5th Anniversary Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stonermouse on 01-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a mild amount of off white head. I'm getting some hops and mild coconut in the nose. The taste is a bit fruity with some apricot and I still swear there is a hint of coconut. Also some pineapple. The finish is bitter.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice creamy looking bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, with decent spotty lacing, over very clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings a varying aroma, each time I take a whiff I get get something different. Starting with musty hop resins, fresh hop oil like, which turns into citrus, light orange rind and pith, as well as a bit of orange flesh, then into light guava and light tropical fruit, as well as a hint of pine even. There is a big time bubble gum aroma too, like the first bite of Bazooka Joe bubblegum. Hops get slightly earthy and floral but not much, and malts underneath bring a bit of could be sweetness, light pale malts, and even a hint of wheat.

Taste is just as complex, with plenty of hops again. Starts with the citrus this time, orange rind, orange juice, guava, a little papaya, some grapefruit juice even, tangerine, decent tropical fruits. Then the pine, light grassy earthy hops as well, etc. That quickly turns to bubble gum again, which somehow seems to blend in well but shouldn't as it's usually an off flavor. Malts bring decent sweetness with nice pale malts and some wheat flavors too I think, and a slight rich creamy malt. Bitterness is fair but not overly strong, and a nice sweet balanced malt base, with a touch of warming booze in the middle. As it goes it gets a little orange pith bitterness, light resins and musty flavors. Finish is fairly bitter but not a lot, sticky sweet malts that dry a little but not that much, plenty more citrus and light tropical fruit lingering, some spicy earthy hops and resins lingering too.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall complex and interesting, but not great. I like where they were trying to go with the hops, and nice malty sweet balance of the bitterness so a smooth drinking beer overall, but that bubblegum flavor is a bit weird although fits in somehow. The hops are nice but could have been zoned in a bit more to a specific character and that could have really made it better.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head that settles slowly. It leaves some ring lace after each sip. The broth is dark gold with a mild haze.

Creamy, pale malt start to the nose. There's then a grapefruit hop smell. Well balanced.

Smooth body without being too rich. Starts with a pale malt flavor and plenty of alcohol warmth. The hop bite is muted by the alcohol. Short aftertaste considering the style. In all, a neutral IIPA with no flaws.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 4, 2013.

The pour is a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a long -lasting off-white foamy head that leaves a nice dose of lacing along the way.

The aroma is hoppy and citrusy as advertised but there is also a cane sugar sweetness going on. That was a surprise especially given that this is a Double IPA.

The body is smooth and creamy but most of all medium to bold.

The taste is a lot more sweet than I would have imagined considering it was a Double IPA.. The hops are almost played down. But I thought it was a truly enjoyable beer. Hopheads might think it was too sweet.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Driftwood--Plymouth--served into a tulip

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, copper in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, pine, and soapy hops

Taste: caramel, husk, pine, alcohol, and soapy hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a distinct bitter middle and a stronger bitter end, medium heavy bodied, slick, moderate carbonation

Overall: An above average to good IPA. This one is complex enough to make me want it again. It does have some of the signature Mayflower taste.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a hazy honey color. Thick head. Head leaves rings of lacing.

S-Smells like a Pina Colada. Coconut hops. That's rare; I love that. The nose isn't that of a true DIPA, but the only time I have gotten coconut like this was from NEBCO's Gold Stock.

T-Yes. Simply yes! This beer is hilariously unique. Are you kidding me!? It tastes like coconuts. There are other notes of tropical fruits. The malt is also quite balanced. This one is a hybrid, I would not call this a DIPA.

M-It feels good.

O/D- I love this beer. I will buy this again. This is not a DIPA nor is it an IPA in my view. Its a crazy American Strong Ale. I can understand why you wouldn't like this if you were expecting a DIPA...never mind I don't understand how you couldn't like this. Coconuts all day.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My how the time flies. I remember when Matt, Drew and the gang were tap only on the south shore. My little micro has grown up.

Dark gold with a thick shampoo foam head. Solid retention puts up a lacey layer after each sip. Clearer than most DIPAs.

Lots of different hop aromas in there. A melange if you will. Starts with grassy orange peel and grapefruit then strong bubble gum then orange pulp. A peach yogurt phase and finally and boozy overripe banana phase.

Creamy. Like a hopsicle. I prefer more resin but I'll pickup what's being laid down.

Again a variety of hop flavors come and go. I pick up orange with soft pine edges, bubble gum a southern libation called a "Georgia Peach." Alcohol and bitterness hit at the same time and it's a rather unpleasant coupling. Mellows out a bit as it warms and the pale malt peeks out.

Creamy with a transient hop quality sets this DIPA from being another on the pile.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pveilleux
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Larrydoherty
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of meb3476
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of stonermouse
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an oversized mug.

Pours a golden/yellow, slightly hazy with a thin, constant head.

Aroma is slightly boozy, with a crisp, earthy, grassy hop scent hanging in the background. There's a bit of dank, musty aroma as well. Very organic, natural, almost old-fashioned aromas.

The flavor is full of the signature Mayflower flavor, which a rep at a sampling once suggested is due to a proprietary yeast. It's an extremely earthy, damp, musty base that's incredibly unusual. And this Double features it, well, twice as much as any of the prior Mayflower beers I've sampled. It makes a nice base to their various hoppy brews. This brew, however, drinks much more like a strong ale, with most of the grassy hop flavors mostly overpowered with heat and body.

Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, with the flavors coating the palate nicely.

This is quite the unique brew overall. It certainly doesn't drink like a DIPA on the whole. It doesn't finish start or finish dry, and the hops are muted by big, bold booziness and chewy earthiness. Not like anything I've had before. It would serve this brew well to be reclassified as a strong ale due to the variety of bold, hot flavors, but alas, it's a DIPA in name only.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear and golden amber in color. Two fingers of off white head that is foamy with very good retention . Lacing seems to envelope the whole glass but slips quickly into the rest of the beer.

S: Smell seemed pretty mild and faint. What I could catch was some piney hops and grapefruit. I couldn't distinguish it, but there was some sweetness poking through.

T: Very different for a DIPA. Bitter piney hops are very much noticeable. The sweetness coming from the smell comes out in the taste and is sort of like pineapple and vanilla. Orangey hops in there as a subtlety. Honey flavor after the beer has been swallowed.

M: Smooth and creamy medium body. Carb is on the lower side.

O: Not my idea of a DIPA, but I'm not going to argue with Mayflower's originality on this one. To me it is like 75% DIPA and about 25% scotch ale like. A very cool mix even though it may not be my favorite. Try it as it will only be available once!

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Photo of hef
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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5th Anniversary Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 27 ratings