Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
571 Reviews
Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 571 | Ratings: 1,558
Photo of SaltofOH
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no visible date. 350 A1 2306 on the bottom(Aug.17th?). DFH tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy Amber red with 1 finger of off-white bubbly head that quickly recedes to islands of bubbles. No visible carb. Fair lacing.

S: deep, sweet caramel and a slight fruity hint; Fuji apples, caramel apples? Bread crust. I love this smell.

T: hey! That's pretty light and crisp for an amber! Arrives bready, with those apple and fruity notes swirling about. Across mid palate it is decidedly malty, but remains crisp, and stays just short of ever becoming sweet. Finishes clean and semi-dry.

M: lighter end of mid-weight, with moderate to low carbonation, and a very clean finish.

O: I often ask myself why I should try a new (to me) beer in a style in which I have a clear favorite. This is the answer - you sometimes find something spectacular. This is a fruity, malty, supremely balanced, and utterly clean amber ale. Better than Bell's? We'll have to do a head to head; but this is definitely worth trying, and is six-pack worthy, in a style that is overlooked because of its subtlety.

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Photo of seansean95
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pretty opaque amber with little to no lacing. Single finger head dissipates quickly.

Smell: very mild biscuity smell.

Taste: sweet malty somewhat biscuity taste. There is a slightly unpleasant saccharine sweetness that gets worse the more you drink.

Feel: crisp, light, and smooth.

Overall Not bad but I doubt I'd go out of my way to buy it again.

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

L: Clear amber with a sticky, creamy beige head with excellent retention and some clinging lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toasty bread, caramelized sugar, earthy and woody hop tones.

T: Tons of sticky-sweet caramel, toasted bread, toffee, turns buttery/butterscotch on the finish, balances out with a touch of earth and pine, and then finishes mostly clean, with some lingering caramel sweetness.

F: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slick and slightly oily from the sugars and hops.

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Photo of Twotom
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Bayou on Bay in Bellingham, WA. Small head that quickly disperses. Dark copper color. Low carbonation. Faint smell. Rich taste with notes of toffee and caramel. Hint of biscuit. Mellow mouthfeel.

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Photo of ntanp91
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle. Small head that quickly disperses. Dark copper color. Low carbonation. Faint smell. Rich taste with notes of toffee and caramel. Hint of biscuit. Mellow mouthfeel. Enjoyable amber from AV.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours more brown than amber or copper, with a medium off white to light khaki head that had some staying g power and leaves a little lacing. Nose is malty with caramel malts and toast and just a touch of hops in the back. Taste follows suit with a sweeter, fuller bodied, maltier beer than expected. A bit marzen like. Not a typical American amber, but flavorful and overall good if you like them malty.

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Photo of cmurkar
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear bloody red orange ,with a 1 1/2 inch white head. Very foamy and disappears pretty quickly. Leaves a lot of lacing behind. Caramel is very forward in the smell, due to the crystal malt. That aside, it finishes very floral and hoppy. Taste has me kind of disappointed. I was expecting a heavy caramel flavor based on the smell, but it's not as pronounced as anticipated. It's much more dark fruit and hop forward. Liking the sweetness however. Light feel with slight carbonation. It's a refreshing beer overall, and should leave you satisfied.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the Big Sur restaurant in Carmel. It's just fine. Couldn't tell much about the look in this dark place. Balanced, but a little low key for my tastes. A little watery, but probably a good intro to craft beer for a Michelob fan.

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Photo of GrubbingWGrizzly
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really do enjoy this brew, it gives me a nice feeling and goes well with most of what I eat. Additionally, it's at a price point to make it affordable to have for more than just "special occasions."

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Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: April 21, 2016... OCCASION: a tiresome day ends in an old friend... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... APPEARANCE:thick, frothy, off-white head captures the vision first.. the effervescent, copper body is also impressive to look at... the lacing resembles camo, with zigzagging angles of entanglement... AROMA: caramel is up front and center, with subtle nut and soft hops... some bread and toasted malts make for an alluring aroma... PALATE: creamy, smooth, lightly hopped and pleasantly lingering... impressively sessionable... TASTE: tough to detect a dominant flavor here... the caramel is appreciable, with the sweet malts lightening the taste...some fruitiness--apple, pear--are present... OVERALL: I haven't seen Anderson Valley offered locally for years, and then, lo and behold, I found this six at Hope... just as I remembered it: smooth, sweet, and sessionable... a beer that suits many occasions and rewards with just enough flavor... all that is right with the American amber genre...

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer and a fine bargain, at less than $5 for a bomber at Safeway. Overall, this is a well balanced and incredibly satisfying Amber. The crystal/caramel malt directs the operation while the hood have the good sense to stand the eff down.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little darker than average pour on the beer, off white head, almost beige. Aroma was almost rye-esque, bready, hearty, hoppy.

