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

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Photo of TonyC
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mayflower is a nice local offering for me. I really enjoy this beer, and could drink it all day long.

A: Nice copper color with subtle head retention and lacing.

S: A nice floral/grapefruit aroma. Not over powering, but mouth watering.

T: Sweet flavor with a nice grapefruity flavor. Herbal/floral notes as well.

M: Nice carbonation, and a nice level of bitterness.

O: As I said, I could drink this one all day long, and never get tired of it.

Being a hop-head, I LOVE hops! But this one is definitely not overpowering, but it offers a nice balance of hop flavor. And for me, it's all about the hops. This one has four awesome hops: Nugget, Simcoe, Glacier and (one of my all time favorites) Amarillo. It's not a hop monster, but is a delicious hop flavor.

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Photo of bobbybou
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewey tour.The aroma was sweet,citrus hoppy delicious. This ale is addictive! Perhaps the best IPA I've ever had.It is outstanding. We bought two growlers and then went over to the BBC to see how it was on tap. Outstanding!. Talked about it on the way home and had to stop at the Union Brewhouse to have one more. Wife and I went back to the Union the next day to get more.God,is it good. Planning another trip Plymouth to get more.
Clean clear crisp.The hop aroma reminded me of Fruit-loops,unbelievable! So fresh.This is one of those lip-smacking IPA's that you can't get enough of.Thats all I have to say.

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Photo of BigStarFan
4.89/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a review for the dry-hopped cask-conditioned version of Mayflower IPA, sampled at the Alehouse in Amesbury, MA on 3/13/2011.

A: Slightly ruby amber. Thin white head. Very little carbonation.

S: Wow! Peach! Never experienced a peach aroma from hops before. Also a little citrussy pineapple/grapefruit with some fresh-mown grass and sweet maltiness in the background.

T: That sweet peachy/maltiness upfront with some mild hop bitterness coming through in the end. Don't detect any alcohol harness, despite the 7% ABV. Flavors are perfectly balanced. Just delicious.

M: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation, but, hey, this is a cask and that is the correct level for this style of beer.

O: Just a wonderful cask conditioned ale. Probably the best cask IPA I've ever had, including some I tasted in England. This is a completely different beer from the standard Mayflower IPA (which is still very good). I could drink this all day. In fact, I ordered a second...

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Photo of beerdude63
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really like IPAs and this one has moved to this months top of the list. Pours a really nice golden color with reddish hues. Smells sweet hoppy. The flavor is outstanding. Real big hop flavor without being over bitter. Im really surprised that this is a 7% beer, it doesnt give that impression nor after I finished the six pack did I feel it. Win Win. Im definitely going to be drinking this one all month and maybe the next month as well. Cant wait to try some of their other beers.

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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 Tackleberry20
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer I first tried at ACBF 2009. It has a traditional IPA appearance, The aroma is what first caught my attention. It woke me up with the strong grapefruit aroma. It is medium bodied and crisp and has a moderate cascade hop finish. This beer was a revelation and is one of the best IPAs I have ever had.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed deep amber with a small head.
Floury malt aroma with fresh herbal hops.
An excellent balance between slightly sweet, doughy, caramel malt and minty hops. It's worth waiting for this to come up in temperature a bit to get the full effect of how good it is. Starts smooth and sweet and morphs/melds into crisp, bitter and dry. That sips done... want more.
Just right on the density and carbonation...drinkable ?....gimme another !

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color in my Sam Adams ale glass with a decent head, some lacing down the glass. A touch darker than the West coast style, but hey, this from Plymouth!
Smell was of pure hop goodness.
Taste was very much of hops, grapefruit, grass, and did I say hops? Hop flavor envelopes the entire mouth and throat, what a treat.
Mouthfeel was good, somewhat coating everywhere.
Drinkability is high, as the ABV is not over the top, bitterness while there, doesn't whack you over the head, and the hop goodness doesn't ever quit. Great stuff.

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Photo of EGledhill
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big ups to DrDogBeer for the chance to try this one via Growling at the moon. Served in the S.A. Imperial Pilsner glass that accompanied the growler

A. Golden/ amber body with fantastic white head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing around the glass the whole way through. the way I'd picture the perfect IPA to be

S. A variable hops explosion. Hops, Hops, and more Hops. Citrus and spice. Almost reminds me of the fantastic aromas of Nugget Nectar.

