Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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very good

1,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 64
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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.
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Ratings: 1,422 | Reviews: 565
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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber color with nice creamy head that dissapated pretty quickly,a veryy hoppy aroma to this pretty floral with slight malt'grain background.Taste is a little sharp/hoppy to start with a little bread dough type flavor lingers in the end.Pretty well amber one of the better onse I have had in awhile.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second really good amber ale that I've had in a week! The deep color of molasses makes this brew mouthwatering. The drinkability of this beer between the mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, and nice hop immediately makes it one of my favorites this spring. The smell off of the pint is slightly sweet but otherwise indescript. I woudl compare this brew to a mild APA in terms of flavor and drinkability. It's A Good One!

Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on a recommendation from a friend and since I am not usually a big fan of Amber/Red Ales I was a bit skeptical. But I was very happy with this beer indeed. It poured a nice medium to light amber color with a thin white head that left lots of lace around the glass. The smell wasa mostly of sweet carmel and also had a bit of hops sneaking though. The flavor was more hoppy than I was expecting, but not overly hoppy by any means. The slight bitterness was quickly thwarted by wonderful malt and carmel flavors. This beer was very very smoothe and had a nice medium thick body to it that would enable me to drink many of these at a single setting. If you are looking for a great drinkable amber ale, this is a excelent choice

Photo of KitC
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, a disclaimer: I keep my kegerator a bit warmer than most (I abhor ice-cold beer unless it's a hot day and marginal in quality) which has an obvious impact on the drinking experience.

This is the second time in the past 4 months that I've opted for this beer and I'm still pleased with my choice. I find it smooth and drinkable in the style of a good English Ale, but with a nice caramel note and a hint of nuttiness. Pulled properly there's a modest head which laces away. I've enjoyed this with burgers, steak and grilled pork chops with equal results. I did find the bottle a bit more harsh in comparison.

The aroma falls well short - bordering on non-existent. However, that's the only negative I can offer for this brew.

Photo of Beaver13
2.19/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can. Pours a clear light amber with a medium rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet treacly caramel malts, maple and molasses with some toasted malt.

The flavor is the same as the nose - sweet treacly caramel and molasses with some maple and toasted malt and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, way too sweet for me. I didn't really care for the maple and toasted malts. I can see this as a solid amber, but it totally didn't work for me.

Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Light reddish amber with a frothed milk like off white head.

Smell: Flowery and tea like hop aroma, hints of fruit and grain similar to a shortbread.

Taste: Full bodied with a somewhat slick and chewy malt mouth feel. Hop bitterness is clean and abundant, just enough to level the malt. Quite fruity and malt sweetness flexes a bit also, residual sweetness stays until the end. A bit grainy with hints of toasted malt and caramel. Soft flowery hop flavour and a light bready malt sweetness linger on and on in the finish.

Notes: Good fruity / hoppy mix, the malt character cradles the complexities perfectly. A little hefty and very flavourful … this beer shows again that AVBC knows craft beer. 5.8% abv.

Photo of macbethkid84
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good brown ale from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a murky reddish orange color, with a long lasting tan head. Some sheets and rings of lace are left behind. Sweet caramel stands out in what is a subdued aroma. Floral and citrus hops struggle to get noticed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and surprising hop bite. Taste is sweet caramel all the way through, but with a solid hops presence of pine and citrus which provide a substantial bitterness. Well balanced overall. Finish is dry and bitter. The hops seem to overtake the caramel malt sweetness about halfway through the glass. There is also some earthiness to this one. I wouldn't mind having a few of these.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours dark almond and cloudy with some sediment. Malty nose. Leaves some lacing. Thin, creamy off white head. Nice malty brew, Hops come in late with a bit of a bite and some grainyness. Well balanced and smooth in the mouth. Notes of vanilla and caramel. Nicely crafted. Tasty quaffer.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of egg shell colored head. Awesome lacing and head retention. Clear amber body is nice as well.

Smell is quite big and full of earthy, floral, grassy hops.
Big malt sweetness and Carmel tones.

Tastes like a nice malty amber. Carmel, toffee, bready yeast notes.
Very nice and quite hoppy with a low bitterness.

Medium thin body, medium carbonation. Slight bit of bitterness on the finish. This is quite smooth on the palate.

Overall this is a hoppy smelling and tasting amber with a touch of bitterness. Well made and quite drinkable.

$1.75 a single.

Photo of tigg924
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: orange/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, hazy

Smell: caramel and citrus hops, some perfume like smell as well. This almost smelled like a barleywine.

Taste: light caramel malt, some citrus and florals, light hops, and tea.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, slick

Drinkability: This was a disappointment for me from a brewery I like. This beer had a lot going in within it but it did not add up to the clean taste I expect from this style. The sweetness and the florals did not mesh the way I have seen in others in the style. I will pass.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a murkey dark orange (perhaps dry hop haze) with a big creamy off-white/orangish head that stays put with superb lacing all the way down the glass

S: Good solid malt backbone of caramel. There is a dark raison character perhaps from some darker crystal additions. There is a wonderful spicy, citrusy american hope aroma

T: woodsy, piney, and citrus american hop flavors hit you right off the bat. A pronounced hop bitterness that is seamlessly balanced with the malt background. There is an initial malty sweetness followed by some caramel and an ever so slight toasted note. Again I get the raison note here (darker crystal malts?).

M: Finish is dry with some lingering hop flavors. Medium body with no astringency

D: Very drinkable. This is a very underrated style in my opinion. When done right its a perfect showcase for the best of both worlds, hops and malt. This is a very excellent example of the style and one that you could drink several pints of.

