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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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193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 929
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 26.45%
Wants: 27
Gots: 137 | 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 KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/22.... pours dark moody amber with big off white foam of about half of an inch. Caramel bready nose. Toffee too. Maple syrup open, quick switch to a punchy astringent bitter. Tree bark/earthy. Dark fruits enter the quagmire.Messy.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, the Anchor custom shaped bottle.

the beer is red in color, slightly sweet malt aroma. I don't pick up any maple in the taste. okay flavor. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- SLA.

A: Beautiful coppery pour that sits dense in the chalice with a frumpy, mashed potato consistency. Pie crust colored head of one inch shows a very good rate of retention. Strong rate of carbonation when backlighted and a finale of thick stratified ring lacing down the vessel.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee-maple syrup first on the nose. Toasty caramel fade. Earthy smell of freshly fallen leaves and a background of dry flowers on the trail.

T: Toasty spicy flowery hops hops against a semi-dry caramel glaze with dry apple spicing, cinnamon and nutmeg. Touch of piney hops and dry citrus peel with hints of peppery, woodsy notes of tree bark is balanced on the finish with some honey-malt caramel sweetness and bittering hops.

M: Tingly carbonation feel, spicy bite, malty, and lively on the tongue. Creamy consistency with hints of chalkiness left on the tongue.

O: Nice sweet elements of malt with a spicy autumn like hopping and feel. Great fall time beer, with a malty body, and spicing to get in the mood.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Madison's Hoboken, NJ

A: nice burnt red, exactly as advertised. S: nothing too apparent, somewhat muted, but a typically nice malt smell. Not getting the maple. T: it's a decent beer, solid red ale, but really not getting the maple in the scent or taste. That let's me down. F: pleasant enough, not boozy, regular red ale. O: this is a good effort but it did not blow me away

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reaaally pretty dark golden peach color. Good head.

Smells just like Anchor Steam.

Tastes like a kinder, gentler Anchor Steam. Honestly, better than the original, of which I'm not a huge fan, despite many honest attempts to like it.

Fantastic mouthfeel. MMmmm. Moderately rich, not overcarbonated, and very fine.

Finish is subtle and well integrated with the flavors of the beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish-orange with a one-finger head
S: Malty, citrus hops, a hint of maple
T: A citrus/pine hop bite up front, followed by some rye/malt grain. Missing the maple here
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Tasty just missing the maple other than the nose. If that were more prevalent it would elevate everything a notch

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had caramel malts up front. Toffee, nuts, and a slight rustic to semi-herbal quality wrapping into the blend.
The taste was malty sweet with a touch of dryness from the toffee and nuts. Light aftertaste of toffee and caramel, decent.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good.
Overall, good amber, pretty sure I could see myself coming back to in the Autumn

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $1.42
Purchased: Oct. 15, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 12, 2015

Poured an auburn, clear color with four fingers of khaki white, frothy head, which seemed to settle nicely on the top of the glass. Lots of thin bubble streams coming up along the sides from the bottom of the glass. Uneven, foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. A nice looking beer.
(Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a good mix of hops and malts. Specifically got buttery malts, maple syrup, nuts, wood, caramel, herbal, toffee, toast and Pacific Hallertau. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted lightly better than the nose. Got toasty bread crust, toasty nuts, bitter wood, caramel, roasted toffee, oak, rustic maple, earthy herbal and booziness lingering on the tongue after. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, woody, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was just an OK beer, which is the rule for me on most Anchor beers. (Overall - 3.50)

3.58 | 81 | B

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Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hints of maple, but not enough to distract from a solid brown ale. Clear copper body with small skin of a tightly beaded head. Malt dominates, some mild hops in the background, a hint of maple sweetness.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look; beautiful glowing amber with medium size medium speed cascading bubbles. nice 1/2" moderately creamy slightly amber tan head, excellent retention, not so thin covering sticks around, looks like the inside of a pancake wet with medium maple syrup, plenty of lacing
smell; understated. some pine, hint of citrus, bread, and maple, not enough
taste; more hoppy than malty, especially up front then mellows. more pine than grapefruit, roasted malt, maple, caramel
feel; a little bite up front, bubbles, then smoother but with hop bitterness remaining
overall; i could fault anchor for not mentioning hops on the label, which says it's an 'autumn red' but it is a refreshing nicely hopped well balanced ale with hints of maple, perfect for leaf raking on an unseasonably warm november day

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Photo of MountainGoat13
2.57/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried 2 12--oz bottles.

As lovers of Irish Reds and Isles (Irish/Eng/Scot) yeast we was not expecting what is actually a near-IPA style by smell & taste. This beer doesn't suck by any means - it is surely as A-Steam intended it, I just had different expectations. This beer is really a "Maple Red IPA" - actually and psychologically - than a malter Isles-type of red, which is what I hoped for. Had A-Steam simply noted the harder bitter, I'd have skipped it.

