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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 53
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

zeff80, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a reddish gold with about a 1/2 inch head of foam. The foam doesn't hang around for very long and there's not much lacing.

The smell is of caramel malt and hop bitterness and is about equal in proportion.

The taste is of caramel malt, roasted malt, some bread, and midway through and through the finish, there's a nice hop bite that gives a nice balance to the over all flavour but it's still slightly on the sweet side and, for me, it works nicely. Amber/Reds that are tasty enough to keep me interested for the entire session aren't all that easy to find for my palate but this one fits the bill. I recommend it because it's tasty and it's a good brew to session.

Bitterbill, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Pours a light copper color with an off white head. Hops is noticeable in the pour but the aroma doesn't linger. Taste is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is medium with light carbonation, while drinkability is high because of the smoothness of the finish and the nice malty sweetness.

bradybeer, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of jwolfie70
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Poured an amber red, with a decent off white head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is also of piney hops, with some caramel, roasted malt flavor coming through. An enjoyable brew, which fortunately for me is readily available in Northern California.

jwolfie70, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Ikhoudvanbier
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a pint glass producing minimal head. Dark reddish orange in color. Subtle floral hop aroma becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. Bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Well balanced with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and dry finish. This would qualify as a pleasant session beer. One of the best American Amber ales I have tasted.

Ikhoudvanbier, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Poured a ruby-orange color with a 1 finger off white creamy head.

S: great aroma of sweet malt with nice citrusy tang.

T: For flavor there was a sweet caramel presence along with some fruitiness (apples) and citrusy hopping (grapefruit). Nicely hopped for an American amber. The flavor overall was very clean and sweet per style. It finished with a lemony hop tang that is sharp and pronounced.

M: The mouthful was light and a little thin but rich in flavor.

D: Very good drinkability, nicely carbonated and one you could easily drink all night.

beerthulhu, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt, caramel, grain/bread, brown sugar and a bit of hops. A nice malty aroma overall. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a noticable nutty taste and a lingering slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit chewy and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good too, I found myself picking up my glass for another drink quicker than I thought. If in the mood, I could have this as a session beer. Overall I think this is a good all around brew, I'll have to pick this up again in the future.

bluejacket74, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a dark caramel color with a nice off white head. Smell at first is of mostly hops and a touch of caramel like sweetness. A very nice balanced smell. Taste is definitely more malty at first and overall tastes nice, and balanced. As it warms, the mild hop flavor dissipates somewhat and becomes more of a backdrop to the big caramel creamy taste. Definitely changes as it warms a bit. Overall a good rich amber.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Boont Amber is a darker copper with a massive ivory head that's a bit rocky and leaves fairly heavy lace.

Smell is bready and generic hops.

Taste is very bready, toasted malt, fairly smooth with a slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel is a bit crispy, average body.

Drinkability is about average, this one is fine but pretty indistinct.

ccrida, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

This one was one of the first beers that got me into craft beers, it was one of my favorites as I explored the beer world and I have not had one in about a year or so. I hope it's still as good as I thought it was.

Pours almost a muddy brown color with a tinge of orange. About a half inch foam forms as I pour into my pint glass and it quickly falls to a thin layer.

It has a nice toasted malt character with lots of dark fruits surprisingly, I do not recall it smelling like that. Sweet potato and caramel, sweet dates, raisins, ripe figs and maybe little bit of smoke. A little nutty as well.

A more subtle dark fruit presence is detected in the taste. Toasted bread and a bit of caramel as well. Very little bitterness in the finish.

Well carbonated and very good mouthfeel. I still believe this one is among the best amber ales out there.

seaoflament, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

This was one of those beers that I would see all the time, but not buy it because I can buy it any time I want. It will always be there, so look for something else that might not be around next time I am at the store. I finally tried it like a month ago, and have had once a week since.

22 oz bottle, poured into my DT Noel tulip (aka, my only clean glass)

A- Coppery red/orange with a slight haze. 1/2" off white head that slowly dissipates to a fine foam covering.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, light raisin. mmmm I like.

T- Slight roasty biscuits, creamy caramel. A quick touch of bitter at the end. With a long lasting flavor.

M- Light smooth feel with fine carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable, love the creamy caramel. Excellant change of pace for my hop heavy rotation.

m1ked, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

i have no clever intro for tonight, so on to the beer:

The beer settles in the glass a chill hazed orange color with an adequate compact head. This is a nice little treat in a glass. This ale leans towards the malty side with a kiss of tea-like hops. Actually, the flavor from the maltiness reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfestbier, and like that beer, this can be quaffed with ease despite an alcohol level that's just a little heavier than normal.

DoubleJ, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +7%

One of the beers that started my love of craft beers. I remember buying this in the mid-90's in Fargo and then Anderson Valley disappeared for awhile in Minnesota and now it is back...

A-Deep Orange/amber colored....slightly hazed....s

S-Sweet and malty...caramel....and light floral hop notes.

T-Caramel maltiness...floral hops compliment perfectly....

M-At first I thought it was a little light in the shorts but after further review it is about perfect for the style...rounded mouthfeel add weight to the body....smooth and almost creamy..

D-The memory remains the same....great drinking amber ale with character and flavor.

ZAP, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured the Boont into the pint glass and it had a one finger head with some retention. It left tiny sudsy bubbles on the side of the glass. It had no freshness date.

