Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

554 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 554
Hads: 1,474
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 70
Gots: 190 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Boont Amber Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 554 | Hads: 1,474
Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish brown with a yellowish white head. Strong malty aroma. Well balanced with a rich, malty front and just enough American hops to balance. There is some fruit flavor as well. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is simple and straightforward, but good. Highly drinkable. Good American amber ale. It reminded me a little of an altbier.

 359 characters

Photo of maybrick
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an enigma. At first, cold from the 'fridge it weel, set a level of epxectation that I wasn't going to like it much. This is Thanksgiving 'Eve 2004 and I had to let it set a bit. When I returned to it without a taste poured into a 20 oz. pilsner galss, I was pleeasntly surprised. When i took a taste I was even more pleased. If your into malt front ends - this is for you. Sorry, no big hop finish for you west coast types.

I think this is a nice brew. I would hesitate big time in calling it an Amber Ale - what the hell is an Amber Ale anyway? But, it has a nice malt to hop profile and I enjoyed it.

 619 characters

Photo of Maestro
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This amber is a nice session ale. Starts off with a tan head that stays around for most of the pint. The beer is amber with a lot of light flickering through. Smell is quite mild, with some biscuity notes poking through. Taste is very straight-forward. The malt profile is very simple and refreshing. Hops are quite thin, although I detected a bit of citrus in the middle. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but overall a great amber.

 427 characters

Photo of WetCoaster
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear copper with a slightly red hue. Slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Strong, fine carbonation. Lacing and residual head/collar throughout.

Smell: Malty and sweet up front, with hops coming through mildly immediately after, a bit citrusy and floral. Eh, could be worse.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Brown sugar caramel malt up front with perhaps a hint of chocolate. Slightly nutty. A bit of hops come through at the finish with a mild grapefuit rind flavor. The finish bitters up with an astringent bite. The mouthfeel is light, but a bit chewy and coating.

Drinkability: Very. Much maltier, and certainly much milder than I expected, especially given the tastebud-scorching, enamel-peeling hop monster that is their Hop Ottin'. It's very drinkable, but aside from the terrific appearance, it's not especially compelling. For a session West Coast ale, I'd definitely look to Red Nectar or Sierra Nevada before this.

 951 characters

Photo of cjhofelt
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recomended to me by a friend. He's now on my short list of "good friends". A excelent beer all around.

Pours nicely, if a bit foamy at first. Nice thick head that fades to a thin film of creamy foam that persists and leaves a good ammount of lace. Clear and deep amber, almost brown.

Great heavenly hop aroma. Northern brewer? I'm not sure what the hops are, but they smell great. Faint frutyness in the smell, too.

It tastes great. lots of ale frutyness and hop flavor. A very full flavored beer with nothing unpleasent up front, and a slightly sweet malty finish. Oh so good.

Creamy, smoth mouthfeel. A very nice beer that lingers on the on the tounge in the best way.

The relitively high ABV makes this a "slow drinkin' beer". Easy to enjoy, good to savor. Would go well with bar-b-que, seafood, or any strong flavored meat (like duck). It's a beer that could give you an appetite.

Man, I love this beer.

 939 characters

Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Edinborough Castle, San Fransisco. I’m a big fan of anderson Valley. and this is a good amber. Nutty, with some the usual hit of NW hops, something i could imagine drinking a lot of in one session.Quite a nice amber ale, from a pretty good brewery!!!

 255 characters

Photo of RocketWidget
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average beer. Pours a standard amber color, head is very light, but present throughout. Smell is malty, nothing unusual. Taste is unusual compared to most ambers that I’ve had. It’s light, but has a definite tang to it that feels odd. Almost sugary-sweet malt profile on the first sip, hops are secondary. A slightly metallic aftertaste. I probably won’t try this one again.

 394 characters

Photo of Denali
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Slightly opaque brown-copper color with thin tan head. Slightly sweet malt aroma. Flavors upfront were a grape/wine like sweet malt flavor mixed with caramel and a hint of vanilla. Middle had hops flavor and bitterness coming through but was also unfortunately moderately metallic in character. Nut flavors come in next. Aftertaste is bitter, metallic, and again a little bit nutty. Thin and slightly dry mouthfeel.

Note that the metallic character is something that I may be very sensitive to (I've seen this happen with other beers) and may not be as pronounced for other people.

Still a decent amber.

