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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Photo of donguillermo27
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Mendocino county, presentation 12 ounce bottle.
This is an amber ale that I will never be able to forget. Its taste is very similar to SLO Amber Ale, yet Boont is a little more on the hoppy side. Full bodied, very thick amber malts, perfectly compensated by the complex taste of the strong bittering hops. Pours a rich mouth watering amber color, you can smell the hints of the hops while you are pouring it. Exceptional drinkability, some might find it to be a little hoppy for an amber ale, yet nothing one can't handle, but i believe the strong hops blended perfectly with the sweet hints of caramel are what make this beer so deliciously complex.
I can't wait to go up to the brewry and have some "Bahl Hornin'," as they say in Mendocino county (good drinking) Boont on draught.

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Photo of MaaikeMae
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favourite session beer, and the best American amber at that. Perfect malt backbone with a great hop character- excellent balance. Beautiful colour!! I am happy and proud to turn on as many people as possible to this beer.

I'd like to thank AVBC for hours of pleasurable Boont Amber drinking.

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Photo of cooperkeg
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After pouring it into my glass I was impressed by the brightness of the color and the activity of the carbonation, which provided a rich creamy head. This beer had wonderful aromas of caramel malt and pine (hops). The mouth feel is extremely full, round and silky. A very full flavored amber. The balance of malt and hop characters is the best I've tasted in sometime!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an ever so slightly hazy reddish-amber color. Thin tannish head with slight lacing.

Smell: Fruity, orange-ish smell, maybe a bit of bread in the background.

Taste: Malty, sweet taste up front, taste of orange zest, balances nicely at the end with a bit of bitterness. Not much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, carbonation is dead on perfect. Alcohol warms the back of the throat and stomach on the way down.

Drinkability: Not overpowering in any one specific area, this is a fantastic offering. AVBC done good with this one. I think I'll be picking up a few more of these.

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Photo of RobH
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer of the night at Birreria Paradiso in Washington, D.C. A fantastic beer to get the palate warmed up!

Amber ale is one of my favorite beer styles, and this is one of the best I've had.

Refreshing, clean and flavorful. Not too bitter as some can be. Well balanced. Very nice nose.

This is an extremely drinkable session type beer. This is a great beer to serve to swill-beer drinkers who you are trying to move to craft beers because of its balance and the fact that it has nothing offensive going on. This beer has broad appeal.

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Photo of BermahOne
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutetly love this beer. The first time I had it was on draft in a bar in Santa Cruz. It poured out with a lot of head. It had such a nice aroma to it, kind of woodsy. Taste really smooth caramel nutty just a bunch of greatness. Definitely reccommended!!!

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Photo of Surefire
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent amber ale that is darker than most.

A: Dark red, bordering on brown.
S: Sweet caramel, fruit
T: Sweet caramel, bold fruit, not many hops
M: Medium body, a little creamy
5: Very drinkable, and user friendly

Overall, a little on the soft side in hops, but still complex enough to be very enjoyable. Malt driven with lots of sweet fruit flavors, with just enough hops to provide balance. Overall, one of my favorite ambers.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Flowery, spicy nose, light caramel
Pours reddish amber with a slight chill haze, 3" off white fluffy head, slowly descends, lacy.
Palate: light sweetness with a touch of caramel and a suspicion of chocolate, light biscuit, finishes with an earthy hop accent.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 06.12.14.

A: See through red/amber. Thin head that quickly recedes into a ring.

S: Sweet malt. Brown sugar and caramel.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, and a bready sweetness dominate. Flower and citrus are subtle.

M: Creamy. Somewhat watery.

O: A lot of amber ales are so malt forward that I have to be in the right mood to drink them. With the flower and citrus flavors, this one is a bit lighter and easier to drink.

Rating: A, 95/100.

