Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
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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 Trosevear
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Can't judge since I drank it out of the bottle.

S: Even though it was in the bottle you could smell a sweetness and a hop character to it.

T: Malty and hippy just what you would expect from a red, it says maple leaf on the label but there is no taste of maple or even a sweetness from the bottle.

F: Full body easy drinking beer.

O: A pretty good beer.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well Anchor Steam, thanks for sharing your delicious brew yet again!
What gives me joy within this pint is the uncanny attraction between piney, earthy persuasions and yet the slightest hue of maple around the edges of the billowing cascades that so delight the venturing palate.

A stained glass amber visage,
A comforting, caramel scent,
Woody forest floor flavor,
River water mouthfeel.
Piney, fruity aftertaste.
A glimmering starshine of a buzz.

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Photo of dar482
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is piney, sweet caramel, lots of bready quality, onto a lingering herbaceous and piney bitterness on the back end.

Tastes almost of an amber ale. No hints of maple coming through.

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Photo of MNJR
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An excellent beer. Very smooth and soft feel. It has a distinct bitterness, not at all sweet as the maple might suggest. More like the taste of something maple smoked rather than maple syrup. I don't really find the maple coming through except in slight hints. Tastes like a very good red ale with an ESB style bitterness, balanced with a very light hop finish. Warming and welcome on a fall day. When it comes out every fall, I will buy a few six packs, even when faced with the 100's of other beers available. But, then I am not a big Octoberfest or Pumpkin beer fan, so this is a fall "go to" beer for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark amber color. Clear. Modest head that leaves a near blanket of lace.

Good caramel and crystal malt aroma.

Much more spicy and bitter. The malt is approaching a dark beer flavors, but it's brief because of the bitterness. Highly carbonated, this offsets the rich body. The aftertaste is a bit earthy behind the peppery hop bitterness.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

-Very nice to look at reddish pink with good pinkish head, off white
-Sweetness like syrup, rind, grain
-clean grains but heavy sharp bitter rind
-Bitter and silky, somewhat thin

-Was disappointed

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Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Most fall and winter seasonals I try taste like potpourri. This one does not!! Big Leaf Maple provides just subtle crisp hints of fall that make this an exceptional seasonal offering. Pours a hazy golden orange, small clean head. Crisp crisp and crisper like the air is getting. You can taste the water through the very mild maple, this tastes like fall and leaves you wantng to drink another.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice ruby/red colour, fairly clear, capped by three fingers of fairly rocky, soapy head. Lots of lacing.

Smells of citrus--Citra, maybe Centennial hopping. A bit of a slightly toasted malt character, but fairly subdued. Not a lot of maple syrup (almost none I can detect?). Slight pine resin/dankness, borderline cat pee.

Body is a bit lighter than I expected. Maple syrup comes through a bit more on the taste, but it's a whole lot of caramel malt, pine, and a touch of citrus. Slight notes of the Anchor yeast. Light, unobtrusive carbonation.

I like it. Lighter in flavour and body than I expected, and hoppier than I expected as well--feels, strangely, more "summery" than I would anticipate for an autumn beer. I wouldn't object to a bit more malt presence **and/or** a bit more maple syrup.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Rich copper colored body with a thick, frothy khaki colored head. Great head retention, thick foamy lacing.

Aroma: Immediate hops and spicy cedar notes, then sweet maple fills out the profile.

Taste: Starts out really hoppy and somewhat spicy. As it warms a little bit, the dry happens remains and the apple sweetness tries to emerge (little success). The finish is full of grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied.

Overall: It's extremely hoppy and it covers up most of the maple, although it's more noticeable in the aroma. I prefer less hoppy red ales, so i was surprised at the lack of sweetness in this, considering the use of maple syrup.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber hue with foamy two finger head. Love the combination of carmel malts and earthy richness with a nice hop finish. Tastes of a fine bourbon with citrus and pine notes from the hops. All in all one of my favorite Fall seasonal beers for 2015.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A deep amber with a red tint. It has a thin white head with ample lacing.

S: You get red and amber malt aroma with caramel and very slight hint of maple.

