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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 63
Gots: 119 | 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

Balance is what makes our Boont Amber Ale so unique: rich, crystal malts give this beer a deep copper hue and contribute a slight caramel sweetness while the herbal, spicy bitterness from carefully selected whole-cone hops impart a crisp, clean finish. Hints of sun toasted grain, toffee, and fruity esters compliment the mellow, noble hop aroma.
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Ratings: 1,378 | Reviews: 549
Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours burnt carmel orange with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell - the first thing that hits my nose is hops (they are not overpowering just the first thing i notice) after that some carmel malt

taste is very very good - toffee some berry - not what i was expecting at all - i think i have found a new staple

mouthfeel is a light/medium body with decent carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good and i am kinda sad by the fact i only bought one can - this could be my new tailgating beer

Photo of treehugger02010
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It came in a mini flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a dark browm color. The head is a light tan color, great retention, poor lacing, medium bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are watery, some roast, and toffey.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hops, sugar, and some roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin with a clean finish.
Drinability: This beer is pretty good.
Don't drink and review.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A- Amber/hazy copper, three fingers off-white head, lots of lacing, continually bubbly.

S- Rye bread, toffee, sweet, heavy, malty.

T/M- Malty, toffee, rich, bready, smooth, medium/full bodied.

D- Really great drinkability, goes well with bold flavors, reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner or a bar-b-que.

Solid session ale. If it were available around me, I would drink it much more often.

Photo of samie85
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed 7/19; from notes

A-Pours a clear dark reddish color with a two finger tan head.

S-Piney hops with some orange and biscuity and caramelly malt notes.

T-Caramel malt with some pine and finishes biscuity and dry.

M-Light-bodied with medium carbonation and little bit of a slick mouthfeel.

D-A really nice beer that you can have a couple of on a hot night and it won't bore you.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Beautiful copper color with two fingers of cream-colored head that retains decently and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very fruity with some floral hops and a caramel malt undertone with just a hint of brown sugar.

Taste: Starts off with a nice caramel/brown sugar sweetness which then gives way to a bready flavor and then finally to a fruity, tea-like finish with a light, lingering bitterness. Similar to an Irish Red.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation and silky smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down easily and is very sessionable.

Final Notes: A great session beer with a good amount of flavor, would pair well with a variety of different foods. One of the best American Ambers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking, and a great all-around beer.

Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--1997 22 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Cloudy bright red golden color. Medium body with a hint of hops and light citrus fruit flavor. Dry finish. Weak after Bitter. Sampled 3/1/1999.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Bright red amber. Thick pour. Rich smoky caramel malt body and flavor similar to Dead guy, but fruitier. Sampled 8/1/1998.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Bright clear copper red amber color. Rich floral hoppy malty front. ESB profile overlaid with hop sweet fruit caramel body. Light lingering hop spice and toasted caramel flavor in clean finish. Sampled 8/10/1999.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Light dark sediment. Medium lacy head. Slightly hazy rich amber color. Floral fruit mild hop front. Malty mildly toasted caramel body hints of fruit biscuit flavor. Tasty crispness. Mild hop citrus end. ESB hint? Sampled 10/14/2002.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--2003 22 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Slightly hazy rich amber color. Rich lacy head. Bottle conditioned without sediment. Very floral mild fruit hop front. Slightly creamy mild earthy fruity rich tasty mild sweet malty body. Mild hop end. Sampled 7/5/2003.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Orange lacy head. Clear bright amber orange color. Mellow hop fruit malt front. Clean smooth mild sweet caramel mellow fruit crisp rich Amber body. Mildly tangy hop spice refreshing smooth rich end. Tasty! Sampled 12/6/2006.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--AVBC BOONT AMBER ALE--Microcan--Solar Powered Brewery--Legendary Boonville Beer--2010 12 oz. Can. 5.80% ABV. 15 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lace foamy off white head. Clear pretty rich bright amber red color. Floral malt ester mild hop front. Mild sweet caramel fruit hint smooth creamy crusty hint rich amber mild hop body. Refreshing smooth quenching mild hop malt fruit end. Lost zest in Can. Sampled 7/22/2010. 6-Pack $9.50.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company--Boont Amber Ale--2011 12 oz. can. 5.80% ABV. 15 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Orangeish off white mild lace half inch head. Dense fizz hazed clear bright rich amber orange hint color. Mild slightly fruit malt ester minimal hop front. Mild sweet tangy carbonated caramel fruit light textured tangy refreshing English flavored Amber Ale body. Tangy refreshing light hop citrus hint zesty fizz end. A little thin and fruity but good and refreshing. Sampled 4/28/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $9.25 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 4/28/2011.

