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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 48
Gots: 49 | 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 troutmask96


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

Very nice American Amber here. Pours a very dark copper with lazy head. Smell is strong of caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with more caramel notes and not a trace of bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, with not too much carbonation. Very smooth, very drinkable. A wonderful session brew...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 03:09:50 | More by troutmask96
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper/red color with a white head. Plenty of cascade from the grolwer purchased at Half Time. The nose was slight floral hops and fruity flavors with a little biscuity backdrop. The taste was malty, very full bodied and just a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this was a beer I could easily quaff on a drizzley day such as this one, but not a mind blowing beer. Just solid, which is what a prominent beer like this should be.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2005 21:33:28 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent but overall somewhat bland Amber from the folks at AVBC.

It pours a very murky amber colour with a thin, non sticky white head. This one is about as close to iced tea as you can get in terms of appearance.

The smell is a combination of floral, earth and caramel with a hint of hops. Not bad, not great.

The flavour is more of the same. It starts out earth flavoured and moves into a quick sweet kick before mellowing out and finishing floral and grassy with the most hop bite here at the finish as well, though its not much of one at all.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily and chewy. There's a definite murky quality to this brew. I found the mouthfeel to be a bit off overall here. That said, it's still a decent brew and shouldn't be something that should scare you away from it, it's just nothing to go out of your way for overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 02:49:26 | More by guinness33
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean copper/amber beer. Has a big thick beige head, that makes some lace. There is a very light sweetness to the aroma that hints at malt. There is a light earthy maltiness with hints of roasty malt in the background in the flavor followed by a light hop snap on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 22:19:43 | More by ybnorml
Photo of BCMan


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured up a deep amber color. I big tan head was generated but faded quickly and laced the glass. The nose is subtle and slightly sweet. The taste of mild caramel and is really smooth. Not much of an after taste. This is a nice beer from Anderson Valley. I would definetly recommend it. Better in cool weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 22:18:45 | More by BCMan
Photo of misterscooter


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with very little head. The bar was a bit dark but so was the brown in the beer. Maybe a bit of red in there but hard to tell. I'd love to pour this myself because I think the appearance would probably be a 4.0. A somewhat sweet smell with subtle nectar essences. Some malt in the smell.

This beer is smooth and sits well in the mouth. Definite citrus in there, particularly orange but not syrupy sweet at all. Also, some nuttiness in there, too. The malt is kicks in just enough to keep it wet and smooth in your mouth. It slides down your throat easily and your mouth asks for more. It doesn't taste like a higher alcohol content but a few of these can go down quickly and start kicking in before you know it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2005 03:00:17 | More by misterscooter
Photo of tjd25


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin but dense and regular head on a beautiful glittering red/amber color body that gets purple and mahogany against the light.

The smell first shows a maltiness that quickly gets combined with a light but enjoyable marmelade like fruitiness, strawberry being the first fruit that came to my mind. A gluey and caramel sensation with notes of wood. Alcohol seems noticeable too.

The same fruitiness is distinctive in the smell, with lots of spices reminding me of warm wine on one side and of tea on another side. A dry floral character develops nicely together with a fine and active carbonation that stimulates the back of the tongue with light friendly salty attacks. Also a dry orange aspect, or maybe lemon, that brings hints of sourness next to a balanced hoppiness that shows some grass notes. And the caramel malts are still noticeable, although maybe less than in the smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth and greatly round in the mouth without being thin. A wooden ruguous character appears after a while and brings a slightly gluey or sticky note to the initally velvety mouthfeel. The finish is dry and floral but it seems to come naturally after the other steps of the mouthfeel.

A good example of the style, that also has its own personnality. Maybe not extremely drinkable, but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 20:30:53 | More by tjd25
Photo of SBPCGuru


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with one finger of head into my pint glass. Dissipated to a thin ring. Minimal to no lacing. Average carbonation. Caramel taste that finishes in my mouth with low bitterness, very smooth to drink. Could drink a six pack of this in a sitting without even noticing. For the amber ale style, this is a very drinkable and smooth beer. Perfect example of why I should try more American Amber/Red Ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 02:41:51 | More by SBPCGuru
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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

Pours a translucent reddish brown with a yellowish white head. Strong malty aroma. Well balanced with a rich, malty front and just enough American hops to balance. There is some fruit flavor as well. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is simple and straightforward, but good. Highly drinkable. Good American amber ale. It reminded me a little of an altbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 00:36:00 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of maybrick


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an enigma. At first, cold from the 'fridge it weel, set a level of epxectation that I wasn't going to like it much. This is Thanksgiving 'Eve 2004 and I had to let it set a bit. When I returned to it without a taste poured into a 20 oz. pilsner galss, I was pleeasntly surprised. When i took a taste I was even more pleased. If your into malt front ends - this is for you. Sorry, no big hop finish for you west coast types.

