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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 459
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 25
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010

70 IBU
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Photo of Weebay
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Volo.

A - Orange/copper coloured.

S - Pine and citrus fruits.

T - Big mango/grapefruit start, wonderfully hoppy. The malt backbone is present, but the hops take center stage.

M - Very easy to drink, not an overly viscious feel, which I find with beers that are this hoppy.

D - This is the best IPA I've had out of Ontario. It's very easy to drink. (366 characters)

Photo of DaveSutula
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Promising citra nose that pays off in the flavor. Does not blow your head off, but rather delivers a very nice, balanced look at what American IPA could -and should - be. (171 characters)

Photo of PeerlessMark
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Flying Monkeys brew to date, an exquisitiely good hop explosion with an incredibly satisfying mouthfeel.

Pours with good amount of clean head that becomes a fine soapy cloudy when the head dies down. Stays around for the whole drinking experience. Cloudy from a lot of hop sediment specks, colour is a dark carrot orange.

You can smell the tantalizing Citra hops right away and the rest of the aromas are drowned out, I can only say that everything else just smells clean and inviting.

The first sip delivers a strong kick of the promised hops and the 6.0% ABV is evident just in the impact that you get right away. There is a lot of delicious citrous flavour in this as can be expected. The hops are central to this beer but are complemented nicely with 'Crystal' malt as the named backbone.

My experience is usually first citrousy malt combination followed by a cleansing hop punch that continues to the back of the tongue. I absolutely love this IPA and keep coming back to it despite all the amazing new beers piling up in my cellar that I keep meaning to get to.

I love burbing when I drink this beer, it tastes just as good bubbling back up as it does going down.

You can get these at most LCBO's for $12.75 for a six pack. Great value for one of Ontario's absolute best craft beers. (1,309 characters)

Photo of uno99
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up from the brewery on bottling day. Served at around 50 degrees into a Stella Artois glass.

A: Huge tan head from a fairly gentle pour. Beer is very deep amber. Retention is amazing and lacing is everywhere. A spectacular looking beer just like all other FM offerings.

S: The name is a little misleading. Not exactly an unbalanced hop wallop. This is a carefully crafted and well balanced beer, but with a huge amount of citrus and other fruit notes. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, grape, plum, etc are all present. Malt gives a hint of leather and smoke.

T: Superbly balanced sweetness and bitterness. Caramel is actually quite dominate in the finish but with the lingering hop bitterness it is very nice.

M: I could almost consider this "thick"; a very substantial beer indeed. Slightly dry on the edges of the palate. Carbonation is fairly smooth. I'd love to try this on cask though, as I think natural carbonation would really be "da bomb"

Overall: this is the best we have in Ontario. Maybe I'm a hair biased... I don't care. (1,044 characters)

Photo of prigden
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smash Bomb Atomic IPA was an excellent beer with a great flavour. A very flavour forward beer, it hits excellent notes and finishes smoothly and with a pleasant aftertaste.

Not for the faint of heart, as it is a very hoppy beer, but for those who enjoy such a thing, it's delicious. (283 characters)

Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper. Nice foamy head with heavy lacing.

Smells of citrus and malt. Not strong smelling. Roasted malt smell.

Taste of citrus hops and malt nice little bite of bitterness on finish but not as much hop bite as you would expect from the name.

Light carbonation similar to other IPA.

Overall I really enjoy this Canadian IPA very sessionable almost to easy to drink nice citrus notes with piney bite but smoothed out with malts. Lots if different flavours going on this is excellent Ipa very well put together just the right amount of sweet malt and better hop delicious. (586 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice orange/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrucy/tropical hops with some nice floral undertones, crystal malts and some light caramely notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hoppy character and bitterness with nice citrusy,tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. The malts also bring a nice sweet balance to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with very nice balance of flavors.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. (621 characters)

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Citra hop all-around. A slight taste of malt. Long bitterness and aroma of orange peel. Loose a lot of flavors after a couple of days in the fridge. Drink fresh (160 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beers pours a gorgeous copper colour, very clear and nice. head is a slight off-white, about 2 fingers and has some very good lasting power. Minimal to no carbonation present.

Smell - Hops, pine, some citrus light caramel. very well balanced smelling beer. reminds me a LOT of Red Racer IPA actually.

