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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,182 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 48
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a nice dark amber with loads of lacey head taht overflows. Pleasant malty aroma. Easy drinker,nicely lightly toasted, lightly hopped. Something you can drink anytime. Carbonation was right there, initially strong but nowhere impeding drinkability or mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:22:50 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a 1 inch off white head that fades to a small cap. There is decent ring lacing present.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity essence.

T - Sweet and toasty malts, fruit notes, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Good carbonation give the beer a very smooth and drinkable beer.

D - Very tasty beer that I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 07:17:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-03-2014 21:40:48 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orange-tinted amber with a good beige head. Lacing is pretty decent.

S: Malt of the caramel variety is the most-prevalent smell to me. Some hops in addition to some sugary smells.

T: Quite sweet. Going along with the caramel malt is a tiny bit of spice in addition to amber sweetness and some mild fruity flavors.

M: The body is rather full for an amber, and is quite smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, though nothing spectacular. As the review indicates, pretty much everything was "good." Everything above average, but nothing particularly excellent. Still, one of the better examples of the style that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 23:22:31 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

This is one serious looking amber ale. In fact, it isn't amber at all, but is orange-copper with a few paper-thin flakes suspended within. The head is pastel orange-tinted beige in color and is firm and tacky. I've seen better lace, but the beer itself looks mighty nice. Pleasant nose of caramel malt, light brown sugar and fruity hops.

The flavor is brown sugar sweet, toasted malty, overripe apple fruity and mildly spicy. It all works well together and is assertive enough to stand out from the crowd. The fruity, earthy hops wait until mid-mouthful to join the party, never quite overtaking the heavily toasted caramel. The finish lingers, thanks in part to a firm, medium-full body that keeps the beer on the taste buds long enough to make a favorable impression.

Boont Amber Ale is another goodun' from Anderson Valley. While not stupendous, it is solid across the board and earns my seal of approval. Come to think of it, maybe those flaky floaters were boont.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 22:18:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops.
T: There is a substantial amount of malty sweetness with flavors of caramel and nuts in the initial taste; the sweetness becomes less apparent towards the finish. No bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink, especially if you like ones that are sweet but not cloying, but I’m not sure if I could have more than one of these in a sitting because it does feel a bit filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:21:16 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber color with a foamy head that leaves dots of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Very nice caramel malt bouquet

Taste: Starts out rather fruity with apples and pears, but quickly dives into more robust flavors, both malty and hoppy; finishes rather sweet with some metallic hop bitterness - the beer really benefits from some warming as it displays very little flavor when it is cold

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied, just a touch oily; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent amber that leans to the sweet side; would benefit from a more balanced hop profile

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:22:35 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-14-2011 04:12:48 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review from bottle, September 03, 09: The beer has a soft caramel, medium fruity flavor and aroma, and a mild toast character that balances very well with piney hops. The beauty in the beer is that it doesn't favor the hops nor the malts.

My impression of an amber ale is that of a weak brown ale. Nevertheless, this one pretty safe. Looks nicely of a red with some copper hues. Big bubbles and nice lacing. Aromatic on the side of malt, almonds, caramel, and thin molassas. Tastes much the same with some toasty and yeasty characters. Low hop flavor and bitter; could be amped up a bit. Finishes mildly sweet and lingering. Low but present alcohol flavors. This beer has no real stand-out characters, but is well balanced for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 15:04:47 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-20-2013 22:43:14 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a wonderfully clear amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee malts come through first. There is a strong bread character and a nice toastiness to it. Slightly creamy from all the caramel. A mild note of earthy and floral hops.

T: Mildly hoppy and bitter with most of the hop character coming in the form of floral and earthy hops. Sweet toasted bread along with the expected flavors of caramel and toffee.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: One of the first ambers that I tried and still always a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:21:26 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2013 13:47:47 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

Single finger head with nice retention. Lots of lacing. Murky brown with golden hues body.

S: very floral. The floral aroma pretty much dominates.

