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

1,338 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 59
Gots: 94 | 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 jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a very nice copper color, no head, and mild carbonation with thin lacing around the edge.

Aroma is extremely mild with dominant caramel malt and a little bit of fruit-like hops in the background.

Taste is caramel, roasted toffee, cracker-like, has a mild hopped finish, and very well balanced. This reminds me more of an English style of ale, well balanced, not overly assertive, and very well balanced.

Finishes sweet with mild hopping, I have to concentrate to almost taste the hops. Medium body, smooth and sticky.

I'm not overly excited about this beer, it's O.K., nothing really special. However, compared to other ales, this one ranks in the upper tier. However, this might be a good one to draw non-craft beer drinkers into the fold.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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

Copper brown color with some decent head and lacing. Retention isn't much but the carbonation turns out pretty high. Nose is malty sweet with some toasted notes, but for a higher score I need more assertion. The flavor stands out above millions of others for the pleasingly fruity hops in add itiom to brown sugar and toast notes from the malting. Solid workmanlike mouthfeel, docked a tiny bit for the metallic carbonation factor. Easy sipper and not a bad little brew for being outside on a warm spring day ( yes it is spring in February in AZ).

Photo of tigg924
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of mikeborglum
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle: Nothing distinctive about the aroma; Very cloudy dark amber beer with a thin off-white head and lots of retention. Good balance but not real tasty, dry finish. Did not really impress my taste or any other senses and probably will not buy another.

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

I got this brew from whoneeds8 for winning SNF Squares Week 13. Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Mostly clear amber color with a white head that stayed as a layer and left spots of lacing behind.
The aroma is caramel malt with some floral/earthy hops.
Caramel malt taste upfront with a light touch of bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a smooth feel.
Goes down smooth and easy.

Photo of bob3701
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.

Photo of natelocc787
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll be blatant. I'm kind of disappointed. Ecerything I've tried from Anderson Valley except for theor oatmeal stout has been just okay. This amber ale is no exception. The appearance is superb with a dark orange amber color to the body and a light tan color to the head. great lacing as it hangs in foamy clumps in ringlets around the pint glass. Sweet malty nose with little hop character. More sweet malt in the taste, a little caramel and ripe orange, with a mild hop character. Kind of tasty, mellow for sure with a smooth creamy feel. Good beer but like their Hop Ottin' IPA nothing really made it stand apart from other examples.

Photo of Travlr
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber appearance with a fluffy white head and excellent lacing.
Smell was almost undetectable, maybe a faint whiff of cinnamon.
Taste was interesting and complex, starting off with sour orange and a bit of apricot, then with malt, and finishing with orange peel and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel was very good for an amber ale.
Nice session beer.

Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dran this from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

The beer pours a light amber that is very clear with a small white head that does not attribute to the experience with proper retention or lacing.

The aroma is light sweet hops. The taste is much the same, very light on the palate over all but very drinkable. This is an amber ale, nothing less nothing more.

Photo of beertunes
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly copper colored amber with about 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left good lacing.

A crisp, but typical, sweet malt aroma greets the nose with just a pleasant whiff of hops on the end. The flavors are typical for the style, just more well refined. As per usual for this style the malt is dominant, with that kiss of hops providing balance.

Body was well above average for the style, full and well rounded without being heavy. Drinkability is very good, much more enjoyable than most of the style. Overall, an excellent example of the style, highly recommended.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack from Trader Joe's on my last trip after 'bartering' for one of these at an airshow. I had cups and he had this beer. We both helped each other out. I've always considered Ambers to be mediocre beers, but this one stood out as being particularly tasty so I thought I'd give more a try. I pour the first beer of the pack into a pint glass to review.

Leaves just under an inch of frothy off white head. Copper in color. Transparent with good carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice layer of retention and solid sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

A well balanced ale with caramel malts, brown sugar, floral hops and hints of pine on the nose. Clean, well crafted.

Similar attributes as I detected in the nose. Quality ingredients superbly balanced.

Perfectly carbonated giving it a lively, crisp mouthfeel. Light to medium in body with a pleasant light caramel malt aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Photo of spencerw
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying this beer and I was really surprised how in line it was with its reviews. Very refreshing and would definitely drink this again and perhaps search for where it can be found in the bottle for purchase.

A - Dark Copper / Bronze full looking beverage with a nice thick head that faded quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - Light malt, caramel and a touch of dry fruitiness with a distinct hop sense.

T - Malty sugars, and a distant touch of floral hop.

M - Medium body beer that was very smooth and had a slight carbonation.

D - It's very refreshing, and extremely tasty. Leaves an aftertaste that was right in line with my preference.

