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Mayflower Golden Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
216
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
18.96%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good drinkability though a malt story. Deep golden body with foaming offwhite head. The aromas are a little distracting. Good malts,remind me of European, with a mild hop finish, nicely carbonated. Refreshing on the first warm day of spring.
Thanks Dr.Jay.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: A hint of grain and a hint of floral citrus

Taste: Shortbread malt on the front end with a bit of lemongrass citrus; a bit of hops after the swallow, but the shortbread malt is prominent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I generally wouldn't get very excited about a Golden Ale but this brewery just doesn't disappoint; about as good as it gets for the style

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a foamy, white, three-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelle of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and a touch of bitter grassiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth feel. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good ale. A nice sessionable summer brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep good color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, light malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of lemon and spices up front, which is quickly followed by a moderate hops bitterness. The malt character is thin but exactly what you'd expect from the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that is worth pounding several of, especially since it's a little bit more flavorful than most in the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"I am glad my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, but I am gladder that there are nine generations between us."

--William Lyon Phelps

Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemon zest borders. The parchment colored crown is as soft and as pillowy as they come. It looks fantastic from its creation onward, and does a good job decorating the upper reaches of the glass.

The aroma is wonderful as well, which is anything but a given in an American blonde ale. What sets it apart from most is a fresh brightness reminiscent of meadow grasses and a small shot of citrus peel. Galena and Liberty hops are the responsible parties.

Golden Ale falters a little on the palate, but only a little. Given the ABV, this would make a damn good session ale, as long as you don't need a ton of flavor and complexity. It might also tend to fade into the woodwork if consumed with food. It's still good beer, however, in the sense that it's well-crafted and extremely drinkable.

Pilsner and caramel pilsen malts are used, but only the first is appreciated. One might think that 18 IBUs are too low to matter. One would be wrong. Hop flavor (lemongrass primarily) is fairly prominent and there's just enough back end bitterness to keep things semi-crisp and tight.

The body/mouthfeel easily passes muster, especially when the ABV is taken into account. It's light, without being thin or watery, and is properly bubbled. Definitely above-average for the style.

Mayflower Blonde Ale is a pretty impressive beer from a brewery that I hadn't heard of prior to my trade with damienblack. Thanks man. It's a good drinker that *almost* earns the next highest flavor score. Bottom line: as solid as Plymouth Rock.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight chill haze to the glass. Solidly golden in color. Tight, but modest head with some lasting time. Very nice ring lace on the glass.

Grainy initial impression on the nose--closer to spent grains for you homebrewers out there. Reminds me of corn flakes and bran.

Starts smooth, almost creamy, but becomes astringent mid-sip. The swallow is bitter, but not from a hop flavor. Some of the spent-grain aroma is present in the flavor as well. The body is full, chewy even. The carbonation is high. There are light blackberry notes in the background.

Better than most; I'd describe this as a malty blonde ale with lots of grain husk flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from New England.

Pours light golden with a thin white head that becomes a small isolated patch.

The smell is of light grain - some husk. Pretty clean.

The taste is of light sweetness with a chalky, mild non-descript dryness. Bland, with a salty-ish, slightly bready, mild aftertaste.

Light-bodied. Prickly. Pretty watery.

Not crazy about the slightly salty, seltzer-ish aftertaste, though it is brief. Drinks okay, but one was enough (unless it were the "only thing available". Bland.

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt scent wit low hops and a clean finish; not much else to say. The taste is good. It has a crisp and somewhat grainy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with little hop character. I definitely not a complex beer, but it's a damn drinkable one with no flaws. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a smooth, quaffable, session ale. Well done.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice slight haze golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and spices. The taste is sweet, malty, slight yeast, and some spices thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not a bad brew, tasty.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: IKG-G5731712. Sampled on November 18, 2012.

It pours straw yellow with about two inches of foamy, white head that eventually dissolves but never goes away.

The aroma is of pale malts and grain with a basic clean, crisp hop chaser.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste really reminds me of a German Pilsener with a slight hop bite with low bitterness lingering at the end. Easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary. Still, a good one to have on a hot day.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear pale yellow color. Nose is green apples. Flavor is green apples, hints of caramel and some hops. Unusual golden. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very light golden color. Fast fading head, and lots of bubbles rising through the beer. Crisp, clean aroma. Lightly floral and spicy. Basically, smells like "beer". Tastes like beer too. Drinkable, unremarkable, unmemorable. Maybe would have been a better choice on a hot, sunny afternoon.

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Julio's.

A: Golden bright, the ale is rather clear, a pale straw. A small white head, no more than half a finger, quickly dissapated.

S: Biscuity and light, the blonde ale has a mild fruitiness running through it.

T: Mmmm. An assertive hoppiness, herbal, springs up immediately. The mild bitterness nicely segues into the biscuity malt. The biscuit is bready and lightly toasted. More herbal hops near the finish along with a powdery chemical flavor. Mild fruitiness accompanies all of this. Quite quaffable.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, fruity with just enough toast and hops. The powdery flavors are out of place.

D: A good blonde ale. It's always nice when a ho-hum style impresses. On the plus side, the ale has moderate alcohol as well.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp and refreshing. Could crush this all day. Not huge in the flavor department, but on a hot day or while playing golf, it would do the trick.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brilliantly golden color. Millions and millions of relentless bubbles rise in swarms to the massive bleach white head. Head retains masterfully. The consistency of the head is sudsy.

