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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 925
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 26.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 135 | 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 mothmanscott
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque medium amber producing 2.5 fingers of beige, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a beautiful sheets & webs of lace. Aromas of toast & biscuit, caramel, tangerine, a hint of tropical fruit & floral earthiness. Taste is toasted biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, pepper, hints of pine resin & floral earthiness. I don't pick up the maple but it may be lost in the toast & caramel. Finishes with toast, pine, orange & floral earthiness which dominate the bitter & lightly drawing aftertaste. Nicely balanced for an amber ale & a very hoppy example of the style. Odd but nice & quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy but slightly oily/slick, finishing wet, lightly prickly & astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Piney hops, a little citrus, some almost white wine grape like notes, very light maple syrup, a touch of fruitiness, and a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Strong pine and floral hops up front, a little white wine grape like tartness, some fruity notes, with caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Notably bitter, but with a clean finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not really what I was expecting, and I can't say I like this one. All light traces of maple from the nose disappear in the flavor. A bit too rough with the hop bitterness and not enough backing it.

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Photo of ChaseG12
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer. The maple syrup nuances were extremely subtle, was hoping for a little more maple note, but overall, a nice fall/winter beer.

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Photo of lgmol
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a small bottle of this in Nova Scotia a couple of weeks ago not expecting much.

The dry hops come through very nicely and achieve a perfect balance to my mind. I tend to like my reds with plenty of hop aroma. The maple flavour is fairly subtle but definitely detectable. Loved this and would buy it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color with an in inch of tightly knit beige colored foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of light malt and is hard to detect. The flavor is mild and is light malt with a gentle spiciness that is skin to rye. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of ordybill
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a strong malt aroma with a hint of spices that follow through.
Appearance-The beer pours a dark amber color with a slight tan colored head.
Taste- has a malt flavor with no aftertaste
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.
Overall- not a bad beer but my least favorite of the Anchor family.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this 12oz bottle at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is dark amber like maple syrup with slightly puffy 2+fingers of light cream with very fine bead, lace sticks well and retention is good. The smell has a fruity yeast ester with mild sweet aroma with mildly pine scented hop in the nose. The feel is mildly fruity with a yeast texture and moderate bitterness level with mild sweetness and medium high carbonation with mostly dry finish.

The taste begins with a hop flavor which is predominantly pine with a slightly fruity accent from the yeast which hints of English character with mild malt sweetness rounding out the taste and light woody flavor continuing into the finish with semi-dry and bitter quality. Overall a decent red ale with that familiar Anchor yeast in the taste and hops sufficient to balance.The maple contribution seems to dry and boost alcohol rather than flavor or sweeten, but that is not unexpected.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Must...resist....Christmas in early November. Let's keep November autumn with Big Leaf Maple. Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's dark amber red colored with autumn orange hues, topped with a semi-creamy head with webs of lace. The aroma has a big citric note (grapefruit, orange), a note of fruity esters, and a woody finish. It smells more like a hoppy red ale than the common malty autumn red.

Many different routes this beer goes down, but I feel like it's trying to do too much. It starts with a slight hoppy note and sweet malt. The beer then gets a woody and earthy kick (I suspect from the maple), and then it gets dry and resiny. It happens so quick that I don't enjoy each individual aspect as much as I want. It leaves a woody and dry malt aftertaste.

BigLeaf Maple is an okay beer than could get better. It's still a more appropriate beer for early November than Celebration Ale.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

A moderate pour produces an off-white, chunky, sticky head. The beer is a pale amber with medium carbonation.

Nice fruity whiffs from the hops. I perceive definite notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and a grassy pungency that, together with the caramel malts and touch of maple, actually suggest a maple leaf. Lingering fruity notes and a semi-dry finish round out the tasting.

