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


on tap

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
"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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2128) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
Draft sample at WVRST. Burnt orange in colour with medium carbonation. Balanced sweet citrus and pale malt aromas. Sweet pink grapefruit, orange, flowers, and a touch of caramel in the mouth. Medium bodied with a fair bit of bitterness. A solid effort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
Can these guys make IPAs? Yes. Yes they can. This beer is a massive surprise on the Ontario beer scene, and would easily stand its own on the West Coast. Usually you get one type of hop sticking out of the mist; here you get a slew of them. Your nose gets shattered at first and slowly begins to pick them out. When talking about balance, in the typical beers we’re discussing the malt vs hops. Here we’re talking about the hops vs hops, that’s what makes the great IPAs so special. Perfect the whole way through the glass, the spiderwebs are so intricate you look at it after finishing and can remember every sip. Neil Young tours so he’ll find a heart of gold, I test beers to find drinks like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 341ml bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with lots of off-white head that leaves a sticky lace. Lots of fresh grapefruity hops on the nose with a solid underlying caramel note. Kind of a letdown on the palate. That big fresh citrus note is gone, replaced with a more resinous flavour. The caramel comes through nicely all the same and the finish has a good sharp bitter crunch. I’d hoped for a little more from this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (13231) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Not a big fan of this one. Pretty malt with a bit of floral malt, pine, and citrus peel. The flavor isn’t much better. Kind of bland with some bready malt and a little bit of citrus peel and floral hops, but a fairly pronounced bitterness. Really not a very good IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BobHayward (3) - GUELPH, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
Lives up to its’ name - smashing your senes with an explosion of citrus hops. The greatest thing since sliced bread? This liquid bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9312) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
355mL thanks to soidfunk. Clear amber pour with a large, yellowish creamy head. Huge ice cream scoop retention and 360 lace. Nose is quite floral, malty, bready, rustic. No cheesy stale hops or stale orange candies. Some strawberry candies in the nose. Taste is tangy, sharp, quite soapy with some tea leaf tannins. Heavier palate- quite difficult to drink. Much heavier than any imperial stout. Super rich and hard to get through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (3166) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pas certain d’avoir une bouteille fraîche, je suis loin d’avoir ce que le Citra a l’habitude d’offrir. Je dénote la présence des agrumes mais la liste des fruits est plutôt mince par la suite. Le pamplemousse blanc domine avec une amertume terreuse vibrante et persistante.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papillon (382) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
500 mL Draft had at a pub. Amber body with a foamy white head settling to a clingy film with lots of lace. Intense aroma of pink grapefruit rind and piney hops. Loads and loads of pink grapefruit rind dominate in the flavor; bitter resiny hops in the aftertaste and the sweet light malts come through in the finish. Smooth and light in the mouth. This calls for an encore.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2605) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
Well, it looks like the LCBO now has this in a 6-pack and at a 6% ABV. Pours a clean deeper amber colour with a big frothy off-white head that has great retention and dirty lacing. Great fresh nose of hop, but not too killer (hints of grapefruit and pine needles) with a nice grainy malt background. Very smooth mouthfeel, well-balanced between the dryness and silky wetness. Starts on a bitter note, but finishes slightly dry with the grain lingering (and a bit of bitterness). A great Canadian IPA that has balls and really shows what hop can do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
On tap at tequila bookworm. Hazy copper/amber. Sticks nicely to the inside of the glass. Trademark big hoppy aromas - pine, tropical fruit. Some caramel malt. Sticky. Flavors reflect the aroma, decent balance but not as strong in the mouth as in the nose. I miss that chewiness that I get from some of my favourite IPAs. Slight minerality on a medium finish. Pretty good, but not quite great for me.

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