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

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Holy Hop, Batman, this beer has aroma." Hops are casted nine different times, it’s a breath-deep-and-shudder-with-pleasure kind of scent that’s 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 – and dominates this beer.

Smashbombs olfactory tropical explosion shockwaves your face every time you lift the meringue foam towards you. It’s like the ecru-coloured top of a beer pie before it gives up and grips the glass. You can see the Victory malt’s signature in the amber lights in what is primarily a deep golden beer. And, yes, don’t be fooled --there’s malt going on here, too, as you’ll see in the firey body of this ale that makes Smashbomb Atomic look like it radiates its own energy.

With the first taste, Smashbomb’s 70 IBUs are pronounced. This brew is a little bitter, but bitter like a grapefruit with three tablespoons of sugar on top. It’s also incredibly drinkable. The oddity that’ll 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-puddin’ 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, it’s all is so damn intriguing, you’ll be driven to keep on sampling...and sampling.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (898) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Keg at BeerTown, Waterloo, Ontario, 28th April 2013. This is a great IPA, full of flavour, loads of bitterness, but well balanced, I could session this

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YigSvartka (63) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Nice, easy pour with a slowly accumulating head. This beer truly looks fantastic. Citrus and grapefruit scent. Smooth, medium, nearly satin like texture. Unfortunately the bitterness is too much, just as I had anticipated after having read the description. This is simply a matter of preference rather than an objective measure though. Every other aspect of this beer is wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (969) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Pours a clear amber with huge soapy off white head that laces the glass from top to bottom. Aroma is and awesome blast of grapefruit, tropical fruits, and a light clean maltiness in the background. Flavour has a high bitterness that lingers into the after taste, it?s grapefruit like, bready likely from the victory malt, a nice light fruitiness near the end and a dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Smells great, taste is bitter but not much hop flavor. There is a metallic after taste. It’s not bad but I’ve had a lot better. Drinkable tough

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (641) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2013
bottled. a gift from Canada. nice golden brown color with a creamy head. the aroma is citrus and grapefruit. the flavor is bitter as hell. full hops Armageddon! a long, very long lasting bitter finish. maybe too much of that bitterness. optimal carbonation. alcohol well hidden. oh boy, the bitterness is becoming too much for me, though I am used to bitter ales, but this one is like overhopped!. this is how real hops tastes like in a liquid form. overall, if you like hoppy and absolute bitter IPAs then this one is for you.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
Lots of citrus on the nose. Clear bronze/orange colour with lots of carbonation. Head fades fast. Tastes quite citrusy with floral notes and pine. Pretty good IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
Bouteille 355ml. De couleur ambrée-orangée et claire. Nez de houblon citrique, fruité (agrumes, léger de fruits tropicaux), légèrement résineux, herbeux et floral, de malt sucré du genre caramel et aux faibles notes rôties. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture moyennement huileuse. Goût moyennement amer de houblon citrique, fruité (agrumes, notes d’abricots et de fruits tropicaux), légèrement floral et herbeux (une amertume présente toute la gorgée) avec des petites notes de pain grillé et d’épices (poivre très doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt sucré (caramel doux aux faibles notes terreuses) ainsi que de faibles traces de biscuits puis en finale l’amertume de houblon s’intensifie très légèrement pour donner un caractère légèrement asséchant, plus herbeux et moyennement résineux. Post-goût plutôt long et aux notes sèches, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, citrique, légèrement résineux et fruité (zeste d’agrumes).

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikenebbs17 (7) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2013 does not count
Light fruity smell, hoppy taste with a strong finish. Overall not bad but could be better -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
355ml bottle, amber-copper color, with a thiock pillowy white head, nice floral zesty citrus, pear, tropical fruits, herbal, leafy, grassy hoppy nose from the citra hop used, with some zesty lemon, lime, grapefruit rind, light lemongrass spicy accents, and with some light toasted, caramel, crystal pale, malt notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good zesty, spritzy, flowery citrus, leafy, grassy, minty, spicy hoppy character with some lemon, grapefruit, lime, green grapefruit peel, lemongrass flavours, with a faint toasted, pale, bread malt undertone, leading towards a light maltiness, strong citrus, grassy, minty, leafy hop bitterness finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevebail (22) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
355ml bottle from the LCBO. Yet another delicious hoppy IPA. Lots of suspended sediment which, as usual, signifies deliciousness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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