Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 272
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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 Derek69
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy and impressive IPA, this is what an India Pale Ale is supposed to be. Unfiltered and cloudy, with a noticeable alcoholic content. Just the right amount of head, laces down the glass nicely.

I can see a 6-pack of this stuff not lasting long. If you're looking for a true IPA vs. the mass produced stuff, this is a very good yet still affordable choice. (364 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Canadian IPA. Best I have had here. There are some good ones but this one is GREAT!! Again for Canadian beer. With respect to IPA's around the world this one is pretty good!

A- Nice dark amber colour.

S- Good strong hop smell. Pine. Slight sour I enjoy

T- Excellent! Just as good as a SN or any other mass produced IPA in the US. MMMM Malt! Tremendous malt flavours. Don't expect tame. Good yeastiness. Just a nice hoppy, malty IPA.

M- Excellent!! Same as above

O- Excellent try! Looking forward to more offerings from Amsterdam like this. A 120min would be nice

Keep going on the Canadian IPA's!!! Worth a try.

Thx for reading (645 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (870 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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). (478 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Hazy burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a faint, thin wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Caramel, honeydew melon notes, some pine and grapefruit aromas on the nose. Light floral hops and citrus as well. Medium strength, but well put together.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, a touch of grainy malts, then a pile of hop flavor and bitterness at the swallow. A big aftertaste of grapefruit and citrus lemon, a dose of hop bitterness, and a base of caramel is bold and lingering on the palate, Pretty solid stuff; bold and very well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Bitterness lingers. Very creamy smooth with a nice, bitter-sweet finish. Really good.

OVERALL: This is a really good American style IPA. Lots of hops with a good, solid malt foundation and a nice, creamy smooth feel. Well balanced for sure. This is a top Canadian example of the style and deserves to be ranked hither. Highly recommended. (1,288 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (1,397 characters)

Photo of Maverick25
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is for enthusiast of craft and hombrews. I find novice drinkers do not like it when I crack a bottle. Reminds me of homebrew, on a commercial scale. Great bitter finish, great aroma from the beer, and awesome flavour profile. I really enjoy having a few of these on a summers evening on the patio. (307 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBO in the singles bin. Poured into a pint glass.

Since the internet seems to have gobbled my last attempt at a review, this may be a bit brief.

Appearance - Dark Orange / light brown poured into the glass. Beer is fairly translucent and resting on top is a nice 2.5 finger creamy, foamy off white head. The head recedes a bit to leave a huge creamy cap that stays a while and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Intense hops, piney, citrus, namely grapefruit.

Taste - Hops again dominate, but very strong grapefruit and pine presence. Some lemon in there as well. Very bitter aftertaste, but remains crisp.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich yet still only medium carbonation and medium body. A very nice IPA. Not terribly balanced on the flavor profile (hops dominate), but retains a more balanced mouthfeel, given the richness of the beer despite the astringency from the hops and citrus. Booze is pretty well hidden.

Overall - One of my favorites something that can be enjoyed multiple times in an evening (provided you're not guzzling them) and while not an extreme IPA, it does have significant bite. (1,117 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, light, off-white head that is low profile and clingy. Aromas of biscuits and citrus highlights, with hints of caramel sweetness throughout. Flavors are pretty roasty initially, with a heavy caramel sweet backbone, followed quickly by a bitter, resiny hops profile and tart citrus highlights. Pretty dynamic, and the scales tip slightly towards the malt side, with an underlying bitterness that follows throughout the aftertaste. Rich sweetness balances the pepper spiced and resiny hops that build as you drink. Bitter, drying finish that is slightly astringent, but preparatory for continued drinking. (717 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (1,505 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to cattersley for providing this as part of CanBif2013

A: Pours a clear shade of apricot with big pillowy head with plenty of thick lacing that coats the sides of the glass. Plenty of tiny carbonation streams throughout. Quite a pretty sight.

S: Musky melons, cantaloupe and papaya, together grassy notes, pine resin and caramel sweetness. Slight hints of grapefruit rind in the background.

T: Taste of musky melon, pine resin and citrus rind. Mild lingering bitter finish. Taste is more subtle than the scent.

M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation and finishes with a dry and mildly lingering bitter finish.

O: The highlight of this beer is its appearance. The foamy head never dissipates and it beautifully covers the sides of the glass with thick lacing. As the taste is more subtle than typical west coast IPA's this is a very approachable beer that would work well with food or on its own. (913 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 355ml bottle, poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Pours with a finger/finger and a half of thick, white creamy head, leaving beding a trail of thick lacing all around the glass. The beer is unfiltered and pours a dark orange-red colour.
*Seriously. The lacing is ridiculous.

