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Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

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1,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 53
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a coppery orange amber colour, with a very good head of pale, off-white bubbles. Lacing is also good, forming in patchy circles. Clarity of the body is excellent—all up, in fact, it's an excellent looking beer.

Nose is slightly sharp and metallic, with an underlying cloying fruit sweetness, a little like green bananas. Hint of acidity to it as well, giving a whiff of slightly rank stomach acid. Ew. Is there something wrong with this bottle?

Taste is similar. Slightly rank unripe banana character with a mealy cereal mid-palate and a lingering melange of copper and sugar. Feel is grainy but persistent, with that sugar coating on the back sticking around for way too long.

Wow. I'm really suitably unimpressed with this. It's cloying, sugary and altogether rather unpleasant. Given how widespread this is, I was expecting something at least mild and inoffensive, but this genuinely not something I want to drink often, if at all.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ithacabaron
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear . . . well, amber, with a thin cap head. Not remarkable, not terrible. Not very notable at all.

Smell is thick with burnt sugar and caramelized malt; a creme brulee in beer form. No hops evident. Not a whole lot of life here.

Taste has a slightly drier profile, with a touch of hops showing up halfway through the swallow. Still, too gooey, too gunky, too heavy. Caramel malts run amok.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin; could use something more in the bubble department.

Overall, not a very impressive beer. There are interesting qualities and rich flavors, but the final product seems flabby and uninspired. Out of balance, out of whack.

ithacabaron, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of pasdachuri
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy amber color with off-white head.

Very faint, some caramel malt and barley

Taste is thin and rather underwhelming. Mildly hoppy and bitter with most of the hop character coming in the form of floral and earthy hops

Very thin body and carbonation

pasdachuri, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of ely2000k
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored, good head, looks clean and appetizing. Some minor lacing.

S- Malty, faint smell of hops, some slight caramel and maybe a toffee smell.

T- Lighter then I expected. Not a giant hops presence, but it's tasty. Ends a bit sweet. It tastes a bit bitter but without being overly hoppy.

M- Good carbonation and bite. Nothing sticks.

O- Smooth decent beer. I enjoyed it.

ely2000k, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.17/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can. Pours a clear light amber with a medium rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet treacly caramel malts, maple and molasses with some toasted malt.

The flavor is the same as the nose - sweet treacly caramel and molasses with some maple and toasted malt and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, way too sweet for me. I didn't really care for the maple and toasted malts. I can see this as a solid amber, but it totally didn't work for me.

Beaver13, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly over reddish-amber liquid with very good clarity.

S: Sweet malt and an almost raisin smell.

T: Somewhat bitter up front but not overpowering, this transitions to caramel and malty flavors with a slightly acidic finish that is not overpowering, but is typical for the style.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: One of the most drinkable American Amber or Red Ales that I have had. The reason why I like this beer over others in the style is its subtlety. While other Red Ales can be more acidic, this takes a balanced and middle of the road approach.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Another Thursday, another random bottle at the weekly Bliss tasting. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, caramel, very light pine, and a few crumbs of sourdough. The taste holds notes of caramel, orange rind, light lemon zest, light pine, and rye bread. These all come together in a pleasant, balanced flavor. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamy feel. Overall, a tasty, well-balanced brew. Right on.

TMoney2591, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, obviously. Smell of grassy hops, caramel, roasted malts. slight citrus.
Mildly bitter, with a lot of belgian characteristics in yeast, i would say.
A little flat in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium.
This beer could be a bit more complex. That said: it's still a nice drink, you can have a few on a night.

RuudJH, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of doppelme
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells of caramel and bready malts with a bit of a grassy hop smell as well. It pours a an amber body with a creamy white head that leaves behind great lacing. It tastes a bit bitter upfront followed by a greart mellow sweet malty ending. Its a bit oily on the palate but drinks very well and can be made for a great session beer. A great beer to get in the can and go camping with.

doppelme, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of dmcbeerington
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber looks good, it is darker than pale amber of course. Looks like a good beer liquid color.

S: the smell is light. I can hardly smell anything, but I feel a little tiny sweetness in my nose.

T: Tastes like honey with some bitterness after. That is all the taste, not much to it.

M: Sweet in the mouth, and bitter after swallow.

