Beer Type: American Pale Ale ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 25 Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “The Pilgrims drank beer with nearly all of their meals and the ship’s crew had a daily ration of a gallon. Mayflower Daily Ration is an unfiltered American ale that is crisp, dry and bursting with citrusy hop flavor and aroma. Have you had yours today?”
The Reality: This beer pours a very light cloudy color and does not have a strong scent. The flavor is definitely that of hops, with a decent bitterness level, but drinks lighter than an IPA. There are also notes of citrus and citrus pith. I wouldn’t consider it extremely well-balanced or complex, and I couldn’t shake the thought that I was just drinking a watered-down IPA. It had a crisp finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste that doesn’t linger.
Final Verdict: This is not my favorite beer in the Mayflower line, but I can’t deny that it would be refreshing to drink on a hot day, and at 4.5% ABV you could have several without it throwing you off your game. Overall, I’m more intrigued with the fact that the Pilgrims crew got a daily ration of a gallon of beer, each! I’d consider making a transatlantic voyage if you were going to give me a gallon of beer per day, as long as I wasn’t seated next to a crying baby or Rosie O’Donnell.