Mayflower Spring Hop | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Spring HopMayflower Spring Hop
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
mayflowerbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Reagan1984 on 03-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
88
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ms11781
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaged on 2/23/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper, almost amber color with a 1 finger off white head with great retention. The head is made up of fluffy foam that sticks to the glass with each sip.

Outstanding nose. Very well balanced. Great citrus and floral hops aromas are matched with a great malt sweetness. The hop aromas smell amazingly fresh and the sweetness is an excellent complement to them.

The taste follows along with the nose. There is an extremely "fresh" taste to the beer. The citrus and floral hops blend together along with a nice caramel malt background to give it a nice balanced taste through the front and middle. A nice fruity taste takes over towards the back end, light fruit, an almost melon like taste that is extremely enjoyable. There is a bit of a bite at the very end, maybe some bitterness but it may just be the carbonation.

Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and yet at times the carbonation feels quite lively, mostly at the finish.

This beer has excellent drinkability. No ABV is listed (as of yet) on the label, brewer's website, or this site but it feels like it's in the range where you drink a few pints of this and really enjoy them over the course of a night.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Casterbridge
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Wishdiak
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of GimmeAGuinness
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SHCC
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz into pint glass. This beer has confirmed that low ABV american red ales are among some of my favorite beers. No freshness date, although this arrived at my local store within the last few days.

A- Dark ruby amber, did not know this was an amber ale until I poured it. Orangey tan creamy head sticks nicely and has some pretty solid retention. A very attractive pour.

S-
Floral and fruity hops- could get lost in the nose. Very sweet and sugary.

T- Follows the nose- great hop flavor, mostly fruity, some floral notes and a bit of pine resin, mild bitterness but it's much more aromatic/flavorful than bitter. Slight toasty bready malt compliments the hops without overstepping it's role.

M- Perfect balance, oozing flavors, no off-notes, splendid carbonation. Light compared to other beers, but just right considering the ABV.

O- I think I found a new favorite seasonal. This beer is the east coast answer to Stone's Levitation (of which I'm a huge fan)- however this has a bit more 'oomph' behind it, both in flavor and ABV. Glad I bought 2 6ers, will have to grab some more before this is gone. Well done, Mayflower. Thanks for coming to RI!

615

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Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge fluffy 2+ finger head that fades semi slowly with a bunch of sticky lacing, the beer is a darker rosy auburn mahogany brown color, darker than I expected, some slight yeast suspended in the middle.

Nose is wafting out before I even get to it, some nice fresh hops, a slight bit of fresh hop musty resin, some light citrus, a bit of pine, some nice grassy and floral mild hop mixed in, not too bitter, but lots of fresh hops. Under that is a touch of a toasty crystal malt, but very light.

Taste starts with a nice munich and tasty malty base, toasty reddish malts, juicy, some crystal malts, a really nice malty base, then some fresh hops, floral, grassy, very nice noble hop flavor, light fresh hop resins and spicy hops but very light, touch of citrus, such a light fluffy hop flavor with some good bitterness, but adds a touch of a spicy and heavier hop profile. The hops are added very well, and the malty base balances it very well. The noble hops really shine, and it's delicious. THe bitterness ramps as it goes, but hits a peak and doesn't get out of hand, it just gets to the border of astringent way on the finish, but never crosses the border. A nice dry finish too, clean and tasty.

Mouth is medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, wow, I was surprised with this beer. I heard a bit of hype before hand, but I figured it was just a surprise wit low expectations, but I had high expectations and it really blew me away. THis beer is just about the perfect spring beer, a nice toasty malt base, some reddish but darker crystal and Munich malts, with a nice noble hop flavor, and just a bit more of a heavier hop kick.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color but pretty transparent, hinting at the overall lightness of the beer. The smell has a hoppy fragrance over the malt. The taste is delightful. A deceptively light malt base despite the full flavor carrying an almost session IPA-like hop profile that also is light but impressively floral. The feel is similarly appreciated. An exceptional, stand-out springtime hoppy brown.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good flavorful and poundable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark red aurburn with a big fluffy head and good retention, lots of lacing. A bit darker than I was expecting for a red, but the color is fantastic.

S- lots of navel orange with big citrus notes; lemony being a big player. The malts are present with a nice graham cracker, or a molases biscuit.

T- Awesome beer. The navel orange flavor is huge and dominates the complex array of citrus in the beginning. Very floral upfront before the malt sweetness begins to balance out the beer before the bitter pine finish.

M- good carbonation level, nice pine resin but not over the top

D- This is fantastic, I think the abv is close to 5-5.5 abv. I could drink this all night and never get bored. Love the use of citra and sorchi ace and I love how you werent afraid to add a nice bitterness on the finish. Great job to Ryan over at Mayflower for creating an awesome beer, can't wait to see what you do next.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, citrus, malts

taste: citrus, floral, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a very nice amber / red ale. So glad that I got to try it out.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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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 ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours golden/amber with a thick white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Lots of American hops. Pine and tropical fruits. Distinct grapefruit and some mango and melon. Green grass clippings. It smells like spring. Underlying malt scents are very sweet. Crystal and caramel malt.

T: Sweet malt flavors open, then step aside and let grapefruit and pine hop flavors take the helm. Pleasant grainy tastes mid-palate. Bitterness builds. Tropical melon tastes play in the background. Dry finish with hop bitterness and faint grainy tastes lingering.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Firm carbonation adds crispness and enhances drinkability.