T. Hops and a tingly grapefruit rind type taste on the front leading into a smooth malty type finish. A true joy to drink. no harshness at all even with the 7.0% ABV. alcohol is unbelievably well hidden.

M. Very good mouthfeel, smooth and full

D. For a beer with this ABV, Drinkability is insane. I could try to session this, though you'd probably have to drag me out of the bar in an inebriated state. Extremely drinkable.

I've tried the two hearted ale, hop devil and many others from the style. This one can hang with all the IPA big boys. In fact, this will Probably take a lot of the heavy hitters from the beer style and open-handed pimp smack them down. I only wish I had more access to this as it was one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in a long, long time.

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Photo of MA08
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mayflower Nonic at 35 degrees

Pours a deep cloudy amber with a big, thick, tan head with good retention. Strong pungent aroma of piney hops and citrus. Taste matches, with a strong, but not overbearing piney and oily hop presence nicely balanced with the malts and just the right amount of bitterness. Clean mouthfeel, with some alcohol noted towards the end. This is a different and fantastic IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this courtesy of HopStoopid120 review based on notes

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of fluffy cream head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Floral, leafy, piney & minty hops

T: Floral & spicy with leafy hops as well, plus biscuitty malt up front. Malt & minty hops dance together as this warms. Finishes with floral & herbal hops & a touch dry, almost a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation & great balance

Easy to drink, a well done AIPA. I doubt the Pilgrims drank this good, they were are a dour lot, this would've cheered them up!

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint from a growler,nice copper color with a nice white head.nose has a big whiff of simcoe hops,alot of citrus with a bit of malt sweetness.

taste is big citrus hop flavor,slight medicinal/herbal hop flavor,balanced by a small bit caramel malt.probably one of the better american ipa's i've had recently.

this is a pretty nicely balanced beer,medium bodied with medium carbonation.i wish i could get this in ohio.

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Photo of Cunningham26
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap into a US tumbler. Good head that developed into slight but nice looking lacing. Dry at first but that gives way to a good hoppiness that absolutely didn't overpower the way some of the bigger boys (I'm looking at you dogfish) can. Not knowing the alcohol content I would never have guessed it more that 5%. Proportionate amount of hops led to an extremely well balanced IPA, with a good maltiness taking over when the hop fades. I usually can only do a couple IPAs before switching, but I can easily see choosing this as a session beer when in the mood for some of the other green fairy.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber, with good clarity. Short lathery head that laces pretty well.

Brilliant aroma of oily hops. Pine needles and sourdough bread. The perfect IPA smell... can't get enough of it.

Taste is very rich due to the awesome hop presence ... fresh and lively. Grass. I would honestly guess it were a Double IPA. And at 7% it is almost there. Fantastic bitterness of citrus rind. Full-bodied and delicious. The combination of west coast and English ingredients may be the perfect marriage.

This might be my new favorite IPA. I hope they don't feel like the market is saturated with this style, because people need to taste this unique beer. Looking forward to having this again.

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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 CDiddy420
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Frosted Sam Adams Restal Glass.

I had been looking for this IPA since I had seen it on a recent eppisode of Chronicle.

Pours a beautiful copper color with a creamy white head.

Tastes like a world class IPA. Tons and Tons of Massive Hop flavor!! Love it!! And the Hops keep on comming through well after youve finished the beer.


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Photo of SudburyWineBeer
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

loved the hop flavor and smell of this IPA!

sweet but yet still bittery, a little confusing for the taste buds but they got over it quickly!

highly recommended if you like a hoppy beer! it's not too too strong just hoppy!

Perfect for a roaring fire on a cold Massachusetts winters day/night!

Like the carbonation level it wasn't that bubbly, and the fact that its a MA beer Company means a lot to support them!

Great Beer! try their porter as well,,, if you like that kinda beer

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with strong flavors of sweet caramel & citrus and a floral hops bitterness combined with a hearty malt character that all complement each other quite nicely. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good IPA that is worth pound down for an entire evening.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Screw-top growler filled at the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes at a moderate pace down to layer of froth, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet with a balancing amount lightly citrusy hops. Taste follows the nose, sweet pale malts balancing the lemony hops character. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with excellent drinkability. I like this one however I can get it.

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Photo of timmay41
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Moan and Dove, Amherst, MA... delivered in my Mug Club mug.

