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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Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Mayflower Pale Ale pours into a chalice a clear gold color with a healthy cream colored head.

S - The aroma is breads, yeast, clove and spices.

T - The taste is a delicious blend of hops and malts. The mild hops taste combined with the spicy aroma and English ale styling leads me to guess a Golding hops on this one. Again, terrific balance. Some caramel malts are present, but the hops win with this brew. I'm also getting a slight, hop-oil or alcohol flavor ... just adds another layer in an already very flavorful experience.

M - The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of effervescence.

D - Drink it. Exceptional.

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Photo of lulu1040
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a local brewing company that is new to us. We did not know they existed until I saw several different styles in 6 pack bottles in our local liquor stores refridgerator. Label has "classic" Mayflower ship. Smell was good. But then I was suprised at the mouthfeel. From the smell, I would have expected more of a "full", or maybe a hoppy, mouthfeel. It was kind of flat in the mouth. I would say it is not as exciting in the mouth as it smelled. The Pale Ale was VERY basic and very light. It would be easy to drink the 6-pack and not find the experience very remarkable. We will have to return and try a few of the other selections this local store carries.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this beer in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, golden color with a white head that settled to a ring, leaving thin lines of lacing.

S - sweet and earthy.

T - sweet flavor of malt with a light bite of bitterness on the finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - hell yeah!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 TommyW
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark amber/gold with a nice white head that leaves perfect rings.

S- Mild hops with bready and caramel malts.

T- Bready with hints of caramel; balanced perfectly with hops.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer, so perfectly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LarryG for sending along a fresh bottle of this one.

A-Bright golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt and a nice accent of lightly floral and citrus hops. Nothing crazy here yet a very pleasing aroma.

T-A near perfect balance of lightly spicy citrus and floral hops with balancing sweet biscuit malt. Nice drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with surprising long lasting hop bitterness.

D-About as perfect an American pale ale can get. Malt and hop balance with a clean crisp flavour and an easy drinking smoothness that goes a long way. Plus with but 5% ABV I could see putting down plenty of these.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale strikes a brilliant balance. It maintains the British subtleties of the style but still gives me enough of an American hop fix.

Shimmering gold color ... slightly lighter than most pales. Soft aroma, mostly sweet malt on the nose. Biscuity body complimented by a dry bitter kick in the center. A unique honey-ish sweetness from the malt lingers. This ale is restrained, but complex - different nuanaces with each sip.

Finish is clean and carbonation is crisp, giving it high marks in drinkability.

I have also had this on tap several times and it seems slightly hoppier from the bottle (coincidence probably). A great brew in both forms.

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Photo of timmay41
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Moan and Dove (Amherst, MA) in my customized 32 oz. mug.

Appearance: A bright copper color, with one volcanic eruption of a head. The bartender and I determined that the full mug, leaking profusely over the lip, looked like one of those frothy mugs you see at Moe's in "The Simpsons."

Smell: Huge hop aroma, with earthy tones and a subtle citrus spice.

Taste: Expected it to be hoppier based on the smell (like a West Coast big hop brew) but definitely not... some malty grit that becomes really smooth.

Mouthfeel: A cask brew, so flat and placid. But not in a bad way.

Drinkability: Absolutely. A solid session offering.

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Photo of trill
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up as an extra in a trade, thanks to BanditBrewingCo.

Comes out a pale, slightly hazy honey color, with a 1/2" off-white head. Smell is mostly quiet Pilsner-y malt, with a light, lemony hop note. Some light honey and graham cracker smells come out as the beer warms. The taste is exquisitely balanced, with the grainy, cracker-y malt flavors playing against the restrained, herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is also spot-on for the style, with perfectly middle-of-the-road carbonation and body. What this one lacks in complexity it more than makes up in drinkability.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Mayflower Pale Ale pours a dark copper color, a little dark for the style imo, with a white crown that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is of toasted bready malts almost exclusively, with a faint hop aroma in the background. Each sip is bookended by nutty, caramel malt goodness, with a brief burst of hop bitterness and then some citrus notes in the middle... pretty tasty. The beer has a full body for the style, creamy even, and is very nicely carbonated. I've had Mayflower IPA before, and knowing how drinkable that is I shouldn't be surprised that the pale is is vanishing efffortlessly from my glass.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with fair amount of head. Pretty much what I expected.

