Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

545 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,429
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 64
Gots: 159 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 545 | Hads: 1,429
Reviews by ranger7:
Photo of ranger7
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Albertsons in a 22 oz. bomber for $4.80.
Poured from bottle into a plastic cup.
(Review from notes)

A - Amber, bubbly, great head (thick and foamy white - sticky).

S - Hops, sweet, honey.

T - Hop bite up front, malt in the back.

M - Smooth, somewhat fizzy. Light and clean.

Summary - Nice. Not a bad amber ale. A little more hoppy up front than I'm used to, but still good. Nice aftertaste. (407 characters)

More User Reviews:
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. (516 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Miller7771
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very crisp and clean aftertaste (31 characters)

Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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! (428 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 (737 characters)

Photo of KitC
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.19/5  rDev -43%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of macbethkid84
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good brown ale from one of my favorite breweries. (49 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of tigg924
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of locckdown
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of LyonsHead
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.