The aroma was of honey and caramel. The taste was well balanced between the malt and the hops. I thought it finished nice on the hop side which gave it a fresh taste. You can taste the caramel thru the drink and it was soft on the palate. Very enjoyable amber.

cswhitehorse, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

12oz from the Boise Coop for about $1.60... shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint. Listening to Donald Glaude Live a Ruby Skye.

An only slightly hazy deep orange brew.. topped by a shortlasing eggshell head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is prevalent toasty carmel malts with just a touch of brown sugar... subdued citrus and earthy hops.... smell is nice... sorta nutty.

Flavor is malty sweetness.. toasted biscuits.. topped with lite caramel sugar... just enough bitterness to be very well balanced... a little fruitiness and a lingering balanced grassy hoppiness with the toasted malt notes.... flavor is very good... more nuttiness (victory?) A little viscous for the style but the carbonation helps clean the palate nicely.

Boont Amber has for years been a fridge staple when I am on an amber kick... and is always the brew I try and emulate when I make an amber homebrew. A very good brew from a very good brewing company.

JohnGalt1, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of aquaderek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the bottle into tasting glass. Amber/orange in color 1" head which dissapates quickly to 1/4". Grapefruity nose with slight sweet carmel malt, pretty faint. The taste is forwardly malty with slight hoppy bite on the finish. The mouthfeel has nice carbonation slighty chewy, but still refreshing. I could drink a couple of these large beers in a sitting.

aquaderek, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Had in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The drink settled with a murky, amber-like appearance. The smells of malty spices with some citrus were most apparent in this drink. The ale had a perfect balance between citrus flavors and bitter-sweet flavors. It had a great carbonation to it, making it pretty refreshing. In general, this one heck of a good amber ale.

fitzy84, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with a tan head. Aromas that consist of grapefruity hops. In the taste, grapefruity/ citrus hops and a nice sweet maltiness. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry maltiness with a sticky-sweet aftertaste. Quite hoppy for an amber, but nice and easy.

OWSLEY069, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of praufs01
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance – Cloudy light brown that appears as a dark copper when held to the light. Huge tan creamy head is also visually pleasing.

Aroma – A beautiful sweet floral hop smell.

Palate – Although the carbonation is lively the experience is smooth.

Flavor – Smooth earthy taste with a light hop bite in the finish.

Final thoughts – There are a lot of subtle flavors in this brew indicating a high degree of complexity. This is one that I would like to try at a variety of temperatures.

praufs01, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of genog
2.17/5  rDev -43.3%

Pours a dark amber color with a slim amount of off white fluffy head. Very little lacing left behind on this one.
Smell is of sweet malt, some grapes and raisin in the aroma as well. Taste is of grapes, and prune juice. I had to taste again and yep, I really did not like the flavor. Mouthfeeling is crisp, but does not make up for the flavor. I have no idea what was going on with this one.

genog, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Surprisingly good Red Ale. Pours a clear coppery, amber color with a nice size off white head. The head shrinks down to a covering of the top of the glass. Lacing is fairly thick.Aroma is fairly pronounced, gives an indication of a hops / malt balance. Taste is very good. There is a nice balance between sweet malts (caramel?) and Celebration Ale style resin/pine hops. The hops flavor is stronger, but nothing jumps out at you. A nicely balanced beer. Mouthfeel is rich enough, a touch of Celebration Ale style resin / oiliness but nothing as pronounced as a good West Coast IPA. This is a well balance (for a hophead), crisp and tasty beer. Just right as a session beer and more than worthy to be savored for its own sake out on my deck. A very nice take on Amber Ale.

JayQue, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of Mryup
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Copper/Red with orange and brown highlights. Nice head initially that doesn't last long.

S: Caramel malt barley. Some fruit in the background....raisins?

T: Very mild and smooth. The balance is pretty good with the flavors well melded. Caramel malt. A slight hint of skunkiness and it almost feels like a meld with a Belgium/German lager. Weird?

M: Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Too much carbonation but smooth.

D: Excellant.

Overall a very good amber ale and definitely worth trying. Not my favorite but if someone said it was it wouldn't surprise me.

Mryup, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of tapman
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a dark, dark cherry, yet pretty translucent. The tan head is pervassive in its consistency.

Smells of sweet malts mixed with young, grassy hops.

Taste is super sweet caramel and toffee barley malts. Seriously, this brew sis malt heaven for an amber ale. The hops are grassy, which is treated differently with addition of so much sweetness. This brew is definetly for the sweettooths out there, like me.

Mouthfeel is begins with a smooth carbonation that is not too bright with a nice texture to the body. Perhaps the thicker body comes fom all f he sugar?

Quite drinkable. I love Bell's, don't get me wrong, but teir amber ale, like many others, is very grassy and tangy with the hops. The extremely sweet malts balance this out like no other amber ale I've had in a while. Delicious.

tapman, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Served a mostly crisp amber with a diminishing head. The aroma was burnt caramel and earthy pine hops. The taste was an interesting blend of sweet and caramel malts with some underlying citrus hops. The beer was light bodied with low carbonation. This was an enjoyable beer, but I would likely almost always pass it for something else.

atsprings, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +4.4%

One of my favorite amber ales, I'm always happy to see it on tap at Yardhouse.

Deep coppery amber, nice inch or two head that lasts a while. Smell is loaded with hops, floral aromas, and a hint of maltiness to come. Taste is complex, mouthfeel might be a tad thin, but there's enough complexity to have you savoring every sip.

It's just not the same out of the bottle, which is a shame.

Overlord, Sep 18, 2007
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,236 ratings.