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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
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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 Groulxsome
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted in comparison to Racer 5 (Bear Republic) and Alesmith's IPA.

A: It's got great head retention and a clear golden-copper colour.

S: Bready, biscuity with a bright passionfruit aroma. It's super balanced between citra-type hops and toasty malts.

T: A good balanced of the biscuit and the citrus of the hops. It's got that tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit) on the finish. Very enjoyable.

M: Creamy and medium. A good IPA mouthfeel.

O: It's really one of the best Ontario IPAs. It's very balanced and got some real nice west coast flavours. Personally, I prefer the pine tastes of Mad Top over the tropical tasting Smashbomb most of the time, but this is a great beer too!

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Photo of orsulacp
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.18/5  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

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery red color with a massive foamy head that lasts the entire glass. Chunks of foam cover most of the glass on the way down. Plenty of citrusy hops make up the aroma. Hops come to the fore in the first sip - lemon, eucalyptus and papaya notes mingle with a stern, overarching grapefruit bitterness. A sturdy caramel maltyness provides ample balance to the Citra hop fest. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very smoothly carbonated. Grapefruit rind lingers for a long while in the finish.

This is a great, moderately hoppy Canadian IPA. Very tasty. Seek this one out if you like hoppy beers.

I'm liking these Citra hops.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful dark copper colour, good amount of light tan head - leaves a nice even film of lacing afterwards.

super citrusy hops, tons of grapefruit in the smell. really nice.

taste is similar with the citrus/grapefruit and perhaps a bit of lemon now. malt is more apparent now but still nice and hoppy. good carbonation and drinkability.

overall it was pretty tasty - i enjoyed it and will be picking up some more sometime.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of abraxel
4.21/5  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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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-.

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Photo of akdo
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a 20 oz pint glass at a bar in Toronto called Stack, which is located north of Lawrence subway station.

Look: The body has the same colour as a dark honey, is slightly transparent and has a white one-finger head. This IPA has an excellent head retention as it recedes to a thin white layer that covers nearly all of the drink. All in all, I love the lacings as well as the traces of foam the beer leaves on the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: The pine woods are subtly in the background while the notes of lemon complement those of orange zests and even a few tropical fruits.

Taste: The palate makes a quick transition from its fruits to the pine woods.

Feel: There is a little bit of creaminess as a small quantity of the beer stays in the mouth. Moreover, this is the first IPA I have tried which keeps the notes of pine woods mostly intact whilst the beer is in the throat and the solar plexus.

Overall: This is the best IPA from Canada I have drunk when it comes to the after taste. Smashbomb Atomic IPA stands out because of its look and its lasting aftertaste of pine woods. Unfortunately, as others pointed out, the fruity notes were too brief considering that this is an IPA. I would regularly buy this beer despite a minor flaw.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryden's, poured into a Flying Monkey's pint glass. Really excited to see this one on tap down here, wasn't something I was expecting to come across when going down for a couple pints after work.

Poured a clear orange/light amber body with a finger of white head. Head retention was great, but paled in comparison to the lacing this left. Walls of lace. Imagine Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" in lacing form. Yeah. That makes no sense, but it is. So fresh, and so impressive. Smell is predominantly of pine, bit of tangerine in there. Quite hoppy I can already tell. Strong pine and bitterness up front when tasting this, but gives way to a plethora of tropical fruits and again, more tangerine, mango etc etc. Little malt presence. Good mouthfeel, a bit acidic and sharp at times but nothing I wouldn't expect from something as this bitter. Drinkability was great, could've had a couple more but there were too many other great offerings that I had to pass on this one for the time being. Great IPA offering, right up there with Ten Bitter Years as the best this province has to offer in that category.

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Photo of HATS4BATS
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of mick303
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into an Innis and Gunn taster glass, with a solid head of tan head which resides slightly.

Colour is rich chestnut brown. Fair bit of carbonation. Aromas of malt, and generous hops, but fairly restrained. Flavour is quite solid. Lots of hops, but flavour is nicely balanced with caramel, robust fruit flavours, lot going on and its intriguing and delicious. Hops do dominate and bring a bit of a bitter edge to the taste. Mouthfeel is quite full bodied, it mellows a bit in the finish, but always has a very strong presence.
Aftertaste is quite long and delicious, lots of hops and cinnamon fruit, lingers in the mouth for ages afterward.

