Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Package: 12 oz. Bottle, No date or ABV listed. Again, a nice description of the beer on the back.
Cost: $6.99 6-Pack
Presentation: Pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: The color of light buckwheat honey; reddish-amber. Slightly cloudy. Formed a nice just off-white head, which settled nicely.
Smell: A bit doughy, with nice malt and hop notes. Straightforward.
Taste: As I have experienced in the past, I found this to have a brittle taste. For some reason, the hop bitterness tends to grate on the palate here. The malt presence does not balance very well with this edge and I dont think there is enough caramel flavor present. There is some hint of the expected fruitiness in the middle, but it is not quite sufficient. The finish is dry, without enough flavor elements carrying through to the end.
Mouthfeel: As usual with Anderson Valley, the carbonation level is very nice. Fine bubbles provide a nice, even sensation. Otherwise, it seems too thin for me, without a full range of flavors to fill the mouth.
Drinkability: Although not a bad beer, I can't rate this highly. It is moderately refreshing, without being very distinctive. Does seem like it has a lower ABV than the 5.8% listed by AVBC.
I cant seem to find the enthusiasm for Anderson Valleys offerings that others seem to. Perhaps, the examples Ive tried were not in the best condition. In any event, I feel that in almost every category (oatmeal stouts excluded) there are better counterparts to the Anderson Valley beers. They are not bad examples by any means, but not barn-burners.
Backwash: I would look to an Anchor Steam or Youngs Dirty Dicks as better interpretations of similarly-styled beers.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2003 14:30:45 | More by Dantes
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.40):
Deep copper amber with a 3cm, foamy white head that looks slightly creamy. with great retention & zero movement until you actually take a drink.
Lots of malts & sweetness on the nose with caramel too but not much hops, some earthy ones appear though. Well balanced with some floral notes with a few dark fruits. Sweet, fruity & good strength.
Sweet malts & caramel flavours that match the nose well. There is some background fruits coming through with some light, floral hops featuring as well but again it's the malts that lead the way.
Smooth & fairly light bodied, almost watery in parts but there was a pleasant sweetness throughout & a clean, slightly dry finish that has a lingering bitterness to it.
This one started very well with the smell being a particular highlight but sadly things started to fade slightly after that with the taste seeming a little watery, more so that I would have liked. Not one I'd pick up again I'm afraid.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 10:03:43 | More by flyingpig
4.73/5 rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is one of my favorite beers. This brew is incredibly refreshing. Though it isnt the easiest to pour from the tap, the appearance is amazing. It is a nice dark amber color. The head floats atop- an aesthetically pleasing addition. When it hits my mouth I think caramel. The toasted carmel hops are prime. It is a first class amber ale that all should experience.
Serving type: on-tap
06-28-2014 22:45:27 | More by Gabriel_Vaughn
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.