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Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 267
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 38
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 03-12-2011

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 267
Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (908 characters)

Photo of tkelley
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,858 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (815 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (960 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (686 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 (739 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-A real nice looking ale with a solid head that stays around for a bit. Deep red color. Almost looks like a red delicious apple.

S-A real hoppy, floral smell. Creamy smell as well. Very nice.

T-Creamy taste with a mild hop kick. Mild spice notes as well. Very tasty.

M-Creamy feel within the mouth. Very pleasing on the palate.

O-I heard about this beer online and couldn't wait to try it and it totally did not disappoint. This is a hell of a beer and possibly the best offering from Mayflower. Well done. (513 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz into pint glass. This beer has confirmed that low ABV american red ales are among some of my favorite beers. No freshness date, although this arrived at my local store within the last few days.

A- Dark ruby amber, did not know this was an amber ale until I poured it. Orangey tan creamy head sticks nicely and has some pretty solid retention. A very attractive pour.

S-
Floral and fruity hops- could get lost in the nose. Very sweet and sugary.

T- Follows the nose- great hop flavor, mostly fruity, some floral notes and a bit of pine resin, mild bitterness but it's much more aromatic/flavorful than bitter. Slight toasty bready malt compliments the hops without overstepping it's role.

M- Perfect balance, oozing flavors, no off-notes, splendid carbonation. Light compared to other beers, but just right considering the ABV.

O- I think I found a new favorite seasonal. This beer is the east coast answer to Stone's Levitation (of which I'm a huge fan)- however this has a bit more 'oomph' behind it, both in flavor and ABV. Glad I bought 2 6ers, will have to grab some more before this is gone. Well done, Mayflower. Thanks for coming to RI!

615 (1,159 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (437 characters)

Photo of jakorpi
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first impression after evaluating the appearance and aroma was that this is a well-made beer that was going to deliver a lot interesting flavor. The color is medium amber, and the nose is very fragrant with dark and heavy aromas that are consistent with the color.

However, it doesn't follow through on the palate. It's light at the beginning with citrus and spice and finishes with a pleasant amount of hops accented my some malt. The problem is it does develop as much intensity as its nose leads you to expect. Maybe if the nose wasn't as powerful, the overall impression would be better since there wouldn't be such a disconnect between the nose and palate.

Since the beer was tasted on the day it was bottled, it was definitely as good as it gets. As a final thought, if you consider the price of $10 for a 12oz six pack, it is a good value. Anything better would definitely cost more. (898 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a grapefruit ruby red with a one-finger off-white head. Solid lacing and retention. Wonderful aroma. Big grapefruit notes, orange, melon and floral hops. Nice hoppy brew. Quick bursts of sweet grapefruit and citrus hops to start. A bit of grassy hops in the middle before a semi bitter, but very dry pine hop finish. Really crisp, light flavor. Very dry. Well crafted hop forward Spring seasonal. (402 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maple syrup color into a pint glass with a nice finger or two of big bubble head with sticky lacing.

I can smell this guy without bringing it to my nose, when I do, there's big bright floral/light pine hops and a little grass, very nice indeed. Definitely spring.

Prickly carbonation upfront and then sweet malts followed immediately by medium bodied crisp hoppy bitterness that lingers in a very pleasant manner from the earlier malt balance.

I'm not really clear why they tout it as brewed for aroma...I prefer to drink my beer rather than snort it (yes, I know most of taste is smell), but this is a great departure from the pale spring ales I typically see and a good outdoor drinker. (691 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (636 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours golden/amber with a thick white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Lots of American hops. Pine and tropical fruits. Distinct grapefruit and some mango and melon. Green grass clippings. It smells like spring. Underlying malt scents are very sweet. Crystal and caramel malt.

T: Sweet malt flavors open, then step aside and let grapefruit and pine hop flavors take the helm. Pleasant grainy tastes mid-palate. Bitterness builds. Tropical melon tastes play in the background. Dry finish with hop bitterness and faint grainy tastes lingering.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Firm carbonation adds crispness and enhances drinkability.

O: A hoppy, flavorful, and very drinkable spring seasonal.

Notes: Wow! This has got to be one of the best spring seasonals on the market. Perfect warm weather beer. Hop heads will love it too. It is certainly bitter enough. This now sits behind nugget nectar at the top of the amber/red style in my mind. Best in Mayflower's lineup next to their porter. (1,056 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

S: Fresh hops, resiny, some pine, grapefruit, some breadiness, candy-like hops.

L: Deep burnt orange, light tan head, creamy retention and solid lacing.

T: Grapefruit rind like hop with key limes. Semi-grassy sweetness followed by a rind-like bitterness. Typical hoppy dryness.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Solid beer, unique aroma and taste, very rind like and a great hop aroma. Absolutely love this brewery. (432 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color, pretty translucent with nice sized head that sticks nicely to the glass and has great retention.

S - Glorious springtime aroma. Flowers. Purely. Roses and grass and delicious fresh malts.

T - Flowers, clean hops, nice subtle malt backbone that is just enough to keep this beer in really great balance.. Really nice East Coast pale ale.

M - Smooth. Clean, dry.

D - Drinkable. Very much so. A solid offering from a brewery that deserves more attention. I've never had even a mediocre beer from these guys. (532 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. Packaged on Date stamped on label.
Served in a SA etched fluted glass.
It's a deep coppery amber color with a 1" fast-fading white head. Some sticky and trailing lacing.
Almost IPA-quality resinous hop nose. Some citrusy and flowery aromas vie for attention, as does a light smell of rye toast.
The taste reminds me of some rye ales at first gulp. The edgy hop bitterness give way a bit to a honey and malty sweetness.
A very tasty brew and a nice beer to welcome in the spring.
Will pair nicely with grilled burgers and brats. (552 characters)

Photo of beer4colin
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (813 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint at the Publick House in Brookline.

Deep amber color supports a lofty off white head. Lots of lace ensues. Aroma shows a good balance between piney hops and caramel malt. Taste reflects the aroma, with slightly more malt (than the aroma) and a bitter finish with hints of licorice. Some carbonation at the start and a medium body. (337 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (771 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,492 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (654 characters)

Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.