1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,237 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,237
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 53
Gots: 67 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Boont Amber Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,237 | Reviews: 531 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a deep clear amber with a off white head that is feed by lots of rising bubbles. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops a little light in aroma. Tastes of crystal malt you get the carmel flavor along with sweet malt with a touch of hop flavor with a light hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium a good drinkable little amber ale. Not one of the best but not a bad little sessions brew.

mntlover, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

On tap at the Moan & Dove, Amherst MA.

Second beer of the night for me, following a Marh's Pilsner.

Poured a nice clear medium orange-amber. Small head that receded to leave a delicate lacing.

Nose is citrusy and grassy hops, rather agressive for an amber ale but not at all unwelcome.

Taste is spot on. A nice kick of hops to start you off and an excellent balance of sweet malt on the midsip. Finish is smooth, with a bitter almost-IPA aftertaste.

As a lover of IPA's, this amber ale worked really well for me. It seemed a good bit more agressive than some of the milder IPA's I've tried.

If you like really mild ales, this may be a surprise for you. If you want to work your way up to IPA's, this is a damn fine way to start.

Wyll-

wyllder, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a very drinkable ale. Liked it quite a bit. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. There is an ample amount of lace that sticks to the glass in various places.

The aroma is like caramel with a topping of hops. The taste is slightly malty and caramel-like, slightly sweet to the taste. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste that is mild, yet apparent.

An all around good beer. I like this one. An unexpected surprise from a brewery I had never heard of.

abcsofbeer, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

The beer pours an amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slight malty scent with the presence of hops and fruity yeast. The taste is good. It has a smooth light caramel flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and a bit metallic. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is a decent amber ale. It says it's a gold medal winner, but I've had much better. It drinks well, but nothing special.

WesWes, May 31, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Saw that this beer took home the silver at the GABF so I had to try it. The appearance is a dark amber color with a cream whipped cream colored head. The smell is of a homecoode banana bread, inviting and pleasant, hints of honey. Taste is of malts with honey tones, very full bodied, hints of herbal. A nice beer to have at dinner time.

beertaster13, May 30, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Hazy opaque brown-amber with a two finger off-white head, leaves bits of lacing.
Hoppy aroma, balanced with caramel malt, very impressive and robust aroma for an amber ale. Floral and herbal, reminiscent of tea leaves. Citrus
Strong hoppy taste as well (for the style), earthy, floral (tea leaves again), well balanced with caramel.
Medium-full bodied.

mschofield, May 19, 2004
Photo of donguillermo27
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%

Brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Mendocino county, presentation 12 ounce bottle.
This is an amber ale that I will never be able to forget. Its taste is very similar to SLO Amber Ale, yet Boont is a little more on the hoppy side. Full bodied, very thick amber malts, perfectly compensated by the complex taste of the strong bittering hops. Pours a rich mouth watering amber color, you can smell the hints of the hops while you are pouring it. Exceptional drinkability, some might find it to be a little hoppy for an amber ale, yet nothing one can't handle, but i believe the strong hops blended perfectly with the sweet hints of caramel are what make this beer so deliciously complex.
I can't wait to go up to the brewry and have some "Bahl Hornin'," as they say in Mendocino county (good drinking) Boont on draught.

donguillermo27, May 11, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a clear amber with a creamy light beige head.
Smells of sweet malt and caramel. Hints of fruit and a bit of chocolate.
Classic flavors of malt, caramel sweetness, fruit, a smidge of chocolate and a mild hop bitterness. Nicely balanced.
Medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and excellent carbonation.
Balance and mouthfeel lead to outstanding drinkability.
Haven't had one of these in years. Forgot what a great version of the style it is. Nothing over the top, just the right amount of the proper ingredients. Simplicity at its finest.

rkhaze, May 10, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours dark almond and cloudy with some sediment. Malty nose. Leaves some lacing. Thin, creamy off white head. Nice malty brew, Hops come in late with a bit of a bite and some grainyness. Well balanced and smooth in the mouth. Notes of vanilla and caramel. Nicely crafted. Tasty quaffer.

Billolick, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

This brew is a hazy brown colored drink, with a small tan head on top. The scent is fruits and citrus. The taste has some citrus notes with a nice somewhat floral hop backbone. Dark fruit. Caramel malts, creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet flavor, a nice amber ale.

Tballz420, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Something about AV beers that I really like --- it must be the type of hops they use because every brew is hoppy, citrusy, very west coast, but always silky smooth. I didn't like this as much as the ESB but it was similar and definitely a cut above most of the ambers/red ale's out there. Very nice... next time I'll buy a six instead of just a single.

Gasp100, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Picked this up at a little corner store in Atherton on a recent trip to the Bay area. It has a yellowish, off-white head that leaves tiny spots of lacing. The beer itself is a dark amber. Quite red, actually. Wow: serious caramel in the nose. And some nice, juicy hops. These hops mostly dominate the front. But they're not just a superficial bitterness... quite deep. Dark, caramel maltiness in the middle. Tangy hoppiness foreshadows a nice, bitter finish. Lots of nice, roasty grains, too. This is a great amber: lotsa caramel, lotsa roasty grains, lotsa hops. I really like it.

kbub6f, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of charlesw
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Another of the beers tried on my recent PNW trip. Sometime I'll tell you about the others... But this one was definitely the find of the trip! Very nice!

If you asked me, this beer is pretty close to the archetype for a California-style red ale. Nice deep color, smooth and creamy head, maybe a touch on the citrus/floral side on the aroma (but that seems more prevalent these days, anyway), thick and creamy and sweet and malty in your mouth! You just want to keep on drinking the stuff!

