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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasty and not overpowering IPA. Floral hops, dark golden coloured body with ample off-white head. The IBU is right there and the Pacific Nothwest provides a break from the usual C-hops. The palate is shaken and stirred, and not shredded. Good drinkability. Thanks Dr.Jay.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A beer brewed in MA but not distributed in CT.. hmmm odd. Anyway, nice copper/orange color with this beer with a huge head and lots of lacing.. looks like a good one so far. Smell is full of hops.. a lot more than the average IPA, great aroma to this one. I was a bit taken bat a bit on the taste of this one... not as hoppy as it smells or as I would expect for the ABV, but it just just the right amount and its very well balanced. Not overly bitter like some IPA's, it looks like some thought went into crafting this one! Nice and smooth, super drinkability and jsut downright delicious. Great beer.. next time I head to MA I'll have to try this again and their other offerings.... one of the more balanced IPA's I've tried.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a creamy two-finger head that retains well and leaves a few wands of lace on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pithy and piney with undertones of biscuity malt

Taste: Grapefruit pith on the opening, with minty/piney elements creeping in, along with the biscuity malt, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors balance out, though this is still a bitter, hoppy beer; somewhat soapy in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Other than the odd aftertaste, this is a very nice IPA; not a West Coaster, but one of those northeastern IPAs that has a nod to the English while still providing all the hops necessary to please the American palate

Thanks, Bounty628, for the opportunity

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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 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 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 mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date 12/14/10

A: Pours a clear orange/amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to bits of foam on top.

S: Some floral hops, but pretty subdued. I get some biscuity malt and a little bit of caramel as well.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected. Would have guessed it an English IPA and not an American. Toasted malts and some caramel as well. The hops are there, a subtle floral flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with average carbonation. It is very dry on the palate, the more I think about it the drier it becomes. Overall its solid, but not great, pretty much what I expected. If it had a bigger hop presence I think I would bump it up.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the IPA's for the night, I had heard good things about this one so I had a bit of a high hope going into it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.
The pour was very nice, dark amber color with a light haze that quickly faded off but left behind a fairly clear and well carbonated body that took on some light hints of orange as the light hit it. Big white head at first, but this faded leaving only about a half and inch of foam on top that dripped down the sides of the glass, just the way you would want it to. Rich piney aroma is coming through the air at me from the very start. Not sharp or biting, but rather creeping at me and getting stronger as the session wore on. First sip lightly puckers the lips and brings a nice dry hop flavor to it, before mellowing mid palate and bringing to the front a nice sweet, almost buttery note that coats the tongue and offers a pleasing amount of depth. Quickly leaving it has a nice dry finish that begs you to take another sip and gives you little choice but to comply.
Overall a very nice IPA. Nothing terribly abnormal about it. Really a good use of balance and a very session able profile.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive head from the cask pull. Very stable. Appropriately cloudy with a dark orange amber color.

Fresh floral hop aroma with lots of grapefruit rind. Slightly sweet, almost like candied ginger.

Served at 50 - 55 degrees. Mildly sweet with a solid pale malt flavor. Good hop bite finish with a long aftertaste, but this moderate compared to most IPAs. Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Very easy to drink--a good introduction to the style for novices.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

a - A slightly dark amber color that is still somewhat see through. Poured about an inch of foam that did not last long and is very carbonated.

s - Smells mainly fruity but can also smell some citrus and the hops.

t - Has a nice sweet taste at first, and than you get hit with the hops and some bitterness. The hops and bitterness are not that strong though.

m - Very carbonated with a medium body. Has a decent feel.

d - Overall this was a decent IPA. The hops and bitterness were not as much as I would have liked, but it is a very drinkable beer that I would try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

I think this beer was ill-colored by the Music Man clips being played... Damn you, Mike! It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises a good amount of caramel, lime, and pine. The taste brings more dry pine and grapefruit than caramel, flipping the tables on things ever so slightly. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a nice IPA, something the pilgrims probably wouldn't have enjoyed all that much (but we modern folk would drink heartily!).

