Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn RedAnchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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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Photo of nick_perry
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.21/5  rDev -39%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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..

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of MountainGoat13
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried 2 12--oz bottles.

As lovers of Irish Reds and Isles (Irish/Eng/Scot) yeast we was not expecting what is actually a near-IPA style by smell & taste. This beer doesn't suck by any means - it is surely as A-Steam intended it, I just had different expectations. This beer is really a "Maple Red IPA" - actually and psychologically - than a malter Isles-type of red, which is what I hoped for. Had A-Steam simply noted the harder bitter, I'd have skipped it.

Looks great - perfect red color in the glass, beyond exact. Perfect head. Smell is immedaitly like IPA, front and back end flavors are strongly hopped, grapefruity note and only a very slight malty/biscuity feel, and the maple slighly balances the bitter. Maple smell is good - and thats hard to achieve w/o overdoing it.

A-Steam should just call this a Maple Red IPA. Too many people who really like reds do not at all think of IPA or higher IBUs so that is confusing.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: impressive glass presentation: Amber color, large-thick white head, noticeable glass lacing.

Smell: Hoppy pine / citrus

Taste: Massive early-presenting grapefruit note that just demolishes everything else in its wake.

Feek: Reasonable fullness: Fairly carbonated.

Overall: Disappointing - An entirely one dimensional pour at the expense of whatever other flavors Anchor intimated they'd be presenting. (Definitely nothing resembling maple or sweetness here whatsoever.) Try Goose Island's Autumn Ale for a far superior / successful seasonal red.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge dry, bitter finish but I wasn't picking up on a lot of other flavors to go with it - didn't get much from the malt. The maple syrup is subtle, which is a good thing in my opinion. Overall, just wasn't my thing.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy amber color with an off white head with excellent retention and lacing
S-sweet caramel, citrus, earthy hops
T-nice balance between sweet malty character and citrus bitterness, with the maple flavor coming in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-Really solid fall beer

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice red that hits all the right notes and has a nice bitterness to it. I am not getting any of the maple in here though, just a really nice interpretation of a red ale.

If looking for a nice seasonal red ale, I would go with Goose Island Autumn Ale. I believe this may be what Anchor was trying to emulate, but they fell far short of it.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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