Taste was lots of caramel malts, above average c hops in an amber, chewy, mildly sweet. Its been around forever and still does amber ale better than your average example.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

A: Hazy cropper. 2 fingers high of head, sank soon.
S: Moderate citrus aroma: mainly grapefruit. Moderate caramel. A little bit grassy.
T: Moderate caramel malty. Moderate tangerine. Dry. Slight bitterness. Short finish. The overall flavor is elegant.
M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: This is what I think a low alcohol content beer should be, there are many flavors but not way too strong, yet one cannot say it watery. To summarize, it's simply elegant. Very good amber.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a pleasant surprise! I usually find ambers rather disappointing. However this beer has some standout flavour. Very floral in the nose. At the finish there is a nice dry hop finish. I think it might be the best Amber I've had.

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Photo of hreb
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is medium amber, slightly reddish, and forms an ample off white head. Moderate malty aroma. Flavor is hoppier than expected, with a crisp, tangy presence, like overripe fruit, and a spicy flavor that reminds me of ginger. Beyond the primary tanginess, there's a toasty biscuit flavor, which is nice, and I wish was more dominant. Overall, this beer is tasty enough, but not really what I want from an amber ale. Probably would not revisit unless I could get it really fresh on tap.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque mid to deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, light tan, shortlived head that leaves island caps of foam, a collar ring & thin streaks of lace. Quite pretty for an amber. Aroma is malty, toasted brown bread, thin caramel/toffee & faint floral hops. Taste is more intense toast & brown bread & roasted nuts, caramel/toffee/brown sugar, earth, a cocoa hint & a hoppiness brought forth as some bitterness in the finish that lingers in the sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin but with a light creaminess, wet & prickly on both the tongue & palate.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with a red tint. Makes a large, off-white head with medium carbonation. A wonderful malt smell with a twinge of funk. All the wonderful malt, Carmel taste I love in an amber, but allows for plenty of the mellow hop to come in. The hop resonates slightly, which I am not used to in an amber. The mouthfeel is very nice, and the body is not thin. Very good Amber ale.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a fantastic beer. My first sip caused me to literally say out loud, "Wow!" It's a caramel/malt flavor - smooth all the way. It tastes darker than it is, which I thoroughly enjoy. I will buy this one again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours darkish amber with very thick fluffy head, lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt. Taste is malt, caramel, dark bread. Short finish with light palate.

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Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber colour, with a small head that does not long, but leaves some lace. Smell of dirty glass... wait, I'll another one :-) flowers, caramel,
dark fruits. Medium body,good carbonation. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, fruits.

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Photo of bwood06
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into pint glass

A - Cloudy copper in color. Thin white lacing for a head. Can't see carbonation due to cloudiness. 3.75/5

S - Peaches are right up front. Light caramel malt. Some light readiness. 3.75/5

T - Light stone fruit (peaches, plums, and nectarines). Caramel sweetness from the malt. Floral hops. More fruity than malty. Lingering hop bitterness on the back end. 4/5

M - Moderate carbonation tickling. Crisp and clean. Medium body. Coats the mouth but drys at the same time. 3.75/5

O - Very nicely done lighter offering here. Light stone fruit is a nice change from many of the beers that put a dark stone fruit flavor forward. Fruity sweetness is at the forefront but is balanced with the graininess of the malt and floral hops. 3.75/5

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Photo of heyhoser
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

im not sure why this one is reviewed higher. i dont think ive come across a more balanced amber ale. the maltiness and that hops with an english yeast i think? just perfect. i get a blue berry taste with that yeast strain. the hops are so well balanced. one of my fav beers of all time, love it out of a cold can.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Mix of walnut and copper amber that has a deep caramel and malt taste. Basic amber beer that goes down smoothly. Mild hop flavor that blends well with the malt and caramel flavors

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Photo of Dentist666
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours hazy copper amber with a ring of beige head, low retention, some laces. Aroma - caramel and crystal malt. Taste - even, malty with nice hop finish, decent fruitiness and toastiness. Drinkable, but tad ordinary.

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Photo of TH28
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Amber red, brilliant clarity, with a frothy, thick off white foam cap that lingers with nice lacing. Aroma: Caramel malt base, with a strong hop aroma of grass, lemon, citrus, and resin. Taste: Rich, strongly toasted bread malt flavor, turning into a firm hop bitterness and flavors of citrus, grass, and resin. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finish: Bitterness dominates the finish, leaving a dry and sticky resin character in the tongue. Bread crust lingers retronasally. Overall: Good AAA. Strong bread crust malt flavor with a strong west coast style hopping.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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