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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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461 Ratings
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of damndirtyape


3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Date stamp: 3G9 (2013 August 29)

Appearance: Clear amber (orange-red) with an off white to light tan thin head. Sheets and fine strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Light citrus hops (orange and lemon) with a hint of pine. Some maple came out but only as the beer was fully warmed up.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front, malt barely detectable, can't pick up the maple at all. Finish is citrus, and then a short delay followed by a piney bitter finish. Once the beer was a lot more warmed up there was more of a sweetness in the middle that maybe, just maybe, was maple in flavor, but it was there and gone again bookended by hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: The maple that is emphasized in the label is not really present, and overall I think this is more of an APA than an American Amber given the flavor profile. Not a bad beer though, just not what I was expecting - not enough malt backbone. An above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:31:45 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Rast


4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-29-2013 14:32:36 | More by Rast
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-29-2013 04:46:55 | More by scotorum
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-28-2013 18:50:43 | More by mpalestino
Photo of david131


4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-27-2013 07:24:32 | More by david131
Photo of Kuhnzie8637


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-26-2013 22:55:57 | More by Kuhnzie8637
Photo of salinasa


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-24-2013 23:31:23 | More by salinasa
Photo of Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-24-2013 23:18:45 | More by Chugs13
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness is all that comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, red apples, a bit of maple sweetness, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice fall beer that puts you in a good mood on a cool autumn day. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:46:50 | More by Gavage
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-24-2013 18:40:39 | More by dannycohen62
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into a small tulip glass.

A: Copper-amber; cream, one-finger head; nice sheets of lace.

S: Caramel malt; citrus rind; maple becomes more pronounced as the beer warms; sweet; quite unique aroma.

T: Toasted malt; fairly hoppy... more bitter than expected; maple is lost in the flavor profile, unfortunately.

M: Pretty average feel... medium-bodied / moderate carbonation.

O: An interesting fall beer from Anchor... looking forward to this year's Christmas Ale, though! This one's good but not great - probably wouldn't seek it out again.

*from notes 11.13.13

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 17:35:13 | More by jpro
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-23-2013 04:32:19 | More by Furlinator
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-22-2013 03:53:29 | More by krustster
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

11-18-2013 14:01:31 | More by CreightonSM
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from House of Trembling Madness in York, England (£2.55, 355ml):
Caramel amber with some orange & a 3cm, foamy & thick head that holds well.

Malty with a sugary, sweet backbone and hints of maple, naturally and as the label on the neck promised. There is some toffee and some fruits but other than some light orange I found these hard to distinguish. There was some more malts towards the end as well.

Full of malts upfront with some sweetness from the maple and a bitter taste coming through just after this. Some caramel follows this and some citrus and a few hops too.

Sweet with hints of bitter although the subsided some as the beer settled. A medium with soft carbonation and a little spice. A smooth beer with a slight citrus tang around the middle.

Not to bad a beer all in, one that I wasn't sure about initially but it was one that grew on me some and improved as it was given a chance to further open up and heat up a little. Not one that I'd suggest looking out for but more than worth a try if you happen across it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 11:56:43 | More by flyingpig
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-18-2013 02:04:02 | More by fisherbray
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-17-2013 23:19:53 | More by mrfrancis
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-17-2013 22:40:41 | More by Knapp85
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3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper color, with a big cloud deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hop notes
Taste-Toasty and hoppy-faint sweetness-subtle, burnt-leaf bitterness. Tasty, tailgating-worthy offering. Burger or bratwurst friendly.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 16:42:40 | More by hosehead83
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

11-17-2013 15:27:39 | More by DustinSWB
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-17-2013 04:13:24 | More by jvillefan
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4/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:43:27 | More by barnzy78
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-16-2013 03:19:59 | More by hockeyfighter19
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear medium amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint reddish brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized finger tall cap in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus (grapefruit + orange zest) hops along with some lighter hints of nelson sauvin hops which contribute an aroma similar to gooseberries. There are some lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with some light hints of maple sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of nelson sauvin (gooseberry) hops and moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange zest hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but fade relatively quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront.

O: This is a pretty hopped up version of an American Amber/Red, which is something that I really enjoy - somewhat reminiscent of an APA. I wish the maple was a little more present than it is but otherwise this is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 03:15:01 | More by dbrauneis
Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.