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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1915) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
On tap at BarVolo. One of the best smelling IPAs ever, with almost ripe fruit, apple peel, mango, and flowers. The bitterness in the flavour is all over your mouth, but itís never overwhelming. The citrus/floral hops are strong as well, and there is even a little malt. Very tasty and drinkable. Solid body. A welcome addition to a thirsty province.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlashParker (85) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle then unfiltered from the tank @ Flying Monkey in Barrie, Ontario. Oh my goodness. If youíre not drinking Flying Monkey yet you will be by the time they start shipping this beauty to stores in March. It makes Hoptical Illusion look and taste like the ugly red red head next door. The mango aroma is entirely unique and inviting. Hoptastic kick in the teeth on first taste, and it doesnít quit. I get some other aromas here but the star is certainly the mango. Surprisingly, itís pretty malty, too. Super body. I would have run off with the tank had I been able to find a wrench. More, please! Aside - you can get this on tap at the Local Gastropub in Barrie. Tried to talk two guys into trying it. They did. Turned their noses up and said itís "not a Coors." Sigh. FML.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 God bless you Flying Monkeyís brewery, you are the shining light at the end of the dark murky tunnel that is the Ontario craft beer scene. This beer is exactly what Ontario needs right now, WHY ISNíT THIS IN BOTTLES!?!?!? Had this on tap at the Wooly in Guelph Pours a golden orange colour with a decent head that sticks around for a good part of the brew. Aroma is at first straight up grapefruit, but as the beer warms, there are some caramel, toffee notes lingering with some exotic fruits. The flavour mimics the aroma, a beautiful balance of hops and malts. Medium weight, resinous mouth feel, perfect. Well played flying monkey.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
Unbelievably hoppy, and unbelievably floral. I like how itís bitterness manages to keep things entertaining. Not flat at all. Great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
On tap at "The Beer Experience" in Toronto,. What an aroma - floral hops in such abundance that you could frehen an entire house with the smell. Delectable. A nice dark brown with a lively head, but honestly, who cares what it looks like when it tastes this great? The first taste is bitter, and I felt as if the bitterness was going to overpower, but then a lighter, malty taste kicked in and the lingering aftertaste was of an almost astringent hoppiness that knew when to quit. The overall impression was one of a flavourful and rich brew that knew when to back off. Truly outstanding.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Draught Fantastic brew!! Pours a deep honey amber with a minimal fast dying off white head. Strong solid lacing through the whole drink. Robust sweet malting with strong floral hops. The mouth is firm, not chewy. Citrus, grapefruit and slight dried orange peel. Well crafted and supremely drinkable! Stellar brew!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3128) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
On Tap at Volo. HUGE hops aroma, no surprise there really. Loads of citrus, pine, and a juicy blood orange also. Not much malt, but thats to be expected, this is just what the Ontario beer scene ordered! Its like a double hoptical illusion. Good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
A beautiful orange amber IPA with a thin creamy white head. In aroma, a floral pinhey and meaty hops with pink grapefruits pulp. In mouth, a good biscuitty malt with a good serving of resinous hops, a bit harsh, grapefruit chunks. Medium bodied. On tap at Cíest What, August 7 2010.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2010
On tap at the Victory, and others - came a clear, deep hay golden with a thick white head that lasted throughout the pint and left thick lace. Incredible aroma of tropical fruit, mango, apricot, pear, juicy, resiny, piney, HOPPY. Beautiful! Flavour allows the malt to play a bit, and there is enough there to keep the whole package wonderfully drinkable. More pine, a bit of gooseberry, citrus, mango. A beer that is hop-driven but backed by nice malts. A lovely beer, and one Iíll not hesitate to recommend or order again. Great work Peter and FM, your best beer to date!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerforgood (22) - Thornhill, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
On tap in Bracebridge poured amber with lasting head. Aroma and taste full of floral and citrus elements. I am enjoying this beer immensely, as I am an IPA lover, and looking forward to real IPAs like this Ontario.


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