Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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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:
343
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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16
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103
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Ratings: 343 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at C'est What Spring Festival. Hoppy aromas. Giant grpaefruit flavours. Above-average mouthfeel. Very fresh and decent drinkability. Amsterdam shows what it can do in a small batch, and one of the winners of this festival. Understated carbonation, but good balance with caramel malts, so that about 50-60 IBU came through nicely balanced.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, light, off-white head that is low profile and clingy. Aromas of biscuits and citrus highlights, with hints of caramel sweetness throughout. Flavors are pretty roasty initially, with a heavy caramel sweet backbone, followed quickly by a bitter, resiny hops profile and tart citrus highlights. Pretty dynamic, and the scales tip slightly towards the malt side, with an underlying bitterness that follows throughout the aftertaste. Rich sweetness balances the pepper spiced and resiny hops that build as you drink. Bitter, drying finish that is slightly astringent, but preparatory for continued drinking.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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).

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boneshaker looks turbid and agitated; tones of sandy brown and pumpkin orange have been tossed about, the clarity has been upset by a ruffling haze and its surface is lined with fully roused, well churned carbonation. It looks like the bottle was physically shaken before opening. Knowing that's not the case, I'm impressed with how fomented this looks.

The aroma honors all of the harshly bitter and scathingly acidic character of fruits like grapefruit and orange without advertising much (if any) of their bright flavours and lush juiciness. It is intensely pithy, a sensation compounded by a stunted, but belligerent, amount of alcohol. No malts have the strength or courage to stand in the hops' way.

You never really can seem to shake off that stunted, but intently belligerent, dose of alcohol. On certain sips it fuses with the citric hoppiness to make for a kind of spicy, almost fusel-like sting in the mouthfeel. The hops' dry pithiness is kept afloat by a kind of graham cracker, sponge-cake like maltiness that dilutes all those seething, bitter alpha-acids. Still, the impression left on the palate is roughly leafy, citric and herbal.

I like my IPAs to taste like some kind of lychee, orange, pineapple, grapefruit martini and, gosh darned, it must finally be happy hour here in Toronto. The best part about this beer isn't even its hoppiness - which, frankly, I actually find astringent - but rather the relief of not having to chew your way through mounds of thick caramel malts to get to it.

Good on Amsterdam for telling the world we Canadians aren't all smiles and sunshine and that, from time to time, we are capable of making an aggressive, obnoxiously hopped beer. Nothing about this says politeness, refinement or complaisance - it doesn't try to be affable and, indeed, to most drinkers it won't be. Which, in short, is why it's good.

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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 spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 22/10/13

A hazy dark brownish orange, not enough clarity to see many bubbles but there's enough for a well sustained finger of foam that leaves a thick ring followed by some random patches

S lots of rind and caramel, I get a little pine and booze, has some herbal tea and orange creamsicle

T much like the nose but even more rind if that was possible, some bready malt and dry cereal, a little malty for the style but its passable

M has some body and enough bubbles to give it some life, a little grit and bitter enough to please, rind lingers strong

O OK but not all that exciting, could use some more hops to be honest or perhaps I grabbed a faded bottle but I doubt that;s the case as this is new to Alberta

not a bad beer but on the same shelf for the same price as Red Racer I doubt I'll be drinking this again anytime soon

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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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