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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

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Added by DrDogbeer on 02-04-2008

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Photo of mothman
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Pittsburgh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden brown pour, light amber in color, decent amount of foam that sticks around on the glass for the duration of the beer.

Smells nice, floral and fruity aromas.

Taste is pretty good, nice bitterness in the flavor, strong to very strong from that standpoint. Bit of a fruity flavor as well, tastes a bit sticky and syrupy as well, almost as an IPA from that aspect.

Once thing I am noticing is a slight watery flavor in the middle of it, almost like a hole where something should be. I have detected this in other pale ales, so maybe that is part of the brewing process and typical to the style. But as pale ales go this is pretty good, a little above average in my opinion, was expecting a little more from this brewery since I liked their IPA so much, but it is ok. Definitely drinkable, I could have a few of these and be comfortable with it.

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Photo of TommyW
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark amber/gold with a nice white head that leaves perfect rings.

S- Mild hops with bready and caramel malts.

T- Bready with hints of caramel; balanced perfectly with hops.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable beer, so perfectly balanced and tasty.

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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 axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Mayflower Pale Ale pours a dark copper color, a little dark for the style imo, with a white crown that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is of toasted bready malts almost exclusively, with a faint hop aroma in the background. Each sip is bookended by nutty, caramel malt goodness, with a brief burst of hop bitterness and then some citrus notes in the middle... pretty tasty. The beer has a full body for the style, creamy even, and is very nicely carbonated. I've had Mayflower IPA before, and knowing how drinkable that is I shouldn't be surprised that the pale is is vanishing efffortlessly from my glass.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jmerloni
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange with soapy white head that's quite bubbly and laces pretty decently.

S - Kind of dull. Citrus hops and some yeasty bread.

T - Subdued like the aroma but a nice hop bitterness on the end. Decent overall.

M - Thin and light with good carbonation. Bready. Tastes really clear and pure. Pretty refreshing.

D - Quite drinkable. Light, not overpowering, and low ABV. A decent brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Holty12
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mayflower is a great new beer here in Massachusetts and really worth the purchase, even though it is a little bit pricey. But they are a young and small brewery. The taste and smell of the Pale Ale are really great, just enough hoppiness and blend. It stops short of overpowering the palette and leaves a subtle taste that leaves you feeling good about your choice.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Pete (ppoitras) for this fine beer. Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear golden copper color. One finger off white head that dies down pretty quickly leaving soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is some some light grain aroma in the front of this. Also, some nice citrusy hops which gives off a extra lemon zest to it. Light bready aroma from the pale malts.

T- Nice surprise with this beer. Light toasted malts along with the some pale malts shine through the front of this beer. Light bready flavor in the middle with some earthy tones. Citrus hops bring up the back end of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light toasted bready malts left on the palate with some citrusy and earth undertones on the aftertaste. Clean flavors overall with a light crispness.

D- Very nice drinking beer with some very clean flavors. I could drink this by a sixer quite easily. Hope to get more of this sometime here soon!

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Photo of MagicHatFan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle amuses me as it talks about the pilgrims and their beer, even quoting William Bradford.

This beer pours into a nice orange-y color with an initial foam that disappears fairly quickly but does leave a lacy on the glass as you drink.

The taste and smell are citrus-y. I also taste a hint of apple but that may be the citrus taste.

Overall, this beer is very easy to drink and has a taste that goes well with many food choices.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a pale orange, almost golden color. The head is bubbly off-white, as it fades it leaves oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is pretty subdued. There is some sharp floral, citrus hops and a lot of malty bread to balance it out.

The taste is just as balanced as the smell, the floral and mildly citrus hops lead the way, followed by biscuity malts. There finish is some more light hop qualities, some pepper and earthy hops, leaving a nice bitter taste behind.

The beer is well carbonated, light bodied and has a nice dry finish. This is another good session beer from Mayflower for sure. The low abv and balanced, low (but flavorful) profile make this something you can pair with food easily and enjoy multiples of throughout the day.

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LarryG for sending along a fresh bottle of this one.

A-Bright golden kissed copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt and a nice accent of lightly floral and citrus hops. Nothing crazy here yet a very pleasing aroma.

T-A near perfect balance of lightly spicy citrus and floral hops with balancing sweet biscuit malt. Nice drying finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp with surprising long lasting hop bitterness.

D-About as perfect an American pale ale can get. Malt and hop balance with a clean crisp flavour and an easy drinking smoothness that goes a long way. Plus with but 5% ABV I could see putting down plenty of these.

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Photo of Bouge
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown, MA 10/14

A: This beer pours a clear golden color, with a 1 inch of white sudsy head to it. Head recedes pretty rapidly leaving sheets of ringed lacing on the glass.

N: Nose is of grains, a breadiness, citrus hops, and a nice lemony zip to it.

T: Taste starts out with some toasted malts, pale malts, towards the middle a hint of bradiness mixed with some earthy, grassy notes that then move in to a nice citrus hop bite finish.

M: Medium mody, medium carbonation, clean crisp feel to mouth. Starts off kind of light on the tongue and then beefs up.

D: This is a great beer to sit with, blended very well, nice hop bite in the finish. A sessionable beer, for sure.

