Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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545 Reviews

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,428
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 64
Gots: 158 | 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.
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Reviews: 545 | Hads: 1,428
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.

Wyll- (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)

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (655 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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! (442 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (497 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (609 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (608 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (264 characters)

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

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 (737 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


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. (558 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (390 characters)

Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.