Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 795
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 4.12%
Wants: 19
Gots: 107 | 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 Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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! (1,458 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

big NW hop aroma, deep amber-red color with big 3 finger head. floral hops, caramel malt...the maple flavor is understated-which i love, and it may lead to the smoothness of the mouth feel. a great hoppy autumn beer, with a very balanced toasted malt backbone. (260 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a richly hued caramel with a ruby tinge. There’s a pleasingly hoppy aroma dominated by a piney character yet undergird with some dank notes. The beer tastes hoppy, piney, and slightly dank. There’s a lingering bitterness undercut with a maple sweetness. The flavor is piney and bitter. Tastes like autumn! (320 characters)

Photo of thlayli87
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beer pours a clear amber with 2-3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Excellent lacing and head retention. This is a beautiful beer.

S - Very aromatic. I smell a complex blend of floral, fruity, and piney hop aromas. Faint notes of biscuit as well.

T - Moderate sweetness, then the aforementioned hops show themselves. Dry, biscuity finish. Very nice.

M - Medium bodied with some nice creaminess.

O - Nice balance. Crisp and refreshing. Moderate level of hoppiness but not overdone. Just what I was in the mood for. I'm impressed with this beer and pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. Will definitely seek it out again. (637 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear deep amber color with a massive super stingy and clingy off white head. Nice citrus and piney hop nose.

Wow, this is a really good beer. A bit of a thin body with prickly carbonation. Nice toasty maltiness with big hoppiness and the faintest toach of maple sweetness to balance the bitterness. Very tannic with a very bright clean and crisp finish. Complex yet drinkable, hoppy, malty, and flavorful. Really enjoy it and looking forward to drinking this this fall! (472 characters)

Photo of zapjones
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This snuck up on me. I like pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup, with a nice pad of butter. This made me warm and fuzzy like a maple soaked pancake. (151 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - slight haze to the diluted tangerine brew. A finger or more of light mocha head, sticky and slow to fade.

Aroma - bright citrusy character, pineapple and pink grapefruit. A sweet smelling amber.

Taste - hardy grains with a biscuity undertone, caramel and malt in support. The hops have excellent balance, all the bitterness of an amber without washing away the sweetness of the grain and maple. The swallow allows the bitterness its moment, ending with grapefruit pith and a dry palate.

Mouthfeel - smooth, plenty crisp, good weightiness for the style.

Overall - great fall session beer from Anchor. (616 characters)

Photo of ChaseG12
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer. The maple syrup nuances were extremely subtle, was hoping for a little more maple note, but overall, a nice fall/winter beer. (155 characters)

Photo of bkeach
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great seasonal Beer. Its a very well balanced beer, with definite Hop presence, sweet maple smells/taste and a nice thick sticky lingering head. The color is absolutely gorgeous when held up to the light. Quite drinkable but still a respectable amount of abv. This is a new fall favorite. (288 characters)

Photo of lgmol
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a small bottle of this in Nova Scotia a couple of weeks ago not expecting much.

The dry hops come through very nicely and achieve a perfect balance to my mind. I tend to like my reds with plenty of hop aroma. The maple flavour is fairly subtle but definitely detectable. Loved this and would buy it again. (319 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Rich, sweet vienna malt, touch of maple, woodiness, almost soft ceder like, sandalwood heavy.

L: Fairly clear, reddish brown, creamy white head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Vienna-like malt, slightly woody, semi-sweet. An herbal undercurrent lingers with the hops. Medium low woody/herbal bitterness. Finishes quite dry with residual herbalness.

M: Medium high carbonation, provides a "zing" on the palate. Medium light bodied.

Really solid. Not sure if the maple comes through, but still very enjoyable. (516 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this bottle. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy copper color with a finger of yellowish tan froth that fades back leaving strings and spots of lace.

The aroma has quite a fruity and floral hop appeal that blends into almost a belgian-like note of pink bubblegum. Some earthen and more herbal to citrus notes appear with more whiffs. The malt is quite caramel or toffee in character.

The flavor is malty with quite a toasty bready grain aspect. A bit of herbal hops, slightly fruity and floral. Some citrus and herbs appear more evident with each sip and a mild grassy bitterness. Kiss of alcohol that has that previously described pink bubblegum note sbout it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and an interesting seasonal that is unique and easy drinking. When you read the label, you almost feel like there is a hint of maple earthiness blended in with the malt character. Overall a solid and enjoyable seasonal that I will probably seek out again. (1,049 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean dark orange with a near white one finger head. Ample retention and lacing.

S: The aroma stole the show at first with a boozy sweetness of biscuit and maple. Followed by tropical fruits, mango, orange, pine and lemon. The bitterness actually stings the sinuses a little.

T: BIG BITTER hop presents, with a mild sweetness. Bittersweet. Mostly bitter.

M: Carbonation was a little high, I found myself delaying the swallow waiting for the fizz to die down.

O: This beer has a lot going on, not one I would recommend to the neophyte. A hop head should enjoy it. I liked it.

L: (label) I rate a 5 (606 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark amber color; poured with a thick, rocky head.

s: Caramel, mint, leafy hops, a hint of maple.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, very nice balance overall. Moderately sweet caramel, some vaguely vinous fruit, unsweet maple, leafy bitter finish.

m: Medium body, crisp carbonation.

o: Very nice, I definitely enjoyed this one. Unique. (355 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (1,410 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - amber with a frothy ivory head, great retention and chunky lacing is left down the glass
S - malty aroma of caramel, bread, toasted grain, piny hops, not much for maple
T - sweet but bitter with piny hops in the forefront, malty caramel, bready, a touch of maple, very juicy hops are nice
M - medium bodied, resinous, drying, hop oils stick to the palate
O - very nice autumnal ale. I was hoping for the maple to stick out a bit more but this was good regardless (466 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (558 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bigleaf is a very nice beer. The maple balances the fairly strong hopping, making this taste more like a traditional Amber with a twist as opposed to the in vogue Red IPAs. This makes it a beer that can be enjoyed by the Amber fan and the IPA fan equally. My only complaint is that this beer is replacing the outstanding Humming Ale. Why you gotta play me like that, Anchor? (374 characters)

Photo of cb26
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (188 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

A moderate pour produces an off-white, chunky, sticky head. The beer is a pale amber with medium carbonation.

Nice fruity whiffs from the hops. I perceive definite notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and a grassy pungency that, together with the caramel malts and touch of maple, actually suggest a maple leaf. Lingering fruity notes and a semi-dry finish round out the tasting.

Another excellent Anchor brew and perfect for the Fall season. (450 characters)

Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (159 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (383 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red/amber with a solI'd bout of creme foam. Rises to two fingers and holds. Lacing is great.

Tart malts with smooth toastiness, earthy hops, apple-y notes, a hint of maple syrup, and a kickback of soft and spicy spruce.

Classic Anchor seasonality with evergreen hops, robust malts, hints of spice, and solid balance--all of that, plus a swirl-in of maple syrup. Very tasty and almost warming with a brandied honey note. Lightly apple-y, like a tannic red apple skin, but very short on the sweetness that that would imply. Estery, still. Excellently toasted with a gentle snooze alarm of booze. Well-done.

Rugged and spicy with some warming fusel alcohol. Big brushstrokes of carb that almost singe the palate in the crescendo. Body holds its own with a medium wooliness. Still, a great autumny feel. (802 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (773 characters)

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
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