Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
1,565 Ratings
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber pour, maybe a little darker, average tan head and no freshness date. Aroma is different for an amber, seemed like a spiced bread and hop aroma. As always, the labels are a riot.

Taste, a solid reddy malt base, caramel and some sturdy, yet not overly hoppy additions to it result in an amber with some kick and taste that is pleasant. A little more to chew on than most ambers. Sweetness is just right.

Usually the best ambers and reds rating wise tend to be very hoppy which is all well and dandy. This is one of the best balanced ambers out there. Worth having around, a versatile beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can with no freshness date. Deep red in color with a hint of orange and excellent clarity. Poured with decent off-white head that slowly reduced to a spotty cap that left spots of sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh floral and wet pine aromas balance well with a sweet caramel maltiness. Smooth and resiny feel with perfect carbonation. Flavors are a nice balance of floral hops and sweet caramel malt. Both the hop bitterness and malty sweetness seem to intensify from the beginning through the middle and slowly transition to a mostly malty finish with a hint of fresh, wet pine.

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Photo of cincibrew
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good clear brown ale. Smooth mouthfeel with a solid creamy light brown head.

Scent is floral mixed with the classic brown ale malt, good balance so its not overwhelming

Taste matches the scent. Not overpowering hops but they are noticeable. Good balance of malt smoothness with the hop bite.

Overall very solid, well balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the 2011 American Craft Beer Fest on June 3, 2011. The pour was more deep amber than red with a decent offering of head. There was a strong caramel maltiness on the nose. The body came in at about medium and the taste also brought out a vibrant caramel maltiness but it ended with a nicely balanced hop finale.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boont amber ale

A: light brown with moderate carbonation minimal lacing light brown with high transparency.

S: The smell resounded of almost a belgian dubbel with some light turbinado sugar, but a further inhalation revealed more of a caramel sweet note.

T: Akin to the nose of the beer, a caramel sweetness comes through with a with very faint lightly drying hops. There are lightly sweet toffee and toasted almond notes, crisp and refreshing finish with no coating. A solid Honda Accord of the Amber world.

M: I am always confused by how to rate greatness within this style because it grasps at so many other genres but I feel that this is a great balance for someone who isn't quite sure what they enjoy yet. This beer's greatest purpose is its versatility as a litmus test. give this to a non-believer and let the inquiry begin "do you enjoy the caramel? the drying? the crispness?" it is like a full dressdown of beer attributes.

D: again this is basically a litmus test for beer, I cannot drink more than 4 of these which is exceptionally drinkable. I dont find myself regailing myself with how amazing this beer is throughout the process, but it is still very drinkable.

Narrative: Scott Wilson didn't forsee that he would be guidance counseler, in fact, that is the greatest irony of his existence. his father, a doctor, his mother a nobelaureate, and here he was, advising adolescents of their future. "well you certainly need AP Bio...I call that a versatility class..." He sighed under his breath. Even if he was the best at his job, no one would notice. He could direct his students to the perfect universities but never receive a single accolade. Such is the life of a high school administrator. He sighed upon receipt of yet another acceptance letter facsimile from one of his students, a school he never attended, but certainly maintained the ability to embrace. This was not the time to wonder about the past, he would embrace the present knowing that he was perpetually affecting the future.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle from Total Wine). Pours hazy amber color with off-white head. Aroma has bready notes along with caramel and some dried fruit. Taste is caramel sweet and a bit malty. Some hops on the end as well. Thinner bodied with an oily texture. Slightly bitter finish. An ok beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a mug at Pronto in Sacramento

A- Poured a clear dark amber color with orange highlights and one finger frothy head that leaves some lacing

S- Very faint, some caramel and barley

T- Caramel, barley, spice, and a nice hop presence (stronger than I expected)

M- Finishes dry and has moderate to high carbonation

O- A solid amber ale with good balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Boont Amber Ale for $2.19 the other day at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I have had a good amber so I hope this fits the bill. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

A- The label is an Ok looking picture of a mountain valley, I like that fact the label lets you know this beer won a gold medal. It pours a nice clear reddish amber color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a moderate layer that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The first thing that I picked up in the aroma was large amounts of caramel and toffee malts that have a pretty high amount of sweetness to them and they also impart some biscuit and bread crust aromas. There was a slight amount of earthy hops at the end but the malts pretty much dominated the aroma in this brew.

