Thanksgiving Ale
Mayflower Brewing Company

Thanksgiving AleThanksgiving Ale
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Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #74
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,601
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
255
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Mayflower Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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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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tpd975 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a small tan head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Aromas of apples, mild spice, and toffee. Subtle spice and a touch of wood.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee up front. Mild summer fruits with hints of spice. The are light fresh oak notes with a touch of dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, mild carbonation.

D: Not bad. Solid but not great.

Aug 31, 2010
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Oldejoe from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Nov 17, 2015
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DrDogbeer from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union Brewhouse. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, darker reddish-brown. Very thin to no head. Almost looked non-carbonated. Good, strong aromaa. I get oak, whiskey and some vanilla. Taste is similar - lots of booze in the flavor. First off I get a lot of vanilla, then the whiskey. Someone commented "I think someone put a shot in my beer!" Very full flavor-wise. Very thin mouthfeel. I don't know if it is from the lack of carbonation, though. I cant believe this beer is only 7.7%- it's strength in flavor makes it seem much more. Pretty drinkable, though. I had 2, and will definitely have again!

Nov 01, 2008
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irishevans from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 19, 2012
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown body with some ruby tinting in there. About a finger of off-white head that leaves spotty lacing on my glass.

Smell is packed with sweet caramel malts and some earthy and woody tones.

A few mild spice notes come through that remind me of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight bitterness from the hops. Next both woody and malty flavors come through. The wood flavor is surprisingly yet pleasantly strong here, bringing slight notes of vanilla and a big oak flavor. Packed with caramel sweetness. Earthy hops in the middle. This beer is just packed with woody and sweet malts, but is very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.

I drank my serving of this beer really quickly; its extremely tasty bordering on chuggable. A beer I was looking forward to trying that did not disappoint me.

Dec 02, 2008
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%
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
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Kallessin from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color. Thin light-tan head.

Has an almost a wine-like fruity aroma with a little sweet malitness mixed in. I can pick up a hint of the alcohol.

The wine/oak fruity flavors hit you first, then it has some sweet malty biscuity flavors. There's a little vanilla there as well. I can only pick up the alcohol slightly.

After a couple more glasses, the fruity flavors subsided and it had more of a whiskey character to it. The alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms also.

Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

This beer is excellent. A perfect beer for the fall.

I picked up this growler at the brewery. These guys are making some fantastic beer down there.

Nov 01, 2008
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 28, 2011
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Lawnboy33 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 14, 2011
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tpauer from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 25, 2011
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from corey0212 for the Oct./Nov. growling at the moon cycle.

A - Pours a clear roasted brownish color with little foam, the little that was there dissipated quickly

S - I got a woody, burnt earthy aroma from it

T - A nice woody flavor that reminds me of fall. There is just a touch of whiskey flavor that barely shows up but adds a bunch to it.

M/D - I think this one is perfectly carbonated, not too heavy and is something that I could sit down to glass after glass, which I intend to do right now, to finish out this growler.

Nov 13, 2008
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Jayli from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/8/09

A: This beer pours a nice clear amber/chestnut color. One finger of white head that recedes to a film. Spotty, creamy lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of nice caramel malts, touch of wood and smoke.

T: Taste is caramel malts blended with a woody nature up front. Middle is filled with and oak flavor, toffee, toasted malts and the finish is bourbon like.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily feel to the beer.

D: This is a well balanced, well blended beer. Goes down easily and another solid offering from Mayflower.

Nov 11, 2009
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darklordlager from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes out to tprokop7 for this in a trade.

Pours a dark ruby into a snifter. Small, very light tan head that dissipates after just a minute or two. Very nice looking beer.

Smell
Very biscuity, quite a bit of rye all the way through. Caramel and bread are in there as well. Maybe a little vanilla underlying it all (might just be because I'm looking for it though).

Taste
Rye is definitely very pronounced as in the smell. Spicy, with notes of sweet pepper. Hint of cocoa. A little caramel comes in with the finish along with a little heat. Alcohol works its way out a little more as it warms, but mixes with the rye very well. Some of the oak character comes out as it warms as well. Crispy, crunchy, biscuity. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel is great. Medium carbonation. Smooth, and a pleasant creaminess when the rye comes in near the end.

Lots more rye than I was expecting (which was a pleasant surprise). Oak chip aging isn't in your face, but helps blend in the alcohol very well. Anyone that loves rye ought to seek this one out!

Dec 12, 2009
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Cakanator from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Happy Thanksgiving at dinner! POurs a nice darker brown, nice lookng carbonation. I can smell the heavier sugars and can feel this one is gonna feel bigger than the ABV. Sure enough a thicker mouthfeel but not overwhelming. Molasses and honey finish this beer sweet but not cloying. A worth first beer at the table!

