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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 50
Gots: 59 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of clabaugh


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance: A light copper, with some faint blurriness. A large, puffy, light peach colored head sits on top. Retention is admirable. Lacing ornaments the inside of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, flowery smelling hops. A delicate, toasty malted aroma. Some succulent caramel fills the nostrils. A pleasing fruitiness is also detectable.

Taste: A pleasingly sweet, floral hoppiness and a distinct caramel malt character emerges straight away. A background of dry nuttiness is also palpable. Some toasted barley emerges as well. Nice clean finish, and excellent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, refreshing, and a bit numbing. Pleasant sensations throughout.

Drinkability: Fine flavor with splendid balance. A pleasure to consume, and quite refreshing. I would welcome another.

04-14-2006 01:37:58 | More by clabaugh
Photo of rowew


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Antlered bear on the label, and a long description of the beer on the back.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark red pour, with a medium head that fades quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt aroma, but it is fairly subdued.

Taste: Very malty, with some toffee and caramel flavors. Just a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Solid example of an American amber. Drinkable and smooth.

04-06-2006 23:24:50 | More by rowew
Photo of SethB2


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Served out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a medium amberish red with small head and a good amount of lacing. Smells bready and malty. Some fruits might be in there too. Taste is good. I small hop bite followed by ripe fruits and finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also very nice.

All in all, a nice representation of the style from a very good brewery.

04-06-2006 03:42:00 | More by SethB2
Photo of electrified


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Red/copper in color and clear. Nice frothy head dissipates but doesn't disappear, leaves some lacing. Aroma is of fresh dough and some fruity sweetness. Medium to full bodied and nice and creamy. Well-balanced toffee and caramel malt sweetness and hop crisping. Very nice amber ale.

04-02-2006 04:46:37 | More by electrified
Photo of tgbljb


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured a medium copper color with sparse tannish head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is loaded with malt with some mild citrus notes also present. Taste starts off very fruity sweet, with some nice citrus (lemon) tastes also showing through. Finish is a bit too dry to compete nicely with all the malt sweetness. All around a good beer, but not great.

03-28-2006 01:37:11 | More by tgbljb
Photo of mghotbi


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

Poured a clear deep red with creamy head that dissipated slowly leaving complex lacing all over the glass.

Predominant caramel malt in the nose, a bit of floral hop note. Smooth with prominent carbonation on the tongue.

A very well balanced taste with predominance of malty sweetness, traces of pineapple and melon, then transitioning to mild hop bitterness with nutty and smoky finish. A moderately hoppy version of the American Amber Ale style. Delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is rich, bordering on creamy.

Delicious and refreshing - very drinkable. Another excellent beer from the folks at Anderson Valley Brewing. One of my favorite American Ambers.

03-26-2006 00:38:42 | More by mghotbi
Photo of bahumutx


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper with about a one finger head.

Smell: Caramel, Biscuit Malt, and Sweetness. There is also a slight floral hop presence.

Taste: Starts with a caramel and sweetness then moves to a biscut/bready flavor and ends with a slight hop bite. There is a malt presence throughout the beer which balances with the hops nicely. As the beer warms the sweetness comes out more along with a butter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This is a great session beer.

This is my second beer from Anderson Valley and a great example of an Amber Ale. Keep up the great work.

03-13-2006 02:37:53 | More by bahumutx
Photo of kmpitz2


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a lightly ambered golden color with a finger of off-white head that falls to a quarter inch coat over top. A solid cascade of bubbles boil up from the bottom of the glass, maintaining the head. Nose is nice and sweet. Loads of caramel with a lighter orangey hop and mild toastyness. Smells nice. Flavor hits with caramel malt immediately, followed by a peppery hop, moving towards a light orange citrusyness and very mild toastyness on the finish. What amazes me about this one is that it drys the sides of my tongue out really bad. It leaves just a hint of residual bitter after swallowing the beer as well. Feel is solid at moderate with a moderate carbonation. Pretty well where I wanted to find the feel. I find this to be a very enjoyable beer. Very flavorful, but nothing too big to dominate. I like the caramel quality this one shows a lot. Feel keeps it something I can drink, not just sip. A solid amber ale.

03-05-2006 23:04:41 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of JasonCoop


4.65/5  rDev +21.4%

pours a very nice hazy brownish amber color. lacy white foam on top. looks great.

smells buttery with hints of caramel. smells sweet.

tastes full and sweet. very malty with a buttery caramel taste. sublte hops balance it out perfectly. very smooth.

mouthfeel is pretty full, somewhat creamy but very smooth.

all in all a great beer. only drawback is the price.

03-04-2006 06:01:00 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Picked this up in New England right before coming home from the EBF. Never had it before, so I wanted to try something new. This was the first of 4 beers that I got up there, that I drank in a particular order. I mixed things up, and this was a great brew to start off with in my session!

