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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

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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 portia99
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a medium orangey amber color with a huge, dense, 3 finger pillow of cream colored foam that shows endless staying power. Finally, after several minutes, it falls leaving behind tons of webby lace on the glass.

S - Very fruity, estery aroma up front...citrusy oranges, mild sweet grapefruit, caramel maltiness.

T - Bitter up front, a bit metallic, still lots of estery fruitiness,, more citrus - grapefruit especially, earthy and caramelly malt at the base.

M - A bit watery in body, quite high carbonation...Perrier like in feel. Earthy with bitter hops that linger past the swallow.

O - Overall, not bad. Solid but lacking in complexity. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic. date code almost completely smudged off but i remember reading the other cans in stock at the LCBO and it was like D0114 or something so i'm gonna guess that means they were canned on april 1, 2014. enjoyed on may 22, 2014

a: clear copper with tons of floating particles. two fingers of head

s: big pine and tropical fruit notes up front. grapefruit and orange peel afterwards. caramel malt on the back end. nice

t: follows the nose. extremely dank pine up front, followed by modest grapefruit, orange, slight lemon, and big pineapple notes. the bitterness kicks in a bit too early. the malt backbone introduces itself mid-palate and hangs around for quite a while, becoming tastier as the beer warms, though the finish is still bitter and dry with lingering pine from early in the tasting. somewhat unbalanced but the flavours are very nice

m: medium-bodied, very creamy. great carbonation

o: the top of the can reads "over the top hops" and that's far from a lie. try this out if you dig pine bomb IPAs. a very solid brew but i'd take a number of ontario IPAs over this one

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to glass

Appearance - Pours a cloudy farm orange/amber colour with a great white head that leaves great lacing

Smell - Pine and citrus smells. Hops really come through

Taste - Hoppy, pine, citrus, grapefruit, alcohol is smooth. All the flavours are really well blended together. One doesn't overpower the other.

Overall - Good beer and a well balanced IPA. Nothing special but not bad by any means

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Photo of DSC1980
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Strong IPA, very hoppy (alittle too hoppy honestly), but that's advertised on the box "over the top hop's!".

A - Golden, look's great!

T - very hoppy, if your not into that stay clear. Citrus, and hop's dominate.

M - smooth, for having a high alcohol content you wouldn't know it.

O - Too hoppy for me, but the great appearance and smooth drinkability slightly redeem it, however for the price this is a one time buy.

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Photo of swillmeister
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy appearance due to being unfiltered. Warm golden amber colour reminiscent of a good single malt whiskey. cream coloured head, that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing on glass

S. When first poured and head is present, this beer gives off a yeasty, toasty aroma. Smell disappears almost completely when head dissolves.

T. Fruity and a bit tart on the front end. Lingering tastes of grapefruit and cantaloupe melon

M. Light carbonation, makes for an easy quaffing beer (despite the high alcohol content). Five minutes after finishing this beer, the taste continues on.

O. Overall a smooth drinkable strong beer with lots of up front hops and lasting citrus. Great summertime beer. Would definitely buy again.

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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 MylesMac
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Red amber to copper in color, pours with a lot of head that settles into 2 to 3 fingers. Good lacing, nice looking beer.

Smell - Lots to offer here. Big piney scent but also some citrus, melon, bread dough and maybe some black pepper.

Taste - Some fruity sweetness in the mouth then the piney hop bitterness cuts through on the swallow. Has a good, long bitter finish. Quite smooth for the alcohol content, wouldn't have guessed it as being as high as it is. Could be dangerous.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dissointed here. I found the body a little light and would have liked a bit more carbonation.

Overall a good IPA. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled a bottle snagged off of a "pick six" craft beer wall. I dig the graphics on said bottle. The beer itself doesn't look so bad either ... A toasty honey orange color with ample off-white foam that breaks quite quickly to leave some decent lacing on my pint glass. Some yeast detritus swirls about, as the "unfiltered" tag promises. Odor is very bright and fruity, tons of lemon/lime/orange/yellow grapefruit rind that shows up nicely on the palate. Can taste the Amarillo hops, fresh citrus along with a medicinal character like aspirin or vitamin C chewables. Malts are also nice, a smooth toasted caramel vibe along with a few unexpected coffee notes. Is there aromatic malt in this sucker? Hops and malts in balance. Not particularly piney, I do get a woody bitterness that is only a little resinous, think coniferous dead fall or something. Some peppery spice completes the package. Standard IPA body, a wee bit chewy perhaps. A decent brew. I appreciated the fresh citrus and darker malt flavors, a combo that can clash but this one does not overdo the latter, leaving everything in sync and tasty. Look elsewhere if you like massive pine resin and tropical fruit.

