Mayflower Pale Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Pale AleMayflower Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DrDogbeer on 02-04-2008

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Mayflower's flagship beer. No, that was not a pun. It's their take on the English style.

An impressive head tops the crystal-clear golden boldness. Aroma skirts from a fresh fig note to citric minty hoppiness, to mild caramel confections. Big on smoothness, with a good level of carbonation to pass on some crispness as well. Earthy, woody, fruity and bitter with most of the flavor coming from the hops. Between each layer of hop is a layer of malt, which is big on toasted, caramel and rustic bready flavors. Nutty yeast with some fruitiness in the back takes that long walk with the slowly fading hops and malt. Bittersweet.

This is one very complex English Pale Ale. If it was a blind tasting, it would be hard to tell that it was American brewed. Set us up in front of a dart board with some pork scratchings and pickled eggs, and we'll be good for the night.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a faint reddish hue and a short eggshell cap of mostly fine bubbles. Good head retention, a bit of lace. Nice combination of malt and grassy, fruity hops. I'm getting a bit of earthy strawberry and spice too. Herbal bitterness up front, a bit of sweetness mid-palate, more bitterness and hop character in the finish. Medium to light bodied, lively carbonation, a bit dry. Solid overall. I could see picking this one up once in a while.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours pretty clear, lighter amber, with bubbles continuing to rise to the top. Tiny bubble off white film, respectable light sheeting and lace. Flowery hop nose.Pleasantly balanced EPA. Nice smooth toasty malt under coating, mild hop balance in effect. Nice, classic tasting brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear, gold

Smell: malts and a small amount of hops

Taste: a very nice mix of malts and hops--some honey taste

Mouthfeel: I can feel the carbonation. Medium/light bodied..mostly bitter with a slightly less bitter finish

Drinkability: My least favorite of Mayflower's four year round offerings but still a highly sessionable pale ale

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Photo of racer2k
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange deep golden color with a thin but solid white head that is about a fingernail width which fades but sticks around for a while. Great clarity in this beer with moderate carbonation. A fine looking beer with good lacing.

S: Aromas is of pale hops, toasted malt, slight earthy tone, and a touch of citrus.

T: Good balance of hops, malt, citrus on the front end with a strong bitter finish that is dry. Medium texture to the beer. The malt is definitely present but not overwhelming. This tastes better as you get deeper in to the glass.

M: Smooth, very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, with a dry crisp finish

D: Great session beer that is an excellent interpretation of the English pale ale style. Nice beer Mayflower team!

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Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colour with an eighth of an inch of head, a light bitter aroma.Rising carbonation bubbles. A wonderfully balanced sessionable ale with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The Bitterness is right there, only description is a blend of English and American, and thankfully the bitterness is restrained. Excellent drinkability.Thanks ol' friendDr. Jay for your selection of this underappreciated style.

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Photo of brokentee
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of seakayak
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WSB
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice bright orange, but settles to a lighter orange/amber shade. Head is thin and wispy and dissolves quickly, leaving light lacing on the head and glass.

Smell is malty, alcohol, and very slightly hoppy. Nothing over the top but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is more than expected- medium bodied, thicker than a pale ale or summer beer but not heavy.

Taste is another big surprise- hoppy (slightly flowery from the Nugget, East Kent Goldings hops ), malty (Two-Row Pale, Caramel Munich 40, and Victory malts), alcoholy, in that order. Extremely well balanced.

Finish is crisp, bright, mildly bitter, but in a pleasant way.

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Photo of jpstevens10
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of blknikon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into imperial pint glass leaving a nice head that slowly disappeared.

smell was light and fruity with light orange and floral hop mixed with sweet malt.

taste was much lighter and crisp. orangish flavored malts in the start with a slight bitterness mixed in the finish. malts seem to dominate this pale ale.

carbonation was medium and assisted bringing out the hop flavor.

overall, a very light and very decent pale ale. very much reminds me of an English pale ale.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from LarryG, cheers Larry! Bottle has a 06/29/10 I presume that is the bottled on date, so this one is probably at the ragged edge of freshness...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Pear notes & grassyness

T: Grassy hops up front along restrained biscuitty malt, plus Bartlett Pear. More of the same as this warms, along with a little pithy grapefruit & lemongrass. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with a kiss of biscuitty malt & some slight astringency

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation & decent balance

Drinks very easy, this seems more APA than EPA, IMO. Would love to try a fresher sample, my fault for sitting on this at least 10 days

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Photo of jmerloni
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange with soapy white head that's quite bubbly and laces pretty decently.

S - Kind of dull. Citrus hops and some yeasty bread.

T - Subdued like the aroma but a nice hop bitterness on the end. Decent overall.

M - Thin and light with good carbonation. Bready. Tastes really clear and pure. Pretty refreshing.

D - Quite drinkable. Light, not overpowering, and low ABV. A decent brew.

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Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a pale burnt orange/copper color with a fingers worth of white foamy head that slid off at a good pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some toast, biscuits, light toffee/caramel malts, dried citrusy tones, some herbal character and ended with a little bit of floral hop quality. The flavor was moderately sweet drawing upon the malts to stiffen the bitterness and almost make me want to say bland but given the style, Ill refrain and say the aftertaste was as expected with a smooth malty contour that followed into the finish. The palate was almost medium bodied, sitting just a touch under and creating a fantastic sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Pretty smooth along my tongue. Overall, as an English pale ale brewed by an American brewer, its hard to knock, my numbers are based on that. And, theres no diacetyl, thats a plus!

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Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold with a nice head and very good lacing. Smell is a nice balance of malt and hops. Taste mirrors smell, good malt presence with an offsetting hop presence on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a definite crispness. All of teh mentioned qualities lend themselves to a very drinkable brew. Excellent for the summer months.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Pete (ppoitras) for this fine beer. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear golden copper color. One finger off white head that dies down pretty quickly leaving soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is some some light grain aroma in the front of this. Also, some nice citrusy hops which gives off a extra lemon zest to it. Light bready aroma from the pale malts.

T- Nice surprise with this beer. Light toasted malts along with the some pale malts shine through the front of this beer. Light bready flavor in the middle with some earthy tones. Citrus hops bring up the back end of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light toasted bready malts left on the palate with some citrusy and earth undertones on the aftertaste. Clean flavors overall with a light crispness.

D- Very nice drinking beer with some very clean flavors. I could drink this by a sixer quite easily. Hope to get more of this sometime here soon!

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JGuill
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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