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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: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


Papillon's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papillon (399) - Ottawa, Ontario, - MAR 2, 2012
500 mL Draft had at a pub. Amber body with a foamy white head settling to a clingy film with lots of lace. Intense aroma of pink grapefruit rind and piney hops. Loads and loads of pink grapefruit rind dominate in the flavor; bitter resiny hops in the aftertaste and the sweet light malts come through in the finish. Smooth and light in the mouth. This calls for an encore.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (2134) - CROATIA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle, 355 ml at Olhops, Valencia. Pours clear orange with lasting white head. Malty, caramel, fruit, pine. Quite sweet with strong bitter finish. Very dry. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portwood (124) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: grapefruit, citrus peel, caramel, bit of funk when swirled in the glass. Taste: starts sweet, orange rind, soft carbonation, hint of melon. Finish: pine resin bitterness takes over and finishes very dry. (bottled 03/20/16, tasted 04/17/16)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Keg. Hazy amber body with medium off-white head. Steady carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, steel and vine tomatoes. Flavour of grapefruit and bitter, grassy hops. Medium body with an oily moythfeel. Soft fizz. A very bitter IPA. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SVD (1317) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2016
Glass at ’’de 24 uurs van Maastricht’’, orange, small head. Aroma is citrus, malt, caramel. Taste is citrus, some malt. bitter and a dry aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5555) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Deep copper and bronze coloured body with a dense, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of hop pellets, yeast, bread, malt, biscuits and a bit of caramel sweetness - quite strong. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and floral hops up front with a deep resinous and earthy mouthful a few seconds later with some sweetness from fruit and caramel behind and a good, well-structured maltiness at the tail end. Aftertaste shows a lot of caramel and deep sweetness, some fruits, but the hops are most evident - not in the PNW type of way, just a herbal and grassy flavour with some bitterness and a pellet flavour not a full hop leaf. Overall, a decent IPA with some good flavours, but a bit of the caramel sweetness outweighs the IPA characteristics, along with the pellet feel in the first place. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 24-July-2015 for US$2,39 sampled at home in Washington on 13-June-2016.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2383) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
355ml bottle from Saveur Biere. Deep orange golden colour with a creamy white foam head leaving lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, mango, citrus, hop resins. Flavour is malt caramel with tangy citrus & pine hop resiny grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry lingering bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjik83 (1320) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2016
20cl glaasje op pint, Maastricht Aroma en smaak: flink bitter, tropisch fruit, pijnboom, klein zoetje Conclusie: lekkere IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2705) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2016
Flaska. Ebest via SB. Bärnstensfärgad med ett gräddigt smutsvitt skum. Dofter av malt, grapefrukt och trä. Smakinslag av malt, grapefrukt, karamell och tallbarr. Medelbeska, oljig munkänsla, maltig eftersmak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (600) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 1, 2016
Aroma: grapefruit juice, fresh lemon, flowery spicy notes, malts. Taste: strong bitterness balanced with moderate sweetness. Skightly oily palate. Flavour: sweet orange, grapefruit, bisquits with caramel glaze. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Orange cloudy pour from 12oz bottle at Toque in Banff. Tropical and candy flavors. Citrus juicy and fruity. So good


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