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 zeledonia
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Inoffensive, but not all that tasty. A bit of a sort-of-hoppy, sort-of-malty, chalky mess.

Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Anchor Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red Ale - 6% ABV US Amber Ale - Consumed October 16/2014.

A: Hazy dark orange with three fingers of cream white foam and thick sheets of lacing on the pint glass. Lots of bubbles in the body. Head and lace retain quite well. A fantastic looking beer.

S: Floral, grassy, herbal and earthy hops, maple syrup, toasty malt, sultanas, orange marmalade, caramel, red grapefruit, and perfume. Typical Anchor hop profile meets classic Red Ale aromas with subtle maple notes. A very appealing nose.

T: Herbal, grassy and floral hops, light maple sweetness, toasty malt, red grapefruit, caramel, orange jujube, grassy-juicy hop astringency precedes a mildly bitter and lemony-dry finish. About as good as it gets for a sweetened amber ale; damn tasty and fairly complex for what it is.

M: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, grassy-juicy hop astringency transitions to a long, lightly bitter and drying finish. A balanced and enjoyable palate.

O: An unusually complex and flavourful Amber Ale that's well worth a purchase.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. For a beer named autumn maple, there is not much maple flavor, but the hops character is strong, piney and has a hint of citrus. Really tasty beer. Full bodied ale with notes of caramel and hops. Well carbonated and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright caramel color with a massive head of dense, lumpy foam. Initial smell is juicy fruit and wild berries, followed by grapefruit, unripe peach, wood, and grass. Malts are biscuity, which the maple syrup compliments nicely. Flavor seems to be maltier to start with a caramel, nutty, maple sweetness, but transforms into something more green, hoppy, and bitter by the finish. This does help to cut down the sweetness, but the hops lose their initial fruitiness and turn grassy, minty, and piney which results in something more bitter and dry feeling. Solid medium body and creamy. Things are skewed a little towards the bitter side and the maple is subtle, but this is still pretty nice in an old-school kind of way. Despite the mostly "newer" hop profile, this seems like something Anchor has always brewed.

Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Very bitter hops, not as sweet as expected (which is a plus in my books), but there are hints of caramel and maple in the aftertaste. Crisp and delicious beer.

Photo of cb26
4/5  rDev +12.4%

An interesting beer, I definitely got the maple flavor there but it's soft not overwhelming. Smooth and pretty easy to drink. A nice seasonal departure from all the pumpkin on the market.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper-amber color with a one finger of fizzy white colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt smell. Along with these smells come aromas of a maple syrup smell as well as some notes of a more piney and grassy hop nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly bready and lightly roasted taste with a moderate showing of a hop flavor of a more pine like nature. The hop is much heavier upfront then I would have anticipated from the nose, with it being accompanied by a bit of the caramel sweetness that was present in the nose. As the taste advances so too do the sweeter and the hoppy flavors of the brew, all while the bready and malt flavors remain largely constant. The increase in hop is a mix of more grapefruit as well as some flavors of pine and herb while the addition of sweet is a mix of caramel and maple syrup. In the end with the increase in sweet and the hop increase as well, one is left with a rather nicely and surprisingly hopped sweeter red ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style and the only 6 % abv. the feel is rather nice, balancing quite well the sweeter, hoppy and malty flavors of the brew and making for an easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – This was a nice, rather sweeter, but very pleasantly hopped red ale. This one is rather enjoyable overall.

Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, clean maple-amber with a huge head of tan bubbles. Gorgeous, ornate, and heavy-duty spiderweb lacing.

Nose is malty and toasty, but subtle. Not much maple detectable here, I’m afraid.

Taste is rich and malty, and here’s where the maple syrup comes into play much better. I get the sweet maple playing on the palate alongside more bitter citrus hops tones. Very well-balanced! I am very happy with this ideal Fall seasonal brew, as it perfectly captures the spirit of Fall while remaining subtle, unique, and enjoyable.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottling code 4GV on the back label. Another new one to me from Anchor Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Red ale brewed with maple syrup". Sounds nice enough.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice reddish amber color; somewhat cloudy with about a finger of thick off-white lacing that lingers for a good while. Leaves behind some good fat streaks of lacing. Looks nice. 4

S - The smell is yeasty above anything else - some fruity apple, cream, and biscuity malts are there also. Some slight alcohol phenols noticeable. Nothing in the aroma that I would describe as maple syrup, either. 3

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter, earthy, bready, malty, & yeasty. A fruity, overripe apple sort of taste is there also. There is perhaps a touch of sweetness, but again nothing that I would describe as tasting like maple syrup. Yeasty, above all else, I would say. 3.5

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and creamy. Easy drinking for the 6.00% abv. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Bitter and malty on the finish. 3.5

Overall, an interesting beer, but not entirely what I was expecting. Anchor is usually pretty hit or miss for me, and this one didn't really do it. Not bad by any means, I would be willing to have it again, I just don't know how well it works as a maple syrup infused red ale.

