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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 804
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 18
Gots: 112 | 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 Jason
3.76/5  rDev +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. (504 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

RJT (574 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (849 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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... (678 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, coppery red with a thick, foamy off white head.

CItric, fruity hops upfront, and finishes with malty, slightly sweet notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

I was quite surprised with the hop presence in this. I went into it expecting a malt-forward beer, accentuated by the maple used. The hops though, are the first thing you notice, and are then complimented by the malty, slightly sweet maple notes. Surprising, but well done. (477 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - slight haze to the diluted tangerine brew. A finger or more of light mocha head, sticky and slow to fade.

Aroma - bright citrusy character, pineapple and pink grapefruit. A sweet smelling amber.

Taste - hardy grains with a biscuity undertone, caramel and malt in support. The hops have excellent balance, all the bitterness of an amber without washing away the sweetness of the grain and maple. The swallow allows the bitterness its moment, ending with grapefruit pith and a dry palate.

Mouthfeel - smooth, plenty crisp, good weightiness for the style.

Overall - great fall session beer from Anchor. (616 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bowling pin bottle poured into a pint glass. The bigleaf maple caught me off guard thinking this was a maple/pumpkin beer seasonal. Guess I've been in California too long to actually read the label. Pours a clear ight amber with a robust cap of off white foam. Nice retention and light lace follow.

Offers a nice spicy hop aroma up front with balanced caramel emerging as the beer warms. Nicely balanced and relatively dry for an amber. Touch of pine and perfume bounce around in the background.

Flavor follows with light and balanced spice and caramel muddled a bit by some maple influence. Again quite hop forward for the style and with a light level of sweetness. Feel is smooth and well carbonated. Finish is slightly sweet yet cut short by the hop spice armada on the close.

This is my kind of Amber. Not a fan of crystal malts in IPA's, I welcome their relatively restrained use here for the style. Restrained by lack of complexity to a degree for sure, but a pleasant and easy quaff. And quite fresh as well. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You know I sort of went into this one expecting one thing and got another, this really surprised me, I guess I was thinking a warmer heavier beer a bit more silky but it turned out to be pleasantly citrisy even hoppy (I'm not a hops pro so forgive me ye IPA gods O' the earth) when I take into consideration my expectations drinking this was like late summer in a beer with a maple aroma which if you think of it makes perfect sense, autumn is full of what has been brought forth of the summer harvest so taking into consideration that this is indeed a well made beer and modestly attempting to understand the methodology and philosophy the brewmasters over at anchor might have been shooting for and from I'm inclined to like this new Bigleaf Maple Autumn Red, so much so I've put it on my weekly beer list! (808 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber color, thick thick head, had to pour it in two sessions, big and marshmallow like, thick lacing on the side.
S - Aroma consists of some lightly toasted sweet malts, a nice pine hop aroma, and a hint of maple syrup, not as much as the label would make you think.
T - Up front there's a good mix of sweetness and bitterness. I'm kinda surprised at the bitterness of this beer, mid way it mixes with some sweet malts and you get that maple syrup sweetness too, and it finishes more on the tart and bitter side, a little citrus like.
M - Mildly complex and medium feel, rather chewy and sticky though.
O - A decent brew, but when I think maple syrup I do not think hop bitterness, which there is plenty of in this brew, which opposes the sweetness of the maple in a harsh way, and makes for a tart end. For that reason I'm not impressed. The maple should be the star of this beer, not a character. (940 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-August for $1.99. Bottled on 7-17-13.

Beer poured amber with a fine white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose suggest mild citrus hops and sweet malts.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel and toasted malts and tropical and citrus hops. Hint of maple sweetness lingers in the finish and is a bit of a detriment for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth for the style.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. A decent addition to the Anchor lineup. (510 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz single from "Trader Joe" in Salem OR. $1.35 Pours a nice clear amber colour with a lovely creamy,thick cream coloured head. Nice hop aromas greet the nose first,herbal and citrus,getting a small amount of caramel from the malts. Taste is far more balanced with the caramel malts ( with tinge of salt) equaling the hops..blends very nice, the maple syrup to me seems more under the radar but is there in a almost subconscious way! Very nice palate..bitterness lingers a while on the back of the tongue..which i like. Overall tasty amber, good fall drinking. (561 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (677 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a fine finger and a half of white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of bready malt, maple syrup, apricot juice, light grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma with sweet bready malt, maple, light stone fruit juice and grassy, mildly piney hops. Finishes semi-dry with residual hop bitterness. Medium bodied with nice active carbonation. The addition of maple to a red ale works out quite well here. Like many Anchor beers, this is safe and non-challenging, but well made and pleasant to drink. The finish was slightly astringent and could be supported a bit more by the good maple malt in the start. Nice fall beer. (691 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the the glass.

S- Crisp aroma of toasty malt and some light maple sweetness. Quite nice.

T- Taste isn't as pleasant as the sweetness clashes with alcohol and the toasty malt doesn't do much to complement. Drinkable but not very enjoyable.

M- Also crisp but has a sharpness from the alcohol that I don't like. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the lighter side.

O- This beer needs more balance and focus. The components are all there but just not constructed well. (794 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clear filtered and clean this amber moves towards the copper. The head was interesting as it was thick in one glass and died quickly for the second.

The scent is piney hops with a real Christmas tree scent. It does take on a bit of a funky cat piss aroma but as bad as that sounds it's not offending.