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Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Mayflower Pale Ale pours into a chalice a clear gold color with a healthy cream colored head.

S - The aroma is breads, yeast, clove and spices.

T - The taste is a delicious blend of hops and malts. The mild hops taste combined with the spicy aroma and English ale styling leads me to guess a Golding hops on this one. Again, terrific balance. Some caramel malts are present, but the hops win with this brew. I'm also getting a slight, hop-oil or alcohol flavor ... just adds another layer in an already very flavorful experience.

M - The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of effervescence.

D - Drink it. Exceptional.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into the closest thing i could find to a pint glass,golden with a slight head that fled quickly.sweet biscuity and cracker malt dominate the nose.sweet biscuit malt dominates with a slight bitterness and clean finish.

overall pretty easy drinking.not my particular cup of tea though.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 sophisticated
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I live in Plymouth, so I was excited to try this local brew.

A) Crystal clear amber-honey. An agressive pour leads to nice sudsy head that unfortunately disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

S) Fairly mild. Both malts and hops come out.

T) More malty than other PAs I've had. Fairly balanced, earthy, mildly caramel malts, ends on a bitter hoppy note.

MF) Medium bodied, smooth.

D) Pretty high. I could have a few of these, esp. with 5% abv. Not my favorite PA (maybe because of the English style?) but gotta have some local pride here with this one. Not bad at all, I'll have a few.

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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 OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper orange with a decent off-white foamy head and some ok lacing, but not alot.

Citric hops and toffee are the dominant aromas. Some bread toast and sweet maltiness present.

Light citric hop bitterness balancing out some toasted malt and and light sweetness of bread and or caramel. Very well balanced beer. A little boiled grain toward the end, but the hops also fish thru to offset this.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation. This one is a definite drinker. Very easy to chug or sip. No real off flavors, and fairly clean in the finish. This was a good one to try, and I'll visit this again.

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Photo of gfreed
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy, bubbly head atop a medium-dark amber, reasonably carbonated glass of beer. The aroma has plenty of hoppiness with an overlay of malt sweets, but there's more malt than hops in the taste. Light fizz, a bit of tang and a clean taste. Not much to commit to, but a decent bottle of local beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy, creamy white head that last just a short while before collapsing upon itself. Clumps of lacing are left all over the inside of the glass. The beer is a very clear bright copper/amber color.

Aroma is very interesting. Really reminds me of wort. I get that very specific aroma of the unfermented malt. (which I love)

Flavor is very nice and very well balanced. Bread tones, Some light fruit with a touch of light caramel. Not too sweet. A subtle soapy quality and then a mellow hop bitterness. Still finishes fairly crisply.

Mouth feel is medium to light and again slightly soapy.

Very drinkable and a nice APA. I like this. Glad I picked up a six pack.

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Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber orange body with a thick white head.

Nose was very strong with classic mix of English and American ale smells. Touches of bread, some citrus and some earthiness. There's really a strong sweet character that differentiates itself from a CA IPA.

Taste is medium bodied with at first a very nice soft sweet bread taste. It's almost like sticky bun, or Cinnabon type bread chewy sweetness. Hops immediately follow with some strong earth and loads of citrus. Bitterness is kept well in place only giving a bit more of a showing than the malt to remind you this is a Pale Ale (or possibly subtle IPA) Ends with a nice round malt and hop bitter flavor.

Very much a beer in line with some other Americanized English Pale Ales like Harpoon or other local beers. It's good and very drinkable, just doesn't stand out as much as Mayflower's Porter does. I'd definitely wouldn't hesitate to have this one again.

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Photo of Bounty628
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed perhaps in memory of our Pilgrim ancestors, Mayflower Pale Ale is brewed in the English Pale Ale style and comes in at a nicely well-rounded 5.0% ABV. The Mayflower Pale Ale is a year round offering from the folks at Mayflower Brewing Company and thankfully for us in close proximity to the brewery is one that we can keep in our fridges throughout the year.

Mayflower Pale Ale pours with a very nice orange to copper hue in the glass and leaves a moderate bright white head when poured. There is a nice amount of lacing left along the glass during the drinking of this pale ale and the carbonation is rather muted but visible within the glass.

The nose of this beer really guides you into the beer the way a good nose should. There is an immediate noticing of the hops involved in this offering and a rich citrus smell comes through in the nose. With the nose there is every indication that this beer is going to be well worth every last sip.

The pale ale style is perfectly adhered to with this offering as there is the right amount of hop complexity at work within this brew but it is not as in your face as some IPAs might prove to be. The hops are nicely balanced within the offering and the overall taste is remarkable. The same hints of citrus present in the nose come through in the taste as well and there is a mild lemon flavor that holds true within the entire tasting of this pale ale.

There is a somewhat muted malt presence within this beer and perhaps some critics might think that this detracts from the overall quality slightly. But to me, this variation by Mayflower works for them and kudos to them for brewing a beer that works not just for the brewery but for those enjoying the beer, as well.

The mouthfeel with the Mayflower Pale Ale is exactly what one might hope for. There is a smooth and crisp mouthfeel with this offering and the hops dance their way across the palate. This beer could prove to be your ideal companion as a session beer and would be a nice addition to any upcoming dinner or party.

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Mayflower Pale Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 212 ratings
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