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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BA SCORE
81
good

794 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 106 | 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:
Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-09-2013

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.
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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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!

Photo of evanforbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color with an in inch of tightly knit beige colored foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of light malt and is hard to detect. The flavor is mild and is light malt with a gentle spiciness that is skin to rye. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. Acquired quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a red ale with a hint of maple syrup (including syrup from the Bigleaf Maple).

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy coppery-marmalade hue with some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with a touch of fruitiness; hints of husky grain, caramel, stewed leaves, ale yeast, faint maple syrup and a twinge of sugar. Slightly sweet, with harsh cardboard lurking in the background.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a mild fruity character and an acrid dry finish. Notes of caramel, husky grain, stewed leaves, fruity ale yeast, faint maple syrup, a hint of brown sugar and harsh cardboard. Faintly sweet, followed by a abrasive bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, caramel malt and vague fruitiness.

O: Can't say this is going down well, but it's possible I've had the bottle for too long. Looks alright, however the aroma and flavour posssess a leafy harshness along with subdued caramel malt and a twinge of maple syrup. Body is OK. I reckon the hop aroma has faded away somewhat. Not the best red ale I've tried.

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with a dense off white head. Average visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Interesting aroma going on here. Hops are fairly dominate but also the maple is a noticeable quality. As I've seen with some other maple beers the ingredient can cause sort of an off fermented aroma.

T: Flavor is a moderate dose of hop, bready malt and maple. Is not an overly strong beer but is a nicely crafted blend with appropriate fall flavors. Hop bitterness keeps you coming back for more, maple makes for a sweet finish.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Finish is clean when the sweetness is taken into account. Nice drinkability.

Overall picked up a single bottle but wouldnt mind having a few more. Stronger than most summer beers in both flavor and abv which works well for the fall.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A great looking beer right off the bat, this one pours with a healthy head that settles atop the beer two fingers thick. It's frothy and chewy looking like I expect from a good beer. Color-wise, the beer is amber colored with brown and orange hues. Again, a great looking beer.

The smell is hoppy and piney immediately, then subtle sweetness from the maple or the malts emerges, as does a bit of booze. It's an enticing blend.

As for the taste, the maple is very much present, but does not overtake the rest of the beer. The beer is not overly sweet, offering just enough maple and sweet malts to please the sweet tooth. With the finish, the hops break in again with bitterness and dryness.

The beer is pretty well balanced between sweet, bitter and dry. It's certainly quaffable.

Overall, I'd enjoy this again. It's a solid fall offering at a reasonable price.

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355ml, standard Anchor squat-ass bottle, their current seasonal.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, dirty white head, which leaves a rather thorough array of falling ember lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of biscuity, indistinctly spicy caramel malt, a touch of sourdough, and earthy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is a wholly full return to everything Anchor-made - a weirdly restrained caramel malt, some neutered orchard fruitiness, and a sharply yeast tinged, earthy, leafy, erm, hoppiness.

The carbonation is somewhat fizzy, in a pretty low-key manner, the body a near medium weight, and not really all that smooth, a certain understated edginess taking things down a peg or three. It finishes decidedly dry, the fruitiness certainly leaning that way, while a weird yeastiness flits about.

Another entrant into this catch-all category, wherein the contestant has just enough to offer, but yet a whole lot of baggage to go along with it, that I'm kind of taken off the rails a tad too early, I imagine. Hardly captivating, and rather lacking in the maple flavour so front and center in the name (my Canadian roots are bristling), and once again with this brewery, not altogether worthy of following up on.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear rusty orange with a fluffy, sandstone 2 finger head. Great retention. Leaves a fair layer of suds across the surface, along with chunks of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Malt and maple sweetness off-set by a grounded earthy bitterness.

Taste - Pretty much follows the nose. Malts dominate the forefront with caramel, toffee and maple sweetness. Balances out mid-taste and toward the finish. Bitterness is earthy and peaks with a grassy bite. Aftertaste consists of a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with a lively carb bite. Smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - One of the better offerings in Anchor's line-up, IMO. Nice balance. Nice flavors. It's no world-beater, but certainly one I'd tend to buy from time to time.

Photo of JohannDerWingman
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Bitter, bitter, bitter. No likey. No maple flavor either. None, just hops. Yech.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this in Offaly Ireland on Feb 1st. A little late for an Autumn beer but still enjoyable.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a large, thick, off white head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing

S - big citrusy hop aroma, some faint maple syrup, faint caramel

T - earthy, citrusy, maple syrup, piney, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is definitely a rustic amber ale. The maple syrup comes through and the overall flavor is rather earthy. The hops are intense as well with big citrus notes up front followed by a piney, bitter finish. This beer could use a bit of balance as all of the flavors don't mesh as a cohesive unit. That being said this is a nice, hoppy beer that keeps me intrigued.

Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, clean maple-amber with a huge head of tan bubbles. Gorgeous, ornate, and heavy-duty spiderweb lacing.

Nose is malty and toasty, but subtle. Not much maple detectable here, I’m afraid.

Taste is rich and malty, and here’s where the maple syrup comes into play much better. I get the sweet maple playing on the palate alongside more bitter citrus hops tones. Very well-balanced! I am very happy with this ideal Fall seasonal brew, as it perfectly captures the spirit of Fall while remaining subtle, unique, and enjoyable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor BigLeaf Maple
12 oz. custom brown glass bottle, freshness code is illegible
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Reviewed in real time... This beer looks great: a massive head of yellowed orange-tan rests atop a clear deep-copper body with a crimson cast and orange and gold highlights. If you're going for a beer that looks like fall, this is it! Aroma displays spicy, softly citrusy, grassy, floral and leafy hops over a sugary caramel malt base. So is this a maple beer? I don't taste it particularly, though it might be there, but the malt itself is quite nice. I get golden caramel as well as dark caramel and a soft toastiness, and there IS an edge of sugariness to it, but that's balanced by a wonderful spiciness. OK, so let's check the label... yes, there's "a hint of maple - including big leaf maple - syrup in every brew". It finishes with a dollop of sweetness, and it is there at the start as well, but mainly the malt and hops take the show. It's surprisingly complex, and yet at the same time really drinkable. It also seems to taste of fall to me. Maybe that's the power of suggestion, but I think the combination of its dry crispness and gentle sugariness somehow reminds me of the season, as does the spiciness, the soft citrus, and the grassy, piney, and leafy side of it as well. It's certainly unique, pleasantly complex, and really well-balanced and polished. Worth trying!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on an amber colored body.
The aroma is grainy with maple syrup and lemon.
The taste is moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness with a mild sweet and dense citrus. Only a hint of maple syrup in the taste thankfully.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An interesting fall beer and not too bad either.

Photo of ordybill
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a strong malt aroma with a hint of spices that follow through.
Appearance-The beer pours a dark amber color with a slight tan colored head.
Taste- has a malt flavor with no aftertaste
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.
Overall- not a bad beer but my least favorite of the Anchor family.

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Crazy lacing & nice head retention

S: Faint maple syrup notes & faint maltyness & leafy hops

T: Faint maple syrup notes, much dryness & leafy hops up front. Astringent bitterness mixes with faint maple flavor, plus woody dryness as this warms, way too dry. Finishes bone dry, with leafy hops & the sensation of pinesol & a touch of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied with somewhat firm carbonation

This is a combo that just didn't work for me. The last couple of beers from Anchor were duds to me. Not sure what I'm gonna do with the other 5 of these, maybe see how they taste ice-cold. $10 down the drain...

Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You know I sort of went into this one expecting one thing and got another, this really surprised me, I guess I was thinking a warmer heavier beer a bit more silky but it turned out to be pleasantly citrisy even hoppy (I'm not a hops pro so forgive me ye IPA gods O' the earth) when I take into consideration my expectations drinking this was like late summer in a beer with a maple aroma which if you think of it makes perfect sense, autumn is full of what has been brought forth of the summer harvest so taking into consideration that this is indeed a well made beer and modestly attempting to understand the methodology and philosophy the brewmasters over at anchor might have been shooting for and from I'm inclined to like this new Bigleaf Maple Autumn Red, so much so I've put it on my weekly beer list!

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bowling pin bottle poured into a pint glass. The bigleaf maple caught me off guard thinking this was a maple/pumpkin beer seasonal. Guess I've been in California too long to actually read the label. Pours a clear ight amber with a robust cap of off white foam. Nice retention and light lace follow.

Offers a nice spicy hop aroma up front with balanced caramel emerging as the beer warms. Nicely balanced and relatively dry for an amber. Touch of pine and perfume bounce around in the background.

Flavor follows with light and balanced spice and caramel muddled a bit by some maple influence. Again quite hop forward for the style and with a light level of sweetness. Feel is smooth and well carbonated. Finish is slightly sweet yet cut short by the hop spice armada on the close.

This is my kind of Amber. Not a fan of crystal malts in IPA's, I welcome their relatively restrained use here for the style. Restrained by lack of complexity to a degree for sure, but a pleasant and easy quaff. And quite fresh as well.

Photo of Father_Raybob
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Gorgeous Amber with a brilliant copper-red hue and tan head that dissipates about three sips into a pint.

Nose - Just-made caramels, un-ripe citrus notes from the hops; pretty simple.

Taste - Hops are moderate on the attack, nice velvety mouthfeel and a pleasantly bitter finish. Very simple ale that is more reminiscent of homebrew than something from anchor brewing.

Overall - not impressive but an average quality amber ale for the fall.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
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