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 jdhilt
2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Clear amber color. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is hops, no caramel malts. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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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 bilyboy65
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my standard tasting glass of the pilsner variety.

I do like the presentation though. Wood like label, giving a feel like it came from the Mayflower. Also the label that goes almost completely around the bottle, is a solid touch.

A: Good golden color with a clean white head. It is a pencil thin head, however. Leaves good lacing with each pull.

From here on it gets worse.

S: Watery, yeasty. Saving it is a slight lemon citrus scent.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Lemon bread that was dipped briefly in water.

M: Light Body, crisp feel to it. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

D: Don't know if there is enough flavor in this to really enjoy it on a regular basis.

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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 PEBKAC
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed six pack purchased from PH Provisions about two months ago. First beer I've actually purchased there, after usually walking out with food or nothing at all because of the prices.

Pint glass pour. Dimpled/chunky, off-white head. Filtered lemon honey/copper body.

Scents of bitter lemon/tangerine rind upfront, with a thought of granola & crackermeal rounding it out.

Taste-wise, upfront is a slight doughy sweetness, but is quickly hit up with some green pepper/orange rind. Some casual cracker-ish malt in the middle, but the beer draws out & turns astringent with lots of dry & bitter wood & bark that I just don't want in this style of beer. Carbonation is high, the alcohol, though mild, only further detains its medicinal feel. Residuals flavors linger for a bit, but mostly just a mild cottonmouth effect.

The summer rye was pretty good. I should probably review that next & save myself a beating from the overzealous locals.

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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 jwc215
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner and jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours rustic copper with a thin, lasting tan head. Vanishing lace slides down the glass. Nice colour/hue.

The smell is of tangerine, somewhat musty/grassy, a bit leathery, a touch of sour that throws it off a bit.

The taste is leathery - light malt - musty with lemon, grass with an herbal/tannic bitterness in the finish.

Carbonation is okay. Body is fine.

Borderline - an attempt at an English Pale that doesn't quite make it. Sourish notes I could do without with just too much leather and grass.

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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 CavePainter
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to find this in my local brew haven, having grown up in the next town over from good old Plymouth, MA.

A: Nice, golden color with a slight, yet lingering head. Nothing flashy - the pilgrims would be proud.

S: This impressed me the most - A nose full of this ale yielded pleasantly floral and citric tones. I could have just smelt it all day.

T: Not as impressive as the smell. Mayflower reports itself as "balanced" but I couldn't really detect the toasted malt flavor so much as the hops, which were still enjoyable though decidedly just short of balanced. Needs to be just ever so slightly maltier if it is going to be an English, rather than American Pale Ale.

M: Light, crisp - a bit dry.

D: Pleasant, if not slightly forgettable. While I wouldn't go looking specifically for this again, I would think about picking it up if I encountered it. I would recommend it for those new to craftbrews as a great introduction to the Pale Ale style.

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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 Jwale73
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a beautiful orange-gold. Translucent clarity with lots of tiny bubbles present in solution. One inch bright white head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Swaths of lacing revealed during the session. This is a very appealing brew to behold. Nose suggests pale malts and toffee. Taste is somewhat consistent with the nose, but I'm also picking up a little bit of wet cardboard as well as a slightly medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied, but closer to the light side of the spectrum, with a sparkling effervescence. Drinkability is just average on this one - not really digging the taste.

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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 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 Bouge
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First review. Bear with me.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber which takes on a more reddish tone in indirect light. Develops a nice thumb-thick head which quickly recedes, leaving behind a very thin ring of bubbles around glass. Limited, short-lived lacing.

S: Bready tones quickly covered by hops' floral notes. Ethanol more detectable than I expected given the relatively low ABV.

T: Sweet upfront with slight fruitiness. Hops really kick in fast, a little more than I expected, with a bitterness that at blows away the maltiness. While malt comes through at times, floral notes dominate.

M: Carbonation really well-balanced. Sweet hop taste leaves mouth with a sticky feeling.

D: Very smooth, easy to drink one quickly. Wouldn't call this a session beer though -- the sticky, sweet mouthfeel started kicking in halfway through my second (an hour and a half after the first) and left me feeling weighed down.

Solid beer, nothing I'd go out of my way to grab again.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
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 mothman
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LarryG for this extra.

Poured into Sam Adams Pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white creamy head. Decent lace with some lace rings. Color is a clear golden orange with lots of active carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of pale malt up front. A bit of floral hops. Mainly a bready aroma to it. Definitely is English styled.

Taste: More pale malts and a bready/biscuit flavor to this one. The hops are grassy and floral and stick out a bit more here. Has a touch of citrus notes. A bit better than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a creamy, yet bitter feel to it as it warms. Ends sticky with some hop flavors.

Overall, a decent English Pale Ale. The mf on this is pretty nice, but other than that it is fairly average. Decent drinkability as well.

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Photo of number1bum
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top. Two inches of off-white head is pretty fizzy but keeps a pretty good lace and leaves some stick.

Smells like grain, dirt, earth, must. Lots of things that don't quite belong I don't think. I keep trying to get some characteristics that I like but they are just not there.

Taste has a grainy, bready base with some toasted malt that becomes more apparent in the finish. Some woody, earthy hops as well. Flavor isn't all that exciting but it doesn't have a bunch of off-characteristics like the nose did. It's pretty much right on target for the style. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisply carbonated.

This is a pretty solid brew, aroma aside. An easy drinker that does the style well.

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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 fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the great sample night at Moan and Dove the other night. This drink had a red amber appearance with a relatively small, thin head. In the smell category I sensed some thin hops supplemented with some spice and slightly woody overtones. Taste-wise, there was a bittersweet balance to the drink with a moderate hoppiness to it. Solid medium body allows the subtle spiciness of this pale ale come out. Very nice.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Yamar 18. Thanks Kevin!

A slightly hazy amber pour with a 1 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

The smell has notes of some citrus and some caramel malt.

The taste has a good citrus flavour tempered by some sweet malt and overall, a pretty nicely balanced flavour. This medium bodied EPA finishes on the bitter side with some grassy notes and it leaves a pleasing aftertaste.

I think this is pretty tasty example of the style though I wouldn't be inclined to drink more than 1 or 2 bottles at a session.

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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 tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to corey0212 for including this in a trade. I apreciate the chance to try something from a brewery that I've never had the chance to sample from before. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a huge head and very nice lacing. The head settles down to a cap that sticks around. Smells of slightly sour graininess, some earthy hops, and biscuity malt. The taste is pretty similar, but there is also a somewhat strange sweet flavor that seems a bit out of place. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat grainy with that residual sweetness echoing on the palate. Not bad, but wouldn't be my go-to pale ale.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, medium,orange amber, nice head with a bit of foam.

S- There's a a pleasant pale malt scent, some mild floral accents, with hints of fruit.

T&M- There's a bitter, dry, earthy taste about it. Has a good balance to it, hint of hop bitterness really gets ya in the back end, that lingers in the aftertaste.

D- Is a nice crisply smooth pale ale. I would say, it is highly drinkable. Definitely a decent brew.

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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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Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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