Mayflower Alden - Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #592
Ranked #3,070
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Mayflower Alden - Double IPAMayflower Alden - Double IPA
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Photo of Jwaks
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Holderness
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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


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Photo of brother_rebus
2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of rms3434
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zshaft
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of papposilenus
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly, hazy body with a large fluffy white head that leaves tons of lacing.
S - Stone fruit, citrus, pine resin. Light malt backbone.
T - Delicious herbal, citrus hops, with a nice caramel balance. Pine resin bite and bitterness lingers.
M - Medium body, low carb. Dries the palate.
O - I enjoyed this last year and was looking forward to it this year. It maintained it's status as an excellent DIPA. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful straw golden hay with white head. Subtle mango and peach aroma. It's not overwhelming aromatically speaking. Some nice tropical fruit up front with some nice resinous bitterness. I get some grain on the finish too. It kind of reminds me of the original Double Dose in that the first sip featured nice tropical fruitiness upfront but the bitterness overwhelms subsequent sips. I want to like this more, but the quick onset of diminishing returns really takes away from this beer for me.

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Photo of Phigment1985
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed by this beer. It seems to me that there is a little bit of heavy handedness with the Chinook hops as the bitterness is overwhelming and creates sort of an unpleasant skunkyness. The citrus is there but gets lost in the bitterness. The hop balance could have been better.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a bad double at all....I just wish I got it a little fresher! the bottled date is january!
Since these cooper series are very limited runs I wont get one any fresher!
pretty solid hoppy a little malty. I have a feeling this was more fruity when it was fresher....very little lemony citrus now that its 5 months old. I can tell it lost a little of it like sucks does when it sits for a few months.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding Mayflower beer - only 200 barrels made. Beautiful sunshine orange/yellow color. Head is small and is only there momentarily. Aroma is citrus. Taste is as well. Keep this one cold and drink quickly, it breaks down a bit once warm. Taste is citrus on the front, nice pine bite on the back. A bit heavy on the alcohol when warmer. Feel is smooth with a back of the mouth pine bitter kick. Would recommend highly.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a gold color, just a little hazy. There was a small white head, and a decent amount of lace.
The aroma was citrus and pine, with a sweet malt background.
Mostly grapefruit taste, some orange and lemon. Fairly resiney. And a little white bread.
This is a medium-bodied, hoppy beer.
Overall, very solid beer. Would drink it anytime.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in January. Poured from 12 oz bottle into spiegelau glass.

An opaque, but clean golden yellow with a huge bright white frothy head head that leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smells incredible. A very nice biscuit, or shortbread like malt base with floral, pine, slightly grassy/green, and citrus aromas. I keep coming back to the fresh mash/wort smell though. Wonderful.

The flavors dont quite live up to my nose, but still excellent. Also a bit hoppier and more resinous than I would have guessed. Crisp, bitting citrus up front. Pineapple and lemon. A little sour. Real "earthy" and malty in the middle with some herbs and pine, and a little spiceyness and floral falvors on the back end. I don't really notice any alcohol. I would swear this had Centennial hops. Reminds me of Founder's Centennial IPA. The Chinook on the label maybe?

Body is medium. Possibly over carbonated by a hair. It has a slick resin feel that is nice along with a dry, almost white wine like finish that isnt as nice. Seems to give me a "cotton mouth" feeling.

A great beer. I think it bounces back and forth between IPA and DIPA a little. Could use a little work on the finish maybe and it is a little mouth puckering, but I love the mix of different hops.

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Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

!2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Nine aroma, good lacing,a little cloudy. Delicious taste. Another excellent beer from this brewer. I taste orange and grapefruit with a grassy finish. Just the right amount of bitterness (80 IBUs). Very drinkable

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Beer comes out honey/citrus orange it looks like its constantly glowing in the daylight. Doesn't appear to have any particles visibly floating around yet it still looks a little hazy and foggy. Excellent lacing and glass retention, this is a pretty double IPA.

SMells great, nice aromas of citrus and pine come out just from opening the bottle. Nicely meshed together aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon grass, a few floral notes and some pine. Behind all of that there's a nice wet bready grain aroma.

Taste is amazing, a really delicious Double IPA. It has the classic citrus notes of grapefruit and orange at their peak of freshness with tangerine and clementine. Lots of sticky pine, some earthy lemon grass and even a hint of dill. There's also a really good grain bill here, lots of sweet malts, this is one of the sweeter Double IPAs I've had in awhile.