22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Ballard Fred Meyer for $4.79 + Tax.Floral fruit ester minimal hop front. Sweet fruit malt backbone similar to Summer and Winter Solstice. Clean refreshing light hop sweet end. (2.75 / 5.0)

Photo of JoePat
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber almost brown color wiht a thick kaki head that dissipates to about a 1/4 inch head and holds for some time.

It has a mild floral aroma at first and as that subsides and it warms you start to notice more of the sweet, roasty, raison, malt aromas. Raisons more than the others.

The flavor is a little lighter than the aroma as far as the sweetness and raisons where the bitterness comes though to balance the crystal malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. It is just the right consistancy, soft carbonation, sweet up frount and dryer as it move past your tounge.

At 5.8% this is a very drinkable beer. Smooth and subtle but still providing plenty of flavor and enjoyment.

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

Pours crystal clear amber with a moderate to high amount of carbonation that forms an off-white head that settles quickly leaving some Brussels lace. Fruitcake aroma with perhaps some orange standing out. Feels a bit prickly due to high carbonation, but not a serious flaw. Tastes of caramel malt and pine-like hops with a hard candy sweetness balanced by peppery and cedar-like hop bitterness and a late burst of sweetness in the finish. A bit light and dry and therefore quite drinkable. Not quite as good as the draft version I had a few weeks ago, but still rather enjoyable.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured reddish-brown out of a 12 ounce bottle and into a 14oz beer mug. The head was minimal and no lacing appeared on the sides of the mug (though for an amber ale, not much is expected.)

The smell was very mild and sweet.

The taste is initially very mild and a tad watery, but it finishes with a huge flavor that tastes of freshly baked soft bread and slight caramel malt notes. The taste is clean, but leaves the mouth feeling like it's still full of beer.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but this beer goes a long way in the drinkability department: I could see myself enjoying quite a few of these on a summer's porch, or in the autumn after raking.

Photo of PintOHops
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Coppery/orange color with a 1-2 finger head, retention is good. Moderate Co2 can be seen, a thin ring held atop my beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Soft toffee with biscuit, a touch of caramel. I get a bit of a leafy/grassy hop note when swirled, mild rind like quality. More hop notes when warmed.

T - Wow! More hops than expected, I get herbal/leafy hop flavors upfront that unfolds into biscuit & wheat toast like notes. That hop flavor really holds up from beginning to end, it finishes with a semi bright lemon citrus flavor that almost cuts through the malt, bitterness is moderate for the style, like a dull burnt bitterness.

M - Soft crispness, very smooth & almost chewy like. Around medium in body.

D - This beer is very thirst quenching, and the body is smooth and not overly carbonated, making it easy for me to take down a 6-pack. I'd definitely by this one again sometime. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Pint

The color of this beer is copper-orange. It poured a nice 1-2 finger soapy, off-white head. Lacing is alright.

Smell is very inviting. Sweet caramel malt up front with a little breadyness. Underneath are semi-sweet dark fruit and a pungent hop aroma.

Taste is excellent. Heavy on the malts, dark fruit, brown sugar and breadyness. A flowery hop presence that hits mid pallate blends very well and helps to balance the beer. Flavors are well-integrated.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with a few notches down from medium CO2. Feels somewhat velvety in the mouth as well.

Drinkable, very drinkable. A perfect amber ale to session. Definitely pick this up in a six-pack, you'll want more than one.

Photo of feedsasquatch
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's all I could think when I first tried this beer at a local pizza pub. I drank it straight from the bottle, so I'm sure it would have been even better had it been poured into a glass.

A - deep brown red.

S - Hints of sweet caramel malt, fruity hops, and fresh bread. It's a really good.

T - Wow. The caramel malt sweetness hits instantly. It then goes to fresh bread/biscuits, as well as earthy/grassy hopps (not grapefruit...).

M - Smooth medium body, and a low but present carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, especially with pizza!

Writing this review makes me want to go out and by a case of it. If you like Amber Ales, this is one that you must try.

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.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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