O: A hoppy, flavorful, and very drinkable spring seasonal.

Notes: Wow! This has got to be one of the best spring seasonals on the market. Perfect warm weather beer. Hop heads will love it too. It is certainly bitter enough. This now sits behind nugget nectar at the top of the amber/red style in my mind. Best in Mayflower's lineup next to their porter.

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Photo of tkelley
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle packaged on 3-22-11 into a SA Perfect Pint.

A - Dark copper color, really nice looking. Good whitish head and nice lacing. The head stays as a thin layer on top for a good while.

S - Big hops and still smells spring fresh even after a couple of weeks in the fridge. Citrusy too, which I find really pleasant. The grapefruit scent is quite refreshing.

T - The hops are really there in a strong way, but it doesn't punch you in the mouth like some other really hoppy beers out there. The citrus taste is there too, although not as strong as in the smell. There's a malt presence for balance, but the hops are the star.

M - Spicy, in the sense that it tingles your tongue in a good way. The carbonation and hops, I think, work together to give it that tingling feeling at the front of the mouth, but after that its smooth.

D - Really good. I could drink these all day long. One of the freshest smelling beers I've had, with a great taste to match. Hope they bring it back next year.

Cheers!

Spring Hop just wants to be your friend and welcome you to the new season, like a fresh warm rain or a breeze with the sun in your face.

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Photo of dippy
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I had to work for this beer. I went tot the brewery to get a growler filled, no luck. They ran out. I went to my local purveyor, out. I went to the next packie, nothing. I had to go to a wine shop that I knew carried a few 6-packs to pick this gem up. I am sorry to those who have missed out.

It poured a beautiful amber with a nice tightly knit head.

Smelled slightly citrus/grassy. The sweet malt sneaking through, slightly like cereal, nice.

The taste is springtime in a bottle. Now the first time I heard this expression was when an effeminate man was commenting on a particular brand of lavender lotion, I am sure that he would agree that this spring hop takes the cake. It is fresh cut grass meets mister pine cone. so good.

Great lacing on the glass.

Overall great beer. I hope that they can recreate this gem. this would really put them on the map. they really knocked it out of the park. this is by far the best beer they have made.

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Photo of bum732
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

S: Fresh hops, resiny, some pine, grapefruit, some breadiness, candy-like hops.

L: Deep burnt orange, light tan head, creamy retention and solid lacing.

T: Grapefruit rind like hop with key limes. Semi-grassy sweetness followed by a rind-like bitterness. Typical hoppy dryness.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Solid beer, unique aroma and taste, very rind like and a great hop aroma. Absolutely love this brewery.

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Photo of boomboom
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark amber; darker than I was expecting for a spring hop beer, but nice color and decent lacing.

Smell is almost more like light orange or tangerine to me, with a hint of the typical grapefruit.

Taste is grassy with a hint of caramel on the side and the malt comes in as well. Not too flowery but that's OK for this one.

Mouthfeel is great and the taste stays with you.

Very drinkable and I think the ABV is manageable for being a session beer. Overall, a great beer from Mayflower; up there with their IPA, which I think is one of the best IPA's in the Boston area.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark amber with a fingers width white cap. Drippy lace left by decent retention.

Bright, airy, floral and grapefruit citrus hops and fruity bread crust aroma. Has a deep earthy undercurrent from which the hops bring brightness to like the first sunshine rays of a thawing New England spring. Hooray for the power of suggestion.

Grapefruit hop flavor and an earthy, sweet, slightly raisin puree hinted, bread crust malt. Grassy, grapefruit bitter. Mouthfeel is silky smooth - reminds me of Geoffrey Beene Sateen shirts in a tactile sense.

There are few things I enjoy more than an balanced, flavorful, sessionable amber ale.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mayflower Brewing Company - Mayflower Spring Hop, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a beautiful filtered deep ruby amber with a terrific soapy head that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves behind tons of sticky lacing. Perfect appearance.

Smell - Aroma is rich red malts with a nice pine/floral hop overlay. Some malty breadiness.

Taste - Clean and crisp, the malts sit back for a blast of resiny hops.

Mouthfeel - Rests quite bitter with a little bit of malt stickiness. Some malt heat booziness which is only slightly off-putting for the ABV. Light-medium bodied with low-medium carbonation.

Overall - Good hoppy amber/red. Big hops, of the piney, not juicy variety. A solid take on the style with some oomph for hop heads.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a perfect amber, just as expected. The head, while thin, laces well and is somehow creamy around the edges.

Aroma here matches the flavor exactly. It is fairly potent and very clean.

The flavors here are unique, quite unlike anything I've tasted before. The Mayflower IPA is clearly the base here, as the malt profile is quite similar. And this flavor is Mayflower copyrighted- woody, slightly spicy, with a touch of mild fruitiness. The Spring Hop twist is a slightly cleaner, yet slightly more malty take on their IPA.

Mouthfeel is dense; perhaps a little too dense for a spring brew. But the flavors are crisp, so it is palatable.

Overall, this one delivers. I suspect Mayflower will become a love-it-or-hate-it brewery because their base flavors are usually predictable. If you like it, you'll like their brews. I am personally sold, but others may differ.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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