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Mayflower Spring Hop | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Spring HopMayflower Spring Hop

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Andrew041180
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Arrived a copper color with an inch or so of head. Darker than I expected. Bubbly head lasted longer than I expected, but didn't really leave any lacing. Nice looking beer.

S - Nothing significant, but a nice mix of citrus hops and light malt.

T - Follows the nose. Basic, but really nice. The cask absolutely imparted a woody character to the beer. Lots of subtleties.

M- Medium bodied and soft. Not flat like I expected from a cask.

O - Great experience. Hard to judge based on the cask preparation. It's nice to have a beer at a bar that has carbonation and isn't freezing cold. Would buy again!

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inch tall off white dense-bubbled head. Body is a red/mahogany color. Sticky spiderweb lacing, good head retention.

Piney/woody aromas.

Rich toasted caramel flavors with a biting hop profile. Would guess more than the stated 5.3%abv just because it packs the flavor so well.

Medium carbonation, medium-full mouthfeel.

Enjoying the prickly hop bite on this one. Thanks mj0126 for this great local beer!

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Photo of brureview
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/31/14. Current date 3/7/14.

Poured an attractive amber color in a stein with a 4 finger head which
resolved itself in a few minutes.

Aroma- very strong pine with a hint of vanilla.

The mouth feel is carbonated yet not overdone.

The aroma transitions nicely to the piney taste, which is not as accentuated as the aroma.
The beer finishes with good hoppiness followed by a light bitterness.

Overall, a very good beer. I would have liked a bit more fruit and pine in the taste.
The hoppiness was quite good and the finish was smoother/lighter than other beers in the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that appears to be stamped 1/30/13. Sampled on June 18, 2013.

The pour is a very attractive medium amber but there's little to no head and the carbonation seems a little slow and stagnant.

The aroma has a fine floral character like the blossoms of a New England spring. Also a moderate caramel malt character but it it still overpowered by the hops.

The body is medium with a vague acidic texture.

Wonderful hoppy taste with additional flavors of biscuit malts and sweetness. But even though the hops are predominant they still do not result in a biting bitterness.

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Photo of Gatch
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful copper red color with a tan head. Good lace. Sweet malt and fruity hops in both the nose and taste. Sugary, sweet liquid. Great balance of malt and hop and definitely not as hop forward as I expected but its awesome for the style. Smooth and easy drinking. I had high expectations for this beer and they were met. Delicious brew. Still good in May when I think it was released in March.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/17/13 Bought at Quality Liquors in Salem.

A - Dark amber color, was not expecting it to be so dark and my fears were later confirmed that this was a much more malt balanced beer than the title indicated. Nice bubbly head but it didn't last very long at all.

S - Best part of the beer. Fresh hop aroma, citrus-grapefruit and malt together great combination.

T - Has a nice hop taste up front, but there was a whole lot of malt taste in this beer considering how fresh I bought it, and because the beer didn't have much carbonation which lead to a light english style flavor.

M - Although the head was well formed, the beer was sort of flat and didn't carry the malt over as well. This could be a potentially delicious cask ale.

O - Nice ale to warm up with while the spring is coming on. Darker than most other spring style or session ales. Quality choice for the value in a six pack, especially if you're a fan of mayflowers other beers.

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Photo of Thads324
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle with a clear date of 2/26/13

pours a medium mahogany with red hues. big white head that dissipates at a medium pace...

almost smells bitter. hoppy "green" smellwith a bit of dark bread. a bit of citrus, a bit of earth, a bit of pine. very nice

tastes just like it smells. starts light, transitions to a sweet flavor with grassy and tangerine hop flavor. bitterness hits towards the end with some pine and earth. Very bold bitterness towards the end, which really compliments the lighter hop flavor and mild sweetness at the beginning and middle. Malts are of very mild bread, a hint of blackberry and the slightest bit of caramel and toffee. Hops are just fantastic!

lighter body than you would expect from the appearance with a low carbonation that carries its aggressive bitterness. good lingering hop bitterness.

A simply fantastic beer. In a world where you can buy fresh summer beer before spring hits, this is a breath of fresh air! I'd love to see this year round. Very tasty, good hoppiness and drinkable as all hell. Great great stuff!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a clear copper body with a 1 finger white head that reduces quickly. Leaves little lacing.