Good pour, nice dark amber with a thick head to boont, er...boot! Lots of malt up front, with just a bit of hops and mellowness in the back. Very little lacing and carbonation, and this was nice and smooth. Nothing too heavy, nothing too groundbreaking, but it works well because it has a nice balance to it and the aroma has just a bit of dried fruit in it as well. It grows on you as the aftertaste repeats the subtled undertone of the nose, but never weakens between sips. I didn't really taste the toastiness or the caramel here, but I could see how come people feel like those tones are present. It's not very dark or sweet, but the coating in my mouth certainly has a roasted aspect to it.

This was very enjoyable to drink, even though I don't partake in this style very often. Not a lot of of depth here, but what's present works well and this would be great for most types of tastes. Additonally, it has the richness of a fall brew with the warming power of a winter beer. It balances both those traits well, and I'm glad I took a chance on this!

03-03-2006 07:43:00 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours deep amber. Head vanished quickly,into average lace. Aroma is of malts and carmels,and is very inviting.Mouthfeel is medium. Not much carbonation. Taste is smooth,and sweet from start to finish. The malts and carmels are very evident,but not overwhelming. Nice balance. I recommend this beer.

02-25-2006 18:54:53 | More by riversider76
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

On Tap

Appearance: Deep amber color with frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, fruity, some malts and caramel.

Taste: Malts make themselves known and are sweet, the bitterness of the hops blance everything out very nicely. Great taste

Mouthfeel: The malts seem to hold the body together nicely.

Drinkability: Definitely worthy of a few pints.

Overall this beer is fantastic. To me amber ales are always sort of questionable as to how they will taste. I have had so many that they range from too hoppy and bitter to too malty and sweet. This one does a helluva good balancing act. This was the beer that turned me on to craft beers, a few years ago.

02-24-2006 19:56:15 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of PeatReek


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

A favorite from my California days, let's give it the full BA treatment...

Appearance: Advertised as an amber ale; delivers. Crystal clear body. Head is quite thick on a normal pour, fine bubbles and pretty decent staying power.

Aroma: yeasty. Slight buttered biscuit aroma, definitely a deep sweetness underneath. Very mild hop aroma, a touch grassy but more in a fresh way than anything bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: The bready flavors come through immediately, followed by a very prominent caramely sweetness. Body is light, but not overly thin. Slight hop taste combines with the CO2 buzz on the tongue, but it's pleasantly malt-oriented for an American Amber. Aftertaste is clean, but somewhat metallic; definitely a letdown after the great palate. Way after the sip I think I taste a hint of smoke... interesting.

Drinkability: With a light body and a relatively complex malt profile, I could definitely take a few pints of Boont (especially served a bit too cold on a warm afternoon). But the prominence of the crystal-malt sweetness keep this from being a truly perfect session beer.

02-23-2006 23:05:26 | More by PeatReek
Photo of Shovelbum


4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours an off-white head over an orangish-amber body. Head recedes leaving clinging lace. Aromas of caramel malt and floral hops. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt upfront soon joined by floral, earthyt and mildly citric hop flavors. Substantial bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a slight hop dryness.

This has a more pronounced hop character than many American examples of the style. The hop bitterness is a major player, but there is great deal of floral and spicy complexity accompanying it. Not that the malt character isn’t a major player too—a great deal of complexity here too. Basically what I’m trying to say is that it is both well-balanced and complex. Damn tasty too.

02-19-2006 21:26:50 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: Bold, bright, ruddy red. Creamy, pale yellow head with good retention.

Smell: Strong, citric hop character - specifically, oranges and lemons. Toasty malts, somewhat bready. Sweet, kind of honey-ish aspect gives the overall impression of orange marmalade.

Taste: On the weak side (the bottle says it's "mellow"), but very pleasant. Robust hops that aren't too aggressive give the beer a very citric, almost lemonade-like flavor. Pine sap is also present. Caramel malts act as a solid base. The finish is nutty, the aftertaste tea-like. Alcohol becomes mildly present as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly sticky on the lips, and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a relaxing beer.

02-15-2006 05:43:31 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into pint glass.
Amber color, a bit hazy. Medium head, spotty at times.
Smell of malt, flower and dillweed.
Taste was a rich, yet thin (?) malt with the hops entering midway through. Some cirtrus (orange) and a bit of the dill.
Good feel, no lingering aftertaste.

01-30-2006 17:25:16 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of arguemaniac


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a very hazy orange amber with a rocky and well-retained orange-tinged head. Piney hop aroma in the nose. The flavor is a fairly nice balance between a caramel, grain malt flavor and some mildly bitter pine hop flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked but not too bad.

