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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 62
Gots: 101 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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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.

Photo of praufs01
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Cloudy light brown that appears as a dark copper when held to the light. Huge tan creamy head is also visually pleasing.

Aroma – A beautiful sweet floral hop smell.

Palate – Although the carbonation is lively the experience is smooth.

Flavor – Smooth earthy taste with a light hop bite in the finish.

Final thoughts – There are a lot of subtle flavors in this brew indicating a high degree of complexity. This is one that I would like to try at a variety of temperatures.

Photo of genog
2.26/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color with a slim amount of off white fluffy head. Very little lacing left behind on this one.
Smell is of sweet malt, some grapes and raisin in the aroma as well. Taste is of grapes, and prune juice. I had to taste again and yep, I really did not like the flavor. Mouthfeeling is crisp, but does not make up for the flavor. I have no idea what was going on with this one.

Photo of JayQue
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good Red Ale. Pours a clear coppery, amber color with a nice size off white head. The head shrinks down to a covering of the top of the glass. Lacing is fairly thick.Aroma is fairly pronounced, gives an indication of a hops / malt balance. Taste is very good. There is a nice balance between sweet malts (caramel?) and Celebration Ale style resin/pine hops. The hops flavor is stronger, but nothing jumps out at you. A nicely balanced beer. Mouthfeel is rich enough, a touch of Celebration Ale style resin / oiliness but nothing as pronounced as a good West Coast IPA. This is a well balance (for a hophead), crisp and tasty beer. Just right as a session beer and more than worthy to be savored for its own sake out on my deck. A very nice take on Amber Ale.

Photo of Mryup
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/Red with orange and brown highlights. Nice head initially that doesn't last long.

S: Caramel malt barley. Some fruit in the background....raisins?

T: Very mild and smooth. The balance is pretty good with the flavors well melded. Caramel malt. A slight hint of skunkiness and it almost feels like a meld with a Belgium/German lager. Weird?

M: Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Too much carbonation but smooth.

D: Excellant.

Overall a very good amber ale and definitely worth trying. Not my favorite but if someone said it was it wouldn't surprise me.

Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark cherry, yet pretty translucent. The tan head is pervassive in its consistency.

Smells of sweet malts mixed with young, grassy hops.

Taste is super sweet caramel and toffee barley malts. Seriously, this brew sis malt heaven for an amber ale. The hops are grassy, which is treated differently with addition of so much sweetness. This brew is definetly for the sweettooths out there, like me.

Mouthfeel is begins with a smooth carbonation that is not too bright with a nice texture to the body. Perhaps the thicker body comes fom all f he sugar?

Quite drinkable. I love Bell's, don't get me wrong, but teir amber ale, like many others, is very grassy and tangy with the hops. The extremely sweet malts balance this out like no other amber ale I've had in a while. Delicious.

Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a mostly crisp amber with a diminishing head. The aroma was burnt caramel and earthy pine hops. The taste was an interesting blend of sweet and caramel malts with some underlying citrus hops. The beer was light bodied with low carbonation. This was an enjoyable beer, but I would likely almost always pass it for something else.

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
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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
2.91/5  rDev -24%
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
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.