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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA

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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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Photo of ghisty
1/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

had this canned. pouring it was similar to a snowglobe
chunks of yeast and sediment. smelled good. but theres no way
its supposed to be chunky. sadly it went in the sink.
not sure if i will be buying it again.
had to settle for the only other brew in the fridge...
coors light.
*shakes head*

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Photo of TheHammer
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Uhh...poured with a half finger of head that immediately vanished and did not lace nor retain. The brown body shows weak carbonation, although it's hard to tell amongst the overwhelming amount of sediment that's present, that gives the beer the appearance of having dirt thrown into it. In a word, eww.

Smell: Orange citrus hops dominate the nose, with touches of pine, caramel malt and grapefruit. Warming helps it out slightly, and for the most part it doesn't give the impression that it's going to be overwhelmingly hoppy.

Taste: Well it starts appreciably mild and caramel malt is backed by a slight orange taste and then the hops hit you like a punch to the face. They all kinda gang up at the same time, and don't so much fight each other as blend into one giant hit to the tongue, as the carbonation further accents the kick,

Mouthfeel: The carbonation serves the hops well, but not the starting malt. The hop oil clings with a vengeance but thankfully leaves a nice orange/grapefruit aftertaste. It's an odd beast, and I think the sediment is making it taste a bit thicker. Odd, but the good balances out the bad.

Drinkability: Surprisingly gassy, I guess the carbonation needs to go somewhere. it's on the heavier end of medium bodied, and isn't quite as dry as I'd expect an IPA to be.

Final Thoughts: Not an especially good experience for me, and it certainly was no Smashbomb Atomic. I dunno, I can't really recommend it and I really don't have a lot to say about it. Sorry.

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Photo of MartyPuch
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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Photo of StephenRich
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Amsterdam Brewery started out as a brewpub in Toronto in 1985, the first of its kind here. Since then is has evolved to a fully operation brewery servicing Ontario and the surrounding markets. I have also been around since 1985, but I have never had a beer like this from Amsterdam. I am used to their Frambroise, the Nut Brown, Blonde, or their seasonal Pomegranate Wheat. Even their recent Oranje Weisse was very familiar; all in the 5% range, none of them really taking any chances - each of these beers are very politically acceptable we'll say.

The Boneshake though, this is a very different story. Amsterdam is calling it an Unfiltered India Pale Ale, however I would more appropriately call it a Double IPA. It is 7.1% abv, and packs a bitter punch that could not be rivaled by a case of any of their other beers. That being said, I was very excited to try this. I love it when breweries stop focusing on what the market thinks they want, and brewers just brew. The Americans have been doing it for years, and with huge success! In a market which is declining in the U.S., craft beer continues to increase in sales. I'm about to see if Amsterdam has caught onto the idea.

The Boneshaker is a limited production run with only 80 cases being produced and sold directly out of the Brewery's on-location stone. It comes in a 500 ml bottle with a very old fashioned style label depicting a skeleton riding a rather rickety looking bicycle. I'm not sure what the IBU's (International Bitter Units) are on this beer, but they are definitely higher than any beer they have produced before.

Immediately this beer made me smile - with a gentle pour down a tall Amsterdam glass it build a densely fogy amber down beer with a lush, creamy, and tightly carbonated 2 to 3 inch pillowy head. The foam was a touch off-white resting perfectly with superb retention on top of a glowing red brick beer. Hints of golden orange and copper shine through the edges with a smooth haze. This beer stood tall and proud just perfectly in the glass; absolutely a gorgeous double IPA.

The nose bring a big rush of bitterness upfront and hints at citrus and spice. It is very raw bitter right away with almost a lack of flavor aromas. Slowly though you can pick up grapefruit peel, including the white bitter rind. It shows a floral and herbal freshness with a touch of sweet malt - but the overbearing sensation here is a raw and potent bitterness.

The initial taste greatly reflects the aroma. The first cool wave of beer pours over your palate easily with mildly creamy carbonation, but brings a thick wave of bitterness and hops. More just the bitter sensation though. The hops are somewhat subdued right now, but as the beer warms up greater freshness and citrus peel becomes apparent. Grapefruit, lemon and lime show their place, and again the faint notes of herbal freshness comes in. There is a touch of white pepper in the background and the roundness of whole hops.