T: A moderate red and bready malt body but then you taste the maple and flavors of bourbon. A hearty woodsy piney hop flavor. A lingering maple flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate malt body and carbonation provide a pleasant feel.

Overall: A very good red specialty ale, but not so unique that I would be a regular buyer.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 23/915

A clear amber liquid with tiny slow bubbles popping up from everywhere,three fingers of tan foam falls to a thumbs width table top island leaving lots of random lace

S brown sugar, maple, caramel, gummy bears, faint tropical fruit, some citra catty notes, faint spruce, smells solid

T malty compared to the nose but still has a strong hop presence, more maple then the nose, a little spice in the background

M medium bodied and creams up nicely, a little slick on the palate,leafy finish

O not a bad mix of hops and sweet malt with a little maple popping up here and there, easy to drinkfor sure

Interesting mix of flavors, maybe a little extra hop kick would work well but then again I'm a hop addict and could say that about almost every beer I drink

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this red/amber ale. A terrific choice for a fall campfire session. pours a ruby red and gives off nice aromas of maple, leather, caramel and pine. The flavors are similar but would have preferred this to be a little more hoppy with a stickier feel. Overall a delicious fall beer I would gladly pick up again.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 20, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Toasting the Browns' first win and the incredible weather that makes one fall in love with Autumn... APPEARANCE: bubbles cascade upwards in a sienna body that bolsters a nicely laced, slightly dirty white head that thickens to a powerful creaminess... AROMA: an intriguing, perfumed allure begins the profile; the Cascade or Centennial bring the West Coast pine and citrus so indicative of Anchor...the malty sweetness brings with it the label's promise, though "a hint" is surprisingly accurate... PALATE: smooth, medium-bodied but finishing abruptly; a bit dry at the finish too...overall, drinkable, yes... TASTE: the caramel malts are sweetly in the fore, while each exhale delivers a suggestion of sweet syrup; nice subtle nuttiness melds with the citrus to balance the profile into a malt-leaning, drinkable pint...OVERALL: The maple is so subtle, one wonders if a label-less taste test might not lose it in the experience... as it is, reasonably flavorful, with a sweetness not found in the usual amber ale...

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention.

Smell: A toasty and juicy balanced scent of hops and red malt. Good hop presence with citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Earthy and floral scent with some hints of grass and pine. Good malt balance with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Subtle hints of maple syrup. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and toasty taste of juicy and grassy hops along with red malt. Upfront hop presence with some citrus notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Floral and earthy hops with notes of pine and grass. Pale malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Light notes of the maple syrup. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat chewy.

Overall: A solid spin on a Red ale. Hoppier than typical for the style with a nice hop presence. The maple could of been a little stronger.

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Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber orange with about three fingers of craggy off white head and plentiful lacing.
Smell is lightly bready caramel and a whiff of grapefruit.
Taste is bready caramel malt with quite a jolt of citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with a light prickle from the carbonation.
Overall almost a Red IPA with the bold hops. Nice beer.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours like a dipa not much head not a lot of nose taste of fruit and woods the aftertaste lingers for a minute and kinda leaves a bark taste in mouth little carbonation this is okay to have every now and then

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Photo of leantom
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alright, decided to have this one without consulting beer advocate (I was intrigued by the label and description). Here goes:

A: Very bourbony. Light and clear reddish-brown. Also pours a decent head and outstanding lacing. Good body carbonation, too

S: Not what I was expecting. Some grapefruity hops followed by both fruity esters and lightly-kilned caramel malt. Kind of like a Bass pale ale with some American hops (yes, it's that fruity). Pretty good overall, but if you don't like the smell of Bass then I wouldn't get this one.

T: Not bad. Initial tastes of leafy maple and toasty malt followed by some piney/grapefruit hops. There's also a fair amount of fruity esters. The hops, however, are what linger at the back of the palate; in this respect, it's almost like a WC IPA. Still good, but I was hoping for a more malty, maple brew resembling autumn leaves.

On a side note, the yeast is also very prominent and bready.

F: Can't complain, but a little bit too bready for an autumn style.

