Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

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

Added by Sammy on 05-31-2010

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 340
Photo of john_hugh7
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy brown
S: Hops jump right onto the nose.
T: Bitter and hoppy but balanced. Very impressive for an IPA that's 65 IBU's
F: Balanced and drinkable for an IPA

Must try!

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Photo of Seducer_McCoon
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Had this in Toronto about a year ago and found it here recently, drank out of a snifter. Great aroma of pine and citrus. Excellent hoppy flavour that uses an excellent variety malts to cover up some of the bitterness to make this a great drink at anytime.

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Photo of mokeefe11
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hint of copper, filtered. On tap in Toronto at Loose Goose. Good but not awesome. Resinous after taste makes you know it's an IPA but that it might be trying too hard. Give it a try and welcome any disagreement.

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Photo of johanschmidt
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange-y brown colour, with an average sized head. It's very bitter, and I'll admit the first time I had this I found it far too bitter, but coming back to it, it is actually quite good. If you like a strong bitter beer (that somehow still tastes somewhat light at 7.1%) with loads of hops, this is one for you.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange body, hazy, with off white head and lots of lacing. The nose is resin and pine, lemon and zest, and the taste follows, bringing a caramel and honeyed note to the middle. The close is snappy bitter. A full hop smack, and a well done one at that.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong earthy hops bitterness. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a tallboy into a nonic. Pours a modestly hazy dark cinnamon amber with a fairly good off white tight-foamy head, with good lacing. Nose is caramel, heavy herbal and flowery hops, and some orange peel and general citrus notes. Taste follows...and then it has a nice earthy piney bitterness at the end. Overall, while it has some citrus, it is on the dirty/earthy side of things. Pretty substantial even heavy feel. This has plenty of good doesn't all come together well enough to really stand out.

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Photo of ADicerni
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look. Translucent amber in colour with chill haze due to not being filtered. Off white to cream short head with some lacing.
Smell. Slightly spicy sweet malty aroma with some citrus.
Taste. Nice malt flavour. Bitter with citrus rinds, maybe a little spicy or peppery.
Feel. Medium body. Initially feels crisp with a lingering oily feel.
Overall I like the crispness in the mouth and the explosion of hops in the mouth after the first swallow. The aroma comes out more in the mouth than the nose.

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Photo of beersareonme
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply put this is a great IPA. If you like a citrus, bitter & crisp then this is for you. Classic west-coast style IPA that is high in IBU, high in flavour & has a great finish. Must must must try!!!

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Photo of fortyfield
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite IPA. Terrific juicy tropical and citrusy hop taste combined with a beautiful malty caramel backbone. Thick enough body to make it very enjoyable but not so thick that it's unsessionable. And of course, the 7.1% ABV is completely hidden. Being more of a malty beer fan myself, I strongly recommend this to other malty beer fans looking for a new IPA.

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Photo of mylespetro
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a foggy copper colour, with a finger and a half of off-white head that dissipates very slowly.
S - Hops, citrus, malts. Slight buttered bread notes.
T - Big and bitter upfront, goes down fairly smooth with a surprisingly clean aftertaste considering it's an unfiltered beer. Hints of citrus.
M - Lively carbonation, with a slight grittyness from being unfiltered. Not unpleasant in the least.
O - A damn good example of an unfiltered IPA.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy deep amber with 2 fingers head that faded fast leaving a light film over the top. Some seditment in the bottom and what looks light light carbonation

Aroma - I'm getting some light sweet malts, odd for any ipa ive smelled fresh bread. Citrus hops ( orange peel grape fruit) and some pine.

Taste - sweet malts, orange peel grape fruit, then pine bitterness, finishes rather dry.

Mouth feel - Creamy slick medium body, moderate carbonation, Dry lasting finish.

Overall - This was a little different from other IPA's ive tasted as of recently, and not in a bad way. It brought some aromas im used to from belgian brews but still was strong and hoppy on the tongue. Definitely an interesting experience and something I will drink again.

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Photo of CHickman
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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 headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 akdo
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of timm5
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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 TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 TheBierdimpfe
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SillySir
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ghisty
1/5  rDev -74%
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 Archy
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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 PorterPro125
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of beersnewb
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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