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Brewed by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Barrie, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 296   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, 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2649) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2012
355ml brown bottle, big thanks to wilco for sending this to me. A deep gold coloured brew with a trace of haze and a large pillowy white cap. Foam is very clingy and messy. Nose has floral and light tropical fruit notes, sweet malt notes, nice but not terribly aggressive. In the mouth the malts are upfront, pleasantly toasty, a light hint of caramel. Hop flavours lean toward fruity and tropical, more sweet than pungent or sharp. Citrusy/grapefruit fadeout with modest bitterness clinging in the aftertaste. Lightish body, mild and smooth carbonation. Could be a bit more punchy with the hopping/bitterness. Overall pretty quaffable, enjoyable, but somewhat subtle.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2012
Great taste with nice after notes. Bottle designs are brilliant and catch the eye. Love it

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1809) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 3, 2012
Big hop nose and finish. Some sweet malts up front...but I thought it would be a bit more complex, still a very good ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2249) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 Sweet hoppy aroma. Darker than most IPA, a dark red/amber colour and cream off white head. Nicely balanced, though I found the finish a bit underwhelming, maybe watery even. There’s nice flavour here, but the finish is disappointing. Re-rate. Better flavour. Perhaps a fresher bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
I don’t know why I do this to myself.... I start rating with a bunch of similar strong lagers and pale lagers and other forgetable stuff in the morass of the mess of the beer world, and then dig deeper into the interesting stuff later on. Maybe it’s that old rule about starting with the lighter stuff first... well, to valhalla with it! I wanna try the one with the funky label! So there it is. When poured aggressively it has a solid head and a foggy copper body, perfect for an IPA if you’d ask moi. The aroma is all hops, fresh hops that smell like 30-minute and 0-minute varieties. The flavour, however, is rather subtle - not overpowering hops and a bit of a watery finish. Still good, still refreshing, but this stuff should have been in-your-face with its qualities. Instead it backs off at the end, leaving it to be "good" instead of "great". Shame.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PictouRx (144) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2012
I have been waiting to try this ever since it was "banned" initially by the LCBO because supposedly it was too violent in the title???? Anyway found it today and did a sample pack of several flying monkey. This poured from bottle into pint glass. Amber dark medium redish white head. Aroma, boom, I get tons of things, spruce, grapefruit, pineapple so much. Taste is bitter off course, but not off the chart, this blends nice, you get like it says the grapefruit effect with the sugar, I completely remember having that as a kid and now in a beer! You get a creamy texutre and bitter finish, but just right. This is a superb beer, me is a liking!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (561) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
355ml bottle. Nice deep reddish copper colour. Small head with a brownish hint, looks oily. Aroma is incredible: sweet and spicy, pine, orange peel, wormwood, caramel, very floral, all thanks to Citra and Centennial hops I guess. Taste is very bold, lots of hops bitterness, orange, pine, very dry and oily, pepper. Exceeded my expectations.

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 doesn’t quite have the same magic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1974) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
Draft sample at WVRST. Burnt orange in colour with medium carbonation. Balanced sweet citrus and pale malt aromas. Sweet pink grapefruit, orange, flowers, and a touch of caramel in the mouth. Medium bodied with a fair bit of bitterness. A solid effort.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WheatKing (1305) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
Can these guys make IPAs? Yes. Yes they can. This beer is a massive surprise on the Ontario beer scene, and would easily stand its own on the West Coast. Usually you get one type of hop sticking out of the mist; here you get a slew of them. Your nose gets shattered at first and slowly begins to pick them out. When talking about balance, in the typical beers we’re discussing the malt vs hops. Here we’re talking about the hops vs hops, that’s what makes the great IPAs so special. Perfect the whole way through the glass, the spiderwebs are so intricate you look at it after finishing and can remember every sip. Neil Young tours so he’ll find a heart of gold, I test beers to find drinks like this.


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