Mouthfeel is really good. It's full bodied with a nice long lingering flavor. The acidity and bitterness work perfectly with the moderate carbonation level. It has a great balance of sweetness and bitterness, it's not just a good double IPA, it's a good beer. Juicy citrus upfront with some appropriate sweetness followed by dry bitter finish that is even warming at the end. Some people like thier DIPA's in the colder months, others in the warmer months; this is one that could be a year round double IPA for anybody. The only knock I have in the mouthfeel is it's a little gritty at the end, still great, but it's only just a little bit away from perfection or at least elite levels. Great drinkability your choice of being a slow sipper or a dangerous gulper. Mayflower is doing some of it's finest work here.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a vibrant cloudy amber color with an inch of creamy head. Lots of lacing. Great aroma thanks to the citra and mosaic hops. Orange, pineapple, mango, cherry and tangerine. Hint of piney hops. The taste is more pine and resinous hops than the aroma indicated. Still get some of the tropical and citrus fruit flavor. Spicy hops at times, almost garlicky. Finishes with more of the resinous and dank hops. Pine aftertaste. Medium bodied with a pretty dry mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol presence. Overall, a very good Imperial IPA that I will be buying again.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with a 3F head in a Spiegelgau glass.

Intense citrus rind from the head, some pine and earthiness.

Taste: transitions well from the aroma: intense citrus rind, pine, and earthiness.
As the beer warms up, the flavor diminishes slightly, and the beer is refrigerated for
about 15 minutes. After taking the beer out of the fridge, the same aroma/taste, perhaps better.

The finish is very hoppy and bitter.

This is a Cooper series from the brewery- the same limited edition series which includes the excellent the Scotch aAe and the Thanksgiving beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Sunny golden color with a mild haze. Thick, bubbly white head keeps two-fingers high. Sheets of thin lacing.

S: Lemonhead candy, raw, leafy, green. Pine. Whiff of alcohol. Fairly clean. Soft Bready malt notes.

T: Lemonhead candy opens, but the hops soon get more aggressive with a lot of green, leafy, and oily flavors. Resin in a big way. Wet leaves, mango, clementine- definitely citra hops here. Sticky bud. Passion fruit. High but steady and even bitterness throughout. Touch of alcohol. Underlying shortbread malt flavor provides an anchor, but lets the hops take center stage. Drying finish is all leafy, bitter hops.

M: Full, round, creamy. Soft and silky. Sits lightly.

O: This is actually quite good. An impressive effort. Loads of hop flavor crammed into this one. It strikes a perfect balance for the style and maintains drinkability throughout. This is a standout brew and it deserves more than one-off status.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one on trade as an extra. Very nice! Thanks man!

Appearance: Light somewhat hazy straw yellow. Some head but not a great deal.

Aroma: Has a onion like aroma going on, reminds me of some session IPA's I have had, but this is in fact a DIPA! There are also some earthy wet hop like notes going on. Reminds me of a totally wet hopped beer.

Taste: Bitter, but refreshing, reminds me a lot of Founders Harvest Ale for that matter.

Overall: Good beer, I am happy I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First beer review back from a looooong trip to Brazil, a country with practically no decent beers, although there are a few starting to pop up here and there. Brought some back to review too. But for now, I NEED HOPS!!!!! Bottled Jan 2015

Well, it's obviously filtered and not bottle conditioned, so not sure if that's a good thing or not... pours crystal clear honey orange color with a smaller creamy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, leaves a bit of lacing.

Nose is pretty nice, clear aroma of the citra and mosaic, mild earthy terroir like notes mix with nice citrus and dank resin, a little grapefruit and papaya like tropical notes, more pithy and a bit of rind, hops also seem a bit spicy and chewy, with sticky resin, and some sweet candy malts underneath.

Taste brings sweet malts out front, a candy like presence without a ton of sweetness but a candy almost syrupy note, with some warming booze as well coming right out. Then hops, big sticky pungent resin and dank, with hop oils present, a sticky resin and oily feel, with lots of citrus, mostly orange peel and some grapefruit pith, with light tropical notes, then a huge wave of grapefruit washes over and really brings the heat, like fresh grapefruit juice. Hops also bring a touch of pine and spicy earthy flavors, not a ton. Finish is crazy bitter, like I just bit into a grapefruit with the peel, bitter citrus rind, lots more bitter grapefruit, some grassy spicy hop notes, actually pretty spicy as well, mild sticky resin and sticky sweet malt presence but mostly dry.

Mouth is med bod, a little sticky sweet malt and a little sticky oily hop resin, with nice carbonation.

Overall pretty nice actually, wasn't sure how it would be as the hops seem to go a bit overboard at times, but overall a nice impression of the beer. Nice big DIPA with malt presence that doesn't get too sweet or syrupy, lots of hops and tons of mouth smashing bitterness, lots of resin and citrus, hop oils even, with a little booze, etc. For a big in your face DIPA with booze, malts, and lots of hops, this hits the spot.

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Mayflower Alden - Double IPA from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 238 ratings