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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red | Anchor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of jpro
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium clear amber with a huge yellow cream head that gets tacky as it dissipates. Nice retention and gloppy lace down the glass. Big brown bottle shows giant geometric bubbles in the bottle from the pour. Pretty beer.

Interesting nose. Toasted malt. I actually get the faintest whiff of maple. A little woody caramel and vanilla. A little mild on the aroma side.

Dry ale. Big bitter up front, like super-brown bread crust. Hops have a good bite, but not piney nor citric. Pure bitter. Unrelenting in this department, and long bitter in the finish. Malt exists and you actually get a moment when the palate is clearing that there is bread toast. That's as easy drinking as this gets. This is an oversized bottle that you'd want to share, and have with some rich food (stew??) to help cut thru the fat and depth. On it's own, it's a little harsh.

Medium body, excellent body and structure.

I'm ok with this, but this is one I need to be in the mood for, or plan a meal around. Killing this bottle by itself on a Friday night is just an ok experience, and willingness and enjoyment diminish with each sip.

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Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this bottle. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy copper color with a finger of yellowish tan froth that fades back leaving strings and spots of lace.

The aroma has quite a fruity and floral hop appeal that blends into almost a belgian-like note of pink bubblegum. Some earthen and more herbal to citrus notes appear with more whiffs. The malt is quite caramel or toffee in character.

The flavor is malty with quite a toasty bready grain aspect. A bit of herbal hops, slightly fruity and floral. Some citrus and herbs appear more evident with each sip and a mild grassy bitterness. Kiss of alcohol that has that previously described pink bubblegum note sbout it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and an interesting seasonal that is unique and easy drinking. When you read the label, you almost feel like there is a hint of maple earthiness blended in with the malt character. Overall a solid and enjoyable seasonal that I will probably seek out again.

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

Out of a bottle and into a tumbler at the Fernwood Bar in Big Sur, CA.

Raul's not tripping like Toronto's Mayor after a few puffs from a glass pipe, but he was kind of feeling this one well enough. Nice lil' Red that wasn't overly malty/syrupy, and was smooth like Raul on ice skates.

I wouldn't recommend that my children search for it, but if you see it and want to chill hard like Tebow in Bible study, Raul would recommend it enough.

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Photo of Kooz
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange, but not quite red. Nice head, but it dissipates pretty quickly.

Very subtle nose. There a slight sourness to it, but it doesn't come through in the taste.

The first sip was good, but it was overpoweringly bitter without much other flavor that I could discern.

There is a good mouthfeel. It's got some body yet still tastes light.

Overall, it's a slight disappointment, but not bad.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy amber with sepia carpet that trails.
Autumn leaf, lots of malty caramel, a touch of maple, and winter spice.
Big toffee apple sweetness with woody, spicy, orange rind hops.
Polish caramel and gooseberry finish and tightening linger.
Medium, soft, clingy.

Looks nice but the nose is a bit sickly sweet. The malts bury the fruit off the Nelson, leaving the spice and citrus (Citra + Cascade) to end up tasting like EKG. Chewy enough for the season, and there is some maple, but a bit simple - at least to start. Just when you expect it will cloy like mad when it warms up, all the dry-hopping comes out.

Actually a true amber, masquerading as a winter warmer.

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Photo of zacharrry
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't get too excited about anything from Anchor but this one sounded too good to pass up. Maybe I was just excited to finally be able to buy a six pack of a red ale (any red ale!) for a low price, but I thought this was a great fall beer. Not as sweet as the name would make you think, but fans of Imperial Reds will definitely find this enjoyable. Sad to see it leaving the shelves (I've already gone through two six-packs).

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep iced-tea brown with a huge, thick, fluffy, cream colored head that took some time to fade into a rocky film that left a complex network of sticky laceing down the glass.
S: lemon and citrus hops come through alongside rich notes of molasses. I get hints of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee.
T: more bready than the nose suggested with flavors of bready yeast, lemon verbena, orange zest, maple, and slight caramel. The finish tastes like toasted wheat bread and the aftertaste is citrusy and lightly bitter. Maple syrupy is definitely not super sweet or cloying.
M: Medium body, soft, delicate and fluffy carbonation, with a smooth creamy full mouthfeel.
O: Great mouthfeel and a decent flavor that I can’t really complain about, I was just expecting more of a maple presence. Definitely another solid beer from Anchor though.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an english pint. Pours a hazy red with a finger length light tan head that dissipates into a cap and leaves a light amount of lacing. This beer has the unmistakable smell of Welch's grape juice with a small trace of maple syrup in the background. This is a very malt forward beer, and it leaves behind a full assortment of berries in the background. There is a light bitterness detected on the finish. Not nearly as big as I would have thought, and it is very sessionable.

