Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Boont Amber AleBoont Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
569
Ratings:
1,539
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
21.09%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
238
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 1,539
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 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 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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Photo of neenerzig
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a free bottle of this 8 days ago when I was getting a great tour of the brewery from my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA. This is the brewery's flag ship beer. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark amber/copper color with some bright amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a white head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles fairly quickly to a nice fairly thick surface coating along with a medium sized ring lining the inside if the glass. Good lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malt and brown nuttiness along with a slight fruity hint of plums and dates. The taste is pretty much the same, with a good sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt presences that gives way to a strong him of nut brown goodness. This is followed by hints of the aforementioned dark fruit and it is all rounded out with a somewhat subtle hop presence on the backend. Just a perfect amount of bitter notes to compliment the complexities. Has a mainly crisp and prickly, somewhat smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This is one of the best beers of this style I have ever had! Worth a try for sure.

Eric

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Photo of drmeto
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy amber with floating particles and a big,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,vanilla,strawberry,musty,butterscotch,grainy,nutty,methane
T:
-caramel,toffee,slight coffee,vanilla,strawberries,butterscotch
-clean finish
F:
-light,watery body
-medium carbonation
O:
Nice Amber Ale.Tastes a lot better than it smells.

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Photo of NJBeerMe
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper with a mix of a citrus and malt scent (had slight fruity aroma as well - maybe cherry). Well balanced with no hint of hops. Overall a nice amber ale.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(First review ever—not an expert.)

Given that I'm not a fan of the hop bombs, when I drink an ale I'm looking for something than leans toward the lager end of the scale, and ambers generally do the trick. Boont surprised me with its complexity; not just the expected caramel but a slightly sweet nuttiness. At the same time, this has more of a hoppy bite than, say, New Belgium amber, without traveling anywhere near the grapefruit-juice-clone contest of the (primarily) west coast IPAs—and I'm from California.

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Photo of pinyin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This reminds me a little bit of Troegs Nugget Nectar, only Boont is more true to the style, being very malt forward and with little to no hop taste at all. No bitter aftertaste.

Served 39F in a 25cl goblet from the can.

Color is a reddish copper with almost zero head. In fact I have never had a commercially available beer that has as minimal of a carbonation lacing as Boont. Its almost as if the brewers didn't want to over sweeten this ale, so they didn't add any sort priming solution.

Taste is quite unique. Malts are the most forward and very balanced. Hops are very minimalist. Boont has a fruity estery flavor that balances well with the malts. Not very boozy at.

Esters are not a favorable taste profile in lagers, but they seem to work in this amber style ale.

The best element of this ale is the mouth feel and texture. It has a perfect thickness and body that match the color and taste well.

Worth a shot in a six pack or a draft, but I still prefer the hoppy bite of Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown-amber with an off white head.

Smell: A bit yeasty, caramelized sugar, bready.

Taste: Moderately sweet malt, light caramel, and bread. Just slightly bitter towards the end. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Amber ale is not the most exciting style, and this beer is no different. Still, it is a solid beer that is well balanced and no noticeable flaws.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into an Anderson Valley pint glass

A: Pours spot on deep red-orange amber with a creamy light tan head that settles to a nice layer on top and laces reasonably well.

S: Toffee sweetness, toasted malt, light citrus, and some fruity and floral notes.

T: Toasty malt, toffee sweetness, light citrus, lemon, floral notes, a bit fruity, stone fruit, maybe even some subtle melon.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I usually prefer these to be a bit more hoppy, but this is a solid straight forward amber.

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Photo of mrmbraun
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has been a contender in my dream six pack for over a decade. It's solid all around - but don't think this fits the traditional amber designation. If anything, the carameled sugars lean this beer more toward the Atlantic and some of the Old World cousins than what's happening on the Pacific Coast corridor. This is a sit down beer on a cold but sunny spring day...settle in for a session or two

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Photo of Moose90
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted from the can, and on-tap, updating review from previous tasting notes

A — Pours a deep and rich mahogany color into the glass. There is a khaki colored head on-top of the beer that sticks around with each sip and leaves nice lacing behind. Great bit of clarity as well.

S — Smells predominately of malt and grains, bit of oat and sweet malty undertones. Some bitter earthy hops, but really just a lot of malts and sweetness.

T — Taste is obviously malt forward, but there is a bit of nuttiness and caramel sweetness here as well, lightly toasted malts and caramel sweetness.

M — Medium bodied, there is a lingering sticky finish.

O — OK overall, perhaps a touch on the sweet side, but it's a decent enough amber.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 11, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 11, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki, light tan, frothy head. A few streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom, but nothing crazy. Decent amount of uneven spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled menthol, cough drops, honey, caramel, lemon zest, light grassy notes and slight roasty malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose. Got rich caramel, honey, roasty malts, menthol, menthol cough drops, lemon and light nuts. (Taste - 3.75)

Light-to-medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, sweet finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was overall a pretty good amber. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try it or even rate it, but not bad for the style. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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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 jadpsu
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a light amber in color with a tight off white head.
Aroma: Orange Peco Tea and bready malts. Floral hops come in late.
Taste: Lots of malts with some caramel.
Starts sweet and finishes with some hoppy bitterness, but malts still prevail.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,539 ratings.
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