Beer: Boont Amber Ale
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Style: American Amber Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Slightly cloudy, bright copper body with a small head loafing at the rim.
Smell: This is quite un-smelly for a beer. There’s a generic sweet scent, and a trace of grain and caramel.
Flavor: That same generic sweetness persists, with little hop to amplify what little malt flavor there exists. This is really just a bottle of watery sweet malts.
Feel: Thin, watery body that has overdosed on carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Anderson Valley’s Boont Amber Ale is the least balanced Amber Ale I have had this month. It’s superb if you’re into the watery malt flavor thing. Where my hops at? PASS.
This beer has, in the past, received stellar ratings from other critics in the beeriverse. Perhaps the Anderson Valley was infertile this year? Maybe it is actually so well-balanced, that the flavors just cancel each other out, leaving consumers with a frothy body of nothingness? I just don’t have the answers to these difficult questions.
Overall, it’s still just kind of sweet and just kind of watery. Boont Amber is an acceptable beverage choice–I’m not disgusted by it. I am, however, spoiled by the great Amber Ales that do exist in this world…and this isn’t one of them.