In a world filled with hopped-up IPAs, oak-aged imperial stouts, and extreme beers of all stripes, one should never overlook the merits of a very good, very well-brewed, basic amber ale. Like this one.
Beer Details: Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, CA (Amber Ale, 5.8% ABV, 15 IBUs)
Appearance: This beer shows russet-red against the light, ranging from gold at the edges to deep red toward the middle. A tight cap of parchment-colored foam tops the glass.
Aroma: Lemony floral hops lead off the aroma, giving way to earthy spice and caramel notes.
Taste: Sunny lemon hops float over warm and toasty candied nut flavors. Some yeasty fruitiness bridges the gap between the bitter and sweet, and prickles of effervescence on the tongue makes the whole sip come off clean and crisp. More woodsy spice notes emerge as the beer warms; don't gulp this so fast that you miss that!
This beer is the definition of balanced. The light bitterness matches the roasty malts one for one. Super mellow, super drinkable, this beer is a keeper.
Food Pairings: Oh goodness, you could drink this beer with anything from bar food to a cobb salad and be happier for it.
Have you ever tried this beer?
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