Taste - what an amazing beer! taste is light but balanced, comes in with some hops, pine then finish with the caramel/citrus punch. there is a little lasting flavour too.

Mouthfeel - Tremendous levels added here, so good. tones of volume and fullness. the flavour remains the same with a well balanced approach.

Overall - I am in love, this is a solid beer that offers so much. A lot like Red Racer IMO that is such a good beer. This is a great find and hope they continue to stock it at the LCBO! SpinRSX, I have your 3 waiting! (847 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at first Ontario Craft beer week Project X.

Served in perfect condition.

A: Hazy, golden-bronze with a white head. A little retention & lace from the gravity pour.

S: Huge mango and ganja aroma with resiny pine, grass and grapefruit undertones. Awesome.

T: Very hop-forward and fairly bitter, but not overly bitter. Plenty of mango & grassy reefer with some grapefruit and pine. There's some centennial in here, but it's mostly citra and I really like it. There's a lightly bready malt backbone (I think the brewer said it was 10-15% munich), but there isn't any crystal malt sweetness to detract from the proper balance of an IPA. Yeah, I REALLY like it.

M: Smooth, moderate body has a light hop acidity & carbonation.

D: Very drinkable (after the bottle & cask sample, I went back for 3 more cask samples). (819 characters)

Photo of jimithebeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After tasting their bland "Hoptical Illusion" I was a bit on the fence on Smashbomb until I tried it last weekend. This is an amazing beer full of life and hops! I find this beer highly complex and full of body and character. The hops explode in your mouth and this has all the characteristics that beer snob (like me) live for.

Highly recommended on tap and as i write this I am enjoying a bottle and it is pretty darn good too ! (433 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has this on tap at Volo and had to adjust my ratings to reflect how amazing this beer was on tap. I wish I could get this regularly on tap where I am.

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Thanks to korguy123 for sending me a fresh bottle of this straight from the brewery!

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Deep amber colour with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head and some good lacing.

S - Nice balanced nose of bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have citrus and earthy notes. A nice nose.

T - A very flavourful IPA with a nice mix of sweet caramel malts and bitter hops. The hops have an earthy flavour to them and some citrus, that comes through more and more as the beer warms up, contributing some grapefruit notes. A nicely balanced beer.

M - Medium body, smooth, a nice chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice IPA and impressive for an Ontario craft beer. I would buy again if it ever makes its way to the LCBO. (909 characters)

Photo of Bestuurder
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smashbomb is an IPA, but with a blast of Citra hops in. Poured a yellowish-ruby, slightly orange, but a bit of red with a nice thick head that did not dissipate at all throughout consumption.

Flavour is malty, with distinct notes of Crystal, Pale Malts and either a black or german malt. There is a VERY distinct hop aroma and flavour. Inlcuding, but not limited to, notes of grapefruit, lemon/lime, pineapple and mango.

The first taste is definitely bitter. But a lighter, blossoming explosion of malt comes through. The overall impression was one of a flavourful and rich brew that slowly fades away.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick a velvety with very little alcohol backbone. Strong notes of hops and excellent texture.

Overall, this brew is exceptional, let it sit to room temperature and it gets even better! The fruit and floral notes come through even more so and the dry hoppiness becomes true happiness! Cheers! (921 characters)

Photo of dragonofblood
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to try this one. The other two offerings I've had from Flying Monkeys (Hoptical Illusion and Netherworld) were disappointments, but a friend told me good things about this one.

Appearance: Amber coloured. Unfortunately the bartender gave me a stadium pour. After a good swirl the beer developed a nice thick head that left big sticky rings of lace all down the glass.

Smell: Complex. Citrusy hops, notes of pear, berries, grapefruit. Small amount of pine, and some caramel sweetness. I am loving this.

Taste: Delicious. Big time grapefruit hops, I usually prefer the piney hops to be the dominant flavour but this beer delivers. Grapefruit citrus, small amount of malt sweetness, the pear flavours detected in the nose are definitely there, notes of apple, small amounts of piney hops, big bitterness to the finish and slight alcohol tingle.

Mouthfeel: Very oily, leaves the tongue wanting more.