A: Pours a burnt orange/amberish hue (lovely to look at in the late afternoon sun that poured through the open front door), accompanied by a two-finger cream-colored head that is alive with small to medium carbonation bubbles. These bubbles dissipate quickly, leaving an intricate lacing design. Decent retention overall.

S: A distinct citrus-floral mix. The citrus notes are rather bitter, like grapefruit, and the floral expressions are like summer wildflowers and freshly mowed grass. Big hop profile, with only traces of the malt in there. The warmer temp is accentuating the hop profile big time.

T: Clean, balanced, mellow. A bigger hop-bitterness occurs up front, but it's supplemented by a malt body that balances out the taste incredibly well. A much more floral IPA than a citrus one.

M: Smooth as can be, with a nice bittering residue/bouquet on the back of the palate. Minimal carbonation of course.

D: It's totally a delight at 7% and the cask-conditioning retains this beer's floral hop characters, making it even more drinkable.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one on tap first at the Sunset Grill (5oz sampler) then a full pint at Cambridge Common.

menu states 69 IBUs, hops: Nugget, Simcoe, Crystal, Amarillo.

Appearance: a very clear, light amber. Thin, sticky, lacy head trails above the beer.

Smell: hops! complex - I could not pick out one in particular but knew there were several different domestic hops working together here.

Taste: crisp, flavorful. Good hop bitterness up front followed by a light malty/hop balance, then back to the hop combo that I smelled. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: good balance of bitterness, light but not thin, considerable carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: I would have no problem committing to this particular brew for a good session. This is a well built beer and a damn solid IPA, not quite like any other I can immediately think of.

When I first tried this IPA it was up against 3 other local IPAs and completely blew them away. I wanted to wait to have a full pint on its own before reviewing.

Hopefully that bottling machine will be up and running soon!

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Photo of Kallessin
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour of a couple ounces produced a huge beige/white head that went up about three inches and took forever to settle down. When I finished pouring there was a very rocky head that hung around for quite a while longer. Beautiful beer.

Tons of zesty spicy hops in the aroma. The grapefruit was very apparent with plenty of pine needles and slight peppery aromas. There is a slight toasty malt character in the background.

The nice balance of hops and malt is immediately apparent. There's plenty of grapefruit and pine needles, but there is a nice toasty caramel character to it. The hop bitterness is very nicely tempered with a big malt backbone. Very tasty.

It's a full bodied beer and very well carbonated. Despite the bitterness, it's not all that dry to me. There's almost a juiciness to it.

This beer is very good. Each sip and I really want more and more and probably drink it much faster than I should. There's no better compliment that I can think of.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Six pack, packaged 6-29-10

A- mountainous head, nice appetizing light amber color.

S- Not a very strong smell, but what I am smelling is nice. This beer is really fresh so I would expect more from the beer in aroma.

T- Good American IPA. Satisfying bitterness. Tastes floral, with a pleasant sweet maltiness. And has a refreshing crisp end to the sip. I don't like is when IPA flavors linger and ruin the next sip, this beer doesn't seem to do that. Strong in flavors, but with nothing offensive flavorwise.

Highly drinkable beer. I recommend anyone who likes this style, and hasn't tried this beer, give it a shot. It's pretty good.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-copper color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops in the nose with a bit of biscuit malt underneath.

Taste is strong with a pronounced hop bitterness upfront that is floral and piney but still smooth. Malt shows through but otherwise, the hops

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops, which I really like. This is a nice IPA so far.

A very competent effort at an IPA. I'd love to try it on draft as well. It's what I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live 5 minutes from the brewery, so I went and the owner gave me a one on one tour and I bought some growlers. I couldn't wait to try their IPA, and it was wonderful.

A: Orange/copper, the head dissapeared quickly, but gives a nice lacing in the glass.

S: Flowery, heavy grapefruit, more than other IPAs I have tried.

T: Very good, and different than the run of the mill IPAs out there. They told me they use Simcoe, Amarillo, and Crystal hops. Gives a very refreshing, flavorful taste. Definitely one of my new favorite IPAs. Well balanced with Munich 40 malts.

M: Lightly carbonated, wonderful hop aftertaste.

D: It boasts a 7% ABV, and I couldn't tell. The alcohol is well hidden, and I could defintely make this a session beer, and would love to have a keg of it!

They are a small brewery and they take pride in their beer. I love supporting these smaller DIY breweries. If you can visit, it is worth the trip. It is very close to the historic Plymouth waterfront, so on your way to the Cape, check out the brewery.

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