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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,242 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 53
Gots: 67 | 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.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a US pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, coppery orange color, with no head to speak of. The nose is sweet and floral, with some traces of citrus and hops. The flavor is similar, with a mingling of sweet malts, floral hops, bread, and some bitter hops, which ends on a slightly sweet finish. Pretty well-balanced flavor overall, and quite nice. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, and drinkability is high.

Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balanced, slightly sweet floral flavor. It's not too strong, and makes a good accompaniment to a meal.

auntfloyd, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Night
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark-medium amber with bubbly golden-white head. Thick to medium lacing. Toasty malt aroma with some citrus and pineapple, undertone of hops. Medium body with a nice warm, round mouthfeel. Floral and citrus flavors followed by toasty, nutty malts. Good balance with mild hoppiness; accentuated by light citrus and wood undertones throughout. A bit sour. Hints of caramel. Buttery, mildly spicy finish with just the right touch of graininess. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Night, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Slightly dark amber color. Just tad cloudy. Pours a good head, but it disappears quite quickly. Practically no lace.

Aroma- Nice mix of malt sweetness, carmel, slightly-toasted malt aromas. Some bittering and floral hops, but not to much.

Taste- Nice mixture of malt sweetness and some bittering hops. Not to much. Some diacetyl. Good mix of toasted bread and caramel overtones. Just a hint of flavoring hops at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied, appropriate carbonation for style. Clings to mouth slightly, giving a nice after-taste.

Drinkability- Very good for the style. Maybe just a tad heavy, but it's got a nice complexity for an Amber. I'm not much into ambers, but this one is pretty nice.

theopholis, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker, toffee like color, foamy tan head. Malty, toasted grain aroma, some fresh citrusy hops as well. Flavor is again toasted malt, caramel, toffee and brown sugar like. Some fruity flavors as well, apples and pears. Quite a bit of hops for an amber, a little skunky and resinous, but quite citrusy, oranges and grapefruit. Average mouthfeel for the style, enough carbonation to break up the sweetness.

Verdict: pretty good. A friend talked it up before I tried it, but I probably wouldn't have. It does deviate from the style a bit, it was a lot like an alt, as feloniousmonk commented.

dfried, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours amber orange in to a pint glass there is a pretty standard one finger head of off white color. There was a considerable amount of particulate matter in the bottle and lead me to believe the beer was spoiled but it tastes and smells alright so maybe it's just a lot of yeast or perhaps it's on its last legs.

Smell:
It's pretty bready with a little yeasty funk to it which again makes me think maybe this beer is on it's way out, but it still smells pretty good. There are some tropical fruit notes on the tail of the scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks rather dry and bitter with a tropical punch fruit character to it. In the finish I find a slight olive brine kick which once again leads me to think the beer is approaching spoiled. I feel that I'm just a little late of drinking this beer at its peak. It's very mild with substantial tropical fruit character but I can only imagine that these flavors would have presented a little more a few weeks ago and really made for a fantastic brew. All in all it's tasty but I'm a little unmoved.

Drinkability:
Good and mild with a moderate ABV makes for one drinkable beer. A good compromise between lager drinkability and heavy/dark beer flavor.

Bottom Line:
I had my suspicions going in to this beer that it was going to be rotten but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think this was the best bottle of this beer I could have grabbed but all things aside it faired rather well and was pretty decent.

Grundle20, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy copper-amber, with a good-sized tan head.

Peppery, toasty aromas that are distinctive but inviting.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, with malt that starts out caramel but then turns drier and roasted in character. The hops are faint but decidedly citrus in profile. A smidgen of oxidative notes lurk in the background. Finish is a little astringent.

This beer looks great and smells very good, but the drying astringency didn't leave such a good impression. I would bet that it would show better paired with food, however.

tcfishler, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very reddish amber with a substantial head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring. Nutty malts on the nose, along with some metallic hops and hints of oranges. On the palate, those nutty malts come up first, followed by solid hop bitterness before turning a bit fruity-sweet (oranges again) at the end. Mouthfeel is full for the style, with some dextrine characteristics and bracing carbonation. Quite drinkable, but a touch filling for the style. Still, overall a very enjoyable beer -- one that provides a nicely balanced drinking experience that both a malt monster and a hop head can enjoy.

geexploitation, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley Amber Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light and hazy brown with a thick head on top. Random trails of sticky lacings cling to the side of the pint glass.

The nose smells malty with some whiffs of caramel and fruity hops in the background.

The mouthfeel holds a nice medium body and is balanced very well. Juicy malts provide a backbone with hints of caramel and toffee. Bitter hop presence on the finish that balances everything out nicely.

