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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 57
Gots: 84 | 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 NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley- Boont Amber Ale

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy orangey brown with a decent billowy head. Nice lacing of the glass.
Smell- Strong caramel malt with a bread/ biscuit aroma.
Taste- Big sweet caramel malt with a balance of buttery bread/ lorna doone shortbread cookie flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but soild flavor throughout and very smooth. An easy beer to drink, quickly!

Overall- Damn this was good!! Anderson Valley is 1 of the best breweries in the country!! Yet another good offering from them!!!

NJpadreFan, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent copper color. Medium sized bubbles make up the antique white head. Clean beer with lots of bubble activity.

S: Very much green apple with other fruityness...stawberries and citrus.

T: First thing is some vanilla on the tip of the tongue. More fruity flavors including loads of pear and some cherry. Overall clover characteristics all thru the beer. Bit of a grainy aftertaste.

M: Medium body with slight fuzzy carbonation.

D: Interesting that quite a few of the Anderson Valley beers have some of the same characteristics. This beer wasn't bad.

Westsidethreat, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a surprise! I'm a big amber/red fan. I haven't come across one I didn't like, and yet Anderson's came very close! I usually find them absolutely drinkable, but this one had a displeasing sourness.

A - I can't say much about this category. I had this one in a very dark bar (The Mercury Lounge in Goleta) where there is a near void of light.

S - Nice and light sweet, malty, fruity scent. I can't quite nail down which fruit, but it's good.

T - THere's a bit of a sourness in this (the yeast I guess) which I'm not accustomed to in an amber/red. Otherwise the sweet malts and subtle hops is in good combo here.

M - Medium. Subtle range on the tongue.

D - Above average, but I'd grab numerous other ambers before I'd grab this one again.

JayTheFinn, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange copper color w/ a bubbly, off white 2 finger head. Has good retent, and lace.

S- caramel malts, piney hops. Strong aroma, like you can taste the beer just by smelling it. Looking forward to it.

T- up front you have fruit like sweetness, reminds me of orange or grapes. Finishes with grassy hop flavor. Caramel in there as well. Starts sweet then smoothly makes the transitioin to hop bitterness. Very yummy.

M- semi dry at finish, smooth overall, carbonation at a near perfect level.

D- Sessionable without a doubt, awesome balance, count me in for another (couple) rounds of this one.

tonistruth, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber in color w/ medium carbonation, off white head and sliding lace.

Bountifull amounts of ingredients combine in this and form a rather smooth and well blended product. It starts off light and refreshing only to be led into a deep rich caramel malt finish. Angel food cake or similar, the fruitiness is really on the sidelines for the most part but they factor in towards the middle. Finishes fairly clean and crisp.

Notes: A pretty thick amber that I liked. Its a testimant to the brewery that they can pull this offering off without a hitch. Not the style so much as their take on it.

DogFood11, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by the color and taste of this beer. I knew not to expect a normal amber ale from Anderson Valley, but this goes way beyond the norm. Pours a dark brown color with a little head. Smell is predominantly of mild hops and golden malt. Taste is great. Again, its the hops that start off the big taste, but the malt is definitely what lingers in the back. There is a slight burnt taste. The amazing thing is the big amount of tastes that are balanced in the beer.

Toddv29424, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber. Has a small off white head and good lacing.
Malty caramel aroma.
Same in the flavor, plus a little biscuit and a touch of hops.
Light bodied and crisp. Decnet carbonation.
Overall good and drinkable beer. I'm starting to see these guys more and more in my local liquor stores, which is nice to have the new options.

BeerRun13, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cooper to caramel color with a 3 fingers off-white head. Big sticky lacing & average head retention

S: Nice hop (cascade) presence upfront, followed by caramel & malt

Taste: Hops smack up front followed by slight grainyness, malt goodness & fruittyness. Finishes hoppy with a caramel/malt assault

MF: Medium with good balance& near perfect carbonation

Drinks too easy, this is an amber you can sink your teeth into! At damn near $9.25 a sixer, a bit pricey

russpowell, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a basic amber ale, Anderson Valley really delivers with this one! The combination of fruit and malt is exquisite!

It pours a ruddy amber with a crimson and orange cast beneath a frothy head of antique white foam. The head retention could be better, and it leaves only minor lacing.