Has sweet malty grainy aroma with some earthy hops in the background. Very appealing.

Taste of sweet malt with some slight bitterness and earthy hop flavors. A few citrus notes in the background if you swish it around. Very well balanced flavor.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, which was actually very surprising. I was expecting something much lighter in body. Finishes slightly dry.

This beer was surprisingly good. Very easy to drink. Good job Mayflower.

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Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery, on tap, as part of the tour. Pours a nice clear and amber body. Nice off white head. Great English hop aroma and varied grain smell. Well balanced and drinkable. Herbal hop and marmalade like malt. Great session beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper orange with a decent off-white foamy head and some ok lacing, but not alot.

Citric hops and toffee are the dominant aromas. Some bread toast and sweet maltiness present.

Light citric hop bitterness balancing out some toasted malt and and light sweetness of bread and or caramel. Very well balanced beer. A little boiled grain toward the end, but the hops also fish thru to offset this.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation. This one is a definite drinker. Very easy to chug or sip. No real off flavors, and fairly clean in the finish. This was a good one to try, and I'll visit this again.

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Photo of Bounty628
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed perhaps in memory of our Pilgrim ancestors, Mayflower Pale Ale is brewed in the English Pale Ale style and comes in at a nicely well-rounded 5.0% ABV. The Mayflower Pale Ale is a year round offering from the folks at Mayflower Brewing Company and thankfully for us in close proximity to the brewery is one that we can keep in our fridges throughout the year.

Mayflower Pale Ale pours with a very nice orange to copper hue in the glass and leaves a moderate bright white head when poured. There is a nice amount of lacing left along the glass during the drinking of this pale ale and the carbonation is rather muted but visible within the glass.

The nose of this beer really guides you into the beer the way a good nose should. There is an immediate noticing of the hops involved in this offering and a rich citrus smell comes through in the nose. With the nose there is every indication that this beer is going to be well worth every last sip.

The pale ale style is perfectly adhered to with this offering as there is the right amount of hop complexity at work within this brew but it is not as in your face as some IPAs might prove to be. The hops are nicely balanced within the offering and the overall taste is remarkable. The same hints of citrus present in the nose come through in the taste as well and there is a mild lemon flavor that holds true within the entire tasting of this pale ale.

There is a somewhat muted malt presence within this beer and perhaps some critics might think that this detracts from the overall quality slightly. But to me, this variation by Mayflower works for them and kudos to them for brewing a beer that works not just for the brewery but for those enjoying the beer, as well.

The mouthfeel with the Mayflower Pale Ale is exactly what one might hope for. There is a smooth and crisp mouthfeel with this offering and the hops dance their way across the palate. This beer could prove to be your ideal companion as a session beer and would be a nice addition to any upcoming dinner or party.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy, creamy white head that last just a short while before collapsing upon itself. Clumps of lacing are left all over the inside of the glass. The beer is a very clear bright copper/amber color.

Aroma is very interesting. Really reminds me of wort. I get that very specific aroma of the unfermented malt. (which I love)

Flavor is very nice and very well balanced. Bread tones, Some light fruit with a touch of light caramel. Not too sweet. A subtle soapy quality and then a mellow hop bitterness. Still finishes fairly crisply.

Mouth feel is medium to light and again slightly soapy.

Very drinkable and a nice APA. I like this. Glad I picked up a six pack.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade!

A: Pale golden color, slight haze to it, giant head, with excellent retention, head is off white/tan-ish, gobs and gobs of lacing. Excellent looking beer.

S: Honey and caramel, lots of earth hops going on here too, slightly spicy. As much as I hate to say it, sort of reminds me of a macro lager on some weird subconscious level, but only faintly, all the good pale ale smells are there. Slightly lemony too.

T: Lots of good pale malt characters, really a malty beer, but spot on for the style, hops hit at the end and are spicy, but subdued and pleasant. Faint graininess at the end. A little more towards the malt side of the bill compared to other pale ales, but really a great tasting beer. I'm really enjoying this!

M: Medium thickness, medium carbonation, quite dry, and quite thirst quenching. Spot on.

