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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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very good

1,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 1100
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle. Nonic glass. Amber color, chill haze appearance. Off-white crown shows fairly good retention. Intense fruity & caramel malt aromas with resinous hues. Sweet & malty flavor are quickly overwhelmed by hops. Medium body. Light carbonation. Oily to watery. Dry bitter/sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:50:46 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: 355mL blue can with an antlered bear (assumedly the Anderson mascot).

Appearance: pours a dark amber colour with virtually no visible carbonation. A small beige head pops up and drops to a solid, semi-rocky cap. Looks decent.

Aroma: this is where this beer falls apart for me. There is virtually nothing other than an awkward, nut-and-earth driven funk that borders on unpleasant. No hops, little malt aroma.

Taste: the unfortunate funk continues here - considering the good reviews I have seen about this beer, maybe next time I will see if I can get it in a bottle rather than a can.

Aftertaste: the fug lifts a bit here, but is still dominant over a very light yet indistinguishable hop flavour.

Mouth feel: fairly low on the carbonation, which I think is the issue. Other reviews show the carbonation being higher - don't think this one has travelled well.

Overall: a very ordinary and very expensive Amber / Red ale. Before I pass any kind of judgement on it though, I'd like to try it again a) from the bottle instead of the can, and b) hopefully not suffering from old age or whatever.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:28:16 | More by SmashPants
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle in New Belgium globe

A-Cloudy brownish copper with a foamy one finger tan head.

S-Aroma is big caramel along with some raisin; also slightly metallic.

T-Taste is also heavy on the caramel accompanied by grain. Only slightly hoppy. Long finish.

M-The mouthfeel is light body and carbonation is soft.

O-Overall, a good amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 22:25:23 | More by reebtaerG
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3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:42:03 | More by brewbattles
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly clouded copper with a creamy light tan head. Head has great retention and leaves substantial lacing.

S- subtle caramel sweetness and a nice earthy quality

T- a nice caramel malt backbone balances the subtle noble hops bitterness

M- a thinner body and a crisp finish

O- a really good, almost excellent, amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 22:29:33 | More by delta490
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2012. Pours moderately hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, nuttiness, citrus zest, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great balance and robustness of malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:54:12 | More by superspak
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Hong Kong

2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber colour. Served in a jam-jar!

Citrus (mainly lemon), some floral, quite mild

Tastes like a shandy

Light bodied

I like Anderson's other brews so was excited to try this one. Would probably not go back to it unless I needed a refresher after a game of tennis.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 11:31:28 | More by GarthT
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3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:57:54 | More by ranger7
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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, coppery red, with a thick, foamy beige head.

Caramel malts highlighted and well balanced with herbal, floral, very faint citrus hops in both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foam carbonation.

A well done amber ale. The hop profile is balanced, and really highlights the malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 08:18:58 | More by vkv822
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4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden amber with a creamy kahki head that has decent retention. Some visible carbonation

Smells of wet grassy hops. Sweet bready malts. Caramel. White fruits (faintly) like apple and pear

Taste is bready malts and sweet caramel. Slightly burnt maltiness. Big wet grass flavor from the hops. A little dank. Fruity esters are at a minimum but red apples are there. There is some tartness in the finish like a combination of citrus and berry. Very well balanced. Bitterness is mild. Extremely tasty

Feels medium bodied. Refreshing. Slightly coating

Overall an excellent amber. Well balanced and delicious. Would definitely get again and would recommend this highly

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:58:07 | More by MistahBeah
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber-orange hazy beer with head colour white of 1,5 fingers
Aroma... grass and wet bread. A not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too
Taste... bready as smell announces and malt, bitterness have not an important presence
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a regular amber ale but not remarkable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 19:49:20 | More by Jetulio
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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped this baby open on a hot 95 degree Fahrenheit evening in the dry desert sun. Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a 12 oz. bottle. No best by date.

A-Poured a deep and cloudy amber brown/red color. A creamy tan 2 finger head that left trace lacing on the glass. The head eventually turned into a foamy thin surface.

S-Nutty and grainy. Some caramel malt, along with some peach notes.

T-Going in was a little wet. The initial taste consisted of caramelized peaches, grains and malt, a touch of honey in the backend. The aftertaste left a sweet, yet slightly bitter sensation. It was a pretty balanced brew.

M-light to moderate carbonation. Not my idea of a sessionable brew, but could have two (maybe three) if I felt like it. It is not a straight up summer brew, but it's really good, especially when it's so hot outside.

