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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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640 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red is a quaffable, well-balanced red ale with character. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, we used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-09-2013)
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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +12.7%

This pours a lovely red with a 2 finger head of foam.

It smells balanced. Nice hoppy aromas with ample malt backing it up.

Taste wise, it's not as balanced as the smell as the bitter hops are very assertive. I do have to say the malt is well done and I do get hints of maple.

A very pleasurable mouthfeel.

This is a solid brew for the autumn season and it's very easy to drink.

Bitterbill, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, marked 3LQ, served in lager glass.

Looks great: deep red-amber (light copper) body with a large semi-creamy, light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing and has very good retention. High clarity with fine-grained carbonation bubbling.

Aroma: surprisingly sharp and strong hop note, considering the style. Sweet caramel with a hint of maple.

Flavor: odd sweet-bitter balance that seems to swing back and forth from bitter to sweet but is overall mildly bitter. Decent malt complexity. Unfortunately, only a faint hint of maple syrup.

Feel: Medium-full with excellent, soft carbonation. Very creamy for style.

chinchill, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, opaque, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and two and a half fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. As the beer is consumed, there’s some gorgeous lacing of foam that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French Baguettes and English muffins, followed by some maple syrup and caramel, as well as some piney, grassy, hops.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of the bready, toasted malt up front, imparting biscuit-like flavors, followed by caramel, honey and maple syrup-like sweetness, a touch of lemony citrus, and some spices of black pepper and a touch of clove. The beer finishes with some beautifully balanced, grassy, piney, ever-so-slightly bitter hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation in this beer. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another damn good beer from Anchor Brewing. Malty, slightly sweet and balanced beautifully with some piney, slightly bitter hops, this beer is an excellent beer for the autumn season, and a unique one too, as it’s not a pumpkin beer or an Oktoberfest beer, which are the typical beers for this time of year. Delicious!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of evanforbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Some of the most beautiful fall beer label art out there

Pours a light auburn with beige head

Nose: soapy spritzy hops with some muted fruit and sticky sweet caramel malt, and maybe a touch of maple

Taste: sweet toffee caramel malt,a note that kind of reminds me of whiskey, light peachy hop bite, turns a wee bitter with more malt sweetness and a touch of light amber maple sweetness

Feel: light, sweet, drinkable,

A decent and innteresting beer, kind of ESB-like. I like the maple, I wish there was a little more and a little more general umph to the brew. Alas, a nice fall brew

evanforbeer, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code.

Amber hue, slightly hazed with a tiny bubbled sudsy lacing that sticks around for a while. Soft resiny hops, hint of maple, toasted bread, light stone fruit, and some earthiness in the nose. Smooth, toasted maltiness, orangey hops, hint of maple, mild peppery hop bitterness, bread crust, semi-dry finish with toasted grain, hop resin and faint maple in the end.

A fine fall time brew here, well balanced and easy to drink. Could certainly go for more than one.

Jason, Oct 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

reizorc, A moment ago
Photo of GriswoldR3
3/5  rDev -15.5%

GriswoldR3, Today at 02:56 AM
Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright caramel color with a massive head of dense, lumpy foam. Initial smell is juicy fruit and wild berries, followed by grapefruit, unripe peach, wood, and grass. Malts are biscuity, which the maple syrup compliments nicely. Flavor seems to be maltier to start with a caramel, nutty, maple sweetness, but transforms into something more green, hoppy, and bitter by the finish. This does help to cut down the sweetness, but the hops lose their initial fruitiness and turn grassy, minty, and piney which results in something more bitter and dry feeling. Solid medium body and creamy. Things are skewed a little towards the bitter side and the maple is subtle, but this is still pretty nice in an old-school kind of way. Despite the mostly "newer" hop profile, this seems like something Anchor has always brewed.

wedge, Yesterday at 08:16 PM
Photo of GMan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

GMan, Yesterday at 05:34 PM
Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Very bitter hops, not as sweet as expected (which is a plus in my books), but there are hints of caramel and maple in the aftertaste. Crisp and delicious beer.

SurferEric, Yesterday at 06:54 AM
Photo of mooseo
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

mooseo, Yesterday at 01:23 AM
Photo of sculder
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

sculder, Friday at 08:23 PM
Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

woodchip, Friday at 11:56 AM
Photo of maltlikker
3/5  rDev -15.5%

maltlikker, Friday at 06:22 AM
Photo of connor4835
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

connor4835, Wednesday at 02:06 PM
Photo of Johnz567
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

Johnz567, Wednesday at 12:38 AM
Photo of Jrockerboi
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Jrockerboi, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jgunther71, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of cb26
4/5  rDev +12.7%

An interesting beer, I definitely got the maple flavor there but it's soft not overwhelming. Smooth and pretty easy to drink. A nice seasonal departure from all the pumpkin on the market.

cb26, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Yesdog
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Yesdog, Oct 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

brpendergast85, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

BodiesLexus, Oct 12, 2014
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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.