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 GuyFawkes
2.21/5  rDev -39%
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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Photo of Reaudribion
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Belgian style glass. First I notice how beautiful of a color it is regardless of the tiny amount of foam. Second impressions are that it has a clean crisp maple smell complimented by rather harsh metallic nails-dipped-in-syrup taste. Its of medium viscosity giving it an average mouthfeel. The aftertaste is that of rusty maple bark.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

-Very nice to look at reddish pink with good pinkish head, off white
-Sweetness like syrup, rind, grain
-clean grains but heavy sharp bitter rind
-Bitter and silky, somewhat thin

-Was disappointed

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Photo of pants678
2.52/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

White head over an amber body.

Smells of brown and biscuit malts, hoppy.

Expecting maple but not the case, again, pretty hoppy. Very, very subtly citrus sweet. Maple may be buried under there... or I'm just imagining it. If I didn't know better I'd call this a particularly weak red IPA. Inoffensive but not what I want for a fall brew.

Carbonation's right for an amber.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: impressive glass presentation: Amber color, large-thick white head, noticeable glass lacing.

Smell: Hoppy pine / citrus

Taste: Massive early-presenting grapefruit note that just demolishes everything else in its wake.

Feek: Reasonable fullness: Fairly carbonated.

Overall: Disappointing - An entirely one dimensional pour at the expense of whatever other flavors Anchor intimated they'd be presenting. (Definitely nothing resembling maple or sweetness here whatsoever.) Try Goose Island's Autumn Ale for a far superior / successful seasonal red.

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Photo of MountainGoat13
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried 2 12--oz bottles.

As lovers of Irish Reds and Isles (Irish/Eng/Scot) yeast we was not expecting what is actually a near-IPA style by smell & taste. This beer doesn't suck by any means - it is surely as A-Steam intended it, I just had different expectations. This beer is really a "Maple Red IPA" - actually and psychologically - than a malter Isles-type of red, which is what I hoped for. Had A-Steam simply noted the harder bitter, I'd have skipped it.

Looks great - perfect red color in the glass, beyond exact. Perfect head. Smell is immedaitly like IPA, front and back end flavors are strongly hopped, grapefruity note and only a very slight malty/biscuity feel, and the maple slighly balances the bitter. Maple smell is good - and thats hard to achieve w/o overdoing it.

A-Steam should just call this a Maple Red IPA. Too many people who really like reds do not at all think of IPA or higher IBUs so that is confusing.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
2.75/5  rDev -24%

This one left me disappointed, which is out of the ordinary for an Anchor beer as far as I'm concerned. Poured a dark amber with a big fluffy white head, good retention on this one. Aroma was pine and citrus, sweet. It had a slightly creamy mouthfeel which left it kind of sticky, light-medium body and medium carbonation. Got a flash of that maple right away to the taste, but it disappeared quickly, booted out by the big hoppy, citrus, grapefruit characteristics. Tasting blind I would have called this an IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Rarely does a beer start out with such a bitter herbal flavor. It's exactly like green tea when you forget and let it steep for 15 minutes. The amber color is attractive with nice swirls of foam in the globe glass. I try to get a faint hint of smell, but it's like a concrete basement with a hint of herbs hanging up to dry, and a touch of plastic air mattress.

The body is really thin and the bitterness just eats at you. There doesn't seem to be the faintest hint of malty sweetness to go with the spoiled fruit flavor and the medicinal bitterness. The bigtooth maple is one of my favorite trees in Washington and I like the adventurous idea to use its sugar, but this stuff has a sourish tang rather than anything like maple.

Overall, this is flat, harsh, and barely drinkable. I just don't understand how a brewery with the resources of Anchor can continue to make so many mediocre beers.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with a "Blend of two caramel & pale malts", and hopped with a "Blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra & Cascade" . 6% ABV.

Pours out to a clear medium amber forming a large expansile mousse-like off white head with superior retention and one solid thick sheet of latte-like foam. Big hop aroma of Cascade front and center. Definitely not what I was expecting with a name like Maple Autumn Amber. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with a little hop prickle, acidity and astringency in the finish. Taste, again, is hop forward, malts are pretty subdued, dry finish, firm bitterness, hop flavor lingering in the aftertaste. Maple really shouldn't even be included on the label...there is no maple here in flavor or aroma. Squinting your eyes and concentrating doesn't help. It's just not there at all. Weird metallic sourness but not of the infected ilk. Mix together a glass of black tea, kiwi fruit juice, and a handful of pennies and drink it. Blech.

