A worthy addition to the stealth cooler
A Review of Boont Amber Ale by Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Posted on 1/14/2012 by Chops
                   
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Cans. For the longest time cans were synonymous with crap beer. Bargain basement swill came in cans. Want better beer? Get it in bottles. Want even better beer? Get it in dark bottles. Want the best beer? Get it in dark bottles in packages that keep out sunlight. These were the laws of beer land and we all knew them.

However, in the last decade the craft brew movement has turned these rules upside down. Thanks to advances in canning technology, not only can good beers come in cans, but cans can house some of the best beers on the planet. Gone are the days when we turn our noses up to those little aluminum cylinders. In today's brew world, cans are an equally viable option to their glass counterparts. So when I came across the Anderson Valley's Boont Amber Ale, the container had zero influence on my decision to purchase.

In the glass, this beer has a rich and hazy burnt orange coloration with a slight reddish hue. This is a strikingly beautiful amber, so take the time to snap some mental pictures for future comparisons. It comes with a creamy white head that dissipates at a standard pace. The aroma consisted of several independent characters, including sweet caramel malts, tangy citrus and some spicy notes. It's a beautifully balanced aromatic mixture that really heightens anticipation. In other words, this beer has one hell of an intro.

The aroma did pretty well to prepare you for that first sip. You can immediately pick out a warm citrusy hop bite up front that quickly transitions into a smooth malty middle. There were several malt flavors swirling around, namely spiced breads and caramel. It's not overly complex for an amber, but has plenty of depth to keep your senses engaged. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but is also very smooth and has a hefty presence due to the flavor profile. The beer finishes a bit dry and leaves behind a malty bitter mishmash for an aftertaste. Unfortunately all the flavors get a bit jumbled on the exit, but it does little to detract from the experience.

Overall, Anderson Valley's Boont Amber Ale is a delicious and rewarding brew that I can recommend to all levels of beer fan. It's a fantastic representation of the amber style and doesn't go overboard on interpretation. It has just enough personal flare to be a memorable gem. And as an added bonus, it comes in a can. Who said better beer can't be convenient? I will definitely be adding the Boont Amber Ale to my stealth cooler brews of choice.

Stealth Cooler [noun] - A small, easily portable six-pack cooler that you fill with quality canned beer as an emergency ''if they only have crap beer'' kit.
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