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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010)
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1.96/5  rDev -49.4%

idunno1987, Nov 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Shmobo, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TheHammer
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

TheHammer, Jun 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

billmuckalt, Sep 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

pixieskid, Oct 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

bigox420, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of StephenRich
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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!

StephenRich, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of MartyPuch
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

MartyPuch, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 16, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

jmugg, Feb 18, 2012
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3.24/5  rDev -16.3%

dolphsexton, Oct 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

dipso123, Nov 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

real_human_bean, Jul 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

AllanWexler, Oct 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

JMBSH, Feb 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

artemh, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

kvgomps, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Lobstertainment, May 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Ham-Nord, Jun 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Orionigel, Aug 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

tom10101, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

drinkininthewood, Aug 27, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 21, 2012
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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.