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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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"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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clmillar83 (4) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013 does not count
Though I love supporting the Flying Monkeys brewery, my one consistent complaint for the Smashbomb Atomic IPA is it has a somewhat bitter after-taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2760) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle (355 ml). Thanks to czar! Amber with a medium to large white head and good lacing. Aroma is of tropical fruits and malt along with some piney notes. Taste is moderately sweet and malty along with tropical fruits and piney notes. Moderate bitterness. Medium body. Palate is sticky. Too malty for my liking but still a very good IPA. Drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle. May have been a little old. Hop aroma was present but muted. A lot of citrus and tropical fruit, but very subdued. Flavor was citrus, grapefruit, maybe some peach. Nice caramel malt backbone. Solid IPA. I’d love to try this one fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1316) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Really delicious, and totally unexpected from an Ontario craft brewery! Very cool to have this from my home province. Makes me wonder what else is out there from Canada these days? Big hoppy presence - especially citrus in the aroma and flavor. Lots of bite, a beautiful orange/amber color. Frothy white head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
Pours a lighter orangy gold with some haze. Medium sized foamy head. Spritzy mouthfeel. Aromas of fresh hops, and lemon with a bit of bready notes. Spicy and citric with a good load of lemon grass and herb in the finish. A decent IPA

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swiseman (427) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
pours a golden brown with thick, white head. lots of grapefruit, lemon peel and bitterness in this. mouthfeel is extremely creamy which is really what puts this IPA above many others. great balance and rather easy-drinking despite the high IBU.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tompete (211) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
Poured into chilled glass from bottle. Thick off white head. Aroma of citrus and an undertone of resin - very thick and creamy. Flavor of sweet malts and balanced hop bitterness. Thin to medium body - a little surprising for the amount of flavor. Hoppy clean and slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1231) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
Unclear orange copper, rocky off white head fades. Fruity citrus hop aroma. Bitter citrus hop taste, grapefruit and tropical fruit, mild sweet malts and some spruce. Softly carbed, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Fruitiliscious. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cellar_dweller (11) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
light body, average carbonation, bitter on the palate as an IPA should be. Resin, citrus, aroma and a hazy appearance. An overall good beer, with a lingering aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
341ml bottle. Brown amber colour, moderate off-white head. Pine and resin with biscuit malt aroma. Taste is much the same with some earthy notes. Average body. There is some suspicion this wasn’t a fresh bottle, so I may need to try it again later.


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