AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1483) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2015
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.