Overall: This is an absolute home run, and the best Ontario brewed IPA I've had since the Church-Key days of Sgt. Major. It is the closest thing to a true American IPA I've had on tap in years. I love this beer. (1,116 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best "American pale ale" Ontario has yet to offer. Magnificent! Well balanced and dangerously drinkable - mango, citrus and hops, hops, hops. Only wish it wasn't quite so potent so additonal pints would be possible...

Congratulations, Flying Monkeys - you have made this "beer geek" proud to be Canadian. (310 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from a six-pack; bottled in May 2012. This only recently became available at my local LCBO, which I hope is a harbinger of more craft brews to come.

Pours a nice copper-amber colour, slightly cloudy, with a monstrous, puffy, uneven head nearly three fingers thick erupting from the surface. It takes more than a few minutes to fully dissipate, leaving behind complex webs of lacing on the sides of the glass as it does so. Certainly looks good. Very nice, fairly powerful aroma dominated by citrusy hops, tropical fruit and some weaker pine resin notes. There is some underlying caramel malt sweetness, but the hops are most assuredly in the limelight - and I wouldn't want my IPA any other way.

The aroma is not misleading - this is a tasty, hoppy IPA, of the sort that Ontario beer geeks have been largely deprived until recent months. Tons of grapefruit rind, alongside juicy mango and papaya notes - this ale definitely leans toward the juicy-fruit type of hop oil, rather than the pine-resiny type. Although the hops are by far the more dominant facet of the flavour, there is definitely some balancing malt presence, of a bready, sweet toffee-like nature. Solid hoppy finish with good bitterness, but not the sort of powerful, face-puckering dryness I get in a lot of the more 'piney' IPAs. Medium-bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Perfect carbonaton level; not distracting from the flavour, but more than enough to give the brew a crisp, refreshing feel.

Final Grade: 4.38, a brown-nosing A grade. If you live in Ontario and consider yourself a hophead, but have never tried Smash Bomb Atomic IPA - stop wasting your time reading this review and go try it right now. Or at least, as soon as your local LCBO opens its doors in the morning. Yes, I am being serious. Yes, it really is that good. And yes, I will definitely get this again some time.

[Updated April 29 2014]

Another bottle from a six-pack, dated March 27 2014. When served fresh, this is absolutely one of the best Ontario-made IPAs available, with lots of pithy bitterness, and juicy tropical fruit/citrus. That being said, I have had old bottles of this stuff and, like most IPAs, it really loses a lot of its kick after 3-4 months. Avoid those and you're golden! As far as widely-distributed Canadian IPAs go, this one is right up there with Red Racer IMHO. (2,354 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's and La Palette, in Toronto.

This is an IPA that looks like it was returned to the tandoori oven for an extra 5 minutes. Its toasty amber tone appears sun-scorched but, despite the deeper shade, brandishes a squeaky clean complexion and absolute clarity. Its soapy, glinting white foam leaves its name written indelicately upon the glass. It really doesn't matter what style of beer you like to drink, this is unarguably a good looking pint.

When Flying Monkeys set out to brew an American-style IPA, you can tell they were obviously enthusiastic about the project. This aroma doesn't smell so much as it does stink... like a wonderfully fragrant array of lush tropical fruits. AKA hops. You name the fruit, it's in there. As is a dash of pine. Heck, I might not even drink it but just inhale the stuff. It's a blissful smell; I'd spray some on before a date. Bet it would help my chances.

And if you thought your sense of smell was being spoiled, just wait until you taste the stuff! As you'd hope, the flavour is swimming in hop oils. To my imagination, this is the eccentric 'pineapple and papaya pie' recipe that would win you 'Food Network Challenge'. But there's also lots of lemon, mango, grapefruit and lychee in there too - and the alcohol dryness brings out in them a kind of hyper-real, super-distilled essence.

I gotta love me some kettle hops; I feel like if I breathe on the grass outside little hop vines will begin to sprout. Nevertheless, all this tropical hoppiness is actually tempered by a firm maltiness that leaves sweet - but not too sweet, mind you - overtones, especially in the finish. Still, if the people at, say, Molson or Labatt, tried it, chances are their tongues would curdle up and fall off. Which is probably the reaction the brewery was shooting for.

