Mayflower IPA | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower IPAMayflower IPA

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
77 IBU

Added by Patrick on 04-06-2008

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Photo of dd43
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The six pack I acquired of this beer provided ample opportunity to evaluate the appearance, aroma, flavor and finish. Perhaps I'll need to hunt down a different sample in the future, but these cans had prominent floaties in every pour, regardless of how gently I decanted. They didn't seem to contribute anything off in the flavor, per se, but it was distracting to look at in the glass. As an english IPA I was expecting a more malt centric offering and in that sense I wasn't disappointed. However the malt flavors tended to be too sweet for my liking. Honey biscuit would have been fine but it went a little beyond that, more of a candy like sweetness. The citrus hop aromas and piney finish were nice to balance that off, but the level of balance wasn't quite up to snuff for me. I love Mayflower and will give this another chance but I think it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on a recent trip into Boston
Solid beer.
Nothing overly special compared to others that I have had, but if there is nothing outstanding on the beer list, you could do worse than this....

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The froth on this reddish-orange brew rises mountainous well above the rim. Carbonation bubbles go rampant. Aroma is herbal and grainy with a touch of citrus and spice. Has a good mix of herb and caramel malt on the tongue. Other notes of husk, grain and spice are also noticed. Medium and fairly smooth. Not a hop bomb by any means, but just a good, straight-forward IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Can pour into a chalice with a very slightly hazy deep golden body and a thick white head. The cap ascends to just over one finger high with a thick foamy consistency and good retention. Moderate coverage of the glass by thick webbed-sheets of lacing.

S- A strong hop presence with the classic resinous, oily pine and citrus balancing each other up front but making way for a moderate touch of grains in the backdrop. Those malts are crackery, bready and ever so slightly biscuity. Comes off a bit muddled.

T- Things seem to actually brighten up here with more distinct hop notes coming to mind. Pine and bitter citrus peel (not in a harsh way) once again lead the way but a touch of stone fruit, floral and earthy hops come out. The malts actually seem to take a step further back with just a crackery and bready backdrop and the slightest bit of sweetness; no intrusion on the hops rather a soothing balance. With time a slight bit of pale fruits like apple comes out.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a texture between creamy and foamy. The high end carbonation provides both texture and a crisp smoothness while it ends with an herbal bitterness.

Pine and citrus hops start things off with a slight malty presence backing them. Starts off strong but finishes a bit weaker as the yeast brings some apple pale fruit hints to the table. No where near enough to ruin it but the brew would be stronger without that.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper/orange in color with ado get of white head. Aroma has a touch of floral hops but is mostly pale malts. Taste is slightly caramelly sweet upfront with a touch of floral, slightly citrus hop bitterness. Finish starts balanced leaning towards bitter but then changes to a subtle sweetness. Decent mouthfeel, nearly medium body low-moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer but leans too sweet for my tastes. I find this beer to be somewhere between a generic American IPA and an English IPA. It had the more malty character of the English iteration but had the hints of citrus that are typical of a West Coast American IPA. Overall I'd sayvzthat this lacks a definitive identity especially in East Coast/New England/West Coast American IPA world. It's not a bad beer by any means but given the myriad of more appealing options I won't likely revisit this very options.

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Photo of BWED
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A- Dark straw color, great clarity. White head retains at 1/4". Some lacing around the glass.

S- Citrus, pine, floral, fruity hop aroma. Biscuity pale malt background.

T- Well balanced. Malt lends subtle sweetness, with pine hop flavor.

M- Medium body. Bitterness is strong, but not overwhelming. Finish is long.

O- Pleasantly surprised. Well balanced, just tipping slightly to the bitter side. Expected more of an English style, but this has some American hops, and some piney, citrus juiciness.

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Photo of Kendo
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is golden-yellow with a 1+ finger fluffy whitish head on top. Plenty of particulate in suspension.

S: Strong malt scents, primarily of cereal grains and husky grain. Also surprisingly sweet.

T: Starts out on the sweet, malty side - biscuit and grainy malt lays the foundation - but then it finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness that has a touch of pine and grass and even some citrus (orange peel comes to mind). Some spicy heat on the palate, but the warmth from the (moderate) ABV is predominantly felt in the belly.

M: A wee bit oily in feel, could use a better bite of carbonation.

