Boont Amber Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #51
Ranked #21,107
3.86 | pDev: 12.69%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale
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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Pivopijak from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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
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HipCzech from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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Gajo74 from New York

3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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
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sjdevel from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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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
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 14, 2019
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MKV from Belgium

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.

Nov 17, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

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.

May 08, 2018
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ckornmannn from Washington

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.

Jan 21, 2018
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SirFolmarv from Idaho

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.

Aug 12, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 25, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

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.

Jun 13, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

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.

May 23, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

May 02, 2017
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SaltofOH from Ohio

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.

Oct 22, 2016
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seansean95 from Georgia

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.

Oct 21, 2016
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

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.

Oct 04, 2016
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Twotom from Georgia

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.

Jul 08, 2016
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ntanp91 from Thailand

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.

Jun 24, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

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.

Jun 16, 2016
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cmurkar from California

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.

May 20, 2016
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jeffdr123 from Florida

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.

May 20, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.)

May 10, 2016
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