S-Aroma of sweet breadiness, grain and floral hops. Nose is also lightly yeasty. Plenty of strength in the nose; I find that many Blonde or Golden Ales are very lackluster in the aroma category. This brew has enough scent to make me happy to take a sip.

T-Peppery at first. The sweet dough is pleasant and soft. Clean floral and grassy hops on the finish. A very sessionable flavor, but I would like a little more intensity here. Still, for such a light brew, this has plenty to enjoy. All the flavors mesh well together and I truly enjoy each sip more than the last.

M-More body than one may expect, but it is still light enough to make a six-pack disappear in one session. As bubbly as it looks but the bubbles aren’t abrasive, just very plentiful. A bit buttery on the palate.

O/D-I generally enjoy Mayflower’s brews (their Spring Hop is one of my favorite local beers of all time). This is a pleasant little brew that has enough kick to keep me interested. Perfect for warm days like today. A nice little brew, won’t light your pants on fire, but tasty is the bottom-line here.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the clear dark golden brew. Head fades gradually, with good lacing. Aroma is pale sweetness coupled with lightly citrus hops. Taste stays the course, with light grains and balancing hops. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is excellent. Nice one!

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow gold, clear, medium carbonation, small head

Smell: a bit of wheat and malt. Not overly descript

Taste: a wheaty malty taste with a bit of honey texture--very complex for the style

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: Yeah--my 100th review here. For the style, this one is excellent as it is more complex than most American Blonde Ales...Sort of what you wish macro beer could be, but light years ahead of it. More of a summer beer but certainly sessionable..Overall exceptional for the style.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, bright gold colour with a rocky white cap. Light grass and citrus in the aroma, slightly fruity sweetness, malt. Tastes pretty good. Bitterness starts out subdued, but pulls to the forefront as sweetness fades away leaving hop bitterness lingering in the finish. Hoppy up front, citrus and grassy with a bit of herbal character. Cereal grain flavours appear towards the end, a bit of malt too. Plenty going on the flavour overall. Light bodied with lots of carbonation, fairly dry. Nicely balanced, well put together, and quite tasty.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time ever and I had heard about this brewery. Reviewed it at the Hard Rock Cafe while checking out Strangefolk.

Pours a golden copper color with a one finger head into my pint glass.

Smell is a bit sweet with an emphasis on malt and very light bitterness.

Taste is breadym sweet and lighly hopped. Simple and yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel is ok but the carbonation is a bit high for the style. Goes down ok.

A decent stab at a golden ale. Drinkable and one could have several in a sitting with little ill effect.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Upon the initial pour, a frothy, bright white head consumed three-quarters of the glass before eventually settling into a one inch cap embedded with craters and honeycombed with holes. Brew was pale gold and translucent. Nose revealed mostly cereal grains - not much going on there. Taste follows nose with a biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively and finishes fairly dry. Drinkability is the best part of this beer; easy drinking and sessionable, but somewhat lacking in flavor.

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Photo of cbutova
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a slim-pint glass with a slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Large, foamy white head forms with big bubbles and great retention. A surprisingly low amount of lace from the massive cap.

S- Laid back but not straining to pick up this aroma. It lends notes of light cracker malts, fruits like apple/white grape and a definite yeast bread presence.

T- On the lighter side and pretty straightforward. Has a clean but noticeable American Ale Yeast presence with notes of fruits, spice and bread. A distinct grain flavor comes from the cracked malts as well as some light sweets. Hops balance it out with floral and grassy herbal influence.

MF- Foamy body with a light consistency and a slightly creamy overall feel. Slight bitterness in the finish but not much at all. The carbonation is high and the foaminess almost takes away from the beer just a bit.

Easy-drinking American Blonde Ale that is fairly straightforward overall.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to mkabull for sending this my way:

Appearance: golden yellow with 1 fingerhead

Smell: wheat, citrus,

Taste: wheat, citrus,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp, clean

Drinkability: It's another drinking beer. Nothing makes this beer stand out.

Cheers,

the CpJ

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Photo of gford217
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cedromar poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bubbly gold with hints of amber. There is a very short lived white head that dissipates completely leaving no lacing. Smell is mainly light grains with some sweet caramel malts, though the aromas are subdued all the way around. The taste is also subdued and has a more roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp, clean and leaves only the slightest bitterness with a dry finish. This is definitely drinkable and would certainly make for a decent summer session brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Bright, shiny golden color, actively bubbly with a head to show for it. A mild spicy, fruity, minty edge of hop aroma meets a light biscuity grain for a pleasing nose. It might have a lighter body, which is fine for the style, but the malt goes above and beyond, at least up front. Dry with a big biscuity tone. Hops jump in the balance with a spicy herbal flavor and slightly sharp bitterness. A hint of shortbread and herbal hop in the dry finish.

Style-wise, Mayflower amped it up enough to bring it from potentially mundane to a killer session ale.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, light golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that left sheets of lacing on my empty glass.

S - earthy aroma, sour/bitter hop scent.

T - bitter bite upfront followed with a little bit of malt sweetness, finishing dry and bitter.

F - light and crisp, refreshing feel.

D - easy drinking brew.

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