Erm, anyway, nicely rounded out - the flavors (sweet to bitter) blend together very well and don't leave you with any unpleasant, off flavors. Very nice...

charlesw, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

12 oz bottle pours a murky reddish orange color, with a long lasting tan head. Some sheets and rings of lace are left behind. Sweet caramel stands out in what is a subdued aroma. Floral and citrus hops struggle to get noticed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and surprising hop bite. Taste is sweet caramel all the way through, but with a solid hops presence of pine and citrus which provide a substantial bitterness. Well balanced overall. Finish is dry and bitter. The hops seem to overtake the caramel malt sweetness about halfway through the glass. There is also some earthiness to this one. I wouldn't mind having a few of these.

merlin48, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown.

Smells of citrus hops, a little bit floral too.

Tastes malty and slightly sweet. Tastes of toffee and oak. There is some mild bitterness in the finish. Very mild floral taste to this as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable. Not the best, but if you go to a bar and on tap this is a choice and the others are American Factory beers plus Fosters and Heineken PICK THIS FOR GODS SAKE!

Zorro, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

This beer poured amber in color, as the name says. Smell is citrus and bitterness. Taste brings about more complexity than I would expect from an amber ale. Really floral at the front. A mix of oranges and flowers hits my tongue. The middle is slightly sweeter with some bread-like flavor and other nondescript sweetness coming in. The finish is bittersweet and dry and also quite crisp. Yeast and alcohol are noticeable here. This one is good, but seems to have too much going on. Not bad though.

granger10, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%

Appearance: Pours an ever so slightly hazy reddish-amber color. Thin tannish head with slight lacing.

Smell: Fruity, orange-ish smell, maybe a bit of bread in the background.

Taste: Malty, sweet taste up front, taste of orange zest, balances nicely at the end with a bit of bitterness. Not much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, carbonation is dead on perfect. Alcohol warms the back of the throat and stomach on the way down.

Drinkability: Not overpowering in any one specific area, this is a fantastic offering. AVBC done good with this one. I think I'll be picking up a few more of these.

JackTheRipper, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Mustard
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; purchased as a "busted" single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish brown; below average clarity; smallish off-white head; a good b-cup's worth of lace but poor head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of caramel and citrus with hints of lilac and vanilla.

Taste: Lightly sweet with a discernible fruity twang upfront; smooth, rolling bitterness in the finish; toasted malts predominate; a hint of nuts in the background; floral, earthy hop flavors; a whit phenolic; medium bodied.

Notes: Pretty good red.

Mustard, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours a deepp orange red with an off-white head. Subdued aromas of fruity malts, but mostly citrusy hops. Taste starts with slight fruity malts. Hops are bigger--tart grapefruitk, acidic, bitter finish, with lingering biscuity malt flavors. Not bad, but not great.

alexgash, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of Dmann
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Had this one on a recommendation from a friend and since I am not usually a big fan of Amber/Red Ales I was a bit skeptical. But I was very happy with this beer indeed. It poured a nice medium to light amber color with a thin white head that left lots of lace around the glass. The smell wasa mostly of sweet carmel and also had a bit of hops sneaking though. The flavor was more hoppy than I was expecting, but not overly hoppy by any means. The slight bitterness was quickly thwarted by wonderful malt and carmel flavors. This beer was very very smoothe and had a nice medium thick body to it that would enable me to drink many of these at a single setting. If you are looking for a great drinkable amber ale, this is a excelent choice

Dmann, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev 0%

22 OZ BOTTLE

This Amber poured a perfect copper color with a lofty creamy head that fell very quickly. Minimal lacing left on the glass. Disappointing. This beer displayed fantastic clarity. The color was absolutely fantastic.

The aroma is full of caramel as well as a floral hop smell.

A pleasing carmelized malt flavor was dominant with this brew. Malt and hops combine very nicely to keep this brew somewhat refreshing but also slightly bitter as well. The finish was straight hop bitterness which was very nice. Pretty impressed with this Amber.

Crosling, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

A white creamy head topped off this garnet colored brew. This one looks great. A sweet fruity smell emanates from the beer, along with a pleasant maltiness. There are some cherries and oranges in there. The taste is slightly bitter, slightly fruity and finishes dry. This is a very flavorful and thin bodied beer. On the whole, I think this is a very well crafted and highly drinkable beer.

pezoids, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A very nice amber ale, tilted toward the "robust" end of the spectrum. Complex toasted caramel malt flavors and a potent hop punch to "kick it up a notch." Sharp carbonation kept the beer lively throughout. As I was drinking it, I was struck with the impression that this is much like a light version of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

Brent, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Nice amber (duh) appearance with decent head and lacing. Smell is both floral and malty. Taste is a slight bit on the bitter side, but balanced. Definite floral element. Mouthfeel was medium bodied but not overly smooth. Easy enough to drink. A decent offering.

edchicma, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Nice mellow amber with a cream colored head sitting atop forms nicely with full even rings of lacing. Aroma: Sweet caramel malt reaches out toward my olfactory nerves reeling me in closer to notice nice faint but present piney hops very nice. Taste: Perfect blend between the herbal, earthy, pine like hops with a the sweet rolling blend of caramel malt oh so nice and balanced a brew, doesn't beat out Troeg's Hopback but very good brew here. Mouthfeel is a medium body brew very smooth and decent carbonation perfect sensation of hops running down the palate as well. Drinkability: Amazing, buy a keg of this nectar and give it as a sacifice to the beer gods drinkable

WVbeergeek, Sep 16, 2003
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.