Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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750 Ratings
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 91 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Kooz
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of TATURBO
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zacharrry
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev +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.

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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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2.71/5  rDev -23.4%
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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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.