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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 61
Gots: 112 | 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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Photo of mithrascruor
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber-gold color. Off-white/light tan head has good retention and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Nice balance of hops and malts, with a bit of citrus.

Taste: Has a bit of a "tropical fruit" taste with some nice caramel and some lightly bitter hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth with light carbonation. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Nice all around making it quite drinkable.

A nice, solid amber ale that's generally refreshing and rather enjoyable. Nothing mind-blowing, but still quite solid -- something I'd try again when offered.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What is the story morning glory? Pours a darker brownish amber color with a good pour leaving an ample white head. Good frothiness but some bigger bubbles. Ok retention but decent lacing.

The nose is mostly malt up front but a nice hop finish as well. Some grainy and caramel with a nice toasted almost bready quality. Some lighter sweeter but not really sugary notes but a flare of nutty esters as well. The hops have a floral and lighter earthy smell.

The taste is similar. The malt is more prominent then what the nose first indicated. A more malty presence with stronger notes of caramel and bready flavors. The nuttiness comes out more with a off-flavored organic taste. A touch of DMS as well. There is a nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Some lighter floral finishing hops as well.

The body is closer to mid than full body quality. A bit chewy with good carbonation. Easy to drink but some off flavors limit this beer.

Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce single bottle purchased for $1.99 from Total Wine and More in Union...
An aggressive and thorough pour yielded a full-sized frothy and foamy head which displayed impressive staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving a generous amount of lacing...
Smell was on-point and accurate for an American Amber, with a nice balance of hops and malts rounded off with a touch of vanilla and a sprinkle of grapefruit...
Taste strongly mirrored the aroma, bursting with caramel-cream and candy flavors, amber red nuances, hops, malts, vanilla, grapefruit, yeast, grain, and a noticeable creamy, frosty taste...
Another top-notch sample from Anderson Valley...
Although this is not the best representation of the style that I've come across, it is certainly up there and full of flavor, quality and style...
Good, creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel dominate this one, with an easy level of drinkabilty with no observable hints of any alcohol and pure, rich, quality flavors...

Photo of Slynger
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boont amber pours a dark, cloudy, rusty amber color with a big creamy beige lid.

Sweet caramel and fruity nose with some nuttiness.

Medium bodied and smoothly creamy. Toasted and sweet flavor. Caramelish and fruity with a touch of chocolate and nuts. Cool herbal earthly hops. Lightly sharp with a mild, lingering bitterness.

Not deep, but very tasty with a great mouthfeel.

Photo of RobH
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer of the night at Birreria Paradiso in Washington, D.C. A fantastic beer to get the palate warmed up!

Amber ale is one of my favorite beer styles, and this is one of the best I've had.

Refreshing, clean and flavorful. Not too bitter as some can be. Well balanced. Very nice nose.

This is an extremely drinkable session type beer. This is a great beer to serve to swill-beer drinkers who you are trying to move to craft beers because of its balance and the fact that it has nothing offensive going on. This beer has broad appeal.

Photo of gmfessen
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly murky, copper/amber color with a thin head comprised of lots of large bubbles. The smell is slightly malty sweet, caramely, slightly fruity and also has a slight hop presence. The taste is quite interesting, can't quite put my finger on it... the intro is slightly hoppy but well balanced with caramel malt and finishes biscuty and slightly grainy. Different is how I would have to describe it, but in a good way. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a light, smooth carbonation. Drinkability of this one is pretty high, good session beer.

Photo of charlzm
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed on 12/02/07.

Pours a cloudy dark copper with lots of bubbles and a short lived head.

Nose has alcohol notes mixed with sweet caramel and honey.

Creamy in the mouth. Alcohol taste stronger than the ABV would suggest. Watery, somewhat weak smooth malt flavor until finish which, in addition to mild hop bite (long-lasting but only moderately bitter oranges) and resin stickiness, has and unusual warm, salty burnt toast character. Yeasty flavors present as well.

Not a particularly pleasing beer, but a novelty, anyway.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy copper color with a tan, bubbly/soapy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Wow, did this smell floral! Also notes of hops and caramel malt.

T - It tasted fruity and sweet. Very floral tasting with hoppiness. Also, a nice blend of carmael malts.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice amber beer. The smell was really surprising.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a reddish gold with about a 1/2 inch head of foam. The foam doesn't hang around for very long and there's not much lacing.

The smell is of caramel malt and hop bitterness and is about equal in proportion.

The taste is of caramel malt, roasted malt, some bread, and midway through and through the finish, there's a nice hop bite that gives a nice balance to the over all flavour but it's still slightly on the sweet side and, for me, it works nicely. Amber/Reds that are tasty enough to keep me interested for the entire session aren't all that easy to find for my palate but this one fits the bill. I recommend it because it's tasty and it's a good brew to session.

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

Pours a light copper color with an off white head. Hops is noticeable in the pour but the aroma doesn't linger. Taste is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is medium with light carbonation, while drinkability is high because of the smoothness of the finish and the nice malty sweetness.

Photo of jwolfie70
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Poured an amber red, with a decent off white head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is also of piney hops, with some caramel, roasted malt flavor coming through. An enjoyable brew, which fortunately for me is readily available in Northern California.

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

Poured into a pint glass producing minimal head. Dark reddish orange in color. Subtle floral hop aroma becoming more noticeable as the beer warms. Bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Well balanced with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and dry finish. This would qualify as a pleasant session beer. One of the best American Amber ales I have tasted.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a ruby-orange color with a 1 finger off white creamy head.

S: great aroma of sweet malt with nice citrusy tang.

