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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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very good

1,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 1101
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of donguillermo27


4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Mendocino county, presentation 12 ounce bottle.
This is an amber ale that I will never be able to forget. Its taste is very similar to SLO Amber Ale, yet Boont is a little more on the hoppy side. Full bodied, very thick amber malts, perfectly compensated by the complex taste of the strong bittering hops. Pours a rich mouth watering amber color, you can smell the hints of the hops while you are pouring it. Exceptional drinkability, some might find it to be a little hoppy for an amber ale, yet nothing one can't handle, but i believe the strong hops blended perfectly with the sweet hints of caramel are what make this beer so deliciously complex.
I can't wait to go up to the brewry and have some "Bahl Hornin'," as they say in Mendocino county (good drinking) Boont on draught.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 21:10:15 | More by donguillermo27
Photo of MaaikeMae

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favourite session beer, and the best American amber at that. Perfect malt backbone with a great hop character- excellent balance. Beautiful colour!! I am happy and proud to turn on as many people as possible to this beer.

I'd like to thank AVBC for hours of pleasurable Boont Amber drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 19:47:48 | More by MaaikeMae
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an ever so slightly hazy reddish-amber color. Thin tannish head with slight lacing.

Smell: Fruity, orange-ish smell, maybe a bit of bread in the background.

Taste: Malty, sweet taste up front, taste of orange zest, balances nicely at the end with a bit of bitterness. Not much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, carbonation is dead on perfect. Alcohol warms the back of the throat and stomach on the way down.

Drinkability: Not overpowering in any one specific area, this is a fantastic offering. AVBC done good with this one. I think I'll be picking up a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 23:27:06 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of cooperkeg


4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 13:16:43 | More by cooperkeg
Photo of RobH


4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer of the night at Birreria Paradiso in Washington, D.C. A fantastic beer to get the palate warmed up!

Amber ale is one of my favorite beer styles, and this is one of the best I've had.

Refreshing, clean and flavorful. Not too bitter as some can be. Well balanced. Very nice nose.

This is an extremely drinkable session type beer. This is a great beer to serve to swill-beer drinkers who you are trying to move to craft beers because of its balance and the fact that it has nothing offensive going on. This beer has broad appeal.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 20:44:14 | More by RobH
Photo of BermahOne


4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutetly love this beer. The first time I had it was on draft in a bar in Santa Cruz. It poured out with a lot of head. It had such a nice aroma to it, kind of woodsy. Taste really smooth caramel nutty just a bunch of greatness. Definitely reccommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 18:50:45 | More by BermahOne
Photo of Surefire


4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 01:28:30 | More by Surefire
Photo of JasonCoop


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice hazy brownish amber color. lacy white foam on top. looks great.

smells buttery with hints of caramel. smells sweet.

tastes full and sweet. very malty with a buttery caramel taste. sublte hops balance it out perfectly. very smooth.

mouthfeel is pretty full, somewhat creamy but very smooth.

all in all a great beer. only drawback is the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 06:01:00 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of mghotbi


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear deep red with creamy head that dissipated slowly leaving complex lacing all over the glass.

Predominant caramel malt in the nose, a bit of floral hop note. Smooth with prominent carbonation on the tongue.

A very well balanced taste with predominance of malty sweetness, traces of pineapple and melon, then transitioning to mild hop bitterness with nutty and smoky finish. A moderately hoppy version of the American Amber Ale style. Delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is rich, bordering on creamy.

Delicious and refreshing - very drinkable. Another excellent beer from the folks at Anderson Valley Brewing. One of my favorite American Ambers.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 00:38:42 | More by mghotbi
Photo of stewart124


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark copper color with a thick off-white head. This beer is very clear with a dense and sticky head.

The nose is quite fragrant and floral. The hops are subtle with a slight hint of a caramel/vanilla.

The taste is quite sweeter than I expected and much chewier. Lots of biscuit and a nice aromatic touch. Very smooth and soft but oh so drinkable. The hops perfectly balance the malts. There a bits of citrus but I'm picking up more of a floral touch from the hops.

This is a great example of an american amber ale. The balance between the malts and hops is right on and the finish is very clean.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:15:54 | More by stewart124
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Appearance: Deep amber color with frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, fruity, some malts and caramel.

Taste: Malts make themselves known and are sweet, the bitterness of the hops blance everything out very nicely. Great taste

Mouthfeel: The malts seem to hold the body together nicely.

