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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: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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
probstblueribbon (3101) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
355 ml bottle from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Hazy deep amber with a so-so light tan meringue. Aroma: Strongly savoury, brothy malts, a good deal of brown/burnt sugar, toast, bread crust, toffee, hop notes are leafy, floral, pine/resin, there’s a bit of sulphur, unfortunately. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly lively effervescence, a touch oily. Flav.: Quite leafy, soapy, floral hops, some pine and resin, lighter grapefruit notes, the malts take a bit of a back seat in mouth, still some bread crust and toast, burnt sugar, note much in the way of sweet, fruity, playful notes; dry with good bitterness and a fairly long, resinous, mineral, light bread crust finish.

Doesn’t quite live up to the hype, but still pretty good. Certainly less disappointing than their Hoptical Illusion.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2600) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
[bottle, 6% abv] Excellent grapefruit and pine hops aroma blended with some faint caramel and nuts. Clear coppery brown appearance with a lasting, white flannel blanket. Almost salty with hops, the flavour is a balance of floral and bitter grapefruit hops that starts off strong and peters out to a disappointing finish. Accents of pineapple, green apple, and toasty biscuits. Light to medium body, tangy salty feel from hops, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1457) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Another great addition to the Hoppy Beer Universe. Obviously big strong bitter hop presence up front. Backed by citrus in the middle. Not getting any malt. Dark amber pour. Taste is heavy bitter and the it is pretty thin in the mouth with good carbonation. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7510) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2011
Draught at C’est What?, Toronto, ON.
Clear amber colour with small white head. Very fruity hoppy aroma with some bitterness and lots of delicious American hops. Grapefruit, citrus, fruits with malty body. Slightly thin but fizzy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Exioth (6) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011 does not count
This beer needs to be sold in any sort of liquor establishment. I’ve only ever seen it on TAP at one place which is Garrisons in London ONTARIO, probably the best beer place in my area and in my opinion anywhere. There is no doubt that this is an ultimate hop bomb and the crazy scientists at Flying Monkey Brewery are wonderful. A must try for anyone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3119) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
Sample, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 8 2011; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: bittering hops, malt, grapefruit; mouth: bittering hops, malt, grapefruit, light earth, dry finale in bittering hops with light medicinal presence, medium body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, slick, a bit thin; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, savourée le 8 juin 2011; œil : dorée, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon amérisant, malt, pamplemousse; bouche : houblon amérisant, malt, pamplemousse, léger terreux, finale sèche en houblon amérisant avec légère présence médicinale, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, coulante, un peu mince; en résumé : bien

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2568) - Boisbriand, 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 (1164) - 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 (2346) - 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.


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