Smashbomb Atomic IPA is the kind of beer you'd strap to your testicles and run into war with. Even the brewery isn't too shy to admit it themselves: it's totally da' bomb. In fact, I enjoyed it so #$%&in much that it's causing me to have to edit myself in this review! If hoppy, bold beers are your preference then you should really enjoy this. It's only a matter of time before it becomes the darling of hop heads across Canada. (2,250 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper orange with two fingers of cream coloured head. Smells piney, with citrust hops, tropical fruits and lemon. Taste has strong hoppy bitterness, with some bread and caramel notes. Strong citrus and tropical fruits linger throughout. Aftertaste is strong and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy as well. A great Canadian made IPA, and in my home province as well. This is possibly my first Canadian IPA, unless you count Keith's. (493 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep-orange in colour and clear as glass. Moderately retentive off-white foam sticks to the glass in rings. Luscious mango aroma also hints at grapefruit, pine, cat piss, and sparking up a bowl of the sticky-icky. Loads of juicy mango tutti-frutti flavour with tangy citrus undertones, riding on mildly sweet malt. Finishes with an in your face leafy bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Lovely stuff. Medium-bodied with an oily, resinous finish. You know those shitty Labatts radio advertisements? The ones where they tell you to go for the good stuff? This is the REAL good stuff. (595 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been a big want for a while now. Thanks to liamt07 for including this in my CANBIF box!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, rich amber-gold with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Big caramel malts, piney and citrusy hops. Getting a little bit of spice too, like cinnamon or nutmeg... Probably just me.

Taste. Nice big juicy citrus hops, some toasted grains, but not the big sweet caramel I was smelling. Not extremely bitter, but just enough.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice ipa with good balance going on, for the style anyways. Really enjoying this and wish we could get it in BC! (628 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peter Chiodo, brewmaster at Flying Monkeys,and a pioneer in the Ontario brewing scene, has vision. Vision to see this project come to fruition. Smashbomb Atomic IPA, built around the Citra hop. A hop less traveled if you will. After many samplings of this beer, in many formats, I feel it is time to add my score to this site. A deep and slightly hazed amber pours a frothy and rocky cap. Lots of spiderweb lace happening here. Nose is fresh and inviting. Loads of mango and peach with very much a tropical feel. Piney hops make an appearance and lead to gooseberry, much like fine sauvignon blanc. The flavours match the aromas in every way. I get mango, peach, and apricot, all hovering around a piney hoppiness, with a slightly savoury cattiness that is pleasing. Medium bodied, full on flavour, and absolutely mouth coating. Lenghty finish. Very well done! Bravo! (867 characters)

Photo of starkdog24
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've just noticed this beer in NE recently, and it was only $7 for a 22oz (little steep!).
Comparing to other IPAs, a very subtle floral, hoppy, citrus nose. Initial wonderful hoppy
mouth feel, but the beauty of this one is how sweet and smooth the finish is. Ths is not an over-the-top hoppy bitter IPA, but matched and well balanced beer. I would definitely buy this beer again. (382 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just 6% abv? Drinks like a much bigger beer. Great beer name, and the ale does not fail to deliver the promised hop detonation. Nice, substantial malt base to support the hops. Hops are a touch raw and resinous, with green herbal notes. Leans toward sweet at the finish. Overall nicely done. (291 characters)

Photo of codyhotel
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice, deep copper colour, more towards the reddish-brown spectrum of amber. Poured with a thick, but light white head that dissipated fast for about the first half, then much more slowly for the second half.

S - Very hoppy, with some nice fruity notes. Citrus builds towards the back end. Was expecting the nose to be a bit stronger.

T - A nice bitter, hoppy start that transitions smoothly into a malted middle. Bitterness comes back for the finish, leaving a good amount of hops on your palate for the aftertaste, but without being to overbearing. Citrus flavours throughout brighten everything well, keeping it fresh tasting.

M - Good amount of body, definitely feels richer than it looks. A good, moderate amount of carbonation is perfect: gives just enough body to fill your mouth, without being so much as to take away from the beer. Can't really notice the 6% ABV, which is nice.

Overall, a great beer for me. Fantastic balance to have a lot of great hops flavour without an overpowering bitterness. My first brew from Flying Monkeys, and I'll definitely be back for more. (1,094 characters)

Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
4.3/5  rDev +8%

Was first APA I tried. And I'm still in love with it. For me, it delivers on its name. It's an explosive, complex, evolving taste experience. Citrus (grapefruit), pine, rhubarb, dandelion tones are all there in a transcending fashion. (234 characters)

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