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 Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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 MarkLinton1
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

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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Photo of elNopalero
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of thlayli87
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of zapjones
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +18.8%
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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Photo of bkeach
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of codekiln
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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 +18%
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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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice autumn red IPA - underestimated by many - appreciated by those that try. Don't be fooled into thinking this is some kind of maple syrup flavored drink. Very much NOT this. I really like this beer.

Nice for warm afternoon in autumn that stretched into the evening sitting on the deck.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Reidel IPA glass. Big fluffy cream colored head that lasts and clings

A = deep orange with nice rising bubbles. Mostly clear only the faintness of haze.

S = Hoppy with some sweetness underneath.

T = Hoppy, a little earthy, subtle sweet finish that's unique - could be the maple but it's not overtly maple.

M = Medium with nice carbonation that lasts to the bottom of the glass

Overall: I've been looking forward to this beer and am not disappointed. I may actually put back some stock, last year I didn't and regretted it, this year I won't make the same mistake. Try this beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention.

Smell: A toasty and juicy balanced scent of hops and red malt. Good hop presence with citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Earthy and floral scent with some hints of grass and pine. Good malt balance with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Subtle hints of maple syrup. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and toasty taste of juicy and grassy hops along with red malt. Upfront hop presence with some citrus notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Floral and earthy hops with notes of pine and grass. Pale malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Light notes of the maple syrup. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat chewy.

Overall: A solid spin on a Red ale. Hoppier than typical for the style with a nice hop presence. The maple could of been a little stronger.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and foamy off-white head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear medium amber that has a nice reddish hue to it. The looks is pretty nice and definitely representative of what fall would like if it was a red ale.

The smell is a nice complexity of subtle and not very subtle notes. The less subtle notes consist of a nice and strong citrus notes that dominate the nose. The hops are slightly balanced off by a sweet caramel and lightly breaded malt note. The more subtle note is the maple syrup, which is something surprisingly strong (Good choice of glassware, I guess). The maple really adds something and acts as an interesting contrast to the hops. It definitely stands out from the sweet malt notes that you can tell its syrup.

The taste is just as good as the smell. The difference is that the taste has a more complex result to it. The citrus hops still dominate but the maple syrup is much stronger in the taste and dominate the malt notes; through to the aftertaste. The bready malts are a bit stronger than the caramel but weaker than the maple syrup.

The feel is medium bodied but on the heavy side. The beer goes down smoothly and the light carbonation helps by being fairly fluffy.

Overall,a very good beer and wonderful addition to a fall line-up. The trick seems to be have this beer with a glass that has a nucleation point; otherwise, the maple syrup might not come out and the complex and subtle notes won't come out.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 20, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Toasting the Browns' first win and the incredible weather that makes one fall in love with Autumn... APPEARANCE: bubbles cascade upwards in a sienna body that bolsters a nicely laced, slightly dirty white head that thickens to a powerful creaminess... AROMA: an intriguing, perfumed allure begins the profile; the Cascade or Centennial bring the West Coast pine and citrus so indicative of Anchor...the malty sweetness brings with it the label's promise, though "a hint" is surprisingly accurate... PALATE: smooth, medium-bodied but finishing abruptly; a bit dry at the finish too...overall, drinkable, yes... TASTE: the caramel malts are sweetly in the fore, while each exhale delivers a suggestion of sweet syrup; nice subtle nuttiness melds with the citrus to balance the profile into a malt-leaning, drinkable pint...OVERALL: The maple is so subtle, one wonders if a label-less taste test might not lose it in the experience... as it is, reasonably flavorful, with a sweetness not found in the usual amber ale...

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Photo of bum732
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: Rich, sweet vienna malt, touch of maple, woodiness, almost soft ceder like, sandalwood heavy.

L: Fairly clear, reddish brown, creamy white head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Vienna-like malt, slightly woody, semi-sweet. An herbal undercurrent lingers with the hops. Medium low woody/herbal bitterness. Finishes quite dry with residual herbalness.

