Mayflower Spring Hop ETA?

Discussion in 'New England' started by emannths, Feb 25, 2012.

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  1. emannths

    emannths Initiate (190) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Anyone know when we'll see this? It looks like it started hitting stores around the second week of March last year.

    If you didn't try it last year, I strongly urge you to pick up a sixpack this year. It's a really fantastic beer, and hard to beat at $9-10/6pk.

    Edit: D'oh. I checked their website but not twitter. Twitter says "beginning of March."

    Also, gratuitous beer porn from the twitter acct:

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  2. nas5755

    nas5755 Disciple (336) Jan 11, 2007 Massachusetts

    They were bottling this past week according to their Facebook. I hope they have it at the brewery for growler fills this week so I can pick some up.
  3. rabbid

    rabbid Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Massachusetts

    Some bars got samples this week. I tried a bottle last night dated 2/22. Supposed to be coming next week. Some unfortunate news is that because of the hops shortage they had to change up the recipe and I'm sad to report its not quite the same as last year. Still tasted good, but was not quite there. Still smelled very citrusy but with more lemon and the body was a bit lighter than last year. At 3 days its still pretty green so hopefully a couple weeks in the bottle will do it some good.
  4. emannths

    emannths Initiate (190) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    That's too bad. I'll start growing Amarillo hops on my balcony if it would help.
  5. nas5755

    nas5755 Disciple (336) Jan 11, 2007 Massachusetts

    I think you would need some Citra and Sorichi Ace to help out. My guess is they didnt get the citra they needed. I know last year they couldnt brew more cause they ran out of citra.
  6. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    That's unfortunate news. It was already in short supply last year and I was really looking forward to a full batch this year. The beauty of this beer is it was something a little different and a cut above the pack. I hope the changed recipe doesn't bring it back to the pack.
  7. nas5755

    nas5755 Disciple (336) Jan 11, 2007 Massachusetts

    It should interesting to see what happens. I was sorta afraid of what would happen with the next batch when I heard about the lack of hops last year.

    On the plus side, expect lots of draft only stuff to be pumped out by
    Mayflower this year as part of the Coopers series. 18 beers are planed, the first being a Belgian pale ale, that I believe is out now. I think Ryan is gonna have some room to play around and experiment a little more. I am pumped about this prospect, they just need to get more stuff into the barrels.
  8. tzieser

    tzieser Champion (807) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    i really really hope they got enough citra in there to make it close to last years flavor. it was probably my favorite spring beer last this is rough news.

    i was wondering what happened to the cooper's series. i figured it was dead. the barleywine and imperial stout were outstanding IMO. glad to hear they're trying new stuff again.
  9. dbexpert

    dbexpert Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2008 Maine

    I was told that the beer will always be an aroma focused red. The hop varietal will change slightly each year. This year the availability of Citra was almost nil and Sorachi was ALL at Brooklyn. I have not had this year's version but have utmost faith in Mayflower. Pumped for this beer.
  10. emannths

    emannths Initiate (190) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    According to Mayflower's twitter account, Spring Hop shipped today.
  11. Fluke828

    Fluke828 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Massachusetts

    Saw that. Can't wait.
  12. dbmayflower

    dbmayflower Initiate (137) Feb 2, 2008 Massachusetts

    Hi folks. I can confirm for you that Mayflower Spring Hop ale began shipping in kegs and cases this week. We should hit most of the towns this week with more to come as demand dictates. It's true that we had to change the hop profile slightly due to availability, but we are pleased with the result and hope you enjoy it. Rather than lament the change, we are embracing the opportunity to try something new each year while staying true to our goal of brewing a hoppy red ale that is all about the aroma. The best news... we have plenty of great aroma hops, will brew twice as much this year, and will have the beer widely available through the end of April. Cheers and thanks for your support! Drew Brosseau
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  13. nas5755

    nas5755 Disciple (336) Jan 11, 2007 Massachusetts

    I hope this means I can grab a growler after work tomorrow.
  14. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    Can you comment on what hops you used as replacements? Just curious.
  15. bring

    bring Initiate (184) Aug 17, 2005 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Good job on this one. Reminds me of Zoe. Can't say I remeber last year's sharply enough at this point to compare, but this year's batch is quite good. Looking forward to it being around for a while.

    Hoping some dry hopped casks show up around town.
  16. dbmayflower

    dbmayflower Initiate (137) Feb 2, 2008 Massachusetts

    The four aroma hops are Cascade, Columbus, Zythos and Super Styrian Aurora. Cheers!
  17. JustEarl

    JustEarl Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Had one today, bottled on date today! Great brew Ryan! and thank you Jeff!
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