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Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Reviews: 572 | Ratings: 1,548
Photo of grindcore666
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick fingerwidth light-banana colored head. Maintains itself as thick icing. Latchy bubbles within the body. Base color is dark redwood. Laces pretty well, sticky.

I can smell the aroma without pulling the glass to my nose, a good sign. Smells SO floral. Lavender, cherries, cinnamon, sugar.

I didn't like this one at first sip, but by the end of the glass I was looking for more.
Opens with a floral confusion (but still with the lavender in mind), and turns sort of peppery, spicey, and MAYBE sugary. Definitely an interesting arrangement of flavors. It has obvious bitter characteristics, and is so damn crisp and enjoyable.

You won't make the bitter beer face, but your tongue definitely gets put to work. Have fun with this one, it's a lively red.

Find this one. Buy it. Drink it.

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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 EPseja
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Cable Beverage in Bardonia, NY: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4252/ Fantastic place!

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

A - Pours a slightly hazed deep copper amber color (go figure) with a whirlwind of activity that rises up to form a thick, dense, creamy tan head that clings and clings to the glass. Beautiful!

S - Clean, light, fruity hoppiness mixed with a medium bodied maltiness. Notes of pine sap and spicier hops are also evident. Mouthwatering.

T - The first thing on the tongue is a nice round maltiness. In the middle the crisp, spicier hops make their presence known in just the right amount to compliment the sweet malts. The finish brings a lingering sweetness along with a delicate hop bitterness that leaves you wanting more.

M - Starts out a bit watery, but instantly turns into a creamy, slightly chewy wave in the mouth. The finish is slick and quick, priming you up for another.

D - This is one easy easy drinking amber with the right amount of sweetness and just enough hoppiness to make it interesting. Also packs that really nice, calming buzz that can't be found in just any beer.

This beer has cracked my ambivalence towards ambers. Very nice job, Anderson Valley!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Your usual, coppery colored amber beer. No real head. Nice,soft aroma-somewhat malty and floral. Very nice malty flavor. A good touch of caramel sweetness. The overall flavor is very smooth and mellow. Nice body for style. Very full. Very enjoyble and drinkable beer. Well worth a try.

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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 msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a rich, consistent amber color; unlike some others, mine had virtually no head. Taste was subtle, with mild maltiness & slight fruity/floral quality. I also detected something akin to bread (like a yeast roll...) in the finish. Very light on the hops. A smooth beer & quite drinkable.

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

This is one awesome beer. Pours a copper color with a nice head. Not much lacing afterwards though. Scents of sweet caramel, malt. Has a medium body with a nice sweet taste. I really like this beer, it's a very new taste to me. Definitely will be buying a 6er. Many of these can be had for sure, watchout, LOL.

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

Appearance is a copper color with good foam and lacing. Aroma is floral with strong fruity hops. Initial taste contains bread, a thickish mouthfeel, crisp, bitter hops balanced nicely with with malt. The mildly sweet flavor persists to the end, and the finish is barley, malt, hops and brown sugar. A nicely brewed, good beer.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a solid white head.

Aromas show off some floral hops as well as some bread-like smells.

Medium-full bodied with a soft carbonation. The floral hops work with the bready malts and a bit of sweetness and fruits come through and then finishes with more of the bready flavors.

A fine amber ale, I just wish AVBC would start selling in GA.

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Photo of nfo
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Settles into a deep and clear amber - this is essentially what I want my amber ale to look like. The flavor is a simple but rich maltiness with a really nice full body. Just enough of a hint of hops to be allowed to come from a good west coast brewery. My own "house" beer for a long time, it's easy on the palate and the wallet - can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice American Amber here. Pours a very dark copper with lazy head. Smell is strong of caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with more caramel notes and not a trace of bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, with not too much carbonation. Very smooth, very drinkable. A wonderful session brew...

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

Poured a copper/red color with a white head. Plenty of cascade from the grolwer purchased at Half Time. The nose was slight floral hops and fruity flavors with a little biscuity backdrop. The taste was malty, very full bodied and just a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this was a beer I could easily quaff on a drizzley day such as this one, but not a mind blowing beer. Just solid, which is what a prominent beer like this should be.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent but overall somewhat bland Amber from the folks at AVBC.

It pours a very murky amber colour with a thin, non sticky white head. This one is about as close to iced tea as you can get in terms of appearance.

The smell is a combination of floral, earth and caramel with a hint of hops. Not bad, not great.

The flavour is more of the same. It starts out earth flavoured and moves into a quick sweet kick before mellowing out and finishing floral and grassy with the most hop bite here at the finish as well, though its not much of one at all.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily and chewy. There's a definite murky quality to this brew. I found the mouthfeel to be a bit off overall here. That said, it's still a decent brew and shouldn't be something that should scare you away from it, it's just nothing to go out of your way for overall.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean copper/amber beer. Has a big thick beige head, that makes some lace. There is a very light sweetness to the aroma that hints at malt. There is a light earthy maltiness with hints of roasty malt in the background in the flavor followed by a light hop snap on the finish.

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Photo of BCMan
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured up a deep amber color. I big tan head was generated but faded quickly and laced the glass. The nose is subtle and slightly sweet. The taste of mild caramel and is really smooth. Not much of an after taste. This is a nice beer from Anderson Valley. I would definetly recommend it. Better in cool weather.

