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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Thanksgiving AleMayflower Thanksgiving Ale
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3.87/5
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229 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:
#10,103
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
229
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
29
Trade:
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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that dissolves to a ringlet, leaving a smattering of dots

Smell: Caramel forward, with undertones of maple, rye, cinnamon and leather

Taste: Spicy rye and caramel flavors battle it out up front, with sweet herbal and spruce elements joining the profile by mid-palate to create something not unlike the Ben Franklin recipes that brewers toyed with a few years ago; after the swallow, the leathery herbacious character continues to build

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very different flavor profile and not something I truly warmed up to; quite complex but the spruce/leather/sweet spice herbaciousness ultimately leaves me behind

Thanks, Bounty628, for the opportunity

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

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity caramelized malts, dark fruits, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with a lot of substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby-amber color. Appears to be completely clear. Moderate head, but it leaves nice ring lace initially.

Malty with a dollop of caramel to the nose. Light alcohol in the background with just enough hop to prevent it from being cloying.

Interesting blend of high-alcohol, darker dryish malts and spicy hop. In the swallow, the alcohol wins out. Certainly, it's not an everyday beer. Somewhat thin for the style. I do like the balance of the aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, oak, sweet fruity malts, sugar, light spice, and light caramel malts. Pretty nice, a bit fruity.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, nuts, oak, sweet fruity malts, vanilla, caramel malts, sugar, and toffee. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer; kind of reminded me or a marzen. Fruity and toasted malts with some oak, and pretty easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to the Dr again for sending me this growler of a classic NE holiday beer. I had been wanting to try this one forever, and was glad to get it in time for the season. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 11/29/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark brown color with nice hints of reddish tones on the sides of the glass. Good head of maybe two inches came up over the top and settled down nicely into a thin, but long lasting crown across the top.

The aroma was loaded with spice. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, touches of maple sugar, all converging on a nice malted base and a good, light profile. More carried over into the tasting. Nice light bodied strong ale, with a rich aroma that just would not quite. Smooth ever expanding palate of tastes here. Rich caramel malts that were accented by a hint of cinnamon. Smooth, mellow hops bouncing around the middle and a nice overall presence of earthy tones throughout. Mild, mellow finish was very smooth and left a long lasting sweet flavor on the tongue.

Overall a very nice, quality seasonal beer. Very sweet and quite unique from anything I have had in the past. I would not mind trying this one again any day.

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2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I hadn't this one before, so it found its way home with me.
Pours a dark copper color with a smallish off white heads that displays minimal retention and lace. Smells fruity and sugary. Lots of toffee and brown sugar mixed with some darker fruits like cherries, prunes, plums, etc. Slightly earthy aroma is able to just barely cut through all the malt. Taste is sweet and fruity like the nose suggested. I'm picking up an astringency that is a bit unpleasant. I can't figure out if it's from the wood that I otherwise can't find or something else. There seems to be a hint of Belgian yeast in here as well. Medium body, moderate level of carbonation with a sweet fruity syrupy mouthfeel. Mayflower keeps making these 22oz bottles and I keep foolishly buying them. I just didn't enjoy this one its all over the place.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby-copper coloring with only the slightest filmy covering of a head. Aromas are earthy and richly sweet, with brown sugar and vanilla characteristics on a toffee backbone. Smells rich. The beer's flavors are strong and rich, and they are conveyed on a full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Roasted and toasted, the flavors of caramel, butter, nut, and vanilla shine through, all very well blended and balanced, with a grainy flavor lacing throughout. Interesting, and surprisingly drinkable with all the strong qualities. There is a hops presence that reveals more into the aftertaste, with the roasted qualities combining to leave a slight drying effect, giving the beer a short-lived, somewhat clean finish. Very tasty brew, and would likely go well with just about any kind of rich, meaty foods...like, say, turkey.

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with some spice notes. The taste is sweet, malty, some hops, bitter, slight smoke note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it. I've not been dissappointed from this brewery yet.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage I believe - took me a year to get to this. I think this was from Reagan1984, but I can't completely remember. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and a few specks of lace. Transparent ruby-brown body.

S - Oaky, with sharp and slightly spicy and phenolic yeast notes, as well as a bit of fruitiness and tart berry. Even though this is supposedly brewed with Belgian yeast, there's more of an English vibe going on. Seems more like an English Strong with oak.

T - The taste has more toffee and biscuit sweetness, with some oak and vanilla flavors mixed in. There's some fruity yeast, and not much alcohol presence. Better than the aroma, although the finish is a bit flaccid and heavy on the oak.

M - Medium body, moderate and soft carbonation, oaky texture, and dry in the finish. Not much alcohol, considering the 8% ABV.

D - There's a bit too much oak character, even after a year, but there's nothing really 'wrong' with this beer; it's just not all that special. If there were limited options I certainly wouldn't turn it down, but I can think of numerous beers I'd rather drink first.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. Bottling date of 10-18-2010.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel malt and some dark fruit notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel malt, yeast and some dark fruit. Overall a decent smelling and tasting beer, but there is really nothing too exciting going on. Relatively easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber with good clarity and bubbly carbonation. It almost looks like a soda. The aroma is subtle and mellow with a fine mix of barley and rye malts, sweet sugar, and a downplayed hoppy character. The body is medium. It has a nice taste that doesn't make you think too hard, which you don't want to do on Thanksgiving. It is bitter but mildly hopped. Overall I found it to be nice and drinkable. I wish I had another one available.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SMADMS provided this as another righteous extra in a great trade... Big thanks Peter... I've really been looking forward to this one. Sharing it with Brenda, but most is going into my Delirium goblet.

Shallow head with a descent cap... nice lacing... nice deep amber brew.

Nose is chock full of toasted bread with pretty heavy caramel... lite molasses.. and a trace of vanilla.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit of date and lite fig... lesser caramel than the nose.. but this is still a nice malty brew... present but lite leafy/spicy hops... a mild spicy note comes out with quite a bit of warmth that reminds me slightly of Belgian phenols...

medium body with a lite carbonation that accents a bit of slickness ... maybe from rye or maybe oats... not sure..

Thanks again Peter... I was super stoked to try this one and it has been refrigerated from the moment I opened the box.. yummy for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose and flavor is malty caramel with a light pine hop finish. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to warriorsoul for bringing this treat down to Capone's for people to share...
Appears a transparent, dark amber with crimson highlights when held to the light. The small, off-white cap slowly fades into a decent collar. Small spots are left around the glass before drooping back down into the collar.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, light bourbon, and toasted malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite bourbon presence that isn't overbearing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light tannins, and a sugary, dry finish.

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Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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