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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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very good

554 Reviews

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Reviews: 554
Hads: 1,474
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 71
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.
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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear amber color.

The aroma has sweet caramel and tons of malt. There's some tea, flora, earthy hops in there too.

The flavor has some hoppy bitterness, but more of that really great malt profile. It's toasty caramel sweet.

A decent drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped this baby open on a hot 95 degree Fahrenheit evening in the dry desert sun. Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a 12 oz. bottle. No best by date.

A-Poured a deep and cloudy amber brown/red color. A creamy tan 2 finger head that left trace lacing on the glass. The head eventually turned into a foamy thin surface.

S-Nutty and grainy. Some caramel malt, along with some peach notes.

T-Going in was a little wet. The initial taste consisted of caramelized peaches, grains and malt, a touch of honey in the backend. The aftertaste left a sweet, yet slightly bitter sensation. It was a pretty balanced brew.

M-light to moderate carbonation. Not my idea of a sessionable brew, but could have two (maybe three) if I felt like it. It is not a straight up summer brew, but it's really good, especially when it's so hot outside.

Overall, it's a great beer to pair with food or to have as a sessional during the cooler fall months (in my opinion). It is a solid amber ale that deserves a spot in everybody's fridge. Cheers!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours with a nice, tan, two finger head which lasts for several minuets. Some of the head remains on the brew until the end. Good, even lacing stays on the glass until the end. The color is perfect, almost opaque red-brown.

The smell is strong with sweet and roasted malts, some caramel and floral hops.

The taste is surprisingly, kind of plain. There is a rush of sweet malts, caramel, nuts? then mild hops on the backend.

The feel is smooth and creamy, strong carbonation.

Overall this is a solid Red Ale from Anderson Valley but it does not really "pop" for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a slightly hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is quite different: lots of apricot with a little grapefruit. Really nice.
The taste has a nice grain flavor with sweet citrus, mild bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a great amber ale for sure and quite drinkable.

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully clear red amber with a nice head and good lacing. Nose had lots of sweet and yeast fruitiness featuring notes of raspberry. Taste follows the nose with a biscuit malt core. Raspberry is a lovely segue into the mild short hop finish. Hops have a bit of tea leaf and deposit just a trace of oil on the tongue. Feel is light and crisp with a smooth carbonation.. Highly drinkable and one I will have over and over

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Photo of Crimsonfloods
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

into a pint glass

very hazy, deep orange/brown, looks like apple cider.
semi-aggressive pour formed 1in head and quickly disappeared. clear white head.

smells musty, caramel and light apple aroma

tastes mild, more malty or grain than anything else

feels great, smooth and sticks on the mouth just a bit

Overall this brew was enjoyable! Something I could drink two or three of and not get too overpowering.

+Story I heard about this beer: On the label is a bear with deer antlers (a "Beer"), and it is said that if you drink enough of these and wonder out into the forest you can see this so called "Beer". Though that was a cheeky story haha.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boont Amber Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, with little brown particles floating about and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that, with an underlying caramel and a mellow, floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Boont Amber Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. This one is most excellent. It’s all positive with no negative. Delicious!


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Photo of BWED
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a tumbler

A- Reddish brown, fairly transparent (just some slight haze), half finger tan head, with okay retention, but good lacing.

S- Strong whiff of caramel, sweet. Mild, if any hop character in the nose.

T- Sweet malt followed by a slight bittering hop balance. The two work well with one another.

M- Medium body, very smooth. Very well balanced in the feel.

O- Mild, but fairly flavorful. I would put this more into the realm of a brown, because of the mild hop. But still a solid beer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice Amber red color out of the bottle with a two finger slightly tan head. Immediate smells of caramel malt and toasted bread waft through the air. The flavor is a brash complexity of slightly spicy, earthy, floral hops balanced by chewy bread and caramel malts. It's a great Amber ale to be sure. Underrated and a good value!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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-

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