O: A mixed bag. Clearly an English-style IPA with that heavy malt bill, but the hops do a decent job of showing up at the end and providing some bitterness for balance. Not my favorite flavoring hop profile - too earthy/leafy/herbal and not enough citrus/tropical fruit/pine for my taste buds - but your mileage may vary.

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Photo of Lobina
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to pour it into a little plastic glass at the hotel in Plymouth. Soapy head sort of creamy probably the glass. Very drinkable and refreshing IPA. I prefer more hop but this will do. Decent all around brew. Will try their porter soon.

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Photo of kirztenperry_
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Mayflower IPA pours a deep yellow. Subtle smell. There is lot of malt flavor to this beer accompanied by a reserved hoppy flavor. When I drink it I feel like a pilgrim on the Mayflower making my way over to America.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is an orange that fades to yellow thin head that quickly dissipates.

Smells like biscuit malt and stale hope.

Taste is much better than smell with a nice herbal bitterness going throughout and a strong malt background.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle-Chilled Glass. Excellent IPA.. Smooth to drink with an excellent taste of hops hops hops. Medium gold to look at with very faint smell. This is always a favorite...,Brewed in Plymouth Ma

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Photo of smanson56
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack while camping on the cape. A pretty straight forward IPA nothing really comes to mind to make it outstanding. It has a mild hop finish and not a strong malt profile either. I'd probably wouldn't pick it up again but it is a drinkable IPA.

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Photo of predikit
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very small white head that dissipated quickly.

Malt is strong in the scent, for an IPA the hops are oddly not present, leaving just wisps of scent in the background.

The taste is sweet and fruity up front, slides into a malty character, cracker, biscuit , there is a minor hop presence in the middle, not very bitter, after taste is mostly hop bitters with a hint of breadiness.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth with medium-low carbonation. Leaves a bit of residue after a swallow, and has a noticeable alcohol burn afterward.

As someone who tends to dislike most IPAs offered by most breweries this is by and large one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a six pack at home and a fresh pint from a restaurant near the brewery. Pleasant floral aroma with muted citrus and pine notes combining to create something not quite dank. Strong taste of orange, pineapple and papaya. More tart than sweet. Bitterness comes on without the aid of a sturdy malt flavor to provide a little sweetness to balance the flavor. Solid IPA that falls short of being well rounded.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A - A warm honey color that yields a fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

S - As far as IPAs go, not super fragrant. Oranges, fresh-cut grass, some green notes, and cereal grain.

T - Despite the unassuming nose, the taste is quite robust. The Amarillo hops yield a very enjoyable fresh citrus flavor, while the remainder of the hops contribute grassy, green, and piney notes. The malt is sweet and tasty - not unlike Honey-Nut Cheerios. The finish is bitter and hits the right balance between sweet and dry. Citrus and grass flavors linger on the tongue.

M - The medium mouthfeel and carbonation makes this beer easy to drink.

O - A solid entry into the New England IPA field. Very well balanced. Considering this beer was available (and reviewed) at a company conference, not bad!

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Photo of sprat1960
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Straw yellow to light golden in color. Transparent. Pours with almost no head; less than 1 finger of white foam on the surface of the beer that dies off quickly. Slightly better than a typical mass-produced commercial beer.

Smell: Nice. Mildly hoppy aroma, some malt, citrus/lemon. Made me want to take a drink.

Taste: Taste matches the smell. Nice mild hoppy flavor; but not too hoppy. Some malt/grain. Acidic/citrus/lemon. Ever to slight dry finish. Refreshing. Nice.

Feel: Kind of thin body. Mild fizziness from the carbonation. Slightly better than a good mass-produced commercial beer.

Overall: A nice lighter IPA that I found refreshing. While there are many that may be better, I would gladly drink this again. The fact that it is lighter, it went nicely with the pizza I was having at the time.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.5/5  rDev +16%

What a fantastic IPA. It is not Mayflowers best beer, that is without a doubt the porter, but this is still one of my favorite IPAs. Spicy with darker fruit notes, this is not my usual MO for IPAs but Mayflower makes such a good beer they bring it home.

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Photo of illpass78
4.23/5  rDev +9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a glowing, cloudy orange with lots of yeasty particles floating around in there. Big two-finger white head. Pretty heavy lacing and carbonation.

Aroma: Nice aromas of pine, grass, apricot and citrus.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and packs more punch. Pine and apricot lead the way. Nice crisp finish. A fine IPA.

Mouthfeel: Perfect depth.