Meh. A hoppy amber. Wow. Been there done that about a thousand times. Oddly tart/near sour and metallic. Ick. Can easily skip this one.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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 Kooz
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange, but not quite red. Nice head, but it dissipates pretty quickly.

Very subtle nose. There a slight sourness to it, but it doesn't come through in the taste.

The first sip was good, but it was overpoweringly bitter without much other flavor that I could discern.

There is a good mouthfeel. It's got some body yet still tastes light.

Overall, it's a slight disappointment, but not bad.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear reddish brown amber color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Solid retention and plenty of lacing.

(S)- A rustic light creamy nuttiness to it. Ever so slight sweetness to it from the maple. Definitely fits in with the season!

(T)- Very bitter up front with some grassy-like hop notes. Underlying sweetness, but lacking flavor compared to how nice the smell was.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The huge bitterness is disappointing since it masks all of the sweeter maple and rich nutty backbone.

(O)-Not bad, but kind of glad I got a single of this. It started off great, but the flavor just turns into this overly bitter mess for my tastes

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some earthy hops.

Tastes of the toasted malt base with a layer of earthy hops on top. Malts lead off with toasted bread, toffee, and caramel. Touches of maple come in the middle, but does not have any sweetness to it. Hops come in and add some earthy, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but comes off pretty flat.

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Photo of BB1313
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy glowing copper with a fluffy off-white head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are faint and doesn't have much going on. Lots of malts and breads. Some chocolate, caramel, and toffee is there. Extremely subtle hints of orange peel. The flavors are very earthy. They definitely do have an autumn feel to it. Bittersweet. Maple notes are there. The hop flavors aren't there, but the hop bitterness is there. More chocolate and toffee. Hints of caramel and butterscotch. Lots of dough too. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation making this smooth and easy drinking. I really enjoy the mouthfeel. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I guess I'm not crazy about this one, but it's fitting for the fall season.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge dry, bitter finish but I wasn't picking up on a lot of other flavors to go with it - didn't get much from the malt. The maple syrup is subtle, which is a good thing in my opinion. Overall, just wasn't my thing.

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Photo of Scrylol
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Father_Raybob
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Gorgeous Amber with a brilliant copper-red hue and tan head that dissipates about three sips into a pint.

Nose - Just-made caramels, un-ripe citrus notes from the hops; pretty simple.

Taste - Hops are moderate on the attack, nice velvety mouthfeel and a pleasantly bitter finish. Very simple ale that is more reminiscent of homebrew than something from anchor brewing.

Overall - not impressive but an average quality amber ale for the fall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz iconic "snub" brown glass bottle with brown/gold branded pry-off pressure cap and understated label art acquired as part of a six pack and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are well above average given the brewery. "Red ale brewed with maple syrup." Date code: BLQ. 6% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Has been refrigerated since purchase. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of nice off-white colour. Good thickness. Decent creaminess. Has an even smooth consistency and a pretty soft complexion. No lacing really clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper with amber hues. Superb vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's looking real good for an amber but isn't unique or special. I'm really looking forward to trying it. I don't find any flaws.

Sm: Caramel, a hint of toasted malt and a kiss of bready/crust malt character, piney hop notes, caramalt, floral hop notes, and some vaguely fruity hop notes. I have to really search for the maple syrupy, but I do find a bit of it. Pale malts.

It's a very clean aroma - there's no yeast character or alcohol presence. A pleasant appealing aroma of above average strength. I don't find any off-notes.

T: It's a bit more bitter and hopped than anticipated, with some untamed bitterness surfacing in the late second act. Luckily, the sweet caramalts and pale malts beat back the hop bitterness on the climax, restoring balance. Hop character is a bit atypical for an amber - there's some light bubblegum and hints of tropical fruit (which lends the finish an unbecoming sweetness). But there's also your standard hint of citrus and plenty of floral hop character. I did expect it to be more evocative given the hop choices here. It doesn't quite have enough toasted malt character to really bring it into red ale territory, but it's an interesting cohesive build and I do like it. There's a nice subtle hint of maple syrup about the climax, which is a nice touch.

