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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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 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 patdrive
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.
hops are strong from start through the finish.

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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 Derek69
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanPollock
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 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 DaveBar
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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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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Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of TJBOtt
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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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 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 Derek
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo, 7.2% abv.

A: Hazy copper-amber with an off-white head, good retention, excellent lace.

S: Tangerine and plenty of leafy/grassy hops.

T: Tangerine, grapefruit rind, pine, nectarine, biscuity malt, peach, vanilla, candied pineapple, smooth bitterness, hints of alcohol.

M: Moderate body is smooth with plenty of hop acidity and a nice crisp finish.

D: A great drinker, despite its strength.

Thankfully this isn't another Canadian IPA muddled up with sweet crystal malt. Great stuff.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of NightINgale
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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 SebD
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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