Overall: Another winner from Mayflower. This is a terrific IPA at a reasonable price. It hits all the right notes, with delicious hop bitterness and flavor and just enough boozy kick, without being at all overpowering. Great stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at tavern on the square Northborough

Nice creamy thick head 1 finger fades semi slowly Nice touch lacing, mostly clear golden honey color.

Nose nice hops, mild citrus, mostly floral grassy hops, fruity, touch of juicy fruit and orange peel, touch spicy. Hint of malt under that.

Taste brings more hops, a Canadian base hop with a bigger spicy note, little earthy and somewhat grassy too, little spicy chewy note with fair bitterness. Mild citrus and fruity note, touch orange peel. Bit of a sweet malt base, toasted malt note. Finish is dry but little sticky, fair bitterness, bit of grassy earthy hops lingering, long bitterness so if this is all they wanted to accomplish then ok but nothing much otherwise.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

I remember this being better and I could have sworn I reviewed it before. It's a decent ipa but missing the extra something, extra citrus or fruit, our even spicy hop note if that's what they want, but this is fairly generic.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower IPA, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear filtered copper amber with a good sized soapy head that retains well. Abundant lacing.

Smell - English hops with a balanced malt backbone. Fruity and floral, sort of a hybrid between classic English IPA and American IPA going on here.

Taste - Rich malty with a nice fruity floral and pine hop mix. Not overly bitter. Does well here.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very balanced, rests a mix of hops but not overly muddled. Really good drinkability.

Overall - Probably one of my favorite English IPAs (even though it's a hybrid AIPA), I typically can't stand the style but this one is well done in my opinion.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish IPA glass.

A: Hazy orange color. Rocky white head retains very well. Lacing is clumpy and sticky.

S: Freshly cut grass, tangerine, grapefruit rind, and perhaps a suggestion of mint. Toast and caramel malt base.

T: Tobacco, dry herbs, cut grass, spicy and peppery hops, grapefruit rind bitterness clamps down. Playful tropical notes of lemon and tangerine. Oily. Big toasty malt base, hints of dark caramel. Drying finish with some lingering bitey hop oils.

M: Full medium body with some sense of weight. Drying, astringent, and oily hops. Moderate carbonation.

O: Billed as an English style IPA with a "descendant's twist." A substantial malt base attempts to balance a powerful dose of dry hopping with American strains, and it almost succeeds. It's an IPA that has the powerful American dry hopping that the modern American palate craves, but it keeps its foot just close enough to the English side of things so as to reflect the branding.

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Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold 1.5 fingers of white sudsy head, little lacing.
S - Not a lot goin on in aroma thats special, pine, citrus zest, grapefruit, grass, some sweet malt.
T - Taste is good, more on the orange, and some biscuit malt, you get a assertive bitterness on end.
M - Somewhat chewy, still bitter after a while.
O - I'd have to say this is a textbook example of a modern American IPA, its good.

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Photo of Mundia
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bittersweet.
Nice looking beer, not too much carbonation. Good hop aroma but maybe a little something (onion?) in the middle of the floral aromas. It's sweet with some bitterness but made me think it's either too sweet or not hoppy enough. So I kinda knocked it for that.
A nice drinking IPA.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber yellow with not a lot of head and good lacing

S - Very malty with some fruityness

T - Very malty again, with just enough hop to cut the sweetness. Doesn't take reading the label to know this is an EIPA. The aftertaste quickly diminishes.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Maybe could have used a bit more carbonation.

O - Pretty simple and straight forward beer. I'm not a big fan of the EIPA due to their malt profiles, I prefer the American IPAs. But this was good, enough balance to make this crisp and easily drinkable. Others may enjoy this more, but I won't be coming back for more.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Arrived dark gold with copper shading. Pint glass had about a finger's worth of off-white head that receded rather quickly, but left nice light lacing most of the way down the glass. Very clear. Little visible carbonation.

S - Didn't detect much, mostly citrusy hops.

T - Started out citrusy, mostly grapefruit. Got a little bit of sweetness towards the middle and finished off with a light bitterness. Really nice medley of flavors. Did not detect alchol. Was surprised to see that this rings in at 7%.

M - On the thin side of medium-bodied and very clean. Received a nice little tingle from this beer. Very pleasant.

O - I was glad to get this on tap for lunch. Very light, crisp IPA that suited this 90 degree day perfectly.

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