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

Pours a nice hazy orangy amber colour...very delightful to behold. Decent head

Grapefruit and citrus from the hops...overwhelm on the bouquet.

Wow....hop bomb to rival some of the US greats...punches you in the face and then backs off. Very little malt presence to balance it out. I have no probable with the unbalance but it could get out of hand after a number of glasses. I loved it.

Mouthfeel def heavier in keeping with the higher abv.

Overall this is a fantastic addition to the Canadian beer landscape. Slightly unbalanced and probably not for the uninitiated IPA drinker...but fantastic nonetheless.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin head that didn't linger or leave any trace.

Smells delicious. Deep, rich malt -- the caramel really stands out -- and some citrus. Something coniferous that reminds of a West-coast IPA, but just a tad off the usual piney resin.

The promise of the scent is delivered early. The malts and hops balance beautifully upon first draught. Getting a honeyed caramel and toffee from the malts. The hops hover delicately with a citrusy, coniferous (notice I don't quite want to say pine) air.

Unfortunately, everything falls apart from here. The hops linger, bitterly on the finish.

I'm getting the feeling that this is an A+ recipe, brewed with A+ expertise and A+ malts but let down by B- hops. Still, this is a noble effort that, if it misses, it only barely misses. Along with beers like Muskoka Mad Tom IPA and Flying Monkey Smashbomb, this kind of endeavor makes me optimistic for the future of the Ontario craft beer industry.

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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 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 CAMRAhardliner
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its good to see another hoppy IPA coming out of Ontario. I remember a few years ago the only one really was Scotch Irish IPA, and before that there was none. Keep em coming guys!

Flashy branding on the bottle with a big blurb about how hoppy this is, yet curiously, no mention of hops used or IBUs. The pour reveals a dark amber liquid with lots of suspended particles. The head starts off foamy and rocky but quickly recedes to a dish soap film that leaves almost no lace behind. The aroma is light with some wet grains, caramel, grapefruit and pine, not overly hoppy. Citrusy hops and bitterness mix with a fruity, toasty malt character and a wiff of acetaldehyde green apple. The mouthfeel is light and low in carbonation with a chalky feel. Long bitterness in the finish.

This is a good IPA, but the malt profile could be held back a bit and yeast flavors could be cleaner. Still, very nice, and I will buy it again.

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Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel-amber colour with sediment suspended throughout the glass. Thick and frothy white head that leaves thick lacing as it settles into a thin cap.

Boom! Hops! Thick tangerine citrus, mango and pineapple notes. Warm honey-caramel backing and a sharp bite of pine.

The taste certainly does not lack bitterness. Citrus rind, lemongrass and raw grain flavours are strong and meaty. Roasted caramel malt backing, bitter finish.

Full-bodied with a medium carbonation. The sediment creates a lot of life on the tongue before a viscose oiliness coats the back of the tongue and throat. Bitter citrus remains throughout the aftertaste.

More true to the pacific style than other Ontario brewed American IPA offerings. Very hoppy and very balanced. I prefer another IPA, but this is a fine product with excellent technical execution.

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Photo of mmapes
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Carlsberg glass (that was all we had). It pours deep orange gold, and is fairly cloudy. Full head lasts a very long time. First sip: strong IPA, seems to have a heavier body than some. Not bad.

Later sips, the "unfiltered" body stands out more, and rounds out the bright hoppy notes nicely. Has a medium sweetness that also plays well in the mix. The longer I drink it the better I like it.

This one came in trade from a local Ontarian, and since then I've had other locals recommend it. May be my favorite IPA in Ontario so far.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange colour. Slight haze. Thin cap of retentive, lacy head. Aroma is toast, light pine, and even lighter citrus. On the sip, toasted biscuit and grapefruit pith, turning to citrus fruit midpalate, finishing with a firm leafy bitterness. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Resinous. Good flavour and killer mouthfeel more than make up for the underpowered aroma. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from the LCBO. This is one that I've been hearing good things about for a while, and really wanted to try - but I just couldn't find it anywhere locally. This particular six pack is only in my possession because of a chance pit stop in Vaughan.

Pours a cloudy amber-copper colour, topped with one finger of frothy, off white-coloured head that fizzles away disappointingly quickly. At least it has the courtesy to leave a coat of sticky lacing behind, and a decent cap/collar on the surface. Enjoyable aroma with plenty of prominent fruity hop notes; lemon zest, orange/grapefruit citrus rinds and pine resin definitely come to mind, underlain by a caramel malt backbone.

It definitely tastes as hoppy as it smells, if not moreso - definitely rather astringent, and clearly made to appeal to hopheads. Brown sugar and bready malts provide a subtle backdrop for the various hop flavours to showcase their stuff - including pine resin, grapefruit rind, orange peel, and maybe even a hint of pineapple. Finishes with a pleasant, piney bitterness that lingers on the palate well into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a smooth feel in the mouth due to the restrained carbonation levels.

Definitely a solid IPA, and probably the best Amsterdam brew I've yet tried. It's not much of a session beer, though - two bottles a night would be my max, due to the palate-scrubbing astringent bitterness, and the fairly high abv (by Ontario IPA standards, anyway).

