Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
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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: 1,554
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with loads of lacey head taht overflows. Pleasant malty aroma. Easy drinker,nicely lightly toasted, lightly hopped. Something you can drink anytime. Carbonation was right there, initially strong but nowhere impeding drinkability or mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with nice retention. Lots of lacing. Murky brown with golden hues body.

S: very floral. The floral aroma pretty much dominates.

T: floral and malty with a peppermint note primarily in the finish. Malt is in the background.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall very floral which dominates this brew. Basically if you like floral beers you will enjoy this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a 1 inch off white head that fades to a small cap. There is decent ring lacing present.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity essence.

T - Sweet and toasty malts, fruit notes, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Good carbonation give the beer a very smooth and drinkable beer.

D - Very tasty beer that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

definitely not the best anderson valley can do. who knew they canned too? cool. pours clear redish with a medium tan head. smells like red/amber malts, english a little in nature, and almost no hops or sweetness, which leaves a void in the the aroma and actually in the taste too. caramely flavor, with none of the irish dryness, but the same profile flavor wise. feel is very bubbly, maybe overly so. keeps things fizzy and too light to let the flavors shine. i dont know, a pretty average amber all up, but my first letdown from these guys.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops.
T: There is a substantial amount of malty sweetness with flavors of caramel and nuts in the initial taste; the sweetness becomes less apparent towards the finish. No bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink, especially if you like ones that are sweet but not cloying, but I’m not sure if I could have more than one of these in a sitting because it does feel a bit filling.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review from bottle, September 03, 09: The beer has a soft caramel, medium fruity flavor and aroma, and a mild toast character that balances very well with piney hops. The beauty in the beer is that it doesn't favor the hops nor the malts.

My impression of an amber ale is that of a weak brown ale. Nevertheless, this one pretty safe. Looks nicely of a red with some copper hues. Big bubbles and nice lacing. Aromatic on the side of malt, almonds, caramel, and thin molassas. Tastes much the same with some toasty and yeasty characters. Low hop flavor and bitter; could be amped up a bit. Finishes mildly sweet and lingering. Low but present alcohol flavors. This beer has no real stand-out characters, but is well balanced for easy drinking.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz pint, pre-luau, at the Yard House in wily Waikiki. Our choice of wedding day attire is definitely drawing stares, smiles, and evidently stellar service!

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a broad swath of interlaced vine lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of vanilla cream, semi-sweet bready caramel malt, apple pie, wet pine needles, over-steeped tea leaves, a touch of oily nuttiness, and further citrusy and earthy hops. The taste is zingy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity sourdough, more simmering apple and pear fruitiness, slick wet grass, a small metallic flintiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, perhaps a bit peppy here and there, the body a timid medium weight, and everyman smooth, with an attendant airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, with a slightly edgy caramel sweetness, stalled orchard fruit, and subtle musty, earthy, and citrusy hop notes.

A decent enough amber ale, one that rises above the standard riff-raff - so prevalent across our two countries' brewing output - but doesn't fly too high, hop-wise, as this is no typical California red ale Icarus. Easy to drink, then, if well-rendered malt and fruit esters are your thing - me - I'm in the US of A, and will shortly be seeking out something to address the buildup of enamel on my teeth.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber color with a foamy head that leaves dots of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Very nice caramel malt bouquet

Taste: Starts out rather fruity with apples and pears, but quickly dives into more robust flavors, both malty and hoppy; finishes rather sweet with some metallic hop bitterness - the beer really benefits from some warming as it displays very little flavor when it is cold

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied, just a touch oily; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent amber that leans to the sweet side; would benefit from a more balanced hop profile

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a mason jar at Villains in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half-finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention. Semitransparent amber colour.

Sm: Nuits, cream, caramel, and slight hops. Maybe toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Toasted malt, caramel, heavy butterscotch, and some nuts. Not horribly complex but tasty and balanced. Well built. A bit malt heavy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours pretty well.

Dr: Very drinkable, but unremarkable. A fairly uninspired amber ale. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy copper color with a tan, bubbly/soapy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Wow, did this smell floral! Also notes of hops and caramel malt.

