Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company
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Reviews by OtherShoe2:
3.64/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours medium clear amber with a huge yellow cream head that gets tacky as it dissipates. Nice retention and gloppy lace down the glass. Big brown bottle shows giant geometric bubbles in the bottle from the pour. Pretty beer.
Interesting nose. Toasted malt. I actually get the faintest whiff of maple. A little woody caramel and vanilla. A little mild on the aroma side.
Dry ale. Big bitter up front, like super-brown bread crust. Hops have a good bite, but not piney nor citric. Pure bitter. Unrelenting in this department, and long bitter in the finish. Malt exists and you actually get a moment when the palate is clearing that there is bread toast. That's as easy drinking as this gets. This is an oversized bottle that you'd want to share, and have with some rich food (stew??) to help cut thru the fat and depth. On it's own, it's a little harsh.
Medium body, excellent body and structure.
I'm ok with this, but this is one I need to be in the mood for, or plan a meal around. Killing this bottle by itself on a Friday night is just an ok experience, and willingness and enjoyment diminish with each sip.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 23:27:52 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.55/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 05:25:32 | More by LambicPentameter
Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.