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 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 jmasher85
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer is never as good as I want it to be. I do strongly recommend that you drink this one from a good glass, since the only maple syrup I detected was in the smell, not so much the flavor, so make sure you can get your nose in there while you drink. Otherwise, slightly sweet malts, a lot of earthy, woody flavors, like old leaves in Autumn. Not a spectacular beer, but a nice one that matches the season quite well. Just a little disappointed that it more resembles maple leaves than syrup.

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Photo of akolb
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug. Red-gold in color with a very tall head with great retention. Perfect appearance. 5/5
Bread and caramel malts in the aroma. Subtle cascade-like hops as well. 3.5/5
Quite dry with a nice bitter bite. Nice and malty but still light. The maple syrup is not immediately noticeable but the beer has a bit of a unique taste that might be the maple. More hops and less maple than I expected. 3/5
Light and crisp mouthfeel. 3.5/5
A change from the usual red ale. None of the flavors are particularly dominant, but they combine to make a tasty brew. Much more focused on the hops than I expected. Would not be my go-to red.

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Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a beige thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light, but nice aroma with some citrusy hoppy notes. Hints of lemongrass, flowers and mild caramel sweetness. Some aspect is similar to their Liberty Ale that I drank earlier, probably due to same yeast stream and Cascade hops.
Flavor with notes of white grapes (lots of it), slightly toasted malts, American yeast, grapefruit, both caramel and maple that are very mild, lemongrass, flowers, a bit of earth, muffled pine and not strong on spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very balanced and easy to drink American Red Ale. Easy to guess it is brewed by Anchor, it has the same base as other of their siblings. I was expecting something different, being afraid this might be sweet given the maple addition, but it is very mild and even refreshing. You could sure drink this during summer as well.

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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 Tuck_leepulin
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with pry-off cap

Appearance: Pours deep ruby with 2 fingers of head

Smell: Bready with some caramel and piney hops

Taste: Pine and earth tones from the hops up front followed by some cracker malt in the middle with a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium

Overall: A nice red ale that provides decent malt complexity to balance the hops

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't taste the maple part at all or maybe it was buried by the hops. It was a bit too heavily hopped for my liking but I realize that's what the current trend is and, given that, it tasted fine and was a good value for a 12 ounce bottle in a pint glass.

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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 seedyone
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Light bronze color with vague head. Body is strongest aspect that let me down by being yet another hop bomb. Maple...Autumn Red...lebeling all gave way to hops. Enough with everything being hopped up. Spare me.

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Photo of interzen
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Clear, dark amber/coppery red - big, frothy head which meant that it took two pours to fill the glass whilst I waited for the head to recede. Lots of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Not a massive amount going on here - there's hints of hops and a little bit of fruitiness, but anything resembling maple syrup is notable by its absence

Taste: Quite a mild, undemanding flavour - malt and hops are fairly evenly balanced; malt up front giving way to a spicy hop bitterness. The maple syrup flavour is hard to pick up but it's definitely there if you try hard enough.

Feel: Undemanding - medium bodied with a malty start giving way to a long, astringent finish.

Overall: Wasn't sure what to expect from this and in some way I wasn't disappointed. Certainly different from the 'usual' American styles (think in terms of heavily hopped IPAs and the like) but ultimately nothing particularly special. Worth tracking down if you fancy something a bit different but I feel that the maple syrup angle is somewhat overdone in that there's not actually enough of it

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque medium amber producing 2.5 fingers of beige, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a beautiful sheets & webs of lace. Aromas of toast & biscuit, caramel, tangerine, a hint of tropical fruit & floral earthiness. Taste is toasted biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, pepper, hints of pine resin & floral earthiness. I don't pick up the maple but it may be lost in the toast & caramel. Finishes with toast, pine, orange & floral earthiness which dominate the bitter & lightly drawing aftertaste. Nicely balanced for an amber ale & a very hoppy example of the style. Odd but nice & quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy but slightly oily/slick, finishing wet, lightly prickly & astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Piney hops, a little citrus, some almost white wine grape like notes, very light maple syrup, a touch of fruitiness, and a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Strong pine and floral hops up front, a little white wine grape like tartness, some fruity notes, with caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Notably bitter, but with a clean finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not really what I was expecting, and I can't say I like this one. All light traces of maple from the nose disappear in the flavor. A bit too rough with the hop bitterness and not enough backing it.