O: Good brew.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and foamy off-white head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber that has a nice reddish hue to it. The looks is pretty nice and definitely representative of what fall would like if it was a red ale.

The smell is a nice complexity of subtle and not very subtle notes. The less subtle notes consist of a nice and strong citrus notes that dominate the nose. The hops are slightly balanced off by a sweet caramel and lightly breaded malt note. The more subtle note is the maple syrup, which is something surprisingly strong (Good choice of glassware, I guess). The maple really adds something and acts as an interesting contrast to the hops. It definitely stands out from the sweet malt notes that you can tell its syrup.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The difference is that the taste has a more complex result to it. The citrus hops still dominate but the maple syrup is much stronger in the taste and dominate the malt notes; through to the aftertaste. The bready malts are a bit stronger than the caramel but weaker than the maple syrup.

The feel is medium bodied but on the heavy side. The beer goes down smoothly and the light carbonation helps by being fairly fluffy.

Overall,a very good beer and wonderful addition to a fall line-up. The trick seems to be have this beer with a glass that has a nucleation point; otherwise, the maple syrup might not come out and the complex and subtle notes won't come out.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours beautifully with deep amber color and load of rocky tan head with really excellent retention - this is a hallmark of Anchor beers
Smell: Caramelly malty sweetness and a hint of citrusy hops
Taste: There is the caramelly (syrupy) maltiness suggested by the nose, but it seems a bit overwhelmed by acidity. Finishes with a moderate citrusy bitterness. The balance seemed to improve a bit as it warmed.
Feel: Medium body and average carbonation.

Overall: While this brew looks gorgeous and is basically enjoyable, I can't help but think that the acidity is out of balance with the other elements of the beer. I remember having the same reaction to the Ballast Point Calico Amber.

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Photo of Foyle
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick off white head that drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Cloudy amber color with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: citrus hops completely dominate, some malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and resinous with a dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Flavor: hops are also dominate in the flavor with malt more apparent than the aroma, but still a background element. I do not pick up the maple flavors at all.

Overall: well done American style Amber/Red ale, but no necessarily my personal preference.

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Photo of codekiln
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of head - foamtastic, thick and creamy like a root beer float. Ruby garnet.

Esthery, hoppy. Not a strong scent. A little hint of aluminum.

Crisp. Not dry. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Refreshing. The hops are light.

Very wet. Almost flat.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer is never as good as I want it to be. I do strongly recommend that you drink this one from a good glass, since the only maple syrup I detected was in the smell, not so much the flavor, so make sure you can get your nose in there while you drink. Otherwise, slightly sweet malts, a lot of earthy, woody flavors, like old leaves in Autumn. Not a spectacular beer, but a nice one that matches the season quite well. Just a little disappointed that it more resembles maple leaves than syrup.

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Photo of akolb
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug. Red-gold in color with a very tall head with great retention. Perfect appearance. 5/5
Bread and caramel malts in the aroma. Subtle cascade-like hops as well. 3.5/5
Quite dry with a nice bitter bite. Nice and malty but still light. The maple syrup is not immediately noticeable but the beer has a bit of a unique taste that might be the maple. More hops and less maple than I expected. 3/5
Light and crisp mouthfeel. 3.5/5
A change from the usual red ale. None of the flavors are particularly dominant, but they combine to make a tasty brew. Much more focused on the hops than I expected. Would not be my go-to red.

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Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a beige thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light, but nice aroma with some citrusy hoppy notes. Hints of lemongrass, flowers and mild caramel sweetness. Some aspect is similar to their Liberty Ale that I drank earlier, probably due to same yeast stream and Cascade hops.
Flavor with notes of white grapes (lots of it), slightly toasted malts, American yeast, grapefruit, both caramel and maple that are very mild, lemongrass, flowers, a bit of earth, muffled pine and not strong on spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very balanced and easy to drink American Red Ale. Easy to guess it is brewed by Anchor, it has the same base as other of their siblings. I was expecting something different, being afraid this might be sweet given the maple addition, but it is very mild and even refreshing. You could sure drink this during summer as well.

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