Amsterdam Brewery – Boneshaker India Pale Ale

IMG_1845.JPGStarted as a brew pub in Toronto, Ontario in 1986, Amsterdam Brewery has continued to expand and produce many fine beers. Mostly available in Ontario, their distribution has started to expand – and this is good news for beer lovers. Making a varied array of year-round and seasonal ales and lagers, Amsterdam is a brewery to look for.

From the brewery: “Our very first batch of Boneshaker was brewed for a local IPA challenge. Our brewers poured copious amounts of hops into the brew, balanced it out with over 5 different malts, decided to leave it unfiltered it and allowed to naturally carbonate. The result? A truly unique taste experience and an award winning IPA! Expect fresh grapefruit & pine aromas followed by massive hop flavours!”

And what did I think?

Appearance: This ale pours with a dense, rocky, off-white, big head. The colour is a burnt, dark orange and is a bit hazy, but it is heavy on the hops and unfiltered.

Aroma: The first thing that is in the nose is the hops. There is a citrus aroma, most dominated by orange. There are some sweet, toffee-like notes.

Taste: The flavour is of bitter orange – the hops are dominate up front. The flavour fades to a malt sweetness with a slight leather flavour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-light and it’s well carbonated. The body is lightened by the carbonation.

Overall: Great balance in this beer. The hops are definitely there, but there is a nice malt backbone to balance everything else. Its a pretty easy drinking beer – not a hop-head’s dream, but certainly an IPA to try.


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