I think this is a nice brew. I would hesitate big time in calling it an Amber Ale - what the hell is an Amber Ale anyway? But, it has a nice malt to hop profile and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 00:37:01 | More by maybrick
Photo of Maestro


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This amber is a nice session ale. Starts off with a tan head that stays around for most of the pint. The beer is amber with a lot of light flickering through. Smell is quite mild, with some biscuity notes poking through. Taste is very straight-forward. The malt profile is very simple and refreshing. Hops are quite thin, although I detected a bit of citrus in the middle. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but overall a great amber.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2004 14:25:19 | More by Maestro
Photo of WetCoaster


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear copper with a slightly red hue. Slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Strong, fine carbonation. Lacing and residual head/collar throughout.

Smell: Malty and sweet up front, with hops coming through mildly immediately after, a bit citrusy and floral. Eh, could be worse.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Brown sugar caramel malt up front with perhaps a hint of chocolate. Slightly nutty. A bit of hops come through at the finish with a mild grapefuit rind flavor. The finish bitters up with an astringent bite. The mouthfeel is light, but a bit chewy and coating.

Drinkability: Very. Much maltier, and certainly much milder than I expected, especially given the tastebud-scorching, enamel-peeling hop monster that is their Hop Ottin'. It's very drinkable, but aside from the terrific appearance, it's not especially compelling. For a session West Coast ale, I'd definitely look to Red Nectar or Sierra Nevada before this.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 06:44:38 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of cjhofelt


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

This beer was recomended to me by a friend. He's now on my short list of "good friends". A excelent beer all around.

Pours nicely, if a bit foamy at first. Nice thick head that fades to a thin film of creamy foam that persists and leaves a good ammount of lace. Clear and deep amber, almost brown.

Great heavenly hop aroma. Northern brewer? I'm not sure what the hops are, but they smell great. Faint frutyness in the smell, too.

It tastes great. lots of ale frutyness and hop flavor. A very full flavored beer with nothing unpleasent up front, and a slightly sweet malty finish. Oh so good.

Creamy, smoth mouthfeel. A very nice beer that lingers on the on the tounge in the best way.

The relitively high ABV makes this a "slow drinkin' beer". Easy to enjoy, good to savor. Would go well with bar-b-que, seafood, or any strong flavored meat (like duck). It's a beer that could give you an appetite.

Man, I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 00:06:45 | More by cjhofelt
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Edinborough Castle, San Fransisco. I’m a big fan of anderson Valley. and this is a good amber. Nutty, with some the usual hit of NW hops, something i could imagine drinking a lot of in one session.Quite a nice amber ale, from a pretty good brewery!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 12:37:09 | More by rastaman
Photo of RocketWidget


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average beer. Pours a standard amber color, head is very light, but present throughout. Smell is malty, nothing unusual. Taste is unusual compared to most ambers that I’ve had. It’s light, but has a definite tang to it that feels odd. Almost sugary-sweet malt profile on the first sip, hops are secondary. A slightly metallic aftertaste. I probably won’t try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 23:16:18 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of Denali


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Slightly opaque brown-copper color with thin tan head. Slightly sweet malt aroma. Flavors upfront were a grape/wine like sweet malt flavor mixed with caramel and a hint of vanilla. Middle had hops flavor and bitterness coming through but was also unfortunately moderately metallic in character. Nut flavors come in next. Aftertaste is bitter, metallic, and again a little bit nutty. Thin and slightly dry mouthfeel.

Note that the metallic character is something that I may be very sensitive to (I've seen this happen with other beers) and may not be as pronounced for other people.

Still a decent amber.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2004 22:07:06 | More by Denali
Photo of carln26


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap today, and the color was deep amber to mahogany. There was just a slight head, and little lace (this may be due to the fact that I was one of the 1st pours off the line). The aroma was of roasted malt, and a subtle sweetness that reminded me of caramel corn (Cracker Jack?). The taste had the malt (roasted and otherwise) up front. The hops show themselves in the middle and balance the sweetness, on the back of the taste is a yeasty bread flavor (wheat bread). Nice medium –heavy mouth feel, and a wonderful drinkability, Brown ales are not my favorite, but this beer excels.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2004 23:41:05 | More by carln26
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice amber ale, but after trying and consuming quantities of Hop Ottin', I was expecting more. The color is a hazy, light amber with a large tannish head. There was a small bit of lacing. There is not much aroma here, except for a little smell of hops. There is a hint of pine and citrus in the taste along with a mild hops kick. There is considerable carbonation but this is only somewhat refreshing in the mouth due to a bit of metallic (for want of a better descriptive term) aftertaste that leaves a dusky feel in the mouth.

