Canada Amsterdam Boneshaker

Discussion in 'Canada' started by CanuckRover, Oct 26, 2012.

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  1. CanuckRover

    CanuckRover Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2007 Ontario (Canada)

    Best AIPA available retail in Ontario right now? Ever? I'd say IPA, but not sure that's fair as Mad Tom and Smashbomb are more traditional Canadian IPAs I think.

    This has earned a pretty safe spot in my fridge for the next while.
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  2. thehyperduck

    thehyperduck Poo-Bah (2,621) Feb 26, 2006 Ontario (Canada)
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    I'd probably put Red Racer IPA ahead of it.

    As far as OCB IPAs go though, Boneshaker is pretty good, but there are another 4 or 5 that I'd be roughly equally happy with (Mad Tom, Smashbomb, Headstock, and possibly Spearhead come to mind). Going by my scores I have Smashbomb ranked first, but that review was a while ago and I don't think I'd put it in the same spot if I re-reviewed them all. It'd probably be worth the effort to gather a bunch of them and do a side-by-side blind comparison, but until then I'll just say they're all pretty damn tasty.
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  3. CanuckRover

    CanuckRover Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2007 Ontario (Canada)

    Good point, I'd forgotten about Red Racer.
  4. jdround

    jdround Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    I believe Boneshaker is a great craft beer and shows Ontario is moving in the right direction, but I too think Red Racer IPA is probably one of the best in country right now. Garrison Imp. IPA is also very fantastic stuff. Sure there are some others that are great that Ontario does not get or do not ship to my area I have not tried.

    I cannot wait to try the DIPA Madtom. But again just nice to see some better stuff being made in Ontario.

    HATS4BATS Initiate (189) Dec 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)
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    Red Racers a superior IPA to date the best I have had.
  6. Electros

    Electros Meyvn (1,061) Feb 20, 2007 Ontario (Canada)
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    The Publican House Square Nose Pale Ale is pretty bad ass!
  7. Groulxsome

    Groulxsome Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2010 Ontario (Canada)

    It really depends on what you like in an (A)IPA. If you like the more "west coast" fruitiness and juiciness then Smashbomb and Red Racer are probably going to be your favorite (that Citra and Simcoe hop taste). If you're into the more "east coast" pine and grapefruit then Mad Tom or Garrison Imperial IPA are likely going to be your jam (that Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hop taste). I know people who love one and are indifferent to the other.

    Most people who love IPAs seem to appreciate both but really like when there is a little balance between the juiciness and the pine. Boneshaker is right in the middle. It has that pine-and-peach Amarillo hop character which makes it pretty satisfying for me whenever I'm in the mood for either "coast" of IPA, so it's been my goto Ontario IPA since it came out. It dones't hurt that the character of Amarillo hops seems to hold up best with age, so a couple of month old Smashbomb might not taste as fresh as a month old Boneshaker. Considering the storing situation (LCBO), there is less chance of me noting an "old" Boneshaker than an "old" Smashbomb. (I know Red Racer has Amarillo too, but I've never really though it was overly prominent in the profile or helped it survive age very well.)
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  8. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    I'd say Fat Tug, hands down as the best canadian ipa. If we are staying within Ontarian bottled ipas then mad tom would probably win it.

    Boneshaker still a nice ipa from ontario yhough. Just not the go to one.
  9. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Poo-Bah (3,011) Jan 20, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    For me there isn't a go-to Ontario IPA yet. There are plenty of good ones (Smash Bomb, Boneshaker, Mad Tom) but nothing that I buy regularly. We are still waiting for our first world class IPA in my opinion.
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  10. shopshopshop

    shopshopshop Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    Bellwoods Roman Candle is easily the best Ontario IPA, and I think regularly available from Bellwoods.
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  11. liamt07

    liamt07 Poo-Bah (2,349) Jul 26, 2009 Ontario (Canada)
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    I would second this.
  12. Jeffo

    Jeffo Poo-Bah (2,693) Sep 7, 2008 Netherlands

    I'm always surprised that Nickel Brook Headstock IPA doesn't get more love from Ontarians. This one beats all the other IPA's available at the LCBO and can hold its own in the IPA style. Was really happy to see this one in cans when I came home last year.

    Will have to give this Boneshaker a go. Sounds like this summer will be a hoppy one!

  13. spinrsx

    spinrsx Poo-Bah (2,652) Jul 11, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    I rotate through crazy canuck, headstock, mad tom, boneshaker, smashbomb, red racer, and spearhead. I find they are each good in their own way.
  14. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Poo-Bah (3,011) Jan 20, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    I was a touch disappointed with the bottle I had on the weekend. It is a very good IPA, don't get me wrong there. It just didn't blow me away like I thought it would. Probably better on tap though.
  15. cmadd

    cmadd Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    Yea, I have to agree. The Nelson version of the Monogamy series is way better.
  16. shopshopshop

    shopshopshop Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    I like Nelson Monogamy better, but don't think that they are the same style. One is a single hop pale ale, lower in ABV and blah blah whatever I got bored and lost my train of thought.
  17. peensteen

    peensteen Poo-Bah (1,842) Apr 3, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    The nose on Roman Candle is out of this world and probably the best IPA in Ontario, but if picking up a LCBO 6 pack IPA Boneshaker it is.
  18. Rutager

    Rutager Poo-Bah (2,168) Oct 18, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)
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    Really enjoyed this one as well. Might not be a fair review though, the marketing may have got to the guy with the Jerry Garcia avatar... :wink:
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