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Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Balance is what makes our Boont Amber Ale so unique: rich, crystal malts give this beer a deep copper hue and contribute a slight caramel sweetness while the herbal, spicy bitterness from carefully selected whole-cone hops impart a crisp, clean finish. Hints of sun toasted grain, toffee, and fruity esters compliment the mellow, noble hop aroma.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Reviews: 566 | Ratings: 1,524
Photo of cmurkar
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear bloody red orange ,with a 1 1/2 inch white head. Very foamy and disappears pretty quickly. Leaves a lot of lacing behind. Caramel is very forward in the smell, due to the crystal malt. That aside, it finishes very floral and hoppy. Taste has me kind of disappointed. I was expecting a heavy caramel flavor based on the smell, but it's not as pronounced as anticipated. It's much more dark fruit and hop forward. Liking the sweetness however. Light feel with slight carbonation. It's a refreshing beer overall, and should leave you satisfied.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the Big Sur restaurant in Carmel. It's just fine. Couldn't tell much about the look in this dark place. Balanced, but a little low key for my tastes. A little watery, but probably a good intro to craft beer for a Michelob fan.

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Photo of GrubbingWGrizzly
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really do enjoy this brew, it gives me a nice feeling and goes well with most of what I eat. Additionally, it's at a price point to make it affordable to have for more than just "special occasions."

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Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: April 21, 2016... OCCASION: a tiresome day ends in an old friend... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... APPEARANCE:thick, frothy, off-white head captures the vision first.. the effervescent, copper body is also impressive to look at... the lacing resembles camo, with zigzagging angles of entanglement... AROMA: caramel is up front and center, with subtle nut and soft hops... some bread and toasted malts make for an alluring aroma... PALATE: creamy, smooth, lightly hopped and pleasantly lingering... impressively sessionable... TASTE: tough to detect a dominant flavor here... the caramel is appreciable, with the sweet malts lightening the taste...some fruitiness--apple, pear--are present... OVERALL: I haven't seen Anderson Valley offered locally for years, and then, lo and behold, I found this six at Hope... just as I remembered it: smooth, sweet, and sessionable... a beer that suits many occasions and rewards with just enough flavor... all that is right with the American amber genre...

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer and a fine bargain, at less than $5 for a bomber at Safeway. Overall, this is a well balanced and incredibly satisfying Amber. The crystal/caramel malt directs the operation while the hood have the good sense to stand the eff down.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little darker than average pour on the beer, off white head, almost beige. Aroma was almost rye-esque, bready, hearty, hoppy.

Taste was lots of caramel malts, above average c hops in an amber, chewy, mildly sweet. Its been around forever and still does amber ale better than your average example.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

A: Hazy cropper. 2 fingers high of head, sank soon.
S: Moderate citrus aroma: mainly grapefruit. Moderate caramel. A little bit grassy.
T: Moderate caramel malty. Moderate tangerine. Dry. Slight bitterness. Short finish. The overall flavor is elegant.
M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: This is what I think a low alcohol content beer should be, there are many flavors but not way too strong, yet one cannot say it watery. To summarize, it's simply elegant. Very good amber.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a pleasant surprise! I usually find ambers rather disappointing. However this beer has some standout flavour. Very floral in the nose. At the finish there is a nice dry hop finish. I think it might be the best Amber I've had.

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Photo of hreb
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is medium amber, slightly reddish, and forms an ample off white head. Moderate malty aroma. Flavor is hoppier than expected, with a crisp, tangy presence, like overripe fruit, and a spicy flavor that reminds me of ginger. Beyond the primary tanginess, there's a toasty biscuit flavor, which is nice, and I wish was more dominant. Overall, this beer is tasty enough, but not really what I want from an amber ale. Probably would not revisit unless I could get it really fresh on tap.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque mid to deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, light tan, shortlived head that leaves island caps of foam, a collar ring & thin streaks of lace. Quite pretty for an amber. Aroma is malty, toasted brown bread, thin caramel/toffee & faint floral hops. Taste is more intense toast & brown bread & roasted nuts, caramel/toffee/brown sugar, earth, a cocoa hint & a hoppiness brought forth as some bitterness in the finish that lingers in the sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin but with a light creaminess, wet & prickly on both the tongue & palate.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with a red tint. Makes a large, off-white head with medium carbonation. A wonderful malt smell with a twinge of funk. All the wonderful malt, Carmel taste I love in an amber, but allows for plenty of the mellow hop to come in. The hop resonates slightly, which I am not used to in an amber. The mouthfeel is very nice, and the body is not thin. Very good Amber ale.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a fantastic beer. My first sip caused me to literally say out loud, "Wow!" It's a caramel/malt flavor - smooth all the way. It tastes darker than it is, which I thoroughly enjoy. I will buy this one again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours darkish amber with very thick fluffy head, lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt. Taste is malt, caramel, dark bread. Short finish with light palate.

