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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA

Brewed by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Barrie, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
"Holy Hop, Batman, this beer has aroma." Hops are casted nine different times, itís a breath-deep-and-shudder-with-pleasure kind of scent thatís all from the Citra hops. With a high alpha acid of 11%, Citra has a cacauphony of flavours and aromas --Citrus, passion fruit, grapefruit, lime, melon, lychee fruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya Ė and dominates this beer.

Smashbombs olfactory tropical explosion shockwaves your face every time you lift the meringue foam towards you. Itís like the ecru-coloured top of a beer pie before it gives up and grips the glass. You can see the Victory maltís signature in the amber lights in what is primarily a deep golden beer. And, yes, donít be fooled --thereís malt going on here, too, as youíll see in the firey body of this ale that makes Smashbomb Atomic look like it radiates its own energy.

With the first taste, Smashbombís 70 IBUs are pronounced. This brew is a little bitter, but bitter like a grapefruit with three tablespoons of sugar on top. Itís also incredibly drinkable. The oddity thatíll keep you tipping the glass is that as this citrus peel front subsides, you actually gleen the sweet flavours of the Victory and Crystal malts. Then, as the bread-puddiní bicuity sweetness of the malts are chased by the dry, tropical flavour of Citra and the fruit punch bouquet is all in your face with each sip, itís all is so damn intriguing, youíll be driven to keep on sampling...and sampling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2072) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Really nice IPA that is basically just a citrus bomb beer that has a cutting amount of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (196) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
Itís funny to wait this long to finally rate this iconic Ontario IPA! Back in the day it was the original Ontario Citra hop bomb. Times have changed! The Smashbomb is now a pale shadow of its former self - a tasty and pleasant IPA, but nothing like an actual "Smashbomb Atomic" event at all. The nose leads with sweet bready malt with some pleasant and fresh hoppiness in tow. The nose is replicated in the taste profile - tropical fruit, and splashes of lemon and orange in the mild hop profile, underpinned by soft malts. Fresh and refreshing, but a commercialized version of its former ground-breaking self.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (448) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2015
2015/09/26 - Pours a clear copper colour with a thick, foamy white head that slowly reduces and leaves ample lacing. Aroma is biscuit, honey, citrus, light tropical fruits, roasted malt, caramel and slight pine. Taste is roasted malt, honey, light pine, mild citrus and biscuit, Mouthfeel is medium and slightly chewy with sharp carbonation and and long, bittersweet finish. Pretty good; nothing exceptional, but certainly better than most. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flip_soeperman (845) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2015
Pretty good complex IPA. not straightforward hopyness, but some funk and dryness in there that makes it interesting, but not excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7225) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2015
12 oz bottle from Santa shared with drsordr. Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor are very malty, bready, mild sweetness, honey, some soft fruit in the background, light herbal, earthy, some mild to mild plus bitterness to the finish, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1664) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06, not sure how old, pour dark gold with moderate white head. Nose hint of tropical fruit, sweet malt. Taste moderate bitter bite up front, followed by dank hop and light tropical fruit. Mid palate bitter then bteady malt. Long bitter finish. Unfortunately the flavors in this sample are muted throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (321) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2015
Month old bottle from LCBO. Nose is toasted malt, honey, spicy grain, hops. Taste is balanced, bitter, herbal with some toasted malt. Hoppy citrus and pine throughout. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11586) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle at guirigall. Hazy orange small smooth white head. Mild aroma of malts and flowery hops. Flavor is malty and quite strong plain hoppy. Some caramelly sweetness too. Pretty straight ipa but the hops are just bitter no flowers at all. A little too much caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4095) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2015
Golden orange colour. Loads of fruity hop in the aroma. Some sugary tropical fruits in the taste together with a solid malt background. Balanced and sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
budedou (580) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - AUG 24, 2015
Hazy deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of citric and piney hops, slightly stale, with a malty note. Flavor has light maltiness, slightly stale hops and big bitterness. Medium-bodied. Decent IPA

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