The nose, however, is beautiful with a combination of rich, bready and gently caramelish malt, and floral and leafy hops.

It's full-medium bodied and dextrinous-smooth in the mouth with a median carbonation that leaves it creamy.

The flavor follows through with the same full maltiness, expressing toffee and sweet bread, and perhaps, even a subtle nuttiness. Brilliant fruit (summer berries) runs throughout it, and some floral hops accentuate it from behind. It's really quite delicious and satiating! A solid bitterness anchors it tightly, and although the dextrinous malt may seem at time like it'll just take off and fly, it's never swayed.

Excellent! Worth seeking out! Very unique in its maltiness!

NeroFiddled, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber into a pint glass. Half inch head that dissipated rather quickly and left some minimal lacing on the glass all the way down.

Not a lot of aromas to start, but as the beer warmed and breathed, a flowery, hoppy aroma came through. It smelled very fresh.

The taste was very balanced, with a nice maltiness to start off, a slight bitterness to balance, and as the beer warmed a flowery taste appeared as well.

Creamy mouthfeel, nice clean aftertaste. Very mild carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and tasty brew. Definitely one to have again and also recommended.

doppelmeup, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Linwood Grill.

Appearance is a deep amber, moderate head, very good lacing. Smell is very sour and rancid, like rotting fruit or the vacuum cleaner when you haven't changed the bag in years. I don't know if the tap line was dirty or the keg old - I'd expect a place like Linwood would keep extremely fresh beer. Taste was slightly sweet, malty and fruity. Pretty flavorful but not too complex. It was pretty average. Not the best amber I've had, I'd like to try it again in bottle form as the freshness of the beer might have been in doubt.

LPorter33, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish copper with a thin, short-lived head. Light, fresh aromatic hop aroma - a little doughy. Crisp, sweetened hop flavor, very rich and balanced, almost tea-like. Soft toasted fruitiness underneath. Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

This is a super enjoyable beer. Pleasant, well-rounded, and highly sessionable.

wedge, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber...small white head that drops to a film.
Smells mostly of caramel malt...hint of dried fruit.
Tastes both sweet and bitter at the same time. Malt and hops blend nicely...some steely, biscuity grain... caramel and just a hint of lime way in the back.
Mouthfeel is medium...slightly cloying...medium carbonation.
Fairly drinkable. This is a beer that I bought a single to just try...don't consider this style one of my favorites, but this one is pretty good....really worth a try.

Hautacam, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle ---> my trusty pint glass

Pours a thick and dark copper through which almost no light passes. A foamy 1 finger thick head sits on the top of the beer. The initial one finger head gives way to a lovely layer of thick lace

A complex nose that is Sweet and malty with scents of carmel, some honey, a bit of vanilla and some apple. A monochromatic taste that is much less complex than the nose would lead you to believe. Apple flavors mingle with nutty and toffee-esque flavors.

Spicy and active on the tip of the tounge this medium bodied brew holds is carbonation through the finish making it some what reminicent of a cider. A very solid beer, easy drinking but may taste even better paired with a good meal or some sharp chedder cheese.

DaggerEyes, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of clabaugh
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A light copper, with some faint blurriness. A large, puffy, light peach colored head sits on top. Retention is admirable. Lacing ornaments the inside of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, flowery smelling hops. A delicate, toasty malted aroma. Some succulent caramel fills the nostrils. A pleasing fruitiness is also detectable.

Taste: A pleasingly sweet, floral hoppiness and a distinct caramel malt character emerges straight away. A background of dry nuttiness is also palpable. Some toasted barley emerges as well. Nice clean finish, and excellent balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, refreshing, and a bit numbing. Pleasant sensations throughout.

Drinkability: Fine flavor with splendid balance. A pleasure to consume, and quite refreshing. I would welcome another.

clabaugh, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Antlered bear on the label, and a long description of the beer on the back.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark red pour, with a medium head that fades quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt aroma, but it is fairly subdued.

Taste: Very malty, with some toffee and caramel flavors. Just a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Solid example of an American amber. Drinkable and smooth.

rowew, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a medium amberish red with small head and a good amount of lacing. Smells bready and malty. Some fruits might be in there too. Taste is good. I small hop bite followed by ripe fruits and finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also very nice.

All in all, a nice representation of the style from a very good brewery.