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Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber colour, with a small head that does not long, but leaves some lace. Smell of dirty glass... wait, I'll another one :-) flowers, caramel,
dark fruits. Medium body,good carbonation. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, fruits.

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Photo of bwood06
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into pint glass

A - Cloudy copper in color. Thin white lacing for a head. Can't see carbonation due to cloudiness. 3.75/5

S - Peaches are right up front. Light caramel malt. Some light readiness. 3.75/5

T - Light stone fruit (peaches, plums, and nectarines). Caramel sweetness from the malt. Floral hops. More fruity than malty. Lingering hop bitterness on the back end. 4/5

M - Moderate carbonation tickling. Crisp and clean. Medium body. Coats the mouth but drys at the same time. 3.75/5

O - Very nicely done lighter offering here. Light stone fruit is a nice change from many of the beers that put a dark stone fruit flavor forward. Fruity sweetness is at the forefront but is balanced with the graininess of the malt and floral hops. 3.75/5

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Photo of heyhoser
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

im not sure why this one is reviewed higher. i dont think ive come across a more balanced amber ale. the maltiness and that hops with an english yeast i think? just perfect. i get a blue berry taste with that yeast strain. the hops are so well balanced. one of my fav beers of all time, love it out of a cold can.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Mix of walnut and copper amber that has a deep caramel and malt taste. Basic amber beer that goes down smoothly. Mild hop flavor that blends well with the malt and caramel flavors

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Photo of Dentist666
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours hazy copper amber with a ring of beige head, low retention, some laces. Aroma - caramel and crystal malt. Taste - even, malty with nice hop finish, decent fruitiness and toastiness. Drinkable, but tad ordinary.

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Photo of TH28
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Amber red, brilliant clarity, with a frothy, thick off white foam cap that lingers with nice lacing. Aroma: Caramel malt base, with a strong hop aroma of grass, lemon, citrus, and resin. Taste: Rich, strongly toasted bread malt flavor, turning into a firm hop bitterness and flavors of citrus, grass, and resin. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finish: Bitterness dominates the finish, leaving a dry and sticky resin character in the tongue. Bread crust lingers retronasally. Overall: Good AAA. Strong bread crust malt flavor with a strong west coast style hopping.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a free bottle of this 8 days ago when I was getting a great tour of the brewery from my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA. This is the brewery's flag ship beer. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark amber/copper color with some bright amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a white head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles fairly quickly to a nice fairly thick surface coating along with a medium sized ring lining the inside if the glass. Good lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malt and brown nuttiness along with a slight fruity hint of plums and dates. The taste is pretty much the same, with a good sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt presences that gives way to a strong him of nut brown goodness. This is followed by hints of the aforementioned dark fruit and it is all rounded out with a somewhat subtle hop presence on the backend. Just a perfect amount of bitter notes to compliment the complexities. Has a mainly crisp and prickly, somewhat smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This is one of the best beers of this style I have ever had! Worth a try for sure.


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Photo of drmeto
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy amber with floating particles and a big,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,slight coffee,vanilla,strawberries,butterscotch
-clean finish
-light,watery body
-medium carbonation
Nice Amber Ale.Tastes a lot better than it smells.

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Photo of NJBeerMe
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper with a mix of a citrus and malt scent (had slight fruity aroma as well - maybe cherry). Well balanced with no hint of hops. Overall a nice amber ale.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(First review ever—not an expert.)

Given that I'm not a fan of the hop bombs, when I drink an ale I'm looking for something than leans toward the lager end of the scale, and ambers generally do the trick. Boont surprised me with its complexity; not just the expected caramel but a slightly sweet nuttiness. At the same time, this has more of a hoppy bite than, say, New Belgium amber, without traveling anywhere near the grapefruit-juice-clone contest of the (primarily) west coast IPAs—and I'm from California.

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Photo of pinyin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me a little bit of Troegs Nugget Nectar, only Boont is more true to the style, being very malt forward and with little to no hop taste at all. No bitter aftertaste.

Served 39F in a 25cl goblet from the can.

Color is a reddish copper with almost zero head. In fact I have never had a commercially available beer that has as minimal of a carbonation lacing as Boont. Its almost as if the brewers didn't want to over sweeten this ale, so they didn't add any sort priming solution.

Taste is quite unique. Malts are the most forward and very balanced. Hops are very minimalist. Boont has a fruity estery flavor that balances well with the malts. Not very boozy at.

Esters are not a favorable taste profile in lagers, but they seem to work in this amber style ale.

The best element of this ale is the mouth feel and texture. It has a perfect thickness and body that match the color and taste well.

Worth a shot in a six pack or a draft, but I still prefer the hoppy bite of Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown-amber with an off white head.

Smell: A bit yeasty, caramelized sugar, bready.

Taste: Moderately sweet malt, light caramel, and bread. Just slightly bitter towards the end. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Amber ale is not the most exciting style, and this beer is no different. Still, it is a solid beer that is well balanced and no noticeable flaws.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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