Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale

22 oz bottle coutesy of DrDogBeer as part of Secret Santa '09. Thanks Tom. The label says that this is an American take on an English Old Ale - should be interesting. Pour is a very nice, chestnut body with some good clarity. Head, lace and retention are minimal, but largely as expected with the 8.00% ABV tag. Nose and tastes give the same, slightly odd mixture. The beer starts with plenty of malts, and a really quite distinct nutty character but as it drinks the hop character comes more to...

Mayflower IPA

Delighted to have the opportunity to quaff some of this at Sunset Grill & Tap, Boston (Allston), MA, USA. 13oz pour. Relatively new to the market, Matt has produced a very simple, subtle beer again. I don't know what his intention was, but essentially apart from the rather high ABV, he has produced an English version of the style rather than an American one. More subtlety than in your face - I love it! I WISH more brewers would do this. Mid-brown pour, not really especially attractive and...