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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red is a beer I should love. It’s got a lot of hops, plenty of malt, a palette that’s pretty well-balanced; and it looks beautiful. Yet, I find myself rating it as merely “good” as a whole because its taste is just that: good, not great. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, just that it doesn’t wow me.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a flared snifter. It was bottled on 7/1/15 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous magenta red color. Fairly dark hue but the body is pretty clear. Pours to a large, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: A dark malty sweetness with some confectionery notes combined with dank and piney hops. An interesting combination to be sure, though it does seem a tad mild.

Taste: I actually hate it when breweries include the word “maple” in a beer’s name and/or mention that it’s brewed with maple syrup because it leads you to believe it will taste as such. Maple syrup is merely an adjunct since the yeast eat up nearly all the sugar and what’s leftover contributes to the body. So, no; there isn’t much – if any – maple taste here. What I do get is notes of caramel, toffee and maybe treacle. Sweet to be sure, though not to the point of being cloying. The hops complement the palette with an East Coast-style flair. Instead of citrus and tropical fruit it’s of the pine and resin variety. There’s a subtle grassy/spicy sensation that emerges on the finish and lingers after each sip. For such a relatively light brew, there’s noticeable alcohol taste as well. Overall, this is a fine-tasting beer, and if that’s what you expect in an Anchor product you won’t be disappointed here.

Drinkability: At 6% ABV, Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red is neither a light nor heavy brew. However, it’s not something you’d expect to have alcohol presence in the taste and delivery. I do notice a bit of a warming sensation here, which seems to be in line with the flavors so it’s no entirely distracting. Still, I could do without it. Otherwise the body is pretty big for the potency; the mouthfeel is soft and chewy. I found myself drinking it in rather small sips. I’ll bet this would work well with the right food pairing – but what that is, I’m not sure.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nofearhatmatt (48) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2015
Pours light brown with a nice white head. Subtle scent of maple. Taste is a good balance of hop and malt with sugary finish from the maple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike67 (1109) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of tropical fruit, herbal hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Very tasty brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spokeydonkey (87) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Amber beer with a medium white head. Aroma is caramel with a hint of maple. Tastes of rich caramel and bread with a little hop bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Overall a nice amber beer without too much maple character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Pours clear coppery amber with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale buff head that leaves good lacing. Aroma presents malty, hay and caramel notes. Flavor delights with toasty malt, hoppy, and subtle caramel and hay notes. Mouthfeel features decent body and fizz. Don’t leaf this off your list of autumn beers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and decent lacing. (4/5) Aroma: muted, resiny pine, citrus, caramel, very light maple. (5/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (4/5) Surprisingly bitter for an amber, particularly a nominally “maple” one. (Surprising, but by no means unwelcome.) The “maple,” on the other hand, is surprisingly absent, given the name and nominal style. The low sweetness and off-dry bitter finish make this pretty sessionable, even if it doesn’t smell all that interesting. (13/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (851) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2015
Red-brown beer with a white head, with a small white cup. Medium carbonation. Tastes pretty hoppy, good bitterness, citrus, some fruit and some caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barnacle_Ed (49) - Milpitas, California, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle at home. Amber with moderate white head. Predominantly malty and caramel nose and taste. Earthy notes and aftertaste. Some citrus and light fruit. Surprisingly bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Solid seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2015
Surprising bitter almost dry beer. Some warmth. Maple is understands. Aroma is fresh hoppy with some caramel. Strange but fine beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (478) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle from Seijo Ishii. L: a nice dark auburn with a finger of lasting beige head. Good lacing. S: a whiff of hop with plenty of sweet malt, a hint of raspberries, and maple syrup. T: similar to the nose, though not as large, a good balance between malt and hop flavour, definite syrupy sweetness in there. F: nicely carbonated, chewy malt, earthy. O: a tasty seasonal, good complexity for what it is, worth picking up.

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