Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

545 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,428
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 64
Gots: 156 | 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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Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can, this beer pours a slightly hazy amber color. Small white head. It's an average looking amber ale. The smell is of toast and crackers. Malty. Some fruit and distant earthy hops, but mostly a lightly toasty, bready scent. The taste is somewhat tilted sweet, but is well balanced. Malt comes through in the taste as well, but this is not a sweet brew. Medium in body, easy to drink, and tasty. This is a no-frills amber all, solid and drinkable. (463 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yay! A sessionable American Red Ale in a can. Hopefully poured into a Leffe Chalice.

A: Pours a hazy amber-copper color forming a mid-sized and bubbled creamy head. Not long retention and modest lacing in the glass. (2nd pour results in a thick, crowned head and great lacing.)

S: Very subtle, not much waft. Predominantly sweet: Caramel malts and flowery hops.

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel, bread, and roasted malts. Light hoppy bitter end. Refreshing. Sessionable. Good for when you're having more than 1. Not a thriller, but very pleasant and the overwhelming impression is sweet.

M: Light to medium body. Tea like. Good to strong carbonation. Roasted malts and hoppy bitter aftertaste.

O: Very good drinkability. Moderately good Ale. Good session beer, and on sweet side without cloying. Complex, balanced and subtle all at once. Must try again. However, I prefer Smuttynose, Red Tail and Rogue in this style. (926 characters)

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

Amber color with lots of thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of malt and refreshing hops.
Malty flavor but still refreshing. Hints of caramel and oranges. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Great ale, it should please both malt lovers and hopheads, given its balance. And if you leave in a country with competitive prices, it is also great as a premium session beer. (413 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange hops. Slightly sweet smelling.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel and nutty malts with moderate amounts of sweetness that slowly fade. Very little bitterness is discernable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer was a regular in my fridge for a long time when I lived in NC but since moving to the NYC area I just don't find it as often. I find this beer to be enjoyable, a touch sweet but not cloying and an easy drinker. (925 characters)

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

Copper hued with an inch of white foam on top. The aroma brings some bread, biscuits, a touch of fruity sweetness. Similar flavor, with just a tad of citrus and some bitter hops in the finish. Light to medium in body with crisp carbonation. Well balanced and enjoyable. While I don't drink beers of this style too often, I found this quaffable. (344 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml copper coloured can. Pours out a slightly hazed russet-copper hue, with a large loose bubbled rocky beige head that retains to a thick chunky cap.

Some dry toasty and bready malt on the nose, with some grassy hops and citrusy esters reminiscent to clementines.

Toasty, bready, even slightly chocolatey malt up front in the flavour, sweet caramel in the middle, that is quickly reigned in by some grassy, citrusy hops that carry on to the finish, while the citrus hops continue to linger on in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, light velvety texture, with some surprisingly brisk carbonation.

A pretty good easy drinker that tends to straddle the line for the style--not too malty and not too hoppy. Flavour intensity itself is rather mild but still well enough present. A decent pick for a session beer. (828 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear amber-copper color forming a big and bubbled creamy head. Good retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Caramel malts, roasted malts and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel, caramel and roasted malts. Light hoppy bitter end

M: Medium and bit molasses body. Good carbonation. Roasted malts and hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very good drinkability. Excellent Ale. Great for a whole day session beer (486 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep amber, good head of foam, good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Caramel and copper. The hops finally reveal themselves on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and a bit chewy. A hint of copper in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A fairly solid, decently balanced amber ale, it would be perfect with a sampler plate of appetizers. (376 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at the crows nest in Santa Cruz. This brew is a very attractive copper with an orangish hue. Clear and served without a head. Aromas of slightly toasted barley and a bit of orange like fruitiness. Flavor is fresh and crisp. Clean toasted slightly sweet malt up front with a nice fruity hop finish-slightly bittering. Mouthfeel is light bodied and medium high carbonated. Overall this is a well done beer-clean and crisp with plenty of flavor. (454 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've never been a huge fan of Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Their beers are always just OK. I did grab a 12-pack around December when they went on sale at Total Wine & More, but they are just decent. Beers like this are a good way to introduce someone to craft beer. I actually didn't plan on this beer being in the sampler pack that I bought, so we lucked out. It was on sale for $6.99 from $12.99, so even if the the beers are bad, I figured I would get them anyway! The IPA was also in there, and it's a good daily drinking IPA.

