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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: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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"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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OntBeerDrinker (418) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
Not a hop head perfer malt,but can enjoy some ipaís especally black ipaís. 2 finger head ambery carbinaded,smells of grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit medium strangth then as it gets lighter a little hop bit comes in. A good ipa and not my perfered style and for 6% veary easy to drink a little too qikly mabye cheers burrrp and sites havey a bit

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
slightly cloudy amber-orange colour from a bottle. 1 finger head that quickly thins to barely more than a film on the surface. lots of tropical, citrus, grass and piney hops with caramel malts definitely in the background. Medium body with a slightly soapy feel. Taste is very bitter and long lasting, again with the fruity, citrus and grassy hops dominating. The malts are there, but very muted next to the strong hops. Overall a good solid IPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
Single bottle purchased from Co-op Wine & Spirits in Calgary, AB on 11/01/2012. Colour: Light brown, medium head. Nose: Bursts with hop goodness right out of the gates. Lotís of summer flowers and grass, as well as some distinguishable vegetation. Malt plays 2nd fiddle well with nice caramel character. Taste: Medium-light sweet, medium-high bitter, medium-light sour. Crazy soapy, citrus hops come pounding forward and simply donít let up through mid to late palate. Soap gets stronger as it goes. There is also some ash late as well. Very much an enjoyable hop blaster.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djjodskins (28) - CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
Intense pine, tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, citrus zest, and dare I say dill pickle dominate the aroma. Pours a very light amber with a strong long lasting head. The bitterness coats the tongue that leads to a long lasting citrus/tropical fruit finish. One of my favorite IPAís.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
2012-10-15, bottle from LCBO, Toronto, 7-4-8-5-15=39
Amber color, clear, with generous head. The aroma is milder than expected, but fresh and interesting, with fruity/resiny hops, acquiring a very light earthy character later. Lean mouthfeel, smooth; good caramel and toffee flavor; the hop is resiny and hoppy; the final is balanced, powerful and long.
Very good.

2012-10-13, draught at Volo, 7-5-7-4-15=38
Dark amber color, creamy head. Nice aroma, caramelly, a bit creamy, and with some cheesy yeast. Good caramel and toffee flavor, strong presence of cheesy yeast, strong bitterness. It has some ending astringency, and resins.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartmanDrinks (11) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 LCBO Six Pack - Looks and smells like it puts the Imperial in IPA. The taste will clear a room of Hollister t-shirts like a "Fat Man" went off.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
355ml bottle. What do you expect from the flying monkeys? Hops, hops and HOPS. Pours a murky, yellow orange with a meringue white head. Very lacey. Aroma is tremendous: pine, grass and citrus waves! And a hoppy taste that IPA lovers will pucker over in joy! Very bitter: pine needles and lemon drops. The kicker is, you actually do keep sampling and sampling until its gone!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Vankleek Hillís/Beauís Oktoberfest. Hazy orange. Smell is floral hops. Taste is caramel and cereals. Extremely hoppy: lemon, herbal, grapefruits. Tons of hops, very resilient. Medium bodied. A very, very solid IPA. Worth another shot.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hungarian_G (87) - - SEP 29, 2012
Pours a hazy amber with a quickly receding medium off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. Nose is of grapefruit and other citrus and floral notes. High carbonation on the palate with very small bubbles and good mouth feel. Taste is seriously hoppy with some resinous pine, citrus fruits and floral bitterness with a very long, lingering bitter aftertaste. Light taste of malt and some sweetness, but the hops are at the forefront here, and it all comes together to make an excellent IPA. Definitely a keeper!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Sept. 28 2012. 355ml bottle pours cloudy apricot orange with an inch meringue off white head that lasts to bottom and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit hops strong enough to give warning that this will be unbearable to those who donít appreciate hops. Some slight malty sweetness like candy is also present on nose. Each sip is blast of grapefruit hops which dominates the sweet biscuit malt. A battle between sweet and bitter that end in a well balanced tie but sucks all the moisture out of your mouth. Long dry finish that doesnít go away. Definitely a bold strong hops beer. Almost enough to drink as a dare but not too much that its still fantastic.


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