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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 860
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 27.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 122 | 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 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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper color with a healthy finger of thick, beige foam with outstanding retention. Vigorous carbonation can be observed meandering through the murky depths. Gorgeous grapefruit and passion fruit in the nose suggest a big American hop presence. A hint of sweetness and perhaps cinnamon can be detected in the nose as well, but the hops are the star here. Patches of lacing cling to the glass as the beer subsides.

The taste does indeed feature a healthy dose of grapefruit and some pine resin, though it's not overwhelming. There's great balance on the front end, but I'm having a hard time describing the malt profile; perhaps bready would be an apt descriptor. If there's maple syrup in there, it's not easy to find. I get more maple syrup from a straight doppelbock than I do from this. The balanced fore soon yields to the bitterness of the hops, devolving slightly into more of a one-sided affair. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy and leaves a light stickiness on the lips.

This is certainly an intriguing beer to say the least. The quality and retention of the head are excellent--it has a nearly nitro consistency, which I may have never seen on such a well-hopped beer before, and certainly not out of a bottle. There's plenty of fruity bitterness to keep the palate engaged, though it's a far cry from what I was expecting based on the label. If you're looking for a sweet, autumnal affair, you'll likely be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a vibrant, creamy, quasi-IPA, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of pants678
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

White head over an amber body.

Smells of brown and biscuit malts, hoppy.

Expecting maple but not the case, again, pretty hoppy. Very, very subtly citrus sweet. Maple may be buried under there... or I'm just imagining it. If I didn't know better I'd call this a particularly weak red IPA. Inoffensive but not what I want for a fall brew.

Carbonation's right for an amber.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of dv8sean
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle gently poured into a tulip glass.

I am partial to Anchor beers but find this one a bit confused and confusing. By looks, it's stellar. Great depth of bronze-copper color. However, there wasn't much aroma present, and the flavors are in competition with each other, rather than collaboration. It wants to be bitter, then it wants to be sweet, but ends up neither.

Not a bad beer and fun to try, but came up short on its promise.

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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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not really having many choices for my 1800th beer I snagged this one out of the selected few newbies. It has good reviews so it will do.

A - A deep amber red color with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring. Some sticky lacing it looks good.
S - Has some caramel and toffee malts from the amber meets some dry maple notes but smells kind of like medicinal cherry somewhat. Hopefully the taste is good.
T - Has some hop bitterness and the maple is there and comes out in its traditional drying fashion. Sweet malts do justice to this balancing this all out so it really just comes off as a bitter amber ale.
M - Light to medium easy enough to drink with IPA strength.

Overall not a bad beer overall but I would prefer the liberty ale over it any day. Not bad of an an experimental maple amber ale. Worth picking up for just a couple of bucks.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-nice crimson amber with a nice sticky cream colored head

S-smells impressively hoppy with a great scent of caramel malts. Slightly aged. Decent strength.

T-comes in as it smells but maybe with a more aged aspect to it. Small bitterness. Not much of an after-taste. No maple.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice semi dry finish

O-it's just an okay beer. Not something I want more than once. The more I drink it, the more the bitterness seems to build which I do appreciate. It's still not something I think I'll be ordering again. Don't let the maple tag full you, it's not there.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Amchor's Bigleaf Maple Autumn Amber a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new seasonal to try and I thought I would give this a shot, so lets see how it goes. I think this is is the first time this has been bottled. No visible bottling date 2013 release. Poured from a slightly shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it's very fitting for an Autumn release. It poured a slightly clear caramel color that took on an amber color when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by bready and caramel malts with a slight toffee aroma in the background. Up next comes a citrus like aroma with some orange rind aromas sticking out the most with some more sweetness at the end and no noticeable maple syrup aromas. The aroma was nice, but the lack of maple syrup aromas prevented it from being great.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness followed by some bready, grainy, and caramel malt flavors with a slight stale malt flavor in the background. There might be a slight maple syrup flavor, but it's hardly noticeable. Towards the end there's some citrus rind hop flavors with orange rind still sticking out the most and a very high amount of medium bitterness with a a citrus rind and slight caramel malt like aftertaste. This beer tasted decent, but hardly any maple flavor hurt it.