Until we started reviewing this beer, I had no idea where Anderson Valley Brewing Company was. Cool story about the small town and their language. I would love to meet someone from there just to see how they talk. Fun! Hopefully the beer is good, and I am looking forward to reviewing it. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: I could smell this as I was pouring it. The last time I had this, I just drank it from the bottle. I know, I know… I do NOT recommend ANYONE drink ANY beer from a bottle. Grab a cup, even if it's a red Solo cup, and drink from a glass. So I am sure I will enjoy this more in a glass. In the glass, it has a nice dark tan color, with a VERY thick and frothy head. I also didn't realize that the brewery was solar powered. It says that on the cap, anyway.

Nose: As I was pouring, I could smell the malty goodness. When I stick my nose in the glass, it has a nice rich caramel aroma and a lovely malty finish. A second whiff I am picking up some nice sugary aromas. This beer has a lot of promise.

Flavor: Considering my experience with Anderson Valley beers, I didn't have a lot of expectations with this one. Also, not usually a fan of amber ales. But this one isn't bad. At first, there is a rich copper flavor. Imagine licking a penny. Then it mellows out, and provides a nice malty flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue. There is a nice little hint of hops toward the back of the palate, but that's it. For a guy that likes hops, I am impressed that I like the flavor so much.

Mouthfeel: While I am thinking about it, why does the bear on the label (and on the Anderson Valley website) have horns? Do bears in northern California have horns? Anyway, the mouthfeel is nice, and actually changes as you drink the beer. At first, a ton of bubbles hit the front of the palate then it settles to a nice malty flavor at the back of the palate. A subtle dryness creeps in, and then settles to a smooth finish. I would say the aftertaste is the best part of this beer.

Aftertaste: This is nice. It starts with a rich copper flavor, then as you swallow the malty flavors lessen and you are still hit with the malty flavors. The hops really come out in the end. The aftertaste lasts for a few minutes, too.

Anderson Valley has a lot of beers in their portfolio. From their Winter and Summer Solstice to their Oatmeal Stout and IPA, they have a wide range of flavors. Out of the ones I have had, the Boont Amber Ale is nice. If you haven't had the Winter Solstice, grab one next year. It's one of the better holiday beers.

Boont Amber Ale - The bottle says: "Deep copper with a creamy light tan head. Rich aroma of caramel and a sun-toasted grain elegantly meshed with a mellow noble hop aroma. A full-bodied malt flavor is supported by a refreshing mild hop bitterness with herbal hoppy aromas - lending itself to a long, clean finish." (3,411 characters)

Photo of Hawksfan79
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: Amber with a creamy mocha colored head.

Smell: Malty with a strong noble hops aroma.

Taste: Noble hops with mellow caramel notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy texture, and a strong carbonation.

The noble hops give this brew a lager flavor that I find displeasing as it's really out of style and not at all what I was anticipating. The mouthfeel however was amazing and was what kept me wanting to drink the rest of the bottle. (491 characters)

Photo of BobN
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - bottle poured into stein.

A - A nice copper color but a bit cloudy. Very nice, initially dense and creamy head. Hangs for awhile and then thins out with varying sized bubbles and thin remaining head with minimal lace.

S - Very aromatic beer. Aroma persists throughout drinking with a maple sweetness and some grass.

T - Maple, caramel, mineral and hops on the front end, mineral persists as caramel sweetness fades, perhaps a hint of honey in there.

M - Creamy, nice carbonation that builds but not excessive, smooth.

O - A very nice beer overall. There's a richness to it so although it is only 5.8 ABV, I would probably stop at two rather than say it's sessionable. AVBC has such a great variety of outstanding beers - each with strong points! (766 characters)

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

Pours a clear amber with a rich and foamy off-white head into a stein. Tasty smells of fruit, maple, and grains mingle with a hoppy smell of grass. Very aromatic for style.

