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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 483
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 139 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010

70 IBU
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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 483
Photo of Digimaika2
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful red-copper hue with a thick inch of puffy and creamy foam. Good lacing down the glass. Very nice blanket of bubble clusters sits atop.

S: Earthy hops, cracker-like malts, caramel, grapefruit, and some toffee. Enticing aromas that blend together quite well.

T: Quite a bit of hop bitterness but actually kept in check with the bready malts. Was anticipating a bit more hop-centric taste (from the label) but regardless, this is still delicious. Hints of grapefruit, a bit of lemony sourness, and caramel/toffee.

M: Slightly oily and viscous with above-average carbonation for the style.

D: Again, another nice offering from Flying Monkeys. In my opinion, still not up there with the Cascadian Ale, but nonetheless a good IPA. It's refreshing to see an Ontario brewery focusing more on out-of-the-box (for Ontario atleast) styles

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A slightly opaque orange amber, good continual linear rising pinhead carbonation. Head is off whie and clumps and hangs like crazy. Islands of head, crazy lacing all over.

Citrus an tropical hop front, good orange and mango like nose. Clean, and wet possibly. But very enjoyable.

Palate brings good hop forward and malt richness. Pine angle on the finish with some drying grapefruit in the mid palate. Light sweetness and coating in the palate, but slightly wet also. Lingering great balance of light brown sugar and sweetness, malt angle a little buried, but the hop front on this is so well done.

Overall, real solid, nicely done.

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Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Only Cafe in Toronto. Amber-coloured body with a light haze and a good cover of beige head.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose: lychee, guava and mango. Light candy malt.

More tropical character in the mouth, with some very nice hops presenting lychee, mango and guava again along with some grassiness, a little pepper and a solid bitterness. Under-malted a bit, featuring a dry biscuty malt; I'd prefer a little more sweetness to accent those juicy tropical flavours. A touch of alcohol and grapefruit pith on the finish.

Medium light body with a moderate carbonation. Okay feel, though not a standout.

This is good stuff, I'd be happy to have this available in Quebec. Not completely balanced in the way I like but the hops are very nice. This would probably be my choice relatively-inexpensive, readily-available go-to beer if I lived in Ontario.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at C'est What Spring Festival. A story of grapefruit, in aroma and in taste. Unfortunately watery mouthfeel. Not as drinkable as the smell led me on to believe, though not unpleasant . Decent unfiltered look.

Had on cask at Project XXX and so much better, great hops and balanced. Improved mouthfeel, in fact very decent for a cask.
Had again a month later on tap at C'est What and the taste is right there, lemon and grapefruit, great drinkability. Have upgraded rating.

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color pretty much epitomizes amber, and it's completely clear though there is a density in the heaviest part of the body. The head is eggshell white, tight, and 3/4 finger at its peak. Lacing includes moderately thick rings where it rest with dense spotting between.
The aroma really showcases Citra hops with a good balance of caramel malts that never let the hops lose focus. Showcased are lots of hop oils with citrus and tropical fruit characters as well as something slightly green.
Citra's the main event in the flavor as well, though it gets slightly pithier than that, fades out in the middle while caramel and a touch of brine show, then comes back into the finish.
The feel is good, a medium body supporting with a little slickness that's cut through by the hop acidity. It has a strong crispness that sustains itself without biting too hard, allowing for good smoothness as well.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flying Monkeys 'Smashbomb Atomic IPA' @ 6.0% , served from a single 355 ml bottle purchased for $2.25
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-citrus & pine , nice blend of hops
T-good tasting IPA at the start , no finish
MF-lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , possibly good (sampled along side Driftwood-Fat Tug)
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.49/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of pine
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm lyer with raised center
Lacing good – torn curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct flavor, short duration; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another buy from my Ohio beer run. Loved the label and packaging, so I picked it up. This one pours a glowing orange copper hue with a thick and lasting white foam head. The lacing is minimal and suggests a thinner ale. The nose is bright and delicious with citrus, pine, and grassy hops. There is a little malt note but mostly just beautiful fresh hops. The sip is clean, medium bodied and refreshing with just enough coating to make a hop head like me happy. The taste is all hops just like the nose suggests but unfortunately doesn't seem as fresh as the aroma. This is a damn good west coast style ipa that I will definitely drink again. Not the greatest but very enjoyable.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is strong citrus - grapefruit & orange and sweet caramel malts.

