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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: 288   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, 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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BobHayward (3) - GUELPH, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
Lives up to itsí name - smashing your senes with an explosion of citrus hops. The greatest thing since sliced bread? This liquid bread.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
marq (1) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012 does not count
Perhaps my favorite beer to have on draught. A truly robust hoppiness they awakens the tongue but not at all offensively. Unfortunately, the bottled version doesnít quite have the same magic.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimbojames88 (5) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012 does not count
Great aroma with an amazing hoppy taste that sets it apart from other so called hoppy beers, as the warning on the bottle says, this flavorful IPA ruins you for lamer beers! Great beer

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerguy2222 (2) - Rochester, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
Golden amber colour; hoppy, citrus and honey aromas with yeasty, biscuit flavours. The initial aroma shockwave that hits your face is the explosive Citra hop with citrusy, piney, and tropical aromas. Then the bitter hop flavor is trailed by the blooming of bready malts balancing the dry atomic burn.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle then unfiltered from the tank @ Flying Monkey in Barrie, Ontario. Oh my goodness. If youíre not drinking Flying Monkey yet you will be by the time they start shipping this beauty to stores in March. It makes Hoptical Illusion look and taste like the ugly red red head next door. The mango aroma is entirely unique and inviting. Hoptastic kick in the teeth on first taste, and it doesnít quit. I get some other aromas here but the star is certainly the mango. Surprisingly, itís pretty malty, too. Super body. I would have run off with the tank had I been able to find a wrench. More, please! Aside - you can get this on tap at the Local Gastropub in Barrie. Tried to talk two guys into trying it. They did. Turned their noses up and said itís "not a Coors." Sigh. FML.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Unforseen (2) - - AUG 24, 2013 does not count
Great use of citra hops - one of my favorite go to beers - very hoppy great ipa - if you can find it try it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerforgood (22) - Thornhill, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
On tap in Bracebridge poured amber with lasting head. Aroma and taste full of floral and citrus elements. I am enjoying this beer immensely, as I am an IPA lover, and looking forward to real IPAs like this Ontario.

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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (640) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
Tried this on tap at Cíest What. Thank you server person for recommending it! Very nice gold amber with good lacing. Aroma is piney resin with citrus blend. I smelled the beer five times before I even took a sip. Smells like hoppy heaven. Taste is medium-heavy bitter. Mouthfeel is nice and sharp. Good aftertaste. Glad it was my last beer of the night. Overall, spectacular!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayseppi (154) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
Nice deep amber colour. Lots of hops on the nose. Very citrusy. Grapefruit and resin seem to be the dominant notes. The malt balances the flavour very well. A nice amount of carbonation and a finish that leaves tasty hop bitterness lingering for a while. Good in a bottle, better on draught and amazing from a fresh cask.


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