Another excellent Anchor brew and perfect for the Fall season.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor BigLeaf Maple
12 oz. custom brown glass bottle, freshness code is illegible
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Reviewed in real time... This beer looks great: a massive head of yellowed orange-tan rests atop a clear deep-copper body with a crimson cast and orange and gold highlights. If you're going for a beer that looks like fall, this is it! Aroma displays spicy, softly citrusy, grassy, floral and leafy hops over a sugary caramel malt base. So is this a maple beer? I don't taste it particularly, though it might be there, but the malt itself is quite nice. I get golden caramel as well as dark caramel and a soft toastiness, and there IS an edge of sugariness to it, but that's balanced by a wonderful spiciness. OK, so let's check the label... yes, there's "a hint of maple - including big leaf maple - syrup in every brew". It finishes with a dollop of sweetness, and it is there at the start as well, but mainly the malt and hops take the show. It's surprisingly complex, and yet at the same time really drinkable. It also seems to taste of fall to me. Maybe that's the power of suggestion, but I think the combination of its dry crispness and gentle sugariness somehow reminds me of the season, as does the spiciness, the soft citrus, and the grassy, piney, and leafy side of it as well. It's certainly unique, pleasantly complex, and really well-balanced and polished. Worth trying!

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Fits fall perfectly. Nice malty base beer with a touch of additional maple syrup sweetness on the back end. Very well balanced with a nice orange vest and spice/earthy spice presence to compliment. Good Stuff!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. Acquired quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a red ale with a hint of maple syrup (including syrup from the Bigleaf Maple).

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy coppery-marmalade hue with some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with a touch of fruitiness; hints of husky grain, caramel, stewed leaves, ale yeast, faint maple syrup and a twinge of sugar. Slightly sweet, with harsh cardboard lurking in the background.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a mild fruity character and an acrid dry finish. Notes of caramel, husky grain, stewed leaves, fruity ale yeast, faint maple syrup, a hint of brown sugar and harsh cardboard. Faintly sweet, followed by a abrasive bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, caramel malt and vague fruitiness.

O: Can't say this is going down well, but it's possible I've had the bottle for too long. Looks alright, however the aroma and flavour posssess a leafy harshness along with subdued caramel malt and a twinge of maple syrup. Body is OK. I reckon the hop aroma has faded away somewhat. Not the best red ale I've tried.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

This one left me disappointed, which is out of the ordinary for an Anchor beer as far as I'm concerned. Poured a dark amber with a big fluffy white head, good retention on this one. Aroma was pine and citrus, sweet. It had a slightly creamy mouthfeel which left it kind of sticky, light-medium body and medium carbonation. Got a flash of that maple right away to the taste, but it disappeared quickly, booted out by the big hoppy, citrus, grapefruit characteristics. Tasting blind I would have called this an IPA.

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Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Anchor Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red Ale - 6% ABV US Amber Ale - Consumed October 16/2014.

A: Hazy dark orange with three fingers of cream white foam and thick sheets of lacing on the pint glass. Lots of bubbles in the body. Head and lace retain quite well. A fantastic looking beer.

S: Floral, grassy, herbal and earthy hops, maple syrup, toasty malt, sultanas, orange marmalade, caramel, red grapefruit, and perfume. Typical Anchor hop profile meets classic Red Ale aromas with subtle maple notes. A very appealing nose.

T: Herbal, grassy and floral hops, light maple sweetness, toasty malt, red grapefruit, caramel, orange jujube, grassy-juicy hop astringency precedes a mildly bitter and lemony-dry finish. About as good as it gets for a sweetened amber ale; damn tasty and fairly complex for what it is.

M: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, grassy-juicy hop astringency transitions to a long, lightly bitter and drying finish. A balanced and enjoyable palate.

O: An unusually complex and flavourful Amber Ale that's well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. For a beer named autumn maple, there is not much maple flavor, but the hops character is strong, piney and has a hint of citrus. Really tasty beer. Full bodied ale with notes of caramel and hops. Well carbonated and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright caramel color with a massive head of dense, lumpy foam. Initial smell is juicy fruit and wild berries, followed by grapefruit, unripe peach, wood, and grass. Malts are biscuity, which the maple syrup compliments nicely. Flavor seems to be maltier to start with a caramel, nutty, maple sweetness, but transforms into something more green, hoppy, and bitter by the finish. This does help to cut down the sweetness, but the hops lose their initial fruitiness and turn grassy, minty, and piney which results in something more bitter and dry feeling. Solid medium body and creamy. Things are skewed a little towards the bitter side and the maple is subtle, but this is still pretty nice in an old-school kind of way. Despite the mostly "newer" hop profile, this seems like something Anchor has always brewed.

