"Holy Hop, Batman, this beer has aroma." Hops are casted nine different times, itís a breath-deep-and-shudder-with-pleasure kind of scent thatís 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 Ė and dominates this beer.
Smashbombs olfactory tropical explosion shockwaves your face every time you lift the meringue foam towards you. Itís like the ecru-coloured top of a beer pie before it gives up and grips the glass. You can see the Victory maltís signature in the amber lights in what is primarily a deep golden beer. And, yes, donít be fooled --thereís malt going on here, too, as youíll see in the firey body of this ale that makes Smashbomb Atomic look like it radiates its own energy.
With the first taste, Smashbombís 70 IBUs are pronounced. This brew is a little bitter, but bitter like a grapefruit with three tablespoons of sugar on top. Itís also incredibly drinkable. The oddity thatíll 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-puddiní 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, itís all is so damn intriguing, youíll be driven to keep on sampling...and sampling.
chucklemation (534) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a golden copper color with a white foam head. Aroma is pine. Flavor is pine and citra hops, along with a decent dose of bitterness. Lightly sweet, crisp. Pretty good.
nathan30533 (643) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ohhh itís 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.
cattaneopapa (190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 IPAís Iíve ever tried. Taste matches the aroma and ends with a dry hoppy finish.
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy orange amber with a large frothy off-white head. Strong bitter hops and sweet dark amber fruit. Big medium-dark caramel malts. Raisins and prunes. Sugared blood orange peels. Peppers dipped in varnish. Spicy truffles. A chewy hop bomb!
Pizz5116 (61) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Pours a cloudy orange with dissipating head. Aroma is lots of citrus and hops. Taste is hoppy and bitter. True to style. Love citra hops
rouhlas (274) - GREECE - OCT 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Light hazy orange color with off-white head. Hoppy fruity, sweet citrusy and malty aroma. Taste is sweet and bitter, juicy fruity again. Light to medium, oily body with soft carbonation.
fugitive (1381) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color hazy orange with small white head. Aroma fruits, orange, hoppy. Taste sweatbitter, fruity, grapefruit.
Dabirrifactor (10) - SPAIN - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Adquirida en La espuma de mi bigote. Aroma a frutas tropicales y a caramelo, cafe. Una Ipa muy agradable y adecuada para acompaŮar con comida picante.
Brandman (2114) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just some comments due to social conversation: Bit tight. And way too intense. Just too bitter. Rasiny and pungent.
a_sully (160) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange in colour, with a minimal white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral. Taste matches with hints of citrus.
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williamherbert (1317) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is light carrot orange. Rocky-top head. It all dissolves into a kind of slushy mess.
Aroma is beautiful pine-oil hops, with a spicy malt that seems like rye. Coriander and a very prickly orange peel. A hint of finished wood.
Flavors are a hefty dose of citrus rind, with a very prickly, spicy rye-ish base. There is a musty earthiness to the flavor. The orange is strong.
There is a creaminess to the feel. Itís well balanced, with prickly malts, citrusy hops and a lot of strong flavors.
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