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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 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 Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color with an in inch of tightly knit beige colored foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of light malt and is hard to detect. The flavor is mild and is light malt with a gentle spiciness that is skin to rye. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of ordybill
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a strong malt aroma with a hint of spices that follow through.
Appearance-The beer pours a dark amber color with a slight tan colored head.
Taste- has a malt flavor with no aftertaste
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation.
Overall- not a bad beer but my least favorite of the Anchor family.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this 12oz bottle at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is dark amber like maple syrup with slightly puffy 2+fingers of light cream with very fine bead, lace sticks well and retention is good. The smell has a fruity yeast ester with mild sweet aroma with mildly pine scented hop in the nose. The feel is mildly fruity with a yeast texture and moderate bitterness level with mild sweetness and medium high carbonation with mostly dry finish.

The taste begins with a hop flavor which is predominantly pine with a slightly fruity accent from the yeast which hints of English character with mild malt sweetness rounding out the taste and light woody flavor continuing into the finish with semi-dry and bitter quality. Overall a decent red ale with that familiar Anchor yeast in the taste and hops sufficient to balance.The maple contribution seems to dry and boost alcohol rather than flavor or sweeten, but that is not unexpected.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Must...resist....Christmas in early November. Let's keep November autumn with Big Leaf Maple. Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's dark amber red colored with autumn orange hues, topped with a semi-creamy head with webs of lace. The aroma has a big citric note (grapefruit, orange), a note of fruity esters, and a woody finish. It smells more like a hoppy red ale than the common malty autumn red.

Many different routes this beer goes down, but I feel like it's trying to do too much. It starts with a slight hoppy note and sweet malt. The beer then gets a woody and earthy kick (I suspect from the maple), and then it gets dry and resiny. It happens so quick that I don't enjoy each individual aspect as much as I want. It leaves a woody and dry malt aftertaste.

BigLeaf Maple is an okay beer than could get better. It's still a more appropriate beer for early November than Celebration Ale.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A moderate pour produces an off-white, chunky, sticky head. The beer is a pale amber with medium carbonation.

Nice fruity whiffs from the hops. I perceive definite notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and a grassy pungency that, together with the caramel malts and touch of maple, actually suggest a maple leaf. Lingering fruity notes and a semi-dry finish round out the tasting.

Another excellent Anchor brew and perfect for the Fall season.

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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 wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Fits fall perfectly. Nice malty base beer with a touch of additional maple syrup sweetness on the back end. Very well balanced with a nice orange vest and spice/earthy spice presence to compliment. Good Stuff!

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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 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 cratez
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Anchor Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red Ale - 6% ABV US Amber Ale - Consumed October 16/2014.

A: Hazy dark orange with three fingers of cream white foam and thick sheets of lacing on the pint glass. Lots of bubbles in the body. Head and lace retain quite well. A fantastic looking beer.

S: Floral, grassy, herbal and earthy hops, maple syrup, toasty malt, sultanas, orange marmalade, caramel, red grapefruit, and perfume. Typical Anchor hop profile meets classic Red Ale aromas with subtle maple notes. A very appealing nose.

T: Herbal, grassy and floral hops, light maple sweetness, toasty malt, red grapefruit, caramel, orange jujube, grassy-juicy hop astringency precedes a mildly bitter and lemony-dry finish. About as good as it gets for a sweetened amber ale; damn tasty and fairly complex for what it is.

M: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, grassy-juicy hop astringency transitions to a long, lightly bitter and drying finish. A balanced and enjoyable palate.

O: An unusually complex and flavourful Amber Ale that's well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. For a beer named autumn maple, there is not much maple flavor, but the hops character is strong, piney and has a hint of citrus. Really tasty beer. Full bodied ale with notes of caramel and hops. Well carbonated and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red from Anchor Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 972 ratings.
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