Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin head that didn't linger or leave any trace.
Smells delicious. Deep, rich malt -- the caramel really stands out -- and some citrus. Something coniferous that reminds of a West-coast IPA, but just a tad off the usual piney resin.
The promise of the scent is delivered early. The malts and hops balance beautifully upon first draught. Getting a honeyed caramel and toffee from the malts. The hops hover delicately with a citrusy, coniferous (notice I don't quite want to say pine) air.
Unfortunately, everything falls apart from here. The hops linger, bitterly on the finish.
I'm getting the feeling that this is an A+ recipe, brewed with A+ expertise and A+ malts but let down by B- hops. Still, this is a noble effort that, if it misses, it only barely misses. Along with beers like Muskoka Mad Tom IPA and Flying Monkey Smashbomb, this kind of endeavor makes me optimistic for the future of the Ontario craft beer industry.
01-28-2013 20:59:26 | More by NedShakeshaft
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
On tap at Hamilton's Winking Judge. The pour was a valiant effort on the part of the bartender, given the drastic change in temperature over the last couple of days, which seemed to be wreaking havoc on their lines. Despite being on tap, the brew came out at around cellar/cask temperature, which was a real treat.
Poured into an unbranded nonic. A pumpkin-coloured brew, slightly murky, amber-russet. Good frothy head, lots of lacing.
Nose is tangerine, grapefruit, soft American hops, pale malts.
An enjoyable IPA that proved to be a tasty companion on a wonderful late spring evening. The hops weren't as full and rich as can be found in Smashbomb or other big IPAs, but certainly they prove to be a formidable opponent in this brew. Finishes long and bitter, with a bit of woodsiness. I think they've amped up the sweetness a little over last years batch, because this one had a great deal more balance.
The pour was, again, a struggle, so the brew had a nice cask feel to it. Low density, moderate to low carboation, sticky texture.
Certainly worthy of mention in the small, but growing annals of Ontario IPAs. With this, and their delightful Spring Bock, Amsterdam is finally proving that it CAN brew the good stuff- keep it coming lads!
06-02-2011 03:21:12 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: deep amber; hazy due to being unfiltered; thick with good - make that great - retention (lasts until the bitter end)
Aroma: whoa, intense green hops! pine, resin; like it's freshly picked; addictive; hint of citrus
Taste & Mouthfeel: follows the scent - huge, fresh hop flavour; resinous and bitter; bit of a creamy texture and carbonation is spot on; if being unfiltered is providing the smooth mouthfeel, it's a nice touch, but if not, not sure it imparts much taste-wise
Overall: a very powerful IPA that feels great going down and leaves you with enough sense in your tastebuds that everything doesn't taste like hops an hour later
03-25-2012 17:58:18 | More by BGDrock
3.06/5 rDev -20.9%
355ml bottle. 90 minute boil, eh? Too bad that name is already taken, but this one is a lot to live up to.
This beer pours a hazy, medium brassy amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves an attractive array of limestone shale lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.
It smells of sharp grapefruit and lemon pith, muted pine resin, musty tropical melon, bready caramel malt, and further grassy, leafy hops. The taste is musty, uneven, and kind of vegetal grassy, herbal hops, with a now dead as a doornail pine essence, semi-sour grainy caramel malt, underripe, fleshy fruit, and a mild yeastiness. No sense of warmth or astringency from the alcohol, so, well, there's that.
The carbonation is fairly tame, just a mild frothiness up front, the body medium-light in weight, and quite pithy and tacky in its laughable attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the muddled fruitiness, weedy grass, and unfocused caramel malt all contributing to a certain sense of disorientation.
Hmmm. May be that I have a bad bottle here, but since I bought a whole six-pack (retail in Alberta: near 20 bucks, sheesh), I will surely revisit this with another soon. In the meantime, this doesn't seem exactly off, just underwhelming all around, and hardly representative of the heady marketing - my bones remain secure in their sockets.
09-16-2013 04:22:27 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Deep orange colour. Slight haze. Thin cap of retentive, lacy head. Aroma is toast, light pine, and even lighter citrus. On the sip, toasted biscuit and grapefruit pith, turning to citrus fruit midpalate, finishing with a firm leafy bitterness. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Resinous. Good flavour and killer mouthfeel more than make up for the underpowered aroma. I'd buy it again.
