Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by MaximalC:
3.66/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a murky copper color with a healthy finger of thick, beige foam with outstanding retention. Vigorous carbonation can be observed meandering through the murky depths. Gorgeous grapefruit and passion fruit in the nose suggest a big American hop presence. A hint of sweetness and perhaps cinnamon can be detected in the nose as well, but the hops are the star here. Patches of lacing cling to the glass as the beer subsides.
The taste does indeed feature a healthy dose of grapefruit and some pine resin, though it's not overwhelming. There's great balance on the front end, but I'm having a hard time describing the malt profile; perhaps bready would be an apt descriptor. If there's maple syrup in there, it's not easy to find. I get more maple syrup from a straight doppelbock than I do from this. The balanced fore soon yields to the bitterness of the hops, devolving slightly into more of a one-sided affair. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy and leaves a light stickiness on the lips.
This is certainly an intriguing beer to say the least. The quality and retention of the head are excellent--it has a nearly nitro consistency, which I may have never seen on such a well-hopped beer before, and certainly not out of a bottle. There's plenty of fruity bitterness to keep the palate engaged, though it's a far cry from what I was expecting based on the label. If you're looking for a sweet, autumnal affair, you'll likely be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a vibrant, creamy, quasi-IPA, you may be pleasantly surprised.
10-13-2013 02:16:27 | More by MaximalC
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev +5.9%
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
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
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
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.
08-16-2014 12:36:38 | More by Bitterbill
3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
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
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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
Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.