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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,377
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 63
Gots: 119 | 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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Ratings: 1,377 | Reviews: 549
Photo of ibbjamin
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack from Trader Joe's on my last trip after 'bartering' for one of these at an airshow. I had cups and he had this beer. We both helped each other out. I've always considered Ambers to be mediocre beers, but this one stood out as being particularly tasty so I thought I'd give more a try. I pour the first beer of the pack into a pint glass to review.

Leaves just under an inch of frothy off white head. Copper in color. Transparent with good carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A nice layer of retention and solid sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

A well balanced ale with caramel malts, brown sugar, floral hops and hints of pine on the nose. Clean, well crafted.

Similar attributes as I detected in the nose. Quality ingredients superbly balanced.

Perfectly carbonated giving it a lively, crisp mouthfeel. Light to medium in body with a pleasant light caramel malt aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Photo of spencerw
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying this beer and I was really surprised how in line it was with its reviews. Very refreshing and would definitely drink this again and perhaps search for where it can be found in the bottle for purchase.

A - Dark Copper / Bronze full looking beverage with a nice thick head that faded quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - Light malt, caramel and a touch of dry fruitiness with a distinct hop sense.

T - Malty sugars, and a distant touch of floral hop.

M - Medium body beer that was very smooth and had a slight carbonation.

D - It's very refreshing, and extremely tasty. Leaves an aftertaste that was right in line with my preference.

If you haven't tried this Ale I would strongly recommend it. I rate this beer as one of the best Ales I've tried. Anderson Valley did a great job here.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with some faint hops in the distant background. Taste is also sweet and smooth with a medium body. A bit of sourness on the finish but the sweet, now honey-like malt is the star of the show. Lovely offering in a style that isn't my favorite.

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

Pours a deep copper color with a foamy, light tan head that is slow to fall. Decent lace.

Mild malt aroma with a thin hop background.

Metallic in taste with caramel malts. Obvious hop present.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth.

Easy drinking beer. Nice red ale but nothing spectacular.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but back label does have a blurb about the beer. Was a slightly hazy copper color. Slight carb and no lacing. It had an average sized tan head that settled into a collar and central wisps.

The aroma was caramel malt, metallic hops and a touch of fruit. Not my favorite style for aromas but this one was good for the style. The taste was malty and sweet up-front with some hops kicking in towards the end for a very slight bitter finish. Had a metallic after-taste which was a bit distracting. Mouthfeel was full with good carb levels.

Overall, a good to average beer that is good for the style. Glad to see AVBC here in Texas finally. Rotation: this isn't a style that I usually seek out so probably won't buy any six packs but could see drinking this on-tap as a change-up or best option.

Photo of apbarwood
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich coppery color with a respectable amount of lace, could have been a little showier but I'll take it. The aroma was decent, sweet malty character with an fruity quality in the background. The flavor was very well balanced and complex. Nice hop bitterness balanced by a malty sweetness. There was a fruitiness that was hard to pin down that was somewhere between apple juice and sweetened tea. Very pleasant overall and highly drinkable. I could see myself drinking this beer all night long.

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

Pours a nice dark amber with loads of lacey head taht overflows. Pleasant malty aroma. Easy drinker,nicely lightly toasted, lightly hopped. Something you can drink anytime. Carbonation was right there, initially strong but nowhere impeding drinkability or mouthfeel.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant Amber Ale, lightly malty with clear carbonation.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Landscape Anderson Valley design with horned boont bear. Fair description around ingredients and craft quality. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, IBU's or gravity, showing Alc. by Vol. (5.8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Copper orange hue with a quick bubbly tanned head that fades away quickly leaving a minimal ring and no lacing.

S - Light maltiness, caramel and a touch of fruitiness.

T - Malty sugars, and a distant touch of floral hoppiness.

M - Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation that takes command during most of the drink.

D - It's nicely drinkable in a refreshing, and fairly tasty manner without being too light and with enough flavor to make it attractive.

Notes: A nice amber ale, too carbonated for my liking but a good brew. I must recognize that typically this is not a style of beer that I go after when having other choices so I'm not too passionate about them and tend not to rate them very highly.

Photo of Drew966
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boont Amber Ale poured a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Caramel malt and floral hops dominate both the nose and the flavor. This beer is quite nicely balanced, really a very enjoyable session beer that I could drink all night.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber-brown color with a thin beige head. Retention is not all that great, but does form a nice collar and leaves some lace patches. The beer color is great, but the foam characteristics are not very impressive.

Caramel apples come to mind upon sniffing this beer. Tart fruitiness mixes with a sweet, toasty malt aroma and a bit of citric and tropical hoppiness. Interesting smelling amber ale, for sure.

Distinctive AV malt nuttiness and bready yeast with a bit of sweetness and toast. Plenty of grassy hop flavor pervades the beer for a nice clean finish. The more I drink of this beer the better it gets, one of the best American amber ales I have had.

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.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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