09-08-2012 00:36:32 | More by mintjellie
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
Had on tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. I crave a good American IPA and am not a fan of Amsterdam products in general. This is unlike an American IPA, just blah to me and oh so typical of Amsterdam.. A good IPA wows on all accounts. This wowed me on nothing.
Not worthy of the name Boneshaker ("The kids they dance and shake their bones while the politicians are throwing stones singing ashes to ashes we all fall down..."). I did not dance or shake after. I went to bed.
08-12-2011 14:03:41 | More by MartyPuch
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Enjoyed on tap at C'est What Spring Festival. Hoppy aromas. Giant grpaefruit flavours. Above-average mouthfeel. Very fresh and decent drinkability. Amsterdam shows what it can do in a small batch, and one of the winners of this festival. Understated carbonation, but good balance with caramel malts, so that about 50-60 IBU came through nicely balanced.
05-31-2010 03:53:41 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev -1%
Can to glass
Appearance - Pours a cloudy farm orange/amber colour with a great white head that leaves great lacing
Smell - Pine and citrus smells. Hops really come through
Taste - Hoppy, pine, citrus, grapefruit, alcohol is smooth. All the flavours are really well blended together. One doesn't overpower the other.
Overall - Good beer and a well balanced IPA. Nothing special but not bad by any means
05-07-2014 23:15:12 | More by Dna_Infinity
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
Nice opaque copper-coloured body with a cover of cream-white head. Good looking stuff.
Solid nose: lots of hops, lemon-lime, slight grapefruit, bread and light caramel.
Good flavour but definitely a little strange. Decent hopping but the style is more in line with an English IPA than its American counterpart (not my preference). Fairly bitter though it remains nice and balanced. A little unpleasant ethanol shows.
The feel here is less than ideal. The foamy carbonation attempts to ruin this beer altogether but the medium body hold it together. Way too much carbonation.
In spite of a couple flaws this stuff remains oddly drinkable. I kind of like it but I also kind of don't. Given the recent improvements to the IPA selection in Ontario I don't think there's really a reason to pick this one up.
07-18-2011 21:44:31 | More by eat
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Excellent Canadian IPA. Best I have had here. There are some good ones but this one is GREAT!! Again for Canadian beer. With respect to IPA's around the world this one is pretty good!
A- Nice dark amber colour.
S- Good strong hop smell. Pine. Slight sour I enjoy
T- Excellent! Just as good as a SN or any other mass produced IPA in the US. MMMM Malt! Tremendous malt flavours. Don't expect tame. Good yeastiness. Just a nice hoppy, malty IPA.
M- Excellent!! Same as above
O- Excellent try! Looking forward to more offerings from Amsterdam like this. A 120min would be nice
Keep going on the Canadian IPA's!!! Worth a try.
Thx for reading
11-24-2013 02:50:56 | More by DaveBar
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty pale amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with light citrus and earthy notes. Taste is dominated by citrus hops with light earthy note and an astringent finish. Malt profile is quite dry though strong enough to back the hops profile. Body was quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed though maybe a tad too astringent for my tastbuds.
08-29-2012 16:34:38 | More by Phyl21ca
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Replacing original review from 12-22-2010 from an old batch. Original review was a score of 2.93.
Very fresh batch. First distributed bottles - just hit the LCBO last week. Poured in to Bruery Tulip glass.
A - Hazy dark orange with some amber. One finger of bubbly cream coloured head formed with good retention. A lot of particles floating around in the glass.
S - Big bitterness up front with grapefruit and orange peel aromas. The malt backbone is fairly prominent adding some sweet caramel. The hops are dominant but this malt base is more than just a secondary player here.
T - A big bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and orange peel flavours. The malt backbone adds some balance and sweet caramel flavours. The finish is bitter and dry. As this beer warms up, floral notes begin to surface and they become a fairly central component. Seems to be a mix of American and English hops.
M - Somewhat thin and watery but the carbonation is perfect (low).
05-21-2012 02:09:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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