T - It tasted fruity and sweet. Very floral tasting with hoppiness. Also, a nice blend of carmael malts.

M - It was crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice amber beer. The smell was really surprising.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orange-tinted amber with a good beige head. Lacing is pretty decent.

S: Malt of the caramel variety is the most-prevalent smell to me. Some hops in addition to some sugary smells.

T: Quite sweet. Going along with the caramel malt is a tiny bit of spice in addition to amber sweetness and some mild fruity flavors.

M: The body is rather full for an amber, and is quite smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, though nothing spectacular. As the review indicates, pretty much everything was "good." Everything above average, but nothing particularly excellent. Still, one of the better examples of the style that I have had.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a reasonably clear, amber-brown body. The head sticks around very well and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Pungent pine and citrus hops with some toffee and caramel malt notes in the background.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a little bit of orange and grapefruit citrus character. The malt intensifies in the middle with some toffee and perhaps a hint of unrefined sugar. Things finish up with another burst of citrus hops that brings with it a moderate level of bitterness to push back against the doughy malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is one of the best amber ales out there. There is an excellent balance between the citrusy hops and amber malt such that both are full flavored aspects of the beer but neither one every feels excessive or unbalanced. The hop aroma is particularly nice for a beer of this style and strength. I particularly like the way the orange flavors of the hops work with the toffee in the malt profile to lend the beer a refreshing, but substantial quality. A great beer and well worth seeking out when it is fresh.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber color with nice creamy head that dissapated pretty quickly,a veryy hoppy aroma to this pretty floral with slight malt'grain background.Taste is a little sharp/hoppy to start with a little bread dough type flavor lingers in the end.Pretty well amber one of the better onse I have had in awhile.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2012. Pours moderately hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, bread, toffee, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, nuttiness, citrus zest, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great balance and robustness of malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a basic amber ale, Anderson Valley really delivers with this one! The combination of fruit and malt is exquisite!

It pours a ruddy amber with a crimson and orange cast beneath a frothy head of antique white foam. The head retention could be better, and it leaves only minor lacing.

The nose, however, is beautiful with a combination of rich, bready and gently caramelish malt, and floral and leafy hops.

It's full-medium bodied and dextrinous-smooth in the mouth with a median carbonation that leaves it creamy.

The flavor follows through with the same full maltiness, expressing toffee and sweet bread, and perhaps, even a subtle nuttiness. Brilliant fruit (summer berries) runs throughout it, and some floral hops accentuate it from behind. It's really quite delicious and satiating! A solid bitterness anchors it tightly, and although the dextrinous malt may seem at time like it'll just take off and fly, it's never swayed.

Excellent! Worth seeking out! Very unique in its maltiness!

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Photo of Kegatron
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 ½ big foamy fingers of shiny off-white head. This shrinks down pretty quickly, with a frothy ½ finger that leaves back a cascade of lacing which hangs in sticky clumps. The aroma is floral and leafy, with a faint metallic tinge to the proceedings. The rest of the nose is filled out with citrus, caramel, toast, and a light touch of diacetyl. Off-notes hurt this a bit.

The taste is caramel sweetness with a burnt roasty edge to it, which is decently balanced by some green earthy citrus flavors and bitterness. This finishes with some leftover hops but it's the roastiness of this that probably lingers the most. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some crispness to it but mostly comes off as bit too much flat and lifeless as this spread out in the mouth.

I like the concept here of a more roasted feeling Amber Ale but the nose and feel (which I think could have saved this some had it stepped up more) really let this down. I wish that I could have overall liked this one some more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit and a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and fruit. Then a hearty malt character and a decent hops presence come to bring some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, overall it's just a mediocre beer, nothing outstanding but nothing awful either.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber. Very malty. Fruity and bitter. Aroma of yeasty dinner rolls and sweet flowers is very nice. Rather sharp along with the rich maltiness. A hint of vanilla, something oaky. Foam fades fast and carbonation is fairly coarse.

