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Mayflower IPA | Mayflower Brewing Company

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87
very good
211 Reviews
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84
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Mayflower IPAMayflower IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
77 IBU

Added by Patrick on 04-06-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
619
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
21.13%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
114
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 619
Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Founders snifter. Got this as an extra in a trade, Thanks Gushue!

Bottled: 6/13/11

A: Poured a perfect amber with great clarity. Pinkish tones come through when held to the light. Even after a light pour a close to three finger head still sprung up. Off white with good retention. Slowly bubbled away leaving a wonderful webbing along the glass.

S: Some pine-like citrus hits the nose. Some caramel pokes through the malts that are through the middle.

T: Some nice grassy hops with a nice caramel backbone. The malts are present with a nice mix of bitter citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied nice oily mouth. Highly carbonated.

O: More malty than I expected, but still a decent IPA.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Head pops up pretty quick, not gushing, but four fingers high and took forever to drop down. Pale amber glow has a good clarity. Soft resin-like mint, spice and some citric ... an aroma takeover. Mild level of carbonation, smooth and a bit slick within the medium body. Hops slap down a thick oily flavor of spice, citric and mint ... bitterness is not rough, just firm. Yeah, there is malt there, but it struggles to poke through the thick blanket of hop flavor. Kiss of alcohol and exotic fruit in the semisweet finish ... there is the malt waiting for us in the end. Good drinking and an easy way to get your hop fix.

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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 Gushue3
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 2 finger white head poured into my snifter. Beer is clear orange/amber with not much lacing around the glass.

S- citrus is the majority of what im gettingin the nose. malt is in there as well but takes a back seat

T- well balanced. Plenty of bitterness up front compliment by a light pale malt. Bitterness pops up more towards the middle of the sip that fades to the finish. Bitter lingering finish.

M- lighter mouth feel that feels pretty on par for other IPAs. Higher carbonation as well.

O- not a bad beer.

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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 DrinkingDrake
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a amber with a lot of carbonation and a big bubbly head that dissipated to nothing. The nose is a large amount of floral hops leaning towards grassy. There is a background of light malts. The flavor is lemongrass/faintly citrus hops that quickly fades to a semi-sweet body. Drinkable given how fast the hops fade you want more.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | 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.The one thing I didn't like about this beer is that I thought the Carmel malt backbone was to strong on this beer.

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Photo of uustal
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a bit of an amber hue to it. Two finger, fluffy, off-white head. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma of sweet citrus (tropical, peach?) also some floral notes. Flavor begins with a nice kick of sweet mango, grapefruit and peach hop flavor. Good malt background in the middle of the beer to compliment it well. Followed by big floral hop flavors before a bittering pine finish. Really nice mix of hops in this one, yet still very balanced and drinkable.

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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.

Cheers!

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy orange copper with a finger of head giving way to thick lacing. This was bottled on 2/15/11. Nose has freshly baked bread, pinecones and some simple citrus notes along with caramel candy. Taste is a bit diluted showing just some light malts with really not much else. Pleasant and easy to drink with a slight hop finish and floral notes but almost seems a bit watery. Not sure of the price but would be a sessionable refreshing beer, but no where near what i expect out of a 7% ipa.

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Photo of muttyd
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/yellow with a thin soapy whitehead that persists throughout. Aroma is not as big as other IPAs that I have had. Mellow citrusy/herbal hops with a toffee caramel malt sweetness. Flavor is more malt forward than hoppy. Grainy, caramel malt sweetness. Slightly toasted and bready. Aromatic hops in the finish. Creamy, bubbly mouthfeel with a sweet finish. A go-to local IPA that I an always get fresh.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden-orange hue with a big, full head. The nose is full of zesty hops, citrus, and strawberries, all-the-while smelling a tad sweet.

The taste is very well balanced, with a little more of a malt presence than I would expect in an IPA. The flavor is full of bitter hops, straw, and apricots. There's a little bit of a fruitiness, but the hops take center stage yet remain perfectly balanced with the malt background. The dry hop/malt finish is excellent.