If you haven't tried this Ale I would strongly recommend it. I rate this beer as one of the best Ales I've tried. Anderson Valley did a great job here.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with some faint hops in the distant background. Taste is also sweet and smooth with a medium body. A bit of sourness on the finish but the sweet, now honey-like malt is the star of the show. Lovely offering in a style that isn't my favorite.

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

Pours a deep copper color with a foamy, light tan head that is slow to fall. Decent lace.

Mild malt aroma with a thin hop background.

Metallic in taste with caramel malts. Obvious hop present.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth.

Easy drinking beer. Nice red ale but nothing spectacular.

Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but back label does have a blurb about the beer. Was a slightly hazy copper color. Slight carb and no lacing. It had an average sized tan head that settled into a collar and central wisps.

The aroma was caramel malt, metallic hops and a touch of fruit. Not my favorite style for aromas but this one was good for the style. The taste was malty and sweet up-front with some hops kicking in towards the end for a very slight bitter finish. Had a metallic after-taste which was a bit distracting. Mouthfeel was full with good carb levels.

Overall, a good to average beer that is good for the style. Glad to see AVBC here in Texas finally. Rotation: this isn't a style that I usually seek out so probably won't buy any six packs but could see drinking this on-tap as a change-up or best option.

Photo of apbarwood
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich coppery color with a respectable amount of lace, could have been a little showier but I'll take it. The aroma was decent, sweet malty character with an fruity quality in the background. The flavor was very well balanced and complex. Nice hop bitterness balanced by a malty sweetness. There was a fruitiness that was hard to pin down that was somewhere between apple juice and sweetened tea. Very pleasant overall and highly drinkable. I could see myself drinking this beer all night long.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant Amber Ale, lightly malty with clear carbonation.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Landscape Anderson Valley design with horned boont bear. Fair description around ingredients and craft quality. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, IBU's or gravity, showing Alc. by Vol. (5.8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Copper orange hue with a quick bubbly tanned head that fades away quickly leaving a minimal ring and no lacing.

S - Light maltiness, caramel and a touch of fruitiness.

T - Malty sugars, and a distant touch of floral hoppiness.

M - Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation that takes command during most of the drink.

D - It's nicely drinkable in a refreshing, and fairly tasty manner without being too light and with enough flavor to make it attractive.

Notes: A nice amber ale, too carbonated for my liking but a good brew. I must recognize that typically this is not a style of beer that I go after when having other choices so I'm not too passionate about them and tend not to rate them very highly.

Photo of Drew966
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boont Amber Ale poured a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Caramel malt and floral hops dominate both the nose and the flavor. This beer is quite nicely balanced, really a very enjoyable session beer that I could drink all night.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber-brown color with a thin beige head. Retention is not all that great, but does form a nice collar and leaves some lace patches. The beer color is great, but the foam characteristics are not very impressive.

Caramel apples come to mind upon sniffing this beer. Tart fruitiness mixes with a sweet, toasty malt aroma and a bit of citric and tropical hoppiness. Interesting smelling amber ale, for sure.

Distinctive AV malt nuttiness and bready yeast with a bit of sweetness and toast. Plenty of grassy hop flavor pervades the beer for a nice clean finish. The more I drink of this beer the better it gets, one of the best American amber ales I have had.

Photo of gunnerman
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours an amber color with a foamy white head which leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is of sweet roasted malt with hints of caramel in the nose. Taste is smooth and sweet with a bit of hops towards the finish, not overwhelming but subtle. Overall a good offering and one that I will purchase again.

Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is largely made up of caramel malts and a touch of hops. A little on the faint side, but still good.

T- The aroma is very smooth and malty with a touch of bitterness in the finish from the hops. Not bad, but a little lighter than expected.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Boont Amber Ale is a decent brew but I am a little let down after reading so many great reviews. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad but not great either. I'd put it at about average when compared to other Ambers.

Photo of elniko
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. This brewery just arrived in the Metroplex.

A: Copper amber coloring with somewhat minimal head but very prevalent lacing. Good looking brew.

S: I get some malty, caramel tones but I also pick up fruit characteristics as well.

T & M: Rather light bodied for an amber. Caramel apparent apparent early on but quickly melds into some of fruity qualities that I got in the nose. Finish has nice just slightly bitter, crisp qualities that lingers on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable, a lighter amber that is a definite summer drinker. I'm looking forward to trying other brews from Anderson Valley.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass red-brown with a nice white head that lasts. Scents of carmelized malts hit the nose. The taste is there, but it isn't anything spectacular. Not much of a hop flavor to it, much like it should be. But the carmel from the nose isn't translated to the tounge. In fact there is some odd after taste, not offensive but not normal. I would like to see some more carmeled fruit flavor from this beer. The mouthfeel is fine, nice carbonation and consistency. Overall, this isn't a bad session beer. But it's nothing more, nothing less.

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.