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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" light beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is balanced, but nothing particular stands out to me. Taste starts lightly sweet, gets touched by the citrus in the middle, and then closes with light to moderate hops character. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not my fave of the group, but not one I would cast out of my fridge either.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a faint reddish hue and a short eggshell cap of mostly fine bubbles. Good head retention, a bit of lace. Nice combination of malt and grassy, fruity hops. I'm getting a bit of earthy strawberry and spice too. Herbal bitterness up front, a bit of sweetness mid-palate, more bitterness and hop character in the finish. Medium to light bodied, lively carbonation, a bit dry. Solid overall. I could see picking this one up once in a while.

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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 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 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 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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