Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale
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Average: 3.86 | pDev: 12.69%

Reviews: 583 | Ratings: 1,618

#33 ranked American Amber / Red Ale | 5.80% ABV

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. 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 Amendm
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.

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Photo of German-Helles
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of MKV
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Warm caramel nose. Reddish brick color. Medium bodied but clearly trying to be more full bodied. Caramel and malty flavors dominate a pleasant and slightly sweet palate when drunk on its own. However, it interacts poorly with food and should not be drunk with a meal.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can. Dark amber color with a finger and a half of head. Smells of caramel and toffee. Medium body. Taste is caramel malt with some honey sweetness. Well balanced and a great example of the style.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can to a pint glass. Transparent attractive Amber red. Good lacy head with pretty good retention. Yeasty esters reminiscent of a bock on the nose, also some toast and hops in there too. A little honey on the aftertaste. Very balanced, nuanced, and well done.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quickly dissipating head, but overall a handsome beer. Strong candylike caramel flavor up front and throughout. Clean, bitterless finish. Also feels good in mouth, very drinkable. Quite velvety.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: Amber with thin white head.
Smell: Carmel, toffee, and a hint of citrus.
Taste: Caramel, biscuits, and toffee.
Feel: full bodied.
Overall: Sold Amber ale. The definition of an amber ale.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt red to slight orange tints along the sides of the glass. There’s a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing here and there. The smell had a good balance of caramel sweet malts to light citrus sweet and bitter hops. The taste was mainly sweet but still had a slight bitter element trying to come through. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was slightly harsh but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Amber ale I would have again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of malt caramel and some hops. The flavor was very heavy on caramel malt and hops and was very good.

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Photo of Parmesan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark red color with a medium white head and a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of caramel and toffee, with notes of vanilla, some notes of dark cherry a slight hop at the end.

T: Notes of caramel and toffee, with notes of vanilla, notes of dark cherry, very similar to the smell.

F: Medium body and carbonation

O: This is a tasty caramelly and toffee Amber ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with an inch of densely packed beige head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is light malt and lightly toasted bread. I'm tasting some lightly toasted malt with a bit of marzipan or toffee. The mouth is fairly light and smooth.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +9.1%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.6%
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 -0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.4%
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 Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

An extraordinary brew that deserves deserves its accolades.
Starts with decent Looks, Smells mostly malty sweet, but hops come in for a balanced Taste and finishes dry and refreshing. An excellent ale.

Listed in the "1001 Beers", it deserves to be there. That quite-good review makes me wonder if AVBC will ever make it on my tour of out-of-the-way brewers I want to visit in northern California, of which the number is growing daily.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave 3 of 4 stars (and the brew was released 10 years earlier... indicating even then how much quality craft brewing could penetrate to unknown places.)

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Photo of GrubbingWGrizzly
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +1.6%
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 -4.4%
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 +5.2%
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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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1618 ratings