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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 61
Gots: 112 | 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 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
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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

pours a semi-hazy amber-orange with a medium yellowish head, and good lacing.

smell of caramel, cotton candy, some nuts, a little malt, and some hops.

taste is dry, sourish, malt, some caramel, and a little nuts, ends on the dry side and a little bitter.

Photo of tyanow
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfect amber color. Pillowy big bubble head with generous lacing. This is the prototypical look for an American Amber.

S - Malty, with some sweetness and a little pine. Maybe a hint of caramel, but that might be after you already have some in your mouth.

T - Biscuit, with some citrus and caramel.

M - Creamy and easy going.

D - I cannot think of a better NorCal session beer.

At 5.8% this easy to drink very approachable beer will satisfy the beer snob as a session beer and the neophite as a great and robust creamy entre into the world of craft beers.

I love it.

Photo of medic25
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle that overflows upon opening. Nice amber color with a big frothy white head. Slight hoppy aroma. Taste is fantastic; sweet, with a nice balance of piney hops and bready malt. Clean finish with a pleasant fruity aftertaste. An exceptional example of the style; it's a shame I had to go to NY to buy it!

Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, this beer presents a fairly handsome walnut amber color with a nice half-inch head on top. The nose is a bit plain, with a sweet caramel malt scent, and little else. Fairly ordinary amber ale flavor, with caramel malt flavor, light bitterness, and a faint touch of fruitiness--typical fare I've had a bazillion times in brew pubs before, with nothing special to distinguish it.

Photo of TLove
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Had this on tap at Atomic Billiards in DC.

Nice deep amber color similar to a Brit amber ale and a round, licorice smell with soft floral notes.

Piney taste with a touch of molasses and a lager-like carbonation. Soft hop structure and acidic water help bring out the structure of the beer. A light amber, almost dark pale ale consistency which is slightly sweet, but finishes well.

A great "sociable beer", as Michael Jackson would say.

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

12 oz bottle courtesy of Papollo. Poured into a traditional pint glass. Pours a hazy rustic copper orange. The haze isn't ultra thick, and there is a slight head yield of light yellow foam that sits on top for the duration of the glass.

Mostly caramel, and some faint orange and light citrus. The scent has a little bit of grapefruit in it. Regardless, it doesn't pop out of the glass, and takes a while to decipher between the different components.

The taste is rather caramel laden with a nice toasted flavor, and some clove tastes as well. There is a touch of sweetness, and slight orange flavors. Nothing spectacular, but an easy drink nonetheless.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely, but soapey looking bone white head. Ruby and copper colored brew with central column of bubbling and slow cascade of lacing. Sweet toasted malts give off a musty aire of caramel and some old hops. Sweet toasted crystal and caramel malts. Heavy caramel and sweet Hawaiian bread aromas blended with funky earth hop notes balance out some of the maltiness of this amber brew. Syrupy malty mouthfeel and just a little tinny twang. But a nice malty session brew to inbibe once in awhile.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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

Photo of teejay76
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of Offa
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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.

Photo of originalsin
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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

Photo of stewart124
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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)

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,367 ratings.