Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 106 | 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 Mikecap
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of HBBJ
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


Photo of Hibernator
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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...

Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of Omnium
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.