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Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Spring HopMayflower Spring Hop

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85 Reviews

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 268
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 38
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 03-12-2011

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 268
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear ruby/mahogany color with a half finger of white bubbly head, visibly effervescent, some streaks of lacing.

Smells very nice but somewhat faint- light citrusy and floral hop aromas with just a trace of malt sweetness.

Tastes great- hops cover the spectrum; mostly citrusy and floral but also a little pine. They must've used cascade and maybe centennial but beyond that I'd like to know. Nice carmel malt sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel is superb- creamy and delicious. Medium light body with a divine soft carbonation- somewhat prickly at first but smoothes out and lasts forever. Taste stays on your tongue in a very present way for at least 30 seconds. I'd highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into nonic pint

Got about three fingers of light colored head with an aggressive pour. A little pillowy on top. Color is a nice deep, dark amber red/brown. There’s a bit of chill haze but it is short lived. Some lacing but not much.

Smell is very piney and resiny. It’s a sharp smell and you could probably pick up the hops off this one from 7-8 feet away. Some citrus comes through as well but it’s more pith than fruit.

The taste has a lot more of the pine at first. That fades out some to let malt come through towards the end of the taste. Bitterness hits pretty well at and I think it could use more balancing out. Maybe the hop high point doesn’t have to be so high. Any fruit I get in the taste is not sweet but tending towards bitter, much like how the smell was. The sharpness of the pine lessens somewhat as the beer warms up a little but it is still the dominant flavor. This also makes the beer feel a little smoother overall with the malt coming forward some more.

Mouthfeel is good overall. The carbonation is somewhat prickly on the tongue. Aftertaste feels neither wet nor dry to me. Comes off fairly neutral. The bitter citrus lingers but not that strongly.

I like a hoppy amber. Zoe from Maine Beer Co. was great for me. However, Spring Hop feels like it needs some evening out. The malt didn’t present enough overall for my taste and I kept feeling more like I was having an IPA at points than an amber. This is not to say the beer was bad in any way. It was fresh and very tasty but just not quite what I’d had in mind going in. The total is not equal the sum of the parts when I work out the scoring. I’d be happy to try Spring Hop again and perhaps I’d enjoy it more while not thinking in terms of a review.

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Photo of Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Packaged 2/17/12. Thanks to BA morningthief for picking me up this beer.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch, frothy and bubbly, bone-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few rings of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark, brownish red, and leaves occasional lacing islands.

Smell: Citrusy hops, with a sweet mango note. Interesting dark malt background aromas that are difficult to describe further, but good.

Taste: Bready malt up front, with subdued citrus and mango hop flavor in the background. High bitterness relative to the rest of the flavor (gives a refreshing impression, at least for me). White bread aftertaste.

Good malt flavors, decent hop flavor. Well put together beer. Nothing flashy, but nothing to complain about either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit watery sometimes. Good carbonation (high side of moderate). Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Solid beer. Ideally would be consumed on tap, in abundance, with good company and/or over a good meal.

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Photo of A_Casual_Fan
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mayflower Spring Hop Ale
12 oz brown bottle
03/06/12 jet ink on the side of label
Served in a 20 oz tulip

Pours a reddish crimson color with a decent head on top. Trails of sticky lace cling to the side of the glass.

Nice aroma of malts, but also some hoppy notes of citrus fruits too.

The mouthfeel provides a chewy malt backbone with hints of caramel sweetness. The finish provides a nice hop snap with flavors of green apples and citrus inspired grapefruit.

An enjoyable spring time beer from Mayflower. Having this beer reminds me that I need to plan a trip to visit the brewery down in Plymouth.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wachusett Brewing pint glass.

A: Poured with a pinky of off-white head. Crystal clear brown with slight ochre highlights.

S: Hoppy. Not overpoweringly so, but the piney hop qualities are all I could really notice.

T: And again, as the name might already have you expecting, this one comes out hoppy. Pine needles and a little pale malts with some bitterness throughout and a touch of toastiness on the end.

M: Light and sticky and foamy. Like drinking a rabbit.

O: I need to stop trying very highly rated brews where hops are playing the main stage. Not that I can't enjoy them, or didn't enjoy this, but I feel like I'm not getting as much out of it as others are. An enjoyable clean brew that tastes a little like a coniferous forest. Good if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Finger of off white head with nice lacing and long lasting head retention. Very pretty, dark copper/amber color.

S: Some citrus and pine, earthy notes. Sweet bready malts hanging out too. Smells nice.

T: Toasted caramel malts followed by a nice spicy citrus/piney hop bitterness. Nice and balanced, sweetness and bitterness work very well.

M: Medium bodied with a noticably high level of carbonaion, something I wasnt expecting. Just a bit of oily hop slickness. Good drinkability too.

O: A nice, local rendition of a spring time hoppy amber red. Its flavorful, easy drinking, and quite sessionable. Safe to say this and their Porter are my favorites from them.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle, 3 weeks old.

A: Pours a clear, Deep Ruby Read, huge head with an olive tint, head, head thins out but lasts with you till the end. Leaves a "berlin wall" of lacing.

S: This is one you can smell as soon as you crack it open. Mix of rasin bread malts with juicy citrus/pine/ hops. More sweet citrusy than I remember it. Very enticing.

T: Starts of with a biscuity, lightly toasted malt sweetness, finishes with a herbal grassy pine/lime with a hint of grapefruit hop flavor. Overall a quite green/herbal/grassy flavor. Some spiceness (rye?) in there too from the malt backbone, also has a butter malt aspect towards end. Strong/interesting flavors.

M: Very Carbonated. Body is a bit thin/watery but for relatively low ABV that's not surprising. Leaves the palate dry. A beer that could hold up to an all day session and excellent to pair with food.

O: For the style this is really world class, an excellent example of NE microbrewery putting out an awesome beer in an often overlooked/under-appreciated style. A must buy for any fan of craft beer, tame enough for the masses, but well crafted in a way a true advocate can appreciate. I will make sure I buy this every spring.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of seanwhite
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: rich medium amber with a dense, easily-resuscitated khaki head. The aroma picked up bready and lesser fruity notes topped by resiny pine and earthy hoppage.

T: The flavor found bread and biscuity malts at the core, with earth and light fruity bitterness around, tacky caramel and biscuit malts plus some unidentifiable bitterness on the finish.
M: Medium-bodied, but with a thicker feel at times on the palate.

overall a decent brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

PKG 04/07/11

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

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Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.