ANDERSON VALLEY’S Boont Amber Ale is brewed with four different hops, two of which (Bravo and Columbus) are high alpha-acid powerhouses that could anchor any Double IPA of 100+ IBUs. Yet balance is the calling card here, as the beer only tallies 16 IBUs. This gentle application of powerful ingredients delivers a clean and well-structured ale, not quite as memorable as the Hop Ottin’ but borne of the same appreciation for pronounced malt foundations. In this case that means crisp light grains, some caramel, and a bit of toast in sequence with notes of honey and floral for balance. Mouthfeel and carbonation overall are both medium, the 5.6% ABV is well-hidden, and the only corner that pokes out would be a little zip of minerals near the midpalate. Overall Boont Amber is hard to get deeply excited about, but with its articulated and persistently clear flavors one can imagine it becoming an old faithful for late nights at the taphouse.
Served: 12 oz bottle