S- Literally smells like spring. Fresh citrus zest, floral notes, earthy, pine, caramel, toffee.

T- Very floral, with pine and citrus hop notes sitting on a solid sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body, crisp and refreshing.

A solid spring offering. I could easily put down a sixer of this. Easy drinker with a nice fresh taste.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a deep copper and amber color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts with some citrus and piney aromas in the rear. The scent is a bit on the light side and would be a lot better if it were more fragrant.

Taste: Same as above. Hops are nice with some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and silky smooth, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice amber/red. The taste could be cleaner and the aroma more noticeable, but I'm happy with this one.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had a couple of beers from this company before, but this is the first official review.

A: Beer pours a deep, dark amber color with not much of a head on it, thins out pretty fast but leaves some bubbles on the top.

S: Initial aroma is of grassy, floral notes and hops. Not too much else but the hops definitely dominate the smell.

T: Not much bite, do get more of a pine flavor as opposed to citrus or grapefruit. Hop flavor is sweet and satisfying and finishes with a dry yeast.

M: Very light and drinkable, not over powering in any aspect. Carbonation definitely brings out the hop flavor.

O: Very delicious, but also very tame hop type beer. Have had their IPA and that was pretty strong, dont think thats what they were going for here. Kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams did with their Alpine Spring.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant tangerine amber color.
Half finger of off white head, quick to fade.

Pleasant ripe pine nose with some floral hoppiness.

Taste is also lots of pine, dry hop with subtle floral notes. Maybe a hint of orange citrus. Bigger malt than I would have expected. Really rich and full flavored.

Feel is dry but robust. Medium bodied. Lingering dry hop on the finish.

Overall, seems to fit the bill well, but not a spectacular option. Well balanced, but nothing super complex. Just very likeable and straightforward. Makes a good pairing for the spring thaw while the sun goes down. Was hoping for a bit more hop though given the name. Great to have Mayflower available in CT now though.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having been unimpressed with some of Mayflower's other beers, I was taken aback by this fresh springtime treat. Great little body and light, refreshing texture and finish. Beautiful blend of grassy and floral aromas and flavors. Soft-spoken medium roasted/amber malt makes way for the hops to herald the season. I'll be drinking this for a few weeks. :)

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown to deep amber color. Lots of blanketing lace which leaves a ring after each sip.

Not much aroma from this bar pour--what's there is hoppy, fresh and bitter.

Astringent flavor--very dry malt. The hop is surprisingly modest, acting mostly as a spice to the near-bitter malt. The body is good and carbonation is low.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear ruby/mahogany color with a half finger of white bubbly head, visibly effervescent, some streaks of lacing.

Smells very nice but somewhat faint- light citrusy and floral hop aromas with just a trace of malt sweetness.

Tastes great- hops cover the spectrum; mostly citrusy and floral but also a little pine. They must've used cascade and maybe centennial but beyond that I'd like to know. Nice carmel malt sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel is superb- creamy and delicious. Medium light body with a divine soft carbonation- somewhat prickly at first but smoothes out and lasts forever. Taste stays on your tongue in a very present way for at least 30 seconds. I'd highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice clear ruby red pour. Huge dense tan head adorns it. Head retention is top notch, it never fully fades, leaving a nice permanent foamy island. Lacing leaves spiderwebs all over the glass.

S: Nice citrus hop character up front with a bit of pine. Very nice bready and sweet malt backs it up. Touch of resin once in a while.

T: Citrusy with orange and grapefruit. Big sweet bready malt comes in after that to balance it up. Bitter pine and resin follows and lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a bit bitter and drying in the aftertaste.

O: Great amber ale. Nice strong malt with enough hops to match. Varied and balanced flavor. I daresay that this is basically Nugget Nectar Jr. Not as good in any one area of course but stands on its own nicely. Drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into nonic pint

Got about three fingers of light colored head with an aggressive pour. A little pillowy on top. Color is a nice deep, dark amber red/brown. There’s a bit of chill haze but it is short lived. Some lacing but not much.

Smell is very piney and resiny. It’s a sharp smell and you could probably pick up the hops off this one from 7-8 feet away. Some citrus comes through as well but it’s more pith than fruit.

