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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

764 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 93 | 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 barnzy78
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of mconner666
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of chadski
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of geryeb624
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Kooz
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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 +5.6%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -22.5%

Photo of ejohnson654
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of lehueve
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.