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 jdhilt
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
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 -40.3%
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 Massbmx
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of bilyboy65
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
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 -23.8%
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 -19.1%
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 brokentee
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JGuill
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lebzilla
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DaveD56
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of chefhatt
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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 carney710
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on draft at a dive bar so I couldn't really get a good feel for the smell and feel but other wise tasted pleasantly surprising

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Photo of jwc215
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -13.8%
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 Beer4B
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CavePainter
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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