Smell - Overwhelming grassy notes. And pine. Citrus would feature predominantly in any other beer, but the grass/pine aroma dominates it.

Taste - Pine flavours hit right away. Followed by a massive bitter explosion of goodness. Beer is definitely well hopped. There are light citrus undertones but less than I expected from the nose. The piny/grassy flavour is so massive I'm having a hard time pick out anything else specifically.

Mouthfeel - A decent body. Medium? Maybe even a little heavy for the style. Unobtrusive carbonation. Not shabby. Not shabby at all.

Overall - 4/5 (884 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Unfiltered, orange/copper in colour, off white head. Good lacing, low head retention, keeps a nice thin film on top

S: Some citrus, wet grass, grain/malt, some caramel.

T: Same as the nose with less malt balance.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, good bitter finish.

O: A well balanced IPA for the ABV. Good mouthfeel and good flavours. (343 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, mango with sweet caramelly malts and a touch of breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, not getting much of the pineapple/mango, some piney hops and some sweet bready/caramelly malts .

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (580 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orangy amber colour...very delightful to behold. Decent head

Grapefruit and citrus from the hops...overwhelm on the bouquet.

Wow....hop bomb to rival some of the US greats...punches you in the face and then backs off. Very little malt presence to balance it out. I have no probable with the unbalance but it could get out of hand after a number of glasses. I loved it.

Mouthfeel def heavier in keeping with the higher abv.

Overall this is a fantastic addition to the Canadian beer landscape. Slightly unbalanced and probably not for the uninitiated IPA drinker...but fantastic nonetheless. (612 characters)

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin head that didn't linger or leave any trace.

Smells delicious. Deep, rich malt -- the caramel really stands out -- and some citrus. Something coniferous that reminds of a West-coast IPA, but just a tad off the usual piney resin.

The promise of the scent is delivered early. The malts and hops balance beautifully upon first draught. Getting a honeyed caramel and toffee from the malts. The hops hover delicately with a citrusy, coniferous (notice I don't quite want to say pine) air.

Unfortunately, everything falls apart from here. The hops linger, bitterly on the finish.

I'm getting the feeling that this is an A+ recipe, brewed with A+ expertise and A+ malts but let down by B- hops. Still, this is a noble effort that, if it misses, it only barely misses. Along with beers like Muskoka Mad Tom IPA and Flying Monkey Smashbomb, this kind of endeavor makes me optimistic for the future of the Ontario craft beer industry. (971 characters)

Photo of patdrive
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for a beer with major hoppiness, this is one of my favourites.

great colour - deep copper
well balanced, with lots of flavour to go with the hops.
they went easy on the carbonation, which I appreciate.
caramel
hops are strong from start through the finish. (265 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle...

A - Looks more like an English-style IPA: fairly cloudy, dark copper body with a pretty thin off-white head.

S - Smells like a typical American-style IPA, with enough pine and citrus notes to grab your attention, as well as pretty strong caramel malt scent and even hints of chocolate.

T - The taste is where things get much better than average. Bold, juicy citrus, pine and tropical fruit hop flavours attack the palate, then allowing the malts to shine (hints of toasted bread, caramel, and toffee). At a few months old, the bottle I'm having still packs a very strong hop bite, with lingering pine and grapefruit notes. There is a very nice orange taste that makes this beer somewhat unique.

M - Medium body to it. The level of carbonation is just perfect (noticeable yet not very strong). The beer is very dry, though, so it might not be drinker-friendly for people who can't tolerate high levels of hops.

O - I'm genuinely impressed with this beer. Although it may seem too heavy on the malty side, its well-defined and bold hoppy side is very complex and far from being weak. Will buy this again the next time I'm in Toronto. (1,153 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-amber colour with sediment suspended throughout the glass. Thick and frothy white head that leaves thick lacing as it settles into a thin cap.

Boom! Hops! Thick tangerine citrus, mango and pineapple notes. Warm honey-caramel backing and a sharp bite of pine.

The taste certainly does not lack bitterness. Citrus rind, lemongrass and raw grain flavours are strong and meaty. Roasted caramel malt backing, bitter finish.

Full-bodied with a medium carbonation. The sediment creates a lot of life on the tongue before a viscose oiliness coats the back of the tongue and throat. Bitter citrus remains throughout the aftertaste.

More true to the pacific style than other Ontario brewed American IPA offerings. Very hoppy and very balanced. I prefer another IPA, but this is a fine product with excellent technical execution. (843 characters)

Photo of mmapes
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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: 3.94, 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. (2,600 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty pale amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with light citrus and earthy notes. Taste is dominated by citrus hops with light earthy note and an astringent finish. Malt profile is quite dry though strong enough to back the hops profile. Body was quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed though maybe a tad too astringent for my tastbuds. (466 characters)

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