This is an amber? No, it tastes more of an IPA hoppiness. No malt, no maple but lots of pine, chive, onion and earthy moss. It's not bad but it's not expectation.

I rate this on its own merit and not the expectation of its type or what the label said. This is a decent IPA strange as it may be. (603 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with a dense off white head. Average visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Interesting aroma going on here. Hops are fairly dominate but also the maple is a noticeable quality. As I've seen with some other maple beers the ingredient can cause sort of an off fermented aroma.

T: Flavor is a moderate dose of hop, bready malt and maple. Is not an overly strong beer but is a nicely crafted blend with appropriate fall flavors. Hop bitterness keeps you coming back for more, maple makes for a sweet finish.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Finish is clean when the sweetness is taken into account. Nice drinkability.

Overall picked up a single bottle but wouldnt mind having a few more. Stronger than most summer beers in both flavor and abv which works well for the fall. (896 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne last week, excited to see another seasonal offering to go with the Bock, Summer, and Special Ales that I buy nearly every year. While this wasn't a bad beer, this didn't quite measure up to those and like so many others on here, I could not taste the maple in this. I was even more surprised when I logged on here to see that this was categorized as an American Amber/Red Ale, given the lack of a hop profile and balance of this beer.

Without a doubt, the pour was the best aspect to be enjoyed here. The deep apricot hue, almost-clear opacity, fluffy head, and solid rings of lacing combined for a pleasing appearance that held its own from start to finish. Then came the aroma: resin, wood, and metal. Surely, this was a Pale ale...but it wasn't. It tasted like a fall beer as the natural notes kicked in more once I sipped this and the aftertaste was like that of copper. Where was the maple, the stickiness, the bite? Not at all present as the body to this was weak and not like a Brown Ale at all either. The carbonation wasn't strong enough to take away the harshness of this and there wasn't any sweetness to be found either.

Thankfully, the booze wasn't too strong either, or else this would have scored lower in my book. I thought this beer was fine on its own but just didn't live up to the expectations based on its description or the reputation of Anchor's other offerings. As a seasonal, this wouldn't be a great first choice and is only worth a go for those who want to give all the Anchor beers a try. I hope that next year's is a bit more on the mark and worth picking up in the midst of a ton of other Autumn offerings. (1,673 characters)

Photo of bofarr
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had been looking for this for a while, was very excited to finally score some at Safeway after my local BevMo kept selling out.
Pours without too much head, good legs however as the foam has enough body to cling to glass for a good while after the pour. Excellent initial bouquet, earthy with a robust hops nose. Pleasantly surprising strong initial hop notes with a crisp, full mouth feel. Crisp on the back of the tongue and goes down easy, a very good fall special. Almost tastes more like a Sierra Nevada than a Anchor brew. Excellent addition to their portfolio and look forward to having around for years to come. (620 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on an amber colored body.
The aroma is grainy with maple syrup and lemon.
The taste is moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness with a mild sweet and dense citrus. Only a hint of maple syrup in the taste thankfully.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An interesting fall beer and not too bad either. (341 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with a "Blend of two caramel & pale malts", and hopped with a "Blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra & Cascade" . 6% ABV.

Pours out to a clear medium amber forming a large expansile mousse-like off white head with superior retention and one solid thick sheet of latte-like foam. Big hop aroma of Cascade front and center. Definitely not what I was expecting with a name like Maple Autumn Amber. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with a little hop prickle, acidity and astringency in the finish. Taste, again, is hop forward, malts are pretty subdued, dry finish, firm bitterness, hop flavor lingering in the aftertaste. Maple really shouldn't even be included on the label...there is no maple here in flavor or aroma. Squinting your eyes and concentrating doesn't help. It's just not there at all. Weird metallic sourness but not of the infected ilk. Mix together a glass of black tea, kiwi fruit juice, and a handful of pennies and drink it. Blech.

Meh. A hoppy amber. Wow. Been there done that about a thousand times. Oddly tart/near sour and metallic. Ick. Can easily skip this one. (1,121 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber red with gold highlights an a puffy off white head, great clarity

Aroma: sweet caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted bread,

Taste: malty, with brown sugar and caramel sweetness with a hint of maple syrup on the finish. Some definite bitterness on the finish to balance

Mouthfeel: crisp like a fall day, medium-high carbonation, medium body

Overall: Really good. A great seasonal beer for the fall showcasing brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, and maple syrup notes that are all balanced by some moderate bitterness on the finish (558 characters)

Photo of TwoTrees
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My Seahawks won last night...let's celebrate with a new beer!

A: A clear, russet red. Good foamy head that lingers.

S: Clean, warm malt, hop florals, pine.

T: Nicely hopped, piney, faint maple, bitter finish on the back end. To be honest, I was expecting more maple, but it's a very trace amount.

M: Refreshing, lightly carbonated.

Overall: This is a good red ale, and a fine beer from the folks at Anchor. However, it's not exactly as advertised as I got very little maple from it despite it's other positive attributes. I would certainly not refuse if offered, but probably won't seek out. (596 characters)

Photo of Father_Raybob
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Gorgeous Amber with a brilliant copper-red hue and tan head that dissipates about three sips into a pint.

Nose - Just-made caramels, un-ripe citrus notes from the hops; pretty simple.

Taste - Hops are moderate on the attack, nice velvety mouthfeel and a pleasantly bitter finish. Very simple ale that is more reminiscent of homebrew than something from anchor brewing.

Overall - not impressive but an average quality amber ale for the fall. (456 characters)

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.