T: For flavor there was a sweet caramel presence along with some fruitiness (apples) and citrusy hopping (grapefruit). Nicely hopped for an American amber. The flavor overall was very clean and sweet per style. It finished with a lemony hop tang that is sharp and pronounced.

M: The mouthful was light and a little thin but rich in flavor.

D: Very good drinkability, nicely carbonated and one you could easily drink all night.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt, caramel, grain/bread, brown sugar and a bit of hops. A nice malty aroma overall. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a noticable nutty taste and a lingering slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit chewy and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good too, I found myself picking up my glass for another drink quicker than I thought. If in the mood, I could have this as a session beer. Overall I think this is a good all around brew, I'll have to pick this up again in the future.

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

Pours a dark caramel color with a nice off white head. Smell at first is of mostly hops and a touch of caramel like sweetness. A very nice balanced smell. Taste is definitely more malty at first and overall tastes nice, and balanced. As it warms, the mild hop flavor dissipates somewhat and becomes more of a backdrop to the big caramel creamy taste. Definitely changes as it warms a bit. Overall a good rich amber.

Photo of ccrida
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Boont Amber is a darker copper with a massive ivory head that's a bit rocky and leaves fairly heavy lace.

Smell is bready and generic hops.

Taste is very bready, toasted malt, fairly smooth with a slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel is a bit crispy, average body.

Drinkability is about average, this one is fine but pretty indistinct.

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

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

This one was one of the first beers that got me into craft beers, it was one of my favorites as I explored the beer world and I have not had one in about a year or so. I hope it's still as good as I thought it was.

Pours almost a muddy brown color with a tinge of orange. About a half inch foam forms as I pour into my pint glass and it quickly falls to a thin layer.

It has a nice toasted malt character with lots of dark fruits surprisingly, I do not recall it smelling like that. Sweet potato and caramel, sweet dates, raisins, ripe figs and maybe little bit of smoke. A little nutty as well.

A more subtle dark fruit presence is detected in the taste. Toasted bread and a bit of caramel as well. Very little bitterness in the finish.

Well carbonated and very good mouthfeel. I still believe this one is among the best amber ales out there.

Photo of m1ked
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those beers that I would see all the time, but not buy it because I can buy it any time I want. It will always be there, so look for something else that might not be around next time I am at the store. I finally tried it like a month ago, and have had once a week since.

22 oz bottle, poured into my DT Noel tulip (aka, my only clean glass)

A- Coppery red/orange with a slight haze. 1/2" off white head that slowly dissipates to a fine foam covering.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, light raisin. mmmm I like.

T- Slight roasty biscuits, creamy caramel. A quick touch of bitter at the end. With a long lasting flavor.

M- Light smooth feel with fine carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable, love the creamy caramel. Excellant change of pace for my hop heavy rotation.

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

i have no clever intro for tonight, so on to the beer:

The beer settles in the glass a chill hazed orange color with an adequate compact head. This is a nice little treat in a glass. This ale leans towards the malty side with a kiss of tea-like hops. Actually, the flavor from the maltiness reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfestbier, and like that beer, this can be quaffed with ease despite an alcohol level that's just a little heavier than normal.

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

One of the beers that started my love of craft beers. I remember buying this in the mid-90's in Fargo and then Anderson Valley disappeared for awhile in Minnesota and now it is back...

A-Deep Orange/amber colored....slightly hazed....s

S-Sweet and malty...caramel....and light floral hop notes.

T-Caramel maltiness...floral hops compliment perfectly....

M-At first I thought it was a little light in the shorts but after further review it is about perfect for the style...rounded mouthfeel add weight to the body....smooth and almost creamy..

D-The memory remains the same....great drinking amber ale with character and flavor.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the Boont into the pint glass and it had a one finger head with some retention. It left tiny sudsy bubbles on the side of the glass. It had no freshness date.

The aroma was of honey and caramel. The taste was well balanced between the malt and the hops. I thought it finished nice on the hop side which gave it a fresh taste. You can taste the caramel thru the drink and it was soft on the palate. Very enjoyable amber.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from the Boise Coop for about $1.60... shared with my brother.. my half from a shaker pint. Listening to Donald Glaude Live a Ruby Skye.

An only slightly hazy deep orange brew.. topped by a shortlasing eggshell head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is prevalent toasty carmel malts with just a touch of brown sugar... subdued citrus and earthy hops.... smell is nice... sorta nutty.

Flavor is malty sweetness.. toasted biscuits.. topped with lite caramel sugar... just enough bitterness to be very well balanced... a little fruitiness and a lingering balanced grassy hoppiness with the toasted malt notes.... flavor is very good... more nuttiness (victory?) A little viscous for the style but the carbonation helps clean the palate nicely.

Boont Amber has for years been a fridge staple when I am on an amber kick... and is always the brew I try and emulate when I make an amber homebrew. A very good brew from a very good brewing company.

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

Poured from the bottle into tasting glass. Amber/orange in color 1" head which dissapates quickly to 1/4". Grapefruity nose with slight sweet carmel malt, pretty faint. The taste is forwardly malty with slight hoppy bite on the finish. The mouthfeel has nice carbonation slighty chewy, but still refreshing. I could drink a couple of these large beers in a sitting.

Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in its bottle at Moan and Dove. The drink settled with a murky, amber-like appearance. The smells of malty spices with some citrus were most apparent in this drink. The ale had a perfect balance between citrus flavors and bitter-sweet flavors. It had a great carbonation to it, making it pretty refreshing. In general, this one heck of a good amber ale.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with a tan head. Aromas that consist of grapefruity hops. In the taste, grapefruity/ citrus hops and a nice sweet maltiness. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry maltiness with a sticky-sweet aftertaste. Quite hoppy for an amber, but nice and easy.

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.