Fruit and malt forward all the way! A bit sticky and leans toward medium to heavy body (and this is particularly true for style). Rich notes of caramel mingle with apricot, berries, butterscotch and pancake batter. Fresh cut grass, citrus and a bit o' pine round out the mouthfeel for one smooth motherf@ckin' ale. Sweetness lingers a bit in the finish, begging you to follow up with another swill. It has that certain AVBC balance of ester notes that you'll also find in their Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice. I don't know how they achieve it exactly, but it unique and tasty nonetheless.

Delicious! I had this years back and haven't had it since. I almost forgot how good this is -- it is easily one of my top choices for an amber ale. It's a great beer to check your palate on. Further proof that you don't have to be above 6% ABV to be flavorful and praise-worthy. AVBC might not release the "latest and greatest" and might not be the grand innovators, but making high-quality, easy drinking brews day in and day out is super-sexy to me. (1,221 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Hazy amber orange with a creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malt and biscuit, with a hint of floral hops.

T - A balanced blend of sweet caramel, bread, nutty malts, and earthy floral hops. The hops lend a touch of fruitiness and light bitterness on the finish. A pleasant nutty, grainy flavor lingers on.

M - Medium-full bodied, smooth and a bit chewy. Average carbonation with somewhat of a dry finish.

O - Definitely a tasty and balanced amber ale. Superb drinkability. Anderson Valley hasn't disappointed me yet. (559 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour an orangey, amber brew. The coloring glows brightly through the glass, with no haze or sediment noted, and light hiccups of carbonation. Retention is nice, as the initial head of two fingers stands tall, cakey, and tan in coloring. Chunky, spidery lacing is left down the walls of the glass. The first thought on the nose is that it smells like Thanksgiving stuffing. There are big herbal hops sitting against lighter caramel and pale malts. There are metallics of yeast, and a watery vegetable quality much like celery. With warmth comes a cutting sweetness of buttercream and lactics. Our first impression is similar to that of the nose in that there are huge bready and herbal qualities, akin to the likes of freshly herbed and peppered stuffing. As we sip, herbal hop bitterness mixes with pale malts, metallics, and light adjuncty grain. The hops keep things juicy and wet to the peak, where sweet creamed corn comes to battle an enhanced herbal hop bite. The finish washes with that aromatic vegetable metallic note from the nose, along with more metallics, light toffee sweetness, a brush of buttered bread, salty sunflower seeds, fermented apple sweetness, and those wild herbal hops. The aftertaste breathes strongly of the latter, with metallic adjuncts, light toasted grit, yeast, and mineral. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth on each sip, with a cooling coating left around the mouth. The herbal qualities leave additional bite and coolness, much like mint. There is little dryness or astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was uniqueness of the hops in both the aroma and the flavoring. The nose really wakes you up, taking you to a very foody, organic place in your thoughts. The flavoring follows suit exactly as you would expect, keeping nice continuity of flavor, and blend between everything that is going on. The feel is soft and slurpable, with the drinker left happy on all fronts. (2,060 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A nice deep amber hue with a adequate 2 finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nose is sweet malts, brown sugar notes, bread and earthy hops. Taste follows the nose closely and takes on a sweet/sugary front end. Fairly complex with the malts and hops that give it a unique taste. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but unique. Fairly well balanced. A touch hoppy on the end. Feel is just okay. A tad thin and carbonated. Perhaps a bit too dry as well. Overall- A pretty decent Amber that has some good/interesting qualities. Like the sugar/malty front, but distracted by the hop/dry finish. Wouldn't turn one down and will hit this again at some point. Nothing outstanding, but pretty good- (726 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rich clear amber color, with a foamy and slightly creamy two finger head. The retention sticks around for the life of the ale and forms a blanket on top. There is a good amount of think around the glass.

The aroma is full of toasted malt with caramel hints, a bit of sweet fruit and citrus from the hop.

Tasting this ale is a pleasure, Everything I look for in an American amber/red ale is here. Rich flavors of toasted and caramel malts and mild hop bitterness. Just enough hop bitterness to to counteract the malt.