I was shocked to discover this beer was 7.0%. It is very drinkable with no hint of booziness. It is refreshing and goes down fast: one could easily feel the 7% long before you taste it.

A great beer from Mayflower, this is an excellent IPA worth keeping on hand.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty beer pours out a hazy copper/orange color with a big aromatic head giving off scents of earthy pine and bright citrus smells like your typical new england ipa. also has that very crisp refreshing brush through your nose, usually the sign of a well crafted brew.

the 1st taste is the best, very clean floral trickle down your throat, gives off a good balance. the malt is pale and the beer is dominated by clean earthy hops.

another fine brewery in Massachusettes i'm glad to have come across.

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

This beer to me is exactly the kind of IPA I want when I feel like having an IPA. In a class with West Coast IPA from Green Flash. Just good, you know the hop characteristic is outstanding, no real maltyness to speak of and a fair amount of citrus.
Overall just a great drinking IPA!

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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 Brooks44
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was just a typical good ipa for me. had a nice hop character with no real malt to taste but enough there ro round it out. has a nice suttle bitterness to it and i would reccomend this as a session beer for sure. had a nice smell and overall taste to it. a nice 6 pack choice... try some

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

A good IPA overall. Good head for an IPA, and a nice light amber look. Tastes and smells good as well. Very nice hoppy flavor but not really bitter at all. The hop flavor is certainly distinct, and not too much at all, but it does have a bit too much a flowery taste for me personally. Good mouthfeel and smell as well. Good beer but just a little too flowery.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge head, medium amber color. Aroma was a little light, but clean and on point. Good American IPA. Satisfying bitterness. Tastes floral, with some sweet maltiness. Crisp. Very easy to drink and easy on the palate. Highly reccomend this one for a change of pace.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color that's darker than almost every IPA I've ever had. Yellow tinted, white head. Decent retention and some sticky lace.

Smells partially of woody hops, partially of grapefruit hops but just mainly of fresh, hoppy hops. If you open up packet up fresh hops and stick your nose in that's what this smells like. Smell could be stronger although I guess that's just the English influence this company maintains. Underylying malt if you're looking for it.

Tastes like it smells--smooth, with hoppy hops but not obnoxiously hoppy. A heavy caramel malt base is present to set the stage on which the hops star. By no means balanced, but more malty than most. Very low carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel.

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

On tap last night at West On Centre in WR. Served in a normal pint glass. Dark orange color. Smallish head, but lots of lacing. Smell was very piney, floral, and citrusy. Tons of hops in the taste, and they really dominate here. A slick aftertaste is noticeable on the palate. I wish the beer was a bit drier in the body. High on the alcohol side too at 7%, and you could taste a bit of the alcohol. A one-off beer for me; pleasant to drink but not an all night choice.

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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 trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of plondrigan!). Pours copper with off-white head that quickly disappears. Nice carbonation. Aroma has some dank hops, but also some bright grapefruit and mango. Taste is semi-sweet and bitterness. Nicely balanced. Thin bodied with slick/oily texture. Finish is pleasantly bitter, but the malts are still there. Nice IPA.

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Photo of rousee
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love everything I've tried by Mayflower. Nice clear amber pour with fluffy head and smells like harvest autumn. This is a nice hop forward but balanced IPAs that I love. Good one for the west coasters to try. Maybe balance can be better than anything.

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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 mklinger
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from my sister-in-law & brother-in-law as part of a Xmas present. Poured into a pint glass. Nice light copper/bronze color. Darker than I like my IPAs, but good looking with a huge head and tons of lacing.

Aroma was slightly citrusy, a bit sweet, but overall a bit subdued, though this isn't the freshest example, I suspect.

Flavor was nicely balanced for an IPA. Still very hop focussed but not over the top. Plenty of hop flavor & bitterness balanced with malt richness. Nice mouthfeel, not too thin, not too full with lots of carbonation. A good, solid IPA.

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Mayflower IPA from Mayflower Brewing Company
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