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

Poured with very little head. The bar was a bit dark but so was the brown in the beer. Maybe a bit of red in there but hard to tell. I'd love to pour this myself because I think the appearance would probably be a 4.0. A somewhat sweet smell with subtle nectar essences. Some malt in the smell.

This beer is smooth and sits well in the mouth. Definite citrus in there, particularly orange but not syrupy sweet at all. Also, some nuttiness in there, too. The malt is kicks in just enough to keep it wet and smooth in your mouth. It slides down your throat easily and your mouth asks for more. It doesn't taste like a higher alcohol content but a few of these can go down quickly and start kicking in before you know it.

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Photo of tjd25
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin but dense and regular head on a beautiful glittering red/amber color body that gets purple and mahogany against the light.

The smell first shows a maltiness that quickly gets combined with a light but enjoyable marmelade like fruitiness, strawberry being the first fruit that came to my mind. A gluey and caramel sensation with notes of wood. Alcohol seems noticeable too.

The same fruitiness is distinctive in the smell, with lots of spices reminding me of warm wine on one side and of tea on another side. A dry floral character develops nicely together with a fine and active carbonation that stimulates the back of the tongue with light friendly salty attacks. Also a dry orange aspect, or maybe lemon, that brings hints of sourness next to a balanced hoppiness that shows some grass notes. And the caramel malts are still noticeable, although maybe less than in the smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth and greatly round in the mouth without being thin. A wooden ruguous character appears after a while and brings a slightly gluey or sticky note to the initally velvety mouthfeel. The finish is dry and floral but it seems to come naturally after the other steps of the mouthfeel.

A good example of the style, that also has its own personnality. Maybe not extremely drinkable, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with one finger of head into my pint glass. Dissipated to a thin ring. Minimal to no lacing. Average carbonation. Caramel taste that finishes in my mouth with low bitterness, very smooth to drink. Could drink a six pack of this in a sitting without even noticing. For the amber ale style, this is a very drinkable and smooth beer. Perfect example of why I should try more American Amber/Red Ales.

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

Pours a translucent reddish brown with a yellowish white head. Strong malty aroma. Well balanced with a rich, malty front and just enough American hops to balance. There is some fruit flavor as well. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is simple and straightforward, but good. Highly drinkable. Good American amber ale. It reminded me a little of an altbier.

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Photo of maybrick
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an enigma. At first, cold from the 'fridge it weel, set a level of epxectation that I wasn't going to like it much. This is Thanksgiving 'Eve 2004 and I had to let it set a bit. When I returned to it without a taste poured into a 20 oz. pilsner galss, I was pleeasntly surprised. When i took a taste I was even more pleased. If your into malt front ends - this is for you. Sorry, no big hop finish for you west coast types.

I think this is a nice brew. I would hesitate big time in calling it an Amber Ale - what the hell is an Amber Ale anyway? But, it has a nice malt to hop profile and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Maestro
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This amber is a nice session ale. Starts off with a tan head that stays around for most of the pint. The beer is amber with a lot of light flickering through. Smell is quite mild, with some biscuity notes poking through. Taste is very straight-forward. The malt profile is very simple and refreshing. Hops are quite thin, although I detected a bit of citrus in the middle. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but overall a great amber.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear copper with a slightly red hue. Slightly off-white head with excellent retention. Strong, fine carbonation. Lacing and residual head/collar throughout.

Smell: Malty and sweet up front, with hops coming through mildly immediately after, a bit citrusy and floral. Eh, could be worse.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Brown sugar caramel malt up front with perhaps a hint of chocolate. Slightly nutty. A bit of hops come through at the finish with a mild grapefuit rind flavor. The finish bitters up with an astringent bite. The mouthfeel is light, but a bit chewy and coating.

Drinkability: Very. Much maltier, and certainly much milder than I expected, especially given the tastebud-scorching, enamel-peeling hop monster that is their Hop Ottin'. It's very drinkable, but aside from the terrific appearance, it's not especially compelling. For a session West Coast ale, I'd definitely look to Red Nectar or Sierra Nevada before this.

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Photo of cjhofelt
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recomended to me by a friend. He's now on my short list of "good friends". A excelent beer all around.

Pours nicely, if a bit foamy at first. Nice thick head that fades to a thin film of creamy foam that persists and leaves a good ammount of lace. Clear and deep amber, almost brown.

Great heavenly hop aroma. Northern brewer? I'm not sure what the hops are, but they smell great. Faint frutyness in the smell, too.

It tastes great. lots of ale frutyness and hop flavor. A very full flavored beer with nothing unpleasent up front, and a slightly sweet malty finish. Oh so good.

Creamy, smoth mouthfeel. A very nice beer that lingers on the on the tounge in the best way.

The relitively high ABV makes this a "slow drinkin' beer". Easy to enjoy, good to savor. Would go well with bar-b-que, seafood, or any strong flavored meat (like duck). It's a beer that could give you an appetite.

Man, I love this beer.

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Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[email protected] Castle, San Fransisco. I’m a big fan of anderson Valley. and this is a good amber. Nutty, with some the usual hit of NW hops, something i could imagine drinking a lot of in one session.Quite a nice amber ale, from a pretty good brewery!!!

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average beer. Pours a standard amber color, head is very light, but present throughout. Smell is malty, nothing unusual. Taste is unusual compared to most ambers that I’ve had. It’s light, but has a definite tang to it that feels odd. Almost sugary-sweet malt profile on the first sip, hops are secondary. A slightly metallic aftertaste. I probably won’t try this one again.

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Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,548 ratings.
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