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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 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 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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Photo of leaddog
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a medium copper hue with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Piney hops, pine resin, grapefruit rind, sweet bready malts.

Taste - There is some bitterness from the piney hops, but not the level I expected (less in strength). Sweet bready malts and grapefruit also chirp in.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An IPA that has the right elements in place, but the hops do not play up to their part (falls a little flat).

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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 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 Maverick25
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is for enthusiast of craft and hombrews. I find novice drinkers do not like it when I crack a bottle. Reminds me of homebrew, on a commercial scale. Great bitter finish, great aroma from the beer, and awesome flavour profile. I really enjoy having a few of these on a summers evening on the patio.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from the LCBO. no bb dates. Served in a Breughel snifter.

A- Clear amber color with a thick head of soapy foam. Lot of big bubbles surfacing. Sticky lace. ( A bottle i had a few months ago was more Hazy )

S- Citrusy hops, a touch of grass, and some malt sweetness in the nose.

T- hop resins up front with flavors of citrus and pine present with an earthy almost nutty character mid palate with toasty malt flavors of bread and caramel sweetness noticed throughout the beer, and a touch of stone fruit as well. The finish is dry with hop bitterness lingering.

M- Medium bodied beer with nice carbonation. Actually left my lips a little sticky.

D- The beers weight and carbonation make it go down quite smooth yet the ABV is a little higher than usual for an IPA...Which may not be a bad thing ; )

Overall i enjoy this beer and respect the pricetag also ( $12.95 x 6 ). The beer claims to have "Over the top hops" which is not the case, in fact i find quite the opposite sometimes. The beer has a nice malty back-bone that i really enjoy yet this beer seem to lack consistency. Its either Hoppy or Malty. And in some instance can taste quite different from time to time.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBO in the singles bin. Poured into a pint glass.

Since the internet seems to have gobbled my last attempt at a review, this may be a bit brief.

Appearance - Dark Orange / light brown poured into the glass. Beer is fairly translucent and resting on top is a nice 2.5 finger creamy, foamy off white head. The head recedes a bit to leave a huge creamy cap that stays a while and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Intense hops, piney, citrus, namely grapefruit.

Taste - Hops again dominate, but very strong grapefruit and pine presence. Some lemon in there as well. Very bitter aftertaste, but remains crisp.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich yet still only medium carbonation and medium body. A very nice IPA. Not terribly balanced on the flavor profile (hops dominate), but retains a more balanced mouthfeel, given the richness of the beer despite the astringency from the hops and citrus. Booze is pretty well hidden.

Overall - One of my favorites something that can be enjoyed multiple times in an evening (provided you're not guzzling them) and while not an extreme IPA, it does have significant bite.

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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 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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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to cattersley for providing this as part of CanBif2013

A: Pours a clear shade of apricot with big pillowy head with plenty of thick lacing that coats the sides of the glass. Plenty of tiny carbonation streams throughout. Quite a pretty sight.

S: Musky melons, cantaloupe and papaya, together grassy notes, pine resin and caramel sweetness. Slight hints of grapefruit rind in the background.

T: Taste of musky melon, pine resin and citrus rind. Mild lingering bitter finish. Taste is more subtle than the scent.

M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation and finishes with a dry and mildly lingering bitter finish.

O: The highlight of this beer is its appearance. The foamy head never dissipates and it beautifully covers the sides of the glass with thick lacing. As the taste is more subtle than typical west coast IPA's this is a very approachable beer that would work well with food or on its own.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 355ml bottle, poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Pours with a finger/finger and a half of thick, white creamy head, leaving beding a trail of thick lacing all around the glass. The beer is unfiltered and pours a dark orange-red colour.
*Seriously. The lacing is ridiculous.

Smell - Overwhelming grassy notes. And pine. Citrus would feature predominantly in any other beer, but the grass/pine aroma dominates it.

Taste - Pine flavours hit right away. Followed by a massive bitter explosion of goodness. Beer is definitely well hopped. There are light citrus undertones but less than I expected from the nose. The piny/grassy flavour is so massive I'm having a hard time pick out anything else specifically.

Mouthfeel - A decent body. Medium? Maybe even a little heavy for the style. Unobtrusive carbonation. Not shabby. Not shabby at all.

Overall - 4/5

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Photo of Kremlock
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Unfiltered, orange/copper in colour, off white head. Good lacing, low head retention, keeps a nice thin film on top

S: Some citrus, wet grass, grain/malt, some caramel.

T: Same as the nose with less malt balance.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, good bitter finish.

O: A well balanced IPA for the ABV. Good mouthfeel and good flavours.

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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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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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