Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted from the can, and on-tap, updating review from previous tasting notes

A — Pours a deep and rich mahogany color into the glass. There is a khaki colored head on-top of the beer that sticks around with each sip and leaves nice lacing behind. Great bit of clarity as well.

S — Smells predominately of malt and grains, bit of oat and sweet malty undertones. Some bitter earthy hops, but really just a lot of malts and sweetness.

T — Taste is obviously malt forward, but there is a bit of nuttiness and caramel sweetness here as well, lightly toasted malts and caramel sweetness.

M — Medium bodied, there is a lingering sticky finish.

O — OK overall, perhaps a touch on the sweet side, but it's a decent enough amber.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in Naas Kildare Ireland Feb 2015. Very drinkable amber ale. Reasonable lacing and light mouth feel. Maybe too easy to drink ( I prefer the highly hopped IPAs). Note: I give high ratings if I like the beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 11, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 11, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki, light tan, frothy head. A few streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom, but nothing crazy. Decent amount of uneven spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled menthol, cough drops, honey, caramel, lemon zest, light grassy notes and slight roasty malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose. Got rich caramel, honey, roasty malts, menthol, menthol cough drops, lemon and light nuts. (Taste - 3.75)

Light-to-medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, sweet finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was overall a pretty good amber. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try it or even rate it, but not bad for the style. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 06.12.14.

A: See through red/amber. Thin head that quickly recedes into a ring.

S: Sweet malt. Brown sugar and caramel.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, and a bready sweetness dominate. Flower and citrus are subtle.

M: Creamy. Somewhat watery.

O: A lot of amber ales are so malt forward that I have to be in the right mood to drink them. With the flower and citrus flavors, this one is a bit lighter and easier to drink.

Rating: A, 95/100.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a light amber in color with a tight off white head.
Aroma: Orange Peco Tea and bready malts. Floral hops come in late.
Taste: Lots of malts with some caramel.
Starts sweet and finishes with some hoppy bitterness, but malts still prevail.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Flowery, spicy nose, light caramel
Pours reddish amber with a slight chill haze, 3" off white fluffy head, slowly descends, lacy.
Palate: light sweetness with a touch of caramel and a suspicion of chocolate, light biscuit, finishes with an earthy hop accent.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%

Strange caramelly sweet, almost marshmallow aroma initially fades to slightly fruity, floral hops and toasted, nutty malt. Flavor reveals that same, slightly odd caramel overly sweet character, reminiscent of banana, which is countered by bready dryness in the finish. Muddled citrus, floral hops, and light resin lie underneath. Not a bad beer, but not what I expected.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Yard House in Las Vegas. Poured into a chilled shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Nice amber color. A touch hazy. A lumpy, tan head that never entirely disappears. Very good stickage. A great looking beer.

Smell - Faint malt aroma. A whiff is citrus. Minimal nose.

Taste - Moderate malt favor (somewhat toasty). Citrus hop taste. Slightly spicy (peppercorns?). Delicious.

Mouth - Oily. Very nice carbonation.

Overall - This is one tasty, easy drinking beer. The balance between the flavorful malt and zesty (but not overpowering) hops is ideal. Imagine an English Bitters with the volume turned up a click or two. IMHO, American Ambers, such as this one, are under-appreciated.

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Photo of slusk
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear deep copper with a light tan head. Not terribly persistent but OK lacing

S: Spicy, floral hop, not too strong. Good caramel base with some cookie and faint banana bread aroma.

T: Nice sweet malty profile with a low amount of earthy bitterness. Some citrus zest with again, a faint banana flavor. Bright malty beer nice and bready in the finish. Less hop flavor than I anticipated. Almost Belgian like.

