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


on tap

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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
"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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1364) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
341mL bottle to tulip Huge flowery aroma with grapefruit and tropical fruit notes. Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber with little head. Taste doesn't match with the aroma but is still nice. Nice grapefruit and pine into a lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4945) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
355ml bottle pours an orangeish amber color with a 2 finger off-white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by citrus with some other light fruits and mild caramel malts. Taste is citrus hop bitterness balanced nicely with the sweetness of other light fruits and a malty backbone. Medium bodied with enough carbonation to leave a nice feeling on the palate. This is quite an outstanding IPA that is highly recommended for a tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
355 mL bottle. Pours a deep amber caramel with a thick tan head. Lingers a long time with good lacing. Aromas of well roasted malts, caramel, grapefruit, pine, yeast and shortbread. Fairly sweet with a big backbone of bitter hops, leaves a good astringent feeling on the tongue that leads to a slightly sour aftertaste. Good beer, much better on draught however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours cloudy amber/orange with virtually no head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, soap or perfume. Flavour of bitter hops, citrus notes, well backed with sweet malts. Resinous qualities in the finish. Dry, very bitter. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10034) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2012 355mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks Mike), pours a hazy orange amber with a small beige head. Aroma is very citrus hop heavy, with crystal and caramel malts to back, some tropical fruity notes in there also, as well as grapefruit. Flavour is very dry and bitter, with orange peel, grapefruit, and loads of dry citrusy hops, with just enough caramel malt backing. This is an uber-dry, fairly bitter, citrus hop bomb. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1853) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2012 (bottle) hazy dark amber, medium tall tan head; aromas of stewed fruit, citrus; not very strong, balanced flavour, short light bitter finish; not bad but the flavour a bit on the light side - is it an "IPA" for all the people who donít really like IPA?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3012) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2012
355ml brown bottle, big thanks to wilco for sending this to me. A deep gold coloured brew with a trace of haze and a large pillowy white cap. Foam is very clingy and messy. Nose has floral and light tropical fruit notes, sweet malt notes, nice but not terribly aggressive. In the mouth the malts are upfront, pleasantly toasty, a light hint of caramel. Hop flavours lean toward fruity and tropical, more sweet than pungent or sharp. Citrusy/grapefruit fadeout with modest bitterness clinging in the aftertaste. Lightish body, mild and smooth carbonation. Could be a bit more punchy with the hopping/bitterness. Overall pretty quaffable, enjoyable, but somewhat subtle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2012
Great taste with nice after notes. Bottle designs are brilliant and catch the eye. Love it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2412) - 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 (2837) - 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.

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