T- Just like the aroma the malts are the main player here. The flavor is full of sweet caramel and toffee malts that have a lot of dark bread crust flavor to them. The finish had a little bit of earthy hops to it and had a slightly bitter after taste. This brew was not as balanced as I would like.

M- Sweet and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a descent amber ale. I tend to like my amber's more balanced and this wasn't that balanced, it was dominated by the malts and it didn't let much hops come through at all. A stronger hop kick in this beer would help balance out all the sweet caramel and toffee malts. I am glad I tried it but I would choose most of the local amber over this one, not sure I would buy this again, it was pretty expensive for what it is. If you like amber's give this one a try, but don't go out of your way to track it down. I wasn't blown away by this amber but I would still be willing to see what other brews Anderson Valley is working with.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a wonderfully clear amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee malts come through first. There is a strong bread character and a nice toastiness to it. Slightly creamy from all the caramel. A mild note of earthy and floral hops.

T: Mildly hoppy and bitter with most of the hop character coming in the form of floral and earthy hops. Sweet toasted bread along with the expected flavors of caramel and toffee.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: One of the first ambers that I tried and still always a good beer.

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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 ImpairedPirate
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (Mendocino County, CA)

Purchased this from Bottle n Bins, located near the aquarium in Cannery Row (Monterey, CA).  Despite the ordinary exterior, this store has an excellent assortment of beers, and should be a stop for anyone visiting the area.  Enjoyed straight from a tall brown bottle, which wears a tranquil, almost serene, label.

A- I cave-manned/McGuyvered the lid off this bottle with significant jarring momentum, which caused the precious liquid inside to foam up over the top.  The suds were sticky enough to fold over the opening and slowly creep their way down the neck of the bottle.  Aside from that, the bottle reads, "a beautiful copper color, a tawny head," and I have no choice but to take their word for it.

S- Orange citrus,  slight hoppiness, followed slightly by a warmer note of chocolate or nuts maybe?  I smell several similar things, but they overlap in a way that's difficult (for me) to delineate each.

T- Smooth and layered, very well-composed.  The subtle flavors compliment-- and almost accentuate-- each other.  Not only do the tastes interact nicely, but they seem to linger for the perfect amount of time before relinquishing the stage to the next actor.  Some skeptics might report that this seems more single dimensioned rather than complexly arranged, but there is enough substance here to be entertaining.

M- There is a good balance of acidity, viscosity, and carbonation.  This rates a 4.5.

D-  Very drinkable, and highly recommended.

Additional note: as a beer tasting amateur, I usually analyze a new beer and THEN read other members' reviews. I must say the below review by nickfl vividly and accurately characterizes my impressions of this beer. I swear I was thinking what he put into words.

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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 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 Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boont is a clear brew dark burnt amber, almost red, in color. A white head is about one finger high and craggy, sitting nice and thick as it dissipates and depositing good lacing as the beer drops.
The hops contribute floral and herbal notes to the aroma, while grains are a strong component along with fruits. Malts also contribute breads and caramel.
This is mildly and pleasantly sweet, with flavors of caramel and fruit balancing the same floral and herbal hops. There's a good taost to the malt and a grains presence as well. This is really an exceptionally balanced and flavorful amber. Interestingly, after I've let it warm qwhile and toward the end of my session with this beer, I'm pleasantly surprised by a light spearmint/spruce needle mix in the flavor. The finish lingers nicely with all the hops and malts elements in harmony.
This is well carbonated but not overdone. There's quite a crisp bite before the malts make for a smooth, even finish.
This is a fine amber. I'm glad to see more Anderson Valley popping up in Toledo.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second go around with Anderson Valley. Tried them back in 2008, and wasn't impressed. Heard they hired a new brewmaster with impressive credentials, so figured I'd try them again.

Looks like an amber ale. Clear amber. Not much head, but reasonable lacing.

Really instresting aroma. Very piney grassy smell. Not like other piney smells I've smelled. Maybe pine is the wrong word. Doesn't exactly smell great.

Flavor is where this beer really shines. Floral and grassy hops up front, followed by a nice round biscuity maltness. Hint of pepper in there.

Medium body with reasonable carbonation.