SethB2, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of electrified
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red/copper in color and clear. Nice frothy head dissipates but doesn't disappear, leaves some lacing. Aroma is of fresh dough and some fruity sweetness. Medium to full bodied and nice and creamy. Well-balanced toffee and caramel malt sweetness and hop crisping. Very nice amber ale.

electrified, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with sparse tannish head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is loaded with malt with some mild citrus notes also present. Taste starts off very fruity sweet, with some nice citrus (lemon) tastes also showing through. Finish is a bit too dry to compete nicely with all the malt sweetness. All around a good beer, but not great.

tgbljb, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of mghotbi
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear deep red with creamy head that dissipated slowly leaving complex lacing all over the glass.

Predominant caramel malt in the nose, a bit of floral hop note. Smooth with prominent carbonation on the tongue.

A very well balanced taste with predominance of malty sweetness, traces of pineapple and melon, then transitioning to mild hop bitterness with nutty and smoky finish. A moderately hoppy version of the American Amber Ale style. Delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is rich, bordering on creamy.

Delicious and refreshing - very drinkable. Another excellent beer from the folks at Anderson Valley Brewing. One of my favorite American Ambers.

mghotbi, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of bahumutx
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper with about a one finger head.

Smell: Caramel, Biscuit Malt, and Sweetness. There is also a slight floral hop presence.

Taste: Starts with a caramel and sweetness then moves to a biscut/bready flavor and ends with a slight hop bite. There is a malt presence throughout the beer which balances with the hops nicely. As the beer warms the sweetness comes out more along with a butter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. This is a great session beer.

This is my second beer from Anderson Valley and a great example of an Amber Ale. Keep up the great work.

bahumutx, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly ambered golden color with a finger of off-white head that falls to a quarter inch coat over top. A solid cascade of bubbles boil up from the bottom of the glass, maintaining the head. Nose is nice and sweet. Loads of caramel with a lighter orangey hop and mild toastyness. Smells nice. Flavor hits with caramel malt immediately, followed by a peppery hop, moving towards a light orange citrusyness and very mild toastyness on the finish. What amazes me about this one is that it drys the sides of my tongue out really bad. It leaves just a hint of residual bitter after swallowing the beer as well. Feel is solid at moderate with a moderate carbonation. Pretty well where I wanted to find the feel. I find this to be a very enjoyable beer. Very flavorful, but nothing too big to dominate. I like the caramel quality this one shows a lot. Feel keeps it something I can drink, not just sip. A solid amber ale.

kmpitz2, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice hazy brownish amber color. lacy white foam on top. looks great.

smells buttery with hints of caramel. smells sweet.

tastes full and sweet. very malty with a buttery caramel taste. sublte hops balance it out perfectly. very smooth.

mouthfeel is pretty full, somewhat creamy but very smooth.

all in all a great beer. only drawback is the price.

JasonCoop, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in New England right before coming home from the EBF. Never had it before, so I wanted to try something new. This was the first of 4 beers that I got up there, that I drank in a particular order. I mixed things up, and this was a great brew to start off with in my session!

Good pour, nice dark amber with a thick head to boont, er...boot! Lots of malt up front, with just a bit of hops and mellowness in the back. Very little lacing and carbonation, and this was nice and smooth. Nothing too heavy, nothing too groundbreaking, but it works well because it has a nice balance to it and the aroma has just a bit of dried fruit in it as well. It grows on you as the aftertaste repeats the subtled undertone of the nose, but never weakens between sips. I didn't really taste the toastiness or the caramel here, but I could see how come people feel like those tones are present. It's not very dark or sweet, but the coating in my mouth certainly has a roasted aspect to it.

This was very enjoyable to drink, even though I don't partake in this style very often. Not a lot of of depth here, but what's present works well and this would be great for most types of tastes. Additonally, it has the richness of a fall brew with the warming power of a winter beer. It balances both those traits well, and I'm glad I took a chance on this!

JerzDevl2000, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber. Head vanished quickly,into average lace. Aroma is of malts and carmels,and is very inviting.Mouthfeel is medium. Not much carbonation. Taste is smooth,and sweet from start to finish. The malts and carmels are very evident,but not overwhelming. Nice balance. I recommend this beer.

riversider76, Feb 25, 2006
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.