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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale
BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
231 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:
#9,610
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
231
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Kayakguy
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a 22 oz. Draft poured dark with nice head. Very rich and flavorful ! Great holiday Ale for colder weather. Would enjoy having this one again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 10/23/17

Pours clear amber red with a creamy frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich caramel, molasses, dark toffee, vanilla, some chocolate, toasted oak, rye spice, cereal grain, some dark dried fruit, red apple, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich dark caramel, molasses, dark toffee, vanilla, light chocolate, toasted oak, rye spice, cereal grain, dark dried fruit, red apple, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique English Old Ale.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint can. PKG: 10/19/17. Opened on 11/15/17
6.7 % alc. By vol.

This ale is a very lively, bubbly and clear but radiant shade of amber with ruby highlights. A Thick and robust looking off-white, creamy foam cap has excellent retention. Foamy coverage remains scattered but constant, decent lace.

The aroma is pretty intense, dense and full of sweet chocoalte toffee, brown sugar over roasty wheat and barley. Big roasty, but maple syrupy sweet malts, tangy and earthy grains.....light coffee roast, vanilla and cream with a burnt....leafy bonfire thing. Very complex barley malt aroma for sure. The hops seem to give off a dark berries, fruity tinge and leafy, dry earth balance.

The taste...the flavor profile: Barley malt aspects: roasty and toasty wheat grain, maple syrup/brown sugar malt, dark, wild fruity tasting hops, dry and leafy forrest floor effect, slightly bitter and tangy after taste from the hops and after effect of huge malty charecters. At 6.7 % abv. There is never a real heat presence, which brings the overall flavor sonewhere closer to a big brown ale.

The mouhfeel is certainly full, long and slick malty effects the palate with big saturation. The hops almost give off enough tangy, earthy tones to off-set a rather cloying finish from the big malt profile. Some age might help, as the malt may mature to a more complex entity. The alcohol should probably be closer to 8 or 9 % for thst to become a reality. As is, it should be consumed fresh.

This seriously malty brew will, in fact, be perfect with classic fall and winter meals of hearty beef soups and Crocpot creations with beef and pork.

I will admit to being on a very extended ride of nothing but big and juicy New England style ipa's and Dipa's.....so a rather malty brew seems a bit martian and out of style right now to my palate. However, I'm seriously enjoying this Ale....complexity and balance could certainly be enhanced....but dang ic its not just about perfect for colder weather and holidaaaze season. Cheers 2017.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cacophonyofroaring
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Exeggutor
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ems_backpack
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smb71481
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBonez477
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.3%
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 -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 231 ratings
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