Medium bodied with a mix of a slickness and mildly carbonated crisp finish. Super easy to drink! (631 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber-caramel with a soapy off-white head. Moderately sweet aromas of caramel malt and grassy hops. Understated. Taste is similar, with caramel and amber malts, grassy hops, and a very mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a solidly drinkable beer that goes great with pub food. No complaints. (371 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. what a beautiful color. yes, i guess that's certainly 'copper'. or amber. and the head is very nice also. tall, creamy, slightly tan head with a thick lacing that stays behind the entire 22 oz bomber via an 11 oz mug.
the smell matches the taste with some hoppy finisher and a nice thick malt taste. it doesnt try to 'be' anything, like a lot of the american (and californian) craft brews often do. there is, however, some 'soapy' taste that lasted beyond the initial fill which proved i'm not just a bad dishwasher.
overall, i really like the balanced taste, the lightness of the liquid overall, and would genuinely like to have a few more of these in my existence. (671 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very lightly hazy amber color with a light brown tint. The head is big and billowy and has fantastic retention. Over time it very slowly recedes and the large bubbles of the head pop. In the end the receding head leaves a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel sweetness. Mixed with this is a roasted malt aroma, some light molasses notes as well as a faint herbal smell.

Taste – The taste starts out more roasted malt and biscuit in nature with some tastes of a sweet caramel. A hop flavor of an earthy and herbal nature then come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. These flavors intensify while most of the caramel dissipates. Overall a roasty, buttery and biscuit flavor mixed with a moderate herbal hop flavor are left on the tongue. Very ESB like in my opinion maybe with just a bit sweeter and more roast then most ESB’s.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was above average in body as it had a more creamy and smooth then most. The carbonation level was rather low. The low carbonation mixed with the creaminess gave it more of a cask like taste (even out of the bottle) and actually also gave it more the ESB feel as the taste also gave.

Overall – Very nice. It starts sweeter and gets more hoppy and bitter as the taste advances. Quit easy drinking and delicious. (1,379 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy burnt clementine with a modest, but sustaining, head. Can't see thru this one.

S - Sweet caramel, butterscotch.

T - Sweet malt with tones of apple and pear upfront, bitterness and alcohol warming on the back. Certainly, an american version of the style, with noticeable hops presence and scotch ale like burn. A tacky sweetness makes this brew a little challenging to approach.

M - Overly carbonated, combine with overly sweet makes for a soda like feel.

This melting pot of flavors have some that I like, but for me, a bit too much going on. (568 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured in a pint glass. Purchased at Willow Park in Regina, SK.

Reddish-copper to amber. Hazy withminimal carbonation. Light beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to some thin islands with the odd strand of lacing here and there.

Nose is citrus hops and caramel. A lot hoppier than I would expect from an amber ale.

Fairly well balanced. Cvaramel sweetness and citrus lemon hops at the start. The finish is more of a herbal piney hop, but it's not overpowering as the malt keeps it on a pretty even keel.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and really smooth. This is an easy drinking brew.

I really like it. Bends the style a bit but it has two things I really look for, balance and easy drinkability. Well wothy a try! (753 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is one of the best beers of it's kind. Boont is a tasty, crisp amber ale, with a bit of a floral fragrance and mildly fruity taste in addition to a complex malt profile. I've seen it finding its way onto more and more taps around here and that makes me a happy dude. I'll pick it over most beers when I'm out. (314 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear medium copper color. Very thin head, not much lacing. Seems appropriate for the style.

S- Biscuity malt, no hops.

T- A bit dull up front, looking for more malt sweetness. The malt come through in the middle Slight bitterness in the finish. Pretty well balanced with a nice grain flavored finish.

M- Consistent with the minimal head, it's on the thin and fizzy side.

O- Good session beer. I prefer a maltier profile but this works. In fact, I wish I had more than just the one 12 oz bottle! (511 characters)

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

Back in the day this was my go-to beer. Partially due to my brand/locale loyalty, partially due to my palate being in its infancy, which is not to say that I've grown to dislike it, just that I've kind of moved on with my likes.

It still pours beautifully and glows in its glass. A very tempting amber color, really tough to resist. Has a nice malty/citrusy aroma, medium bodied with a nutty afterthought that hangs around just long enough. It's an easy drinker. Definitely an unchallenging brew, but still worth it's weight in a pinch. (538 characters)

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