Overall, it's a great beer to pair with food or to have as a sessional during the cooler fall months (in my opinion). It is a solid amber ale that deserves a spot in everybody's fridge. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:17:20 | More by Jsteez
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours with a nice, tan, two finger head which lasts for several minuets. Some of the head remains on the brew until the end. Good, even lacing stays on the glass until the end. The color is perfect, almost opaque red-brown.

The smell is strong with sweet and roasted malts, some caramel and floral hops.

The taste is surprisingly, kind of plain. There is a rush of sweet malts, caramel, nuts? then mild hops on the backend.

The feel is smooth and creamy, strong carbonation.

Overall this is a solid Red Ale from Anderson Valley but it does not really "pop" for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:52:21 | More by microbrewlover
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a slightly hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is quite different: lots of apricot with a little grapefruit. Really nice.
The taste has a nice grain flavor with sweet citrus, mild bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a great amber ale for sure and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:02:19 | More by Fatehunter
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

into a pint glass

very hazy, deep orange/brown, looks like apple cider.
semi-aggressive pour formed 1in head and quickly disappeared. clear white head.

smells musty, caramel and light apple aroma

tastes mild, more malty or grain than anything else

feels great, smooth and sticks on the mouth just a bit

Overall this brew was enjoyable! Something I could drink two or three of and not get too overpowering.

+Story I heard about this beer: On the label is a bear with deer antlers (a "Beer"), and it is said that if you drink enough of these and wonder out into the forest you can see this so called "Beer". Though that was a cheeky story haha.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 18:36:49 | More by Crimsonfloods
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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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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a tumbler

A- Reddish brown, fairly transparent (just some slight haze), half finger tan head, with okay retention, but good lacing.

S- Strong whiff of caramel, sweet. Mild, if any hop character in the nose.

T- Sweet malt followed by a slight bittering hop balance. The two work well with one another.

M- Medium body, very smooth. Very well balanced in the feel.

O- Mild, but fairly flavorful. I would put this more into the realm of a brown, because of the mild hop. But still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:25:26 | More by BWED
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District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper hued with an inch of white foam on top. The aroma brings some bread, biscuits, a touch of fruity sweetness. Similar flavor, with just a tad of citrus and some bitter hops in the finish. Light to medium in body with crisp carbonation. Well balanced and enjoyable. While I don't drink beers of this style too often, I found this quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:26:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear amber-copper color forming a big and bubbled creamy head. Good retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Caramel malts, roasted malts and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel, caramel and roasted malts. Light hoppy bitter end

M: Medium and bit molasses body. Good carbonation. Roasted malts and hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very good drinkability. Excellent Ale. Great for a whole day session beer

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 17:46:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep amber, good head of foam, good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Caramel and copper. The hops finally reveal themselves on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and a bit chewy. A hint of copper in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A fairly solid, decently balanced amber ale, it would be perfect with a sampler plate of appetizers.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:35:38 | More by TheMarkE
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3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've never been a huge fan of Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Their beers are always just OK. I did grab a 12-pack around December when they went on sale at Total Wine & More, but they are just decent. Beers like this are a good way to introduce someone to craft beer. I actually didn't plan on this beer being in the sampler pack that I bought, so we lucked out. It was on sale for $6.99 from $12.99, so even if the the beers are bad, I figured I would get them anyway! The IPA was also in there, and it's a good daily drinking IPA.

Until we started reviewing this beer, I had no idea where Anderson Valley Brewing Company was. Cool story about the small town and their language. I would love to meet someone from there just to see how they talk. Fun! Hopefully the beer is good, and I am looking forward to reviewing it. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: I could smell this as I was pouring it. The last time I had this, I just drank it from the bottle. I know, I know… I do NOT recommend ANYONE drink ANY beer from a bottle. Grab a cup, even if it's a red Solo cup, and drink from a glass. So I am sure I will enjoy this more in a glass. In the glass, it has a nice dark tan color, with a VERY thick and frothy head. I also didn't realize that the brewery was solar powered. It says that on the cap, anyway.

Nose: As I was pouring, I could smell the malty goodness. When I stick my nose in the glass, it has a nice rich caramel aroma and a lovely malty finish. A second whiff I am picking up some nice sugary aromas. This beer has a lot of promise.

Flavor: Considering my experience with Anderson Valley beers, I didn't have a lot of expectations with this one. Also, not usually a fan of amber ales. But this one isn't bad. At first, there is a rich copper flavor. Imagine licking a penny. Then it mellows out, and provides a nice malty flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue. There is a nice little hint of hops toward the back of the palate, but that's it. For a guy that likes hops, I am impressed that I like the flavor so much.