Drinkability: Definitely worthy of a few pints.

Overall this beer is fantastic. To me amber ales are always sort of questionable as to how they will taste. I have had so many that they range from too hoppy and bitter to too malty and sweet. This one does a helluva good balancing act. This was the beer that turned me on to craft beers, a few years ago.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2006 19:56:15 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of shohog


4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass revealing a nice 3 finger head that faded but hung around nicely thru the end with super lacing.

The smell was very mild mostly detecting the caramel malts with a slight biscuit smell.

I love the taste of this beer! It is so perfectly balanced with sweetness at the beginning but never leaving and just enough hops to give a finish that leaves you wanting another sip immediately. It is the BEST Amber I have ever had. It is better than Full Sail Amber my previous favorite. As the beer warms, it does accent the caramel malts more. I only bought a 12oz bottle but will be buying 6ers after today. This beer would be great to drink with almost any meal. It could be enjoyed all by itself as I had it or you could enjoy 6 of them while watching a football game. It is refreshing enough for a hot summer day without being to heavy!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:29:33 | More by shohog
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take this review with a grain of salt. My allergies have been giving me grief tonight, so I may be a bit out of calibration.

Appearance: I overpoured it just a tiny bit as I could see where the line of yeast was from the last little swig that I gave the glass. Oops! The rest of the beer was a clear burnt orange color that poured with an inviting 1/2" head of tan bubbles that was every bit of half it's original height a minute after the pour. A portion of the head remained on the beer the whole time I was drinking it.

Aroma: I initially got an inviting bouquet of fresh floral hops in the nose. After the head settles a bit, the hops are still there and are supported by lots of toastiness in the malt department. As I get deeper into the aroma, I can even start to pick up cherry notes. It has a very nice aroma overall.

Taste: The flavor is pretty mild and follows the aroma pretty closely. You get an initial blast of floral flavoring hops to go with toasty malt. The beer leads into the finish without much of a struggle at all, and the malt slightly dominates the finish. There are bittering hops in there, but they don't challenge the malt until long after the sip you can pick up a slight residual bitterness on the back of the throat that I think is aided by some roast grains. There is ample carbonation in here to make the beer glide across your palate a little too easily.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good Amber Ale, and probably one of the best that I have had. I prefer a beer that tips toward the malt, and this one certainly does. There is quite a bit of complexity to the malt, and the hops let them come out and show their stuff. Even after the beer warms up, it is still a very drinkable brew and I would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 06:04:08 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of feedsasquatch


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's all I could think when I first tried this beer at a local pizza pub. I drank it straight from the bottle, so I'm sure it would have been even better had it been poured into a glass.

A - deep brown red.

S - Hints of sweet caramel malt, fruity hops, and fresh bread. It's a really good.

T - Wow. The caramel malt sweetness hits instantly. It then goes to fresh bread/biscuits, as well as earthy/grassy hopps (not grapefruit...).

M - Smooth medium body, and a low but present carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, especially with pizza!

Writing this review makes me want to go out and by a case of it. If you like Amber Ales, this is one that you must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 20:37:25 | More by feedsasquatch
Photo of jj311


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours between a dark amber and a reddish-copper color. Has a nice frothy off-white head with great retention. Decent lacing left behind.

Smell: Flowery and herbal. A balanced combination of herbal tea, grain, carmel malt, and fruity notes. The fruity apple like aroma seems to stand out here the most.

Taste: This beer is sweet, grainy, with highly noticeable apple-esque characteristics. Has a bitter hop bite, although just enough to balance out the sweetness. Hints of caramel and toasted malt are present. A bitter-sweet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick, and chewy.

Drinkability: Wonderful

Overall: This is one of the beers I drink regularly, and it has definitely earned it's spot as "old faithful" in my book. Not only does it "do the trick", I find it to be quite enjoyable as well. It's among the top of the line as far as American Amber Ales go.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 07:15:53 | More by jj311
Photo of umustdrink


4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Anderson Valley

A - Very dark orange color, like apple cider. Off-white head is slightly rocky, fades to a thick eighth inch. Average lacing.

S - This beer gave off a very fragrant hoppy smell, maybe Simcoes, with brown sugary, cereal malts. A little earthy and very hearty.

T/M - Starts out thick and chewy but with little taste, a sweet cereal malt. Next comes a thin little hoppy bite, crisp and clean, earthy and very slightly bitter. Quickly a malty balance comes, the same brown sugary-like malt as mentioned in the smell. Finish is clean, slightly bitter , slightly sweet and very malty.