Malt sweetness does shows up a bit more now was the beer nears cellar temperature; its brings a lightly caramel and sugary sweetness in the back that gently rolls off your tongue and really hits you in the cheeks. The malt, citrus, and herbal flavors here all are in the background of the beer though, the overpowering sensation is this very rich, but very raw bitterness. I was actually really enjoying by now, halfway through the beer - but for the regular Amsterdam Beer drinkers it may be too much to fast.

Its as if all the hops went into the kettle right away for bittering, but none if any were added close to the end for flavor or aroma (the longer a hop remains in the boil the more bitter it becomes, and less actual flavor remains). This does all help to create a massively quenching beer that finishes dry and tart, with an aggressive bitter end that lingers. I could still feel the bitter 30 minutes later on my palate.

To me the Boneshaker is just unbalanced right now and has become very one sided. A bigger malt backbone needs to be present to balance the bitterness, and some fresh aroma hops needs to be added so that the only bitter here isn't just raw sensation of power. Overall a great start by the Amsterdam team, I will be excited to see what comes of this!

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Photo of jmugg
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange and slightly cloudy.

Nose: Hoppy (of course). Malt, with hints of citrus.

Taste: Hops, bitter with a bitter aftertaste. I can taste two hop flavours on the start and in the finish, but cannot place them, but kind of cool variation.

This beer was what I would expect a double IPA to be, but I was kind of underwhelmed by it.

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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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Photo of CHickman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and thick rings as it went down. A great looking beer from the bottle.

Smells of floral hops, graham cracker, husk, piney hops, spruce tips, yeast and a lot of earthy accents. Not very hoppy, more malty, skunky and earthy.

Tastes of sweet malt, toasted grains, graham cracker, piney hops, light grapefruit, dry yeast, chalk, wheat bread and some orange peel. More like a malty English pale ale, it's not very hoppy nor similar to an American IPA in the flavor department. This was a tame IPA at best.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery with little to no carbonation, a medium body and a grainy, chalky finish that had a very mild bitterness.

Overall a dull and below average IPA which to me was the opposite of how it is described on the bottle (using a lot of hops in a boil process the same as Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA).

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from the LCBO. no bb dates. Served in a Breughel snifter.

A- Clear amber color with a thick head of soapy foam. Lot of big bubbles surfacing. Sticky lace. ( A bottle i had a few months ago was more Hazy )

S- Citrusy hops, a touch of grass, and some malt sweetness in the nose.

T- hop resins up front with flavors of citrus and pine present with an earthy almost nutty character mid palate with toasty malt flavors of bread and caramel sweetness noticed throughout the beer, and a touch of stone fruit as well. The finish is dry with hop bitterness lingering.

M- Medium bodied beer with nice carbonation. Actually left my lips a little sticky.

D- The beers weight and carbonation make it go down quite smooth yet the ABV is a little higher than usual for an IPA...Which may not be a bad thing ; )

Overall i enjoy this beer and respect the pricetag also ( $12.95 x 6 ). The beer claims to have "Over the top hops" which is not the case, in fact i find quite the opposite sometimes. The beer has a nice malty back-bone that i really enjoy yet this beer seem to lack consistency. Its either Hoppy or Malty. And in some instance can taste quite different from time to time.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its good to see another hoppy IPA coming out of Ontario. I remember a few years ago the only one really was Scotch Irish IPA, and before that there was none. Keep em coming guys!

Flashy branding on the bottle with a big blurb about how hoppy this is, yet curiously, no mention of hops used or IBUs. The pour reveals a dark amber liquid with lots of suspended particles. The head starts off foamy and rocky but quickly recedes to a dish soap film that leaves almost no lace behind. The aroma is light with some wet grains, caramel, grapefruit and pine, not overly hoppy. Citrusy hops and bitterness mix with a fruity, toasty malt character and a wiff of acetaldehyde green apple. The mouthfeel is light and low in carbonation with a chalky feel. Long bitterness in the finish.

This is a good IPA, but the malt profile could be held back a bit and yeast flavors could be cleaner. Still, very nice, and I will buy it again.

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Photo of beerluvr
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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Photo of Archy
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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Photo of DSC1980
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | 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

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Photo of leaddog
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a medium copper hue with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Piney hops, pine resin, grapefruit rind, sweet bready malts.

