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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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743 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 89 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear red colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells lightly herbal with a hint of orange and wood with a faint maple aroma. Slight spice scent on cinnamon.

Starts out dry and woody. Toffee and mild maple sap. Slight orange flavor and medium bitterness. I get the sensation of bitter orange oil. Slight Earl Gray tea flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer but nothing great. That Earl Gray tea taste really throws my sense of taste and what I am drinking for a loop.

Photo of Beer21
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark amber color; poured with a thick, rocky head.

s: Caramel, mint, leafy hops, a hint of maple.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, very nice balance overall. Moderately sweet caramel, some vaguely vinous fruit, unsweet maple, leafy bitter finish.

m: Medium body, crisp carbonation.

o: Very nice, I definitely enjoyed this one. Unique.

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/11/13 notes. Had this on tap at Hair of the Dog in NYC. 14-16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with once inch of light tan/off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, caramel malts, sweet maple syrup, fruit, raisins, wheat, and bready malts. Nose seemed a little all over the place and sweet...didn't mix too well together to me personally.

t - Taste is much better than the nose. Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, bread, caramel malts, wheat, dough, some sugar and syrup, and some spice. Still not great but less sugar and syrup and sweetness in general than the nose had.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an okay beer, but not my favorite anchor beer or red ale. Nose doesn't gel the best together, though the taste is better. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of schaffer9252
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of MaximalC
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper color with a healthy finger of thick, beige foam with outstanding retention. Vigorous carbonation can be observed meandering through the murky depths. Gorgeous grapefruit and passion fruit in the nose suggest a big American hop presence. A hint of sweetness and perhaps cinnamon can be detected in the nose as well, but the hops are the star here. Patches of lacing cling to the glass as the beer subsides.

The taste does indeed feature a healthy dose of grapefruit and some pine resin, though it's not overwhelming. There's great balance on the front end, but I'm having a hard time describing the malt profile; perhaps bready would be an apt descriptor. If there's maple syrup in there, it's not easy to find. I get more maple syrup from a straight doppelbock than I do from this. The balanced fore soon yields to the bitterness of the hops, devolving slightly into more of a one-sided affair. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy and leaves a light stickiness on the lips.

This is certainly an intriguing beer to say the least. The quality and retention of the head are excellent--it has a nearly nitro consistency, which I may have never seen on such a well-hopped beer before, and certainly not out of a bottle. There's plenty of fruity bitterness to keep the palate engaged, though it's a far cry from what I was expecting based on the label. If you're looking for a sweet, autumnal affair, you'll likely be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a vibrant, creamy, quasi-IPA, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of pants678
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

White head over an amber body.

Smells of brown and biscuit malts, hoppy.

Expecting maple but not the case, again, pretty hoppy. Very, very subtly citrus sweet. Maple may be buried under there... or I'm just imagining it. If I didn't know better I'd call this a particularly weak red IPA. Inoffensive but not what I want for a fall brew.

Carbonation's right for an amber.

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has just about a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a large collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Nelson Sauvin hops are prominently featured in the nose of this beer, which yield aromas of gooseberries
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of gooseberries along with notes of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Not much in the way of maple is noticeable. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy for the style and has the type of hop flavors and aromas you would expect from a hopped-up APA. It is easy to drink and the taste has a good balance with the underlying malts.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dv8sean
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle gently poured into a tulip glass.

I am partial to Anchor beers but find this one a bit confused and confusing. By looks, it's stellar. Great depth of bronze-copper color. However, there wasn't much aroma present, and the flavors are in competition with each other, rather than collaboration. It wants to be bitter, then it wants to be sweet, but ends up neither.

Not a bad beer and fun to try, but came up short on its promise.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.