Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA
Amsterdam Brewing Company

Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,309
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3.91 | pDev: 11.51%
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA
Notes: 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 Hoofengooffer
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boneshaker is my most favorite beer ever! It has a strong hop flavor with a smooth bitter taste (how can that be). Plus at 7.1% it demands respect and responsibility these are things most beer manufacturers are afraid to put on the market. On the downside its seems to be getting harder to find, not in the beer stores and at less and less LCBO's.

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Photo of eberesford
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours mid copper with a thinnish head and moderate lacing. Aroma caramel and fruit - slightly piney hops. Flavour: Grassy piney hops over caramel. Bitterness significant but well balanced.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a standard 473 ml Canadian tall boy pint can. The can says 80 ibu and it is really hoppy with a tasty bitterness that I much enjoy. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of Vyacheslav
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Toronto (2018) as bottles. My first review I might edit later with experience, but have to start somewhere...

Too hoppy for my taste, definitely has a pine taste, which reminded me of tonic (& gin too), both of which I don't like, so if you're into those, you may like it more, drank from the bottle so the look rating is just for the label.

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So, will it rattle yer bones? lets find out matey. Poured into a tulip or rich caramel with decent and long lasting collar. Nose is nice of caramel grasses with slight fruity finish. The taste is a very strong IPA given its high ABU. If you are new to IPAs it may overwhelm but personally right up my alley. finishes very strong as well with solid afterbite that dimishes decently. Solid 7+ alochol comtent too. An excellent find here!

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Photo of MichaelGennings
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boneshaker Unfiltered IPA by Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto. 7.1% alc. 88 IBUs.

The beer has a dark golden/copper colour and a thick white head that sticks around. There is also nice glass lacing.

The nose is pine and grapefruit, plus hints of malt. This all transfers to the taste.

The beer is medium bodied with an enjoyable tart and dry finish.

Well done! This is truly a winner.

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Photo of Larryfunnell
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, I really liked this beer, it was a pleasant surprise, since the last Amtsterdam beer I had was probably 10-15 years ago and did not strike me as anything special tat the time.. It reminded me of a radlinger beer, without the addition of citrus juice. I found the grapefruit note overwhelmed the pine, but was nicely balanced by the bitterness. The hops notes linger in the aftertaste. This comes under the heading of one to buy again.

I do note the IBU is now showing as 80 on the can, vs. the 65 in the beer info.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber and cloudy with no carbonation, topped with 4 fingers of yellow-beige head.

Smells of pine, citrus, spruce, oranges, grapefruit pith, and a big garlic, onion dankness.

Tastes of a huge grapefruit bitterness, orange juice, pine, and slightly sweet, with dankness.

Thick and syrupy body, with moderate carbonation.

Got this in the KW area, drinking in Muskoka, Nov 26th, 2017. Excellent, big, dank IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I brought a can of this back from a recent trip to Toronto. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had subtle bitter hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink their is bitter hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a tulip/globe glass.

Orange copper body with a nice glowing appearance. Head is creamy forming with a fine two fingers of bubbles and some small ring and pill like lacing. Colors the top light khaki to off white and a thick bowled collar as it settles.

Nice basic hop angle. Floral and citrus notes, touching with a strong but somewhat sweet pineapple quality. Soft bodied malt presence with light caramel sweetness giving a simple balance. A pretty straight forward and solid brew.

Palate goes for a very nice fruit mix. Hop angle flavorings of citrus orange, and spritzy pineapple like juice making for a very memorable first sip. Mouthfeel comes off strangely slightly flat and with an almost fine carbonation, hinting of fizzy character. Juiced orange finish with a light nearly toffee to caramel sweetness on the finish.

A very odd mouthfeel takes down some of the beers qualities which are otherwise solid. Not bad.

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Photo of jamesd345
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer from Amsterdam! I really like many of their other (lighter) beers and was a bit apprehensive of trying the Boneshaker as I generally don't like heavy beers. I was positively surprised with the relatively easy drinking taste and I have added this beer to my regular rotation.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light amber color- a definite West-Coast appearance here. There's a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This is smells very, very resinous, but dry- with pine, grass, and just a hint of caramel sweetness from the malt.

This works because it finishes so dry- it's exceedingly bitter and palate-crushing, in an awesome way. The malt backbone is noticeable, but is buried well enough under the hops. There's a little bit of grapefruit, and melon here, too- it's a nice mix of flavors.

This is lighter bodied, with a crisp and fairly clean finish, and a lingering bitterness. There's a good level of carbonation.

This was definitely enjoyable- it's a classic West Coast-style bruiser and I dig it.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liked this. Generally, I like Canadian craft. Served with pride at Ritz Carlton Toronto.

A: The beer is a deep golden color, with a creamy, dense off-white half-finger head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma offers earthy hops, citrus, pine, and sweet and inviting caramelized malts.
T: Upfront a juicy and earthy hops bitterness. Next caramel and citrus. then really nice see-saw battle of hops bitter and malt sweet, finishing clean.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body and carbonation. Finish is sticky.
O: Loved it, ordered a second.

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Photo of swim
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A semi-opaque deep amber colour. Full of suspended fine particulate. A small amount of head that receded to a light covering with some lacing.

S: Primarily citrusy aroma. Hints of grapefruit, citrus rind, and toasty spicy floweriness.

T: Similar to the smell but the toasty malt and spicy yeast is more prominent. The hops are herbal, floral, a little piney and citrus rindy. Quite nicely balanced, not too bitter, and the aftertaste is pleasant and not too strong.

F: Nice thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Warming and not too drying.

O: A great IPA with a pleasant and complex flavor that is not super strong and in your face with overpowering hops. Very drinkable for the higher alcohol percentage. Will be keeping this one in mind for later.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First, my can says 80 IBU as opposed to the 65 listed here. Pours a deep golden orange with a tall fluffy off-white head with great retention - makes you wait for it like a good beer should. Aroma dominated by grapefruit, taste follows with a big grapefuit hit up front, with fluffy bready malt there as well, followed by some solid smooth pine flavour as well as some bitter astringency which lingers on the finish. As the glass empties, the smooth malts seem to come out more, mellowing the pine & offering a nice smooth mouthfeel. It's a good IPA which has been around for awhile in Ontario and holds its own with all the options out there these days. To me it stands out as more grapefruity than anything else out there - reminds me of Sculpin & of course Grapefruit Sculpin - & I don't quite enjoy the finish as much as some other IPAs but it's a good one overall & I will enjoy it again.

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Photo of john_hugh7
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +15.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +5.1%
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 +8.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -7.9%
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 +7.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +15.1%
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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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 388 ratings