A decent amber, but it isn’t Anderson Valley’s best brew, in my opinion. Still, recommended.

01-18-2006 08:21:53 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of GClarkage


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

01/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 120z bottle with no freshness info to be had. Poured into a chalice type glass.

Appearance- Dark amber in color. Nice 1 inch head and leaves patchy lace in places.

Smell- Dark, caramely and a tad fruity. Maybe a hint of fresh squeezed oranges?? Hops make themselves known in a hurry as well.

Taste- Well, I can't really pick up the oranges I smelled and the hops aren't as potent as in the nose, but the sweetness of the malt is certainly there. Almost a bit too much. The hops are a bit pine in nature, but not to bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation and a slight bitter aftertaste along with the sweetness from the caramel malt.

Drinkability- Not usually a huge fan of amber ales, but this one was pretty drinkable. Maybe on the session borderline. Gets pretty good ratings, so all those people can't be wrong.

01-15-2006 00:56:21 | More by GClarkage
Photo of dawg


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured this one in a stout glass. The head vanished right quick. The boont looks a bit cloudy like cartoned iced tea.

Smell is delightful. Wisps of carmel, smokey, sweet, floral.

Tastes like expected. Wait a minute, aftertaste a bit nutty. This one is sweet, mildly hopped, very floral (rosey), followed by a crisp nutty bite. Also theres a light alcohol taste right in the middle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly syrup, and very bubbly. One of the best feels for an amber. Consistency is a bit heavier than anticipated but very smooth. The combo of mouthfeel and aroma really enhances the flavor.

Very drinkable. I can't wait to share this one.

As a side note: purchased this one since this year's winter solstice was so yummy. Looks like I need to try some more AVBC.

01-08-2006 02:11:01 | More by dawg
Photo of cokes


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Smog-thick browned amber stacked with a level vanilla head of impressive cling.
Caramel-nougat heavy nose backed with pear skins, lemongrass, and rock candy.
Begins sweet, full of candied vanilla and caramel, fading towards almonds, dates, and burnt gingersnaps as it progresses. The middle is yeast thick, pasty, neutral and bland. The hops hit with grassier notions of citric things, then it disintegrates into a smoky, astringent flint and rusted iron dischord. After the swallow, it's full of lingering crushed aspirin and macerated pears.
The body is appropriate medium in structure, with a low-end carbonation. This has some promise upfront, but is lead astray with a variety of tailing chaos.

12-06-2005 06:41:27 | More by cokes
Photo of maxpower


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12 oz bottle pours a deep, hazy amber-copper color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves some lace in the glass, malty caramel aroma, sweet malty nutty flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness, a tasty amber ale.

11-26-2005 18:33:07 | More by maxpower
Photo of Ahhdball


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Fruity hops, grapefruit, and a small bit of pine came out of the beige two fingered head which rested on a gorgeous amber pint. (and I said that in one breath!)
Thick malt surrounds the hops and lets go as the drink is finished. The tastes of citrus and pine are bitter but are instantly smoothed out by a hefty dose of malt.
Can't wait to have another!

11-09-2005 00:38:02 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of surfmeister


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Good stuff...
This is a versatile brew, I think many people will like it, hop hounds and neophytes alike. It's just a very well balance ale. Sparing you all the taste profile cliches, I think that this beer has a very full flavor, but not like some the extremely hopped beers that tear your head off. Beautiful appearance with strong head, it lived up to the accolades.

10-19-2005 01:28:13 | More by surfmeister
Photo of grindcore666


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thick fingerwidth light-banana colored head. Maintains itself as thick icing. Latchy bubbles within the body. Base color is dark redwood. Laces pretty well, sticky.

I can smell the aroma without pulling the glass to my nose, a good sign. Smells SO floral. Lavender, cherries, cinnamon, sugar.

I didn't like this one at first sip, but by the end of the glass I was looking for more.
Opens with a floral confusion (but still with the lavender in mind), and turns sort of peppery, spicey, and MAYBE sugary. Definitely an interesting arrangement of flavors. It has obvious bitter characteristics, and is so damn crisp and enjoyable.

You won't make the bitter beer face, but your tongue definitely gets put to work. Have fun with this one, it's a lively red.

Find this one. Buy it. Drink it.

10-15-2005 06:12:49 | More by grindcore666
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber color with a foamy head that leaves dots of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Very nice caramel malt bouquet

Taste: Starts out rather fruity with apples and pears, but quickly dives into more robust flavors, both malty and hoppy; finishes rather sweet with some metallic hop bitterness - the beer really benefits from some warming as it displays very little flavor when it is cold

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied, just a touch oily; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent amber that leans to the sweet side; would benefit from a more balanced hop profile

09-28-2005 00:22:35 | More by brentk56
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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