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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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643 Ratings
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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 64 | 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.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-09-2013)
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Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Rojada1988, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Crazy lacing & nice head retention

S: Faint maple syrup notes & faint maltyness & leafy hops

T: Faint maple syrup notes, much dryness & leafy hops up front. Astringent bitterness mixes with faint maple flavor, plus woody dryness as this warms, way too dry. Finishes bone dry, with leafy hops & the sensation of pinesol & a touch of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied with somewhat firm carbonation

This is a combo that just didn't work for me. The last couple of beers from Anchor were duds to me. Not sure what I'm gonna do with the other 5 of these, maybe see how they taste ice-cold. $10 down the drain...

russpowell, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

OldTime, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of greg4579
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

greg4579, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of XavierMuskies
3/5  rDev -15.5%

XavierMuskies, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, coppery red with a thick, foamy off white head.

CItric, fruity hops upfront, and finishes with malty, slightly sweet notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

I was quite surprised with the hop presence in this. I went into it expecting a malt-forward beer, accentuated by the maple used. The hops though, are the first thing you notice, and are then complimented by the malty, slightly sweet maple notes. Surprising, but well done.

vkv822, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - slight haze to the diluted tangerine brew. A finger or more of light mocha head, sticky and slow to fade.

Aroma - bright citrusy character, pineapple and pink grapefruit. A sweet smelling amber.

Taste - hardy grains with a biscuity undertone, caramel and malt in support. The hops have excellent balance, all the bitterness of an amber without washing away the sweetness of the grain and maple. The swallow allows the bitterness its moment, ending with grapefruit pith and a dry palate.

Mouthfeel - smooth, plenty crisp, good weightiness for the style.

Overall - great fall session beer from Anchor.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

TrojanRB, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of 111213forlife
4/5  rDev +12.7%

111213forlife, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

vermilcj, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

zeff80, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3/5  rDev -15.5%

FleetwoodMatt, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Buttermilk
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Buttermilk, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bowling pin bottle poured into a pint glass. The bigleaf maple caught me off guard thinking this was a maple/pumpkin beer seasonal. Guess I've been in California too long to actually read the label. Pours a clear ight amber with a robust cap of off white foam. Nice retention and light lace follow.

Offers a nice spicy hop aroma up front with balanced caramel emerging as the beer warms. Nicely balanced and relatively dry for an amber. Touch of pine and perfume bounce around in the background.

Flavor follows with light and balanced spice and caramel muddled a bit by some maple influence. Again quite hop forward for the style and with a light level of sweetness. Feel is smooth and well carbonated. Finish is slightly sweet yet cut short by the hop spice armada on the close.

This is my kind of Amber. Not a fan of crystal malts in IPA's, I welcome their relatively restrained use here for the style. Restrained by lack of complexity to a degree for sure, but a pleasant and easy quaff. And quite fresh as well.

HalfFull, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You know I sort of went into this one expecting one thing and got another, this really surprised me, I guess I was thinking a warmer heavier beer a bit more silky but it turned out to be pleasantly citrisy even hoppy (I'm not a hops pro so forgive me ye IPA gods O' the earth) when I take into consideration my expectations drinking this was like late summer in a beer with a maple aroma which if you think of it makes perfect sense, autumn is full of what has been brought forth of the summer harvest so taking into consideration that this is indeed a well made beer and modestly attempting to understand the methodology and philosophy the brewmasters over at anchor might have been shooting for and from I'm inclined to like this new Bigleaf Maple Autumn Red, so much so I've put it on my weekly beer list!

Private_Beer_Tongue, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber color, thick thick head, had to pour it in two sessions, big and marshmallow like, thick lacing on the side.
S - Aroma consists of some lightly toasted sweet malts, a nice pine hop aroma, and a hint of maple syrup, not as much as the label would make you think.
T - Up front there's a good mix of sweetness and bitterness. I'm kinda surprised at the bitterness of this beer, mid way it mixes with some sweet malts and you get that maple syrup sweetness too, and it finishes more on the tart and bitter side, a little citrus like.
M - Mildly complex and medium feel, rather chewy and sticky though.
O - A decent brew, but when I think maple syrup I do not think hop bitterness, which there is plenty of in this brew, which opposes the sweetness of the maple in a harsh way, and makes for a tart end. For that reason I'm not impressed. The maple should be the star of this beer, not a character.

Omnium, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bacher468, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ThunderChicken7
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ThunderChicken7, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-August for $1.99. Bottled on 7-17-13.

Beer poured amber with a fine white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose suggest mild citrus hops and sweet malts.

Taste is well balanced between the caramel and toasted malts and tropical and citrus hops. Hint of maple sweetness lingers in the finish and is a bit of a detriment for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth for the style.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. A decent addition to the Anchor lineup.

arizcards, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz single from "Trader Joe" in Salem OR. $1.35 Pours a nice clear amber colour with a lovely creamy,thick cream coloured head. Nice hop aromas greet the nose first,herbal and citrus,getting a small amount of caramel from the malts. Taste is far more balanced with the caramel malts ( with tinge of salt) equaling the hops..blends very nice, the maple syrup to me seems more under the radar but is there in a almost subconscious way! Very nice palate..bitterness lingers a while on the back of the tongue..which i like. Overall tasty amber, good fall drinking.

Reidrover, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Silly me for thinking the name was three words... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a couple fingers of light cream foam. The nose comprises grass, mixed greens, light flowers, and a slight breeze of spearmint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a strong undercurrent of very mild toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I can't say this is a bad beer; it's not. What I can say is that I didn't care for it: There is no real balance, the hops seem stagnant and out of place, and that weird mint character doesn't endear the beer to my tastebuds.

TMoney2591, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of cdtoffers
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

cdtoffers, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a fine finger and a half of white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of bready malt, maple syrup, apricot juice, light grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma with sweet bready malt, maple, light stone fruit juice and grassy, mildly piney hops. Finishes semi-dry with residual hop bitterness. Medium bodied with nice active carbonation. The addition of maple to a red ale works out quite well here. Like many Anchor beers, this is safe and non-challenging, but well made and pleasant to drink. The finish was slightly astringent and could be supported a bit more by the good maple malt in the start. Nice fall beer.

LiquidAmber, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the the glass.

S- Crisp aroma of toasty malt and some light maple sweetness. Quite nice.

T- Taste isn't as pleasant as the sweetness clashes with alcohol and the toasty malt doesn't do much to complement. Drinkable but not very enjoyable.

M- Also crisp but has a sharpness from the alcohol that I don't like. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the lighter side.

O- This beer needs more balance and focus. The components are all there but just not constructed well.

Immortale25, Sep 22, 2013
Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.