BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red
Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
3.56 | pDev: 12.08%
Jul 07, 2020
Aug 09, 2013
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a dark brown color, tan head, 1/4" deep. Aroma was kind of light on everything the namesake and commercial tug job speaks of. Maple, nah not really, maybe a little bit of fall caramel note. Nelson Sauvin hops, weird to use them in a beer like this, but they're so pungent, and yet not here. Nothing smells bad, there just isn't a bunch of smells going on. While I'm here, Citra, yeah this doesn't smell or taste like that hop either.

Taste still leans more on that caramel and falling leaves vibe. The lightest hint of maple here, perhaps evocative of everything else fall going on with it. It isn't sweet, which I almost always think of with maple going on in a beer. Body isn't super heavy, I guess its just the kind of malt they used giving it the color and whatnot, not necessarily the quantity of malt here. Its not a terrible beer, its just more of a beer that Anchor tried when they got sold a few times in recent years. Just a tick, not a repeater.
Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Based on a review from 2013. Had this on draft.
A: pours red amber body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: floral, hop smell with some sweet, underlying caramel smell
T: sweet, floral taste with some sweet, malty aftertaste; interesting, very floral aftertaste
M: light and pretty smooth; pretty good
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; ok drinking beer
Dec 21, 2019
Rated: 3 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.02 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Dark copper-amber color, with two fingers of white head that settles into a thin ring with a spotty cap. No lacing to speak of. The brewer's notes are spot-on. Very malt forward, with big aromas and flavors of caramel, dark bread, and a little tart fruit. Quite bitter, with a dry, resinous finish and an odd, slight caramelly aftertaste. After doing a little research on Anchor's date code, I was able to determine that this sample was over two years past the bottling date. I'll be looking forward to revisiting this if I ever find a fresh one.
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass at Blue Marlin in Shanghai China. The beer is a dark reddish orange color with a light tan foamy head, 2 fingers with good retention.

S: Sweet, but not in the expected way, with a hint of fruit - apples or apricots almost - with just a slight brown sugar or honey sweetness.

T: There's the maple, but not super strong. This turns out to be very balanced with even a hint of bitterness.

F: Smooth

Overall: I was surprised by this beer. A very good fall beer indeed, maybe better than a lot of the seasonal pumpkin beers.
Sep 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was murky dark orange/close to amber color with a nice sturdy rocky foamy white head that settled at a decent pace. Sly roaming lace in rings.
The aroma cued up a nice blend of sweet maple, light honey, some caramel/toffee malts, light biscuits and fair dose of sweet earthy hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet underscoring the earthy portions to a sustained balance. Aftertaste was smooth malty sweet.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV appropriate.
Overall, really nice amber ale well worthy of it's seasonal status.
Jun 22, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by generallee from Virginia

May 01, 2017
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Cloudy orange color, lots of carbonation. No real pronounced aromas. Strong hop flavor at first, mellows out to a well-balanced malt character. Hint of maple syrup on the finish, but I was expecting to taste a bit more of it. Still, great to taste a fall seasonal that doesn’t involve pumpkin. Love how the artwork on the bottle varies from year to year.
Mar 11, 2017
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours semicloudy red with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet malt and not much else. Tastes of roasted malt with caramel and candy notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, decent carbonation. Overall a slightly above average beer.
Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by SebastianMandeville from New Jersey

Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by cliff1066 from Virginia

Feb 07, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by EdFed from Illinois

Dec 09, 2016
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Unknown vintage; drank 9/27/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange/red hue.

HUGE cream head; strong lace.

Herbal Essence shampoo & a hint of honeyed grain notes on the nose. Not appealing.

Medium mouthfeel.

Herbal Essence shampoo up front; pickle juice finish. Cigarette ash as it warms. Nearly undrinkable.
Dec 01, 2016
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Reviewed by larryarms847 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly rusty amber red with a thin half finger of off-white foam.

Slightly piney and grassy notes, a subtle hint of sweet caramel malts, and a bit of earthy/woody notes.

Pine, citrus notes, caramel, toasted malts, and earthy hops notes.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, dry finish.

Overall, I was expecting more from this, not much maple to speak of, need work.
Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Nov 21, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by harpus from Alabama

Oct 17, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by mikr from New Jersey

Oct 13, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by HermitDan from New Jersey

Sep 16, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by jtransel from Illinois

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Bottle to pint glass.
Comparing to maple mistress. Falls short of that, but not bad.
Taste has some maple, but not real strong. Ashy aftertaste.
Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Jun 26, 2016
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Reviewed by ZAP from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This might have some age on it. I see it is a fall seasonal. Can't find a date on the bottle.

No maple impression evident...more of a piney/woody hop aroma and flavor...would never have guessed Nelson Sauvin. Maybe a little white wine on the aroma....Flavor is's ok...a little jagged sharpness on the finish...

Like I said not sure how much age is on this...guessing it has dulled some of the characteristics..
Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by RancidAggro from New York

May 30, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by Squire from Mississippi

May 23, 2016
Rated: 3.61 by Epicfail97081 from Oregon

Apr 28, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 26, 2016
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy copper/deep amber colour. Heavy malt smell, with notes of maple. Crisp malts and maple taste; turn bitter and slightly hoppy, which lingers, but easy going overall.
Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by sjrider from California

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 2.92 by Moose90 from Washington

Mar 20, 2016
Rated: 4 by spedprof from West Virginia

Feb 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by thgreatrandini from Pennsylvania

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2016
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