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


on tap

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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
"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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lowenbrau (2763) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2013
Tap @Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. Pours hazy dark gold, with rocky off white head. Some head retention, some scattered lacing. Fruity and citrusy aromas. Light body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Taste is fruity, some caramel and citrus flavours. Smooth, watered down, more into the sweet side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juanenka (258) - valladolid, SPAIN - NOV 29, 2013
Botella. Presencia limpia y dorada con gran corona blanca. Aroma maltoso y lupulado. En boca malta y notas d resina y pino, de trago fácil y muy ligera Birra de sesión ideal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear copper pour with a thin white head. Very light aroma. Some hops but mainly bitter grass notes. Mild flavor as well. Some very light hops with a bitter finish and aftertaste. Fades quickly but very easy to drink a good amount of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alanthebeerguy (213) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
America IPA. From the bottle at Winston's in Saskatoon. Pours cloudy orange, smaller head. Aroma of bitter grapefruit, breast malts and pine. Smoother velvet texture. Nice caramel malt back bone that finishes with a grapefruit, dry bitterness . Nice on a chilly evening, you can snuggle up with this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
Bottled at SBWF. Clear deep golden, coarse head. Caramelly nose wit hfaint grapefruit. Sweetish with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Fruity and syrupy with more caramel than citrus. Mid bitter finish. Not sure if the importer are trying to promote the beer by using old samples, as the hop character is near zero. The malt character on the other hand is a syrupy mess, so I wouldn’t really bother anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 30, 2014 Sample at SBWF. Fruity and hoppy smell with some citrus. Similar taste. Easy to drink and light IPA. Re-rated after trying from bottle at Pitchers in Linköping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samzim (351) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2013
Striking aroma of hops, malt, and fruit. Clear dark orange colour. Prompt bitterness that doesn’t overpower the fruity flavours of the lychee and apricot. Lively on the palate. A very drinkable IPA, but I don’t think I could drink more than a few in a sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (966) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
355ml bottled on Aug 1, 2013. Pours a clear golden with an off-white, one finger, frothy head that thins to a thick film. Slight carbonation rising. Medium lacing around the glass. Aroma is large. Notes of citrus fruit and pine with a hint of bread. Taste is a balanced bitter with a long, drawn out, bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Crisp mouth feel. Not as syrupy as other IPA’s. I had tried this beer awhile ago and wasn’t a fan. I had been neglecting trying it again but see now I should have given it another go. Refreshing and drinkable and well worth a try! And seeing as the brewery is about 5 mins away it is easily obtainable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (15334) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Linköping. Clear golden/copper beer with a nice steady lasting head. Hoppy aroma, caramel, herbal notes, floral, citrus, grapefruit, herbal notes. Sharp hoppy flavor, floral, herbal, earthy notes, a bit unclean. I have the feeling this IPA has been in the bottle for a while. I was hoping for more.

   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

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