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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010)
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Edgerrin32

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

12-11-2012 01:17:20 | More by Edgerrin32
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bluetrevian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-17-2013 22:51:08 | More by bluetrevian
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ElsieFI

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-17-2014 22:53:16 | More by ElsieFI
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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-20-2014 17:30:48 | More by jemarent
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timmy2b

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-01-2014 15:52:11 | More by timmy2b
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-31-2013 03:52:18 | More by thampel09
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hey, should we have a new category for Canadian IPA? The answer is no, of course, unless there evolves something unique, like AIPA's. That said, this is an excellent example of the style.

It pours a perfect dark yellow with loads of head that turns into lacing. The aroma is a cut above with a sweet hoppiness that is stronger than most. The taste follows suit, with a great balance of high taste ingredients - loads of hops offset with a malty and yeasty taste. Nothing wimpy about this, true to over the top American style IPA. The aftertaste is a nice refreshing bitterness.

This is a major success on tap. I will try it from a bottle if I ever see it. I am pretty sure that this brewer is new to our area even though they are less than 300 miles from here. It's nice to see more great brewing in Canada, eh.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2014 18:57:47 | More by schoolboy
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-11-2012 04:12:20 | More by artemh
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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-05-2012 06:45:48 | More by mjacquard
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-31-2012 20:58:45 | More by Kremlock
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-20-2013 23:44:42 | More by Molson2000
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RyanPollock

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-30-2014 01:16:50 | More by RyanPollock
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-14-2014 20:39:25 | More by randylangford
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-15-2012 07:38:22 | More by NedShakeshaft
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Orbex


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-31-2012 17:37:34 | More by Orbex
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Chancey Smith's. Taps a beautiful pale amber, great clarity, thick off-white cap, sheets of lacing down the shaker glass. Smell and taste are tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, pine, orange peel, bubblegum, whole grain bread, caramel, and some marijuana in the nose and finish. Weak Munich malt body lets the hops come forward. Refreshing, layered mouthfeel, slick and oily, medium bodied, crisp and spicy acidity mid-palate, lasting white grapefruit bitterness, very citric and juicy. Everything one could expect from a drinkable AIPA.

Peter and The Flying Monkeys are currently at the forefront of brewing excellent, hopped-up versions of neglected styles in the Ontario market, and for that they deserve our praise and financial support. I plan to buy Smash Bomb by the case when it's available in stores, but for now I'll be draining the keg at Chancey's!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 23:28:02 | More by cratez
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abraxel

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of pushkinwow. Bottled September 26, 2011, and poured into a tulip.

A - Beautiful, crystal-clear ruby-orange, with a few fingers of very solid, cloud-white head. The head is quite persistent, and leaves a little nice lacing as I sip.

S - Ooh, grapefruit. Lots of grapefruit and orange, maybe even a touch of lemon. Basically, citrus. There's also some crystal malt backing up the hops, but this is citra's show. Rather nice.

T - Whoops, I've drunk 2/3 of the glass before writing anything down. Once again, loads of citrusy hops. It's pretty balanced, though; the bitterness is present, but plays nicely with the crystal malt. This is a very good IPA.

M - A little thin, but substantial enough. Not much carbonation, and almost no hint of alcohol.

Overall, I'm happy. This is quite a good showing from my neighbors to the north.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 21:07:03 | More by abraxel
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/11

A clear reddish copper with just a few bubbles but a long lasting thumbs width of dense cream colored head that leaves several partial rings of lace well down the glass

S floral pine, some sweet citric rind with a little pineapple and toffee. smell is quite strong and thankfully quite good

T the tastes just a little toned down with lots of rind, a little less tropical fruit and a little more toffee

M medium bodied and it leaves a little behind in your mouth, could use just a little more carbonation but not flat by any means

O great IPA and all the better being Canadian, I'd be drinking this often If I could get it, great nose on a well rounded beer

thanks liamt07 for sending me a bottle of this bad boy it was solid. I hope I can get these guys out West one day but I won't be holding my breath

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 21:16:00 | More by wordemupg
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one bottle on my last trip down to Toronto...

A - Pours a dark orange, slightly cloudy body, with a pretty thick light tan head. Very nice head retention and lacing.

S - The nose is dominated by ripe grapefruit, with hints of mango and caramel/toffee. Very hoppy and quite malty.

