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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: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (131) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours dark copper with a small white head. Aroma was lots of citrus and floral hops but I also got some sweet malts in there with caramel and some cereal. Taste is grapefruit, orange, and caramel. It has a pretty balanced mixture of sweet and bitter throughout. Good IPA and my first time trying Flying Monkeys.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6035) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2014
12oz bottle, big thanks to Scott L! Mostly clear orange amber color. Lots of fine darker particles provide for a slight haze to the body. Thin khaki head. Leaves good lace. Big aromatic nose. Losts of grapefruit citrus and some caramel malt. Good big spicy resiny grapefruit hop in the flavor, as well as an interesting biscuity malt. Light bit of caramel malt, some spiciness to it. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, light sweet. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Lightly slick finish. Impressive IPA.. Particularly in the way that it differentiates itself from popular American IPAs... Has a much more pronounced amber malt profile than the typical pale west coast examples, but it’s not bothersome here. It’s very assertive, big, and hoppy for a 6% IPA, and most American examples at this gravity feel a bit light and weak. This is pretty assertive despite that ABV. Soild flavorful lighter ABV IPA. Dig the balance of malt / hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aletcm (114) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 9, 2014
Cor laranja escura, com espuma de Bia formação e persistência. Aroma cítrico, de caramelo, frutas amarelas. No sabor, um amargor cítrico, herbal, depois com médio dulçor, com final seco e amargor com media persistência. Muito boa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (935) - Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Thanks to cards04 for this one. Mango, peach, and musk melon on the nose. A little cloudy, amber in color, and a thin head. Not buying into the sweet advertisement of the malt profile but good body is supported well. Good balance with the tropical hops taking a slight lead. Finish leaves some resin remnants. Like this.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guitartown (24) - SPAIN - MAY 3, 2014
Botella 33cl. IPA con MAYÚSCULAS. Lúpulo lúpulo lúpulo lúpulo. Aroma, sabor a raudales y un final largo y sabrosamente amargo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gildnerk (128) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2014
Awesome IPA. Pours deeper orange than most with a small white head that dissolves into some lace and a small ring. Prominent citrus and floral hop aromas. Taste is fruity-bittersweet with a dominant grapefruit note, which does not devolve into too strong astringency. Plentiful, fine carbonation. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7760) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Butterscotch-like sweetness grounds citrusy and resinous hops in this expressive IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty amber.
-The mouthfeel is hefty due to the caramelly residual sugars.
-Bitterness is quite resinous and woodsy.
-If the caramel flavors were more restrained, this would have been more enjoyable (to me).

On tap at The Saint Tavern, Toronto.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (968) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
At BBF. Amber colour with white head. Hoppy, citric and resinous aroma. Hoppy, resinous, citric and fruity taste, also with brown sugar. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (1286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer & Whisky festival, April 12th. Pours amber with a large white foam head. Aroma is peach, honey, caramel, resin, pine. Taste is peach, apricot, resin, honey, rye bread. Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonatioin. Aftertaste is quite bitter with some resinous notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (215) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Pours clear orange with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma is strong citrus, grapefruit, hoppy. Taste is fairly bitter, caramel malt. Medium body, very crisp. Excellent.


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