Photo of deebo
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at the crows nest in Santa Cruz. This brew is a very attractive copper with an orangish hue. Clear and served without a head. Aromas of slightly toasted barley and a bit of orange like fruitiness. Flavor is fresh and crisp. Clean toasted slightly sweet malt up front with a nice fruity hop finish-slightly bittering. Mouthfeel is light bodied and medium high carbonated. Overall this is a well done beer-clean and crisp with plenty of flavor.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a nice haze red to amber as per style, with a small creamy light brown head. Nose is fairly malty and vegital with no hops at all.

Taste is a bit resinous and piny, but not fruity or fresh. The malt is sweet, like dark caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is big, smooth and creamy. Quite tasty and drinkable.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Flowery, spicy nose, light caramel
Pours reddish amber with a slight chill haze, 3" off white fluffy head, slowly descends, lacy.
Palate: light sweetness with a touch of caramel and a suspicion of chocolate, light biscuit, finishes with an earthy hop accent.
Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of Thrasher
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome reddish amber color with full, delicate head. Wonderful malty caramel aroma with light hop spiciness and flowers. Quite tasty, although slightly lacking in complexity in the mouth, draws out to an excellent crisp finish. Well balanced for the most part; strong attack based on the terrific aroma, the middle is a bit bland, but the finish evens it out. Maybe more hops right off the bat? Mouthfeel a little watery for such a malty, sticky tasting brew. Warming and filling, I like this very much.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

True to its name in its color - a true amber, with highlights of orange where the light hits. A thick beige frothy head sits atop, and just haaangs in there nicely. Smell is mostly citrus and pine, a bit of light sweet malt. Flavor is fresh and clean, biscuity upfront and finishing with an orange peel zest, with sweet malt creeping in from behind. Thick cables of lace line the glass. Mouthfeel is round and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Orange zest tingle and pine lines the mouth in aftertaste.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber pour, maybe a little darker, average tan head and no freshness date. Aroma is different for an amber, seemed like a spiced bread and hop aroma. As always, the labels are a riot.

Taste, a solid reddy malt base, caramel and some sturdy, yet not overly hoppy additions to it result in an amber with some kick and taste that is pleasant. A little more to chew on than most ambers. Sweetness is just right.

Usually the best ambers and reds rating wise tend to be very hoppy which is all well and dandy. This is one of the best balanced ambers out there. Worth having around, a versatile beer.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass red-brown with a nice white head that lasts. Scents of carmelized malts hit the nose. The taste is there, but it isn't anything spectacular. Not much of a hop flavor to it, much like it should be. But the carmel from the nose isn't translated to the tounge. In fact there is some odd after taste, not offensive but not normal. I would like to see some more carmeled fruit flavor from this beer. The mouthfeel is fine, nice carbonation and consistency. Overall, this isn't a bad session beer. But it's nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - clear red amber with 1 finger khaki head with poor retention and moderate lacing

S - Low caramel malt aroma with a bit of toasted oats and absent hop aroma. A bit of a metallic smell. Low pungency.

T - Very mild flavor overall favoring a malt caramel heavy flavor with a little herbal hops at the end with a nice dry roasted espresso bean finish.

M - Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O - A very easy drinker with a sweet start and pretty roasted finish. A nice, light, winter or spring beer.

Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and clear "brown sugar" amber color. Head settles at 1/4 of an inch with a yellow ochre color. Pronounced sweet aroma, pretty dense. Nice and spicy malt flavor, impressive medium body. The hop tang is also very good and balances the taste in an admirable way. Maltier than I expected. Very well done, the Anderson Valley brewmasters scored on this one with free throws to follow. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel for the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice mellow amber with a cream colored head sitting atop forms nicely with full even rings of lacing. Aroma: Sweet caramel malt reaches out toward my olfactory nerves reeling me in closer to notice nice faint but present piney hops very nice. Taste: Perfect blend between the herbal, earthy, pine like hops with a the sweet rolling blend of caramel malt oh so nice and balanced a brew, doesn't beat out Troeg's Hopback but very good brew here. Mouthfeel is a medium body brew very smooth and decent carbonation perfect sensation of hops running down the palate as well. Drinkability: Amazing, buy a keg of this nectar and give it as a sacifice to the beer gods drinkable

Photo of cooperkeg
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After pouring it into my glass I was impressed by the brightness of the color and the activity of the carbonation, which provided a rich creamy head. This beer had wonderful aromas of caramel malt and pine (hops). The mouth feel is extremely full, round and silky. A very full flavored amber. The balance of malt and hop characters is the best I've tasted in sometime!

Photo of Shovelbum
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an off-white head over an orangish-amber body. Head recedes leaving clinging lace. Aromas of caramel malt and floral hops. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt upfront soon joined by floral, earthyt and mildly citric hop flavors. Substantial bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a slight hop dryness.

This has a more pronounced hop character than many American examples of the style. The hop bitterness is a major player, but there is great deal of floral and spicy complexity accompanying it. Not that the malt character isn’t a major player too—a great deal of complexity here too. Basically what I’m trying to say is that it is both well-balanced and complex. Damn tasty too.

Photo of Surefire
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent amber ale that is darker than most.

A: Dark red, bordering on brown.
S: Sweet caramel, fruit
T: Sweet caramel, bold fruit, not many hops
M: Medium body, a little creamy
5: Very drinkable, and user friendly

Overall, a little on the soft side in hops, but still complex enough to be very enjoyable. Malt driven with lots of sweet fruit flavors, with just enough hops to provide balance. Overall, one of my favorite ambers.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.