Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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1,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 59
Gots: 91 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite amber ales, I'm always happy to see it on tap at Yardhouse.

Deep coppery amber, nice inch or two head that lasts a while. Smell is loaded with hops, floral aromas, and a hint of maltiness to come. Taste is complex, mouthfeel might be a tad thin, but there's enough complexity to have you savoring every sip.

It's just not the same out of the bottle, which is a shame.

Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32 ounce mug from Richmond Bar and Grill

Pour was a deep brown with a red tint

Seemed more like a nut brown than an amber in smell, but then taste eliminated that idea

Taste was nice and dry with a smooth finish and a good use of hops

Very drinkable beinmg that I drank two and half beers worth with no problems

Photo of Lothore
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown earthy color with a nice 2 finger head that faded quickly but left a bit of lacing.

S- Sweet smell, roasted malts, oats.

T- Taste is wheaty with a real grain flavor that follows through with roasted malts present. Doesn't seem to have the best balance and has a sickening sweetness at the end I just did not dig.

M- Fairly viscous with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I didn't dig this beers balance and that made it especially difficult for me to drink for a style that should be an easy session beer.

Photo of dbalsock
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This looks like a great beer, excellent head and head retention, deep amber body, but not too dark. The aroma is pretty standard for an amber ale, medium malt background with a jumble of american hop aromas, mostly floral. The taste has a malt background that is a little exaggerated by crystal malt, it reminds me a lot of one of my first homebrews in this way. There isn't so much depth in maltiness, but more of one layer of crystal malt underneath the pale malt base making the caramel seem a little unnatural. The hops lack distinction, but are nice if you like a thick bitterness in your drink. Its hard to make it through a hole pint of this, and I won't be ordering it again. For beer that's supposed to be fairly drinkable, I think there's a slight lack of balance.

Photo of henrysunset
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from going out of business sale.

hazy reddish orange brew is nice looking and fitting of the style, with a small head of tan foam

smell is sweet malt, bitter hops and a slight sourness.

taste is smooth, with a dry malty aftertaste. nutty in the middle and a bit bitter upfront. Very good. only slightly alcoholicly astringent.

smooth and very drinkable. Enjoyable

Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good American amber, but not a brilliant one. It pours a decent copper/amber color with a modest head. The smell is very hoppy right after the pour, but becomes quite a bit more malty as it warms, almost bready and grainy. Initially I thought I was in for a very hoppy, caramel beer, but as things settled, I was deceived a bit. This is a beer which is better after it sits a little while. I tasted too much hoppy bite, too much oxidation, and an overall imbalance right out of the bottle. As the beer settled, its caramel, malty, balanced characteristic arises, and the warming bread like notes became more pronounced. This is a medium bodied, slightly carbonated ale that is quite drinkable and not overly strong for its 5.8 ABV. My suggestion is to be patient with this beer and it will insinuate itself in your good graces. The mouthfeel is modest and the aftertaste is slightly bitter, but just enough to keep it honest. L'Chaim.

Photo of umustdrink
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Anderson Valley

A - Very dark orange color, like apple cider. Off-white head is slightly rocky, fades to a thick eighth inch. Average lacing.

S - This beer gave off a very fragrant hoppy smell, maybe Simcoes, with brown sugary, cereal malts. A little earthy and very hearty.

T/M - Starts out thick and chewy but with little taste, a sweet cereal malt. Next comes a thin little hoppy bite, crisp and clean, earthy and very slightly bitter. Quickly a malty balance comes, the same brown sugary-like malt as mentioned in the smell. Finish is clean, slightly bitter , slightly sweet and very malty.

D - This is an excellent beer with PERFECT sessionability. Everything is smooth, creamy, clean and excellently crafted. Next time I'm in Hudson, this will be coming back with me.

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

12 oz. bottle

A: Dark amber with white head and some lacing.

S: Caramel notes and wood bark, with some earthy hops.

T: The caramel malts hit you upfront, backed by some grapefruit in the hops. Toffee and butterscotch abound.

M: A little on the thin side, chewy, but smooth in the end, with a mineral finish.

D: A good beer from Anderson Valley, not my favorite beer from them, but a workable brew, an above average American amber.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up via the mix a six pack special at TJ's. Before this the only Anderson Valley offering ive had was the Hop Ottin.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a small foamy head that leaves some lacing.

The beer has a complex aroma, malty, flowery. nothing sticks out as bad.