Anchor Brewing BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red -----3.5/5

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

It pours a dark red, very clear, color with a short lived, two finger head. The nose is mostly apple worth a slight citrus edge and a familiar anchor malt flavor. The Flavor is sweet, still quite apple-y, and a nice buttery mouthfeel. Good not great.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: surprisingly hoppy for a red ale; a moment of caramel and maple, than it's all citra and cascade;

T: toffee up front, then a citrus/peach note at mod-palate; a mild astringent bitterness at the finish; never really got any maple flavor;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: after the great aroma, the flavor was a bit of a let down;

Photo of Modernrickk
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Nelson hops make this beer crazy bitter.. This is a great beer for fall sports

Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Copper or Amber color. Big, fluffy head. Caramely smell. Enjoyable malty notes with light hoppy bitterness in the taste. Surprisingly tasty. Great with food.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel brown coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head and steady carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of roasted caramel in the backbone, with subtle sugary maple highlights. Pretty balanced, light, and sweet. Flavors are toasted and tangy caramel, with woody notes, hints of maple sugar sweetness, and a roasted character, with some subtle citrus hops notes peeking through here and there, too. Smooth, light body, with a tangy sweet, almost cloying aftertaste. Light, slightly frothy finish, with a caramel linger.

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

big NW hop aroma, deep amber-red color with big 3 finger head. floral hops, caramel malt...the maple flavor is understated-which i love, and it may lead to the smoothness of the mouth feel. a great hoppy autumn beer, with a very balanced toasted malt backbone.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

16.6 ounce bottle - $4.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a near-clear, ambery body with a medium-sized, eggshell-toned head.

Smell: A nose of pale, toasty malts with a modest amount of sweet-scented caramel, zestful, downright peppery hops, a touch of yeast and a light, incorporated maple touch that blends in the background that you forget it's a maple-based brew.

Taste: Pale malts, plus fairly it is toasty, even a bit biscuity with a slight, ample though not overdone caramel sweetness. Quick, fleeting hint of maple. Big pop of coarse-ground black pepper on the hops with a very light underlying citrusy nature to the hops. Peppery, modestly toasty, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fitting fall ale.

Photo of kw_pip
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Light hopped malt with sweet balance

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a medium fluffy off white head, good lacing and head retention. Aroma is citrus earthy hops and fruity upfront with some caramel malt, yeast and sweet maple notes. Taste starts off with citrus earthy hops bitterness, slowly mellows out with a sweet caramel malt and maple flavor on the ending. Palate is a medium body, smooth with good carbonation, mild sticky mouth feel.. The finish is a combination of earthy pine hops and sweet malt and maple flavor on the end for balance, ending has a lingering hops and maple flavor. Overall a tasty fall treat and enjoyable brew.

Photo of rrutz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Pleasant aroma- well balanced malt and hops taste.

Nice copper color, unique taste for an autumn beer. Refreshing among all the great pumpkin beers, a nice change for the season.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Cool looking label, pretty average fall beer. Had this out of the bottle one of my first fall beers of the year. Mixture of maple, brown sugar, and caramel....but all fairly mild. Good malt flavor. Beautiful reddish color, you're not going to be able to look at this without really wanting to try it. Mild mouthfeel, no surprises. Good, I guess I just had higher expectations.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada curved pint glass (4LO?)

A: Copper brown body, that has a 2 finger head that is retained and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Decent hop smell that subsides to reveal rich amber malts.

T: Easy drinking with a light hop character that really follows this nice lightly roasted amber malt profile, that really feels like fall and orange/red leaves.

M: Smooth, with nice pops of singular carbonation bubbles.

O: Nice beer that is also one of those fall beers that isn't a pumpkin ale, but at least with this one I knew it wasn't (compared to ST's Harvest). Just a good amber.

Photo of BB1313
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy glowing copper with a fluffy off-white head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are faint and doesn't have much going on. Lots of malts and breads. Some chocolate, caramel, and toffee is there. Extremely subtle hints of orange peel. The flavors are very earthy. They definitely do have an autumn feel to it. Bittersweet. Maple notes are there. The hop flavors aren't there, but the hop bitterness is there. More chocolate and toffee. Hints of caramel and butterscotch. Lots of dough too. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation making this smooth and easy drinking. I really enjoy the mouthfeel. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I guess I'm not crazy about this one, but it's fitting for the fall season.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, opaque, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and two and a half fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. As the beer is consumed, there’s some gorgeous lacing of foam that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French Baguettes and English muffins, followed by some maple syrup and caramel, as well as some piney, grassy, hops.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of the bready, toasted malt up front, imparting biscuit-like flavors, followed by caramel, honey and maple syrup-like sweetness, a touch of lemony citrus, and some spices of black pepper and a touch of clove. The beer finishes with some beautifully balanced, grassy, piney, ever-so-slightly bitter hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation in this beer. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another damn good beer from Anchor Brewing. Malty, slightly sweet and balanced beautifully with some piney, slightly bitter hops, this beer is an excellent beer for the autumn season, and a unique one too, as it’s not a pumpkin beer or an Oktoberfest beer, which are the typical beers for this time of year. Delicious!

Photo of evanforbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Some of the most beautiful fall beer label art out there

Pours a light auburn with beige head

Nose: soapy spritzy hops with some muted fruit and sticky sweet caramel malt, and maybe a touch of maple

Taste: sweet toffee caramel malt,a note that kind of reminds me of whiskey, light peachy hop bite, turns a wee bitter with more malt sweetness and a touch of light amber maple sweetness

Feel: light, sweet, drinkable,

A decent and innteresting beer, kind of ESB-like. I like the maple, I wish there was a little more and a little more general umph to the brew. Alas, a nice fall brew

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +12.4%

This pours a lovely red with a 2 finger head of foam.

It smells balanced. Nice hoppy aromas with ample malt backing it up.

Taste wise, it's not as balanced as the smell as the bitter hops are very assertive. I do have to say the malt is well done and I do get hints of maple.

A very pleasurable mouthfeel.

This is a solid brew for the autumn season and it's very easy to drink.

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