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.

Added by tdm168 on 08-09-2013

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +33.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this in Offaly Ireland on Feb 1st. A little late for an Autumn beer but still enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber hue with foamy two finger head. Love the combination of carmel malts and earthy richness with a nice hop finish. Tastes of a fine bourbon with citrus and pine notes from the hops. All in all one of my favorite Fall seasonal beers for 2015.

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4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

big NW hop aroma, deep amber-red color with big 3 finger head. floral hops, caramel malt...the maple flavor is understated-which i love, and it may lead to the smoothness of the mouth feel. a great hoppy autumn beer, with a very balanced toasted malt backbone.

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4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a richly hued caramel with a ruby tinge. There’s a pleasingly hoppy aroma dominated by a piney character yet undergird with some dank notes. The beer tastes hoppy, piney, and slightly dank. There’s a lingering bitterness undercut with a maple sweetness. The flavor is piney and bitter. Tastes like autumn!

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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beer pours a clear amber with 2-3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Excellent lacing and head retention. This is a beautiful beer.

S - Very aromatic. I smell a complex blend of floral, fruity, and piney hop aromas. Faint notes of biscuit as well.

T - Moderate sweetness, then the aforementioned hops show themselves. Dry, biscuity finish. Very nice.

M - Medium bodied with some nice creaminess.

O - Nice balance. Crisp and refreshing. Moderate level of hoppiness but not overdone. Just what I was in the mood for. I'm impressed with this beer and pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. Will definitely seek it out again.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear deep amber color with a massive super stingy and clingy off white head. Nice citrus and piney hop nose.

Wow, this is a really good beer. A bit of a thin body with prickly carbonation. Nice toasty maltiness with big hoppiness and the faintest toach of maple sweetness to balance the bitterness. Very tannic with a very bright clean and crisp finish. Complex yet drinkable, hoppy, malty, and flavorful. Really enjoy it and looking forward to drinking this this fall!

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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This snuck up on me. I like pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup, with a nice pad of butter. This made me warm and fuzzy like a maple soaked pancake.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - slight haze to the diluted tangerine brew. A finger or more of light mocha head, sticky and slow to fade.

Aroma - bright citrusy character, pineapple and pink grapefruit. A sweet smelling amber.

Taste - hardy grains with a biscuity undertone, caramel and malt in support. The hops have excellent balance, all the bitterness of an amber without washing away the sweetness of the grain and maple. The swallow allows the bitterness its moment, ending with grapefruit pith and a dry palate.

Mouthfeel - smooth, plenty crisp, good weightiness for the style.

Overall - great fall session beer from Anchor.

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Photo of ChaseG12
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer. The maple syrup nuances were extremely subtle, was hoping for a little more maple note, but overall, a nice fall/winter beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great seasonal Beer. Its a very well balanced beer, with definite Hop presence, sweet maple smells/taste and a nice thick sticky lingering head. The color is absolutely gorgeous when held up to the light. Quite drinkable but still a respectable amount of abv. This is a new fall favorite.

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4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of head - foamtastic, thick and creamy like a root beer float. Ruby garnet.

Esthery, hoppy. Not a strong scent. A little hint of aluminum.

Crisp. Not dry. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Refreshing. The hops are light.

Very wet. Almost flat.

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Photo of lgmol
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a small bottle of this in Nova Scotia a couple of weeks ago not expecting much.

The dry hops come through very nicely and achieve a perfect balance to my mind. I tend to like my reds with plenty of hop aroma. The maple flavour is fairly subtle but definitely detectable. Loved this and would buy it again.

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4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well Anchor Steam, thanks for sharing your delicious brew yet again!
What gives me joy within this pint is the uncanny attraction between piney, earthy persuasions and yet the slightest hue of maple around the edges of the billowing cascades that so delight the venturing palate.

A stained glass amber visage,
A comforting, caramel scent,
Woody forest floor flavor,
River water mouthfeel.
Piney, fruity aftertaste.
A glimmering starshine of a buzz.

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BigLeaf Maple from Anchor Brewing Company
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