T - Aggressive hops hit the palate immediately. Lots of pine upfront transitioning mid-palate into grapefruit. Finish is bitter pine and grapefruit rind. Lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very hop forward IPA. A nice beer, but I wish it had a little more balance in the flavors.

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Photo of badandy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber. Good head retention. Lacing evident.

S: Earthy pine dominent.

T: Pretty bitter upfront, stays on the palate for a long time, but is not overly harsh. Pine flavors all around. Not a whole lot of citrus, but there's something brighter hiding behind all those IBU's. Taste some orange on the finish. Personally, I'd like some more citrus to balance the bitterness.

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation level.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml brown bottle with pry-off cap poured in a nonic pint glass. Purchased from Zyn in Calgary.

Amber-orange and a little hazy. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin cap with lots of lines of lacing on the sides.

Big and juicy aroma. Citrusy hops and sweet malts. Grapefruit, orange, apricot, caramel. Simply mouthwatering!

Big bash of hops right off the start. Heavy handed citrusy hops bulldoze the palate through the front and middle, leading to a hop bitter finish that scours the tongue and roof of your mouth. A real hop-bomb for sure. While the aroma is quite balanced, the taste is missing a little more malt backbone. There is some malt to lightly tug on the reigns of the galloping stagecoach of hops, but not enough in my estimation.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight oily feel from the hops.

Hop lovers will really enjoy this, but I'm partial to a little more balance and drinkability in my beers. If you're a hop head this is a must have, but a definite try for everyone.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to SebD for providing us this beer to enjoy.

A: A deep amber on the pour with 2-3 fingers of off white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Pronounced pine resin followed by tropical fruits including g pineapple and mango. Background scents of sweet solid malts and slight hints of a barnyard funk.

T: Follows the nose with subtle initial malts quickly followed by pine forward hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A more hop forward IPA than I'm used to with a focus on pine resin notes. While I would have liked to see a bit more balance, hop heads will definitely find something to love here.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some piney hops. There is also a touch of pineapple flavour and a some grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet caramel/malt and citrusy aftertaste and there is some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - One the better beers available to me locally. I find this beer is right up there with Mad Tom and Crazy Canuck taste wise, but it adds a little bit of a different dimension with more malt and caramel flavour. Was happy I got try this one on tap - not sure how fresh the keg was though.

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Photo of Mit
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the last bottle in the store...like someone had bought the last five bottles in a six pack....LOL and I got the last bottle...which I quickly scooped up....

a-pours a beautiful copper amber colour, minimal head.

s-citrus, light malt flavours...some spicey/peppery notes at the end.

t-Hops dominate obviously...slightly balanced by some malty sweetness. Def in favour of the hops

m-feels heavier as per the abv.

o-overall this beer is tremendous...especially given that it's a Canadian IPA which are beginning to come into their own prominence.

I really enjoyed this and would love to see it become as easy to find as the Hoptical Illusion.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a good creamy head.

S/T - Big grapefruit hop with pine, toasty, husky grain and a light tobacco. Very hoppy. Some apple and light fruitiness as well.

M - A bit too carbonated this one. Hurts a bit to drink.

D - Overall, a big hoppy IPA/DIPA that could benefit from some more depth. Some more sweetness to balance the hops would be nice too.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle
Served in a snifter

A - I'll call this beer amber with some golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head that leaves some lacing down the sides.

S - The smell is citrus and pine. I get a little peach too.

T - The taste starts out with citrus. The finish and aftertaste are bitter pine.