M- Not the smoothest, rich, a little sticky, slightly oily, on the thinner side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The Mouthfeel was nice, but it could have been a little smoother.

Overall I wasn't really into this beer, but I thought it was decent example of the style, but it really didn't live up to the maple part of it's name, I think it needs more maple syrup flavors and less bitterness. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste only held my attention a little, one is enough for me. I liked the appearance the most, it's a good looking beer. I liked the taste and drinkability the least, they just didn't work out as well as they could have. I wouldn't buy it again and i would really recommend it. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, I wish it had better balance and a more identifiable maple aspect. Better luck next time guys.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Maninthearena
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Typical red ale color, a little cloudiness. Thick full head. Very appetizing.

Nose- Some citrus (orange) hops with some pine notes. Syrupy sweetness lingers afterwards.

Taste- A bit of a sweet and sour type thing going on with the resin like sweetness and the bitter hops. Just some maple undertones here, I thought it would dominate a little more. Maple sweetness beneath hops rather than the more typical fruitiness. Almost more of a pale red ale in its dominant flavors, very nice. Sweetened as it warmed.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy. Head lasted most of the way and gave a nice contrast of textures.

Overall- A well crafted beer in the strict sense of an Amber ale with a small amount of maple. Although I expected the maple to be much more dominant, I'm not sure how the final product would be as such.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades quickly, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, maple, and hints of earthiness, some hop character for sure. A piney, citrusy aroma follows the maple I get at first.

Taste: Caramel is what I get first with some grass and earth that follow, also do get a sense of maple syrup-like flavors. Maple more evident in the nose, however.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a crisp, lingering finish. Moderate bitterness for the style.

Overall: I liked this one, a solid fall beer that reminds me of autumn in the northeast. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of HBBJ
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangey-amber color. Very clear. Big rocky tan head fades slowly over time. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: An explosion of aromas - big maltiness with some caramel and bubble gum notes, some yeast fruitiness and spiciness, and evergreen and herbal hops. Somehow, they all compliment one another, instead of competing.

Taste: Some sweet malt flavor, but mainly hop bitterness and flavor. A touch of acidity. Long, mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, smooth, creamy.

Overall: Appearance and smell offered the promise of an excellent brew, but the taste disappointed. If there is any maple aroma or taste, it is lost among all the hops. Maple syrup is an expensive ingredient, so if you're only going to use "a hint" as it says on the label, then you've got to be careful not to overdo the other ingredients.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - crimson amber color with beige head

Smell - pine, grapefruit, caramel, hint of that maple

Taste - caramel, pine, grapefruit, hint of maple in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, bitter, not much sweetness that I normally associate with the style

Overall - I was a bit disappointed that the maple aspect of this beer didn't shine through more, but,decent beer that is worth a shot if you see it

Price Point - $2.40/12oz single

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3LW, so July 23, 2013

A: Pours an amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Nicely malty, with a hint of sweetness from the maple. Fruitiness come through to go along with the malts, as well as light floral and earthy notes

T: Starts off with some lightly toasty malts with a muted fruitiness. Goes into some leafy and earthy tones, with some of the maple coming through. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: A nice new seasonal from Anchor. It matches the season well, and is quite drinkable. Good value. Worth a try

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours with an inch of head with good retention. Nice amber color. Bonus points for a nice autumny label. Great lacing.

S: Smell some spices and maple. Also smells earthy and bready.

T: Pretty complex... Spicy, floral hops balanced very well with earthy malts. Some caramel and maple too.

M: Light-medium bodied

O: I like this one. Good complexity and well balanced. A good fall beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright red copper boy, excellent clarity, no carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of whipped off-white micro-bubbles.

Aroma of caramel and maple and fresh bread. Could be bigger.

Big caramel beginning. Earthy hops. Fleeting maple. Slightly bready.

Smooth slick mouthfeel.

Good but not great. Would have liked more maple. Still, a nice beer to sip on a crisp autumn evening.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy deep brown, a good foamy head with thick, lasting lacing. Looks big. Not much carbonation.

S: Hops hit me initially, a mix of lemon citrus and pine, with some kind of floral afternotes.

