Boont Amber Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
1,559 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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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 1,559
Photo of SmashPants
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: 355mL blue can with an antlered bear (assumedly the Anderson mascot).

Appearance: pours a dark amber colour with virtually no visible carbonation. A small beige head pops up and drops to a solid, semi-rocky cap. Looks decent.

Aroma: this is where this beer falls apart for me. There is virtually nothing other than an awkward, nut-and-earth driven funk that borders on unpleasant. No hops, little malt aroma.

Taste: the unfortunate funk continues here - considering the good reviews I have seen about this beer, maybe next time I will see if I can get it in a bottle rather than a can.

Aftertaste: the fug lifts a bit here, but is still dominant over a very light yet indistinguishable hop flavour.

Mouth feel: fairly low on the carbonation, which I think is the issue. Other reviews show the carbonation being higher - don't think this one has travelled well.

Overall: a very ordinary and very expensive Amber / Red ale. Before I pass any kind of judgement on it though, I'd like to try it again a) from the bottle instead of the can, and b) hopefully not suffering from old age or whatever.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle in New Belgium globe

A-Cloudy brownish copper with a foamy one finger tan head.

S-Aroma is big caramel along with some raisin; also slightly metallic.

T-Taste is also heavy on the caramel accompanied by grain. Only slightly hoppy. Long finish.

M-The mouthfeel is light body and carbonation is soft.

O-Overall, a good amber.

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Photo of mjurney
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head.

Fruity, caramel malts, hint of earthy.

Maltiness up front, caramel, toasted, with some fruity. Mild hop bitterness at the end, herbal-leafy. Finish is dry and crisp. Medium bodied, very smooth, dry, refreshing, light carbonation.

It's an excellent beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a translucent copper brown with an inch of light tan head. Lots of lacing. Not much aroma to this one. Smells of caramel, light floral hops, and bread. The taste is sweeter than I expected. Caramel, lemon, apple, floral hops and sweet bread. A bit earthy at the finish with more malt flavor. Light mouthfeel but with a large amount of carbonation.Very drinkable. Lots of caramel malt flavor. Overall, a solid Amber I'd buy every once in a while.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:

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Photo of dougbassett
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #38 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Anderson Valley is a well-known brewer, I found it curious that this was the only beer of there's represented in the 1001 Beer book I've been using as a review guide. While I don't think it's their best beer -- I'm partial to their Oatmeal Stout, for one thing -- it's pretty decent, surprisingly so given it's style. There are a lot of bland and blah-ish Amber Ales out there, but this one is fairly distinctive.

It does a couple of things very right. To my mind it looks almost perfect, pretty much my idea of what an Amber Ale should look like: -- a rich amber brown pour with a nicely full head. I could stare at that all day. I also think it has a pretty good mouthfeel, there's a sticky, resilient quality to the beer that I think you want in styles like this.

Disappointingly, it has almost no nose, outside of a very light caramel kind of thing. and while it does have substantial flavor (not always a given in beers of this style) it really doesn't go much beyond your basic "ale" flavor (that sort of apple/fall fruit kind of thing, if you have to put a descriptor on it, but you know what I mean -- "ale") paired with sharp toast-like notes. The finish has a little citrus note, like maybe if you had a too-done piece of toast spread with lemon marmalade -- but it's very light.

Still, all in all I liked this. Not normally crazy about the style, but this one at least stands up and tries to deliver some basic flavor, and does so admirably. It's not a dull wash like a lot of Amber Ales, it's assertive and I liked that.

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly clouded copper with a creamy light tan head. Head has great retention and leaves substantial lacing.

S- subtle caramel sweetness and a nice earthy quality

T- a nice caramel malt backbone balances the subtle noble hops bitterness

M- a thinner body and a crisp finish

O- a really good, almost excellent, amber ale.

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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 GarthT
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber colour. Served in a jam-jar!

Citrus (mainly lemon), some floral, quite mild

Tastes like a shandy

Light bodied

I like Anderson's other brews so was excited to try this one. Would probably not go back to it unless I needed a refresher after a game of tennis.

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Photo of ranger7
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Albertsons in a 22 oz. bomber for $4.80.
Poured from bottle into a plastic cup.
(Review from notes)

A - Amber, bubbly, great head (thick and foamy white - sticky).

S - Hops, sweet, honey.

T - Hop bite up front, malt in the back.

M - Smooth, somewhat fizzy. Light and clean.

Summary - Nice. Not a bad amber ale. A little more hoppy up front than I'm used to, but still good. Nice aftertaste.

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

On tap at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.

A dark but clear amber brown, one finger of brownish white head. Smells like toasted bread, caramel, grassy hops. Taste follows, with good nutty sweetness. Mainly sweet/toasted/nutty, but a decent bitterness on the finish. Smooth and creamy, not too much carbonation. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, coppery red, with a thick, foamy beige head.

Caramel malts highlighted and well balanced with herbal, floral, very faint citrus hops in both the aroma and taste.

Medium+ body, foam carbonation.

