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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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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 334
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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Photo of cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml draught
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on March 24, 2011 in tap at "The Town Crier" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy reddish-brown in the glass with a thin ecru coloured cap. The aroma was citrusy hops, pine, and malt. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grapefruity hops, and caramel. Very enjoyable beer.

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

On tap at Hamilton's Winking Judge. The pour was a valiant effort on the part of the bartender, given the drastic change in temperature over the last couple of days, which seemed to be wreaking havoc on their lines. Despite being on tap, the brew came out at around cellar/cask temperature, which was a real treat.

Poured into an unbranded nonic. A pumpkin-coloured brew, slightly murky, amber-russet. Good frothy head, lots of lacing.

Nose is tangerine, grapefruit, soft American hops, pale malts.

An enjoyable IPA that proved to be a tasty companion on a wonderful late spring evening. The hops weren't as full and rich as can be found in Smashbomb or other big IPAs, but certainly they prove to be a formidable opponent in this brew. Finishes long and bitter, with a bit of woodsiness. I think they've amped up the sweetness a little over last years batch, because this one had a great deal more balance.

The pour was, again, a struggle, so the brew had a nice cask feel to it. Low density, moderate to low carboation, sticky texture.

Certainly worthy of mention in the small, but growing annals of Ontario IPAs. With this, and their delightful Spring Bock, Amsterdam is finally proving that it CAN brew the good stuff- keep it coming lads!

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

A - Cloudy amber with a solid head and nice lacing.

S - Nose is grapefruit and tangerine. Light malt manages to come through as well.

T - Intense, coarse bitterness with a tobacco edge. Big grapefruit pith and just enough balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body. Slightly chewy.

D - Could use a bit more sweetness, but fairly drinkable regardless.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Cask at Volo, after the Cask Days IPA Challenge

A nice copper/amber in colour, dark . Not surprising for a cask ale, a very small froth of bubbles on the top- not really enough to call a head, but it is there nonetheless. Looks pretty nice.

Only really noticeable smell is the hops. I tend to find cask ales do not have a strong aroma, and this is not an exception. The glass initially carried a srong hop whiff, but I found that I could not detect anything beyond that. Nice but not interesting or exciting.

As for taste, there is lots of citrus and "juiceyness" to the taste. Quite a bold and flavourful taste. Bitter at the end. Really quite a nice taste.

Mouthfeel is great. Unsurprisingly, a minimal carbonation coupled with a a soft, smooth body, somewhere between light and medium bodied. Really felt great to roll around the mouth.

Overall, a nice beer, and a pleasant surprise from Amsterdam. This is not a brewery I would have expected to make something particularly enjoyable, to be honest, so I was quite happy with the beer. Really quite a good Ontario IPA.

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

Bottle purchased from the brewery yesterday, so this should be fresh. Pours a copper orange colour with thick white head with some mild lacing around the glass. Head does dissipate, but still leaves a small ring on top of the beer. Smells of really big caramel malt with pine and floral hops. Nice bitterness, lots of sweetness too. Very balanced IPA. The bottle says 7.1% alcohol, I'm not sure if this has changed since this was originally entered.

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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 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 cratez
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a hazy and deep amber orange with brownish, copper hues and two fingers of rocky, cream coloured head. Some lacing sticks to the pint glass. Smell and taste are floral aromas, seaweed, green tea, touch of sulphur, lemon grass, brown sugar, some toasty nuttiness from the caramel malts, and a biting, citric, leafy hop spiciness to end. Medium mouth feel, prickly carbonation, a tad milky, lingering citrus bitterness in the aftertaste, slightly acidic. A straightforward English IPA with a flowery, tannic essence. At 65 IBUs, its more bitter than traditional interpretations of the genre, but that's definitely not a bad thing. Give this a try if you like the style.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle which I picked up from the brewery store. Pours an extremely murky toasted caramel color with 2 fingers of foamy head which recede into rocky crags and then to a collar, attaching chunks of sticky lace to the sides of the glass.

Nose is an initial burst of piney hoppy goodness with a generous dose of citrus rind. It quickly dissolves into a toasty caramel malt with hints of nuts.

A bit of an odd duck - Imperial ESB? Toasty malt with some caramel and nuts, a hint of piney hops, a pleasant bitterness which has a resiny/oily spicy and grassy quality, a hint of honey. Not your typical West Coast IPA but surprisingly enjoyable. Smooth body, balances nicely between bold and drinkable, tipping at times toward drinkable. I would gladly sup with this pint at any pub, one of the best things to come from Amsterdam.

Edit: After a few more bottles I have to edit down slightly, this beer is just too rough around the edges to justify the score I gave it - bitterness borders on astringent, especially as it warms, alcohol comes across as a little fusel at times, all the aspects could be a little more integrated - still not a bad beer, just not as refined as I would prefer.

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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 pootz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the brewery.

Pours a deep hazed copper ale in the glass with a massive frothy cap that laces the hell out of the glass sides (lots of malt in this one)

Aroma is not startling but pleasant: wafts of sweet amber malts over floral-citrus leafy hops, some fruity esters....soft pleasing nose.

Sturdy body, moderately soft mouth feel, malty character.

Big chew on caramalt in front, decent balance with citra-resinous hopping, some fruitiness mid palate, long malty finish with a hop sting at the end.

Well made, malty but in good balance. Not a UK IPA or a US micro APA but a (Dutch?) style IPA...has all the rounded mellowness of a Dutch brewed beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach-orange mix with a finger of creamy off-white head. Nice retention and lace. The nose is a touch muted, but immediately brings marmalade to mind, with its zest citrus notes, though there's also a admirable biscuit malt backing.

More than anything, this seems like a cross between an American and a British IPA, and I'm comfortable with the fact that it doesn't neatly fit into one camp or the other, and in fact, its bizarrely representative of Canada. What it does have is a bracing bitterness that compares well with anything south of the border. Its accompanied by big citrus notes - mainly orange marmalade and light grapefruit - but backed with a prominent biscuity maltiness that provides a great balance. Notes of peach and mango peek through, as does the occasional hint of a floral, malty British ESB. The alcohol is well hidden.

I'm really impressed by the body, which is quite substantial for the style, and provides a depth which really boosts the flavour. Its kinda neat, because Amsterdam often have problems with carbonation, but this one really hits the mark.

Overall, a very competent ale, pitched somewhere between Plymouth and Plymouth Harbor. A style defier that's well worth trying, and a local IPA that actually lives up to the expectations of the style. Finally.

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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 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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Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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