The beer starts with a hop kick and ends with a sweet aftertaste. Its very interesting and is something more complex than ive had in recent months. A welcome change form the bitey pale ales.

The beer is a little to sweet to be a session beer, but certainly is a nice little complex number that I will be sure to enjoy from time to time again

Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is a seriously hazy red-amber color. Incredibly thick-looking and deeeep. Looks so rich, a substantial brew. Minor head, zero lace (the only negatives on the look).

Has a rich amber malt smell, not too bitter. It's topped wtih inviting, flowery hops. It is perfectly balanced. The malt smells dry, and not bitter like many reds. The hops are fruity and sweet-smelling.

There are two distinct and separate flavors here that hit different parts of the tongue: 1) The dry malt flavor, that is rich but far less bitter than most reds/ambers, and 2) the fruity hops, that balance the malt flawlessly. It's even a bit smoky at the end.

The texture is a really nice thickness, not filmy or chewy. It's a perfect thirst-quencher, but also is a bit dry. Feels very English. To me, this is what an amber should be. Balanced and thick. For crying out loud, bring me more!

Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Shaker pint glass.

A - Nice deep amber color with a foamy thick off white head. About two fingers of head shrinks a little bit but stays pretty nicely. Sporadic rings of lace.

S - Smells of some nice biscuity malts. Hop bitterness lies underneath with some tea like aroma.

T - Tastes has a nice roasted flavor with some more of that tea taste. Flavor overall is pretty subdued but nice.

M - Fairly thin and light in the mouth.

D - A nice, pleasant easy drinking amber. Expected a little more on the flavor but still a nice easy drinker.

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

Pours a pretty amber hue with deep golden highlights, topped by a small crown of creamy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, a touch of brown sugar and light fruit, and just a hint of fruity hops. Palate is smooth and staightforward - caramel and a touch of pale malts, balanced nicely by some mellow, fruity hops. Smooth finish leaves a taste of sweet, mellow malt after the swallow. Body is a touch creamy, and just about perfect for the flavors that are imparted. An excellent, easy-drinking amber ale.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a 12oz glass tumbler

A: Hazy red-brown with frothy off-white head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Caramel and malts dominate.

T: Dry malts with a refreshingly forceful dose of hops -- now that's red beer at its finest. Malty like a brown ale but crisp like a pale ale -- a deadly combo.

M: Drier than I was expecting but not unpleasantly so. Crisper than most blaze reds around these days. Not at all heavy and lightly carbonated.

D: A pleasant departure from the boring reds around these days. A really nice offering in this beer style -- unique and very drinkable.

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic brew. This is exactly how I hoped a good Red Ale would taste and this is how I now want a Red Ale to taste.
A - A red/amber color w/ an awesome head. White, thick, creamy, foamy. One of the best I've seen from this style.
S - Fruits, hops, bread, caramel. A very inviting nose.
T - All of what was in the nose, but also so smooth and balanced. A creamy, flavorful taste, nothing too overwhelming and nothing lacking.
M/D - One of the more drinkable beers I've had recently. The flavors are so balanced and the carbonation is perfect. I could spend all night with this beer.

I had it on tap on 5/23 and it's even better. I had a beer menu of about 30 choices in front of me and I went back to Boont Amber for a second pint.

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

12 oz. bottle- color of dark amber , with a thin light tan head - nose of hops , spruce , resin , toasty , and malt chocolate – taste of malt , lightly hopped , toasted , and sweet - body is medium , with medium carbonation – aftertaste of roasted malts , and hops

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

A magnificent mellow ale. Underrated here on BA - this is a spectacular session beer, a great version of the style, and a true example of the craft brewing art.

Pours a deep brownish amber. Dense one-finger head. Smell is not overpowering, malty but not sweet. Tiny bit of crispness. Taste follows perfectly integrated - very dry malt, only a tiny bit of sweetness (some caramel malt?) to balance. Hops are understated. Finishes dry and crisp, not entirely unlike a lager - begs for another sip.

Definitely on the dry side - most American Ambers are sweeter, chocolatier, doughier. A great example of integration. Yummy.

Photo of ThunderBrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It really did not have an aroma. Was not too bitter and definitely not sweet. I could drink this beer every time. It was dispensed by a bartender and the glass immediately fogged over so there was no head to review and it was hard to determine clarity. But it tasted great!

