Anderson Valley Brewing Company Boont Amber Ale (365 Day 148)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale

My wife reminded me of bad news yesterday that will directly affect my American craft beer fun at this years Dark Lord Day. I have a first communion to go to for one of her nephews, starting at 2:00pm. The lucky thing: I have a ticket for the first round to start purchasing beers at 10:00am. Based on the distance this is away from my house, I will have to get my beer and pretty much jump ship afterwards.

Beer 148 is another California beer, an extra in a recent American craft beer transaction. Boont Amber Ale comes by way of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, which is actually distributed to Illinois. I know I shouldn’t look a gift-horse in the mouth, but I wasn’t overly thrilled about receiving this beer for two reasons: it is distributed here and Anderson Valley beer has never really striked me as something I really wanted.

Needless to say, Boont Amber Ale is a really nice amber ale, better than most of its brethren. Floral and herbal hops seems to be the balancing act for the sweet caramel malts. It is a bit different take on most of the amber ales I have had. The beer also made me happy to be drinking an amber ale, which doesn’t happen often. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 10, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.7

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