Over all this was a very good beer. My first go around with this beer in 2008 left me less than impressed, but I may just grab an other one of these.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went through about 10 of these cans and had no idea I didn't review it. Got a half case of this stuff for 7.50. Not a bad deal for old beer.

A - Age has done wonder to this beer. Out of the can explodes with a solid inch or two of head and steady carbonation. Color is a solid dark amber with a mild haze.

S - Don't know about the guy below me but I mostly get a mild grain, bit of earthy funk, and a slight bit of sweet caramel. Funky but not hairy.

T - Not the best but surely not skunked, starts off with a mild bit of hops and grain with a sort of funk. Not an overbearing funk since it is replaced with a sweet malt that quickly balances out the finish. A nice hop presence as well so maybe the funk is the hops used...?

M - Light to medium. Slamming a six pack really isn't a challenge still it's just an OK amber.

Overall I do appreciate more hop forward amber's but this beer drinks pretty well. I am kind of off put by this and glad I am finishing it off tonight. Not the best rep of the style but not the worst. Very good if you can find it for under 8 bucks a sixer (or what I paid 15 for a case.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from tap into a sampler tunbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, jolly rancher, and hair salon. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, nutmeg, jolly rancher, and wet permed hair (WTF!?!?!?). It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not a fan of this one. What the Hell was up with the hair characteristics in the aroma and flavor of this one? I should have known not to drink it by getting hair salon in the aroma, but nooo, I had to do it anyways. Blah. I won't be having this one again for sure. Still better than the one where I got burnt hair flavors in it.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy red copper with a frothy white head. Small amount of head but thick and clinging to the sides. A strong amount of sweetened black tea in the nose. Some caramel but it is mostly dominated by the black tea smell. Floral hops are faintly lingering in the background but I think they mainly contributing to the tea aroma. A mild fruity taste of cherries but also a great mix of the roasted caramel and fruity/floral hop aromas. A lightly dry bitterness that is balanced with some wet juicy hops.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper/amber in color, with a nice, frothy, two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel note.
Taste-Toasted malt,caramel, toffee, hint of orange peel, pleasant hop bite. Very pleasant and easy drinkability. Would make a fine session brew, or a nice entry-level craft beer for the newbie.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A - amber and cloudy, after the fluffy head resolves there's a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - lots of toasty malt but also a strong sour mash thread.

T - lots of malt backing up a surprisingly tart almost ripe fruit note. It sticks around for a while in the middle of the tongue

M - moderate carbonation and quite light

D - very drinkable - goes down easy

Very solid amber with some interest character.

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Photo of uustal
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour light copper with a two finger white head. Sticks around a while. Faint caramel and citrus aroma. A bit metallic, not all that pleasant. Nice crisp hops to start. Pine resin, a tad floral. Moves to a toasted grains and bread flavor in the middle. A bit of spice and tangyness as well. Slight caramel malt. Semi-bitter finish.

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Photo of Glibber
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber colored beer with a decent of white head. Very light tasting beer with orange citrus and subtle yeast flavors. I have heard many great things about this brewery, and while I have not been drinking many amber/ales lately, this was a refreshing beer that could be a nice session beer like on a camping trip. Not the greatest amber, but I will be trying more Anderson Valley beers.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Medium amber color. Thing head that dissipates quickly though I should state that I only poured 6 oz. as I'm sharing this bottle with a buddy.

S- Lilac, hoppy, lavender, clean. Spicy and yeasty.

T - Lots of floral flavors. Finishes bready. Hoppy, slight citrus, spicy. I might be tasting cinnamon/ nutmeg floating around in here.

M - Clean finish and smooth.

D - Very good and tasty. Its an interesting beer with a number of layers. I'd definitely have another. Good first experience from Anderson Valley.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber red. A slight caramel color with average lacing. Kind of wine-looking.

Smell - Smells like a red ale. Not a very pleasant red ale smell however. Very musty and artificial.

Taste - Quite delicious. Filled with spices. Very crisp and tastes like a red ale. Definitely some brown sugar and pomegranate in the taste. A complex layer of spices with hints of cinnamon. Slightly dark.

Mouthfeel /Drinkability - Easily drinkable. Spicy and medium bodied. Easily drinkable and a good flavored red ale.

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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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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,565 ratings.
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