Overall definitely not a bad beer, but not a good beer either.

dmcbeerington, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 12/19/2008.

Reasonable offering from those pot-smoking NorCal hippies. Amber color with a small off-white head. Malty and hoppy aroma with caramel notes. Strong sweet caramel malt and nicely hopped. Medium body with average carbonation level.

nickd717, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice amber color with a two-finger, off-white head that lasted a minute or two. Decent lacing. Not too many bubbles.

S: Tart fruit and earthiness. Light malt aroma.

T: Moderately sweet with a light bitterness. Earthy tea and spice flavors. More bitterness from the hops comes through in the finish.

M: Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: Solid amber ale. Looks good, tastes good, and has an interesting aroma. Looking forward to drinking this one again.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boont Amber Ale appears like a bruised apple; its bright orange-amber tone is blemished with brown spots that contuse the clarity and luster. Unless held up against the light it has a complexion like lake water but, still, it is transparent. Carbonation appears in short supply as the head all but fizzled completely out and left no vestige of lacing.

Give it a little time to warm and the beer rewards you with an array of somewhat musty scents - some toasty and sweet, reminiscent almost of Christmas pudding, while others are more earthy and draw to mind twigs, herbs and tree needles. It is yet another installment of the epic struggle between malt and hop and it looks like we have front row seats!

Boont Amber tastes deliciously like pine needles dipped in caramel. It has an earthy disposition (an almost spruce-like flavour) but also a good helping of sugary sweetness. Although hardly more than medium-bodied, its malts make enough of an impression to sense an element of toasted grain. The hops, likewise, are reserved but readily detected.

I really enjoy drinking this beer; frankly I can't say that it has any shortcomings. The only alteration I might suggest is bumping up the malts and hops even more - amber ales set on the intermediate level are good, but they're even better at expert level. If the beer's drinkers can appreciate this kind of character, surely they'd appreciate a little bit more of it.

While Boont Amber doesn't quite possess the body or strength of character to warrant repeat purchases by the Me writing this beer review, I can only imagine what the Me first discovering darker beers would have thought six or seven years ago. Chances are I would have given my right eye for another. This is a serviceable amber ale through and through.

biegaman, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in Davis.

A: Served a dark amber with golden highlights beneath a quarter inch of off-white head that held great retention the whole beer through. The nice dense film of a head left great streaks and spots of bubbly lacing down the pint glass.
S: Bready and grainy smelling with a touch of sweet caramel and spice.
T: I get notes of caramel - although this beer is far from sweet- nuts, grains, and a touch of earthy, herbal hops in the finish.
M: Medium body, textured carbonation and a refreshing and smooth mouthfeel.
O: One of the best all-around drinking beers available. I go back to this beer again and again when looking for something to go with my meal. It’s not the most technical beer in the world, but it’s one of the most drinkable.

scottfrie, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can while eating lunch at Whole Foods (yes they allow you to purchase and drink on premise in Oregon!).

Poured a nice amber/brown hue with very good head, though faded quicker than I thought. Decent lace.

Great nose with lots of red fruit, earth, malt, and spice. A lot going on for an amber. On the palate it is confirmed: malt dominates with mild, tart red fruit, earth, and hay with a little spice. Pretty complex! Not over the top as far as alcohol or hops.

Texture is balanced with a decent, but short-ish finish. A great sipping amber and one that is a great yardstick to measure other amber ales against.


cbarrett4, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #41 American Amber / Red Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of styles lists. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Beer is reddish / amber and mostly clear, with a thin white head, low carbonation, low retention, low lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, hint of earthiness perhaps from a hop.

Beer is medium in body with a lead off sweetness and a sweet finish. It is a malty one this beer. It is not cloying but it is on the heavier end of the spectrum for these beers.

drabmuh, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of beerman21
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love Anderson Valley Brewing Company, really enjoy there IPA and Oatmeal stout. Random Place though for a Brewery in Little Booneville, CA but its worth the drive. Anyways bought this 22oz Bomber from my local market.

A-Pours a really Nice golden copper color with nice active carbonation leading to a frothy sticky off white head. Overall looks delicious.

s-Fruity spiciness, earthy with hints of sweet malts. Has a unusual unexpected spice aroma that i cant pin point. Hints of allspice come to mind, But its inviting never the less.

