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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red - Anchor Brewing Company

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169 Reviews
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Reviews: 169
Hads: 863
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 27.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 124 | 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 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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel brown coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head and steady carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of roasted caramel in the backbone, with subtle sugary maple highlights. Pretty balanced, light, and sweet. Flavors are toasted and tangy caramel, with woody notes, hints of maple sugar sweetness, and a roasted character, with some subtle citrus hops notes peeking through here and there, too. Smooth, light body, with a tangy sweet, almost cloying aftertaste. Light, slightly frothy finish, with a caramel linger.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

big NW hop aroma, deep amber-red color with big 3 finger head. floral hops, caramel malt...the maple flavor is understated-which i love, and it may lead to the smoothness of the mouth feel. a great hoppy autumn beer, with a very balanced toasted malt backbone.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

16.6 ounce bottle - $4.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a near-clear, ambery body with a medium-sized, eggshell-toned head.

Smell: A nose of pale, toasty malts with a modest amount of sweet-scented caramel, zestful, downright peppery hops, a touch of yeast and a light, incorporated maple touch that blends in the background that you forget it's a maple-based brew.

Taste: Pale malts, plus fairly it is toasty, even a bit biscuity with a slight, ample though not overdone caramel sweetness. Quick, fleeting hint of maple. Big pop of coarse-ground black pepper on the hops with a very light underlying citrusy nature to the hops. Peppery, modestly toasty, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fitting fall ale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a medium fluffy off white head, good lacing and head retention. Aroma is citrus earthy hops and fruity upfront with some caramel malt, yeast and sweet maple notes. Taste starts off with citrus earthy hops bitterness, slowly mellows out with a sweet caramel malt and maple flavor on the ending. Palate is a medium body, smooth with good carbonation, mild sticky mouth feel.. The finish is a combination of earthy pine hops and sweet malt and maple flavor on the end for balance, ending has a lingering hops and maple flavor. Overall a tasty fall treat and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of rrutz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pleasant aroma- well balanced malt and hops taste.

Nice copper color, unique taste for an autumn beer. Refreshing among all the great pumpkin beers, a nice change for the season.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Cool looking label, pretty average fall beer. Had this out of the bottle one of my first fall beers of the year. Mixture of maple, brown sugar, and caramel....but all fairly mild. Good malt flavor. Beautiful reddish color, you're not going to be able to look at this without really wanting to try it. Mild mouthfeel, no surprises. Good, I guess I just had higher expectations.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada curved pint glass (4LO?)

A: Copper brown body, that has a 2 finger head that is retained and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Decent hop smell that subsides to reveal rich amber malts.

T: Easy drinking with a light hop character that really follows this nice lightly roasted amber malt profile, that really feels like fall and orange/red leaves.

M: Smooth, with nice pops of singular carbonation bubbles.

O: Nice beer that is also one of those fall beers that isn't a pumpkin ale, but at least with this one I knew it wasn't (compared to ST's Harvest). Just a good amber.

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Photo of BB1313
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy glowing copper with a fluffy off-white head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are faint and doesn't have much going on. Lots of malts and breads. Some chocolate, caramel, and toffee is there. Extremely subtle hints of orange peel. The flavors are very earthy. They definitely do have an autumn feel to it. Bittersweet. Maple notes are there. The hop flavors aren't there, but the hop bitterness is there. More chocolate and toffee. Hints of caramel and butterscotch. Lots of dough too. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation making this smooth and easy drinking. I really enjoy the mouthfeel. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I guess I'm not crazy about this one, but it's fitting for the fall season.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, opaque, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and two and a half fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. As the beer is consumed, there’s some gorgeous lacing of foam that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with notes of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French Baguettes and English muffins, followed by some maple syrup and caramel, as well as some piney, grassy, hops.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of the bready, toasted malt up front, imparting biscuit-like flavors, followed by caramel, honey and maple syrup-like sweetness, a touch of lemony citrus, and some spices of black pepper and a touch of clove. The beer finishes with some beautifully balanced, grassy, piney, ever-so-slightly bitter hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation in this beer. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another damn good beer from Anchor Brewing. Malty, slightly sweet and balanced beautifully with some piney, slightly bitter hops, this beer is an excellent beer for the autumn season, and a unique one too, as it’s not a pumpkin beer or an Oktoberfest beer, which are the typical beers for this time of year. Delicious!