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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 Kevin_Langford
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 Gabriel_Vaughn
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. This brew is incredibly refreshing. Though it isnt the easiest to pour from the tap, the appearance is amazing. It is a nice dark amber color. The head floats atop- an aesthetically pleasing addition. When it hits my mouth I think caramel. The toasted carmel hops are prime. It is a first class amber ale that all should experience.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in Naas Kildare Ireland Feb 2015. Very drinkable amber ale. Reasonable lacing and light mouth feel. Maybe too easy to drink ( I prefer the highly hopped IPAs). Note: I give high ratings if I like the beer.

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Photo of mghotbi
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear deep red with creamy head that dissipated slowly leaving complex lacing all over the glass.

Predominant caramel malt in the nose, a bit of floral hop note. Smooth with prominent carbonation on the tongue.

A very well balanced taste with predominance of malty sweetness, traces of pineapple and melon, then transitioning to mild hop bitterness with nutty and smoky finish. A moderately hoppy version of the American Amber Ale style. Delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is rich, bordering on creamy.

Delicious and refreshing - very drinkable. Another excellent beer from the folks at Anderson Valley Brewing. One of my favorite American Ambers.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice hazy brownish amber color. lacy white foam on top. looks great.

smells buttery with hints of caramel. smells sweet.

tastes full and sweet. very malty with a buttery caramel taste. sublte hops balance it out perfectly. very smooth.

mouthfeel is pretty full, somewhat creamy but very smooth.

all in all a great beer. only drawback is the price.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Appearance: Deep amber color with frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy, fruity, some malts and caramel.

Taste: Malts make themselves known and are sweet, the bitterness of the hops blance everything out very nicely. Great taste

Mouthfeel: The malts seem to hold the body together nicely.

Drinkability: Definitely worthy of a few pints.

Overall this beer is fantastic. To me amber ales are always sort of questionable as to how they will taste. I have had so many that they range from too hoppy and bitter to too malty and sweet. This one does a helluva good balancing act. This was the beer that turned me on to craft beers, a few years ago.

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Photo of stewart124
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours dark copper color with a thick off-white head. This beer is very clear with a dense and sticky head.

The nose is quite fragrant and floral. The hops are subtle with a slight hint of a caramel/vanilla.

The taste is quite sweeter than I expected and much chewier. Lots of biscuit and a nice aromatic touch. Very smooth and soft but oh so drinkable. The hops perfectly balance the malts. There a bits of citrus but I'm picking up more of a floral touch from the hops.

This is a great example of an american amber ale. The balance between the malts and hops is right on and the finish is very clean.

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Photo of jj311
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours between a dark amber and a reddish-copper color. Has a nice frothy off-white head with great retention. Decent lacing left behind.

Smell: Flowery and herbal. A balanced combination of herbal tea, grain, carmel malt, and fruity notes. The fruity apple like aroma seems to stand out here the most.

Taste: This beer is sweet, grainy, with highly noticeable apple-esque characteristics. Has a bitter hop bite, although just enough to balance out the sweetness. Hints of caramel and toasted malt are present. A bitter-sweet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick, and chewy.

Drinkability: Wonderful

Overall: This is one of the beers I drink regularly, and it has definitely earned it's spot as "old faithful" in my book. Not only does it "do the trick", I find it to be quite enjoyable as well. It's among the top of the line as far as American Amber Ales go.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take this review with a grain of salt. My allergies have been giving me grief tonight, so I may be a bit out of calibration.

Appearance: I overpoured it just a tiny bit as I could see where the line of yeast was from the last little swig that I gave the glass. Oops! The rest of the beer was a clear burnt orange color that poured with an inviting 1/2" head of tan bubbles that was every bit of half it's original height a minute after the pour. A portion of the head remained on the beer the whole time I was drinking it.

Aroma: I initially got an inviting bouquet of fresh floral hops in the nose. After the head settles a bit, the hops are still there and are supported by lots of toastiness in the malt department. As I get deeper into the aroma, I can even start to pick up cherry notes. It has a very nice aroma overall.