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

poured from a dusty bottle, but this beer tasted quite fresh. appearance was the stated color with nice clarity, nose was not overpowering, subtle with some caramel, citrus, fruity, flowery, bready notes coming through, nothing stood out over the other, however. taste was very well balanced between medium hop bitterness and touch of malt sweetness, again not overbearing but just right for the style, mouthfeel was medium and again well balanced, this is a great session beer and one i will be going back to.
Have revisited this since, a bit too toffeeish and sweetish.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass.

Hazy golden brown beer with a light tan, 1" thick head. Good lacing that dissipates rather quickly yet leaves a thin layer on top throughout. Aroma is weak, with malty caramel and some Newcastle-ish notes. Slight yeasty alcohol tinge present as well.

Tastes hoppier than the fragrance puts on. Not really much going on...somewhat forgettable. Moutfeel is juicy as a mandarin orange with decent carbonation levels, a smooth finish and almost no aftertse. Bottom line: it goes down smooth and drinks easily but not much here in the way of complexity and taste.

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best amber's I've had that doesn't rely on an over the top hops profile (for the style). It's is drinkable, yet still has a nice, rich caramel flavor. I wish I had bought more than just a single of this. Not your average amber, it reminds me of a nice, dark lager. I wonder if a decoction was maybe used for the malt profile.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a US pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, coppery orange color, with no head to speak of. The nose is sweet and floral, with some traces of citrus and hops. The flavor is similar, with a mingling of sweet malts, floral hops, bread, and some bitter hops, which ends on a slightly sweet finish. Pretty well-balanced flavor overall, and quite nice. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, and drinkability is high.

Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balanced, slightly sweet floral flavor. It's not too strong, and makes a good accompaniment to a meal.

Photo of Night
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark-medium amber with bubbly golden-white head. Thick to medium lacing. Toasty malt aroma with some citrus and pineapple, undertone of hops. Medium body with a nice warm, round mouthfeel. Floral and citrus flavors followed by toasty, nutty malts. Good balance with mild hoppiness; accentuated by light citrus and wood undertones throughout. A bit sour. Hints of caramel. Buttery, mildly spicy finish with just the right touch of graininess. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

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

Appearance- Slightly dark amber color. Just tad cloudy. Pours a good head, but it disappears quite quickly. Practically no lace.

Aroma- Nice mix of malt sweetness, carmel, slightly-toasted malt aromas. Some bittering and floral hops, but not to much.

Taste- Nice mixture of malt sweetness and some bittering hops. Not to much. Some diacetyl. Good mix of toasted bread and caramel overtones. Just a hint of flavoring hops at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied, appropriate carbonation for style. Clings to mouth slightly, giving a nice after-taste.

Drinkability- Very good for the style. Maybe just a tad heavy, but it's got a nice complexity for an Amber. I'm not much into ambers, but this one is pretty nice.

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

Darker, toffee like color, foamy tan head. Malty, toasted grain aroma, some fresh citrusy hops as well. Flavor is again toasted malt, caramel, toffee and brown sugar like. Some fruity flavors as well, apples and pears. Quite a bit of hops for an amber, a little skunky and resinous, but quite citrusy, oranges and grapefruit. Average mouthfeel for the style, enough carbonation to break up the sweetness.

Verdict: pretty good. A friend talked it up before I tried it, but I probably wouldn't have. It does deviate from the style a bit, it was a lot like an alt, as feloniousmonk commented.

Photo of Grundle20
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber orange in to a pint glass there is a pretty standard one finger head of off white color. There was a considerable amount of particulate matter in the bottle and lead me to believe the beer was spoiled but it tastes and smells alright so maybe it's just a lot of yeast or perhaps it's on its last legs.

It's pretty bready with a little yeasty funk to it which again makes me think maybe this beer is on it's way out, but it still smells pretty good. There are some tropical fruit notes on the tail of the scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks rather dry and bitter with a tropical punch fruit character to it. In the finish I find a slight olive brine kick which once again leads me to think the beer is approaching spoiled. I feel that I'm just a little late of drinking this beer at its peak. It's very mild with substantial tropical fruit character but I can only imagine that these flavors would have presented a little more a few weeks ago and really made for a fantastic brew. All in all it's tasty but I'm a little unmoved.

Good and mild with a moderate ABV makes for one drinkable beer. A good compromise between lager drinkability and heavy/dark beer flavor.

Bottom Line:
I had my suspicions going in to this beer that it was going to be rotten but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't think this was the best bottle of this beer I could have grabbed but all things aside it faired rather well and was pretty decent.

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