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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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very good

1,366 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 61
Gots: 111 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with one finger of sticky off white head.

Scent of sweet caramel, fresh bread, and a touch of spicy, grassy hops. Nicely balanced, and more hoppy than I was expecting.

Taste of caramel, fresh bread, and spicy, leafy hops. A simple, and damn tasty Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily with low carbonation; feels like it is missing something.

Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new addition to the craft beer in can revolution, I am liking this! Poured into a pint glass.

A: appears a deep auburn with a fluffy beige head, good retention, lots of lacing

S:lots of sweet malts, notes of caramel and toffee, some zesty hops, everything seems pretty tame except maybe a little heavy on the sweetness

T:the sweetness shows up in the front with caramel and grainy notes, this is followed by a notable punch of zest from the hops with lemon notes, the finish is crisp

MF: smooth body,refreshing, easy drinking, great summer brew

D: great drinkable beer, goes down easy, not too bold with the flavors, leans a little sweeter than my liking but a solid brew nonetheless

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber red with touches of deep honey. Head is thick, creamy and stands for quite a while at about an inch an a half above the beer, leaving behind a nice lattice work of lacing on the way down into the glass.

S: Decently malty with touches of fresh baked cookie and biscuit but with a healthy amount of hops tossed on top which adds a earthy and piny spiciness to everything. Seems quite fresh coming out of the can.

T/MF: Loads of cookie and biscuit sweetness which dovetails into an earthy/nutty hop bitterness midway through then finishing soft, slightly jammy finish.

D: An unassuming beer, delivers what it promises with a good balance stuck between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A good beer, just wanting more. I guess I am spoiled a bit and can't appreciate the subtleties this beer has to offer but I knows what I like and this beer could stand to have a bit more of that.

Photo of gruberbeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on its own in the summer in the late afternoon. Probably a bit better with something salty, maybe pretzels. It was a bit sweet, soft and foamy in the mouth, easy to drink. If it's on sale, then buy it. Otherwise, go for one of your sure favorites.

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

Poured amber gold into a pint glass, with one finger of white head, and above average lacing. The aroma consisted of apple, molasses, and crisply floral hops. The flavor was more pronounced, with apple, pear, and molasses all coming to the fore, and finishing on a crisp dry apple note. Thin and mildly carbonated, this beer had a very easy feel on the palate. Very sessionable; excellent summertime alternative.

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

Pours a clear orangish/amber with a thin tan head. Smell is a hint of citrus fruit and toasted malt. Taste is herbal and citrusy hops up front, with a smooth toasted bread middle, and a earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, smooth and refreshing, and the Alcohol isnt too high.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My can runneth over when opened. I poured the liquid quickly into the glass which produced a four-finger head. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving ring lace along the way. The beer is dark copper in color with a slight chill haze.

Crystal malt aroma with some definitive sweetness (similar to brown sugar). Slightly metallic, but I'm sure it's not from the can. There's a touch of hop in the nose as the head settles.

The flavor is slightly sweet as if this beer was underfermented. The body also reflects this, coating my tongue from sip to swallow. There's a mild lactose element in the aftertaste. This is a malty offering where there is nearly no hoppy bitterness.

Photo of smanders
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer on the beach in La Jolla while enjoying a dinner of spinach and feta chicken sausage, salad, and, of course, perfect climate conditions. A dark amber, almost red color, with a light colored head. Floral, almost fruity scents for a very smooth beer that starts with a malty sweetness and is well balanced by not-overpowering hops. You could easily polish off a 6'er of this while enjoying good waves, good food, and great friends.


Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Woot, I haven't reviewed many canned beers, gotta get around to them.

A- Pours a very nice deep ruby red. The head is off-white and foams up to a steady two finger height. It is fairly frothy looking and has very good retention. Spots of lace on the glass from a persistent, frothy pillow. Becomes a bit weak as it warms and I consume more.

S- Good strength, seems fresh upon opening. A good amount of caramel malt. Hops are definitely there and lend a large fruit (apple, white grape, peach) presence to the aroma. I would classify this as a great balance between malt and hops. Some earthy and slight grassy hints as well.

