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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: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (539) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle poured to pint glass. Hazy amber. Very bitter and surprisingly smooth. How did they do that? I had to try this beer just for the name, butt I would drink it again for the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimspady (213) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Reddish pour with big white head. Big hops but the malt flavour is there. Not as hoppy as I remember from the first tasting last year. Still decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (824) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice hoppy nose with grassy and floral notes and well balanced of malt as caramel. Taste: nice sensation on mouth, fresh hoppy taste with fruity notes. Really fresh and well balanced. Aftertaste: wet bitterness. And nice grassy taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1162) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
355ml bottle. pours quite a dark, clear amber with thin off white head. aroma is hops, orange peel and malts. quite sweet taste. packed full of hops of course. quite oily, but very easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoplover66 (32) - SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
Color ámbar, espuma persistente. Aroma cítrico. Cuerpo medio, sabor cítrico y Malta, bastante complejo, pero muy equilibrado. Final amargo y seco. Muy buena IPA. Muy bebible.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2014
On tap at Salt Lick, Hualien, Taiwan. Pours hazy amber with a stable head. Delicious citrussy hop and caramel aroma. Spicy rye flavours, caramel, citrus hops. Nice, dry and complex.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2900) - FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Copper clear. Malty, slight husky nose. Some caramels, sort of green, grapefruity,. Med bodied, smooth bitters, hoppy flavour. Can’t help thinking this is a bit old. Cant find a bbe, but doesnt feel that hoppy fresh the way others are raving. Good enouh though, a hoppy robust ipa.

-- bb

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vidmidia (33) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - DEC 15, 2014
Âmbar, turva, espuma média de média duração. Aroma forte de lúpulo e cítrico. Sabor cítrico com toques de laranja e maracujá. Amargor pronunciado, mas com tal quantidade de malte que a faz ter boa drinkability..Retrogosto amargo, cítrico, de longa duração.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (762) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Ohhh it’s sooo good!!! This one is truly sweet if you embellish it and let it rest on the palate and enjoy. This one is dry finish with the amazingness of the hops and malt combo. Enjoy this spectacular beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (213) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
355ml bottle from LCBO, Greektown, in Toronto, ON. 6% alc./vol. Pours a hazy deep amber colour with a thick lasting off-white head. The smell is citrus and floral aroma with a whiff of caramel. One of the best smelling IPA’s I’ve ever tried. Taste matches the aroma and ends with a dry hoppy finish.


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