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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 277
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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)

Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from my buddy Jason - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy light beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes. There are also some small particles floating around - but I guess it mentions that it's unfiltered..

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit/orange, pineapple, resin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also lots of resin and some pineapple/oranges. It ends with a quite hoppy bitter aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds.

Overall - This beer walks the line between IPA and DIPA. It reminded me a bit of Dale's Deviant DIPA mixed with a Spearhead Pineapple Pale Ale. While it's not a mind blowing IPA; it has a taste that is enough to keep you interested and well worth a repeat purchase. Good stuff! (933 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- really nice sticky white lacing and film, orange amber colour
S- sticky pine sap and needles with some lemony grapefruit citrus. Very hoppy, with some spicy notes, pepper, and citrus with a tropical twist, some caramel sweetness, very full.
T- some caramel maltiness and a really forward hoppy character. Pine citrus with a mineral edge, really bitter, and a astringent hop dryness on the finish. Potent grapefruit, and a nutty pine character, certainly flavorful.
M- a full body and coating hop character with some slickness, moderate carbonation and it is lively but also quite heavy on the palate, long lingering aftertaste.
O- an intense hoppy ipa. Drinks quite well and delivers a crisp hoppy bite, some of the astringent bitterness can be a bit strong, and I think there are more complex and balanced ipas, this doesn't explode with fruity citrus but has a lot of bitter pine character and some good bitter flavor, the aftertaste is certainly aggressive (964 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to liamt07 for tossing one of these my way. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and a few tiny specks of lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Sweet and malt-forward sugary backdrop, but with a more Scandinavian vibe than the typical English feel of most Canadian pale ales. Some sweet citrus flesh, a touch of grass, and a hint of sharp pine.

T - Taste is again a solid mix of sugar cooke, bread, light citrus, and fairly assertive hop bitterness.

M - Smooth medium body, lower carbonation, somewhat juicy, with plenty of residual hop resins. Lightly sticky in the finish and could stand to be a tad dryer.

D - Drinks more like a European take on an American IPA than an actual American IPA. Still, a definite improvement considering the many mediocre IPAs I've had in Ontario. Would make a solid six-pack offering for a camping trip or weekend at the cottage. (894 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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). (969 characters)

Photo of Groulxsome
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the new bottles, picked up from the brewer today (the first day they were selling the new bottles). The guy working their said they were still botteling for the LCBO wide release. I take it this is as fresh as I can get it. It's 7.1% now, FYI.

Appearance: Copper, with a little orange hue. It's really, really cloudy and, since they advertise as unfiltered, that's perfect. Nice lacing and just a little head that lingers around.

Smell: A complex mix of hops. I get the piny hops first, so it's more in that IPA ballpark that the more fruity one. But then I get some of those fruit undertones (pineapple, maybe some mango) and sweet malt. Great hops, complex without being messy.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and pine with some tropical fruit on the hop-forward opening. A little sweetness and some roasted malt notes, but this is really a hop-focused IPA. It's balanced, overall, between the both, but it's definitely a hop fan's IPA. The bitterness is actually pretty mild, just a little bit of copper and resinous pine. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: I like a carbonation a lot. It's a strong medium and has a little creaminess. Pretty thick with a rewarding alcohol burn. The relatively mild bitterness builds as you drink it into a great mouthfeel.

Overall: What a great IPA! It's got lots of fresh hop character and is nicely balanced. With this hitting the LCBO the competition between Mad Tom and Smashbomb will have a new contendor! Exciting times for Ontario IPAs. (1,471 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: deep amber; hazy due to being unfiltered; thick with good - make that great - retention (lasts until the bitter end)

Aroma: whoa, intense green hops! pine, resin; like it's freshly picked; addictive; hint of citrus

Taste & Mouthfeel: follows the scent - huge, fresh hop flavour; resinous and bitter; bit of a creamy texture and carbonation is spot on; if being unfiltered is providing the smooth mouthfeel, it's a nice touch, but if not, not sure it imparts much taste-wise

Overall: a very powerful IPA that feels great going down and leaves you with enough sense in your tastebuds that everything doesn't taste like hops an hour later (663 characters)

Photo of jmugg
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles from the Amsterdam brewery a couple days ago. Eager to taste this product fresh (I hope).

