It is amazing how many new beers come out every month, it is hard to keep track and nearly impossible to try them all. A segment of the beer culture seems to over-emphasize what is new over what is good, and many breweries are taking advantage by releasing a constant stream of rotating, small batch, seasonal, and one-off brews. I am not opposed to this, it is great for the brewers to experiment with a wide range of recipes and share the results. While I love trying a range of beers, there is something to be said for taking the time to perfect a single recipe and turn it into a new flagship, year-round beer. It is extremely important to get these beers right, they are the beers that most drinkers will associate with your brand. Mayflower Brewing Company out of Plymouth recently released their newest year-round offering, a low-ABV American pale ale named Daily Ration. Mayflower named the beer in honor of the daily ration of beer each passenger on the Mayflower was allotted. Mayflower Daily Ration is brewed with Cascade, Centennial, and Mandarina Bavaria hops and sold on draft and in 12 oz. bottles.
Mayflower Daily Ration pours a hazy bright yellow with a solid white head. The scent is a big burst of hop-derived citrus fruit. The flavor is also hop forward, notes of grapefruit, orange and guava along with a mild but present bitterness. The malt backbone is light, some crusty bread, which acts as a canvas to showcase the hops. The beer is very light bodied and easy to drink, a true session beer at 4.5% ABV. This is a great day-drinking beer for the whole year, low alcohol but full of hop flavor. I also love that they made the beer a sessionable APA instead of jumping on the overdone session IPA bandwagon. Very good addition to the regular Mayflower line-up. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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