Final Grade: 3.94, a solid B+. Amsterdam's Boneshaker IPA would be a welcome addition to any LCBO's cold shelves. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to get distributed nearly as far as most of its main competitors - Mad Tom and Smashbomb the foremost amongst them. Truth be told, I'd get along fine with just those two. Boneshaker is a nice changeup, and a great effort from a brewery I have never been especially impressed with, but it's not something I feel the need to have a constant supply of.

[Updated Jan. 4 2014]

I grabbed a single bottle from the LCBO reject bin to compare it to a few of my other favourite IPAs (Red Racer, Mad Tom and Baldwin Fisheye PA). Boneshaker is one of the better IPAs in Ontario, with a fuller body than average as well as plenty of hop astringency when fresh (and an earthy, baker's chocolate bitterness when not fresh). My only real problem with this beer is the format - put this in a tallboy can and I'd definitely get it more frequently than I do. This isn't my favourite IPA, as it's a little stronger than I prefer, but it's a still a good one that I will return to again at some point.

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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 TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big head that is rather long lived and gives up lots of lace. Hazy dark amber colour with plenty of small particles floating around in it (unfiltered, not gone bad). A pretty decent looking beer.

Nose dominated by grapefruit hops and drinks the same way. Malty sweet up front, but very quickly gives way to a very strong flavour of grapefruit rind - tasty, but not to all tastes. Finishes with strong citrus bitterness.

Decent enough, but a little one-dimensional.

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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 mick303
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- really nice sticky white lacing and film, orange amber colour
S- sticky pine sap and needles with some lemony grapefruit citrus. Very hoppy, with some spicy notes, pepper, and citrus with a tropical twist, some caramel sweetness, very full.
T- some caramel maltiness and a really forward hoppy character. Pine citrus with a mineral edge, really bitter, and a astringent hop dryness on the finish. Potent grapefruit, and a nutty pine character, certainly flavorful.
M- a full body and coating hop character with some slickness, moderate carbonation and it is lively but also quite heavy on the palate, long lingering aftertaste.
O- an intense hoppy ipa. Drinks quite well and delivers a crisp hoppy bite, some of the astringent bitterness can be a bit strong, and I think there are more complex and balanced ipas, this doesn't explode with fruity citrus but has a lot of bitter pine character and some good bitter flavor, the aftertaste is certainly aggressive

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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 korguy123
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6pk bottles purchased fresh at the LCBO

A- Dark orange slightly hazy pour with a half finger, short lived off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Bright citrus and tropical fruits, slight pine and a sweet malt backing.

T- Pine and citrus bitterness up front, a touch of strawberry and tropical fruits. There is a sweet malt backing and a touch of brown sugar.

M- Light bodied, juicy than dry with good carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 Digimaika2
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles from the Amsterdam brewery a couple days ago. Eager to taste this product fresh (I hope).

A: Copper-caramel with a bit of cloudyness and emits a tall, puffy, creamy foam head that takes on a beige appearance. A decent retention with quite a good lacing.

S: Strong citrus in the form of fresh grapefruits and lemon zest, loads of pine, baked bread, bit of caramel, and a general mossy-earthy-damp aroma. Fresh qualities to this with a slight butteryness.

T: Buttered burnt toast with a sweet (cane sugar like) malt backbone. A fair amount of citrus and pine hoppyness, with a more subdued earthy taste. Good but perhaps leaning towards the sweet side more than I'd like, as opposed to exhibiting a more bitter and earthy funky dynamic. Alcohol slightly detectable.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Attractively very oily with a chewy texture.

D: A very nice American IPA and certainly my favourite Amsterdam offering. The sweet factor is perhaps a bit more than I'd like, but I found I was more impressed with this on-tap as it was possibly more balanced. Nonetheless, still a very worthy product that satisfies my IPA cravings.

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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 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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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber/copper colour, one finger white head, lots of lace left on the glass. Smell is of fresh citrus, some pine, pineapple and grapefruit, light floral scents with a good malty backbone as well. Taste is a mixture of malt and hops, pine, sweet floral notes, some citrus, orange peel and grapefruit, very dry bitterness in the finish. Medium carbonation, lightly syrupy and at points pretty slick, medium to full body. Overall its a pretty good effort that looks and smells really good but fails to deliver in terms of taste but i'm sure this will see some tweaks along the way.

The bottle version in stores is so much better than it was in early days on tap. Much more citrus hop and far less sweet, still has a dry bitterness. Getting a bit of buttered bread in the nose form the bottle. This is solid stuff and the rating is the revised rating from the original 3.48 I gave the draft version. Now a staple IPA in my fridge.

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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 eat
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice opaque copper-coloured body with a cover of cream-white head. Good looking stuff.

Solid nose: lots of hops, lemon-lime, slight grapefruit, bread and light caramel.

Good flavour but definitely a little strange. Decent hopping but the style is more in line with an English IPA than its American counterpart (not my preference). Fairly bitter though it remains nice and balanced. A little unpleasant ethanol shows.

The feel here is less than ideal. The foamy carbonation attempts to ruin this beer altogether but the medium body hold it together. Way too much carbonation.

In spite of a couple flaws this stuff remains oddly drinkable. I kind of like it but I also kind of don't. Given the recent improvements to the IPA selection in Ontario I don't think there's really a reason to pick this one up.

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