Thanksgiving Ale
Mayflower Brewing Company

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From:
Mayflower Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #43
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,348
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
152
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 09:13 PM
Added:
Oct 20, 2008
Wants:
  23
Gots:
  36
SCORE
87
Very Good
Thanksgiving AleThanksgiving Ale
Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by zotzot from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very nice holiday beer!
Pours a dark coppery amber.
Moderate filmy head which dissipates fairly quickly.
Smells of warm spices.
Nice malt forward taste with spice notes.
Thursday at 09:13 PM
 
Rated: 4.04 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Wednesday at 08:06 AM
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured dark amber, almost reddish brown, and sported a light brown 1 finger head that left copious lacing. Nice looking beer.
The aroma was good, warm notes of rye bread and dark fruit, maybe some molasses. A faint spicyness found it’s way once the beer warmed a little.
The taste followed, definitely bready and molasses and dark fruit with a touch of spices on the swallow. The oak aging added a depth and rounded out any sharp edges,
The feel was excellent, ideally situated between thin and medium body. Just so easy to drink.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, wish I could get it every year!
Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a gorgeous mahogany brown color with a bit of burgundy on the edges and a light tan head. Beautiful beer. The rye is really forward on the nose, and there’s a bit of toffee and oak as well. Really nice.

The rye is spicy and prominent on the taste, but there’s definitely room for the toffee and vanilla from the oak as well. The mouthfeel is medium, fitting for the style and the heft of the beer.

I think this is a great Thanksgiving beer. I don’t know that it’s an “old ale,” but it’s definitely a delicious rye ale. Sign me up for more of this.
Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by Gkruszewski from New York

Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
-clear mahogany can pour with a thin foam ring and a sweet, malty nose.
The flavor includes malty, toffee-sweetness and a hint of candi-sugar. There is a boozy-whiskey tasting aspect but the ABV is relatively low (6.7%)
The finish is pleasantly dry. The flavors persist.
This is quite good.
Dec 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.07 by Sellen from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a ruddy brown color, Clear when held up to the light. Thin off-white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving no residual head. No lacing.

Aroma is very malty - with notes of barley, grain, and a slight spicy rye note. A hint of dark fruit and molasses is there as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose with rich malts - barley, rye bread, grain and rustic fresh bread. There is a slight earthy, nutty bitterness to it especially on the back end. Hints of dark fruit, molasses, and maple syrup. Overarching all of that is this sharp oak character - reminiscent in presence of an oaked chardonnay. Definitely a warming beer and the spiciness from the rye combined with that sharp oakiness reinforces that.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Smooth even carbonation. Drier on the finish.

Overall a lovely old ale and a really enjoyable autumnal sipper.
Nov 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Far better than expected - I was set on a decent but meh beer, and instead really pleased with the quality and character of this beer... I never know what to expect with an old ale - Founders (Old Curmudgeon) and many Bruery anniversary releases - all of which I loved - defined the style for me (throw in some Thomas Hardy's as well (and Old Stock from North Coast)) - but they aren't necessarily representative of what the style has to offer, if that makes sense... They are the "big boy high abv" incarnations - beers like Fuller's Vintage ale are more aligned with this brew, and this is actually the lowest-abv beer of this style I've ever had (6.7%) - this drinks like an "English doppelbock" - which is not a thing, but it's what this is like - has the chewy sweet fruits, like dates - and a shellacky, stickiness... Bitterness is of sweet resin and caramel, and leaves a fruit leathery pine coat on the tongue and palate... Feel is medium-weight, fairly dense, low carbonation despite a respectable starting head... Finishes with a little bit of oaky dryness... This is a "strong" pub beer for a cold night or a holiday sipper by the fireside - incredibly manageable abv - the richness will make you think you're drinking something stronger...
Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Nov 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Oct 27, 2020
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Beautiful rich brown color.

Lots of bubbles.

Good head, but disappears pretty quickly. No real lace either.

Soft smell, nothing really jumps out.

Smooth and easy to drink.

A bit overpriced for a "good" beer.
May 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Apr 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: The beer is dark brown when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light it is clear red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has moderate to strong flavors of nutty malts and toasted oak along with notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the combination of nutty malts and toasted oak along with a dry mouthfeel. This beer is complex enough to savor as a standalone sipper after your Thanksgiving dinner.

Note: 2019 vintage

Serving type: can
Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Dec 18, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Somehow don't have a review of this, probably lost in a server crash
Draft at Stoughton house of brews
Big creamy rich thick nitro head, great sticky lacing and clear auburn slight chestnut colour

Nose toasted biscuity malt, caramel, reddish Abbas toasted brown malts, sweet candy, touch nutty and faint oak and spices

Taste brings more of the same, sweet candy malts, toasted nutty brown malts, biscuity, caramel and candy, mild spices and touch of buttery oak, soft creamy nitro too, some bitterness kicking in with spicy hops on three back end, mild sticky finish

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft creamy, decent nitro bubbles

Overall not bad, one of the few times nitro doesn't overpower or destroy the beer, enjoyable beer in general, would be better as a big 9% old ale or something, but nice
Dec 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire

Nov 22, 2018
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Rated by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2018 version is an English Old Ale brewed with barley and rye and aged on oak; 6.7% ABV
Nov 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by nmwhitehead from New York

Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Thanks to housepants for this 16 oz. can. I’m not sure what a Thanksgiving Ale is, but I know it is one, because there’s a turkey on the can.

The pour is new copper piping, sans visible carbonation. Nose is big on caramel & sugar.

Thanksgiving Ale is pretty tame, & I don’t mean that in a negative way, more in a domesticated way. There’s a nice caramel hit, a bit of spicing from the rye, moderate bitterness, grain. Light, drinkable. Yeah, this could work as a beer over the stuffing.

Decent enough beer, but I suspect that’s exactly what it was meant to be.
Dec 23, 2017
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Rated by Kayakguy from Massachusetts

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.
Dec 07, 2017
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.
Nov 23, 2017
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pint can. PKG: 10/19/17. Opened on 11/15/17
6.7 % alc. By vol. **2022 version review at bottom from Untapped>>>>

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.>>>>>

2022....
Thanksgiving Ale 2022 Mayflower Brewing Company Strong Ale - American

Nice hybrid of America Strong and English Old ale. Very oak-woody forward malt complexity. Toffee, black pepper and spicy vanilla is a very nice change of pace from the fat hoppy IPAs. Full and smooth Mouthfeel seems just about perfect. Spice kick to fin

Purchased at Monadnock Food Co-op
Nov 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2017
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Rated by cacophonyofroaring from New Mexico

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.
Aug 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by Ecxeeder616 from Massachusetts

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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.
Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by DAS30 from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by Exeggutor from New Hampshire

Nov 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jeff1973 from California

Nov 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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