BigLeaf Maple | Anchor Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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.

Added by tdm168 on 08-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,822
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
980
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
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33
Gots:
155
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Photo of Half-full
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcotom
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.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BucBasil
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.

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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.

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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
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.

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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.

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3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cliff1066
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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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.

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Photo of madelf66
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

**
10/02/2015
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZAP
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 Earthy....piney....it'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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BigLeaf Maple from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 980 ratings