Amsterdam Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,696
Ranked #16,596
3.92 | pDev: 8.67%
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Dec 22, 2013
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent all around. Soft gold pour. Not much collar here or lacing. Apricot nose that isn't overly complex. Decent bite at first sip that doesnt linger so good balance. Fairly cheap for an imperial so a good find.

Friday at 09:19 PM
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrusy hops with light floral notes and some sweet malt y notes. Taste is also dominated by some floral citrusy hops notes with a medium sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable but nothing to really write home about.

Oct 17, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask at Bar Volo. Floral hop aroma. Hazy grapefruit coloured body. Above average mouthfeel. A good blend of malt and juicy hops, some sugar, aiding the palate. Above average DIPA.A sipper, still good drinkability for a 9% bitter beer.Some booziness in the finish.

Apr 27, 2013
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours dark orange with a foamy shortlived head. Not a lot of lace clinging to the glass on the way down. Leafy, resinous, heral fresh hop aromas fill the nose. The taste is dominated by grapefruit, pine, mango hops. Alcohol heat is high even for the strength, tending to distract from the hop onslaught. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. The finish is boozy and bitter for a long while.

This is a nice DIPA, but the high alcohol presence takes away from the hop profile. Still worth a try.

Sep 21, 2017
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice head, very thin ring of retention, shows some leg.

Decent aroma, but flavour is a bit old school, somewhat herbal, harsh bitterness.

Moderate body has plenty of hop acidity and a drying alcohol finish.

Thanks TBeckett!

May 17, 2016
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psweendogg from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 25, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amsterdam Fracture sparkles and shines with a clear but dark honey amber tone and a polish that resembles that of an amulet from the Smithsonian. It looks brilliant in the glass but doesn't have much head; come to think of it, it's probably better suited to a snifter really.

The aroma is hoppy, that much is immediately apparent. But a few extra seconds enjoyment of the earthy aromas of pine and you’ll be lost deep inside a wicked dark forest. Hints of overripe fruits and dark caramel notwithstanding, hop notes all rise in a plume above the beer’s malt.

On the palate, pine needles, caramel squares, blood orange and grapefruit swim in brandy-like dried fruit notes (and a touch of alcohol). It's a big beer but doesn't quite taste as strong as it actually is (9%). Again, hop notes dominate this sucker through and through, although heavily caramelized malts taste almost as though they've been slightly scorched or singed.

Unlike Amsterdam's other big IPA, Boneshaker, this recipe doesn't overload the bittering hops. Don't be mistaken, IBUs are stacked high but there's a strong caramelly sweetness that mellows things out. The finish has a dry woodiness, something like bamboo shoot, and a mintiness, both of which stem from a generous use of earthy, herbal hops.

Amsterdam's flagship Blonde and 416 Wheat are horribly mediocre brands (if even that) but if their success is what allows beers like Fracture to be brewed then, by all means, sell away! This brewery has made a few departures now from their customarily pedestrian portfolio and, while most have been good, this one might just be considered great.

Jun 03, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; coded L2015 (Nov 20 2015), listed at 9.1% and served slightly chilled. Pretty damn fresh - I'm impressed.

Pours a sparkling clear orange-amber hue, throwing up one finger of loose, frothy, bone white-coloured head. It lasts for only a couple of minutes, scattering some sea-foam lace onto the glass as it is steadily reduced to a wide, foamy collar surrounding a patchy, bubbly cap. Intensely hoppy aroma; one which seems particularly focused on pithy grapefruit/orange citrus and piney, resiny, earthy tones. Hints of pineapple, candied apricot and alcohol also come through, backed by a solid wallop of caramel sweetness and lightly toasted malts. Well, I'm intrigued.

And with good reason - this DIPA is every bit as tasty as the nose suggested. It's equipped with a sturdier-than-average malt backbone, consisting mostly of caramel/brown sugar sweetness supported by a toasted, doughy malt quality. Cantaloupe and apricot become noticeable by the midpoint, but are quickly overwhelmed by the tsunami of hop flavours that follow. Suggestions of mango and pineapple are quickly overlapped by blood orange and grapefruit pith; these in turn are pushed aside by a wave of resiny pine needles and dank earthiness. Resiny bitterness carries on well into the aftertaste, which is mildly warming - you can tell the alcohol is there, but the hops manage to distract the palate and prevent any real burn from occurring. Medium-bodied, leaving a moderately oily/slick feel behind on the tongue, and relatively light carbonation levels that provide some weak agitation. An excellent, well-balanced example of the style with above average drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.08, a worthy A-. I've been eager to try Amsterdam's Fracture for a few years now, but today happened to be the first time I spotted it locally. At $16.95/sixer, this extra-strong ale is definitely on the pricey side, but as one of the best year-round Ontario-made DIPAs you're likely to encounter, the tag is arguably justifiable. Good stuff; this is not a style that I get the urge to purchase with much frequency, but I'm certain I'll be back for more Fracture at some point in the future. The best of their three mainline IPAs, IMO.

Dec 01, 2015
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Electros from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 20, 2015
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jan 07, 2014
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 17, 2016
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

May 15, 2013
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this bottle in a trade with Richard, atomeyes! This is a very good iipa from this brewer. I believe i never had a beer before from them. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice with it's nice head.

This is how a beer from this type should be. Liked it. The cirta hops were very noticable and the alcohol was pretty well hidden.

Jun 08, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice resin notes on the nose, earthy pine and cedar and musty caramel. Flavour profile is much the same as the nose, with the resinous hop notes, the eathy pine and cedar coming through with a solid bitter citrus rind lingering. Medium bodied, smooth and quite dry on the finish. A solid DIPA, and super stoked to have finally have access to it locally.

Dec 17, 2015
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario.
poured a nice 2 finger head into glass . very nice flavor and enjoyable also
taste of tropical fruits pineapple and orange , slick and resiny leaves a nice lace as you drink it.
very interesting this beer for me
it's the strongest beer I've had and the alcohol is almost hidden here at 9.1%.until you reach the end of it its noticed.
I like it very much would buy again I think

Nov 11, 2020
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Feb 22, 2014
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bigox420 from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried on cask. Was great.

Dec 18, 2015
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Apr 22, 2014
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valianes from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Nov 03, 2014
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber orange colour with two fingers of white head, some lace. Smell is loaded with fruit up front, orange and pineapple dominate, citrusy with a light lingering pine presence, sweet candy/sugar cookie like malts as well. Taste is also quite fruity with tropical/citrus flavours, orange, melon, pineapple, a bit of sweetness mid palate with a bit of pine resin flavour also, moderatley bitter throughout. Mouthfeel is oily and quite slick, mildly carbonated and fairly full bodied. Really quite nice and actually prefered the bottled version at home to the draft version but something I will certainly order again.

Jul 15, 2013
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DaPan from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Aug 03, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 27, 2015
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Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Clear copper with a thin semi-creamy head that promptly recedes to a ring. However some good lacing is evident.

(4.0) S: Lots of pine, toffee, grapefruit pith, orange, and buttery bread. This has that nice full earthy/musky aroma of a good double IPA.

(4.0) T: Very piney, citrus fruits, some toffee, slight nutty elements, and buttered bread. Heavily hopped creating quite a bitterness with a modest finishing dryness as well. That musky quality is coming through in the flavour nicely. The alcohol is well hidden considering this is 9%.

(3.75) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily and creamy with a bit of resin-like texture.

(4.0) D: This was a very good double IPA and in hindsight should’ve picked up another bottle or two at the retail store. This has all the trademark qualities of a good IIPA.

Jan 26, 2014
Fracture from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 105 ratings