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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: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nilz (434) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle from Atis, enjoyed at the cottage on Lake Huron, thanks! Pours an off clear copper, slim head with a fruity aroma and more fruit to taste along with the hops and molasses and bitter finish. Worth looking out for I think.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle sample. Pours clear deep orange, with a thin white head and ropey lacing. Nose is big grapefruit hops, lots of tropical fruit and pine as well. Some malt sweetness underneath keeps the nose balanced. Flavours are aggressively bitter, but balanced quite well - I normally hate IPAs this sweet but this one rocks! Loads of grapefruit, pine, and spruce. Killer brew!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8072) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle at national beer hall, Calgary. It pours lightly hazy orange, with a medium off-white head. The nose is juicy orange, tangerine, papaya, watermelon, sesame seed and some crystal malt. The taste is zesty citrus, grapefruit, orange, waxy lemon zest, papaya, light spice and some metal, with a pleasantly bitter finish. Medium body and medium, prickly carbonation. Nice IPA. Great name.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle sampled at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a hazy amber body with white lacing. Aroma is light malts, spice and faint hops. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of sweet malts dominating, and some faint spices and hops in the background.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5256) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is hinting at a hefty dose crystal malt, and that’s a problem for me. Moderate to light citrusy hops overlay the sweet crystal malt base. The flavor is exactly like the nose signaled, lots of sickeningly sweet crystal malt that really takes away from the citrusy hops. There’s a decent level of bitterness here, but it can’t overpower the crystal malt. Medium bodied with a sticky clingy finish. Not the most pleasant IPA for my tastes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11868) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2012
12oz bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks jercraigs. Crystal clear amber body, medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, light herbal. Medium body, light resin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Had this at the Campground Brewdown courtesy of Jeremy and Kathryn. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium sized white head. Malt, sweet light citrus and earth on the nose. Malty, soapy. Malty with some floral soap notes. Earthy malt, toast, long bitter malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9436) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
33cl bottle @ The Bishops Arms vasagatan, Stockholm. Slightly unclear dark orange color, full sized thick, dense off-white head that lasts for quite awhile. Smell malts, hops, moderately fruity. Taste malts, hops, bitter, lightly grapefruit. Medium carbo and body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours copper with a very thick creamy head. Big hop aroma very floral and grassy. Thick and rich. Very strong hop flavour, bitter grassy and herbal. This is an amazing IPA. I couldn’t ask for more. It really is a hop bomb!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1364) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
Bière à la robe ambrée, légèrement voilée et coiffée d’une mousse dense et durable, laissant une dentelle tout à fait respectable. Au nez, c’est digne d’une bonne IPA dite américaine. Le houblon, les agrumes, les conifères résineux, nous charment immédiatement. En bouche, ça fonctionne tout aussi bien. Le houblon nous tapisse de son amertume et sans être expert en houblon, le citra me semble plus sage, ou du moins pas tout à fait pareil à d’autres bières brassées avec celui-ci. (Embouteillée 11-05-12) (287-130712)


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