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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,306 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,306
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 57
Gots: 84 | 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 Lexluthor33
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with a reddish highlights with a generous head and lace.
The aroma of fruits and floral hops.

The taste of sweet malts,hops and hints of fruit and caramel.

The feel was light-heavyweight with medium carbonation and overall above average balance. Some mild bitterness and grains in the finish.

Notes: A really well balanced beer with great malt character and sufficient amount of hops. A pick me up beer if I ever had one.

Lexluthor33, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland.

The appearance is a nice amber tone with a one finger head.
Smell is faint hops, some citrus, like lemon. Sipping it, the taste is malty, a bit sweet, but well balanced with some hops coming through as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, barely bitter, this amber comes across well on the tongue. Drinkability is good as well, and I was happy to finally have a beer from what the cap states :
"solar powered brewery". I had read many positive reviews on Anderson Valley in the past.

mltobin, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice copper color with a nice head and a ring and nice lacing..this is its best attribute of the ale and then its all downhill....the smell is soapy taste differennt and malty and not that appealing it has malts and bready biscuit tones.... the taste is a bitter malt not sweet and not much in the hops smell..the taste is the same its ok but not a nice sweet malt with some nice bitter hops followed by some bready nutty flavors... it just was not there... think troegs or bells amber beers..this one is drinkable and ok i just wont buy it again to many other ambers and pales and ipas to mess with this one.. not recommended

gatornation, May 31, 2009
Photo of teejay76
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured crystal clear amber with an minimal layer of an off-white colored head.

Smell - Had me worried because it had a citrus/soapy aroma with minimal hops.

Taste - However, the taste clearly didn't match the aroma because it was delicious. Definite malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - Decent balance between hops and carbonation. Refreshing...

Drinkability - Overall, I really liked this and would recommend to friends.

teejay76, May 20, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second really good amber ale that I've had in a week! The deep color of molasses makes this brew mouthwatering. The drinkability of this beer between the mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, and nice hop immediately makes it one of my favorites this spring. The smell off of the pint is slightly sweet but otherwise indescript. I woudl compare this brew to a mild APA in terms of flavor and drinkability. It's A Good One!

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 01, 2009
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.

Offa, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown orange with a cream head.

The aroma is funky and sweet. Tons of brown sugar and a touch of yeast. I get no hops whatever.

The taste is a good balance of malts and hops. It feels somewhat chewy in the mouth, and the carbonation is bit sharp. As with the nose, the malts are a pronounced brown sugar. The hops are a little resinous but don't add much flavor; they do serve well to round out the brew with some bitterness, however.

Overall it's a tad too sweet for my liking, but it's a solid brew. Not a stand out, but solid.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of originalsin
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The pour is a slightly transparent dark copper...like an old rusty penny almost. About 1/4 inch of head materializes quickly and disappears not nearly as fast....It laces well along the glass on the way down.

S- Dominated by caramel malt with a few tinges of citrus and pine in there. It smells just a little bit sweet.

T- This is a really clean and light tasting amber ale. Much more so than I expected. There's some caramel malt on the tongue and otherwise it's really just clean and nothing all that spectacular.

M- This has a great light mouthfeel.

D- And it goes down oh so easy.

originalsin, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a copper red. A finger of creamy head developed on top and dissipated to a thin lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts with grapefruit citrus and a slight touch of pine.

Taste: Very clean and crisp. The caramel dominates, and the citrus is reminiscent of grapefruit and cara cara oranges. The hops are well balanced with the malts and not overly bitter, as I was expecting.

Drinkability: Boont Amber Ale is a very impressive. It's even and well flavored, definitely the best amber I've tried.

TheQuietMan22, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark copper body...very little head...not exploding as the bottle states...but the head managed some lacing

S - Notes of caramel and citrus hops catch the nose

T - I was expecting this beer to lend its hand to the malt side...but I was surprised when I found this beer to be evenly rounded...yes the sweet, roasted malt character is present in the foreground...but you get that nice hop flavor at the end...not too bitter because the malts come back and produce that caramel flavor

M - Medium body...creamy yet crisp

D - This is a good beer...my first offering from Anderson Valley and I think this could easily be enjoyed in a session

thain709, Apr 06, 2009
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.

stewart124, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this bomber, shared w/ abru17, mughugger, HombreWing and BitterBeerFace. poured into a standard pint chilled.

A - A beautiful amber bordering on copper with a straight cream colored head w/ average thickness and the lacing is good. The clarity is great and the beer is eye-catching

S- The yeast is very fruity and the hops follow suit. I would guess the malt has a lot to do with the aroma since there is a mild caramel cream note that emanates

M - crisp, but also sweet enough with a nice medium body

T - The flavor is better than most ambers I have tasted. I don't usually get into this style, but the hops have and yeast have an english influence and really complement the toasty aspects and sweetness of the malt

D - I really applaud the restraint in this ale, it does get overly hopped for the style and I could have gone for another bomber honestly. The freshness has a lot to do with my review I am sure since Anderson Valley beer travels and sits in PA whereas this was sent directly from CA by Josh - thanks again.