T: Hops with citrus and pine, bitter approaching spicy but quenching. I suppose it works as an autumn beer.

M: Fluid and crisp. Look to my numerical rating.

O: I was surprised to find so much hop in an autumn brew, which I think of as malt/spice dominated, but this challenges that notion. But, to balance that statement, it's not much different than most other quality IPA's. It may gain a slight edge just from the labeling. But kudos to Anchor Steam for thinking to do so!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A great looking beer right off the bat, this one pours with a healthy head that settles atop the beer two fingers thick. It's frothy and chewy looking like I expect from a good beer. Color-wise, the beer is amber colored with brown and orange hues. Again, a great looking beer.

The smell is hoppy and piney immediately, then subtle sweetness from the maple or the malts emerges, as does a bit of booze. It's an enticing blend.

As for the taste, the maple is very much present, but does not overtake the rest of the beer. The beer is not overly sweet, offering just enough maple and sweet malts to please the sweet tooth. With the finish, the hops break in again with bitterness and dryness.

The beer is pretty well balanced between sweet, bitter and dry. It's certainly quaffable.

Overall, I'd enjoy this again. It's a solid fall offering at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Off the tap, two finger of some of the creamiest light tan head I've ever seen rises on a hazed copper-red brew that clears up to show a deep translucency, and that head doesn't back down. It never recedes. Lacing is like a solid mass from the top of the glass and pretty well down. It loosens up a little but there's still lots of stick, and that goes to the bottom of the glass.
The nose is faint, a surprise after all that head, though that doesn't always say too much and there are many causes. So, while it's hard to smell, it's clear that there's a good balance of hops and malts and it's difficult to say much more than that.
The flavor brings out much of what the aroma wanted to say but couldn't. The balance is of breads and caramel with floral hops. There's a bit of earth to it but it shifts away from more common beers of similar ilk by being free of herb. Maple seems an afterthought with something mildly creamy coming in at the end. Overall, there's a mellow steely taste overlying it.
This is a medium-bodied beer that, while having very light crispness, is quite smooth all the way. Carbonation is light to moderate. The body is supported while allowing the smoothness to take charge, though the crispness keeps it from boring.

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper colored with a big head of foam and decent lacing.

Smell: Malts and caramel.

Taste: Caramel, buscuity malts, maple syrup, and a hint of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with some hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: It’s ok. Better than anything else I’ve had from Anchor so far, which tells you how impressed I’ve been with them. Their brews, including this one, always leave a strange taste in my mouth that I can’t quite put my finger on. It resembles the flavor of the beers dad used to drink back in the 60s. Anyway, this seasonal is drinkable but uneven. There is a hop bite without much hop flavor, and the maple and caramel seem to be battling each other for supremacy.

**ADDENDUM: The flavor greatly improves as it warms and the maple finally wins the battle and begins to come through strong.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor Big Leaf Maple has a very thick, foamy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, amber appearance, with lots of bubble streams and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is a bit odd- pineapple, sweetness, and bread crust. Taste is of fairly bitter and tannic barley malt, some citrus, sweetness, and the bread crust. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and slick, and Anchor Big Leaf Maple finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is one of the better red ales I’ve had, even with its unusual pineapple notes. I think it’s delicious and unique.


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Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor Bigleaf Maple Autumn Amber
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

A major thanks is in store to my friend Larry for bringing up a few of these beers last weekend. To my surprise there was 1 left in my fridge when I checked earlier tonight.

Pours a burnt and hazy orange color. A big, fluffy head immediately forms, but quickly dissipates to a thin lace around the glass.

Whiffs of malt with a strong metallic scent, oddly enough.

During my few sips, I notice a strong malt backbone. Mainly a juicy caramel malt sweetness with some toasted cereal notes. The mouthfeel is very "soft" with that classic Anchor yeast quality that I've grown to really appreciate over the years.

There is a just a hint of sweetness, maybe honey or in this case maple syrup. Honestly, if I wasn't aware of the name of the beer I probably wouldn't have detected any maple notes. There is some form of honey smoothness in there though. The finish has a pleasant hop snap.

It's always nice to try a new offering from one the classic American craft breweries. Nothing exceptional here, but a solid seasonal from Anchor.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.