D - This is an excellent beer with PERFECT sessionability. Everything is smooth, creamy, clean and excellently crafted. Next time I'm in Hudson, this will be coming back with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 02:59:28 | More by umustdrink
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a light tan head of about 2 fingers, drops slowly to about 1 finger, leaving a nice lacing.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, and an earthy hoppiness.

First sip is sweet and malty with a light bitterness, and a little graininess. Bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, and a little dry.

Very drinkable beer. Nice session beer. Not getting the fullness that others have found.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:04:38 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of Gatch


4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic brew. This is exactly how I hoped a good Red Ale would taste and this is how I now want a Red Ale to taste.
A - A red/amber color w/ an awesome head. White, thick, creamy, foamy. One of the best I've seen from this style.
S - Fruits, hops, bread, caramel. A very inviting nose.
T - All of what was in the nose, but also so smooth and balanced. A creamy, flavorful taste, nothing too overwhelming and nothing lacking.
M/D - One of the more drinkable beers I've had recently. The flavors are so balanced and the carbonation is perfect. I could spend all night with this beer.

I had it on tap on 5/23 and it's even better. I had a beer menu of about 30 choices in front of me and I went back to Boont Amber for a second pint.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 07:30:57 | More by Gatch
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Great hazy coppery color that seems to glow. Nice creamy head with good lacing. Great caramel flavors which seems to be Anderson's trademark. Slight bitter aftertaste with a sour hint to it. This is a beer I could drink all night. I bought this warm in NJ and wonder how much better it must be fresh if it tastes this good here.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 23:57:48 | More by bob3701
Photo of mlazzaro


4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I was stranded on an island somewhere. and could have only one beer to drink. This is definitely a beer I would consider. I find it extremely drinkable, quenching, and continuously desirable. I think it is the best on the Anderson Valley line up. Although I do enjoy the others.

I love my variety, but I also really love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 02:00:59 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of bahumutx


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper with about a one finger head.

Smell: Caramel, Biscuit Malt, and Sweetness. There is also a slight floral hop presence.

Taste: Starts with a caramel and sweetness then moves to a biscut/bready flavor and ends with a slight hop bite. There is a malt presence throughout the beer which balances with the hops nicely. As the beer warms the sweetness comes out more along with a butter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This is a great session beer.

This is my second beer from Anderson Valley and a great example of an Amber Ale. Keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 02:37:53 | More by bahumutx
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley- Boont Amber Ale

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy orangey brown with a decent billowy head. Nice lacing of the glass.
Smell- Strong caramel malt with a bread/ biscuit aroma.
Taste- Big sweet caramel malt with a balance of buttery bread/ lorna doone shortbread cookie flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but soild flavor throughout and very smooth. An easy beer to drink, quickly!

Overall- Damn this was good!! Anderson Valley is 1 of the best breweries in the country!! Yet another good offering from them!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 20:44:44 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Offa


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful amber ale, a style I often find rather disappointing. When I've had it on tap, it's slightly better than in the bottle, but largely the same. The main difference is that it seems to look a little better on tap. It is smooth and easy to drink but also very tasty.

Reddish amber, on tap it has a smallish-medium, dense off-white head that shrinks slowly and leaves some fairly decent lace.

The aroma is mild but nice with a little complexity: somewhat sweet with pine, a lot of leaves, fruit and malty grain.

The taste is smooth, slightly oily and full, and balanced. It has plenty of sweet caramel and fruit balanced with and piney-flowery hop bitterness with some general citrus, grapefruit being detectable but only faintly amongst other, fairly well-rounded hop character. The body is fairly robust and both it and the flavour both hold up well. It is highly drinkable, the flavour, balance, and character holding up well and staying smooth throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 17:40:07 | More by Offa
Photo of tubacharlie


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ample flowery hop aroma, pours a perfectly clear amber color. Nicely formed creamy head that lasts and rejuvenates well when bending your elbow.

Very well crafted and balanced; "noble and robust, yet smooth and mellow", as the label says, which for once is accurate. Caramel and peasant bread flavors with enough carbonation to make it all work together, flowing tastefully and seamlessly down your gullet.

A perfect example of top notch American Amber Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:42:38 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boont Amber Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, with little brown particles floating about and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that, with an underlying caramel and a mellow, floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Boont Amber Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. This one is most excellent. It’s all positive with no negative. Delicious!


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 14:29:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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