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Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale
December 6, 2013, 4:32 pm
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Pour: Dark hazey amber with tan, foamy two-finger head.

Nose: Really pleasant sweet citrus, grapefruit, lychee, pine. Sweet notes are pronounced. Smells delicious and enticing.

Palate: Wow. Mouthfeel is full, slightly oily, with light carbonation. Slight toasted malt at the start. Bergamot, tea leaves, with a mildly sweet, smooth malt backing. The hops is very mellow and subtle and this is quite surprising given the nose which suggests a robust hop bitterness. Finish is very clean, light and crisp, and not taxing on the tastebuds. Rather, it cleanses the tastebud as one would expect a tea to do. Clearly a sessionable beer, almost like iced tea with no sugar. As the beer warms, subtle caramel notes surface.

Really pleasant and surprising beer. Once again, Anderson Valley blows me away. But I must say that I prefer the Hop Ottin IPA better, but it is really comparing apples and oranges. This beer is mellow yet complex with multiple layers, and very drinkable.


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