Mayflower Pale Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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83
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211 Ratings
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Mayflower Pale AleMayflower Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrDogbeer on 02-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 88
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 Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a frothy head; decent retention and a few strands of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with an earthy, tea-like element

Taste: Starts out toasty, with a moderate but distinctive earthy, tea-like bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tea character develops a bit, with a nod to the citrusy APA style

Mouthfeel: Meidum body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very pleasant to drink; primarily in the English style but with a nod to the new world - are we starting to see a NE pale ale style developing?

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, light caramelized malts, some spice, some honey and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel, honey and citrus up front, quickly followed by some smokiness and a decently strong bitterness of pale hops. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good session beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a while.

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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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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber with a slight chill haze. One-finger head but it lasts and leaves nice lace on the glass side.

Dry and somewhat astringent nose. Low hop and earthy.

This is a very dry beer. Mild hop finish and swallow, otherwise it is a malty pale ale. The flavor is much like the smell--earthy with a touch of dry blackberry. Good body with a high carbonation.

If you like the driest of malts and a touch of hop, this may be a good beer for you.

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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 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 Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mixylplik3 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice three-finger foamy off-white head, with a bunch of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, and spice. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, bitter, hoppy, with some spice notes. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew, my first from them. Thanks Matt.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a bitter, noble hop aroma; standard EPA. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bitter hop flavor with little malt complexity. It offers up a pale malt base, but the hops dominate the profile. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pale ale. It could use a bit more malt flavor, IMO.

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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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot number. Sampled on March 21, 2009.

For my first beer on the first full day of Spring 2009 I went after a classic pale ale. It pours a rusty-copper tone with a small but long lasting foamy off-white head. The aroma is very rich and very clean with some hoppy notes. The mouthfeel is of medium texture. The flavor is sweet and hoppy with a vague citrus element.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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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Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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