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling information. Pours dull golden amber, with an orange hue, the head is longlasting, tiny bubble and long lasting, leaving rich sheeting and plentiful lace on the glass. Bold and pleasing hoppy nose. Allowed to warm up quite a bit this Mayflower offering is smooth on the tongue and quite enjoyable. Quite malty, with glimmers of maple and whole wheat goodness, then quite smoothly hoppy with oily and herbal notes. Put it together and the result is a balanced IPA, that went quite nicely with a burger and salad. Nice moderatly hopped sessioner.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, vibrant, amber-copper coloring with a frothy, low profile, light, off-white head. Aromas are subtle, with an even blending of malt and grapefruit/floral hops. Flavors are wicked hop forward, with a resiny blast on the forward tongue, followed quickly by the green, sticky, marijuana-like hops presence that blends with a strong, tart, grapefruit character and a caramel malt backbone. Slightly roasted overall, leading to a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Great lacing on the glass, with a smooth, slightly drying bitter finish. Solid brew!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacingin left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, citrus, and some slight pines. The taste is hoppy, with a nice malt balance, citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a standard IPA malt bill; pale malts, some light crystal, some bisquit. The hops are floral and quite refreshing. These guys produce beers that are true to style and flawless. The taste is good as well. Again, it has a smooth pale malt flavor with some light crystal malts for balance. The hops provide a good amount of bitterness, but nothing over the top. This is a well brewed IPA. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good IPA. It's true to style and very enjoyable.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Pour Judgment, Newport, RI.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy piney hop with a significant sweet malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront full piney hop with some background grapefruit. Soft sweet malts in support.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward local treat.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the NE Brewfest on June 30, 2012. It pours a handsome looking bronze amber with a moderate off-white head and good clarity. The aroma is at first slightly malty but then a decent floral hoppiness kicks in. The body is medium and creamy. There is an excellent bitterness that wraps up the taste at the end. This would be a nice beer to wallow away the hot summer days in.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to tprokop7 for this extra. Pours a dark orange with a frothy, beige, one inch head. The head recedes in two minutes and leaves nice lacing on the side of my pint glass.

The aroma is pretty average. The beer isn't cold enough to mute the hope aroma, so I must say the aroma is lacking. I find myself searching for hops, and finding little citrus, no pine, and just a bit of floral character. I smell mostly caramel, bready malt. The flavor does little to redeem the beer. There's a low-medium level of bitterness, but no hop profile. I just taste a touch of citrus and bready malt with a bitter finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. There's no bottling date on the bottle so I have no inclination as to the freshness of this IPA. There are just too many outstanding IPAs out there, and this one falls short.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is mostly hops but some sweet malts try to balance. Fruity, hoppy finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent orange with a mild white cap that leaves scattered streaks of lacing everywhere.
Smell is of citrusy hops, with some pine, and herbs...but there is something in the background there...hand soap?
Taste is of the herbal, citrusy, malted sugar notes, and weak soap flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, herbal, and citrus.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white ]Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Decanted lazily. Laced in wide, wavy rings.

S: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Caramel malt.

T: Much like the nose. Slightly resiny in the middle. Slightly resiny in the middle. Fairly clean, but bitter finish. More like an English IPA rather than AIPA.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly coating. Very well balanced.

D: Easily drinkable. Disguised alcohol well. Smooth and balanced.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good copper color with apparent carbonation, although not much of a head on the pour.

S: Soft earthy, floral hops, with some light citrus / tropical notes. Definitely more of a British nose than American, in my opinion.

T: Almost malt-driven on the front of the mouth, with more earthy, spicy hops. It does finish nicely bitter.

M: A little on the heavy side of medium body, just slightly sticky. For the most part there's enough bitterness to scrub it, but it does linger a bit. Good carbonation.

O: I feel like this is much more of an English IPA than an American, and as such it's quite good, but a bit of a disappointment for the hop heads.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is a still amber color, clear of carbonation or stray bubbles. A reddish, burnt orange tint is evident. A finger and a half of head is lacing nicely around the upper portion of the glass.

S: Some piney hops are evident, but they struggle to make themselves known.

T: The ale seems a little long in the tooth. Vibrant hops have been tamed, replaced by a mildly bitter melange that is reminiscent of a barleywine. As the ale warms, more of the hoppiness emerges, coating the palate with an oily element.

M: The mouthfeel has it moments, showing off a nice hop profile. Overall the taste really doesn't do much for me.

D: A middle-of-the-road IPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mayflower IPA

A-Copper with a decent head. Looks pretty attractive. Laces well and has a bunch of pretty bubbles that rise aggressively.

S-Malts and hops are pretty well balanced here. Smells quite good. I usually am disappointed if my IPA isn't super hoppy in the scent department but I'm digging this one's stank.

T-Floral hops are the big ticket. I love the hop flavor in this beer. There's definately a bunch of malt on my tongue but its balanced very well. Unique taste.

M-Pretty legit. Sticky and floral. Medium body.

D-This beer goes down nice and easy. I have no trouble gulping down these hometown brews. One of my favorite local IPAs that come in a six-pack. A bit pricey at some stores. Would have to grab a six pack of Finest Kind by Smutty Nose or Leatherlips by Haverhill before this. Both are cheaper, and downright more flavorful in my opinion, but this one is no slouch. Would love a fresh glass at a bar!

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper, no head, little carbonation

Smell: a mixture of grapefruit, grass, and a pinch of bubblegum

Taste: heavy on the grapefruit, lemon, and a slightly soapy taste

Mouthfeel: smooth and light with a bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: This is a perfectly drinkable pleasant IPA, but nothing that jumps out. I will have this one again, but will not rush out to get it.

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