T- Certainly reminds me of lighter fruit juice like white grape and slightly apple. There is definitely some citrus peel hop notes to it as well. Light, somewhat caramel malt situates it underneath the light fruit hops. Low bitters and slight earthy/grassy notes too. The fading effect takes place and the aroma and taste lose some of that good light fruitiness toward the end of the glass, resulting in a more standard caramel malt amber.

MF- Carbonation is moderate and so is the actual body of the beer. Bitterness hits the palate somewhat as it is coated with light fruit and malt flavors. The body is a bit too watery but not overly so considering it isn't a huge beer.

DB- Love the looks of this can. A great looking beer with good flavor and aroma. The light fruit taste is very nice over the slight caramel malt. Could use some body but Anderson Valley seems to be a consistently good buy. The first half of the glass was great but the second half was faded and inconsistent.

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

12 oz. can with no freshness date. It is good to see more beers packaged in cans. This ale tasted fresher from the can than I remember from the bottle. The ale poured a clear, reddish brown with a quarter inch slightly off-white head.

There is a noticeable malty, sweet flavor; almost a hint of molasses.

This is a more malt accented amber ale with the sweetness of the malt attacking the palate while never becoming cloying. This is extremely refreshing with just the right amount of hops. There is a very pleasant lingering sweetness in the mouth.

The ale is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and coats the mouth with malty flavors. It is quite similar to Bell's Amber, only more carbonated.

A very solid offering from AVBC - this ale is balanced and extremely drinkable. This is ideal for any season.

Photo of parris
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber color, huge head, I had to let it settle half way through the pour. Looks pretty light on the carbonation.

Hops are citrusy on the nose, not malty at all, not overwhelming either.

Citrus up front, followed by graham cracker. Delish. It might just be novelty, but this a really good beer. A subtle bitter on the finish.

Light body, smooth carbonation, mouthfeel is as expected.

Tasty, but probably not super drinkable over a long period. On an overall scale it's "meh" for drinkability, for an amber it's pretty good. IMHO.

Photo of boss302
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley, Boont Amber Ale, draft

A This beer is a nice copper color, clear, but lacks a head. There is no lacing at all.

S. Earthy hop aroma. A little sweetness, but not much else. Kind of blah, but this is probably due to the lack of head.

T Malty with a little caramel and a good hop balance. Smooth and the carbonation level seems to be right, not sure why no head. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M Medium body, good carbonation, good balance.

O No one flavor stands out. This a very easy beer to drink one after another. I could make this a regular event.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I was stranded on an island somewhere. and could have only one beer to drink. This is definitely a beer I would consider. I find it extremely drinkable, quenching, and continuously desirable. I think it is the best on the Anderson Valley line up. Although I do enjoy the others.

I love my variety, but I also really love this beer.

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

I CANnot tell a lie - even though I am apparently the first to do so, I really am reviewing this beer from a CAN! It's all part of the CANQuest, doncha know?

The first thing that I noticed upon cracking the CAN open was that it was filled right to the brim! I have noticed this phenomenon in more than one CANned craft beer, but not so much in the macros. Is it possible that different sizes of CANs are being used, or perhaps the micro-CANners are giving their patrons a little extra ... ? Hmmm. My pour created two fingers' worth of rocky light-tan head that was exploding with CO2 bubbles. The beer's color was a coppery-red, like a new penny, with NE-quality clarity. The nose was immediately malty sweet, but underlain with a piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium and I caught a good bit of malty sweetness on the tongue and in the mouth. Finish was initially minty with hops, giving way on the extreme finish to a lingering sweetness. This definitely gets some cooler space on the way to the beach!

Photo of udubdawg
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a orange/copper color. Hmm, little lighter than ideal, but nice and bright, decent lacing left after the light tan head fades.

a rich dark caramel hits me first, in fact I'd probably call it toffee or dark brown sugar. More than expected from the beer, it is not a bad thing. As I drink some toasted malt comes out, as does a general fruitiness.

