Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 273
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | 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 headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (184 characters)

Photo of akdo
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This beer is the typical IPA in terms of look. The body has a slightly dark amber colour. Think of a dark honey. However, I have some reservation about the head. It is less than one finger and because of the low carbonation, it dissipates after two minutes, the time one normally takes to visually enjoy the beer before taking a sip. If anything, the head leaves a ring and some sediments on top of the body after its dissipation.

Smell: A mild aroma of citrus. The pine was overpowered by it in the aroma.

Taste: I love the consistency of this beer. It maintains its notes of pine mellowed by a few drops of citrus. At the back end, the notes of pine wood is reinforced. However, the hops' bitterness doesn't explode; it just is stronger as it is about to enter your mouth.

Feel: The beer leaves a little bit of cream on the glass as you drink it. In my mouth, the beer went down moderately fast. Do not expect to experience some heat in your solar plexus after a sip.

Overall: This IPA is well-made. Although I don't mind sensing a little bit of fruitiness on the front end, the Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA respects the style by the book. While this adherence to the guidelines might deprive this beer of a signature, I can see this beer being used as an example of a nice IPA in a brewing school. (1,306 characters)

Photo of timm5
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really has a märzen character to the maltiness of it with grassy, green, slightly herbal hops off-setting this grainy flavor. Pours alright and settles to a film, good lacing. Some potpourri-esque citrus, slightly sticky. Lots of teeny bubbles makes it feel like light+ bodied creamy sandpaper. (299 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with powerful activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of pine, fruits, caramel, citrus, herbal spices. Pleasant piney nose. Strong sharp taste of fruity orange, lemon, grapes and berries with a nice touch of caramel sweetness resulting a well balanced IPA. Slightly grassy and bready.

Slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong and long finish ending with a piney and powerful sour herbal hoppy tongue coat but not too acidic and still pleasant.

Overall a very good craft with harsh sourness while still delicious, great freshness and a well rounded complex and rich flavors. (668 characters)

Photo of SillySir
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: The side of the Boneshaker IPA can tells me that it has pine and citrus flavours. Well, not sure if I really detect the pine flavours, but I do detect bitter grapefruit in the hop. It really does punch you in the face with its hoppy flavours, so if you like bitter beers (and grapefruit!) this beer may suit you well.

Update: as I finish the beer the pine really comes through as it warms.

Appearance: Amber gold with a quickly vanishing head. Moderately cloudy.

Taste: Very bitter, with a finish that lingers, and lingers, and lingers (and lingers!). So much grapefruit.

Palate: Balanced carbonation.

Overall: Very good IPA. (639 characters)

Photo of ghisty
1/5  rDev -73.6%
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* (293 characters)

Photo of Archy
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL

A- Pours hazy (unfiltered) Amber. Good 2 finger head. Pretty good retention.

S- Citrus sweetness with lots of pine notes. Classic West Coast IPA aroma.

T- Citrus sweetness (grapefruit) along with some bready malts. Piney hop notes to finish.

M- Nice beefy body with medium carbonation.

O- Great example of an IPA that I recommend everyone (371 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap at the brewery

Pours a hazy amber with white suds for a head.

Smells of honey and piney floral hops.

Honey and bready malt flavor with piney citrus hops.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent IPA with good flavor and aroma. Nothing super special but decent and enjoyable. (327 characters)

Photo of beersnewb
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Jonathan33373
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Amsterdam Brew House in Toronto.
After the sweet Brown Ale, I couldn't wait for something hoppy.
Poured slightly hazy (obviously unfiltered), amber gold color with a tall head. Good foam retention and some lacing lines.
Aroma of bitter, earthy hops and a bit of citrus.
Taste has lots of citrus or grapefruit-like hops, ends with some earthy pine notes.
Body was fuller than expected, good carbonation, dry finish.
Very nice, this would probably be my go-to from this brewery. (490 characters)

Photo of Lunardr0ne
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

355ml bottle from a 6-pack bought from the LCBO.

