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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 45 | 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 macrosmatic
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Very clear, deep copper in color with a finger's worth of light tan head and fairly low amounts of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet like caramelized sugar, brown malts with a touch of toasted character. But overall not a big aroma.

T: Malt-forward up front with brown malts and a light toastiness, a sweetness without any prominent maple flavors, with some grass and pine hoppy kick. Hop bitterness with malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, but the mouthfeel seems a bit watery with low carbonation sensation. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: This doesn't do much to excite the taste buds, but it's easily drinkable. More hop presence and less maple syrup flavor than I expected. This isn't anything I'd go out of my way for again, but glad to have tried it on

macrosmatic, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of blurredline
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

blurredline, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -15.5%

RyanGoodman, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After an aggressive pour into my pint glass there is a massive three finger foamy light kahki head. Nice retention and lacing. Color is a brownish amber. Crystal clear. Very little carbonation

Smells of grainy crackery notes. Juicy citrus and earthy floral hops come next. Sweet red apple. Vinous grape aromas

Taste is a little more complex. Cracker and biscuity malts with some slightly spicy grain. Big juicy citrus and melon notes from the hops. Some faint dank woody notes. Floral and leafy. Buttery with notes of red apple fruit and rind. The syrup never gets sweet. There are traces of it but it balances the hop bite very nicely

Feels big and juicy. Citrusy Sprite-like carbonation bite. Crisp. A little spicy. Very nice

Overall a very nice amber. The maple never really comes through but this is a very nicely-balanced brew. Everything enhances the other here. Impressive

MistahBeah, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +12.7%

jagada, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of samibr
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

samibr, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of bkeach
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great seasonal Beer. Its a very well balanced beer, with definite Hop presence, sweet maple smells/taste and a nice thick sticky lingering head. The color is absolutely gorgeous when held up to the light. Quite drinkable but still a respectable amount of abv. This is a new fall favorite.

bkeach, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a richly hued caramel with a ruby tinge. There’s a pleasingly hoppy aroma dominated by a piney character yet undergird with some dank notes. The beer tastes hoppy, piney, and slightly dank. There’s a lingering bitterness undercut with a maple sweetness. The flavor is piney and bitter. Tastes like autumn!

elNopalero, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of buffcityx
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

buffcityx, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Swedgin
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Swedgin, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -15.5%

largadeer, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of smmeier819
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- Tall off-white fluffy head, copper red

S- Hints of caramel malt, floral hop aroma that is noticeable but not wafting by any means

T- First beer I have had the luxury of tasting with Nelson Sauvin hops. I taste notes of apple or pear, and the gooseberry this hop is recognized for. The maple syrup is lost. Really quite dry for something you'd expect to be malty sweet. Speaking of malts, there's some caramel. Maybe a little alcoholic heat. Bitter on the backend.

M- Dry, dry, dry. Creamy to an extent, but really light bodied.

O- I bought this for the hops, wish it was exclusively Nelson Sauvin. It gets a little better as it warms up. It would be better if it was a little sweeter.

smmeier819, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of mattsander
3/5  rDev -15.5%

mattsander, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of denver10
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a red/amber with a nice foamy khaki head and good lacing. Aroma offers some maple syrup, caramel, grapes, earthy,. Flavor is pretty similar with the earthy finish providing a touch of bitterness to it. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew here. I was really excited to try this, as an amber ale hopped with (amongst others) nelson sauvin hops sounded great to me. The addition of maple syrup seemed interesting and appealing too. Ended up not coming close to meeting my expectations. Not a bad beer, but not a beer that I have much need to drink again. Glad I only purchased a single of this, worth the purchase but not worth another.

denver10, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

jk3, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Nice head tops a clear, ruby-auburn beer.

S: Malty and bland.

T/M/O: It gulps very well, with just enough bitterness to balance out the pale malt. Crisp before fading into a well-rounded body. Taste is very brief and not very memorable, but the overall experience isn't bad.

AgentMunky, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

tdmccarthy, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of shagal
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

shagal, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev +12.7%

DruRho, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev +12.7%

adam42381, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of muletrane
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

muletrane, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

hopkrid, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JC333, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of asaharyev
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep amber read with a good two fingers worth of dense head with excellent retention. Leaves a great lacing pattern, too.

Aroma: You definitely get a whiff of maple, with a great biscuit and bread malt backing. I smell some mango in there, as well as a light hop character of pine and straw with a little citrus.

Taste: A decent kick of bitter up front, with the malts also making themselves present, lots of toasted biscuit and crackers in there. The maple comes through late, light on the palate. Almost tastes like maple spread on crackers. There’s an earthy character to the aftertaste, probably brought on by the bitter, that is really reminiscent of the season. It brings to mind fallen leaves and pine tassel.

Overall: I was contemplating how much I liked this one when I realized how quickly I had gone through the beer. If I’m willing to drink it like that to search for that flavor that’s on the tip of my tongue, then I guess it deserves the rounding up. A very nice beer for the season, I could see myself drinking this through to early winter, maybe even the new year. I don’t think it’s robust enough to last through the cold months.

asaharyev, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Haybeerman, Sep 08, 2013
Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.