Saturday, October 19, 2013

Anchor Bigleaf Maple Autumn Amber

Brewery: Anchor Brewing Co.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Style: Amber Ale
ABV: 6%
Price: $8.99/6pk

Anchor Brewing is no amateur when it comes to season beers. In fact, their 'Our Special Ale' (Christmas Ale) is one of the best seasonal releases out there. So, when I saw this Autumn Amber, I was intrigued.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color, clean and filtered. This really is a great color. The head is quite fluffy and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Great retention.
I also really enjoy the label on this beer. The maple leaf is fittingly the center of attention, and the design gives a retro and rustic feel to the bottle. Well done!

Aroma: Spiced malt, mild hops, caramel. There's also an earthiness to the smell that is quite nice.

Taste: Toasted and caramel malts, dried hops, mild fruit-sweetness, piney finish. No maple. The flavors are a bit all over the place to me. I don't really know what the identity of this beer is supposed to be, and I'm just not sure about the flavor profile here. I would have liked to see more of the toasted malt come through with a maple finish. Instead, the beer has a little bit of everything (except maple), but nothing really stands out. It's a mess, really.

Bigleaf Maple doesn't look like it tastes, and doesn't taste like it looks. And with maple in the name, you'd think it would be somewhere in the flavor profile. This isn't a bad beer, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. The best part of this beer was the appearance and aroma. It's a beautiful beer; it's just too bad the flavors didn't come through as I had hoped.


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