Slatetank, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a nice amber/orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt and lots of raspberries. Flavor is quite sweet and fruity too with almost a juice-like quality. Lots of apple and light fruits. Pleasant and easy to drink. A nice amber.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date that I was able to find. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big light tan head. Reddish brown in color. Slightly hazy. Pretty good head retention.

Smell: Faint hoppy grapefruit aroma. Bigger caramel maltiness than you find in most amber ales.

Taste: Once again, small grapefruit bitterness, bigger than average maltiness.

BierFan, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an off copper color, amber. Has an off white head, biege, with lacing and lots of action.

Caramel malt is dominate with some esters.

Nice malt taste, resinous, and has some sweet tea, maybe eyewater, flavor. The finish lingers the malt with a hint of the hop esters that is difficult to describe, maybe cola.

Light to medium bodied resinous palate with soft carbonation.

Very drinkable diffently a session beer or even a session starter.

Troyone, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a darker amber with slight white head. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells very malty

T: Tastes malty too with some nuttiness

M: very full bodied

D: easy to drink, but i'm not sold on the flavor

dukedevil0, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a medium golden brown with a reddish hue. Not a lot of foam when poured and no lace at all. The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste of hops was a little over powering. The hop flavor over powered the other flavors of fruit and spices that could have been. If you like a mild hop flavor with just a bit of tartness and bitterness, you'll like this Amber Ale!

BeerManDan, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head immediately on the pour, mainly larger bubbles glued together by smaller ones, average plus lacing. Classic amber red color, just about fully transparent, slight fade to yellow-orange at the rims. Very approachable nose of pink grapefruit and tangerine juice, chamomile tea, hard caramel candy, as it warms you get more caramelized brown sugar, that said, balanced enough that you detect no favoritism between hops or malts. Medium-bodied, its unassuming serenity momentarily overshadowed by frothy carbonation through the attack. After that, it's fair shares of pink grapefruit, orange citrus, wildflowers, minerals, brown sugar and chocolate taffy. No unnecessary bite in the grain, oat components, and breadiness has a taken out of the oven a couple of minutes too early feel. Don't think of it as a wimp, though, stiffens nicely through the finish. Drinks smoothly while you always know it's there.

farrago, Feb 08, 2009
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!!!

BermahOne, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Grandwazoo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish red with a decent head

Nose of toasted malts and frsh pine with a hint of vanilla

A very forward taste with berry and vanilla that dissolves into a mildly smokey caramel that lingers with just enough sweetness to be pleasant. I'm drinking this on a very cold winter evening, and am thinking it would be superb on a warm fall evening

Grandwazoo, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice amber ale from Anderson Valle. Pours a nice, light copper colour and a brown-cream head.

Malty caramel scent, hints of dough and fresh baked bread. Slight hop presence comes off as citrus, fresh cut grass.

Rich caramel and malt taste - low hop profile. Faint hints of bread and dough.

Decent carbonation, but a times a bit over done. Big bottle size with a slightly higher than average ABV makes this a borderline session ale.

BDTyre, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Honey Amber with a big frothy head that pits and lingers. Nice lacing.

S - Sweet malt, biscuit and caramel.

T - Follows the smell without a lot punch. This isn't a bad thing though. Citrusy hop in the finish. Extremely well balanced. Very impressed with the subtleness of this beer.

M - hop oily which is kind of odd as it isn't very hoppy.

D - Legendary session beer.

xhcadamx, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Appearance: A coppery orange color that had a one finger head. There is carbonation in the beer. The head dissipated to a quarter inch and it is slightly foamy. The beers clarity is slightly hazy, probably from dry hopping. The carbonation bubbles are forming a slightly foamy lily pads on the beer.

Nose: A nice maltiness, with citrus, and floral esters. There is a hint of caramel and a sweetness.

Taste: A malty sweetness with a citrus and floral notes. There are also notes of caramel.

Overall: The beer has an astringent and a moderate carbonation for the mouth feel. The finish is bitter but lingers on the palate for a few moments. This is a very good amber ale. I have tried a few others amber ales but this one so far is one of the better one. I like the balance of the beers malt to the hops. The only thing that I feel is it didn't have head retention.

colts9016, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Full 1 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malts, a little hop, and some fruity aroma. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, and low carbonation. Initial hops bitterness (light in nature) quickly gives way to a sweet malt. Initial aftertaste is of a fruity flavor that gives way to a strong malt flavor. Body is just right, not watery and not too overpowering. Only complaint would be that it is a touch to sweet for my tastes, but overall a really good beer.

Tone, Jan 07, 2009
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.