M: Medium high carbonation, provides a "zing" on the palate. Medium light bodied.

Really solid. Not sure if the maple comes through, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this bottle. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy copper color with a finger of yellowish tan froth that fades back leaving strings and spots of lace.

The aroma has quite a fruity and floral hop appeal that blends into almost a belgian-like note of pink bubblegum. Some earthen and more herbal to citrus notes appear with more whiffs. The malt is quite caramel or toffee in character.

The flavor is malty with quite a toasty bready grain aspect. A bit of herbal hops, slightly fruity and floral. Some citrus and herbs appear more evident with each sip and a mild grassy bitterness. Kiss of alcohol that has that previously described pink bubblegum note sbout it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and an interesting seasonal that is unique and easy drinking. When you read the label, you almost feel like there is a hint of maple earthiness blended in with the malt character. Overall a solid and enjoyable seasonal that I will probably seek out again.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean dark orange with a near white one finger head. Ample retention and lacing.

S: The aroma stole the show at first with a boozy sweetness of biscuit and maple. Followed by tropical fruits, mango, orange, pine and lemon. The bitterness actually stings the sinuses a little.

T: BIG BITTER hop presents, with a mild sweetness. Bittersweet. Mostly bitter.

M: Carbonation was a little high, I found myself delaying the swallow waiting for the fizz to die down.

O: This beer has a lot going on, not one I would recommend to the neophyte. A hop head should enjoy it. I liked it.

L: (label) I rate a 5

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Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of Trosevear
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Can't judge since I drank it out of the bottle.

S: Even though it was in the bottle you could smell a sweetness and a hop character to it.

T: Malty and hippy just what you would expect from a red, it says maple leaf on the label but there is no taste of maple or even a sweetness from the bottle.

F: Full body easy drinking beer.

O: A pretty good beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark amber color; poured with a thick, rocky head.

s: Caramel, mint, leafy hops, a hint of maple.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, very nice balance overall. Moderately sweet caramel, some vaguely vinous fruit, unsweet maple, leafy bitter finish.

m: Medium body, crisp carbonation.

o: Very nice, I definitely enjoyed this one. Unique.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchor BigLeaf Maple
12 oz. custom brown glass bottle, freshness code is illegible
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Reviewed in real time... This beer looks great: a massive head of yellowed orange-tan rests atop a clear deep-copper body with a crimson cast and orange and gold highlights. If you're going for a beer that looks like fall, this is it! Aroma displays spicy, softly citrusy, grassy, floral and leafy hops over a sugary caramel malt base. So is this a maple beer? I don't taste it particularly, though it might be there, but the malt itself is quite nice. I get golden caramel as well as dark caramel and a soft toastiness, and there IS an edge of sugariness to it, but that's balanced by a wonderful spiciness. OK, so let's check the label... yes, there's "a hint of maple - including big leaf maple - syrup in every brew". It finishes with a dollop of sweetness, and it is there at the start as well, but mainly the malt and hops take the show. It's surprisingly complex, and yet at the same time really drinkable. It also seems to taste of fall to me. Maybe that's the power of suggestion, but I think the combination of its dry crispness and gentle sugariness somehow reminds me of the season, as does the spiciness, the soft citrus, and the grassy, piney, and leafy side of it as well. It's certainly unique, pleasantly complex, and really well-balanced and polished. Worth trying!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - amber with a frothy ivory head, great retention and chunky lacing is left down the glass
S - malty aroma of caramel, bread, toasted grain, piny hops, not much for maple
T - sweet but bitter with piny hops in the forefront, malty caramel, bready, a touch of maple, very juicy hops are nice
M - medium bodied, resinous, drying, hop oils stick to the palate
O - very nice autumnal ale. I was hoping for the maple to stick out a bit more but this was good regardless

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
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