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


on tap

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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 16/20
SVD (1437) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2016
Glass at ’’de 24 uurs van Maastricht’’, orange, small head. Aroma is citrus, malt, caramel. Taste is citrus, some malt. bitter and a dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Deep copper and bronze coloured body with a dense, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of hop pellets, yeast, bread, malt, biscuits and a bit of caramel sweetness - quite strong. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and floral hops up front with a deep resinous and earthy mouthful a few seconds later with some sweetness from fruit and caramel behind and a good, well-structured maltiness at the tail end. Aftertaste shows a lot of caramel and deep sweetness, some fruits, but the hops are most evident - not in the PNW type of way, just a herbal and grassy flavour with some bitterness and a pellet flavour not a full hop leaf. Overall, a decent IPA with some good flavours, but a bit of the caramel sweetness outweighs the IPA characteristics, along with the pellet feel in the first place. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 24-July-2015 for US$2,39 sampled at home in Washington on 13-June-2016.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2553) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
355ml bottle from Saveur Biere. Deep orange golden colour with a creamy white foam head leaving lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, mango, citrus, hop resins. Flavour is malt caramel with tangy citrus & pine hop resiny grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry lingering bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjik83 (1331) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2016
20cl glaasje op pint, Maastricht Aroma en smaak: flink bitter, tropisch fruit, pijnboom, klein zoetje Conclusie: lekkere IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2797) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2016
Flaska. Ebest via SB. Bärnstensfärgad med ett gräddigt smutsvitt skum. Dofter av malt, grapefrukt och trä. Smakinslag av malt, grapefrukt, karamell och tallbarr. Medelbeska, oljig munkänsla, maltig eftersmak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (663) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUN 1, 2016
Aroma: grapefruit juice, fresh lemon, flowery spicy notes, malts. Taste: strong bitterness balanced with moderate sweetness. Skightly oily palate. Flavour: sweet orange, grapefruit, bisquits with caramel glaze. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Orange cloudy pour from 12oz bottle at Toque in Banff. Tropical and candy flavors. Citrus juicy and fruity. So good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Panzuriel (1952) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Location: Pint on tap at Matt the Miller’s Tavern Polaris Appearance: Slightly hazy orange amber. Fine head of small white bubbles Nose: Medium spice hops with some pine. Taste: a decent amount of medium caramel malt, some white pepper notes. a bit of evergreen Body: thin to medium Parting thoughts: based on the promise of the name, I find this beer average to underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3949) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2016
Draft @ SBH Leiden. Pours a clear light golden beer with a big white head on top. Aroma is light grainy, grassy, mild citrussy and hints of grapefruit. Flavor is moderately bitter, some fruity citrus notes, a faint hint of caramel and not much else. A bit one-sided, still entertaining. Could be an older sample, or just not too impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
knasputte78 (560) - SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bärnstensfärgad och grumlig. Maltig till sin karaktär, lite söt smak. Lite alkoholig trots bara 6%. Trevlig ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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