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


on tap

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RATINGS: 304   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, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1843) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2302) - 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. Thereís nice flavour here, but the finish is disappointing. Re-rate. Better flavour. Perhaps a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 26, 2012
I donít 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 itís 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 youíd 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PictouRx (148) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (571) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1995) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WheatKing (1306) - 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 weíre discussing the malt vs hops. Here weíre talking about the hops vs hops, thatís 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 heíll find a heart of gold, I test beers to find drinks like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (977) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 341ml bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with lots of off-white head that leaves a sticky lace. Lots of fresh grapefruity hops on the nose with a solid underlying caramel note. Kind of a letdown on the palate. That big fresh citrus note is gone, replaced with a more resinous flavour. The caramel comes through nicely all the same and the finish has a good sharp bitter crunch. Iíd hoped for a little more from this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Not a big fan of this one. Pretty malt with a bit of floral malt, pine, and citrus peel. The flavor isnít much better. Kind of bland with some bready malt and a little bit of citrus peel and floral hops, but a fairly pronounced bitterness. Really not a very good IPA.

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