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 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.


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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

-pours a hazy amber with floating particles and a big,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,slight coffee,vanilla,strawberries,butterscotch
-clean finish
-light,watery body
-medium carbonation
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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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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%

Strange caramelly sweet, almost marshmallow aroma initially fades to slightly fruity, floral hops and toasted, nutty malt. Flavor reveals that same, slightly odd caramel overly sweet character, reminiscent of banana, which is countered by bready dryness in the finish. Muddled citrus, floral hops, and light resin lie underneath. Not a bad beer, but not what I expected.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Yard House in Las Vegas. Poured into a chilled shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Nice amber color. A touch hazy. A lumpy, tan head that never entirely disappears. Very good stickage. A great looking beer.

Smell - Faint malt aroma. A whiff is citrus. Minimal nose.

Taste - Moderate malt favor (somewhat toasty). Citrus hop taste. Slightly spicy (peppercorns?). Delicious.

Mouth - Oily. Very nice carbonation.

Overall - This is one tasty, easy drinking beer. The balance between the flavorful malt and zesty (but not overpowering) hops is ideal. Imagine an English Bitters with the volume turned up a click or two. IMHO, American Ambers, such as this one, are under-appreciated.

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Photo of slusk
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear deep copper with a light tan head. Not terribly persistent but OK lacing

S: Spicy, floral hop, not too strong. Good caramel base with some cookie and faint banana bread aroma.

T: Nice sweet malty profile with a low amount of earthy bitterness. Some citrus zest with again, a faint banana flavor. Bright malty beer nice and bready in the finish. Less hop flavor than I anticipated. Almost Belgian like.

M: Solid medium body beer with a wee bit of citrus tang on the tongue. Smooth and low to moderate carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer. It doesn't strike me as a prime example of an amber ale, but something different. I expected a bit more hop flavor and aroma. I'm wondering if this beer may possibly have been on the shelf at the beer store a bit too long. It's a nice beer overall but I'd like to sample another to see if it's age or not.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.40):
Deep copper amber with a 3cm, foamy white head that looks slightly creamy. with great retention & zero movement until you actually take a drink.

Lots of malts & sweetness on the nose with caramel too but not much hops, some earthy ones appear though. Well balanced with some floral notes with a few dark fruits. Sweet, fruity & good strength.

Sweet malts & caramel flavours that match the nose well. There is some background fruits coming through with some light, floral hops featuring as well but again it's the malts that lead the way.

Smooth & fairly light bodied, almost watery in parts but there was a pleasant sweetness throughout & a clean, slightly dry finish that has a lingering bitterness to it.

This one started very well with the smell being a particular highlight but sadly things started to fade slightly after that with the taste seeming a little watery, more so that I would have liked. Not one I'd pick up again I'm afraid.

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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 Pegasus
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep copper in color, with a moderate, dense, with medium-sized, dense off-white head, modest carbonation, and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Light caramel vies with apple rind, and a moderate, slightly earthy hop presence.

Taste: Opens with prominent toasted and caramel malts. As the taste progresses, spicy hops begin to assert themselves, and a faint note of alcohol appears as well. Finishes with a lingering, spicy hop note and caramel and toasted hops as a backdrop.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, fairly full, with only slight carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Solid and very well-crafted, a pleasing and very drinkable red ale.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown. Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this hopeful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Nice label. The beer poured a amber color with a nice tan head. looking good so far. The smell was caramel and nice. However the beer was lacking in the taste department. A little on the bitter side for me. I might try this one again if I could find it on tap.

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Photo of Foyle
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 3+" off white head that recedes gradually. Decent lacing. Amber color and moderate carbonation.
Aroma: mild aroma of toasted bread and faint pine hop
Mouthfeel: medium and sticky with fairly dry finish. Somewhat watery.
Flavor: pine hop flavor, some citrus, biscuit, caramel malt, mild tangerine.
Overall: a very good session ale Boont Amber Ale is quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber pour with an off-white one-finger head. Taste is mildly sweet with malt upfront. Medium body is good but pretty basic. Can taste hints of caramel, light fig and other dark fruits as well as a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy copper color with a ton of sediment that looks like sand floating in it, and a big foamy 2 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good lacing and a thick creamy layer on top.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel, tea leaf, floral hops, caramel, toffee, candy and bread pudding; it is very sweet with the malty and bready notes almost desert like with caramel drizzled on top – very nice malty aroma.

Tastes sweet and malty overall, with a mix of caramel, toffee, dark fruit like a red apple, cherry and a plum, caramel, tea leaf, floral hops, candy like Razzles, brown sugar, sweet malt, light yeast and a combo of piney hops and floral hops; very sweet with the malty and bready notes mixing well with the hoppy bitterness and fruity aftertaste that almost balance it, but still let it lean on the malty side with a good variety of sweet flavors that trail off like syrup or molasses.

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, with light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that is mostly sweet and malty. Aftertaste is more yeast and hops than the malt, with the taste of fruit starting to rot like a pear or apple that is a week past its prime.

Overall a good beer, a malty treat that is fruity and hoppy and pretty easy to drink if you are looking for the intense sweetness of this malty style. Not a session beer to me, but a flavorful brew that showcases malt, caramel and fruit in a very enjoyable way.

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2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle. Nonic glass. Amber color, chill haze appearance. Off-white crown shows fairly good retention. Intense fruity & caramel malt aromas with resinous hues. Sweet & malty flavor are quickly overwhelmed by hops. Medium body. Light carbonation. Oily to watery. Dry bitter/sweet finish.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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