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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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81
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778 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 17
Gots: 100 | 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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Ratings: 778 | Reviews: 152
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of dannycohen62
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jpro
3.8/5  rDev +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

Photo of Furlinator
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of krustster
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of CreightonSM
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of flyingpig
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of hosehead83
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of DustinSWB
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of jvillefan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of JLapadura
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of whatsgoody
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of RangnaR
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JSchock7
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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