A well done amber ale. The hop profile is balanced, and really highlights the malts.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden amber with a creamy kahki head that has decent retention. Some visible carbonation

Smells of wet grassy hops. Sweet bready malts. Caramel. White fruits (faintly) like apple and pear

Taste is bready malts and sweet caramel. Slightly burnt maltiness. Big wet grass flavor from the hops. A little dank. Fruity esters are at a minimum but red apples are there. There is some tartness in the finish like a combination of citrus and berry. Very well balanced. Bitterness is mild. Extremely tasty

Feels medium bodied. Refreshing. Slightly coating

Overall an excellent amber. Well balanced and delicious. Would definitely get again and would recommend this highly

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Photo of Jetulio
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... amber-orange hazy beer with head colour white of 1,5 fingers
Aroma... grass and wet bread. A not too strong smell with a little touch of malty aroma too
Taste... bready as smell announces and malt, bitterness have not an important presence
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a regular amber ale but not remarkable in my opinion.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark but clear copper with a fair amount of active carbonation.

Caramel, toffee, and biscuity malt sweetness, subtle earthy hop aroma.

Toffee, caramel, biscuits, slightly earthy/spicy hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, for a subtle style I wasn't expecting much but this is a crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Huffs
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams glass, developed a nice full head, tan, which laced well and lasted. Appearance was a hazy ruby look. Aroma was mild with malty notes. Taste was of caramel and toffee wirh a medium mouthfeel and lingering, slight malt aftertasrte.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-hazed rusted orange glow. 2 fingers of off white head. Nice initial hop resin on the nose with touches of dark fruit. Fruit bowl covered in caramelized sugar with some flowery hop presence.

Not bad, a little fruity for me when it comes to amber ales but its nice. Dark fruitiness, medium bodied with carbonation that breaks it up a bit. Just enough hop to balance with lingering sweetness. Pretty clean with a few things that throw that off. Fruitiness throws the cleanliness of the brew off a bit and the body breaks a little thin but otherwise pretty nice especially as a summer sipper in a can.

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Photo of JCato97201
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer that features terrific balance in body and taste. Great color with a very aromatic nose. This is one of the best amber ales I have ever tasted. AT Only 5.80% ABV this beer can get you in to trouble. I can honestly say that this is the best amber beer I have tasted in months.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear amber color.

The aroma has sweet caramel and tons of malt. There's some tea, flora, earthy hops in there too.

The flavor has some hoppy bitterness, but more of that really great malt profile. It's toasty caramel sweet.

A decent drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped this baby open on a hot 95 degree Fahrenheit evening in the dry desert sun. Poured into a dimpled beer mug from a 12 oz. bottle. No best by date.

A-Poured a deep and cloudy amber brown/red color. A creamy tan 2 finger head that left trace lacing on the glass. The head eventually turned into a foamy thin surface.

S-Nutty and grainy. Some caramel malt, along with some peach notes.

T-Going in was a little wet. The initial taste consisted of caramelized peaches, grains and malt, a touch of honey in the backend. The aftertaste left a sweet, yet slightly bitter sensation. It was a pretty balanced brew.

M-light to moderate carbonation. Not my idea of a sessionable brew, but could have two (maybe three) if I felt like it. It is not a straight up summer brew, but it's really good, especially when it's so hot outside.

Overall, it's a great beer to pair with food or to have as a sessional during the cooler fall months (in my opinion). It is a solid amber ale that deserves a spot in everybody's fridge. Cheers!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours with a nice, tan, two finger head which lasts for several minuets. Some of the head remains on the brew until the end. Good, even lacing stays on the glass until the end. The color is perfect, almost opaque red-brown.

The smell is strong with sweet and roasted malts, some caramel and floral hops.

The taste is surprisingly, kind of plain. There is a rush of sweet malts, caramel, nuts? then mild hops on the backend.

The feel is smooth and creamy, strong carbonation.

Overall this is a solid Red Ale from Anderson Valley but it does not really "pop" for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a slightly hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is quite different: lots of apricot with a little grapefruit. Really nice.
The taste has a nice grain flavor with sweet citrus, mild bitterness to finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a great amber ale for sure and quite drinkable.

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully clear red amber with a nice head and good lacing. Nose had lots of sweet and yeast fruitiness featuring notes of raspberry. Taste follows the nose with a biscuit malt core. Raspberry is a lovely segue into the mild short hop finish. Hops have a bit of tea leaf and deposit just a trace of oil on the tongue. Feel is light and crisp with a smooth carbonation.. Highly drinkable and one I will have over and over

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Photo of Crimsonfloods
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

into a pint glass

very hazy, deep orange/brown, looks like apple cider.
semi-aggressive pour formed 1in head and quickly disappeared. clear white head.

smells musty, caramel and light apple aroma

tastes mild, more malty or grain than anything else

feels great, smooth and sticks on the mouth just a bit

Overall this brew was enjoyable! Something I could drink two or three of and not get too overpowering.

+Story I heard about this beer: On the label is a bear with deer antlers (a "Beer"), and it is said that if you drink enough of these and wonder out into the forest you can see this so called "Beer". Though that was a cheeky story haha.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boont Amber Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, with little brown particles floating about and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that, with an underlying caramel and a mellow, floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Boont Amber Ale finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. This one is most excellent. It’s all positive with no negative. Delicious!


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