T - This beer packs a pretty strong hop kick, bursting with grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, and papaya notes. Quite bitter, yet very sweet. The after-taste is dominated by bread and caramel notes, courtesy of crystal malts. If you take small sips, you will probably taste a range of other fruit notes, including pineapple and orange. Very well brewed and balanced.

M - Light-to-medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Quite high on the bitter side (with 70 IBU's), yet it is well balanced by the sweet malt backbone. Dry, but not too dry. Virtually no hint of alcohol.

O - I'm genuinely impressed by this beer. It's a very yummy almost-single-hop IPA, and the best beer to come out of the Flying Monkeys brewery to date. I'm glad that with each year we see more and more worthy Canadian IPA's. This one is highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:43:20 | More by NightINgale
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a full pint of this after the Spring Festival of Craft Beers at C'est What.

Poured a cloudy orange with small white head. Lots of grapefruit in the nose. Taste has tons of grapefruit and hoppy bitterness. Quite delicious stuff. It was a little thin in the body, which I'm hoping will improve when I try this in bottle/tap. I'm excited that this beer is going to start coming into the Ontario market because we need a west coast style IPA.

Update after having it on cask at Volo during Toronto beer week Sept '10:
Better hoppy aroma with some pine and the carbonation was much nicer. A finger of head with nice lacing. Upped the review from B+ to A-.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2010 20:37:09 | More by kwjd
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap on a trip to Canada, it was v2.0. Nice clear amber body with a light tan head that disappeared quickly. Good smell, earthy piney hops, a little hint of citrus, and some carmel. The taste is what I like in an IPA, slightly sweet to start then a good hit of piney bitterness, a little fruity, and then finishing dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is a little light, which helps to highlight the hops. Some people may not like the bitter dry finish, but I think it makes the beer really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 22:45:46 | More by orsulacp
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was probably the very beer that got me hooked on true craft brews, a few years back when I snagged a six-pack from Silver Springs Liquor Store here in Cowtown. It also got me hooked on hops. I am happy to return to it for the formal review treatment. This one is a light bronze or perhaps dark orange amber brew with three or four inches of beige head. The aroma is classic Citra hops as promised on the label, redolent with melon, passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit rind, along with an ill-defined but pleasing peppery spice. Not much malt on the nose but the hops are glorious. Taste is also that of an aggressive but flavorful hop bomb, with gooseberry, melon rind, grapefruit peel, black pepper, tomato leaf, lemon, and apricot all vying for your attention. This brew also features some of the most venomous and truculent pine/spruce flavor I've had in a Canadian IPA, with these resins just building and building like a jacked-up menthol cough drop as you make your way through a bottle or two. I would not say this flavor is coarse or nasty, though ... It IS forceful and ought to satisfy the biggest hopheads. The malts are more prominent on the palate than on the nose, providing some toasted caramel and even a little light molasses to balance out the citrus rind and pine onslaught. Body is semi-chewy and right where it needs to be for the style, goes down quite smooth albeit bone-dry. I may be biased (see opening statement of this review) but this is a personal favorite IPA. The hops are resinous and gamey, tropical and catty, and when I crave this sort of thing this brew is one of my standbys.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:13:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Dna_Infinity

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - A light copper/orange colour that had an white head, good lacing

Smell - Heavy on the citrus, grapefruit, mango, orange, some pine at the end

Taste - Good bitterness, grapefruit, mango, orange, pine, bitterness at the end

Overall - A good Ontario IPA, worth picking up a six pack

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 01:46:47 | More by Dna_Infinity
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Fierce and demanding. Gold and cloudy; faint carbonation that expires quickly. Powerful, fresh citrus and toffee nose held in great balance. Body delivers an overpowering, sharp hop bite that does not recede but grows in dryness; accompanied by slight but persistent malt base. This playfully-marketed IPA is a welcome Canadian addition to the American uber-hopped style.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 03:06:13 | More by HATS4BATS
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pint at C'est What in Toronto.
Clear amber copper color, with a full white head. Foam fades slowly, but never really disappears, leaving nice looking lacing.
Smell is full of hops (as expected), floral hops with lots of citrus. Taste matches the aroma, it has a nice hoppy flavor and bitterness. Citrus, grapefruit and some piney notes. There is some malts, but not enought to balance the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation and body.
It is a very smooth and drinkable beer. Lots of hops, but not as over-the-top burn as some IPAs. It's a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 04:44:14 | More by BigBry
Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.