Taste - There is some bitterness from the piney hops, but not the level I expected (less in strength). Sweet bready malts and grapefruit also chirp in.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An IPA that has the right elements in place, but the hops do not play up to their part (falls a little flat).

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fully acknowledging that I'm in the minority on this one, but I find Boneshaker to have a pretty intense "bile"-type flavour profile that makes drinking it a somewhat mixed bag for me.

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Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mmapes
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Carlsberg glass (that was all we had). It pours deep orange gold, and is fairly cloudy. Full head lasts a very long time. First sip: strong IPA, seems to have a heavier body than some. Not bad.

Later sips, the "unfiltered" body stands out more, and rounds out the bright hoppy notes nicely. Has a medium sweetness that also plays well in the mix. The longer I drink it the better I like it.

This one came in trade from a local Ontarian, and since then I've had other locals recommend it. May be my favorite IPA in Ontario so far.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 22/10/13

A hazy dark brownish orange, not enough clarity to see many bubbles but there's enough for a well sustained finger of foam that leaves a thick ring followed by some random patches

S lots of rind and caramel, I get a little pine and booze, has some herbal tea and orange creamsicle

T much like the nose but even more rind if that was possible, some bready malt and dry cereal, a little malty for the style but its passable

M has some body and enough bubbles to give it some life, a little grit and bitter enough to please, rind lingers strong

O OK but not all that exciting, could use some more hops to be honest or perhaps I grabbed a faded bottle but I doubt that;s the case as this is new to Alberta

not a bad beer but on the same shelf for the same price as Red Racer I doubt I'll be drinking this again anytime soon

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Photo of Jonathan33373
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big IPA fan. I imagine if you are then this beer is as good as they come. I found this beer to be quite bitter although it does look cool in the glass. I probably wouldn't drink this beer again as tempting as the alcohol percentage is, its just not my cup of tea as it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The artwork is super cool and it does feel like a mans drink, if your into that sort of thing. I would drink it over nothing at all, but I would prefer a budweiser over this beer any day. I can see the intrigue though. I definitely disagree with the BA score of 87 and I am thinking it should be around a 72, but I could see myself enjoying this beer on a hot summer day by the lake.

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Photo of portia99
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a medium orangey amber color with a huge, dense, 3 finger pillow of cream colored foam that shows endless staying power. Finally, after several minutes, it falls leaving behind tons of webby lace on the glass.

S - Very fruity, estery aroma up front...citrusy oranges, mild sweet grapefruit, caramel maltiness.

T - Bitter up front, a bit metallic, still lots of estery fruitiness,, more citrus - grapefruit especially, earthy and caramelly malt at the base.

M - A bit watery in body, quite high carbonation...Perrier like in feel. Earthy with bitter hops that linger past the swallow.

O - Overall, not bad. Solid but lacking in complexity. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of timm5
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought 24 x 473ml brown cans with skeleton riding the bone shaker bike.
Maybe it was drinking from can, but sensed a slight metallic taste. Initial few times drinking this beer I was disappointed with the taste. Maybe not as sweet as NW IPAs? But during the week I got used to it. Also find the 7.1% goes down smooth until the last few ounces are pretty harsh. Unnecessary. Could/should be a 5% beer. Anyway, felt good knowing it was brewed within a few miles if where I was staying and I wish them the best of luck.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big head that is rather long lived and gives up lots of lace. Hazy dark amber colour with plenty of small particles floating around in it (unfiltered, not gone bad). A pretty decent looking beer.

Nose dominated by grapefruit hops and drinks the same way. Malty sweet up front, but very quickly gives way to a very strong flavour of grapefruit rind - tasty, but not to all tastes. Finishes with strong citrus bitterness.

Decent enough, but a little one-dimensional.

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Photo of mintjellie
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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Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6pk bottles purchased fresh at the LCBO

A- Dark orange slightly hazy pour with a half finger, short lived off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Bright citrus and tropical fruits, slight pine and a sweet malt backing.

T- Pine and citrus bitterness up front, a touch of strawberry and tropical fruits. There is a sweet malt backing and a touch of brown sugar.

M- Light bodied, juicy than dry with good carbonation.

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