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Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Very bitter hops, not as sweet as expected (which is a plus in my books), but there are hints of caramel and maple in the aftertaste. Crisp and delicious beer.

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Photo of cb26
4/5  rDev +9.9%

An interesting beer, I definitely got the maple flavor there but it's soft not overwhelming. Smooth and pretty easy to drink. A nice seasonal departure from all the pumpkin on the market.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper-amber color with a one finger of fizzy white colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt smell. Along with these smells come aromas of a maple syrup smell as well as some notes of a more piney and grassy hop nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly bready and lightly roasted taste with a moderate showing of a hop flavor of a more pine like nature. The hop is much heavier upfront then I would have anticipated from the nose, with it being accompanied by a bit of the caramel sweetness that was present in the nose. As the taste advances so too do the sweeter and the hoppy flavors of the brew, all while the bready and malt flavors remain largely constant. The increase in hop is a mix of more grapefruit as well as some flavors of pine and herb while the addition of sweet is a mix of caramel and maple syrup. In the end with the increase in sweet and the hop increase as well, one is left with a rather nicely and surprisingly hopped sweeter red ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style and the only 6 % abv. the feel is rather nice, balancing quite well the sweeter, hoppy and malty flavors of the brew and making for an easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – This was a nice, rather sweeter, but very pleasantly hopped red ale. This one is rather enjoyable overall.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, clean maple-amber with a huge head of tan bubbles. Gorgeous, ornate, and heavy-duty spiderweb lacing.

Nose is malty and toasty, but subtle. Not much maple detectable here, I’m afraid.

Taste is rich and malty, and here’s where the maple syrup comes into play much better. I get the sweet maple playing on the palate alongside more bitter citrus hops tones. Very well-balanced! I am very happy with this ideal Fall seasonal brew, as it perfectly captures the spirit of Fall while remaining subtle, unique, and enjoyable.

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Photo of mrjez
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Seijo Ishii.
L: a nice dark auburn with a finger of lasting beige head. Good lacing.
S: a whiff of hop with plenty of sweet malt, a hint of raspberries, and maple syrup.
T: similar to the nose, though not as large, a good balance between malt and hop flavour, definite syrupy sweetness in there.
F: nicely carbonated, chewy malt, earthy.
O: a tasty seasonal, good complexity for what it is, worth picking up.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottling code 4GV on the back label. Another new one to me from Anchor Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Red ale brewed with maple syrup". Sounds nice enough.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice reddish amber color; somewhat cloudy with about a finger of thick off-white lacing that lingers for a good while. Leaves behind some good fat streaks of lacing. Looks nice. 4

S - The smell is yeasty above anything else - some fruity apple, cream, and biscuity malts are there also. Some slight alcohol phenols noticeable. Nothing in the aroma that I would describe as maple syrup, either. 3

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter, earthy, bready, malty, & yeasty. A fruity, overripe apple sort of taste is there also. There is perhaps a touch of sweetness, but again nothing that I would describe as tasting like maple syrup. Yeasty, above all else, I would say. 3.5

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and creamy. Easy drinking for the 6.00% abv. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Bitter and malty on the finish. 3.5

Overall, an interesting beer, but not entirely what I was expecting. Anchor is usually pretty hit or miss for me, and this one didn't really do it. Not bad by any means, I would be willing to have it again, I just don't know how well it works as a maple syrup infused red ale.

Anchor Brewing BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red -----3.5/5

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

It pours a dark red, very clear, color with a short lived, two finger head. The nose is mostly apple worth a slight citrus edge and a familiar anchor malt flavor. The Flavor is sweet, still quite apple-y, and a nice buttery mouthfeel. Good not great.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: surprisingly hoppy for a red ale; a moment of caramel and maple, than it's all citra and cascade;

T: toffee up front, then a citrus/peach note at mod-palate; a mild astringent bitterness at the finish; never really got any maple flavor;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: after the great aroma, the flavor was a bit of a let down;

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Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Copper or Amber color. Big, fluffy head. Caramely smell. Enjoyable malty notes with light hoppy bitterness in the taste. Surprisingly tasty. Great with food.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.