M: Solid medium body beer with a wee bit of citrus tang on the tongue. Smooth and low to moderate carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer. It doesn't strike me as a prime example of an amber ale, but something different. I expected a bit more hop flavor and aroma. I'm wondering if this beer may possibly have been on the shelf at the beer store a bit too long. It's a nice beer overall but I'd like to sample another to see if it's age or not.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.40):
Deep copper amber with a 3cm, foamy white head that looks slightly creamy. with great retention & zero movement until you actually take a drink.

Lots of malts & sweetness on the nose with caramel too but not much hops, some earthy ones appear though. Well balanced with some floral notes with a few dark fruits. Sweet, fruity & good strength.

Sweet malts & caramel flavours that match the nose well. There is some background fruits coming through with some light, floral hops featuring as well but again it's the malts that lead the way.

Smooth & fairly light bodied, almost watery in parts but there was a pleasant sweetness throughout & a clean, slightly dry finish that has a lingering bitterness to it.

This one started very well with the smell being a particular highlight but sadly things started to fade slightly after that with the taste seeming a little watery, more so that I would have liked. Not one I'd pick up again I'm afraid.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. This brew is incredibly refreshing. Though it isnt the easiest to pour from the tap, the appearance is amazing. It is a nice dark amber color. The head floats atop- an aesthetically pleasing addition. When it hits my mouth I think caramel. The toasted carmel hops are prime. It is a first class amber ale that all should experience.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep copper in color, with a moderate, dense, with medium-sized, dense off-white head, modest carbonation, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Light caramel vies with apple rind, and a moderate, slightly earthy hop presence.

Taste: Opens with prominent toasted and caramel malts. As the taste progresses, spicy hops begin to assert themselves, and a faint note of alcohol appears as well. Finishes with a lingering, spicy hop note and caramel and toasted hops as a backdrop.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, fairly full, with only slight carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Solid and very well-crafted, a pleasing and very drinkable red ale.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown. Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this hopeful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Nice label. The beer poured a amber color with a nice tan head. looking good so far. The smell was caramel and nice. However the beer was lacking in the taste department. A little on the bitter side for me. I might try this one again if I could find it on tap.

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Photo of Foyle
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 3+" off white head that recedes gradually. Decent lacing. Amber color and moderate carbonation.
Aroma: mild aroma of toasted bread and faint pine hop
Mouthfeel: medium and sticky with fairly dry finish. Somewhat watery.
Flavor: pine hop flavor, some citrus, biscuit, caramel malt, mild tangerine.
Overall: a very good session ale Boont Amber Ale is quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber pour with an off-white one-finger head. Taste is mildly sweet with malt upfront. Medium body is good but pretty basic. Can taste hints of caramel, light fig and other dark fruits as well as a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy copper color with a ton of sediment that looks like sand floating in it, and a big foamy 2 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good lacing and a thick creamy layer on top.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel, tea leaf, floral hops, caramel, toffee, candy and bread pudding; it is very sweet with the malty and bready notes almost desert like with caramel drizzled on top – very nice malty aroma.

Tastes sweet and malty overall, with a mix of caramel, toffee, dark fruit like a red apple, cherry and a plum, caramel, tea leaf, floral hops, candy like Razzles, brown sugar, sweet malt, light yeast and a combo of piney hops and floral hops; very sweet with the malty and bready notes mixing well with the hoppy bitterness and fruity aftertaste that almost balance it, but still let it lean on the malty side with a good variety of sweet flavors that trail off like syrup or molasses.

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, with light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that is mostly sweet and malty. Aftertaste is more yeast and hops than the malt, with the taste of fruit starting to rot like a pear or apple that is a week past its prime.

Overall a good beer, a malty treat that is fruity and hoppy and pretty easy to drink if you are looking for the intense sweetness of this malty style. Not a session beer to me, but a flavorful brew that showcases malt, caramel and fruit in a very enjoyable way.

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2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle. Nonic glass. Amber color, chill haze appearance. Off-white crown shows fairly good retention. Intense fruity & caramel malt aromas with resinous hues. Sweet & malty flavor are quickly overwhelmed by hops. Medium body. Light carbonation. Oily to watery. Dry bitter/sweet finish.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: 355mL blue can with an antlered bear (assumedly the Anderson mascot).