Overall: Don't let the maple fool you, the fruitiness to this one is the story. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper and clear color with an abundant light tan head that has very good retention and side glass lacing.
Smell: sharp orange rind with some peppery hoppiness.
Real dry on the palate, too much so for me. Its bitter and dry enough that the roof of my mouth has to strain for a little saliva.
Hops dominate the Malts, interesting beer, that would go good with steak or some Bar-B-Q ribs. Certainly not a thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of mactrail
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red/amber with a solI'd bout of creme foam. Rises to two fingers and holds. Lacing is great.

Tart malts with smooth toastiness, earthy hops, apple-y notes, a hint of maple syrup, and a kickback of soft and spicy spruce.

Classic Anchor seasonality with evergreen hops, robust malts, hints of spice, and solid balance--all of that, plus a swirl-in of maple syrup. Very tasty and almost warming with a brandied honey note. Lightly apple-y, like a tannic red apple skin, but very short on the sweetness that that would imply. Estery, still. Excellently toasted with a gentle snooze alarm of booze. Well-done.

Rugged and spicy with some warming fusel alcohol. Big brushstrokes of carb that almost singe the palate in the crescendo. Body holds its own with a medium wooliness. Still, a great autumny feel.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber, transparent, head is tan and dense and thick (1/2 inch or so), lacing nicely and leaving a ring.

Smell is subtle, pleasant, clean pale malt, hint of caramel and toast, hops are interesting and pleasant, mix of earthy and citrus. Maple is noted as it warms to room temperature.

Taste is mild pale malt mixed with caramel, toast, hints of light maple possibly, hops are pleasant and bitter, citrus and earthy balance.

Mouthfeel is very nice, solid bitterness covering the sweeter notes of this ale.

Overall, a very pleasant, unique ale, maple is subtle in the taste and nose, hop blend works well with malt profile.

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Photo of jkrich
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a code dated 12 oz. bottle: clear, reddish and copper color with a sustained, fluffy off-white head.

I was a little surprised and very pleased by the aroma: sweet and syrupy malt with a very nice resinous hop aroma.

The flavor begins with a solid malty base with an unexpected yeasty, bready flavor. The lingering piney hop flavor balances the ale nicely and keeps it refreshing. As the ale warms, the soft and malty profile begins to dominate.

The body is medium with a flavorful but slightly thin mouthfeel. The carbonation is restrained with a pleasant semi-sweet lingering bitterness.

Regardless if you can really taste maple syrup, this is a quaffable and uniquely flavored ale. It was good enough to consider purchasing another six pack before the season is over.

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Photo of Scrylol
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger bubbly head with lots of lacing. Beautiful golden amber body color, really does remind me of autumn.

Not sure what I was really expecting here. Aroma seems to consist of citrus, grassy and hoppy notes. Slight graininess to it. Can't pick up any maple syrup or malty notes.

Pretty bitter, not very balanced. Slight caramel malt in the background. Dominant citrus, tropical, and grassy notes on the tongue. Bit of graininess flavor to it. Can't pick up any maple syrup.

Nice carbonation and decent body feel to it.

I dunno, just like some other users here I can't seem to pick up any maple syrup. What I do get though is lots of citrus and grassy hop flavors. Pretty bitter and unbalanced, small malty presence.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy dense brown/orange with a small head and some lacing.

Well balanced aroma between caramel malts and grapefruit hops. Malt side almost has a candy-like sugar daddy aroma that compliments mild citrus notes.

Taste is more on the hoppy side with grapefruit rind coming through. Not as balanced as the nose and not as smooth as I was hoping. Bitterness is prevalent and lingering at the end.

Medium-full body perhaps due to added sugar additions in maple syrup. Pretty nice.

Not a bad Amber. Flavorful and balanced and perfect for a fall day.

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Photo of 57md
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured copper in color with two big fingers of off-white head. The head retained well and left complex layers of thick lacing. Other than the faint essence of hops, the nose is pretty bland. The flavor is light with a dry finish. There are no discernible maple notes in the nose or the flavor - bummer.

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Photo of bum732
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Rich, sweet vienna malt, touch of maple, woodiness, almost soft ceder like, sandalwood heavy.

L: Fairly clear, reddish brown, creamy white head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Vienna-like malt, slightly woody, semi-sweet. An herbal undercurrent lingers with the hops. Medium low woody/herbal bitterness. Finishes quite dry with residual herbalness.

M: Medium high carbonation, provides a "zing" on the palate. Medium light bodied.

Really solid. Not sure if the maple comes through, but still very enjoyable.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.