M - Medium

O - It is better than I remember. I had a draft that I wasn't impressed with and have passed this beer over. A couple bottles as a gift made me realize this is a decent IPA. I'll still stick with my Ohio and Michigan IPA's over this as regulars though.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/3/2014. Pours hazy orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Lukass
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of dried tea notes on the nose and palate. Very earthy, herbal hop character, backed by a strong bitterness of pine. Much different than the fruity/tropical IPAs IMO. A nice IPA from these guys!

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Photo of MattyV
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-amber colour, 1 finger dense off-white head. Aroma is mostly pine/grapefruit, but also with a seemingly hefty sweet caramel malt component. Pleasant, but nothing jumping out at you. Taste is much of the same, but with the citra hops imparting much more tropical fruit. A moderate lingering piney bitterness and sizeable sweet caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied, slightly oily but pleasant. Yet another step in the right direction for Ontario brewers. Definitely the best Ontario AIPA I've tried to date, but still doesn't quite hold a candle to the better stateside options. I'm looking forward to what FM churns out in the future, they haven't let me down thus far!

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark copper color with frothy half inch head. Aroma is all hops. Goes down a little harsh, extremely bitter. This amount of bitterness is more expected from a Double IPA. A little too bitter for my tastes. There are better America IPA's out there.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a nice two finger off white fluffy head, big blanket of lacing.
S - Typical pine, grapefruit, orange juice, cracker malt, a little sweet grain.
T - Very sweet and grainy, almost in the adjunct way. Middle to end you get a little grassy and pine bitterness, some grapefruit.
M - Medium body, well carbonated.
O - Its just ok, I'm kinda shocked at some of the other reviews this has gotten, its nothing stellar at all, very generic.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is reddish amber in colour. My pint had basically no head whatsoever, just a bit of white froth around the side.

The smell is pleasant but faint- a light scent of hops, slightly floral. Rather nice, but I had really had to search for it.

As for the taste, it is quite bitter. A grapefruity citrus is strongly present, and there is a slight soapy taste to the beer (which sounds awful, but really is not bad). Finish is all bitterness. Not particularly complex, but pretty good.

As for mouthfeel, it is incredibly carbonated, to the point where it is irritating to the mouth and makes it difficult to enjoy the beer. I found it got better as time went by, and started to become a little less intense in the mouth, which was a great improvement. Body is otherwise light bodied, and is quite refreshing.

Overall, a pretty good but not great beer. Frankly, I think it is a little overrated, but is certainly a good American IPA for Ontario.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

A - Pours golden brown with two fingers of off white head that retains to a think cap around the glass. Nice rings all the way down.

S - Floral, citrus fruit, malts.

T - Layers of citrus hops, floral, balanced by malts. Good balance and nice bitter mouth feel.

O - Solid offering from Canada. Good I-P - Eh!

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Photo of kjyost
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes. Thanks cenquist!

A: Copper and clear with a small head. Light lacing.
S: Grapefruit, caramel, some booze.
T: Some sweet malt with light fruit notes and a distinct bitterness, that is almost harsh.
M: Bitter and dry
O: An IPA, but it is really missing the hop flavours I have come to expect from a great IPA. As time passes and it warms it begins to become hot and boozy...

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Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, nice creamy off-white head.
Smell of citrus hop, caramel and heavy toasted biscuits, plenty of floral notes with a sweet honey-like side to it, faint peach, and also a bit of earthiness that doesn't bode well.
A "crowded" start, with big bitter hops and a really strong malty backbone, quite heavy and not that attractive. A really bitter citrus character, like orange and grapefruit devoid of any sweetness, plus a slightly sour lemon zestiness. Toasted biscuits, caramel sweetness just for a short flash, quickly stampeded on by big grassy hops, really bitter and dry in the finish.
Aftertaste mostly of bitter hops and some grapefruit peel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness, like medicine or perfume stuck down the throat.
Lots of hops in this one, "barely under control", as they say on the label, but not entirely cool. Big single-flavored punch, a pity.

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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.