas, very fresh and juicy. There is a bready malt base with some caramel sweetness here too, but the hops really shine brigthly.
Taste is not nearly as hoppy as the nose, but makes up for it with a nice bready and sweet caramel malt base. I don't know if there is any rye in this but it has a rye bread sort of quality to it. I do wish the hops were a little juicier and more citrusy like they were on the nose, but those flavors are much more subtle. Modest bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth. Pretty creamy with average carbonation.
This beer smells amazing and tastes quite good as well. The label states that the intent here was to profile aroma hops, so it's not surprising that it's not as hoppy as the nose was. That would have made it a really incredible beer, although the flavor is still quite good. A nice spring seasonal from Mayflower.
04-08-2011 01:22:23 | More by number1bum
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
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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. :)
05-02-2012 15:11:35 | More by CheezyBlaster
4.08/5 rDev +1%
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.
04-10-2011 00:48:00 | More by Gushue3
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
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-09-2014 01:03:14 | More by brureview
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
Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
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