Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
355 mL bottle from the LCBO. This is one that I've been hearing good things about for a while, and really wanted to try - but I just couldn't find it anywhere locally. This particular six pack is only in my possession because of a chance pit stop in Vaughan.
Pours a cloudy amber-copper colour, topped with one finger of frothy, off white-coloured head that fizzles away disappointingly quickly. At least it has the courtesy to leave a coat of sticky lacing behind, and a decent cap/collar on the surface. Enjoyable aroma with plenty of prominent fruity hop notes; lemon zest, orange/grapefruit citrus rinds and pine resin definitely come to mind, underlain by a caramel malt backbone.
It definitely tastes as hoppy as it smells, if not moreso - definitely rather astringent, and clearly made to appeal to hopheads. Brown sugar and bready malts provide a subtle backdrop for the various hop flavours to showcase their stuff - including pine resin, grapefruit rind, orange peel, and maybe even a hint of pineapple. Finishes with a pleasant, piney bitterness that lingers on the palate well into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a smooth feel in the mouth due to the restrained carbonation levels.
Definitely a solid IPA, and probably the best Amsterdam brew I've yet tried. It's not much of a session beer, though - two bottles a night would be my max, due to the palate-scrubbing astringent bitterness, and the fairly high abv (by Ontario IPA standards, anyway).
Final Grade: 3.95, a solid B+. Amsterdam's Boneshaker IPA would be a welcome addition to any LCBO's cold shelves. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to get distributed nearly as far as most of its main competitors - Mad Tom and Smashbomb the foremost amongst them. Truth be told, I'd get along fine with just those two. Boneshaker is a nice changeup, and a great effort from a brewery I have never been especially impressed with, but it's not something I feel the need to have a constant supply of.
[Updated Jan. 4 2014]
I grabbed a single bottle from the LCBO reject bin to compare it to a few of my other favourite IPAs (Red Racer, Mad Tom and Baldwin Fisheye PA). Boneshaker is one of the better IPAs in Ontario, with a fuller body than average as well as plenty of hop astringency when fresh (and an earthy, baker's chocolate bitterness when not fresh). My only real problem with this beer is the format - put this in a tallboy can and I'd definitely get it more frequently than I do. This isn't my favourite IPA, as it's a little stronger than I prefer, but it's a still a good one that I will return to again at some point.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2012 00:01:53 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
473ml can into nonic. date code almost completely smudged off but i remember reading the other cans in stock at the LCBO and it was like D0114 or something so i'm gonna guess that means they were canned on april 1, 2014. enjoyed on may 22, 2014
a: clear copper with tons of floating particles. two fingers of head
s: big pine and tropical fruit notes up front. grapefruit and orange peel afterwards. caramel malt on the back end. nice
t: follows the nose. extremely dank pine up front, followed by modest grapefruit, orange, slight lemon, and big pineapple notes. the bitterness kicks in a bit too early. the malt backbone introduces itself mid-palate and hangs around for quite a while, becoming tastier as the beer warms, though the finish is still bitter and dry with lingering pine from early in the tasting. somewhat unbalanced but the flavours are very nice
m: medium-bodied, very creamy. great carbonation
o: the top of the can reads "over the top hops" and that's far from a lie. try this out if you dig pine bomb IPAs. a very solid brew but i'd take a number of ontario IPAs over this one
Serving type: can
05-22-2014 23:45:49 | More by kevinlater
3.83/5 rDev -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
Serving type: can
05-07-2014 23:15:12 | More by Dna_Infinity
3.41/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Strong IPA, very hoppy (alittle too hoppy honestly), but that's advertised on the box "over the top hop's!".
A - Golden, look's great!
T - very hoppy, if your not into that stay clear. Citrus, and hop's dominate.
M - smooth, for having a high alcohol content you wouldn't know it.
O - Too hoppy for me, but the great appearance and smooth drinkability slightly redeem it, however for the price this is a one time buy.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 12:41:04 | More by DSC1980
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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