A solid Amber Ale from Anderson Valley.

Hibernator, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden orange in color with a milky off white head.

Nutty caramel smell with lots of toasty malt. Big hoppy nose for an amber ale. Rich toffee. The nose almost directly mirrors the tastes. Smooth feel with plenty of in your face attitude to rock the tongue.

It's a wonderful beer that's very easy to drink. I wish I had easier access to this beer as it's easy to throw back and probably the best amber ale I've ever had.

timtheenchanta, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of karengarys
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this pours... ...amber... as the name would suggest - maybe a bit darker, slightly hazy and little head with my slow pour.

Taste is of beer, somewhat hoppy and buttery, but not too extreme in any character.

Mouthfeel is creamy - not bad - not great. The buttery flavor rides with an oily feel too.

Finish is mostly oily, with a creamy sweetness as it says goodbye.

I poured this cold (about 39), and started the review. I sipped it for a while. At room temperature, when I finished this review, it was a bit more creamy and sweet. I liked it much more at room temp.

Give this one a try.

karengarys, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a pretty nice amber with good fluffy head, stringy lacing, pretty good. A kind of mild mannered nose, mildly hopped. Tastes almost a little too hoppy for what I know of ambers, but whatev. It hosts that nice load of hops, decent malt... overall, pretty decent, ya, but hardly one to brag about.

objectivemonkey, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so I may not know what in the hell I'm talking about, but that's never stopped me before. Here goes...

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany coloring like the back of an old Les Paul. Just a little cloudy with a foamy caramel-colored head. Oh, and the packaging is fantastic.

Smell: Malty, with a decadent dose of caramel.

Taste: Caramel front with a malty middle that gives way to lingering finish reminiscent of licorice. Am I making sense? Dammit...

Mouthfeel: As sticky as you expect an amber to be, but no more. Creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability: Wonderful, substantive refreshment. Makes me wish I had a ribeye.

jeffjfindley, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of NoLiberty
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is nice, especially on the outside - Anderson Valley's labels are always entertaining and somehow nostalgic.

The color is also very nice, a deep amber almost cherry wood-like, darker than usual but somehow glowing with warm tones. The beer pours into a nice one finger head that slowly dissipates into solid covering with decently high lacing for the beer's body.

The smell is of warm caramel and alcohol, deep malt character without being overpoweringly strong as a barleywine. There's a noticeable lack of hop aroma here however.

The flavor also lacks the hop flavor I'm at least looking for a little. Nice front of malt and toffee, toast and some chocolate. The middle is mild and followed by a mild tang at the back. Not sure what that is, and may be the missing hop coming through only slightly. Aftertaste isn't incredibly pleasant, but flavor nevertheless remains of roasted malt and dryness.

If only this beer could be aged the body might more fully develop. Very small and doesn't match the flavor profile. Carbonation is definitely good, but overall pretty lacking in body.

Despite not being top notch there's certainly enough flavor, depth and alcohol in this beer to have several rounds.

NoLiberty, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley- Boont Amber Ale

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy orangey brown with a decent billowy head. Nice lacing of the glass.
Smell- Strong caramel malt with a bread/ biscuit aroma.
Taste- Big sweet caramel malt with a balance of buttery bread/ lorna doone shortbread cookie flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but soild flavor throughout and very smooth. An easy beer to drink, quickly!

Overall- Damn this was good!! Anderson Valley is 1 of the best breweries in the country!! Yet another good offering from them!!!

NJpadreFan, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent copper color. Medium sized bubbles make up the antique white head. Clean beer with lots of bubble activity.

S: Very much green apple with other fruityness...stawberries and citrus.

T: First thing is some vanilla on the tip of the tongue. More fruity flavors including loads of pear and some cherry. Overall clover characteristics all thru the beer. Bit of a grainy aftertaste.

M: Medium body with slight fuzzy carbonation.

D: Interesting that quite a few of the Anderson Valley beers have some of the same characteristics. This beer wasn't bad.

Westsidethreat, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a surprise! I'm a big amber/red fan. I haven't come across one I didn't like, and yet Anderson's came very close! I usually find them absolutely drinkable, but this one had a displeasing sourness.

A - I can't say much about this category. I had this one in a very dark bar (The Mercury Lounge in Goleta) where there is a near void of light.

S - Nice and light sweet, malty, fruity scent. I can't quite nail down which fruit, but it's good.

T - THere's a bit of a sourness in this (the yeast I guess) which I'm not accustomed to in an amber/red. Otherwise the sweet malts and subtle hops is in good combo here.

M - Medium. Subtle range on the tongue.

