BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red
Anchor Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.59 | pDev: 11.98%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
BigLeaf Maple Autumn RedBigLeaf Maple Autumn Red
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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
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dcotom from Iowa

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -38.4%
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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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big frothy, lacing beige head sits on top of a beautiful orange-amber cloudy beer.

Smells mainly of pine, caramel malts of toasted bread, sour fruit, and a hint of maple.

I notice sweetness, then a lot of citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops right away. There is a decent amount of maltiness that follows, with some toffee, caramel, and almost an oak like flavor. Reminds me at times of a tamer Burton Baton. Finishes bitter and sweet. Didn't notice any maple here.

It is medium bodied and fairly creamy, with moderate carbonation.

There are a bunch of things I like about this one, but the flavors seem to be all over the place. There just isn't any flow to it. It is sweet, then hoppy, then malty, then sweet, then hoppy. All with distinct changes. A bit rough. I would drink it again. I wouldn't go out of my way to though.

Dec 30, 2015
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/amber, with an off-white creamy head with great retention. Good lacing.

Smells of sweet sugar, caramel, malts, toffee candy.
A slight bitterness up front with a malt/hoppiness balance afterward.
I dont smell the maple but definitely notice it in the finishing aftertaste.

Very easy to drink.

Dec 20, 2015
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in late fall out of curiousity, so maybe a little old. You can smell this across the room! Dark amber, light head. Taste is very hoppy and slightly astringent. For an amber ale, the flavor is off for the style which should be more mellow and smooth. Not for us.

Dec 12, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/22.... pours dark moody amber with big off white foam of about half of an inch. Caramel bready nose. Toffee too. Maple syrup open, quick switch to a punchy astringent bitter. Tree bark/earthy. Dark fruits enter the quagmire.Messy.

Nov 29, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, the Anchor custom shaped bottle.

the beer is red in color, slightly sweet malt aroma. I don't pick up any maple in the taste. okay flavor. thin to medium bodied.

Nov 26, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- SLA.

A: Beautiful coppery pour that sits dense in the chalice with a frumpy, mashed potato consistency. Pie crust colored head of one inch shows a very good rate of retention. Strong rate of carbonation when backlighted and a finale of thick stratified ring lacing down the vessel.

S: Aroma of sweet toffee-maple syrup first on the nose. Toasty caramel fade. Earthy smell of freshly fallen leaves and a background of dry flowers on the trail.

T: Toasty spicy flowery hops hops against a semi-dry caramel glaze with dry apple spicing, cinnamon and nutmeg. Touch of piney hops and dry citrus peel with hints of peppery, woodsy notes of tree bark is balanced on the finish with some honey-malt caramel sweetness and bittering hops.

M: Tingly carbonation feel, spicy bite, malty, and lively on the tongue. Creamy consistency with hints of chalkiness left on the tongue.

O: Nice sweet elements of malt with a spicy autumn like hopping and feel. Great fall time beer, with a malty body, and spicing to get in the mood.

Nov 17, 2015
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Antc2382 from New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Madison's Hoboken, NJ

A: nice burnt red, exactly as advertised. S: nothing too apparent, somewhat muted, but a typically nice malt smell. Not getting the maple. T: it's a decent beer, solid red ale, but really not getting the maple in the scent or taste. That let's me down. F: pleasant enough, not boozy, regular red ale. O: this is a good effort but it did not blow me away

Nov 15, 2015
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reaaally pretty dark golden peach color. Good head.

Smells just like Anchor Steam.

Tastes like a kinder, gentler Anchor Steam. Honestly, better than the original, of which I'm not a huge fan, despite many honest attempts to like it.

Fantastic mouthfeel. MMmmm. Moderately rich, not overcarbonated, and very fine.

Finish is subtle and well integrated with the flavors of the beer.

Nov 13, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish-orange with a one-finger head
S: Malty, citrus hops, a hint of maple
T: A citrus/pine hop bite up front, followed by some rye/malt grain. Missing the maple here
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: Tasty just missing the maple other than the nose. If that were more prevalent it would elevate everything a notch

Nov 05, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had caramel malts up front. Toffee, nuts, and a slight rustic to semi-herbal quality wrapping into the blend.
The taste was malty sweet with a touch of dryness from the toffee and nuts. Light aftertaste of toffee and caramel, decent.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good.
Overall, good amber, pretty sure I could see myself coming back to in the Autumn

Nov 05, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $1.42
Purchased: Oct. 15, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 12, 2015

Poured an auburn, clear color with four fingers of khaki white, frothy head, which seemed to settle nicely on the top of the glass. Lots of thin bubble streams coming up along the sides from the bottom of the glass. Uneven, foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. A nice looking beer.
(Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a good mix of hops and malts. Specifically got buttery malts, maple syrup, nuts, wood, caramel, herbal, toffee, toast and Pacific Hallertau. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted lightly better than the nose. Got toasty bread crust, toasty nuts, bitter wood, caramel, roasted toffee, oak, rustic maple, earthy herbal and booziness lingering on the tongue after. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, woody, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was just an OK beer, which is the rule for me on most Anchor beers. (Overall - 3.50)

3.58 | 81 | B

Nov 05, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hints of maple, but not enough to distract from a solid brown ale. Clear copper body with small skin of a tightly beaded head. Malt dominates, some mild hops in the background, a hint of maple sweetness.

Nov 03, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look; beautiful glowing amber with medium size medium speed cascading bubbles. nice 1/2" moderately creamy slightly amber tan head, excellent retention, not so thin covering sticks around, looks like the inside of a pancake wet with medium maple syrup, plenty of lacing
smell; understated. some pine, hint of citrus, bread, and maple, not enough
taste; more hoppy than malty, especially up front then mellows. more pine than grapefruit, roasted malt, maple, caramel
feel; a little bite up front, bubbles, then smoother but with hop bitterness remaining
overall; i could fault anchor for not mentioning hops on the label, which says it's an 'autumn red' but it is a refreshing nicely hopped well balanced ale with hints of maple, perfect for leaf raking on an unseasonably warm november day

Nov 02, 2015
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