Taste: The flavor is pretty mild and follows the aroma pretty closely. You get an initial blast of floral flavoring hops to go with toasty malt. The beer leads into the finish without much of a struggle at all, and the malt slightly dominates the finish. There are bittering hops in there, but they don't challenge the malt until long after the sip you can pick up a slight residual bitterness on the back of the throat that I think is aided by some roast grains. There is ample carbonation in here to make the beer glide across your palate a little too easily.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good Amber Ale, and probably one of the best that I have had. I prefer a beer that tips toward the malt, and this one certainly does. There is quite a bit of complexity to the malt, and the hops let them come out and show their stuff. Even after the beer warms up, it is still a very drinkable brew and I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of shohog
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass revealing a nice 3 finger head that faded but hung around nicely thru the end with super lacing.

The smell was very mild mostly detecting the caramel malts with a slight biscuit smell.

I love the taste of this beer! It is so perfectly balanced with sweetness at the beginning but never leaving and just enough hops to give a finish that leaves you wanting another sip immediately. It is the BEST Amber I have ever had. It is better than Full Sail Amber my previous favorite. As the beer warms, it does accent the caramel malts more. I only bought a 12oz bottle but will be buying 6ers after today. This beer would be great to drink with almost any meal. It could be enjoyed all by itself as I had it or you could enjoy 6 of them while watching a football game. It is refreshing enough for a hot summer day without being to heavy!

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Photo of umustdrink
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Anderson Valley

A - Very dark orange color, like apple cider. Off-white head is slightly rocky, fades to a thick eighth inch. Average lacing.

S - This beer gave off a very fragrant hoppy smell, maybe Simcoes, with brown sugary, cereal malts. A little earthy and very hearty.

T/M - Starts out thick and chewy but with little taste, a sweet cereal malt. Next comes a thin little hoppy bite, crisp and clean, earthy and very slightly bitter. Quickly a malty balance comes, the same brown sugary-like malt as mentioned in the smell. Finish is clean, slightly bitter , slightly sweet and very malty.

D - This is an excellent beer with PERFECT sessionability. Everything is smooth, creamy, clean and excellently crafted. Next time I'm in Hudson, this will be coming back with me.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a light tan head of about 2 fingers, drops slowly to about 1 finger, leaving a nice lacing.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt, and an earthy hoppiness.

First sip is sweet and malty with a light bitterness, and a little graininess. Bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, and a little dry.

Very drinkable beer. Nice session beer. Not getting the fullness that others have found.

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Photo of feedsasquatch
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's all I could think when I first tried this beer at a local pizza pub. I drank it straight from the bottle, so I'm sure it would have been even better had it been poured into a glass.

A - deep brown red.

S - Hints of sweet caramel malt, fruity hops, and fresh bread. It's a really good.

T - Wow. The caramel malt sweetness hits instantly. It then goes to fresh bread/biscuits, as well as earthy/grassy hopps (not grapefruit...).

M - Smooth medium body, and a low but present carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, especially with pizza!

Writing this review makes me want to go out and by a case of it. If you like Amber Ales, this is one that you must try.

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Photo of bob3701
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Great hazy coppery color that seems to glow. Nice creamy head with good lacing. Great caramel flavors which seems to be Anderson's trademark. Slight bitter aftertaste with a sour hint to it. This is a beer I could drink all night. I bought this warm in NJ and wonder how much better it must be fresh if it tastes this good here.

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Photo of Gatch
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic brew. This is exactly how I hoped a good Red Ale would taste and this is how I now want a Red Ale to taste.
A - A red/amber color w/ an awesome head. White, thick, creamy, foamy. One of the best I've seen from this style.
S - Fruits, hops, bread, caramel. A very inviting nose.
T - All of what was in the nose, but also so smooth and balanced. A creamy, flavorful taste, nothing too overwhelming and nothing lacking.
M/D - One of the more drinkable beers I've had recently. The flavors are so balanced and the carbonation is perfect. I could spend all night with this beer.

I had it on tap on 5/23 and it's even better. I had a beer menu of about 30 choices in front of me and I went back to Boont Amber for a second pint.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,557 ratings.
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