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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.


BartmanDrinks' rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartmanDrinks (11) - Ontario, - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hidden_Pooch (304) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
A very good IPA, banger even. Poured a light clear amber with very small head. Aroma was of pine, resin, and tropical fruits. Tasted of pine, caramel, toffee, and resin all in perfect balance of one another. Had a smooth medium body with low carbonation. Had a very nice pine bitterness and after taste. Very worthy IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/3/2014. Pours hazy orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuelMTL (68) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a clear sparkling light amber with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacings. Aromas of grapefruit and passion fruit backed by malty caramel and fresh bread notes are well present. Wow, strong resin bitterness dominates the taste and stays in the mouth forever. This beer is all about hops! The tropical fruits and grains back the bitterness. The fruit character of this beer gets stronger with each sip. Good hop-forward rather dry IPA!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCaptMatey (32) - Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Poured from bottle a gold and medium amber colour with an initial thick white head. Light citrus and hoppy aroma. Not a heavy IPA, but sweet flavor of hops. A very drinkable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5427) - Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft to tulip. Looks good; a mildly hazy pale burnt orange with foamy off-white head. Smells of Citra hops with a medium-bodied bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2055) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at the Ottawa Beer fest. Not sure if it was the standard or a veriant - said cherry? Smashbomb  - a cloudy copper pour with nice beige lacing. A bitter pine bark & dank resin aroma. Medium bodied with a slightly sandy mouthfeel. The taste is bitter pine, weed like then the finish is vanilla/cherry/marshmallow. Trippy shit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is fruity orange, taste is dry, fruity, bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3349) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, light caramel. Taste is light bitter, more caramel. Finishes well balanced. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle. Golden with white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous. Taste of resin and grapefruit, mango. Moderately bitter. Very nice

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at home.. Golden amber... Small white head... Soft sweet apricot fruit nose... Juicy. Fruits... Tropical fruits.. Soft passion


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