A - a little cloudy amber with a bunch of white foam. Stays around for a while, leaves a bit of lacing.

S - tons of pine, a bit of grapefruit in the background, faint sweet malts.

T - pine still dominating, strong grapefruit and some sweeter citrus notes. Malts soon come up and mix with the hops for a long bitter finish.

M - medium body and carbonation. Smooth, can't feel the alcohol at all.

O - Pine is maybe a bit too overpowering for my taste but still a very tasty and drinkable IPA. (544 characters)

Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Smell of fresh hops and pine. In mouth, it's quite light for 7.1 abv. Grapefruit and citrus are dominant with aromas of pine. Very crisp and fresh. Bitterness is moderated with a great citrus zest taste. Great ipa for sunny days. (230 characters)

Photo of TJBOtt
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Often. Usually on tap in a pint glass. Sometimes from a 16 oz can.

Very hoppy. Citrus notes, This is only draft IPA that I have no problem enjoying 4 or 5 of in an evening. (173 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (1,102 characters)

Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of DSC1980
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of swillmeister
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy appearance due to being unfiltered. Warm golden amber colour reminiscent of a good single malt whiskey. cream coloured head, that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing on glass

S. When first poured and head is present, this beer gives off a yeasty, toasty aroma. Smell disappears almost completely when head dissolves.

T. Fruity and a bit tart on the front end. Lingering tastes of grapefruit and cantaloupe melon

M. Light carbonation, makes for an easy quaffing beer (despite the high alcohol content). Five minutes after finishing this beer, the taste continues on.

O. Overall a smooth drinkable strong beer with lots of up front hops and lasting citrus. Great summertime beer. Would definitely buy again. (724 characters)

Photo of RyanPollock
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Canadian IPA!

Appearance- Cloudy, dark amber. Strong malty appearance with a bit of sediment remaining. True unfiltered look.

Smell- Hints of pine and citrus. A strong hop aroma

Taste- Strong and hoppy. The way an IPA should taste. Slight hints of citrus and pine at first but they quickly reveal a full body malt taste.

Mouthfeel- The natural carbonation is excellent which makes the beer surprisingly smooth and drinkable. A strong hop taste remains.

Overall- Great beer that is now widely available thanks to Amsterdam expanding it's brewing capabilities. Anyone looking for a strong tasting beer with a natural hoppy taste will not be disappointed. (668 characters)

Photo of MylesMac
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Red amber to copper in color, pours with a lot of head that settles into 2 to 3 fingers. Good lacing, nice looking beer.

Smell - Lots to offer here. Big piney scent but also some citrus, melon, bread dough and maybe some black pepper.

Taste - Some fruity sweetness in the mouth then the piney hop bitterness cuts through on the swallow. Has a good, long bitter finish. Quite smooth for the alcohol content, wouldn't have guessed it as being as high as it is. Could be dangerous.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dissointed here. I found the body a little light and would have liked a bit more carbonation.

Overall a good IPA. Would definitely drink this one again. (669 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled a bottle snagged off of a "pick six" craft beer wall. I dig the graphics on said bottle. The beer itself doesn't look so bad either ... A toasty honey orange color with ample off-white foam that breaks quite quickly to leave some decent lacing on my pint glass. Some yeast detritus swirls about, as the "unfiltered" tag promises. Odor is very bright and fruity, tons of lemon/lime/orange/yellow grapefruit rind that shows up nicely on the palate. Can taste the Amarillo hops, fresh citrus along with a medicinal character like aspirin or vitamin C chewables. Malts are also nice, a smooth toasted caramel vibe along with a few unexpected coffee notes. Is there aromatic malt in this sucker? Hops and malts in balance. Not particularly piney, I do get a woody bitterness that is only a little resinous, think coniferous dead fall or something. Some peppery spice completes the package. Standard IPA body, a wee bit chewy perhaps. A decent brew. I appreciated the fresh citrus and darker malt flavors, a combo that can clash but this one does not overdo the latter, leaving everything in sync and tasty. Look elsewhere if you like massive pine resin and tropical fruit. (1,175 characters)

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.