Looks great - perfect red color in the glass, beyond exact. Perfect head. Smell is immedaitly like IPA, front and back end flavors are strongly hopped, grapefruity note and only a very slight malty/biscuity feel, and the maple slighly balances the bitter. Maple smell is good - and thats hard to achieve w/o overdoing it.

A-Steam should just call this a Maple Red IPA. Too many people who really like reds do not at all think of IPA or higher IBUs so that is confusing.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: impressive glass presentation: Amber color, large-thick white head, noticeable glass lacing.

Smell: Hoppy pine / citrus

Taste: Massive early-presenting grapefruit note that just demolishes everything else in its wake.

Feek: Reasonable fullness: Fairly carbonated.

Overall: Disappointing - An entirely one dimensional pour at the expense of whatever other flavors Anchor intimated they'd be presenting. (Definitely nothing resembling maple or sweetness here whatsoever.) Try Goose Island's Autumn Ale for a far superior / successful seasonal red.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge dry, bitter finish but I wasn't picking up on a lot of other flavors to go with it - didn't get much from the malt. The maple syrup is subtle, which is a good thing in my opinion. Overall, just wasn't my thing.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy amber color with an off white head with excellent retention and lacing
S-sweet caramel, citrus, earthy hops
T-nice balance between sweet malty character and citrus bitterness, with the maple flavor coming in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-Really solid fall beer

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice red that hits all the right notes and has a nice bitterness to it. I am not getting any of the maple in here though, just a really nice interpretation of a red ale.

If looking for a nice seasonal red ale, I would go with Goose Island Autumn Ale. I believe this may be what Anchor was trying to emulate, but they fell far short of it.

Not the best option out there, but still worth a revisit.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of tropical fruit, herbal hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, dated 'ELA'. Pours a clear orange-ish, with a very nice beige head that retains for an impressive amount of time; nice lacing as well. Aroma is mild, but sweet and fruity, with a bit of malt. Taste is very clean and of hops, some malt, with a nice slightly bitter finish. Light, creamy mouth-feel.

I like the look, the aroma, and the taste, and I would call this a hop forward beer. I wasn't impressed with their flagship beer, Steam, so I wasn't expecting much out of this one. It surprised me, and I plan on buying a few more (thankfully, at Trader Joe's I can buy them singly).

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an auburn colored brew with a huge head. The smell is a mix of malt, maple, and hops. Not as intense and I expected, but also much more balanced. Medium in body and a little thin in the finish, yet the maple really comes out there. Nice.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle into a glass a solid amber with a nice head. Maltiness in the nose, possibly a bit of maple. Taste is somewhat malty and well balanced. Enjoyable!

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a red tint, 2 finger slightly tan head with lots of lacing. Clear.

Smell- Dry crackery malt, slightly roasted. Slight hint of syrupy sweetness.

Taste- Starts off with a dry crackery malt, and quite grainy as well. Piney and citric, little sweetness. Ends with a bitter, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body.

Overall. Was expecting a bit more maple syrup sweetness in this one. For the Red ale style, it i quite fitting however. Nice malt/hop balance.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous beer with a clear caramel orange body and thick off-white lacing. I really dig the hops-malt balance here. The aroma has a mix of popcorn, dough, and caramel with spicy melon. The flavor goes back and forth with sweet malt rolling up and a very dry finishing bitterness. That finish is similar to the Anchor IPA, which I thought was too astringent, but it works here and creates a long, interesting finish. I don't think the hop character comes out as much as it should the hops used, but I suppose that's the price of those lovely malts.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Can't judge since I drank it out of the bottle.

S: Even though it was in the bottle you could smell a sweetness and a hop character to it.

T: Malty and hippy just what you would expect from a red, it says maple leaf on the label but there is no taste of maple or even a sweetness from the bottle.

F: Full body easy drinking beer.

O: A pretty good beer.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well Anchor Steam, thanks for sharing your delicious brew yet again!
What gives me joy within this pint is the uncanny attraction between piney, earthy persuasions and yet the slightest hue of maple around the edges of the billowing cascades that so delight the venturing palate.

A stained glass amber visage,
A comforting, caramel scent,
Woody forest floor flavor,
River water mouthfeel.
Piney, fruity aftertaste.
A glimmering starshine of a buzz.

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Photo of dar482
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is piney, sweet caramel, lots of bready quality, onto a lingering herbaceous and piney bitterness on the back end.

Tastes almost of an amber ale. No hints of maple coming through.

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Photo of MNJR
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An excellent beer. Very smooth and soft feel. It has a distinct bitterness, not at all sweet as the maple might suggest. More like the taste of something maple smoked rather than maple syrup. I don't really find the maple coming through except in slight hints. Tastes like a very good red ale with an ESB style bitterness, balanced with a very light hop finish. Warming and welcome on a fall day. When it comes out every fall, I will buy a few six packs, even when faced with the 100's of other beers available. But, then I am not a big Octoberfest or Pumpkin beer fan, so this is a fall "go to" beer for me.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.