Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale
BA SCORE
71.8%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 227 ratings
Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first and only perennial offering in our Cooper’s Series of limited batch beers. Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale is an inspired blend of two brewing styles: American Strong Ale and English Old Ale. Aged on American white oak, this full-bodied brew warms the soul with hints of caramel, vanilla and spicy nuts. The perfect beverage for our favorite holiday.

Added by Todd on 10-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,561
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
227
Liked:
163
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
11.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of cacophonyofroaring
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this brewery and particular beer. Malty, smelled of ocean water and grain, traditional in taste but satisfying.

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'll say this much - this isn't a style of beer that I drink often but this beer really is something special. Thick and hearty like a bowl of stew. Pours a deep brown with a frothy cap of a head. Aroma of roasted nuts, caramel, spice and toasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, burnt bread crust, caramel, burnt sugar, roasted barley and some hop-bitterness. Strong ale and English barleywine register with me. Goes well with the cold and drinks like a meal. Damn fine brew if you're in the mood.

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Photo of DAS30
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Exeggutor
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ems_backpack
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark copper pour with minimal head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and bread. Flavors are sweeter, with some dark fruit and raisin mixing with caramel. Just enough hop to balance, and finish really cleanly. Alcohol is undetectable. Could drink this all night. Very nice.

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Photo of rojapa
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smb71481
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBonez477
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Built for Thanksgiving, what would the Mayflower brewers do for a seasonal beer otherwise? Their British-inspired strong ale is balanced and friendly enough to accompany any feast but is characterful and complex to challenge the tastebuds of the most staunch beer critic.

Thanksgiving Ale pours a deep and glowing amber. Its mild haze teases the eye while a billowing column of snowy froth builds. Toffee and biscuit malt fill the nose while its succulent toasted character provides a full and rich grain profile on the front of the mouth. Nearly buttery and laced with candied peanuts and sun-kissed sweetness the beer trends malty early and often.

As the middle palate smoothens, the rebuttal from hops begin to mount- broadly bittered and with hints of fresh oak, grass and stem, the hops offer just enough reprieve to keep the beer from malt fatigue. Lightly fruity with apple and apricot notions of honey create a modest jammy taste as the beer warms.

Spicy alcohols play like allspice on the finish as its oak and vanilla nuances outlast the fruit and the retreating sweetness. Creamy and more medium-full than robust, the ale trends bitter-balanced and drying with a toasy-sweet undertow.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown hazy body with a very small off white head. Leaves little lacing.
S - Malt, molasses, light spices.
T - Malt forward for sure with a nice highlight. I was happily surprised that the spices didn't overshadow the malt character. Well done.
M - Thick body, low carb. Coats the palate.
O - An excellent ale to enjoy and share on Thanksgiving. Relatively easy to drink too.

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Photo of trainingwithkev
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a dark amber color with a small tan head.
Aroma of dark fruit and molasses.
Taste of raisins and molasses.
Medium-bodied, very drinkable.

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look. Medium brown, fairly clear, no head.
Smell. Immediate sugars, molasses......that's it for me.
Taste. Mild malty start, bit of spice then a mild dry finish.
Feel. Slightly spritely, a bit thin, especially for a big bottle beer.
Overall. Very middle of the road, no punch anywhere.

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Photo of braican
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzarooski
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrankShirley
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kdivers
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.8% out of 100 with 227 ratings
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