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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of evenflow82
1.58/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I absolutely love IPAs. the crispness, the bitterness. it's a real drinkers beer.

This is a failure of epic proportions. straight out of the fridge, ice cold...that's about the best part. once it hits your tongue and you get that fermented sock flavour splashing over your taste buds, you pull back, force yourself to swallow then exclaim "WTF was that??"

you think maybe it's just a lingering after taste from something you ate, so you try again....nope it's actually worse on the second mouthful.

maybe it's me, you think.
so you give one to your friend and his response is an enthusiastic, "dude that's F**king terrible"

I look into the glass...something must be wrong. it's supposed to be a pale, but it's more of an amber, far too dark to be what's reported.

a week later you fish bottle #3 out of the pack and try again. nope, same effect. in desperation you steal one of your wife's limes from the pile she's using for her coronas...one's not enough, after you've jammed four down the neck of the bottle it starts to become palatable....but four?? it's taken almost half a friggin lime to be palatable? what's wrong here? for a man who can chug tallboys of murphy's or guiness without blinking to be defeated by an IPA is impossible.

last ditch effort, beer barbecue sauce!!!!

worst goddamn barbecue sauce in existence.

epic fail

evenflow82, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Snodman
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Snodman, Aug 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

RonnieRotten, May 29, 2013
Photo of n_marz
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

n_marz, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Dalia
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Dalia, Oct 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

DKingsley, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of northyorksammy (thanks!) - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark orange liquid capped by a tall layer of pale beige merengue. Lovely messy lacing, superior retention.

Catty, vegetal aromatics - lots of C-hops, acid, and hints of DMS.

Soapy, perfume-laden palate entry. Hints of bile amidst more pleasant hop flavors and a grassy/bready pale malt base.

Medium-light-bodied, well carbonated, lightly effervescent.

What I at first thought might be off-notes are integral to the flavor profile - not something I'd drink again.

augustgarage, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Lysswilkins, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of mmapes
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a 6 oz glass. Big loose foam on golden body. Smells kinda skunky, actually, but doesn't taste that way.

Taste, up front, is big hops. Label says they use Citra hops. Definitely closer to grapefruit than pine. Nice underlying sweetness, but could be better balanced for my tastes -- maybe too heavy on the hops. What do you expect from "smashbomb atomic IPA" though? (And yes, the label says "smashbomb" -- one word -- not two as currently identified on BA. Granted, a super-hoppy IPA is not my favorite style so take it with a grain of salt.

Good refreshing effervescent mouthfeel. As it warms and after several sips, the hops fade from the finish and leave a better balanced flavor.

mmapes, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Bloodreign
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice color. Clear straight thru the glass. Very pretty head, covered the entire glass. Not much in the aroma department. The taste is very bitter. When you drink it, there is a very full feel when you swallow. And when the beer hits your taste buds you know where the atomic name comes from, it is very strong in your mouth with a bitter feel.

Bloodreign, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of downtownbrown
3/5  rDev -24.2%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

adamdarcy, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Tadd_Durand, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

joefinnigan15, Jul 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

MichiganBeers, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

JohnnyMc, Apr 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Kerrie, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of dgilks
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper colour with a large, fluffy light tan head. Good head retention.

Malty, caramel malts with some diacetyl. Piney, resinous hops. Too malty.

Big bitterness without the corresponding hop flavour. A little citrus and pine. Lots of sweet malt and moderate diacetyl.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A little slick.

A big, bitter IPA with a lot of malt and bitterness but this lacks the clarity of the best IPAs and the hop character needed. The diacetyl is also a disappointment.

dgilks, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Not a big fan of this one. Pretty malt with a bit of floral malt, pine, and citrus peel. The flavor isn’t much better. Kind of bland with some bready malt and a little bit of citrus peel and floral hops, but a fairly pronounced bitterness. Really not a very good IPA.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Mattias, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, May 15, 2012
Photo of msquared36
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

msquared36, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bunch of these from Korguy123 this past summer. Thanks for going to all the trouble to hook me up with these brews. Flying Monkeys is one of my favorite Ontario breweries, so I was much looking forward to this one!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: One finger, medium looking, off white head with good retention. Burnt orange in color with next to zero carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing. Darker than the standard IPA, but we can expect that from these guys. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, and lots of floral hops. Some citrus notes as well, with orange peel, lemon, and pineapple in there. Very floral and fruity, though only medium in strength.

TASTE: Pale malts, biscuit, and some sweet caramel malt. Sweet pineapple and lots of floral hops flavors. This one is 100% citra hop, so there is some soapy qualities in there as well. Not a fan of that. Some citrus orange and lemon peels, but the floral hop and, unfortunately, soap notes get in their way. Bold and lingering aftertaste is soapy, with some nice floral bitterness and sweet caramel balancing each other well. Not my favorite hop, but there are some good things going on here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate and only semi-creamy, but goes down nicely smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Ok here.

OVERALL: I really like these guys and appreciate what they’re doing for the Ontario craft beer scene. They belong to a very small number of breweries I actually get excited about when I go home. I like what they’re trying to do with this one, but the citra hop is not my first choice, as I always tend to get some soapy flavors out of it. Since this one is 100% citra, those soapy flavors were a little too present for me to really enjoy this. That said, I shared the other bottles with my two cousins and they finished them off quickly and asked for more! This is a hit in Ontario for a reason, as it is definitely quality, but I would take a Hoptical Illusion nine times out of ten I think. Thanks a lot for the trade Korguy123, and a big cheers for bringing so many of these bottles along!

Jeffo, Aug 17, 2011
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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.