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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn RedAnchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

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488 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Found my notes from this beer when I was going back through my notebook. Enjoyed it way back on 10/6/2013 out of a 12 oz brown bottle with that distinctive Anchor Brewing silhouette. Didn't seem to write down a bottling or freshness date, but this is from the 2013 release, so it should be well within it's freshness threshold (freshold?). Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful tawny reddish hue that is mostly translucent. Clear enough to see the label through the liquid, but not completely clear, as there seems to be a slight haze. Ample traces of carbonation rise up to the two-finger head that is toasted white in color. Retention is excellent, with the head sticking around for quite awhile as significant pocking begins to form across the surface of the foam. Lacing is slightly sticky and sparse, but leaves spots as I drink it down.

Smell - Ample presence of caramel and robust malty profile provides notes of sweetness and breadiness as the primary components of this beer. There is some nice aromatic hoppiness that compliments that base with hints of pine resin and even some fruitiness as well. But don't get me wrong--the sweet grain rules the day here.

Taste - Again, there is a hint at some fruitiness with some citric notes along with nectarine, but the malt base is still the front and center of this beer. Sweetness of maple syrup, candied walnuts, and caramel malts are all present, but it is anything but overpoweringly sweet. Very balanced and a nice finish of more pine and herbal notes come through at the end to add a hint of depth.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

Overall, a solid amber ale. One that I'm happy to have tried, but that I will probably not go out of my way to procure again. There are other offerings that I would likely choose first. I will say that it's a truly beautiful looking beer, but then many amber ales are, to my eye, and as much as I love looking at a beer, I love smelling and drinking it more.

03-10-2014 05:25:32 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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3.76/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

10-01-2013 01:44:46 | More by Jason
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

10-10-2013 00:13:24 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

08-16-2014 12:36:38 | More by Bitterbill
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11%

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber with a large fluffy slight off white head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Mainly nutty malts in the nose alog with lighter biscuit sweetness and citric hops.More dry on the palate than I was expecting,earthy/nuttiness with some biscuit malt,the maple is lightly detected,leafy/herbal hops in the finish.Not a bad little beer,it's not a big hopped up amber but has nice malty flavors with just enough hops.

10-21-2013 17:10:14 | More by oberon
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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

08-26-2014 23:03:25 | More by woodchipper
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09-11-2013 19:37:50 | More by Lynch52
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-24-2014 02:12:39 | More by Fcip78
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-11-2013 15:45:42 | More by Beerswag
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-08-2013 18:35:17 | More by JC333
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-20-2013 04:09:04 | More by westcott
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-11-2013 16:22:58 | More by fionn13
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-07-2014 10:19:49 | More by Mantooth
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: amber red with gold highlights an a puffy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: sweet caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted bread,

Taste: malty, with brown sugar and caramel sweetness with a hint of maple syrup on the finish. Some definite bitterness on the finish to balance

Mouthfeel: crisp like a fall day, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Overall: Really good. A great seasonal beer for the fall showcasing brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, and maple syrup notes that are all balanced by some moderate bitterness on the finish

09-17-2013 23:08:15 | More by dwren89
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-22-2013 21:57:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-03-2014 00:41:38 | More by schoon
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10-14-2013 00:54:11 | More by vfalstad
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-15-2013 04:56:26 | More by Beer21
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-23-2013 03:06:27 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-06-2013 15:23:15 | More by acurtis
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New York

3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-01-2013 02:06:47 | More by TheLevi4000
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Off the tap, two finger of some of the creamiest light tan head I've ever seen rises on a hazed copper-red brew that clears up to show a deep translucency, and that head doesn't back down. It never recedes. Lacing is like a solid mass from the top of the glass and pretty well down. It loosens up a little but there's still lots of stick, and that goes to the bottom of the glass.
The nose is faint, a surprise after all that head, though that doesn't always say too much and there are many causes. So, while it's hard to smell, it's clear that there's a good balance of hops and malts and it's difficult to say much more than that.
The flavor brings out much of what the aroma wanted to say but couldn't. The balance is of breads and caramel with floral hops. There's a bit of earth to it but it shifts away from more common beers of similar ilk by being free of herb. Maple seems an afterthought with something mildly creamy coming in at the end. Overall, there's a mellow steely taste overlying it.
This is a medium-bodied beer that, while having very light crispness, is quite smooth all the way. Carbonation is light to moderate. The body is supported while allowing the smoothness to take charge, though the crispness keeps it from boring.

10-01-2013 15:28:13 | More by Brenden
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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
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