It's not a gestalt beer. Fair complexity and subtlety. No real intricacy or nuance per se. Average to above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol presence is noticeable.

Mf: Smooth, clean, wet, and refreshing. Nice thickness and body. It's got a pretty nice presence on the palate; quite approachable. Complements the flavour profile well. A bit overcarbonated, but it's tolerable. Kind of chewy.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy. Texture does not feel custom-tailored specifically to taste.

Dr: It's a very drinkable amber/red ale, sure, but there just isn't anything unique or special here and it comes off unremarkable. As much as I respect Anchor, I can't see myself buying this one again but there's really nothing egregiously wrong with it. There're just far better red ales available at or below this price point and nothing about this specifically tickles my fancy. I wouldn't recommend this to friends as-is.

I'll plan on revisiting this when it's fresh to see if this review is off-base.


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Photo of denver10
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a red/amber with a nice foamy khaki head and good lacing. Aroma offers some maple syrup, caramel, grapes, earthy,. Flavor is pretty similar with the earthy finish providing a touch of bitterness to it. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, an alright brew here. I was really excited to try this, as an amber ale hopped with (amongst others) nelson sauvin hops sounded great to me. The addition of maple syrup seemed interesting and appealing too. Ended up not coming close to meeting my expectations. Not a bad beer, but not a beer that I have much need to drink again. Glad I only purchased a single of this, worth the purchase but not worth another.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in late fall out of curiousity, so maybe a little old. You can smell this across the room! Dark amber, light head. Taste is very hoppy and slightly astringent. For an amber ale, the flavor is off for the style which should be more mellow and smooth. Not for us.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of July 2015. Acquired quite a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a red ale with a hint of maple syrup (including syrup from the Bigleaf Maple).

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy coppery-marmalade hue with some floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with a touch of fruitiness; hints of husky grain, caramel, stewed leaves, ale yeast, faint maple syrup and a twinge of sugar. Slightly sweet, with harsh cardboard lurking in the background.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a mild fruity character and an acrid dry finish. Notes of caramel, husky grain, stewed leaves, fruity ale yeast, faint maple syrup, a hint of brown sugar and harsh cardboard. Faintly sweet, followed by a abrasive bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves/cardboard, caramel malt and vague fruitiness.

O: Can't say this is going down well, but it's possible I've had the bottle for too long. Looks alright, however the aroma and flavour posssess a leafy harshness along with subdued caramel malt and a twinge of maple syrup. Body is OK. I reckon the hop aroma has faded away somewhat. Not the best red ale I've tried.

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Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish copper color with an inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly semi-sweet malts, with a bit of piney-floral hops. On the tongue, the malts were overpowered by a bitter hop taste that really citrusy.

The body was nicely medium and smooth. Drinkability was good enough, but it's not a beer I'm going to seek out a lot. Oddly enough, I liked the bottle I drank from the bottle last night a lot better than this one. Probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of TwoTrees
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My Seahawks won last night...let's celebrate with a new beer!

A: A clear, russet red. Good foamy head that lingers.

S: Clean, warm malt, hop florals, pine.

T: Nicely hopped, piney, faint maple, bitter finish on the back end. To be honest, I was expecting more maple, but it's a very trace amount.

M: Refreshing, lightly carbonated.

Overall: This is a good red ale, and a fine beer from the folks at Anchor. However, it's not exactly as advertised as I got very little maple from it despite it's other positive attributes. I would certainly not refuse if offered, but probably won't seek out.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a very clear red with some streaming carbonation, and billowy/rocky off white head that left dense chunky lacing.

S- Big nutty notes, citrusy notes, earthy notes, maple sweetness, toffee, and red ale malt notes.

T- Lots of earthy bitterness and acrid sourness, tree bark, some light but juicy fruity notes, and some sweetness.

M- Very creamy and smooth body, medium body, some stickiness on the finish, and pretty low carbonation.

O- This aroma on this beer was promising, but the flavor missed the mark for me. Lots of harsh bitterness and lots of unpleasant earthy notes. Definitely a bit of a disappointment and really lacking in maple flavor, all you get is some in the aroma and a slightly sticky mouthfeel just like right after polishing off a stack of pancakes.

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Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hints of maple, but not enough to distract from a solid brown ale. Clear copper body with small skin of a tightly beaded head. Malt dominates, some mild hops in the background, a hint of maple sweetness.

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