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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 241   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2407) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
Tating at the 18th Mondial de la bière, June 8, 2011. Honey blonde, medium head. Sweet aroma of dry hops, notes of caramel. Taste of dry hops, not much else, not bad bitterness! To easy to drink and over rated!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
On tap. Copper with medium sized head that subsides to ring. Medium carbonation. Aroma is excellent, fruity with grapefruit tang. Malt body seems a little light for style. Bitterness is full-on, making the taste a little one-dimensional, although I have to give Flying Monkeys credit for not holding back. Would have it again for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1087) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
On tap at cest what in Toronto. Great citrus taste. Loved the hops. Will have this one again and again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
Sampled on tap at brewery, pours a golden colour, smelt really good, taste was a nice strong bitterness and it went down well, One of the best hoppy beers from canada I have tried, recommend some of this. really hoping this will hit LC’s soon, heard the labels may have been approved now.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shorlin (590) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
Tried this on tap at C’est What. Thank you server person for recommending it! Very nice gold amber with good lacing. Aroma is piney resin with citrus blend. I smelled the beer five times before I even took a sip. Smells like hoppy heaven. Taste is medium-heavy bitter. Mouthfeel is nice and sharp. Good aftertaste. Glad it was my last beer of the night. Overall, spectacular!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
500ml draught
7.0% ABV
I tried this beer on March 18, 2011 at "Smookeless Joe’s" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent copper colour with a thick foamy tan head. The aroma was sweet caramel malt and a huge citrusy hop whallop. The muothfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was grapefruity hops nicely balanced with a nice malty hint. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (993) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011
On tap at c’est what, in Toronto. i must say this brew is amazing. pours almost red/orange in colour, hoppy brew has aroma of citrus and pineapple and is a alot of candied tropical fruit goodness. on the palate more of the same. i’m super happy to have tried this one and will be ordering many more.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JRock72 (605) - - APR 15, 2011
On tap. Clear golden brown with small head. Aroma is fantastic with a lot of citra coming through.Taste is really bitter all the way through but not much else to back it up. Really delicious but I would have liked this to be more balanced with stronger malt presence and more flavouring hops coming though. All around good beer though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Cask @ Rhino. Deep orange-amber pour with a creamy white head. The aroma is great. Bright citrusy aroma. Orange peel, light cherry and a kiss of light pine on the back as well. Very soft but muted bitterness on the finish. Malts have a touch of sweetness but it avoids the iced tea flavour that is sometimes there. Damn nice pint.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thb (662) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
Delicious, delicious, delicious. Looks fine - deep golden with a thinish head. Aromas are a wonderful, bright, and fresh mix of grapefruit/other citrus/tropical fruit. Bitter, but not aggressively so. Great malt backbone to hold it together. Very, very good.


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