Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn RedAnchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red
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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.

Added by tdm168 on 08-09-2013

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, dated 'ELA'. Pours a clear orange-ish, with a very nice beige head that retains for an impressive amount of time; nice lacing as well. Aroma is mild, but sweet and fruity, with a bit of malt. Taste is very clean and of hops, some malt, with a nice slightly bitter finish. Light, creamy mouth-feel.

I like the look, the aroma, and the taste, and I would call this a hop forward beer. I wasn't impressed with their flagship beer, Steam, so I wasn't expecting much out of this one. It surprised me, and I plan on buying a few more (thankfully, at Trader Joe's I can buy them singly).

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an auburn colored brew with a huge head. The smell is a mix of malt, maple, and hops. Not as intense and I expected, but also much more balanced. Medium in body and a little thin in the finish, yet the maple really comes out there. Nice.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle into a glass a solid amber with a nice head. Maltiness in the nose, possibly a bit of maple. Taste is somewhat malty and well balanced. Enjoyable!

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Photo of JOrtiz
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PA-hunter
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a red tint, 2 finger slightly tan head with lots of lacing. Clear.

Smell- Dry crackery malt, slightly roasted. Slight hint of syrupy sweetness.

Taste- Starts off with a dry crackery malt, and quite grainy as well. Piney and citric, little sweetness. Ends with a bitter, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body.

Overall. Was expecting a bit more maple syrup sweetness in this one. For the Red ale style, it i quite fitting however. Nice malt/hop balance.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous beer with a clear caramel orange body and thick off-white lacing. I really dig the hops-malt balance here. The aroma has a mix of popcorn, dough, and caramel with spicy melon. The flavor goes back and forth with sweet malt rolling up and a very dry finishing bitterness. That finish is similar to the Anchor IPA, which I thought was too astringent, but it works here and creates a long, interesting finish. I don't think the hop character comes out as much as it should the hops used, but I suppose that's the price of those lovely malts.

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Photo of BeerNW
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Trosevear
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Crumb_Destiny
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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Photo of dar482
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is piney, sweet caramel, lots of bready quality, onto a lingering herbaceous and piney bitterness on the back end.

Tastes almost of an amber ale. No hints of maple coming through.

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Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olbubba
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MNJR
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An excellent beer. Very smooth and soft feel. It has a distinct bitterness, not at all sweet as the maple might suggest. More like the taste of something maple smoked rather than maple syrup. I don't really find the maple coming through except in slight hints. Tastes like a very good red ale with an ESB style bitterness, balanced with a very light hop finish. Warming and welcome on a fall day. When it comes out every fall, I will buy a few six packs, even when faced with the 100's of other beers available. But, then I am not a big Octoberfest or Pumpkin beer fan, so this is a fall "go to" beer for me.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateMac13
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark amber color. Clear. Modest head that leaves a near blanket of lace.

Good caramel and crystal malt aroma.

Much more spicy and bitter. The malt is approaching a dark beer flavors, but it's brief because of the bitterness. Highly carbonated, this offsets the rich body. The aftertaste is a bit earthy behind the peppery hop bitterness.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
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 briandaube
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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 LeftHanded666
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cb8282
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 41.4% out of 100 with 977 ratings
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