 649 characters

Photo of carln26
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap today, and the color was deep amber to mahogany. There was just a slight head, and little lace (this may be due to the fact that I was one of the 1st pours off the line). The aroma was of roasted malt, and a subtle sweetness that reminded me of caramel corn (Cracker Jack?). The taste had the malt (roasted and otherwise) up front. The hops show themselves in the middle and balance the sweetness, on the back of the taste is a yeasty bread flavor (wheat bread). Nice medium –heavy mouth feel, and a wonderful drinkability, Brown ales are not my favorite, but this beer excels.

 596 characters

Photo of rdrummer
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice amber ale, but after trying and consuming quantities of Hop Ottin', I was expecting more. The color is a hazy, light amber with a large tannish head. There was a small bit of lacing. There is not much aroma here, except for a little smell of hops. There is a hint of pine and citrus in the taste along with a mild hops kick. There is considerable carbonation but this is only somewhat refreshing in the mouth due to a bit of metallic (for want of a better descriptive term) aftertaste that leaves a dusky feel in the mouth.

All told, this is a drinkable amber but not what I was expecting from Anderson Valley.

 628 characters

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been such a confusing beer to review but very enlightening in exposing the day-to-day changes of my palette. The first time I had this beer I thought it was a perfect 5.0 - nectar of the gods. I remember the complex taste and a very fruity note, which my memory filed under the heading "sweet". The second time I was eagerly looking forward to the same experience, only to be overpowered by a grapefruit-like bitter note with none of the sweetness I remembered. Third time's a charm, because this review reflects the complexity that had confused me on previous tastings...

The beer pours with lots of promise - it's a dark orange-red color that far exceeds normal 'amber' expectations. I'd have rated the appearance higher still but the head pours a bit thin and leaves little in the way of lacing on the glass.

The smell is inviting - lots of interesting notes. There's a strong fruity smell which reminded me of cherries or peaches, complemented by equally balanced touches of malt and hops. This is one of those ales that smells so good that even though you want to dive right in it's worth the effort to pause and savor the aroma...

The taste is incredibly complex and changes as you work your way through the glass. Initially there's a pronounced bitter hop flavor but as your taste buds adjust and as the beer warms to the room the more fruity notes come to the front. The malt has a soft, mellowed taste that feels "lightly toasted" - not enough to make the roasting a primary flavor but enough to encourage caramelization and all the wonderful tastes that come along with browned sugars.

Mouthfeel is fine - nothing extraordinary to note but nothing bad to distract either. Frankly your taste buds will be so busy sparkling with excitement that you won't be paying much attention to mouth feel.

I'm not a session drinker but my reaction on finishing this amber ale was to wonder what the next one would taste like now that my tongue had adjusted to the flavors. Would the cold bring out the grapefruit hoppy flavors again or would my adjusted palette respond to the malt notes? Contrary to my first impressions, this is not a 'sweet' ale at all - it just has some very interesting notes that are so reminiscent of fruit that it gets remembered as sweet. I'm looking for my next bottle and may serve it at a warmer temperature to start with to see how that affects the flavors.

 2,408 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one serious looking amber ale. In fact, it isn't amber at all, but is orange-copper with a few paper-thin flakes suspended within. The head is pastel orange-tinted beige in color and is firm and tacky. I've seen better lace, but the beer itself looks mighty nice. Pleasant nose of caramel malt, light brown sugar and fruity hops.

The flavor is brown sugar sweet, toasted malty, overripe apple fruity and mildly spicy. It all works well together and is assertive enough to stand out from the crowd. The fruity, earthy hops wait until mid-mouthful to join the party, never quite overtaking the heavily toasted caramel. The finish lingers, thanks in part to a firm, medium-full body that keeps the beer on the taste buds long enough to make a favorable impression.

Boont Amber Ale is another goodun' from Anderson Valley. While not stupendous, it is solid across the board and earns my seal of approval. Come to think of it, maybe those flaky floaters were boont.

 974 characters

Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 380 characters

Photo of wyllder
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


 755 characters

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 488 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

 496 characters

Photo of beertaster13
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

 337 characters

Photo of mschofield
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 355 characters

Photo of donguillermo27
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

 829 characters

Photo of rkhaze
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 545 characters

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

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.

 321 characters

Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 262 characters

Photo of Gasp100
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 352 characters

Photo of kbub6f
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 581 characters

Photo of charlesw
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

 650 characters

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.