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BigLeaf Maple | Anchor Brewing Company

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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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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 chinchill
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, marked 3LQ, served in lager glass.

Looks great: deep red-amber (light copper) body with a large semi-creamy, light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing and has very good retention. High clarity with fine-grained carbonation bubbling.

Aroma: surprisingly sharp and strong hop note, considering the style. Sweet caramel with a hint of maple.

Flavor: odd sweet-bitter balance that seems to swing back and forth from bitter to sweet but is overall mildly bitter. Decent malt complexity. Unfortunately, only a faint hint of maple syrup.

Feel: Medium-full with excellent, soft carbonation. Very creamy for style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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 Jason
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code.

Amber hue, slightly hazed with a tiny bubbled sudsy lacing that sticks around for a while. Soft resiny hops, hint of maple, toasted bread, light stone fruit, and some earthiness in the nose. Smooth, toasted maltiness, orangey hops, hint of maple, mild peppery hop bitterness, bread crust, semi-dry finish with toasted grain, hop resin and faint maple in the end.

A fine fall time brew here, well balanced and easy to drink. Could certainly go for more than one.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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 -1.7%

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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber with a large fluffy slight off white head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Mainly nutty malts in the nose alog with lighter biscuit sweetness and citric hops.More dry on the palate than I was expecting,earthy/nuttiness with some biscuit malt,the maple is lightly detected,leafy/herbal hops in the finish.Not a bad little beer,it's not a big hopped up amber but has nice malty flavors with just enough hops.

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Photo of mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of DanGeo
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of woodchipper
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of irrevjim
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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 DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Lynch52
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Most fall and winter seasonals I try taste like potpourri. This one does not!! Big Leaf Maple provides just subtle crisp hints of fall that make this an exceptional seasonal offering. Pours a hazy golden orange, small clean head. Crisp crisp and crisper like the air is getting. You can taste the water through the very mild maple, this tastes like fall and leaves you wantng to drink another.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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BigLeaf Maple from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 981 ratings