Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,337 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 59
Gots: 92 | 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 BermahOne
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutetly love this beer. The first time I had it was on draft in a bar in Santa Cruz. It poured out with a lot of head. It had such a nice aroma to it, kind of woodsy. Taste really smooth caramel nutty just a bunch of greatness. Definitely reccommended!!!

Photo of Grandwazoo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish red with a decent head

Nose of toasted malts and frsh pine with a hint of vanilla

A very forward taste with berry and vanilla that dissolves into a mildly smokey caramel that lingers with just enough sweetness to be pleasant. I'm drinking this on a very cold winter evening, and am thinking it would be superb on a warm fall evening

Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice amber ale from Anderson Valle. Pours a nice, light copper colour and a brown-cream head.

Malty caramel scent, hints of dough and fresh baked bread. Slight hop presence comes off as citrus, fresh cut grass.

Rich caramel and malt taste - low hop profile. Faint hints of bread and dough.

Decent carbonation, but a times a bit over done. Big bottle size with a slightly higher than average ABV makes this a borderline session ale.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Honey Amber with a big frothy head that pits and lingers. Nice lacing.

S - Sweet malt, biscuit and caramel.

T - Follows the smell without a lot punch. This isn't a bad thing though. Citrusy hop in the finish. Extremely well balanced. Very impressed with the subtleness of this beer.

M - hop oily which is kind of odd as it isn't very hoppy.

D - Legendary session beer.

Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Appearance: A coppery orange color that had a one finger head. There is carbonation in the beer. The head dissipated to a quarter inch and it is slightly foamy. The beers clarity is slightly hazy, probably from dry hopping. The carbonation bubbles are forming a slightly foamy lily pads on the beer.

Nose: A nice maltiness, with citrus, and floral esters. There is a hint of caramel and a sweetness.

Taste: A malty sweetness with a citrus and floral notes. There are also notes of caramel.

Overall: The beer has an astringent and a moderate carbonation for the mouth feel. The finish is bitter but lingers on the palate for a few moments. This is a very good amber ale. I have tried a few others amber ales but this one so far is one of the better one. I like the balance of the beers malt to the hops. The only thing that I feel is it didn't have head retention.

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Full 1 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malts, a little hop, and some fruity aroma. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, and low carbonation. Initial hops bitterness (light in nature) quickly gives way to a sweet malt. Initial aftertaste is of a fruity flavor that gives way to a strong malt flavor. Body is just right, not watery and not too overpowering. Only complaint would be that it is a touch to sweet for my tastes, but overall a really good beer.

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

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $3.49.

Beer poured a deep copper color with an outstanding off white head. Nose initially had a hint of light fruits but becomes mostly malty after a few sips. Taste is well balanced between the caramel toffee malts and the english style hops that lend a light apple/pear finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability is quite good. This is a well balanced beer that is right on the edge of being sessionable. Not sure why it took so long to try this but it is definitely recommended!

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

trade via brentk56

I loves me a balanced amber! Boont Amber pours a translucent amber color with a minimal dark white head. Good retention.

Heavy on the olefactories. I have a bad sense of smell but had no problem with this one. Floral hops, cinnamon, and raisiny caramel malt.

Very balanced. Caramel apple maltiness is offset perfectly with citrus hops. Boont Amber is at once both extremely flavorful but also very mellow: a paradoxical beer.

It also has a bear with deer antlers.

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

Boont Amber is a crystal clear amber beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is of sweet caramel and muscavado sugar. The body is medium-light and smooth. It's not very bitter. The flavor of sweet pale malt and caramel prevails. An all-time session ale!
(rated Apr 10, 2007)

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

Bottle on 10/18/2005.

Poured hazy brown with a small rocky white head that was fully diminishing with fair lacing. Moderate hoppy aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish.

Good drinkable beer.

Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Saarlander(thanks!).

Poured a medium to deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, bready, and lightly fruity. Tastes of caramel, toffee, lightly bready, and the same light fruitiness.

Notes from 2/11/07

Photo of MaaikeMae
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favourite session beer, and the best American amber at that. Perfect malt backbone with a great hop character- excellent balance. Beautiful colour!! I am happy and proud to turn on as many people as possible to this beer.

I'd like to thank AVBC for hours of pleasurable Boont Amber drinking.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/09/08.

Pours deep clear copper color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head receded slowly, leaving slight lacing. Aroma is rich with toasted malt and hops, almost tea-like.

Taste is very malty up front. Sweet malt and toasted malt, very tasty. That is balanced by a generous amount of herbal hops. The finish is a slight bitterness from the hops.

Feel is very smooth and clean. Medium body with ample carbonation. Drinkability is great. It goes down so smoothly. Easily sessionable.

Overall, one of the best amber ales I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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

22oz. bomber into DFH specialty glass. Shared with Deuane on 10/30/08.

A - Hazy reddish amber body with medium carbonation and almost two fingers of foamy beige head that receded into a patchy retention and some spotty lacing.

S - Floral hops and caramel malt with a touch of alcohol twang and sugary sweetness. Pretty simple aroma overall.

T - Sweet, slightly burnt caramel malt and light floral hops with hints of toffee and brown sugar.