The taste has a lot more of the pine at first. That fades out some to let malt come through towards the end of the taste. Bitterness hits pretty well at and I think it could use more balancing out. Maybe the hop high point doesn’t have to be so high. Any fruit I get in the taste is not sweet but tending towards bitter, much like how the smell was. The sharpness of the pine lessens somewhat as the beer warms up a little but it is still the dominant flavor. This also makes the beer feel a little smoother overall with the malt coming forward some more.

Mouthfeel is good overall. The carbonation is somewhat prickly on the tongue. Aftertaste feels neither wet nor dry to me. Comes off fairly neutral. The bitter citrus lingers but not that strongly.

I like a hoppy amber. Zoe from Maine Beer Co. was great for me. However, Spring Hop feels like it needs some evening out. The malt didn’t present enough overall for my taste and I kept feeling more like I was having an IPA at points than an amber. This is not to say the beer was bad in any way. It was fresh and very tasty but just not quite what I’d had in mind going in. The total is not equal the sum of the parts when I work out the scoring. I’d be happy to try Spring Hop again and perhaps I’d enjoy it more while not thinking in terms of a review.

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Photo of Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Packaged 2/17/12. Thanks to BA morningthief for picking me up this beer.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch, frothy and bubbly, bone-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a few rings of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent dark, brownish red, and leaves occasional lacing islands.

Smell: Citrusy hops, with a sweet mango note. Interesting dark malt background aromas that are difficult to describe further, but good.

Taste: Bready malt up front, with subdued citrus and mango hop flavor in the background. High bitterness relative to the rest of the flavor (gives a refreshing impression, at least for me). White bread aftertaste.

Good malt flavors, decent hop flavor. Well put together beer. Nothing flashy, but nothing to complain about either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit watery sometimes. Good carbonation (high side of moderate). Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Solid beer. Ideally would be consumed on tap, in abundance, with good company and/or over a good meal.

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Photo of A_Casual_Fan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Review on BA.

Serving Type -- Two 12oz bottles, in a big "20 oz" beer mug that actually fits 23.90 oz. Not quite a maskrug, but a worthy vessel in any case. (for $1 @ Dollar Store, by the way. Check the endcaps.)

Appearance -- Color is surprising for such a hoppy ale, would expect far more malty tones based on presence of red. Before pouring, I had assumed it was closer to the IPA-ish end of the spectrum, based on what I had heard about hoppiness levels. Once poured, no longer sure what to expect. Color is dark, a brown-with-heavy-red overtones, but is misleading relative to taste.

Smell - Despite owning a "power nose", tough to discern anything unique. Similar to an IPA, as best i can make out.

Taste - First, immediate, taste on a clean palate is truly redolent, in a big way, of copper or other metal (Amstel Light or Strohs, almost "rusty"), but almost ****<b><u>immediately</b></u>**** (within seconds) is superseded by the big big big big big big big big "Big Pine Tree" hops tones. Afterwards, some malty aftertastes, mixed with bitter hops.

Mouth Feel -- I am not sophisticated enough to put a fine point on things related to mouth feel, but my impression is that this is lighter/smoother than a stout or porter or even a heavy nut brown. Feels about as heavy as a IPA or lager. Liquid, not creamy in any way. Crisp.

Overall -- Wow. Talk about crazy good hop combo. Pine trees. Big pine trees. Very unique, intense combination of flavors. Color adds to overall surprise/wow factor. Me likey.


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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mayflower Spring Hop Ale
12 oz brown bottle
03/06/12 jet ink on the side of label
Served in a 20 oz tulip

Pours a reddish crimson color with a decent head on top. Trails of sticky lace cling to the side of the glass.

Nice aroma of malts, but also some hoppy notes of citrus fruits too.

The mouthfeel provides a chewy malt backbone with hints of caramel sweetness. The finish provides a nice hop snap with flavors of green apples and citrus inspired grapefruit.