A: Copper-caramel with a bit of cloudyness and emits a tall, puffy, creamy foam head that takes on a beige appearance. A decent retention with quite a good lacing.

S: Strong citrus in the form of fresh grapefruits and lemon zest, loads of pine, baked bread, bit of caramel, and a general mossy-earthy-damp aroma. Fresh qualities to this with a slight butteryness.

T: Buttered burnt toast with a sweet (cane sugar like) malt backbone. A fair amount of citrus and pine hoppyness, with a more subdued earthy taste. Good but perhaps leaning towards the sweet side more than I'd like, as opposed to exhibiting a more bitter and earthy funky dynamic. Alcohol slightly detectable.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Attractively very oily with a chewy texture.

D: A very nice American IPA and certainly my favourite Amsterdam offering. The sweet factor is perhaps a bit more than I'd like, but I found I was more impressed with this on-tap as it was possibly more balanced. Nonetheless, still a very worthy product that satisfies my IPA cravings. (1,177 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Darcy Mcgee's. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy copper colour. Good carbonation, two fingers of thick light beige head. Great thick rings of lace and a finger of retention. Spot on IPA appearance.

S - Tons of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Resinous hops and caramel.

T - Resinous hops again with that tropical fruit and a caramel note up front.

M - Strong lingering prickly pineapple bitterness at the end of a nice full body and good carbonation.

O/D - Solid IPA. Great in the mouth with a wonderful flavour profile. Good. An IPA I would buy regularily if it was available. (589 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice American IPA that I'd love to see more widely available. Just picked this bottle up at the brewery yesterday.

An orange-hued, hazy amber with off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is very subtle with citrus notes. The flavour is a pleasant surprise, much more powerful than I'd expected from the aroma. Hop-forward with delightful pine and citrus elements. There's a nice base of caramelized malts, but the finish is lingering and very bitter. The bottle lists a 7.1% ABV and it's terrifyingly well hidden!

Definitely a beer I'll seek out again. (561 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber/copper colour, one finger white head, lots of lace left on the glass. Smell is of fresh citrus, some pine, pineapple and grapefruit, light floral scents with a good malty backbone as well. Taste is a mixture of malt and hops, pine, sweet floral notes, some citrus, orange peel and grapefruit, very dry bitterness in the finish. Medium carbonation, lightly syrupy and at points pretty slick, medium to full body. Overall its a pretty good effort that looks and smells really good but fails to deliver in terms of taste but i'm sure this will see some tweaks along the way.

The bottle version in stores is so much better than it was in early days on tap. Much more citrus hop and far less sweet, still has a dry bitterness. Getting a bit of buttered bread in the nose form the bottle. This is solid stuff and the rating is the revised rating from the original 3.48 I gave the draft version. Now a staple IPA in my fridge. (937 characters)

Photo of MartyPuch
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml draught
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on March 24, 2011 in tap at "The Town Crier" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy reddish-brown in the glass with a thin ecru coloured cap. The aroma was citrusy hops, pine, and malt. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grapefruity hops, and caramel. Very enjoyable beer. (371 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hamilton's Winking Judge. The pour was a valiant effort on the part of the bartender, given the drastic change in temperature over the last couple of days, which seemed to be wreaking havoc on their lines. Despite being on tap, the brew came out at around cellar/cask temperature, which was a real treat.

Poured into an unbranded nonic. A pumpkin-coloured brew, slightly murky, amber-russet. Good frothy head, lots of lacing.

Nose is tangerine, grapefruit, soft American hops, pale malts.

