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

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3077) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
355ml bottle from Bierkompass

Bottled(?) 11/06/2013 - Pours orange with a smooth white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, exotic fruits, pine, resinous notes and caramely malts. Taste is hoppy, citrusy and fruity with loads of pine, resinous notes and some caramely maltiness. Finish is lingering bitter, hoppy and fruity with notes of gooseberries, citrus, grass and pine. Quite nicely hopped IPA. Would love to try this from a fresh bottle, as it’s very good from a slightly older one too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (4952) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
35,5 cl bottle @ home, bottled 06.11.2013
Aroma is rather fruity with hops, some biscuits and caramel. Also distant gluey notes. Flavour is hoppy with exotic fruits, some gooseberry bush, biscuits and hints of herbs. Also distant gluey tones. Alcohol is present, but does not disturb. Nice, although the herbal bitterness takes over at the end of the glass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eduardeller (33) - - FEB 20, 2014
Una buena ipa .....aunque esperaba algo más de ella. ..sabor tropical y muy bien balanceada...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (5660) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes orangegelbes Bier mit schöner stabilen Schaumkrone. Geruch wunderbar exotisch fruchtig, herb. Geschmack sehr fruchttig herb, malzig fruchtig, einfach wunderbar, klasse!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (638) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Dark orange color with small off-white head and thin lacing. Aroma has piney hops and light fruitiness. Flavor is very bitter, piney hops, and some amber malts. Very dry finish with lingering bitterness. Okay overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtroyer99 (5) - Twinsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014 does not count
Bottle from Lizardville. One finger foamy head. Dark Gold. Caramel color. Leaves a lacing. Taste of alcohol and hops. Nice and smooth. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1581) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Growler from Save On. Copper with ring and lace. Biscuity and citrus aroma. Biscuity crackery malts without a lot of fruity sweetness. Nice dry assertive citrus rind and woody finish. Carbo accentuates the hops. Excellent. More.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Howlader (444) - - FEB 3, 2014
12oz bottle, served in a pint glass. Pretty good IPA, nice and citra hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (403) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
Cask pour at victory cafe while waiting for Janet is sunburst orange with a thin soapy cap. Have had this in bottle many times in my pre-ratebeer days & do find this cask pour to be a different beast altogether. The low carbonation gives this an interesting interpretation, an almost non-atomic feel. This is a great ipa with punchy hops & even if it doesn’t add up to the Great Lakes guest tap I had prior its still damn fine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (232) - USA - JAN 24, 2014
12oz bottle. A dark amber with one finger of head. The aroma wasn’t as overpowering as I expected. Smells of mango, pine and grapefruit. A sweet taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Light body and little carbonation on the palate. An above average beer and my first IPA from Canada.


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