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Some of the most beautiful fall beer label art out there

Pours a light auburn with beige head

Nose: soapy spritzy hops with some muted fruit and sticky sweet caramel malt, and maybe a touch of maple

Taste: sweet toffee caramel malt,a note that kind of reminds me of whiskey, light peachy hop bite, turns a wee bitter with more malt sweetness and a touch of light amber maple sweetness

Feel: light, sweet, drinkable,

A decent and innteresting beer, kind of ESB-like. I like the maple, I wish there was a little more and a little more general umph to the brew. Alas, a nice fall brew

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.9%

This pours a lovely red with a 2 finger head of foam.

It smells balanced. Nice hoppy aromas with ample malt backing it up.

Taste wise, it's not as balanced as the smell as the bitter hops are very assertive. I do have to say the malt is well done and I do get hints of maple.

A very pleasurable mouthfeel.

This is a solid brew for the autumn season and it's very easy to drink.

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Photo of Reaudribion
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Belgian style glass. First I notice how beautiful of a color it is regardless of the tiny amount of foam. Second impressions are that it has a clean crisp maple smell complimented by rather harsh metallic nails-dipped-in-syrup taste. Its of medium viscosity giving it an average mouthfeel. The aftertaste is that of rusty maple bark.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice red ale of copper/orange color. It makes a really nice foam.
Smell is hoppy and grassy, but also sweet.
The taste is similar and you can feel quite well the malts; it's not easy to feel the maple syrup here, it's like a different kind of sweetness. Aftertaste is quite bitter, making a nice contrast.
Mouthfeel is of medium body but nice carbonation.
I wonder why this beer is just a bit cloying (and that ain't good!)
Great beer this one, wonder if Anchor could brew it with more maple syrup..

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found my notes from this beer when I was going back through my notebook. Enjoyed it way back on 10/6/2013 out of a 12 oz brown bottle with that distinctive Anchor Brewing silhouette. Didn't seem to write down a bottling or freshness date, but this is from the 2013 release, so it should be well within it's freshness threshold (freshold?). Poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful tawny reddish hue that is mostly translucent. Clear enough to see the label through the liquid, but not completely clear, as there seems to be a slight haze. Ample traces of carbonation rise up to the two-finger head that is toasted white in color. Retention is excellent, with the head sticking around for quite awhile as significant pocking begins to form across the surface of the foam. Lacing is slightly sticky and sparse, but leaves spots as I drink it down.

Smell - Ample presence of caramel and robust malty profile provides notes of sweetness and breadiness as the primary components of this beer. There is some nice aromatic hoppiness that compliments that base with hints of pine resin and even some fruitiness as well. But don't get me wrong--the sweet grain rules the day here.

Taste - Again, there is a hint at some fruitiness with some citric notes along with nectarine, but the malt base is still the front and center of this beer. Sweetness of maple syrup, candied walnuts, and caramel malts are all present, but it is anything but overpoweringly sweet. Very balanced and a nice finish of more pine and herbal notes come through at the end to add a hint of depth.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate carbonation and a semi-sweet finish.

Overall, a solid amber ale. One that I'm happy to have tried, but that I will probably not go out of my way to procure again. There are other offerings that I would likely choose first. I will say that it's a truly beautiful looking beer, but then many amber ales are, to my eye, and as much as I love looking at a beer, I love smelling and drinking it more.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label gave a minimum of information, and once poured into a Tankered offered over a finger of head with medium bubbles in a light tan color, lacing lasted for a couple minutes.

I'm calling a moderate aroma strength, nose to glass, with low malts, and medium hops giving off a floral scent.

Flavor yielded malts in the medium low range without giving any recognizable taste (to me anyway), with the hops in the medium-high area and again having a floral taste. The Flavor intensity seemed to be moderate with the hops dominating. Finishing with a hoppy mouth.

There was a clean mouth feel with good carbonation

I enjoyed the beer, and would have another

* I tend to grade low, but hopefully consistently, and tend towards maltier brews.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, wood, light maple, herbal, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, wood, light maple, pine, herbal, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light maple, wood, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- reddish color, thin head

Smell- malt, slight amount of maple

Taste- some malt, slight amount of maple

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would definitely drink it again. Had light flavor but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some earthy hops.

