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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DrDogbeer on 02-04-2008

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 211
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 edward_boumil
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap, was the cask aged variant.
What made the beer was by and large the mouthfeel. Absolutely creamy, smooth, balanced and drinkable. Definitely refreshing.
In terms of flavor and aroma, this aspect was very mild, notes of toasty malt and hops were more on the floral/earthy side, beer finishes with a crisp hop bite but as noted it was mild and balanced by the creamy mouthfeel.

Overall an absolutely solid choice for a session, goes back easier than water and tastes pretty good, low ABV and balanced really well, but won't blow your socks off.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber out of the bottle capped less than a month ago. Light head that dissipates quickly leaving a faint layer of carbonation. Nose is all malt and grain - I can't smell any floral or citrus notes from the hops. Taste follows suit - bread, biscuit, hay with a little sugary sweetness and maybe a kiss of orange. Maybe - sometimes it's there most times it's not. Finishes smooth with a lingering taste of oat and some bitterness on the tongue. It's an okay pale ale that could fool me for a lager.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market.
Deep golden color, caramel and toffee aromas with a hint of earthy earthy hop. Rich toffee maltiness with some earthy mineral to balance. Clean simple easy to drink pale.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

This is probably the least remarkable of all of Mayflowers beers but it is still great. Subtle and drinkable, this is a very session-able ale and one perfect for after work.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear; almost the color of honey. Thin head; dissipated quickly, leaving a thin ring; no lacing.

S: Grassy; not over powering. A little earthy as it warmed.

T: Slight caramel up front. Got a little grass and earthiness ; medium bitter dry finish with a little malt sweetness in the background.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is a little high.

Drinkable, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower Pale Ale, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear amber with a small foamy head that retains some. Decent lacing.

Smell - Aroma is decidedly English hops with malt back behind, somewhat subdued.

Taste - Taste is akin to an American pilsner or lager like Bud, but the hops are more noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and drinkable. Dry earthy bitter hops linger faintly.

Overall - This isn't my favorite pale ale, but I would recommend it as a hoppier alternative to a light American lager.

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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 Hana
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: poured into a pint glass

Highly filtered, clear bright cedar-bark color with an impressive head and light lacing.

Up-front toastiness with light fruity hints at the end.

Nutty and toasted, with strong hop flavor which peaks at a fairly low level of bitterness, but remains on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body. Leaves the palate feeling clean, because of the low alcohol content and the high carbonation.

Mayflower Pale Ale contains the qualities of an enjoyable session beer- refreshing, highly drinkable, and nondescript. There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer in that light, and it certainly looks delicious, but the balance of flavors isn't such that I'd seek it out again. That being said, I'll enjoy a sunny spring evening with the rest of my 6-pack.

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Photo of cbutova
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going through the Mayflower selection lately, not sure why I have passed these up until now.

A- Slightly hazy orange body with a bit of a copper huge to it. A bubbly white head forms with a foamy overall texture and decent retention. Some lace forms at the top and a thin ring leaves sparse lacing.

S- A balance of the beer elements in the nose. A clean overall yeast lends just a few hints of light fruits like apple and white grape as well as some bread notes. The malt bill gives off caramel sweetness and cereal grain aromas. Just enough hops to balance.

T- Fruit flavors seem to make up a slight majority of the taste with notes of white grape, apple, raisin and a tiny bit of citrus. Toasted caramel malts and lighter grains add a balancing sweetness. The hop bill does have more of an effect here with a spicy, herbal and floral profile.

MF- More substantial body than many pale ales with a creamy overall texture. The carbonation level is moderate and there is a nice hint of bitterness in the finish.

Malt and yeast contributions seem to be more important to this beer than many American Pale Ales. The caramel flavor and hop use reminds me of many English examples.

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Photo of maximum12
2.16/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to danedelman for this extra in a mid-June trade for some Weyerbacher that I was seriously jonesing for. 12 ouncer bottled on 2/23/12 & split with my wife as a chaser, since this is a weekend night, no?

Pour is appropriately pasty, light gold with red streaks. Nose is spot-on macro: is this made with rice? Really, it smells like Bud. It isn't bad, just distinctly like beer from my clubbing days. Looong ago.

Mayflower Pale Ale tastes like a macro, too. Seriously! Grainy, gritty, almost no malt or hops present. Touch of dried hay & maybe bread, but I'm reaching like Newt for justified moral outrage. Leaves a blase' aftertaste that's mindful of a bad techno beat, & six ounces is simply too much to choke down.