Really tasty beer. more heavily carmelized sweetness up front and abundant. While hops seem subdued at first and the bitterness is barely balancing the malt sweetness here, I would definitely call the general perception of sweetness to be hop-driven. Interesting and again, not at all a bad thing.
The body seems medium full at first but I wouldn't call it particularly sticky and while there is a faint caramel/bitter on my tongue it doesn't linger that much. Carbonation is soft and appropriate.

Extremely drinkable. In fact, I just opened another.

Photo of confer
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy and amber with a fluffy off withe head.
S-Mellow malty smell.
T- Smooth and creamy. No hop taste at all. It has a very sweet finish.
MD- Overall the feel and drinkability are both very good. Just a simple good drinking beer. This one also got the non-craft beer wife seal of approval.

Photo of shohog
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass revealing a nice 3 finger head that faded but hung around nicely thru the end with super lacing.

The smell was very mild mostly detecting the caramel malts with a slight biscuit smell.

I love the taste of this beer! It is so perfectly balanced with sweetness at the beginning but never leaving and just enough hops to give a finish that leaves you wanting another sip immediately. It is the BEST Amber I have ever had. It is better than Full Sail Amber my previous favorite. As the beer warms, it does accent the caramel malts more. I only bought a 12oz bottle but will be buying 6ers after today. This beer would be great to drink with almost any meal. It could be enjoyed all by itself as I had it or you could enjoy 6 of them while watching a football game. It is refreshing enough for a hot summer day without being to heavy!

Photo of association330
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

A - Pours a nice, brownish amber with a finger of off-white head that quickly settles to a thick cap. Really nice, sticky lace.

S - Caramel, toasty bread, a touch of dried fruit and hops

T - Good and malty up front - caramel and bread. Swallow has a nice kiss of spicy hops for balance.

M - Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Bready aroma and flavor almost make it a little chewy, but it's still very quaffable.

D - Wow, easily the best amber ale I've had. Interesting enough to set itself apart from the pack, but still very easy to drink and impressive for what's usually a humdrum style.

Photo of spoons
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle.

This beer looks great. A clear ruby red body with a perfect sticky white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. No hop presence detected.

Taste is sweet and malty. a little caramel. Fruity. Interesting. Was not expecting this beer to be anything at all. Has some hop bitterness in the finish as well. A pretty drinkable beer. nice.

Photo of DoppleJock
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a rich copper/amber with zero head retention (hope it's not flat!). Decent lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malts with hints of vanilla bean. Really pleasant.

T: Very biscuity with an extremely mild bitter aftertaste. Hints of molasses and vanilla.

M: Slightly syrupy but really smooth.

D: A good, complex beer. Hit the spot. Would gladly have another.

Photo of webbcreative
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous rich amber color, with a off white 2 finger head.
Smell is carmel malt, with some light fruit smell.
Taste again carmel malt sweetness, with that light fruit flavor making an appearance again, im thinking maybe apricot, but im not sure.
Mouthfeel is a nice medium. good carbonation.

Overall is is a very solid Amber, one of the best I have had in fact, I will be getting this more often now that its available around here.

Photo of gfreed
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks great in the glass: rich copper color with a bit of fog. No head, but that's because the guy at the restaurant bar "forgot" to pour one (my standard complaint applies here). Minimal aroma (see above). Decent taste of apricots and cherries up front; malts dominate with very little sting at the end. In fact, I wanted more hops at the finish. It felt somewhat incomplete. Still, I managed to consume the entire pint with little difficulty. Would be worth trying again, but someplace where the beer could get a proper head.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle date is illegibly smudged.
Appearance: pours into my Ommegang glass a rich Carmel color with a thick head and some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: smell is mostly of dark fruit malt.

Taste: good taste, I think it has a good balance of malt and hop taste for the style.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: overall a very drinkable beer.

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

Boont Valley was a rich clear copper. The head was fairly large and rocky, leaving dotty lace.

The nose was fairly sweet and pretty well balanced with the nod towards toasty malt and caramel. Slight hop profile sported pine and citrus.

Flavor had lots of caramel and buttered toast with brighter notes of citrus and a resiny finish to bring in the balance.

The body was on the light side. The feel had good slickness and a nice dry chalky finish, with very crisp sharp carbonation. Not the best of the bunch but not the worst.

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.