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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,378
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

Balance is what makes our Boont Amber Ale so unique: rich, crystal malts give this beer a deep copper hue and contribute a slight caramel sweetness while the herbal, spicy bitterness from carefully selected whole-cone hops impart a crisp, clean finish. Hints of sun toasted grain, toffee, and fruity esters compliment the mellow, noble hop aroma.
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Ratings: 1,378 | Reviews: 549
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Deep amber with a tan head that sticks around forever.

Aroma is sweet and caramely, with toffee and cookie-ish malt. Hardly any hop influence here, surprising for a California amber.

Flavor is identical to the smell. Lots of sweet bready malt and maybe some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a little flat. Still pretty easy to drink.

Photo of iceball585
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy cream color head that faded slowly to a thin cover, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Earthy hops, grains, light malts, fruity, slightly flowery

T- Creamy, light malts, cirtus hops, toasted grains, sweet, hint of caramel

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy,

D- Definitely worth buying again

I really liked this amber ale. It is very well balanced between the malt and hops.

Photo of cs45977
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review of this beer (my first time trying it).

Poured mildly cloudy, very amber, with quickly dissipating head.

The aroma is the weakness of this beer. With my nose deep in the glass a smell of mild malt is achieved.

The taste brought a nice mild biscuit flavor in the front t followed with a balanced hop flavor on the back. There is just a slight lingering of flavor once swallowed.

This beer shines in the area of mouthfell. The carbonation and body of this beer is perfect for the style.

Compared to the monster west coast beers we have been enjoying over the past few years this is a very drinkable beer. It is easly one of the most balanced session beers I have had in a while

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with thin off-white head that stays.

The smell is of strong caramel. Some (peach?) fruitiness comes through. As it progresses a touch of citrus also comes through, as does a touch of roastiness. A bit mustyish, with a sweetish finish.

It is medium-bodied.

To me, it seems not much more than a run-of-the-mill amber that can be found in a typical brewpub. Just my opinion, though.

Photo of K270
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forgive me if I write this like a noob. That's because I am a noob.

This beer poured into a deep amber color with a small white head. Not to impressed with the head as I've seen bigger heads on some beers (seen smaller to). Took the first sip while the head was still present. I could feel the fizz in the head on my upper lip. While sipping this beer it didn't have a strong taste. Kind of a mild, smooth tasting beer. As I drank the beer some more I could swear some of the lacing was sparkling, even without holding up to direct light. Overall this is a decent beer. I've had worse, I've had better. If you see this beer, at least give it a try.

P.S. Sorry for the short review. I'm not a beer drinking professional.

Photo of Leebo2007
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love this beer. I recently spent $10 for a six pack online.

It has a great taste with a hoppy flavor. You can really taste a mild fruit that increases in every taste. On draft it has a great carmel color and great smell.

In the bottle you have little head/light head. But it still has the great hoppy taste!

Photo of trackstar1043
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a med golden/copper with less that a half in of light tan head, it left nice lacing down the glass as I enjoyed this beer.

S - There seemed to be a lack of aroma, I was expecting this sweet and malty character, but was a bit disapointed with the slight smell of roasted malst, carmels and molasess, and a bit of a citrus bite but not much else.

T - A bit light on flavor as well, but for what it does have is a nice balanced mix of malts, sweet fruits and brown sugar hints with just a touch of bitter hops in the finish.

M - Med to light bodied, leaning towards the med. With some what low carbonation gives it a very smooth and clean finish.

D - Very easy to drink, not my favorite for this style but a pleasant drink.

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

Enjoyed on tap at a bar who's name I can't remember in the Inner Sunset, San Francisco! :)

A: Deeep amber, with a small head and lots of carbonation.

T: Malty, caramel-sweet, a little hoppiness.

T: The malts come through, a little biscuity, but sweet. The hoppiness is there too, and the beer finishes clean. Not exactly complex, but tasty.

MF/D: Decent session beer, relatively mild, but enjoyable. A good standard for American Ambers, which tend to not be my cup of tea. It wouldn't be my first choice down the pub, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent Amber. I am not a huge fan of Ambers but these guys did it right. They also have a damn good Oatmeal Stout. Poured a deep copper color with a dirty white head and great carbonation. Nose was citrus, slightly hoppy, some malts and even biscuity. Together they did not mesh well. Not well balanced in my opinion.

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

Pours a deep, dark amber-orange with a somewhat sticky off-white head that leaves some lacing.
Cookielike smells of toasted caramel malt -- very little hop presence in its aromas. Nice, refreshing, well-balanced taste -- toffee, caramel, ripe citrus in the malt profile with a nice snap-brim bittering from the hops toward the end. Feels crisp and well-carbonated but not overly so. A very drinkable beer -- probably the most drinkable I've had from this brewery. Good hop notes without overdoing it. Nice West Coast spin on a generally drinkable style that's really hard to screw up.

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.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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