T-Earthy tea like spiciness, with a nice sweet malt backbone. But really just stops there. I was expecting something more up front but its fairly mellow, not what I expected from how the beer initially smelled like. There is a nice fruitiness to the beer in which the malts keep in check. Hop bitterness is minimal but present toward the end of your sip. Overall good balance, I could see myself drinking a few of theses, I saw some available in cans as well might give that a try.

beerman21, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Natural510
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a cloudy, murky amber with fluffy, off-white head.

Scent is sweet, malty and slightly woody.

Flavor is a spicy, smoky malt with sweet caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg notes. Bitter notes from the hops come through in the finish. Flavor is thick and slightly winy/boozy from a peat-smoke note, despite the lower ABV.

Body is very full in classic West-Coast style. Adequately carbonated with a bitter, dry finish.

Another Northern California classic, good for any occasion.

Natural510, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Julian code on bottle.

Pours a clouded, dark brownish-amber. A dense, off-white head stays and sticks. Smell is sort of earthy, with some green spices, and a bit of heat (and band-aid?). Taste is balanced well, overall. Nicely toasted malted barley, much appreciated finishing hops, with a mineral water taste certainly happening. Very good. Could be an amber ale staple for me..

sixerofelixir, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: dark-yellow-amber color with a large head
Smell: Caramel, candi sugar, malts, some citrus and fresh grass
Taste: Caramel, malts, grains and a slight hoppy aftertaste with some lemon. No taste layers, bit boring, even for the style
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and watery body
Overall: Nice to try, no to try again

rvdoorn, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good; its a translucent amber hue capped with a soapy off-white head. It smells average at best; somewhat farm-y (hay) atop caramel grain, with a faint herbal hop. It tastes good, far better than the nose suggests, with lots of caramel maltiness, though it winds up with a rather dry flavor for the profile. Floral hoppiness is noted throughout. Feels smooth and soft. Overall it is good and drinkable.

ktrillionaire, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Yellow-tan head over topped the rim on the pour, brew is a clear amber with copper & slight red hues, moderate carbonation 3.5
S – Caramel and toasted malts with mild citrus and grass notes 3.5
T – A flowing taste experience lead by toasted caramel malts, very slightly spicy and a crisp slightly sweet citrus zest finish. 3.5
M – A light body overall, mouthfeel is average, drinkability is good 3.5
O – An amber with mass appeal and good drinkability… if I wanted to buy it again, but I’m moving on 3.5

rsdaugherty, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Schneic8
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Orangish copper color that is a little cloudy. Pour a decent head that did not last long. There is a ton of lacing.

Smell: Sweet spicy smell that comes across as clean. Kind of has a floral smell and somewhat artificial. I also get brown sugar.

Taste: Clean crisp taste with a decent amount of floral. I also get a taste of brown sugar and lots of malt.

Mouthfeel: Slight bitterness towards the beginning that finishes smooth. Decent amount of carbonation that has a clean crisp feel. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Overall, a good beer. There is something in the smell and that I do not like, that carry's over just slightly into the taste, I can't put my finger on it. Good beer but not my favorite.

Schneic8, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber pour, maybe a little darker, average tan head and no freshness date. Aroma is different for an amber, seemed like a spiced bread and hop aroma. As always, the labels are a riot.

Taste, a solid reddy malt base, caramel and some sturdy, yet not overly hoppy additions to it result in an amber with some kick and taste that is pleasant. A little more to chew on than most ambers. Sweetness is just right.

Usually the best ambers and reds rating wise tend to be very hoppy which is all well and dandy. This is one of the best balanced ambers out there. Worth having around, a versatile beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Deep red in color with a hint of orange and excellent clarity. Poured with decent off-white head that slowly reduced to a spotty cap that left spots of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh floral and wet pine aromas balance well with a sweet caramel maltiness. Smooth and resiny feel with perfect carbonation. Flavors are a nice balance of floral hops and sweet caramel malt. Both the hop bitterness and malty sweetness seem to intensify from the beginning through the middle and slowly transition to a mostly malty finish with a hint of fresh, wet pine.

IronLover, Jun 13, 2011
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.