Boneshaker IPA
Boneshaker IPA

At 7.1%, Boneshaker IPA gets you where you need to be.

Editor’s note: Jeff is a fan of the 40oz. Of Horror Podcast and submitted this review. If you would like to do the same, just email

As much as I love horror, I also love beer so it’s quite fitting that my debut review for 40oz. of Horror falls in the latter. I’ll admit, living in Ontario, Canada I feel that I have nowhere near the beer choices of my American friends (and since I visit the U.S.A. as often as I can I know that feeling to be true!).

That said, walking into our L.C.B.O. tonight I found quite the chilling beer called Boneshaker IPA.

I was pleasantly surprised to see it was brewed by Toronto’s own Amsterdam Brewery. I feel like copying and pasting their exact description from the bottle would be plagiarism, but let me just note they use “copious quantities” of hops during a 90 minute boil. If that doesn’t appeal to your taste buds, I don’t know what will. Personally, I just like the skeleton on the bottle because that suits the horror enjoyment quite well.

What I like about this particular brew is that hoppy taste, with a cool and refreshing dryness if you will. It’s a nice beer to kick back with after a long day at work or a few hours of studying – especially if there’s a real storm brewing in the air so there’s that oncoming smell of nature’s beast and the strong breeze. That’s just pure relaxation through and through. And why shouldn’t it be? This beer rocks at 7.1% alcohol by volume (that’s 355 ml. bottles by the way).

I’m on my second one already and certainly feeling the effect.

I swear it’s the hops more than anything. I did learn from my beer connoisseur best friend Jeff Currie that he is friends with the Amsterdam brewer himself, Jamie Mistry. I don’t know Jamie, but I definitely would tip my hat in appreciation for this brew; as should all of you! Sadly I don’t know the extent of Amsterdam Brewery beer available in the USA, but since I know there are Canadian readers here, I do recommend you jet on out to our Beer Stores or L.C.B.O’s and pick up a 6-pack!

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Jeff T. Smith
Written by Jeff T. Smith
Jeff is a Canadian-born Horror-holic — or alcoholic depending on whom you ask. His interest falls mainly into the horror genre, but does enjoy a variety of beer and alcohol. He also was a former Creative Writer in the Ontario Independent Wrestling scene and performed as villainous ringside Manager Kyle Davenport. Unapologetically driven and creative, Jeff isn’t afraid to speak his mind or share his opinion. Follow Jeff on Twitter @KDavJeff or Find on Facebook at