"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 (11) - Ontario, - OCT 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
TheCaptMatey (17) - Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
b3shine (5333) - Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is fruity orange, taste is dry, fruity, bitter.
allmyvinyl (3135) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BenH (2245) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden with white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous. Taste of resin and grapefruit, mango. Moderately bitter. Very nice
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home.. Golden amber... Small white head... Soft sweet apricot fruit nose... Juicy. Fruits... Tropical fruits.. Soft passion
Ketail (81) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bu le 9 août 2014 en bouteille à Carp au Alice's Village Café.
Œil: légèrement cuivré et légère mousse.
Arôme: agrume et pamplemousse
Goût agrume et fruits tropicaux.
rumproasts (2852) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Rather light base lets the hops punch right on through. Really nice hop bomb. Very hoppy with solid, but not overpowering bitterness.
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2014 Good pine nose followed by much ever so slightly pale yellowy foam head and a good russet brown orange glow. Beer begins assertive but is rather dilute for the 70 or so IBUs and needs more stuffing, a tad more carb, dimension and complexity. Would surely be better without all that crystal malt.
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