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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 62
Gots: 120 | 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: 1,380 | Reviews: 549
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

04/07/2010
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.

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

Ample flowery hop aroma, pours a perfectly clear amber color. Nicely formed creamy head that lasts and rejuvenates well when bending your elbow.

Very well crafted and balanced; "noble and robust, yet smooth and mellow", as the label says, which for once is accurate. Caramel and peasant bread flavors with enough carbonation to make it all work together, flowing tastefully and seamlessly down your gullet.

A perfect example of top notch American Amber Ale.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

short review on my phone.

good head and retention but the beer is cloudy.

smell is very fruity. apricot is prevalent. hop smell is null.

flavor is very rich in caramel malts. full bodied with a lot of busy.

mouthfeel is too thick. too much residual sugar, not enough hops to balance

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a light tan head that builds and then recedes to a thin cap.

Toasty malt accented by caramel forms the base for some spicy hop notes. Almost perfectly balanced, but malt might have the slight edge. Medium-dry, clean finish really makes this a beer I could drink a lot of.

Another well-crafted ale in Anderson Valley's lineup.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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
2.68/5  rDev -30%
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
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
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
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.