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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,279 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 54
Gots: 78 | 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 tattooedtolley
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tattooedtolley, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PeatReek, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Shovelbum, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

soulgrowl, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

arguemaniac, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GClarkage, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of dawg
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

dawg, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of cokes
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

cokes, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

maxpower, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of Ahhdball
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Ahhdball, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

surfmeister, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

grindcore666, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of EPseja
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Cable Beverage in Bardonia, NY: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4252/ Fantastic place!

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

A - Pours a slightly hazed deep copper amber color (go figure) with a whirlwind of activity that rises up to form a thick, dense, creamy tan head that clings and clings to the glass. Beautiful!

S - Clean, light, fruity hoppiness mixed with a medium bodied maltiness. Notes of pine sap and spicier hops are also evident. Mouthwatering.

T - The first thing on the tongue is a nice round maltiness. In the middle the crisp, spicier hops make their presence known in just the right amount to compliment the sweet malts. The finish brings a lingering sweetness along with a delicate hop bitterness that leaves you wanting more.

M - Starts out a bit watery, but instantly turns into a creamy, slightly chewy wave in the mouth. The finish is slick and quick, priming you up for another.

D - This is one easy easy drinking amber with the right amount of sweetness and just enough hoppiness to make it interesting. Also packs that really nice, calming buzz that can't be found in just any beer.

This beer has cracked my ambivalence towards ambers. Very nice job, Anderson Valley!

EPseja, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Your usual, coppery colored amber beer. No real head. Nice,soft aroma-somewhat malty and floral. Very nice malty flavor. A good touch of caramel sweetness. The overall flavor is very smooth and mellow. Nice body for style. Very full. Very enjoyble and drinkable beer. Well worth a try.

lackenhauser, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review from bottle, September 03, 09: The beer has a soft caramel, medium fruity flavor and aroma, and a mild toast character that balances very well with piney hops. The beauty in the beer is that it doesn't favor the hops nor the malts.

My impression of an amber ale is that of a weak brown ale. Nevertheless, this one pretty safe. Looks nicely of a red with some copper hues. Big bubbles and nice lacing. Aromatic on the side of malt, almonds, caramel, and thin molassas. Tastes much the same with some toasty and yeasty characters. Low hop flavor and bitter; could be amped up a bit. Finishes mildly sweet and lingering. Low but present alcohol flavors. This beer has no real stand-out characters, but is well balanced for easy drinking.

BEERchitect, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a rich, consistent amber color; unlike some others, mine had virtually no head. Taste was subtle, with mild maltiness & slight fruity/floral quality. I also detected something akin to bread (like a yeast roll...) in the finish. Very light on the hops. A smooth beer & quite drinkable.

msubulldog25, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one awesome beer. Pours a copper color with a nice head. Not much lacing afterwards though. Scents of sweet caramel, malt. Has a medium body with a nice sweet taste. I really like this beer, it's a very new taste to me. Definitely will be buying a 6er. Many of these can be had for sure, watchout, LOL.

Wasatch, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper color with good foam and lacing. Aroma is floral with strong fruity hops. Initial taste contains bread, a thickish mouthfeel, crisp, bitter hops balanced nicely with with malt. The mildly sweet flavor persists to the end, and the finish is barley, malt, hops and brown sugar. A nicely brewed, good beer.

palliko, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a solid white head.

Aromas show off some floral hops as well as some bread-like smells.

Medium-full bodied with a soft carbonation. The floral hops work with the bready malts and a bit of sweetness and fruits come through and then finishes with more of the bready flavors.

A fine amber ale, I just wish AVBC would start selling in GA.

Southernbrew, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of nfo
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Settles into a deep and clear amber - this is essentially what I want my amber ale to look like. The flavor is a simple but rich maltiness with a really nice full body. Just enough of a hint of hops to be allowed to come from a good west coast brewery. My own "house" beer for a long time, it's easy on the palate and the wallet - can't go wrong with this one.

nfo, Jun 03, 2005
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...

troutmask96, May 26, 2005
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.

GreatPondBrewer, May 25, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

SixpointJMH, May 02, 2005
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,279 ratings.