Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPAAmsterdam Boneshaker IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
amsterdambeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
345
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
104
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Ratings: 345 |  Reviews: 95
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 idunno1987
1.96/5  rDev -49%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of TheHammer
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MartyPuch
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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!

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Photo of jmugg
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of JahTurbo
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Too bitter for me. Me. Me. Words.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kgreenlaw
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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