An enjoyable spring time beer from Mayflower. Having this beer reminds me that I need to plan a trip to visit the brewery down in Plymouth.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks merc for this sweet free gift

The beer pours a deep crimson, almost dried blood red with a thick, foamy off-white head. There's some nice looking lacing and no sediment. The smell is big hops (not specifically citrus or pine), sweet malt, and a touch of alcohol. Although the head falls quickly in my wide-mouth DFH goblet, it's easily regenerated with a swirl. Nothing seems to be out of balance in this beers nose and taste, therefore it will pair nicely with dinner. It's got a nice malt base that helps stifle the intense hops, but the aftertaste is all AA bitterness. The beer's body is a light-medium and has a creaminess associated with the intense carbonation. There is no excessive, unwarranted bitterness in the aftertaste, just a residual grafefruitiness.
Overall this beer tastes fresh, hoppy and is easy to drink. It reminds me a lot of sixpoint's resin due to it's rich maltiness and intensely resiny hops. It's definitely something I'd try again and I would especially like to enjoy a full pint at some point.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wachusett Brewing pint glass.

A: Poured with a pinky of off-white head. Crystal clear brown with slight ochre highlights.

S: Hoppy. Not overpoweringly so, but the piney hop qualities are all I could really notice.

T: And again, as the name might already have you expecting, this one comes out hoppy. Pine needles and a little pale malts with some bitterness throughout and a touch of toastiness on the end.

M: Light and sticky and foamy. Like drinking a rabbit.

O: I need to stop trying very highly rated brews where hops are playing the main stage. Not that I can't enjoy them, or didn't enjoy this, but I feel like I'm not getting as much out of it as others are. An enjoyable clean brew that tastes a little like a coniferous forest. Good if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Finger of off white head with nice lacing and long lasting head retention. Very pretty, dark copper/amber color.

S: Some citrus and pine, earthy notes. Sweet bready malts hanging out too. Smells nice.

T: Toasted caramel malts followed by a nice spicy citrus/piney hop bitterness. Nice and balanced, sweetness and bitterness work very well.

M: Medium bodied with a noticably high level of carbonaion, something I wasnt expecting. Just a bit of oily hop slickness. Good drinkability too.

O: A nice, local rendition of a spring time hoppy amber red. Its flavorful, easy drinking, and quite sessionable. Safe to say this and their Porter are my favorites from them.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly opaque, blended copper-amber coloring with a frothy, big bubbled, off-white head that settles into a filmy coating of the surface. Aromas are very well blended, with a complex malty backbone of caramel, nut, and toffee giving rise to a hoppy, floral, and resiny highlight. Flavors are hop forward, with a green and resiny hops presence overlaying a solid caramel and toasty malt backbone. There are some buttery toasted characteristics throughout, and even a buttered popcorn flavor at some points. Good, complex flavor profile. The aftertaste is mild, with a resiny and bitter blend, leading to a bitter and somewhat resiny, drying finish. Almost astringent. Decent brew, giving an interesting twist to the red style.

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Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a purplish/amber beer produces a sizable soft off-white head that sticks around for a while and laces very nicely.

some caramel malts give way to herbal/floral/woody, citrus and grassy hops.

starts with some crackery malts with a ton of caramel and then a rush of hops come in providing some spicey, herbal, floral, citric and pine flavors. a bit toasty, but hoppy and balanced.

medium bodied a bit resiny and a bit sticky with subtle but present carbonation.

another quality, though not quite mind-blowing, Mayflower beer. They are always worth the money, and this is another example of that.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle, 3 weeks old.

A: Pours a clear, Deep Ruby Read, huge head with an olive tint, head, head thins out but lasts with you till the end. Leaves a "berlin wall" of lacing.

S: This is one you can smell as soon as you crack it open. Mix of rasin bread malts with juicy citrus/pine/ hops. More sweet citrusy than I remember it. Very enticing.

T: Starts of with a biscuity, lightly toasted malt sweetness, finishes with a herbal grassy pine/lime with a hint of grapefruit hop flavor. Overall a quite green/herbal/grassy flavor. Some spiceness (rye?) in there too from the malt backbone, also has a butter malt aspect towards end. Strong/interesting flavors.

M: Very Carbonated. Body is a bit thin/watery but for relatively low ABV that's not surprising. Leaves the palate dry. A beer that could hold up to an all day session and excellent to pair with food.

O: For the style this is really world class, an excellent example of NE microbrewery putting out an awesome beer in an often overlooked/under-appreciated style. A must buy for any fan of craft beer, tame enough for the masses, but well crafted in a way a true advocate can appreciate. I will make sure I buy this every spring.

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Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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