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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, 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (373) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 (Bottle from LCBO) Served at ~12 degrees in a nonic pint. Pours an amber colour with a thin head that does not last. Aromas of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and other tropical fruits. Passion fruit stands out but there is more going on, not too much pine from the hops though. On the palate there is nice hint of acidity with the grapefruit flavour and a roundedness from other fruit flavours, a bit of pine but again not too strong. Caramel malts lend some sweetness but not a malt-forward beer. Hop bitterness is fairly strong though not bracing throughout, and on the finish it dries down nicely. A bit of malt graininess in the finish too. Light to mid-weight body, over-carbonated for my taste with a bit of a soda-pop taste/sensation as a result. Very sessionable IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dedelste (16) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle from LCBO. Nice golden amber, medium head. Citrus hops aroma. Hoppy grapefruit taste. Very bitter, in a good way. Another winner from Flying Monkeys.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWS9 (468) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle. Grassy hop aroma, with a hint of fruit (I’m no good at discerning what fruits, but I assume I’m smelling a variety of the fruits listed in the description). Prominent hoppy taste with a bitterness that is pronounced without being overwhelming. Lasting hops aftertaste. This IPA does gooooood.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011
A nice addition to the Canadian Craft scene. A nice thick creamy head, plenty of citrus aroma with passion fruit, grapefruit and bubblegum. Pleasant and refreshing on the palate. Nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Light amber colour, off-white head with some lacing. Aroma is citrus and a bit of pine. Very hoppy taste, not much noticeable malt, which is not a bad thing. What is there has a roasty, warm quality. A grapefruit-like bitter finish is present and exactly what I look for in IPAs. It’s a bit strange to see Ontario breweries putting out very good IPAs (Muskoka’s Mad Tom being another great example), but I welcome it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4109) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
pours slightly hazy, dark coppery-orange with a decent off-white head, although disappearing. strawberry hops, citrus, citra, lightly caramelized malts, light booze. soft carbonation, medium body, medium long grapefruity finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
From my dear Canadian brother: Pours an amber color with a whitish head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, but there are some flowers in there. It is definitely hop forward and doesn’t bother with that malty nonsense so much. This is not to say that there was not a malt backbone, as there was, but rather to say that it was not the center of the beer. Furthermore, the hops were quite acidic, but not so much brutal as flavourful. Some sweetness, but not enough to detract from the other fine flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1474) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Bouteille 355 ml. 6%. Couleur ambrée-orangée, mousse blanche-beige. Arôme de citrus, malt caramel, un peu de fruits tropicaux. En bouche, douce, agréable, houblon frais, malt, floral. En finale, amère, citrus, malt. Excellente.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (779) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
Big thanks to Pushkinwow for this. Pours amber with a big fluffy head. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Some orange, grapefruit . Really nice. Very sticky in your mouth. Probably one of the best Canadian IPA I have had!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
In short: A bit of caramelized malt and plenty of grapefruity hops. Good even if a bit harsh.
How: Bottle 355ml, consumed fresh a few days after purchase
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a
In long: Nose is citrusy hops with red ruby grapefruits coming out strong. Taste has discreet soft-crackery malts, a bit of watery caramel, some iced-tea, plenty of high-alpha acid citrusy hops with a sharp bitterness. Again, bitter red ruby grapefruits coming out strong. Overall it is a pretty good IPA even if I found it a bit harsh and acidic. A nice treat for the hopheads, and with the beer being very cheap guess who’s gonna buy a few more six-packs of this beer? My friend Serge (you probably don’t know him)


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