Boont Amber Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #43
Ranked #19,238
3.84 | pDev: 12.76%
Mar 18, 2023
Aug 12, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Rated: 4.11 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A very malt forward beer with the sharp bite of caramel. Poured cold with lots of head and a ton of lacing. It's a flavorful beer with nice bold flavors. Would definitely drink again and nice to have something different from an IPA or a stout.
Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by moodenba from New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Boont Amber draft at Brickhouse in Patchogue, NY, in fall 2022. Brickhouse has a mix of guest taps these days to complement the three house-brewed beers. Boont Amber is a good amber beer with a fairly dry body and a nice bitter aftertaste. Hoppy character is to me the outstanding characteristic. The alcohol comes through compared to the Brickhouse Red that I had earlier.
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(12 oz can, 21231 8421/25; purchased single off shelf at Shangy's yesterday... poured into a shaker pint)

L: clear, beautifully tawny-colored liquid; tight, but fleeting tan foam pad... keeps a thin, messy cap and a creeping collar; some suspended speckled sediment

S: chewy caramel, Bavarian-style soft pretzel; bit of a floral hop overtone... damn, classic amber ale aromas; I feel like it's been too long; reminiscing... superb intensity, depth, and expression; 3D

T: toasted caramel, but not terribly sweet, perhaps owing to the burst of piney, herbaceous hops contrasting the round, juicy sugary malts... aftertaste has some of than caramelized, custardy malts, but the mellow yet pungent hop bitterness pushes to the fore; relatively dry too

F: yes, it has a certain roundness to its body, but it's featherlight, likely due in part to its (I'm sure) great attenutation but also maybe its stealth sizzling simmer of carbonation... the peppery accent of the hop bitterness probably helps accentuate its dryness... at any rate, it has a fulfilling facade

O: this can appears to be almost a year old, but what a joy it was having this again; definitely a throwback, and I guess I missed it??... never knew how fantastically flavorful and drinkable this is; I could see grabbing this again come autumn and exploring it some more (1962)
Jul 29, 2022
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Rated by chrisfy from Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Decent beer worth having but not that special.
Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Amber-red in the glass and looks brown on the pour from which a silky-looking beige head forms and holds as a pillow before receding, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, red apple skins, a little caramel, light wafts of earthiness, and some toffee
Taste: Caramel and bready malt come together in full force to start things off and develop depth as they settle in. Some fruity esters and mild earthy hops peek in some but the bready and sweet malt continue on undeterred through the close
Mouthfeel: Full, pretty clean, medium-high carbonation, and a soft and slightly smooth finish
Overall: This is good stuff. I haven’t had this beer in years but it’s such a classic, I had to revisit and review this unassuming gem. An easy-drinking and well-made Amber with good malt presence throughout and is overall quite simplistic and straightforward, which is part of the allure to me of Ambers
Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by Dsimenson from California

Jun 18, 2022
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz can

Pours a finger of tan head into my can-style glass. Retention is average and the head fades within in a minute or two. Initial lacing looks very nice. Body is amber with a lot of brown and some shades of orange. Looks decent so far.

Nose is extremely peculiar. Very floral, loads of honey. There is a faint suggestion that this could be slightly old, but I have no idea because the canning date is illegible, plus these big honey notes certainly are not associated with that. This….doesn’t smell bad, and I’m quite intrigued.

Flavor is very similar at first, mostly just a very forward honey flavor. Not at all what I’m expecting out of a red, no caramel, not much hop flavor. As it warms there is some oxidation that starts to come through. Initially this works, but as the oxidation comes out it becomes less and less enjoyable.

Carbonation is medium-high. Body is somewhat light. A touch of sweetness and a bit of bitterness, pretty well balanced. Overall a good mouthfeel.

This is still relatively drinkable, there isn’t anything horrible here.

Appearance turned out quite nice. Lacing was pretty thick all the way down.

