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Boont Amber Ale (257 of 1001)

Rating: 3.5

This one comes from the Anderson Vallery brewery was founded in Boonville, California which is a town with a population of around 700 people. This beer takes its name from ‘boontling’, said to be a unique local dialect in the area and this one was the first beer brewed in the area commercially. It has the honour of having won four medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the brewery itself was named as one of the 10 best in the world in both 1997 and 1998. Boont Amber ale is my third beer from the brewery, having got hold of a bottle of their Hop Ottin’ IPA at the tail end of last year and sampling their Heelch O’ Hops earlier this year as well.

Boont Amber Ale

Appearance (4/5): A deep copper amber in colour with a fairly large, three centimetre tall head that looks quite foamy and creamy with the odd bubble coming through. The beer is quite clear and head retention isn’t too bad either with it holding well over the opening minutes after pouring then leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass after that.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a lot of malts and plenty of sweetness on the nose to begin with, I was expecting more of a hoppy offering but it’s the malts and caramel that dominate initially with some lighter and more earthy hops following them. The beer was well balanced on the nose and featured some floral notes with a few dark fruits in there as well. This one was sweet, fruity and had enough strength to it to make me excited about trying it so here goes.
Taste (6/10): Sweet malts and some good caramel flavours kick things off with the beer matching the nose well, although these flavours did seem a little more pronounced in the smell than they did here but they certainly fall short of being weak. 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.
Palate (3/5): Smooth for the most part although some grain does come through in places. The beer was fairly light bodied and even seemed a touch watery in parts but there was a pleasant sweetness throughout and a clean, slightly dry finish that has a lingering bitterness to it.

Overall (14/20): This was a beer that started very well with the smell being a particular highlight but sadly things started to fade ever so slightly after that with the taste seeming a little watery, more so that I would have liked. The sweetness on the nose with the fruits and caramel backing it up were great but this wasn’t carried over to the taste as much I was expecting and as such it’s not a beer I’ll be likely to pick up again; enjoyable but not a classic.

Brewed In: Boonville, California, United States of America
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
First Brewed: 1987
Type: Amber Ale
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.40

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  1. November 11, 2015 at 08:12

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