Tastes of the toasted malt base with a layer of earthy hops on top. Malts lead off with toasted bread, toffee, and caramel. Touches of maple come in the middle, but does not have any sweetness to it. Hops come in and add some earthy, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but comes off pretty flat.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz iconic "snub" brown glass bottle with brown/gold branded pry-off pressure cap and understated label art acquired as part of a six pack and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average given the brewery. "Red ale brewed with maple syrup." Date code: BLQ. 6% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Has been refrigerated since purchase. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of nice off-white colour. Good thickness. Decent creaminess. Has an even smooth consistency and a pretty soft complexion. No lacing really clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper with amber hues. Superb vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's looking real good for an amber but isn't unique or special. I'm really looking forward to trying it. I don't find any flaws.

Sm: Caramel, a hint of toasted malt and a kiss of bready/crust malt character, piney hop notes, caramalt, floral hop notes, and some vaguely fruity hop notes. I have to really search for the maple syrupy, but I do find a bit of it. Pale malts.

It's a very clean aroma - there's no yeast character or alcohol presence. A pleasant appealing aroma of above average strength. I don't find any off-notes.

T: It's a bit more bitter and hopped than anticipated, with some untamed bitterness surfacing in the late second act. Luckily, the sweet caramalts and pale malts beat back the hop bitterness on the climax, restoring balance. Hop character is a bit atypical for an amber - there's some light bubblegum and hints of tropical fruit (which lends the finish an unbecoming sweetness). But there's also your standard hint of citrus and plenty of floral hop character. I did expect it to be more evocative given the hop choices here. It doesn't quite have enough toasted malt character to really bring it into red ale territory, but it's an interesting cohesive build and I do like it. There's a nice subtle hint of maple syrup about the climax, which is a nice touch.

It's not a gestalt beer. Fair complexity and subtlety. No real intricacy or nuance per se. Average to above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol presence is noticeable.

Mf: Smooth, clean, wet, and refreshing. Nice thickness and body. It's got a pretty nice presence on the palate; quite approachable. Complements the flavour profile well. A bit overcarbonated, but it's tolerable. Kind of chewy.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy. Texture does not feel custom-tailored specifically to taste.

Dr: It's a very drinkable amber/red ale, sure, but there just isn't anything unique or special here and it comes off unremarkable. As much as I respect Anchor, I can't see myself buying this one again but there's really nothing egregiously wrong with it. There're just far better red ales available at or below this price point and nothing about this specifically tickles my fancy. I wouldn't recommend this to friends as-is.

I'll plan on revisiting this when it's fresh to see if this review is off-base.


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Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear reddish brown amber color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Solid retention and plenty of lacing.

(S)- A rustic light creamy nuttiness to it. Ever so slight sweetness to it from the maple. Definitely fits in with the season!

(T)- Very bitter up front with some grassy-like hop notes. Underlying sweetness, but lacking flavor compared to how nice the smell was.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The huge bitterness is disappointing since it masks all of the sweeter maple and rich nutty backbone.

(O)-Not bad, but kind of glad I got a single of this. It started off great, but the flavor just turns into this overly bitter mess for my tastes

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Date stamp: 3G9 (2013 August 29)

Appearance: Clear amber (orange-red) with an off white to light tan thin head. Sheets and fine strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Light citrus hops (orange and lemon) with a hint of pine. Some maple came out but only as the beer was fully warmed up.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness up front, malt barely detectable, can't pick up the maple at all. Finish is citrus, and then a short delay followed by a piney bitter finish. Once the beer was a lot more warmed up there was more of a sweetness in the middle that maybe, just maybe, was maple in flavor, but it was there and gone again bookended by hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: The maple that is emphasized in the label is not really present, and overall I think this is more of an APA than an American Amber given the flavor profile. Not a bad beer though, just not what I was expecting - not enough malt backbone. An above average beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness is all that comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, red apples, a bit of maple sweetness, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice fall beer that puts you in a good mood on a cool autumn day. Easy to drink.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.