All told, this is a drinkable amber but not what I was expecting from Anderson Valley.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 22:26:04 | More by rdrummer
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been such a confusing beer to review but very enlightening in exposing the day-to-day changes of my palette. The first time I had this beer I thought it was a perfect 5.0 - nectar of the gods. I remember the complex taste and a very fruity note, which my memory filed under the heading "sweet". The second time I was eagerly looking forward to the same experience, only to be overpowered by a grapefruit-like bitter note with none of the sweetness I remembered. Third time's a charm, because this review reflects the complexity that had confused me on previous tastings...

The beer pours with lots of promise - it's a dark orange-red color that far exceeds normal 'amber' expectations. I'd have rated the appearance higher still but the head pours a bit thin and leaves little in the way of lacing on the glass.

The smell is inviting - lots of interesting notes. There's a strong fruity smell which reminded me of cherries or peaches, complemented by equally balanced touches of malt and hops. This is one of those ales that smells so good that even though you want to dive right in it's worth the effort to pause and savor the aroma...

The taste is incredibly complex and changes as you work your way through the glass. Initially there's a pronounced bitter hop flavor but as your taste buds adjust and as the beer warms to the room the more fruity notes come to the front. The malt has a soft, mellowed taste that feels "lightly toasted" - not enough to make the roasting a primary flavor but enough to encourage caramelization and all the wonderful tastes that come along with browned sugars.

Mouthfeel is fine - nothing extraordinary to note but nothing bad to distract either. Frankly your taste buds will be so busy sparkling with excitement that you won't be paying much attention to mouth feel.

I'm not a session drinker but my reaction on finishing this amber ale was to wonder what the next one would taste like now that my tongue had adjusted to the flavors. Would the cold bring out the grapefruit hoppy flavors again or would my adjusted palette respond to the malt notes? Contrary to my first impressions, this is not a 'sweet' ale at all - it just has some very interesting notes that are so reminiscent of fruit that it gets remembered as sweet. I'm looking for my next bottle and may serve it at a warmer temperature to start with to see how that affects the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 18:12:48 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

This is one serious looking amber ale. In fact, it isn't amber at all, but is orange-copper with a few paper-thin flakes suspended within. The head is pastel orange-tinted beige in color and is firm and tacky. I've seen better lace, but the beer itself looks mighty nice. Pleasant nose of caramel malt, light brown sugar and fruity hops.

The flavor is brown sugar sweet, toasted malty, overripe apple fruity and mildly spicy. It all works well together and is assertive enough to stand out from the crowd. The fruity, earthy hops wait until mid-mouthful to join the party, never quite overtaking the heavily toasted caramel. The finish lingers, thanks in part to a firm, medium-full body that keeps the beer on the taste buds long enough to make a favorable impression.

Boont Amber Ale is another goodun' from Anderson Valley. While not stupendous, it is solid across the board and earns my seal of approval. Come to think of it, maybe those flaky floaters were boont.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 22:18:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mntlover


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a off white head that is feed by lots of rising bubbles. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops a little light in aroma. Tastes of crystal malt you get the carmel flavor along with sweet malt with a touch of hop flavor with a light hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium a good drinkable little amber ale. Not one of the best but not a bad little sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 19:38:14 | More by mntlover
Photo of wyllder


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

On tap at the Moan & Dove, Amherst MA.

Second beer of the night for me, following a Marh's Pilsner.

Poured a nice clear medium orange-amber. Small head that receded to leave a delicate lacing.

Nose is citrusy and grassy hops, rather agressive for an amber ale but not at all unwelcome.

Taste is spot on. A nice kick of hops to start you off and an excellent balance of sweet malt on the midsip. Finish is smooth, with a bitter almost-IPA aftertaste.

As a lover of IPA's, this amber ale worked really well for me. It seemed a good bit more agressive than some of the milder IPA's I've tried.

If you like really mild ales, this may be a surprise for you. If you want to work your way up to IPA's, this is a damn fine way to start.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2004 18:38:18 | More by wyllder
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable ale. Liked it quite a bit. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. There is an ample amount of lace that sticks to the glass in various places.

The aroma is like caramel with a topping of hops. The taste is slightly malty and caramel-like, slightly sweet to the taste. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that is mild, yet apparent.

An all around good beer. I like this one. An unexpected surprise from a brewery I had never heard of.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 23:35:53 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slight malty scent with the presence of hops and fruity yeast. The taste is good. It has a smooth light caramel flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and a bit metallic. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is a decent amber ale. It says it's a gold medal winner, but I've had much better. It drinks well, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 00:14:31 | More by WesWes
Photo of beertaster13


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw that this beer took home the silver at the GABF so I had to try it. The appearance is a dark amber color with a cream whipped cream colored head. The smell is of a homecoode banana bread, inviting and pleasant, hints of honey. Taste is of malts with honey tones, very full bodied, hints of herbal. A nice beer to have at dinner time.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 22:59:30 | More by beertaster13
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.