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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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477 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-09-2013)
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3.81/5  rDev +7.3%

Bottled 8/20/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, maple, and herbal and pine hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy maple and woody flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a more earthy than sweet maple presence in the flavor.

09-08-2013 05:17:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-09-2013 23:27:48 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.61/5  rDev +1.7%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has just about a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a large collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Nelson Sauvin hops are prominently featured in the nose of this beer, which yield aromas of gooseberries
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of gooseberries along with notes of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Not much in the way of maple is noticeable. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy for the style and has the type of hop flavors and aromas you would expect from a hopped-up APA. It is easy to drink and the taste has a good balance with the underlying malts.

10-12-2013 00:29:42 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: A slightly hazy pour, the color of autumn leaves; the massive head delivers sheets of lacing

Smell: Caramel, stone fruit, mint and vinous and tropical fruit hop tones

Taste: The caramel malt no sooner sets the base, than the herbal and stone fruit flavors kick in; by mid-palate, there is the hint of maple, building hop elements (an unusual combination of vinous flavor from the Nelson Sauvin and tropical fruit from the "C" hops)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp, moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This beer really grew on me; it is eminently drinkable and has some interesting elements that are unique; so it's not extreme - get over it

10-07-2013 19:48:29 | More by brentk56
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Born from the savory sweetness that only maple can provide, this American Red Ale doesn't just rely on barley and hops to tell its story. It takes advantage of the special Canadian syrup.

The beer pours the expected dark amber that gives the style its name. Crystal clarity really shows off those red hues. Capped with a tall column of fluffy foam, its head retains its structure until deep into the session. Its jigsaw lacing offers an attractive decor on the glass while the beer fades.

Grain sweetness is the aromatic anchor that grounds the beer while whiffs of maple, butter pecan, bread crust, light toffee, and slight butter cream waft over the nose. A glimmer of citrusy orange peels peak through the sweeter and more hearty notes.

Its taste is much more beer focused as the grainy-sweet flavor projects a toasted barley, nutty, crusty and toasted attitude. As the maple folds into the mix, notions of Cracker Jacks candies come to mind. Its malty-dry center well supports those sweeter maple flavors until the hop bitterness kicks in at its finish. Dried orange peels, mild grass and pine cones round out the beer's malt-forward flavor.

BigLeaf Maple is a medium bodied through and through. Though its malt dominance carries the ale, its texture is malty-dry in mouthfeel as well as in taste. This allows the husk spices to play a role in the beer's balance as much as hop dryness does. The soft spiciness of alcohol warms the gullet while the maple sweet soothes it a second later.

After the heat of summer and just before the chill of winter, this ale captures the taste of fall like few do. It's perfect for a day or raking leaves, carving pumpkins or chasing the pigskin.

11-21-2013 05:12:55 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-06-2013 15:23:15 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-19-2014 08:28:22 | More by zestar
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-26-2013 04:06:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-02-2013 21:37:08 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-17-2013 22:40:41 | More by Knapp85
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

10-21-2013 17:10:14 | More by oberon
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3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Silly me for thinking the name was three words... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a couple fingers of light cream foam. The nose comprises grass, mixed greens, light flowers, and a slight breeze of spearmint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a strong undercurrent of very mild toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I can't say this is a bad beer; it's not. What I can say is that I didn't care for it: There is no real balance, the hops seem stagnant and out of place, and that weird mint character doesn't endear the beer to my tastebuds.

09-22-2013 06:48:05 | More by TMoney2591
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

09-27-2013 03:36:16 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-24-2013 02:08:49 | More by zeff80
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-10-2013 02:18:24 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

09-12-2013 05:41:32 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-08-2013 14:56:57 | More by SocalKicks
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-27-2013 22:13:38 | More by nickfl
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3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-01-2013 01:44:46 | More by Jason
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-22-2013 21:57:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

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...

09-26-2013 04:34:10 | More by russpowell
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3.84/5  rDev +8.2%

finally a new brew from the anchor folks. this one is great, pouring an orangey red color with an inch of off white head, fluffy and lasting. it smells more hoppy than expected, I thought itd a be a sweeter maple amber, but its a dryer red malt nose with citrus and pine in the hop finish, crisp and clean, but also pretty big. the malts aren't dusty dry irish red ones, but they aren't sweet American amber either, sort of a best of both worlds here. the hops don't come in until the end, but pack quite the punch, pushing ipa intensity. I don't hardly taste maple in this at all, as the hops really overshadow it, if its there at all. a very well made beer though, despite its relative imbalance. fuller body, prickly fine micro carbonation, and a fast finish. a perfect fall beer, not totally dissimilar to sierra nevadas flipside red ipa really.

09-26-2013 16:26:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-03-2013 17:32:40 | More by oline73
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2.71/5  rDev -23.7%

Rarely does a beer start out with such a bitter herbal flavor. It's exactly like green tea when you forget and let it steep for 15 minutes. The amber color is attractive with nice swirls of foam in the globe glass. I try to get a faint hint of smell, but it's like a concrete basement with a hint of herbs hanging up to dry, and a touch of plastic air mattress.

The body is really thin and the bitterness just eats at you. There doesn't seem to be the faintest hint of malty sweetness to go with the spoiled fruit flavor and the medicinal bitterness. The bigtooth maple is one of my favorite trees in Washington and I like the adventurous idea to use its sugar, but this stuff has a sourish tang rather than anything like maple.

Overall, this is flat, harsh, and barely drinkable. I just don't understand how a brewery with the resources of Anchor can continue to make so many mediocre beers.

11-01-2013 06:34:33 | More by mactrail
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

From 10/11/13 notes. Had this on tap at Hair of the Dog in NYC. 14-16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with once inch of light tan/off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, caramel malts, sweet maple syrup, fruit, raisins, wheat, and bready malts. Nose seemed a little all over the place and sweet...didn't mix too well together to me personally.

t - Taste is much better than the nose. Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, bread, caramel malts, wheat, dough, some sugar and syrup, and some spice. Still not great but less sugar and syrup and sweetness in general than the nose had.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an okay beer, but not my favorite anchor beer or red ale. Nose doesn't gel the best together, though the taste is better. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

10-14-2013 19:42:15 | More by mdfb79
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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.