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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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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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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 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 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 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 m0ntels
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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

Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Kevinpitts
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3LW, so July 23, 2013

A: Pours an amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Nicely malty, with a hint of sweetness from the maple. Fruitiness come through to go along with the malts, as well as light floral and earthy notes

T: Starts off with some lightly toasty malts with a muted fruitiness. Goes into some leafy and earthy tones, with some of the maple coming through. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: A nice new seasonal from Anchor. It matches the season well, and is quite drinkable. Good value. Worth a try

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Photo of Moose90
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CTHomer
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: surprisingly hoppy for a red ale; a moment of caramel and maple, than it's all citra and cascade;

T: toffee up front, then a citrus/peach note at mod-palate; a mild astringent bitterness at the finish; never really got any maple flavor;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: after the great aroma, the flavor was a bit of a let down;

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne last week, excited to see another seasonal offering to go with the Bock, Summer, and Special Ales that I buy nearly every year. While this wasn't a bad beer, this didn't quite measure up to those and like so many others on here, I could not taste the maple in this. I was even more surprised when I logged on here to see that this was categorized as an American Amber/Red Ale, given the lack of a hop profile and balance of this beer.

Without a doubt, the pour was the best aspect to be enjoyed here. The deep apricot hue, almost-clear opacity, fluffy head, and solid rings of lacing combined for a pleasing appearance that held its own from start to finish. Then came the aroma: resin, wood, and metal. Surely, this was a Pale ale...but it wasn't. It tasted like a fall beer as the natural notes kicked in more once I sipped this and the aftertaste was like that of copper. Where was the maple, the stickiness, the bite? Not at all present as the body to this was weak and not like a Brown Ale at all either. The carbonation wasn't strong enough to take away the harshness of this and there wasn't any sweetness to be found either.

Thankfully, the booze wasn't too strong either, or else this would have scored lower in my book. I thought this beer was fine on its own but just didn't live up to the expectations based on its description or the reputation of Anchor's other offerings. As a seasonal, this wouldn't be a great first choice and is only worth a go for those who want to give all the Anchor beers a try. I hope that next year's is a bit more on the mark and worth picking up in the midst of a ton of other Autumn offerings.

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Photo of gefinley
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of KG710
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of carolinabeerguy
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Scrylol
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger bubbly head with lots of lacing. Beautiful golden amber body color, really does remind me of autumn.

Not sure what I was really expecting here. Aroma seems to consist of citrus, grassy and hoppy notes. Slight graininess to it. Can't pick up any maple syrup or malty notes.

Pretty bitter, not very balanced. Slight caramel malt in the background. Dominant citrus, tropical, and grassy notes on the tongue. Bit of graininess flavor to it. Can't pick up any maple syrup.

Nice carbonation and decent body feel to it.

I dunno, just like some other users here I can't seem to pick up any maple syrup. What I do get though is lots of citrus and grassy hop flavors. Pretty bitter and unbalanced, small malty presence.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottling code 4GV on the back label. Another new one to me from Anchor Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Red ale brewed with maple syrup". Sounds nice enough.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice reddish amber color; somewhat cloudy with about a finger of thick off-white lacing that lingers for a good while. Leaves behind some good fat streaks of lacing. Looks nice. 4

S - The smell is yeasty above anything else - some fruity apple, cream, and biscuity malts are there also. Some slight alcohol phenols noticeable. Nothing in the aroma that I would describe as maple syrup, either. 3

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter, earthy, bready, malty, & yeasty. A fruity, overripe apple sort of taste is there also. There is perhaps a touch of sweetness, but again nothing that I would describe as tasting like maple syrup. Yeasty, above all else, I would say. 3.5

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and creamy. Easy drinking for the 6.00% abv. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Bitter and malty on the finish. 3.5

Overall, an interesting beer, but not entirely what I was expecting. Anchor is usually pretty hit or miss for me, and this one didn't really do it. Not bad by any means, I would be willing to have it again, I just don't know how well it works as a maple syrup infused red ale.

Anchor Brewing BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red -----3.5/5

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Photo of kkazemi
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Kuhnzie8637
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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BigLeaf Maple from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 983 ratings