Appearance: pours a dark amber colour with virtually no visible carbonation. A small beige head pops up and drops to a solid, semi-rocky cap. Looks decent.

Aroma: this is where this beer falls apart for me. There is virtually nothing other than an awkward, nut-and-earth driven funk that borders on unpleasant. No hops, little malt aroma.

Taste: the unfortunate funk continues here - considering the good reviews I have seen about this beer, maybe next time I will see if I can get it in a bottle rather than a can.

Aftertaste: the fug lifts a bit here, but is still dominant over a very light yet indistinguishable hop flavour.

Mouth feel: fairly low on the carbonation, which I think is the issue. Other reviews show the carbonation being higher - don't think this one has travelled well.

Overall: a very ordinary and very expensive Amber / Red ale. Before I pass any kind of judgement on it though, I'd like to try it again a) from the bottle instead of the can, and b) hopefully not suffering from old age or whatever.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle in New Belgium globe

A-Cloudy brownish copper with a foamy one finger tan head.

S-Aroma is big caramel along with some raisin; also slightly metallic.

T-Taste is also heavy on the caramel accompanied by grain. Only slightly hoppy. Long finish.

M-The mouthfeel is light body and carbonation is soft.

O-Overall, a good amber.

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Photo of mjurney
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head.

Fruity, caramel malts, hint of earthy.

Maltiness up front, caramel, toasted, with some fruity. Mild hop bitterness at the end, herbal-leafy. Finish is dry and crisp. Medium bodied, very smooth, dry, refreshing, light carbonation.

It's an excellent beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a translucent copper brown with an inch of light tan head. Lots of lacing. Not much aroma to this one. Smells of caramel, light floral hops, and bread. The taste is sweeter than I expected. Caramel, lemon, apple, floral hops and sweet bread. A bit earthy at the finish with more malt flavor. Light mouthfeel but with a large amount of carbonation.Very drinkable. Lots of caramel malt flavor. Overall, a solid Amber I'd buy every once in a while.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

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Photo of dougbassett
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #38 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Anderson Valley is a well-known brewer, I found it curious that this was the only beer of there's represented in the 1001 Beer book I've been using as a review guide. While I don't think it's their best beer -- I'm partial to their Oatmeal Stout, for one thing -- it's pretty decent, surprisingly so given it's style. There are a lot of bland and blah-ish Amber Ales out there, but this one is fairly distinctive.

It does a couple of things very right. To my mind it looks almost perfect, pretty much my idea of what an Amber Ale should look like: -- a rich amber brown pour with a nicely full head. I could stare at that all day. I also think it has a pretty good mouthfeel, there's a sticky, resilient quality to the beer that I think you want in styles like this.

Disappointingly, it has almost no nose, outside of a very light caramel kind of thing. and while it does have substantial flavor (not always a given in beers of this style) it really doesn't go much beyond your basic "ale" flavor (that sort of apple/fall fruit kind of thing, if you have to put a descriptor on it, but you know what I mean -- "ale") paired with sharp toast-like notes. The finish has a little citrus note, like maybe if you had a too-done piece of toast spread with lemon marmalade -- but it's very light.

Still, all in all I liked this. Not normally crazy about the style, but this one at least stands up and tries to deliver some basic flavor, and does so admirably. It's not a dull wash like a lot of Amber Ales, it's assertive and I liked that.

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly clouded copper with a creamy light tan head. Head has great retention and leaves substantial lacing.

S- subtle caramel sweetness and a nice earthy quality

T- a nice caramel malt backbone balances the subtle noble hops bitterness

M- a thinner body and a crisp finish

O- a really good, almost excellent, amber ale.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2012. Pours moderately hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, nuttiness, citrus zest, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great balance and robustness of malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.