Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 155
Photo of DanielGryschka
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting american beer. Great taste and look!

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

Wanna try the maple lager

Photo of zapjones
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of seedyone
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Light bronze color with vague head. Body is strongest aspect that let me down by being yet another hop bomb. Maple...Autumn Red...lebeling all gave way to hops. Enough with everything being hopped up. Spare me.

Photo of interzen
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Clear, dark amber/coppery red - big, frothy head which meant that it took two pours to fill the glass whilst I waited for the head to recede. Lots of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Not a massive amount going on here - there's hints of hops and a little bit of fruitiness, but anything resembling maple syrup is notable by its absence

Taste: Quite a mild, undemanding flavour - malt and hops are fairly evenly balanced; malt up front giving way to a spicy hop bitterness. The maple syrup flavour is hard to pick up but it's definitely there if you try hard enough.

Feel: Undemanding - medium bodied with a malty start giving way to a long, astringent finish.

Overall: Wasn't sure what to expect from this and in some way I wasn't disappointed. Certainly different from the 'usual' American styles (think in terms of heavily hopped IPAs and the like) but ultimately nothing particularly special. Worth tracking down if you fancy something a bit different but I feel that the maple syrup angle is somewhat overdone in that there's not actually enough of it

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 mothmanscott
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque medium amber producing 2.5 fingers of beige, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a beautiful sheets & webs of lace. Aromas of toast & biscuit, caramel, tangerine, a hint of tropical fruit & floral earthiness. Taste is toasted biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, pepper, hints of pine resin & floral earthiness. I don't pick up the maple but it may be lost in the toast & caramel. Finishes with toast, pine, orange & floral earthiness which dominate the bitter & lightly drawing aftertaste. Nicely balanced for an amber ale & a very hoppy example of the style. Odd but nice & quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy but slightly oily/slick, finishing wet, lightly prickly & astringent in the aftertaste.

Photo of JGam115
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Perfect mahogany, fine off white foam. Immediate sweet malt, caramel, kinda candied brown sugar. Good body, bitter hops come through as well.

Photo of RyanK252
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Piney hops, a little citrus, some almost white wine grape like notes, very light maple syrup, a touch of fruitiness, and a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Strong pine and floral hops up front, a little white wine grape like tartness, some fruity notes, with caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Notably bitter, but with a clean finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not really what I was expecting, and I can't say I like this one. All light traces of maple from the nose disappear in the flavor. A bit too rough with the hop bitterness and not enough backing it.

Photo of ChaseG12
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of BobMessina
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More bitter than expected. Hoppy with a bitter bite.

Photo of RuudJH
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another very interesting American beer. Still only very few of them are available in Europe.
If you try this beer, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of lgmol
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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 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 Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this 12oz bottle at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is dark amber like maple syrup with slightly puffy 2+fingers of light cream with very fine bead, lace sticks well and retention is good. The smell has a fruity yeast ester with mild sweet aroma with mildly pine scented hop in the nose. The feel is mildly fruity with a yeast texture and moderate bitterness level with mild sweetness and medium high carbonation with mostly dry finish.

The taste begins with a hop flavor which is predominantly pine with a slightly fruity accent from the yeast which hints of English character with mild malt sweetness rounding out the taste and light woody flavor continuing into the finish with semi-dry and bitter quality. Overall a decent red ale with that familiar Anchor yeast in the taste and hops sufficient to balance.The maple contribution seems to dry and boost alcohol rather than flavor or sweeten, but that is not unexpected.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Must...resist....Christmas in early November. Let's keep November autumn with Big Leaf Maple. Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's dark amber red colored with autumn orange hues, topped with a semi-creamy head with webs of lace. The aroma has a big citric note (grapefruit, orange), a note of fruity esters, and a woody finish. It smells more like a hoppy red ale than the common malty autumn red.

Many different routes this beer goes down, but I feel like it's trying to do too much. It starts with a slight hoppy note and sweet malt. The beer then gets a woody and earthy kick (I suspect from the maple), and then it gets dry and resiny. It happens so quick that I don't enjoy each individual aspect as much as I want. It leaves a woody and dry malt aftertaste.

BigLeaf Maple is an okay beer than could get better. It's still a more appropriate beer for early November than Celebration Ale.

Photo of Prairiephoenix
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Sweet opening notes. Nice bitter finish. Tried on tap

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

Photo of Rhaegar18
3/5  rDev -15.7%

It starts off with some strong malt noes followed by a wave of super piney hops notes but it wasn't necessarily to my liking

Photo of JohannDerWingman
2/5  rDev -43.8%

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

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 wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Fits fall perfectly. Nice malty base beer with a touch of additional maple syrup sweetness on the back end. Very well balanced with a nice orange vest and spice/earthy spice presence to compliment. Good Stuff!

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 BrewChatKen
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

This one left me disappointed, which is out of the ordinary for an Anchor beer as far as I'm concerned. Poured a dark amber with a big fluffy white head, good retention on this one. Aroma was pine and citrus, sweet. It had a slightly creamy mouthfeel which left it kind of sticky, light-medium body and medium carbonation. Got a flash of that maple right away to the taste, but it disappeared quickly, booted out by the big hoppy, citrus, grapefruit characteristics. Tasting blind I would have called this an IPA.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
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