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 Bounty628
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had this on cask a long time ago at the pour farm in new bedford, ma.

poured like a typical cask ale. golden slightly amber color with a nice thick head. smelled of hops and subtle odors of grass. tasted outsanding-- not quite as hoppy as you'd think-- the aforementioned grass taste is also somewhat present. very well balanced and refreshing. i could have quite a few more of these.

overall- Mayflower Pale Ale is completely different on cask (as it obviously should be) sure to try it if you find 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 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 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 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 Cunningham26
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On cask at publick house on a rainy tuesday, apparently after mayflower night during CBC week.

A- Great, trickled out of the cask into a tumbler, an amazing gold color, like the color of a sunset at the beach.
S- Didn't really go in for a big breath, but definitely smelled like fruity hops.
T- fantastic. it was as if their pale ale was in B&W and suddenly its in technicolor on cinemascope. all the flavors that are there anyways, the great maltiness but definitely the citrus of those hops. the added hops presented themselves and kept the hop character transforming, but the solid malt backbone made for it to be really leveled.
M- really fantastic. there was the slightest carbonation, really really small, like it was still in its infancy. there were some serious tannins with the hops, and it left the palate totally dried out, but not in the same way a boozy 9% would.
D- not really there just because I wouldn't really drink any cask beer over and over. But it's pretty incredible, and I may make an exception for this if i find myself alone in a room with another firkin.

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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 pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade!

A: Pale golden color, slight haze to it, giant head, with excellent retention, head is off white/tan-ish, gobs and gobs of lacing. Excellent looking beer.

S: Honey and caramel, lots of earth hops going on here too, slightly spicy. As much as I hate to say it, sort of reminds me of a macro lager on some weird subconscious level, but only faintly, all the good pale ale smells are there. Slightly lemony too.

T: Lots of good pale malt characters, really a malty beer, but spot on for the style, hops hit at the end and are spicy, but subdued and pleasant. Faint graininess at the end. A little more towards the malt side of the bill compared to other pale ales, but really a great tasting beer. I'm really enjoying this!

M: Medium thickness, medium carbonation, quite dry, and quite thirst quenching. Spot on.

D: Would make for an excellent session beer, low alcohol, low carbonation, and high flavor make it exactly what I need. I'll need to find out where John got this so I can snag some more for myself.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into imperial pint glass leaving a nice head that slowly disappeared.

smell was light and fruity with light orange and floral hop mixed with sweet malt.

taste was much lighter and crisp. orangish flavored malts in the start with a slight bitterness mixed in the finish. malts seem to dominate this pale ale.

carbonation was medium and assisted bringing out the hop flavor.

overall, a very light and very decent pale ale. very much reminds me of an English pale ale.

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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 timmay41
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Moan and Dove (Amherst, MA) in my customized 32 oz. mug.

Appearance: A bright copper color, with one volcanic eruption of a head. The bartender and I determined that the full mug, leaking profusely over the lip, looked like one of those frothy mugs you see at Moe's in "The Simpsons."

Smell: Huge hop aroma, with earthy tones and a subtle citrus spice.

Taste: Expected it to be hoppier based on the smell (like a West Coast big hop brew) but definitely not... some malty grit that becomes really smooth.

Mouthfeel: A cask brew, so flat and placid. But not in a bad way.

Drinkability: Absolutely. A solid session offering.

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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 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 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 racer2k
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange deep golden color with a thin but solid white head that is about a fingernail width which fades but sticks around for a while. Great clarity in this beer with moderate carbonation. A fine looking beer with good lacing.

S: Aromas is of pale hops, toasted malt, slight earthy tone, and a touch of citrus.

T: Good balance of hops, malt, citrus on the front end with a strong bitter finish that is dry. Medium texture to the beer. The malt is definitely present but not overwhelming. This tastes better as you get deeper in to the glass.

M: Smooth, very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, with a dry crisp finish

D: Great session beer that is an excellent interpretation of the English pale ale style. Nice beer Mayflower team!

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

Mayflower Pale Ale smells like poundcake with some floral hops. Good head with excellent retention and lacing. Honey colored, slightly hazy.

Tastes smooth with a crisp hoppiness. Hoppy pepper notes with swallow. Thicker with a better mouth than most English pale ales. A good whatever, whenever ale.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale strikes a brilliant balance. It maintains the British subtleties of the style but still gives me enough of an American hop fix.

Shimmering gold color ... slightly lighter than most pales. Soft aroma, mostly sweet malt on the nose. Biscuity body complimented by a dry bitter kick in the center. A unique honey-ish sweetness from the malt lingers. This ale is restrained, but complex - different nuanaces with each sip.

Finish is clean and carbonation is crisp, giving it high marks in drinkability.

I have also had this on tap several times and it seems slightly hoppier from the bottle (coincidence probably). A great brew in both forms.

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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 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 ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden brown in color with a one finger bubbly white head. Excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Light toasted malt and caramel aroma. A very faint hint of earthy hops. Smells like a good English Pale Ale.

T - Very strong malt presence up front. Light caramel sweetness and very earthy. A light herbal/earthy bitterness comes though later before finishing very dry.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very dry. I'm not a huge fan of English Pale Ales, too much malt for me, but this one is rather tasty. And very drinkable.

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: copper colored with a 1/2" head that sticks around. OK lacing.

S: Slight malt with a hint of grass.

T: Good upfront malt with a very good hop bite at the end. Very good representation of the english pale ale.

M: well carbonated. Neither thick nor thin mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to put these away. A good sessionable beer. Would like to try this on-tap.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with 2+ fingers of foamy off-white head. Nice retention and some spotty lacing. Smells of grass, lemon, and toasted grain. Tastes of lemon rind up front followed by lightly toasted grain and some bread dough in the backbone. Finishes with a strong bittering earth and dried grass kick. Medium in body with good carbonation. Some good malt presence, but lots of lingering raw bitterness in the finish makes it a little unbalanced. Still, I wouldn't mind trying more beers from Mayflower, at least it wasn't watery and weak. Thanks to ralflord for the hookup.

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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 trill
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up as an extra in a trade, thanks to BanditBrewingCo.

Comes out a pale, slightly hazy honey color, with a 1/2" off-white head. Smell is mostly quiet Pilsner-y malt, with a light, lemony hop note. Some light honey and graham cracker smells come out as the beer warms. The taste is exquisitely balanced, with the grainy, cracker-y malt flavors playing against the restrained, herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is also spot-on for the style, with perfectly middle-of-the-road carbonation and body. What this one lacks in complexity it more than makes up in drinkability.

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