D - Above average, but I'd grab numerous other ambers before I'd grab this one again.

JayTheFinn, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange copper color w/ a bubbly, off white 2 finger head. Has good retent, and lace.

S- caramel malts, piney hops. Strong aroma, like you can taste the beer just by smelling it. Looking forward to it.

T- up front you have fruit like sweetness, reminds me of orange or grapes. Finishes with grassy hop flavor. Caramel in there as well. Starts sweet then smoothly makes the transitioin to hop bitterness. Very yummy.

M- semi dry at finish, smooth overall, carbonation at a near perfect level.

D- Sessionable without a doubt, awesome balance, count me in for another (couple) rounds of this one.

tonistruth, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber in color w/ medium carbonation, off white head and sliding lace.

Bountifull amounts of ingredients combine in this and form a rather smooth and well blended product. It starts off light and refreshing only to be led into a deep rich caramel malt finish. Angel food cake or similar, the fruitiness is really on the sidelines for the most part but they factor in towards the middle. Finishes fairly clean and crisp.

Notes: A pretty thick amber that I liked. Its a testimant to the brewery that they can pull this offering off without a hitch. Not the style so much as their take on it.

DogFood11, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by the color and taste of this beer. I knew not to expect a normal amber ale from Anderson Valley, but this goes way beyond the norm. Pours a dark brown color with a little head. Smell is predominantly of mild hops and golden malt. Taste is great. Again, its the hops that start off the big taste, but the malt is definitely what lingers in the back. There is a slight burnt taste. The amazing thing is the big amount of tastes that are balanced in the beer.

Toddv29424, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber. Has a small off white head and good lacing.
Malty caramel aroma.
Same in the flavor, plus a little biscuit and a touch of hops.
Light bodied and crisp. Decnet carbonation.
Overall good and drinkable beer. I'm starting to see these guys more and more in my local liquor stores, which is nice to have the new options.

BeerRun13, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cooper to caramel color with a 3 fingers off-white head. Big sticky lacing & average head retention


S: Nice hop (cascade) presence upfront, followed by caramel & malt

Taste: Hops smack up front followed by slight grainyness, malt goodness & fruittyness. Finishes hoppy with a caramel/malt assault

MF: Medium with good balance& near perfect carbonation

Drinks too easy, this is an amber you can sink your teeth into! At damn near $9.25 a sixer, a bit pricey

russpowell, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a basic amber ale, Anderson Valley really delivers with this one! The combination of fruit and malt is exquisite!

It pours a ruddy amber with a crimson and orange cast beneath a frothy head of antique white foam. The head retention could be better, and it leaves only minor lacing.

The nose, however, is beautiful with a combination of rich, bready and gently caramelish malt, and floral and leafy hops.

It's full-medium bodied and dextrinous-smooth in the mouth with a median carbonation that leaves it creamy.

The flavor follows through with the same full maltiness, expressing toffee and sweet bread, and perhaps, even a subtle nuttiness. Brilliant fruit (summer berries) runs throughout it, and some floral hops accentuate it from behind. It's really quite delicious and satiating! A solid bitterness anchors it tightly, and although the dextrinous malt may seem at time like it'll just take off and fly, it's never swayed.

Excellent! Worth seeking out! Very unique in its maltiness!

NeroFiddled, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber into a pint glass. Half inch head that dissipated rather quickly and left some minimal lacing on the glass all the way down.

Not a lot of aromas to start, but as the beer warmed and breathed, a flowery, hoppy aroma came through. It smelled very fresh.

The taste was very balanced, with a nice maltiness to start off, a slight bitterness to balance, and as the beer warmed a flowery taste appeared as well.

Creamy mouthfeel, nice clean aftertaste. Very mild carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and tasty brew. Definitely one to have again and also recommended.

doppelmeup, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Linwood Grill.

Appearance is a deep amber, moderate head, very good lacing. Smell is very sour and rancid, like rotting fruit or the vacuum cleaner when you haven't changed the bag in years. I don't know if the tap line was dirty or the keg old - I'd expect a place like Linwood would keep extremely fresh beer. Taste was slightly sweet, malty and fruity. Pretty flavorful but not too complex. It was pretty average. Not the best amber I've had, I'd like to try it again in bottle form as the freshness of the beer might have been in doubt.

LPorter33, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish copper with a thin, short-lived head. Light, fresh aromatic hop aroma - a little doughy. Crisp, sweetened hop flavor, very rich and balanced, almost tea-like. Soft toasted fruitiness underneath. Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

This is a super enjoyable beer. Pleasant, well-rounded, and highly sessionable.

wedge, Apr 22, 2006
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.