M - Thin, watery texture with a light syrupy character and fairly soft carbonation. Finish is mildly bittersweet on the palate.

D - This is a pretty straightforward amber ale that's simple and drinkable, albeit a tad thin and watery overall, possibly due to the age of the bottle.

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

A - Translucent amber color with a healthy off white head and nice lacing.

S - Caramel malt sweetness with some slightly yeasty tones.

T - Malt sweetness, caramel, slight hint of piney hops and yeast. Overall this one isn't bad. I don't typically go for amber ales but this one is well balanced and enjoyable.

M - A little on the thin side but approaching that syrupy like quality.

D- This is a somewhat easy drinker. Ambers aren't really my thing so I would probably tire after a couple, but if you like them then you'll probably be able to enjoy a whole lot of this stuff.

Photo of bheilman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. I'd love to hang at a bar and drink these til I couldn't drink anymore. Nice smooth taste, but not that unique. If you're looking for a one of a kind beer this probably isn't it, but would fit well with any mixed variety of beers. If I saw it in a pile I'd pick it up. Especially impresses withed shape.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange with thick sticky white head.

Aroma is pale and caramel malt. Earthy, with a mild yeasty character.

Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel malt matched with an earthy yeasty quality. Hints of nut and light tropical fruit. Finish is slightly metallic and has an off flavor that doesn't seem to meld with everything else.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and soft.

Overall this one is OK, but nothing to get excited about.

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

Poured a nice dark amber with a thick bubbly head, long lasting and sticky.

The smell is light and slightly sweet with a touch of brown sugar and toasted grain and a bit of pine.

The flavor is light and grainy with nice toasted bready malts, has a bit of light malty sweetness and a lightly minty and lemon finish.

The mouthfeel is light and bubbly with lots of carbonation on the palette with just a touch of oily lingering.

A good, but very typical American Amber, worth drinking, but nothing that separates it from the crowd.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: snifter. nice copper/mahogany color, very clear. nice light tan head. decent head retention and nice lacing.

S: fruity caramel malts, light earthy hop notes, but nothing huge. big malt notes. apples.

T: Some fruity and caramel flavors. very earthy tones, like light woods. very tea like. good amber. some cocoa in the aftertaste.

M: mild carbonation. light bodied. very smooth.

T: extremely drinkable. ridiculously smooth. the most drinkable amber I have had yet.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Nice amber color with a white/brown head that fizzed away rather quickly

S-Sweet scent caramel maybe but something else....

T-Nice crisp taste that isnt too strong

M-very smooth going down with just a small hint of alcohol.

D-Nice abv something you can partake all night

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

Pours a clouded amber. Nose use malty with some caramel. Flavor is wads of caramel. Malt on the backside. Nice and thick. Robust and lasts for a while. Heavy, heavy caramel though. Real smooth feel on all ends. Nice to drink. Well bodied and consistent. A good one.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber/copper color. Somewhat fluffy tannish head that falls to a ring with thin whisps.
Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, dried figs and raisins. Hop aroma is light, but some pine and grass are present.
Brown sugar comes through more in the taste, followed by the caramel and fruit. Again, somewhat lower in hops than usual for a West Coast beer. Mostly piney hops seem to come through. As the beer warms, hints of green apple peel come through.
Medium bodied. A little oily which is surprising given how low in hops the beer tastes.
Very drinkable. Great flavors help make this a good all night drinker.
Great gateway beer, or even just a great beer to enjoy anytime. My wife and I loved this beer when we lived in CA and are glad we got another chance to have this again.

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

Poured a from the bottle into a pint glass

A: The appearance is very clear amber, kind of a real dark copper, with a nice ivory head. This actually resembles newcastle very much.

S: Caramel. Caramel. Caramel. The scent really shines through along with some brown sugar.

T: The caramel slaps you in the face right away, and I love it! There are some other spices in there as well, but I pick up some brown sugar notes.

Overall, one of the best Ambers I have had. The flavors blend so well together and the caramel flavor is almost unrivaled.

Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber to almost brown, with some ruby red highlights. A slightly offwhite and creamy head with rather large bursting bubble clumps.

S: Floral and slightly citrus hops, slight fruit scents - primarily apple peel, and a touch of caramel maltiness.

T: Mild citrus fruit - like Tangerine Jr. kinda flavours. Fruit peel flavours like in the aroma, with a sugary-sweet kiss of malts. A bit of a shortbread cookie taste in there, complete with the sprinkling of sugar.

M + D: A smooth drinking round, medium body. Just enough stick to leave a lasting impression on the way down. A very decent brew - this could potentially become a staple of my selection at some point.

Photo of ralree
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark, cloudy red with a reddish white head of 2-fingers. Retention is very nice. Lacing is good. Solid appearance.

S: Fruit, sweet caramel malt, even some hops. Not a bad smell at all. Hops smell flowery and fresh.

T: Dark fruit, some banana, and caramel dominant, backed by a nice bitter hop flavor. Cloying from the fruit. Aftertaste is a toasted bread flavor, and the bitterness stays. It's a little too sugary and cloying for me.

M: Oily, medium-heavy bodied, nice carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: Drinks alright, but if it wasn't so darn cloying, it would go down much easier. I don't think I can finish it.

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.