Overall this is ok, but the oxidation certainly hurts things.
Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 3.84 by KT3418 from Colorado

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BenHesk12 from California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice bottle with a logo that hasn't changed during the recent beer craze. This is a solid amber ale with a flavor that I consider "nutty". Malty and flavorful and well balanced.
Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by travelguy from Ohio

Jul 27, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by Agriverbear from Texas

Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
very thick, creamy and undulating, long lasting, ivory hued head. Lovely, crystal clear, medium dark orange tinged amber appearance. Light, butterscotch & malted aroma. Subtle, medium bodied, slight caramelized malt flavor which is lightly hopped.
Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Jun 13, 2021
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep, clear copper color with a frothy top of off white foam and patchy lacing. Mellow aromas of toasted cereal grain. Nicely balanced flavors of toasted malt, caramel, fruit esters, and earthy and spicy hops. Steers well clear of sweeter. Idea to remain crisp and refreshing. Medium body, creamy feel and moderate carbonation.
Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by QuintusHorace from California

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by arzt from Germany

Jun 05, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by simonrgilbert57 from California

May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Pours a clear caramel and amber color. A large frothy head displays great retention and lacing.

The nose is sweet with notes of caramel, cracker and biscuity malts. There is a touch of roasty malts that evoke chocolate. Aromas of fruit including orange and cherry, as well as floral and woodsy hops.

The taste turns out to be too sweet to my liking with too many flavors of butterscotch. The palate is somewhat dry but not enough. Flavors of cracker and biscuit malts, lightly creamy and with notes of caramel. Flavors of fruity, woodsy and floral hops and a developing bitterness that somehow feels unbalanced. The finish is semi dry and somewhat crisp.

Medium bodied and mostly smooth. The carbonation is moderate.

Maybe there was something wrong with this can as it was off flavored and hard to finish.
Mar 17, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by gefinley from California

Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
LOOK - deep gold / copper hue - crystal clear - 1 finger head that receded rapidly - some lacing persists
SMELL - tangy dark fruit - some molasses - slight vinegar
TASTE - bitter hop bite - scorched brown sugar - tobacco - molasses - tangy fruitiness - a bit harsh on the bitter side and not much on caramel and malt - some funk
FEEL - a bit thin - carbonation dies out
OVERALL - a decent Amber ale - seemed a bit too bitter and needed a bit more of that funky / tangy "red" beer flavor and caramel maltiness - still a good brew
Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 3.24 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Surprisingly unique...

This brew was unique on so many fronts - dark copperish color, spice ladened smell, and a mouthfeel that is truly full-bodied. The taste was full of that same spice noted in the nose and overall I graded it for the true surprise that it was.
Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by insouciantx from New York

Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by evanwoertz from California

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by heymikew from California

Sep 18, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile

Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 3.57 by Furlinator from California

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by ben741 from Canada (ON)

Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A strong pour from a 12-oz. can yields a fat finger of creamy light-beige(hint of amber) foam with average retention and arches of lace. Hazy burnt amber color with small rising bubbles.
Caramel malt, baked brown sugar, spicy hops and peppery alcohol greet the nose and palate. Mild sweetness and bitterness, roasted malt is noticeable. Candied apples and baked pears "sweeten the pot" with an increased hop bite, then, a fast and clean drier finish. A mild astringency and hop bite linger. Medium body, plenty of reserved carbonation, a little boozy. True to style, easy drink. Almost sessionable, two-three for me.
Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by desint from Belgium

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Fuzzycuffs from Oregon

May 18, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Peter_M_Morris from California

Mar 15, 2019
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
120z. bottle poured into a 20oz. weizen glass delivers a full two fingers of soft white foam with the amber shade. The head of foam lasts for minutes and really never disappears. The carbonation looks very nice in the glass.
The aroma is a little bit of hops.
The taste starts with the hops, then the sweet caramel flavor, I can't say it's bitter, maybe just a bit dry.
There is a nice feel of carbonation, a little creamy feel.
This beer is great, hard to find in WI., but Anderson Valley Boont Amber will always be smuggled home when I return from Ca.
Mar 14, 2019
Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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