T: floral and malty with a peppermint note primarily in the finish. Malt is in the background.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall very floral which dominates this brew. Basically if you like floral beers you will enjoy this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 04:32:56 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-17-2013 05:51:40 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 05:54:35 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Another Thursday, another random bottle at the weekly Bliss tasting. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, caramel, very light pine, and a few crumbs of sourdough. The taste holds notes of caramel, orange rind, light lemon zest, light pine, and rye bread. These all come together in a pleasant, balanced flavor. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamy feel. Overall, a tasty, well-balanced brew. Right on.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 19:12:56 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy copper color with a tan, bubbly/soapy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Wow, did this smell floral! Also notes of hops and caramel malt.

T - It tasted fruity and sweet. Very floral tasting with hoppiness. Also, a nice blend of carmael malts.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice amber beer. The smell was really surprising.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 03:21:21 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

A 16oz pint, pre-luau, at the Yard House in wily Waikiki. Our choice of wedding day attire is definitely drawing stares, smiles, and evidently stellar service!

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a broad swath of interlaced vine lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of vanilla cream, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, apple pie, wet pine needles, over-steeped tea leaf, a touch of oily nuttiness, and further citrusy, earthy hops. The taste is zingy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity sourdough, more simmering apple and pear fruitiness, slick wet grass, a small metallic flintiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, perhaps a bit peppy here and there, the body a timid medium weight, and everyman smooth, with an attendant airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, with a slightly edgy caramel sweetness, stalled orchard fruit, and subtle musty, earthy, and citrusy hop notes.

A decent enough amber ale, one that rises above the standard riff-raff - so prevalent across our two countries' brewing output - but doesn't fly too high, hop-wise, as this is no typical California red ale Icarus. Easy to drink, then, if well-rendered malt and fruit esters are your thing - me - I'm in the US of A, and will shortly be seeking out something to address the buildup of enamel on my teeth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 03:02:33 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-08-2013 19:23:00 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a basic amber ale, Anderson Valley really delivers with this one! The combination of fruit and malt is exquisite!

It pours a ruddy amber with a crimson and orange cast beneath a frothy head of antique white foam. The head retention could be better, and it leaves only minor lacing.

The nose, however, is beautiful with a combination of rich, bready and gently caramelish malt, and floral and leafy hops.

It's full-medium bodied and dextrinous-smooth in the mouth with a median carbonation that leaves it creamy.

The flavor follows through with the same full maltiness, expressing toffee and sweet bread, and perhaps, even a subtle nuttiness. Brilliant fruit (summer berries) runs throughout it, and some floral hops accentuate it from behind. It's really quite delicious and satiating! A solid bitterness anchors it tightly, and although the dextrinous malt may seem at time like it'll just take off and fly, it's never swayed.

Excellent! Worth seeking out! Very unique in its maltiness!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 15:50:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a reasonably clear, amber-brown body. The head sticks around very well and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Pungent pine and citrus hops with some toffee and caramel malt notes in the background.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a little bit of orange and grapefruit citrus character. The malt intensifies in the middle with some toffee and perhaps a hint of unrefined sugar. Things finish up with another burst of citrus hops that brings with it a moderate level of bitterness to push back against the doughy malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is one of the best amber ales out there. There is an excellent balance between the citrusy hops and amber malt such that both are full flavored aspects of the beer but neither one every feels excessive or unbalanced. The hop aroma is particularly nice for a beer of this style and strength. I particularly like the way the orange flavors of the hops work with the toffee in the malt profile to lend the beer a refreshing, but substantial quality. A great beer and well worth seeking out when it is fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 22:33:04 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clouded amber. Nose use malty with some caramel. Flavor is wads of caramel. Malt on the backside. Nice and thick. Robust and lasts for a while. Heavy, heavy caramel though. Real smooth feel on all ends. Nice to drink. Well bodied and consistent. A good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 05:05:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit and a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and fruit. Then a hearty malt character and a decent hops presence come to bring some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, overall it's just a mediocre beer, nothing outstanding but nothing awful either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 17:03:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 10:53:39 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy head, and a dark coppery color. Questions of style heredity swim around my brain. Is it an American version of German altbier, or English bitter? They already have an example of the latter, but, no matter...
Aroma is soft, citrusy, but mild. Good hops, good bite and texture, adequate malt, light body, very smooth and easy to drink. Some dischord in the finish. Altogether fine, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 21:04:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.