Mouthfeel: While I am thinking about it, why does the bear on the label (and on the Anderson Valley website) have horns? Do bears in northern California have horns? Anyway, the mouthfeel is nice, and actually changes as you drink the beer. At first, a ton of bubbles hit the front of the palate then it settles to a nice malty flavor at the back of the palate. A subtle dryness creeps in, and then settles to a smooth finish. I would say the aftertaste is the best part of this beer.

Aftertaste: This is nice. It starts with a rich copper flavor, then as you swallow the malty flavors lessen and you are still hit with the malty flavors. The hops really come out in the end. The aftertaste lasts for a few minutes, too.

Anderson Valley has a lot of beers in their portfolio. From their Winter and Summer Solstice to their Oatmeal Stout and IPA, they have a wide range of flavors. Out of the ones I have had, the Boont Amber Ale is nice. If you haven't had the Winter Solstice, grab one next year. It's one of the better holiday beers.

Boont Amber Ale - The bottle says: "Deep copper with a creamy light tan head. Rich aroma of caramel and a sun-toasted grain elegantly meshed with a mellow noble hop aroma. A full-bodied malt flavor is supported by a refreshing mild hop bitterness with herbal hoppy aromas - lending itself to a long, clean finish."

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 21:20:19 | More by rickyleepotts
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2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: Amber with a creamy mocha colored head.

Smell: Malty with a strong noble hops aroma.

Taste: Noble hops with mellow caramel notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy texture, and a strong carbonation.

The noble hops give this brew a lager flavor that I find displeasing as it's really out of style and not at all what I was anticipating. The mouthfeel however was amazing and was what kept me wanting to drink the rest of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 22:47:42 | More by Hawksfan79
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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - bottle poured into stein.

A - A nice copper color but a bit cloudy. Very nice, initially dense and creamy head. Hangs for awhile and then thins out with varying sized bubbles and thin remaining head with minimal lace.

S - Very aromatic beer. Aroma persists throughout drinking with a maple sweetness and some grass.

T - Maple, caramel, mineral and hops on the front end, mineral persists as caramel sweetness fades, perhaps a hint of honey in there.

M - Creamy, nice carbonation that builds but not excessive, smooth.

O - A very nice beer overall. There's a richness to it so although it is only 5.8 ABV, I would probably stop at two rather than say it's sessionable. AVBC has such a great variety of outstanding beers - each with strong points!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:26:32 | More by BobN
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Hazy amber orange with a creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malt and biscuit, with a hint of floral hops.

T - A balanced blend of sweet caramel, bread, nutty malts, and earthy floral hops. The hops lend a touch of fruitiness and light bitterness on the finish. A pleasant nutty, grainy flavor lingers on.

M - Medium-full bodied, smooth and a bit chewy. Average carbonation with somewhat of a dry finish.

O - Definitely a tasty and balanced amber ale. Superb drinkability. Anderson Valley hasn't disappointed me yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:45:49 | More by mooseo
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour an orangey, amber brew. The coloring glows brightly through the glass, with no haze or sediment noted, and light hiccups of carbonation. Retention is nice, as the initial head of two fingers stands tall, cakey, and tan in coloring. Chunky, spidery lacing is left down the walls of the glass. The first thought on the nose is that it smells like Thanksgiving stuffing. There are big herbal hops sitting against lighter caramel and pale malts. There are metallics of yeast, and a watery vegetable quality much like celery. With warmth comes a cutting sweetness of buttercream and lactics. Our first impression is similar to that of the nose in that there are huge bready and herbal qualities, akin to the likes of freshly herbed and peppered stuffing. As we sip, herbal hop bitterness mixes with pale malts, metallics, and light adjuncty grain. The hops keep things juicy and wet to the peak, where sweet creamed corn comes to battle an enhanced herbal hop bite. The finish washes with that aromatic vegetable metallic note from the nose, along with more metallics, light toffee sweetness, a brush of buttered bread, salty sunflower seeds, fermented apple sweetness, and those wild herbal hops. The aftertaste breathes strongly of the latter, with metallic adjuncts, light toasted grit, yeast, and mineral. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth on each sip, with a cooling coating left around the mouth. The herbal qualities leave additional bite and coolness, much like mint. There is little dryness or astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was uniqueness of the hops in both the aroma and the flavoring. The nose really wakes you up, taking you to a very foody, organic place in your thoughts. The flavoring follows suit exactly as you would expect, keeping nice continuity of flavor, and blend between everything that is going on. The feel is soft and slurpable, with the drinker left happy on all fronts.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:25:04 | More by TheBrewo
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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.