Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn RedAnchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
977
Reviews:
204
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
153
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/20/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, maple, and herbal and pine hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy maple and woody flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a more earthy than sweet maple presence in the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally a new brew from the anchor folks. this one is great, pouring an orangey red color with an inch of off white head, fluffy and lasting. it smells more hoppy than expected, I thought itd a be a sweeter maple amber, but its a dryer red malt nose with citrus and pine in the hop finish, crisp and clean, but also pretty big. the malts aren't dusty dry irish red ones, but they aren't sweet American amber either, sort of a best of both worlds here. the hops don't come in until the end, but pack quite the punch, pushing ipa intensity. I don't hardly taste maple in this at all, as the hops really overshadow it, if its there at all. a very well made beer though, despite its relative imbalance. fuller body, prickly fine micro carbonation, and a fast finish. a perfect fall beer, not totally dissimilar to sierra nevadas flipside red ipa really.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has just about a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a large collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Nelson Sauvin hops are prominently featured in the nose of this beer, which yield aromas of gooseberries
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of gooseberries along with notes of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Not much in the way of maple is noticeable. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy for the style and has the type of hop flavors and aromas you would expect from a hopped-up APA. It is easy to drink and the taste has a good balance with the underlying malts.

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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born from the savory sweetness that only maple can provide, this American Red Ale doesn't just rely on barley and hops to tell its story. It takes advantage of the special Canadian syrup.

The beer pours the expected dark amber that gives the style its name. Crystal clarity really shows off those red hues. Capped with a tall column of fluffy foam, its head retains its structure until deep into the session. Its jigsaw lacing offers an attractive decor on the glass while the beer fades.

Grain sweetness is the aromatic anchor that grounds the beer while whiffs of maple, butter pecan, bread crust, light toffee, and slight butter cream waft over the nose. A glimmer of citrusy orange peels peak through the sweeter and more hearty notes.

Its taste is much more beer focused as the grainy-sweet flavor projects a toasted barley, nutty, crusty and toasted attitude. As the maple folds into the mix, notions of Cracker Jacks candies come to mind. Its malty-dry center well supports those sweeter maple flavors until the hop bitterness kicks in at its finish. Dried orange peels, mild grass and pine cones round out the beer's malt-forward flavor.

BigLeaf Maple is a medium bodied through and through. Though its malt dominance carries the ale, its texture is malty-dry in mouthfeel as well as in taste. This allows the husk spices to play a role in the beer's balance as much as hop dryness does. The soft spiciness of alcohol warms the gullet while the maple sweet soothes it a second later.

After the heat of summer and just before the chill of winter, this ale captures the taste of fall like few do. It's perfect for a day or raking leaves, carving pumpkins or chasing the pigskin.

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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

355ml, standard Anchor squat-ass bottle, their current seasonal.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, dirty white head, which leaves a rather thorough array of falling ember lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of biscuity, indistinctly spicy caramel malt, a touch of sourdough, and earthy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is a wholly full return to everything Anchor-made - a weirdly restrained caramel malt, some neutered orchard fruitiness, and a sharply yeast tinged, earthy, leafy, erm, hoppiness.

The carbonation is somewhat fizzy, in a pretty low-key manner, the body a near medium weight, and not really all that smooth, a certain understated edginess taking things down a peg or three. It finishes decidedly dry, the fruitiness certainly leaning that way, while a weird yeastiness flits about.

Another entrant into this catch-all category, wherein the contestant has just enough to offer, but yet a whole lot of baggage to go along with it, that I'm kind of taken off the rails a tad too early, I imagine. Hardly captivating, and rather lacking in the maple flavour so front and center in the name (my Canadian roots are bristling), and once again with this brewery, not altogether worthy of following up on.

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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.

C+

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A slightly hazy pour, the color of autumn leaves; the massive head delivers sheets of lacing

Smell: Caramel, stone fruit, mint and vinous and tropical fruit hop tones

Taste: The caramel malt no sooner sets the base, than the herbal and stone fruit flavors kick in; by mid-palate, there is the hint of maple, building hop elements (an unusual combination of vinous flavor from the Nelson Sauvin and tropical fruit from the "C" hops)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp, moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This beer really grew on me; it is eminently drinkable and has some interesting elements that are unique; so it's not extreme - get over it

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, wood, light maple, herbal, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, wood, light maple, pine, herbal, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, apple, pear, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light maple, wood, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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