Rather earthy and seems a little murky. I struggle for words but this is not a flavor I am very fond of. The scent is great, though.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange hops. Slightly sweet smelling.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel and nutty malts with moderate amounts of sweetness that slowly fade. Very little bitterness is discernable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer was a regular in my fridge for a long time when I lived in NC but since moving to the NYC area I just don't find it as often. I find this beer to be enjoyable, a touch sweet but not cloying and an easy drinker.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one serious looking amber ale. In fact, it isn't amber at all, but is orange-copper with a few paper-thin flakes suspended within. The head is pastel orange-tinted beige in color and is firm and tacky. I've seen better lace, but the beer itself looks mighty nice. Pleasant nose of caramel malt, light brown sugar and fruity hops.

The flavor is brown sugar sweet, toasted malty, overripe apple fruity and mildly spicy. It all works well together and is assertive enough to stand out from the crowd. The fruity, earthy hops wait until mid-mouthful to join the party, never quite overtaking the heavily toasted caramel. The finish lingers, thanks in part to a firm, medium-full body that keeps the beer on the taste buds long enough to make a favorable impression.

Boont Amber Ale is another goodun' from Anderson Valley. While not stupendous, it is solid across the board and earns my seal of approval. Come to think of it, maybe those flaky floaters were boont.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Lagunitas pint glass

A: Pours a really nice amber color with a very chunky, tan 2 finger head. Very thick lacing that sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Nice caramel malt aroma, a kick of hops as well

T: Surprisingly sweet, in a good way. The sweetness is very floral and fruity. There is also a chewy malt flavor as well. Very nice.

M/D: This beer is medium to full bodied, lower than expected carbonation. Overall a very nice beer, look forward to trying other AVBC beers.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cooper to caramel color with a 3 fingers off-white head. Big sticky lacing & average head retention

S: Nice hop (cascade) presence upfront, followed by caramel & malt

Taste: Hops smack up front followed by slight grainyness, malt goodness & fruittyness. Finishes hoppy with a caramel/malt assault

MF: Medium with good balance& near perfect carbonation

Drinks too easy, this is an amber you can sink your teeth into! At damn near $9.25 a sixer, a bit pricey

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to barleywinefiend for this bomber, shared w/ abru17, mughugger, HombreWing and BitterBeerFace. poured into a standard pint chilled.

A - A beautiful amber bordering on copper with a straight cream colored head w/ average thickness and the lacing is good. The clarity is great and the beer is eye-catching

S- The yeast is very fruity and the hops follow suit. I would guess the malt has a lot to do with the aroma since there is a mild caramel cream note that emanates

M - crisp, but also sweet enough with a nice medium body

T - The flavor is better than most ambers I have tasted. I don't usually get into this style, but the hops have and yeast have an english influence and really complement the toasty aspects and sweetness of the malt

D - I really applaud the restraint in this ale, it does get overly hopped for the style and I could have gone for another bomber honestly. The freshness has a lot to do with my review I am sure since Anderson Valley beer travels and sits in PA whereas this was sent directly from CA by Josh - thanks again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My can runneth over when opened. I poured the liquid quickly into the glass which produced a four-finger head. Recedes in a rocky fashion leaving ring lace along the way. The beer is dark copper in color with a slight chill haze.

Crystal malt aroma with some definitive sweetness (similar to brown sugar). Slightly metallic, but I'm sure it's not from the can. There's a touch of hop in the nose as the head settles.

The flavor is slightly sweet as if this beer was underfermented. The body also reflects this, coating my tongue from sip to swallow. There's a mild lactose element in the aftertaste. This is a malty offering where there is nearly no hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Light reddish amber with a frothed milk like off white head.

Smell: Flowery and tea like hop aroma, hints of fruit and grain similar to a shortbread.

Taste: Full bodied with a somewhat slick and chewy malt mouth feel. Hop bitterness is clean and abundant, just enough to level the malt. Quite fruity and malt sweetness flexes a bit also, residual sweetness stays until the end. A bit grainy with hints of toasted malt and caramel. Soft flowery hop flavour and a light bready malt sweetness linger on and on in the finish.

Notes: Good fruity / hoppy mix, the malt character cradles the complexities perfectly. A little hefty and very flavourful … this beer shows again that AVBC knows craft beer. 5.8% abv.

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