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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA

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very good

83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010

Hop Heads rejoice! This naturally carbonated, unfiltered I.P.A is loaded with citrus and pine aromas from a continuous hopping technique that our brewers use to create this one of a kind beer. Amarillo hops and a complex malt bill are used to create a balanced body with a large hop character giving way to a unique taste experience.

65 IBU
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 294
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

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

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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikefilmerca
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great ipa. Great flavor. Alcohol a little high. Watch out for a hangover.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this higher percentage beer at the LCBO for same price as lesser percentage, guess they didnt read label close enough hahah. Very tasty IPA and great for when you feel like hoppin out. Dark, unfiltered pour with nice head that is very drinkable. Kudos to the brewers for a finne drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Long lasting light tan head on the pour out of the can, says "Unfiltered" but small amount of haze aside it's mainly a clear medium amber in the glass. Fresh hop in the nose, not so piney as claimed but more citrus/grapefruit than anything, smells fresh and inviting. Gently carbonated. Flavors of sharp happiness dominates, there's some juicy and fruity malt tones but mainly you get hops, hops, hops. Kinda thin on the mouthfeel, there's a long and quite hoppy finish. All in all its a decent IPA.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look is of brilliant copper, smell of diluted grapefruit, taste is a mouthful of alcohol -bitterness on the front, but rather dry on the finish. The alcohol could be integrated better. This said, the feel is well balanced. Overall, I would drink again but it wasn't spectacular.

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.