Nov 26, 2009
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark red/brown in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: cinnamon, roasted malt, holiday spices, dark bread and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and a sweeter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice and malty treat. This seems like a super spiced up dubbel with some of the flavors of a Christmas beer. I could have a pint or two. Not something I would get year round, but good for a cool night.

Nov 21, 2011
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother-in-law brought a couple bombers over for the holiday.

Burgundy/Amber color with nice clarity and a shiny brightness. Light tan head that had a short lived existence. Very little lacing remains.

Aroma is of sweet malts, caramel with a brown sugar or molasses quality to it. A hint of the oak to come.

Caramel, Wood, caramel, wood, caramel, wood pretty much sums this up. So it really boils down to this, but there is some interesting flavors here. The rye contributes to a slightly spicy and yet dry finish which accentuated the oak.

Not sticky, but there is a sweetness here that manifests itself on the body of the beer. Very subtle but appropriate carbonation.

A decent little beer for the holiday. The oak really plays a role here and will determine how much you enjoy this beer.

Nov 27, 2010
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joshsbeerblog from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i had never heard of this until i found it on tap at union brewhouse in weymouth. very muddled taste with unknown unpleasantness hidden towards the back... think oak, smoke, vanilla, and whiskey. yeah, it didn't really go together. i like the concept of a beer tailored for thanksgiving, but not the final product. it is worth noting that my friend liked it a lot more than i did...

Feb 11, 2009
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bbeerman from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A..Initially poured a light brown, almost golden hue. After a moment sitting in the glass however, it turned darker and looked very much like a dark caramel color. Very intriguing.

S..A strong scent, almost smelled like it was going to be a very dry(ing) beer. Somehow it smells like autumn.

T..Wonderful flavor with caramel, roasty malts, a slight hint of chocolate (perhaps in the background). Really yummy - would be great with meat or fish.

M..Just average here. A bit drying, but not as much as anticipated.

D..Very easy to drink given the ABV of 8%. I could have three or four glasses of this with a dinner, or even an afternoon session in the fall. I certainly look forward to getting this one again when the opportunity presents itself.

Nov 26, 2010
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gio424 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Dec 01, 2013
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer pours brown with a cherry oak colored highlights when held up to the light. Pretty clear in color has a cream colored head that was about an inch and a half thick that goes away fairly quickly. When it's gone it produces a ring around the edges with minimal lacing. The smell isn't what I expected. It actually smells bready/yeasty, Belgian actually, and almost a banana aroma. Malts are present, caramelized. Has a very slight citrus hop that you really have to search for. The taste is better, but still nothing like an American Strong Ale. There's still a lot going on in the flavor department however. Heavy on the malts, maybe some type of bourbon or scotch flavor to it. Very yeasty again and it almost seems to have some type of peanut oil aftertaste. There are some hops present in the flavor as well, has a bitter smokey aftertaste that goes along with the previously mentioned peanut oil taste. With all that's going on. Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little dryer than I expected, but good, it's pretty drinkable as well. I'm generally a pretty big fan of American Strong Ale's, but this was nothing like I've ever tasted before. I'd like to try it on tap and maybe get another bottle, because Im almost not convinced this is what it was supposed to taste like. If I don't like it the second time it won't keep me away from the brewery though, that's for sure.

Nov 16, 2009
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SMADMS from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from the brewery on 10/31 into a imperial pint glass

A-- pour a clear warm amber/reddish brown with slight head light carbonation

S-- notes of florals and wiskey.

T-- warm, wiskey, sublte malts,vanilla and oak the floral notes nice undertone. Lots going on here and all are standing out on there own.

M-- very clean, light carbonation smooth

D-- as I found the growler went down very fast.. This is danagerous at 7.7% you would never know it.

This is fantastic. I need to get back to the brewery for another growler or 3. Mayflower has hit it right on the head with this one. Great first venture outside the 4 staples . This like the others are top notch brews

Nov 03, 2008
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1%
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
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loupap from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 15, 2011
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TrevorGW from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown ... surprisingly not much head to speak of.

Smells of caramel, bread and maple syrup.

Taste has the slight hints of wood and vanilla, but is cut off by a brassy, metallic finish. None of the secret ingredients are coming across fully. Muddled ... but maybe knowing the ingredients hindered my experience. An excellent flavor nonetheless. Very versatile and balanced.

The light carbonation is a real asset of this beer. Very soft and pleasing on the tongue.

Great drinkability considering the alcohol content. Could go very well with a variety of American fare, and could even taste great on a hot day.

Nov 13, 2008
Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 255 ratings