Alden
Mayflower Brewing Company

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From:
Mayflower Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Ratings:
238
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 03, 2018
Added:
Dec 29, 2014
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  67
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: A double IPA with Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Flavors of tropical fruit, pine and citrus dominate.
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3.75 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Mar 03, 2018
 
4 by paulish from New York on Feb 18, 2018
 
3.77 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on Feb 18, 2018
 
4.02 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 16, 2018
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2.71/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Jwaks from Connecticut

Some off flavor in the finish I can't put my finger on makes me dislike this beer. A yeast ester, some specialty malt or hop bitterness, maybe all three combined...beyond that it's quite enjoyable though a mediocre double ipa. No doubt mayflower brewed this to chase the overly hoppy/doube ipa craze and the insane craft brew market fixation (read : neurotic obsession) on boozy hoppy (neipa styple) beers brought about by the uncouth, frat-life berchugging treehouse bros who demand a beer be fruit forward like a retarded redneck cousin to the contemptible wine cooler vs a tried and true beer. sigh. So sad that a single style has come to dominate the market much like the insipid american pilsner did years ago and drowned out other more interesting beer styles that mayflower tends to brew.

Jan 26, 2018
 
3.54 by Maudrey from New Hampshire on Jan 22, 2018
 
4 by Bloodsnot77 from New Hampshire on Jan 22, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Canned 20 days ago.

L — Pours a quite hazy pale orange body with a three-finger solid white head produced with moderate pour. Great, pillowy retention and sticky lacing
S — Saison-like yeastiness, citrus peel, coriander, pine, pilsner malts, hint of compost pile
T — Much juicier character than the aromas would suggest. Semi-sweet malt bill supports the clementine, strawberry, banana, peach, pineapple, and jasmine floral flavors. I’m thinking a lot of that is the mosaic shining through. Some resinous pine near the finish
F — Medium, semi-fluffy mouthfeel. Medium carb.
O — I can see how this is one of Mayflower’s highest rated beers. The bready yeast character is a little too prevalent and the $14/4-pack of 16oz cans pricing is high. Still a decent shot at a NEIPA

80/100

Jan 10, 2018
 
4.83 by Human_Natures_Son from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2018
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2.99/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by brother_rebus from Maine

salted and bittered pineapple. ironic due to Alden being the first wave crew member on the Crown’s WELCOME to the new world; the Mayflower. Get it? Cuz pineapple was the Crown’s symbol for welcome...

Jan 06, 2018
 
4.25 by Ned57 from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2017
 
4.24 by BigMFDaddy from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossysemi-burnt yellow to orange color with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Rings of lacing rim the sides of the glass. The smell takes in citrus bitter to sweet hops bursting into a dried piney hoppiness. Light sweet onion dankiness balances in nicely. The taste was basically the same with the dried resinous piney flow of hops really crowding the flavor nicely. It just really comes together well. Dry resinous aftertaste. Light smooth citrus to piney finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation felt pretty good for the style and for me. Overall, hot damn, Mayflower, you guys did a great job on this beer.

Jun 05, 2017
 
4 by h4ger from Connecticut on Feb 10, 2017
 
3.79 by edthehead from New York on Jun 28, 2016
 
4.19 by NeoClassicist from New York on May 31, 2016
 
4.25 by thedaveofbeer from Massachusetts on May 19, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jimviccaro from Massachusetts

Real good offering from Mayflower. Real juicy though out. Great feel, smell, taste, and finish. Get this if you can!

Apr 26, 2016
 
4.5 by ems_backpack from Massachusetts on Apr 05, 2016
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4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by jneiswender from Massachusetts

Served on draft in a tulip class. Cool.

Old gold and murky with a white head

Juicy fruit smell and some pine

Pine front and a malt middle fruit and tannin finish

Well carbonated

Nice double

Mar 19, 2016
 
3.9 by beantown_hopster from Massachusetts on Mar 13, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

L - Slightly hazy light orange with two fingers of brilliant white head.

S - Grapefruit and blood orange with hints of resin

T - Peaches and other stone fruits, lemon zest, grapefruit slices. Considerably bitter and bready near the finish.

F - Full-bodied with good carbonation and a clean, dry finish

O - Pretty damn good. Plenty of bitterness and resin for those who love a big DIPA, but lots of fruity notes that we have come to love in New England.

Mar 07, 2016
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4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by rms3434 from Massachusetts

The look and smell are honestly nothing special, but the taste is absolutely amazing. I haven't had a lot of double IPAs, so I can't really compare to those, but this one is so good. The mouth feel on this one is amazing, and the taste is great as well. Expensive at 10.99ish for a 4 pack, I'd like to let you know it's worth the try if you love IPAs.

Mar 06, 2016
 
4.34 by jebrew from Maine on Feb 29, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by crotharagain from Rhode Island

Bottled January 2016, very fresh. Poured into a GreySail pint glass, slightly hazy with minimal foam, lacing is nil. Aroma is tropical but more pine. Tasted floral and citrus up front with a shit-ton of pine on the back end, which I like. Felt a little thin. All in all, an outstanding DIPA, recommended.

Feb 26, 2016
 
4.2 by FrontierSeldon from Maine on Feb 26, 2016
 
3.89 by musicsherlock from New York on Feb 23, 2016
 
4 by luvbier from Vermont on Feb 23, 2016
 
4.18 by Burt from Rhode Island on Feb 19, 2016
 
3.92 by Nucleosynthesis from Massachusetts on Feb 17, 2016
 
4.04 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Feb 16, 2016
 
4.28 by JimT01851 from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by zshaft from Connecticut

standard poor with nice head retention. tastes really nice and I get great fruit basket flavor with berries throughout the flavor profile. some earthy notes but finishing well. good beer with a different flavor profile than I am used to. well done

Feb 14, 2016
 
3.79 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Feb 13, 2016
 
4.38 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Feb 12, 2016
 
4 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Feb 08, 2016
 
4.31 by ErrandWolfe from Maine on Feb 08, 2016
 
3.98 by wmurzic from South Carolina on Feb 07, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 12oz. bottle, dated 01/05/16, served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy pumpkin color with a scant finger of loose foam and some moderately heavy lacing. There's a lot of superfine white particulate held in suspension.

Smells herbal and grassy, with sweet, orchard fruits.

Taste follows the nose, herbal and grassy upfront, and strongly bitter, like tree leaves. There are some more subtle flavors as well, sweet caramel, pears, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple and pine but, at least after the first sip, that's mostly buried under a fuckmass of bitter, astringent tree leaves.

Feel is medium bodied, resinous and well-carbonated. Boozy warmth lingers, attenuated by the massive bittering, making it feel bigger than its 8% abv.

All-in-all, I enjoyed the beer. I was in the mood for something big and bitter and Alden delivered with a vengeance. I can't help thinking it might have been a more interesting beer if someone had dialed-back the chinook a wee but, hey, that's their job, I just drink the stuff.

Feb 06, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

On-tap at Rail Trail in Hudson. Nice golden straw color, big floral and fruity hop aromas, lots of piney hops in the flavor with a nice bitter finish. Great interpretation from Mayflower!

Feb 06, 2016
Alden from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 238 ratings