An enjoyable IPA that proved to be a tasty companion on a wonderful late spring evening. The hops weren't as full and rich as can be found in Smashbomb or other big IPAs, but certainly they prove to be a formidable opponent in this brew. Finishes long and bitter, with a bit of woodsiness. I think they've amped up the sweetness a little over last years batch, because this one had a great deal more balance.

The pour was, again, a struggle, so the brew had a nice cask feel to it. Low density, moderate to low carboation, sticky texture.

Certainly worthy of mention in the small, but growing annals of Ontario IPAs. With this, and their delightful Spring Bock, Amsterdam is finally proving that it CAN brew the good stuff- keep it coming lads! (1,248 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber with a solid head and nice lacing.

S - Nose is grapefruit and tangerine. Light malt manages to come through as well.

T - Intense, coarse bitterness with a tobacco edge. Big grapefruit pith and just enough balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body. Slightly chewy.

D - Could use a bit more sweetness, but fairly drinkable regardless. (348 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Cask at Volo, after the Cask Days IPA Challenge

A nice copper/amber in colour, dark . Not surprising for a cask ale, a very small froth of bubbles on the top- not really enough to call a head, but it is there nonetheless. Looks pretty nice.

Only really noticeable smell is the hops. I tend to find cask ales do not have a strong aroma, and this is not an exception. The glass initially carried a srong hop whiff, but I found that I could not detect anything beyond that. Nice but not interesting or exciting.

As for taste, there is lots of citrus and "juiceyness" to the taste. Quite a bold and flavourful taste. Bitter at the end. Really quite a nice taste.

Mouthfeel is great. Unsurprisingly, a minimal carbonation coupled with a a soft, smooth body, somewhere between light and medium bodied. Really felt great to roll around the mouth.

Overall, a nice beer, and a pleasant surprise from Amsterdam. This is not a brewery I would have expected to make something particularly enjoyable, to be honest, so I was quite happy with the beer. Really quite a good Ontario IPA. (1,080 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, can't be more than a week and change old. Consumed Jan 4, into a pint glass, 500ml.

Pours a dark orange/red, unfiltered with some haziness in there. Only a finger of head, even given a relatively aggressive pour. A collar and some light head retains, good lacing. Nose is mostly hops, fairly fresh with grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Bit of malt around as well, some toffee. Kicks off with some bitter hops on the tongue, similar fruits to the nose, maybe a slight pineiness too. Long lingering bitterness. Alcohol is sensed in the gullet. Good drink, one of the best I've have from Amsterdam. (622 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the brewery yesterday, so this should be fresh. Pours a copper orange colour with thick white head with some mild lacing around the glass. Head does dissipate, but still leaves a small ring on top of the beer. Smells of really big caramel malt with pine and floral hops. Nice bitterness, lots of sweetness too. Very balanced IPA. The bottle says 7.1% alcohol, I'm not sure if this has changed since this was originally entered. (449 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy orange with a decent amount of foam. Tastes of fruity hops with almost a lemon like finish, but its not a overpowering flavour. Just kinda not what you expect in an IPA. But for being an Ontario IPA, its quite drinkable and no shitty aftertaste in this either. Hey, its always a plus when it doesn't taste like rust. (334 characters)

Photo of StephenRich
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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! (4,246 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a hazy and deep amber orange with brownish, copper hues and two fingers of rocky, cream coloured head. Some lacing sticks to the pint glass. Smell and taste are floral aromas, seaweed, green tea, touch of sulphur, lemon grass, brown sugar, some toasty nuttiness from the caramel malts, and a biting, citric, leafy hop spiciness to end. Medium mouth feel, prickly carbonation, a tad milky, lingering citrus bitterness in the aftertaste, slightly acidic. A straightforward English IPA with a flowery, tannic essence. At 65 IBUs, its more bitter than traditional interpretations of the genre, but that's definitely not a bad thing. Give this a try if you like the style. (704 characters)

Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.