D: Would make for an excellent session beer, low alcohol, low carbonation, and high flavor make it exactly what I need. I'll need to find out where John got this so I can snag some more for myself.

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Photo of gfreed
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy, bubbly head atop a medium-dark amber, reasonably carbonated glass of beer. The aroma has plenty of hoppiness with an overlay of malt sweets, but there's more malt than hops in the taste. Light fizz, a bit of tang and a clean taste. Not much to commit to, but a decent bottle of local beer.

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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had this on cask a long time ago at the pour farm in new bedford, ma.

poured like a typical cask ale. golden slightly amber color with a nice thick head. smelled of hops and subtle odors of grass. tasted outsanding-- not quite as hoppy as you'd think-- the aforementioned grass taste is also somewhat present. very well balanced and refreshing. i could have quite a few more of these.

overall- Mayflower Pale Ale is completely different on cask (as it obviously should be) sure to try it if you find it

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Photo of uustal
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. Pretty solid lacing and retention. Aroma of caramel, bread, and bits of pine and citrus in the background. Nice malt profile... caramel, toasted bread and even a bit of toffee. Earthy. Light and crisp pine and slightly fruity hops mixed in. Solid example of the English style pale ale, good malts with just enough hops.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: copper colored with a 1/2" head that sticks around. OK lacing.

S: Slight malt with a hint of grass.

T: Good upfront malt with a very good hop bite at the end. Very good representation of the english pale ale.

M: well carbonated. Neither thick nor thin mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to put these away. A good sessionable beer. Would like to try this on-tap.

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Photo of fank2788
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright clear orange gold in the glass with a one finger rocky head that settles to a layer of large and small bubbles and laces nicely. The smell is of caramel, bread malts and buttered biscuits. Hop aroma is faint but noticeable as a touch of floral and citrus hop come through. The taste is first of the biscuity malt, caramel malts are also in the profile. The hops are much more prevalent in the taste than they are in the smell, the bitterness is pretty solid and hop flavors are mainly of the citrus variety but maybe a bit more restrained than a typical APA, The finish of this beer is a bit sweet, and that is combined with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is pretty high and the body is light to medium. Overall this is a pretty good beer. An interesting take on the pale ale style sort of a blend of the english and american versions drawing on the best characteristics of both, a nice malt backbone with a bit more hop kick than you'd typically get in the english version.

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Photo of Holty12
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower is a great new beer here in Massachusetts and really worth the purchase, even though it is a little bit pricey. But they are a young and small brewery. The taste and smell of the Pale Ale are really great, just enough hoppiness and blend. It stops short of overpowering the palette and leaves a subtle taste that leaves you feeling good about your choice.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light red with yellow hues and no head. medium fruits and faint citrus in the aroma. Grainy and fruity (pear and orange) with a respectable hop bite in the finish. A little beer bread and spice is also noticed. Medium in body. Would do in a pinch or would even do not in a pinch.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a mini tasting the other night to prepare for the cask day. This was an early one, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/26/2010.

Nice pour with a medium amber color and nice carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass nearly constantly throughout the session, really nicely done as a small cap of white foam just sat on top of the glass. Aroma is light, bready malts, touches of light citrus hops and smooth, even presence, albeit a touch light. Crisp, clean and refreshing taste is more then welcomed as I take the first sips. The smooth pine hops blend well with the grain base and leave a clean finish that has a touch of dryness in it.

Overall a very solid pale ale. Not the best I have ever had but it certainly gets the job done. Would have no problem doing this one again.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a orangey amber with a moderate light tan head.
the aroma is a biscuity toffee with a herbal floral faintly citrusy undertone. smells english.
the taste similar to the aroma, caramel/toffee/biscuity toasted malt. the hops kick in at the back end with some bitterness and some herbal hop flavor with just aa bit of a citrusy tang. a little earthy tinge to it.
it's medium bodied with carbonation that's on the soft side. a bit creamy.
drinkability is good, it's an easy drinker with enough to keep you interested. well balanced. i gotta admit though, i'm partial to a balanced english ale like this.
this went very weel with some pepperoni pizza, i wouldn't have thought to pair an english pale ale with it, but it brought out some of the sweeter malty flavors.

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