This is a bad beer. I've had Mayflower beers I've enjoyed quite a bit, but this isn't one of them. I'll get through it, barely.

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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 chefhatt
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a clear amber color body with a nice 2"creamy white head. The smell is a little floraly. The taste is kinda flat, a litt bit of malt and i don't get any hop flavor at all. The mouth feel is ok and the carbonation is good. Since i can't get it down here in Pa, i was glad i got to try it.

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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 grannaniwa
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden color, nice head sticks around for a while.

Has the ‘flat’ hoppy bitterness that I am not crazy about. Maybe this is English hops? I recognize it from other beers but find it hard to describe. It is not floral, or citrusy.

Not much malt to this one -- I don’t taste any sweetness to speak of.

Mayflower describes this as their flagship. “It combines a slightly sweet and toasted malt quality from caramel malt with floral and citrusy aromas from the finest quality English and American-grown hops.”

Overall: B-, would not buy again.

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Photo of n2185
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear honey gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Some pilsner-like malt aromas at first with a light biscuit smell. Dry, grassy and piny hop aromas kick in afterward with a slightly earthy aroma.

T: Again, there are some biscuit malt characteristics at first followed by lots of dry grass and pine flavors. The finish is lightly bitter with a bready and earthy aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is highly attenuated and very dry. It almost feels more like a hoppy pilsner than a pale ale.

O: A pretty decent beer. A little on the earthy side for my tastes, but not at all bad. It's surprising that such a low abv beer is also so hoppy.

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Photo of WSB
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a terrific amber that has nearly no haze to it. The color is bright, and fresh. A strong pour yields a dense off-white head that retains quite well. Lacing makes for a pretty looking beer.

S-Has an attractive albeit light English Pale Ale aroma. A bit bready, semi-sweet, and slightly hopped. I have recently tried Ipswich's Pale Ale which is of the same style. Both aromas are quite similar.

T-In comparison to Ipswich Ale, this one is bolder, a bit hoppier and equally as enjoyable. The sweet malt is the perfect balance to the hops. This one is fresh and the hops are quite noticeable. Great balance here. Floral hop flavors similar to the hops in Mayflower's IPA but a bit dulled down. The flavor has a nice drying quality.

M-Light bodied and dry. Crisp too. Nice carbonation as well. The feel begs for another sip.

O/D-I think this brew is underrated. Its very drinkable, sessionable, and great for warmer weather. Balance is the key here. At about $9.50 a six pack, I would choose other options at the store at the same or lesser price. However, I wouldn't mind grabbing a glass on-tap in the future. Happy to support the local scene, and in closing this beer is a pretty acceptable pale ale offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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 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 Fluke828
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale from Mayflower had very little head when poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Perhaps because it had been in the fridge for quite some time (meaning over a month if memory serves...)

It's appearance was amber-esque, almost copper-colored. There was a decent amount of lacing but nothing really out of the ordinary and just the right amount of carbonation.

The smell was fruity, however the taste was very woodsy and had a pine-like resemblance although I couldn't quite put my finger on it... Mouth feel was very crisp and smooth as this is a very drinkable beer.

Overall I enjoyed it, had it @ Thanksgiving and loved it but also had many other different brews so I wanted to try it again...seemed to be lacking a little "umph" or something like that and I attribute that to it having spent a good amount of time in the bottle in the back of the fridge thus likely being a bit old...would have it again though.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a mild spicy aroma. An appealing deep amber color with a mild head. The bitterness jumps out at you at first. Has a hint of fruitiness on the tongue. Leaves a hint of sourness afterward. Not too bad but I was hoping it would be better. I'd drink it again if offered but not sure if I'd go out of my way for it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from Julio's.

A: The EPA is a robust amber color, a melange of orange and brown hues. Still translucent, the ale sported a head of over three fingers. Lacing all around the glass was the result.

S: Biscuity with an English smell, that fruity aroma that is, dare I say it, ringwood-y. Hops are present but in a supporting role.

T: Chewy with a nice flavor. Hops are there, definitely with an herbal aspect. The biscuity malt is the real star of the show though, light and toasted with a distinct nuttiness. It pairs with the yeast for added sweetness. A flavorful beer for weighing in under 5%.

M: The toasted malts, nutty and biscuity, are sweetly pleasant. Just enough hoppiness to keep things interesting.

D: A nice end-of-the-week beer. The hoppiness is most evident in the finish, lingering well after a sip is gone.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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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