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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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2.6
Gluepot (632) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2016
I have deleted my previous rating of this beer to make a point. A number of year’s ago this beer lived up to its name. It was the first really punchy citra ipa in Ontario. It was fresh, juicy and easily the fruitiest hop beer in the province. It is a crime to call this current beer after the same name. For goodness sake, if you are going to change this beer to a mild, malt based ipa, have the decency to give it a different name. What has happened to Flying Monkeys? Serious sell out.

3.6
GoufCustom (1979) - HONG KONG - SEP 17, 2016


355 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear amber colour with a very thin trace of misty yeast particles; Three quarter finger head and soapy white foam which lasts for 1 minute; Excellent sticky lacing with active small carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant Ale malt, with grapefruits, strong lychee, light pineapples, apricots, floral, sugar, caramel, pine, lemon and grass.

Taste: Close to light Ale malt, with light metallic, strong grapefruits, light caramel, floral, light molasses, spices, dry biscuits, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Very slick and smooth palate.

Mouth Feel: Solid Ale maltyness in a thick and quite creamy background. Strong citrus hops with strong grapefruits, floral and spices, which mix well with light caramel and fairly light molasses. Biscuity with strong lemon to round. Dry and nice!

Hoppiness: Grapefruits, lychee, light pineapples, apricots, floral, pine, lemon and grass in nose. Strong grapefruits, floral, spices, strong lemon and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent lemony malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Citrusy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: As single hop IPA , this one’s Citra shines through with strong lychee aroma and expressive lemony hoppiness. Rich body without wheat-thinning is definity a plus, and low sweetness will certainly please a lot of people. Nice one for me!

3.6
tricksta_p (4560) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is resinous hops, biscuity malt, pine, slightly sweetish fruits, tropical notes, touch of caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to medium bitter. Body is medium. Not a fruity hop bomb, has more of a resinous and biscuity malty profile, but there’s room for some (tropical) fruits as well. Not bad at all, smooth drinkability.

4.2
Lore (2671) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 27, 2016
hazy orange to amber colour, one inch, creamy yellowish head; aroma of intensive tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit, some marmalade, hints of grapefruit and some biscuit notes; taste is similar to the aroma with much less intensiveness and harmony; would be a perfect IPA without this ’gap’; nevertheless, it is still very good

3.3
colui72 (986) - HONG KONG - AUG 26, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2016 Hazy golden/amber with a medium cream head. Beautiful aroma of citrus hops, pine and biscuits. Deceiving in the palate after a good nose. Very malty, with strong biscuit notes, hints of citrus and lots of hoppy bitterness not particularly flavourful. Decent but lacks of taste.

3.4
daniele (9021) - ITALY - AUG 25, 2016
bottle leggero ambrato limpida buona schima persistente piuttosto maltata carameloo marmellata forse non molto fragrante buon amaro

3.9
melush (3964) - SPAIN - AUG 16, 2016
Tap. @ Slainte, Salamanca, Spain. A: Amber. T: Hops, citrusy, fruity, slightly malty.

2.6
crossovert (12666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2016
355ml bottle. Honeylike gold pour, foamy white head. Aroma is earthy and malty, some grapefruit and spice. Flavor is metallic, slightly vegetal and earthy malt. This is fairly new to the market but it does not seem fresh.

3.8
wlajwl (6748) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Aroma is citrus/fruit, biscuit malts and a hint of tea. The flavor is much the same as the aroma with a bitter/earthy finish.

4.1
Randy4Beer (513) - - JUL 31, 2016
Big looking IPA, with a gorgeous blood orange body, wearing a crown consisting of a big frothy white head. Aromas and tastes are of citrus, grapefruit bitterness, and orange peel. Maybe some pepper on the swallow too. A delicious IPA that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.


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