Overall this is a really big IPA, with quite a bit of bitterness, but I find it really well balanced with the depth of complexity and flavour profile. It is really intense and heavily hopped, but I would definitely get more.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

A: dark amber color, reddish, finger of light foam with good lacing

S: cedar, pine, earthy, dank, fresh earth, citrus pith

T: pine, Meyer lemon, Slightly bent tter hops

M: a little bitterness up front but good carbonation and well balanced

O: unsuspectingly good IPA, very good

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Devon_
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer multiple times from the bottle, both from the bottle and in a glass.

The beer smells of citrus with the nice bitterness of the hops. A nice citrus taste to start, with a nice (but not overly) bitter finish. The beer has a fairly thin mouthfeel, but that seems to work well for this beer.

The citrus mixes with the bitterness nicely and makes it a very easy drinking IPA - one of my favourites.

The bottle art is also unique and cool, if you care about that kind of stuff. I personally do.

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Photo of cratez
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally managed to snag the elusive Smashbomb sixpack after months of LCBO delays and yet another haphazard release. I've had this brew many times before on draught at my favorite watering hole, but it's closed for the late-summer break, so I've been nursing a hop fix for a few weeks - time to indulge.

The packaging generated controversy before even seeing the shelves, with its mushroom cloud of hops decimating a garishly coloured city landscape. The whole thing seems straight out of an MST3K flick, which to me is straight up awesome. This looks to me like some of the sixpacks I picked up in the States - bold, exciting, unique.

Poured into a Flying monkeys souvenir glass. Copper-amber, very nice colour to it, with the pour generating a sturdy head that retains itself splendidly. Lots of sticky lacing - this is one fantastic looking brew.

Nose is pure citra, a hop I've brewed with many times before and have come to really dig. Lemon, grapefruit and assorted citrus and tropical fruit flavors capture one's complete attention, with a mild caramel malt providing a solid backing.

This is the hop blast Ontario has been waiting for. Having had several American IPAs from the states over the past few weeks, I still rank Smashbomb among their great company. Nice and malty, good fresh tropical fruit flavors and closing with a citra hop bitterness with just a touch of pepper. Though some might want a greater hop puckeryness, I find my personal tastes demand more balance in my IPA, and I feel that Smashbomb nails it.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy.

A brew folks from Ontario can be proud to call their own - definitely would feel no hesitation in recommending this to our American friends. Well done Peter and the rest of the crew - your perseverance in getting this brew out was well worth it!

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Photo of StephenRich
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holding true to the new brand, the Flying Monkeys Brewery is experimenting with new hop varieties and new beer recipes. One of the most recent experiment that made its way around Ontario during Ontario Craft Beer Week was their Smashbomb Atomic IPA; a big IPA brewed with 8 hop additions! Yes, 8 is a lot of hop additions. Are there even that many steps in brewing? Somehow Flying Monkeys made it happen, and they produced a uniquely citrusy and earthy IPA that has thus far not been seen in Ontario.

One of the keys to this revelation is the use of a relatively new hop variety called Citra. My sources (the internet) seem to explain that Citra is a hybrid of 50% Hallertauer Mittelfruh, 25% U.S. Tettnanger, and a 25% combination of East Kent Goldings, Brewers Gold, and a few other varieties. What has resulted is a relatively bitter hop with aromatic flavors of citrus, peach, apricot, grapefruit, lychee, pineapple, and more tropical fruits. For the beerk geeks out there, the Citra hop has a relatively high alpha acid of 11%. If you don't know what that means, you don't wan't to. So we have a pretty citric, fruit fresh hop going into the Smashbomb during the flavor additions. Awesome.

No, there's no label on this sucker yet because it is still in a pre-production phase. No matter though, labels offer little if any flavor characteristics, and I am sure when it does hit shelves it will have something pretty wild on the front.

As a side note, I have to quote Peter Chiodo, who designed this beer: "Hops are to the Craft Brewer what insanity is to the artist." Thanks for that one Peter, thats going to be a timeless classic.

I had actually had the pleasure of tasting the Smashbomb at two blind tastings run by the Flying Monkeys - the first we tried it at room temperature to best be able to evaluate all the intricacies of the flavor, and the second we tried it cold. So when I opened this bottle, I definitely made sure it was cold. At room temperature the overwhelming tartness and funk of the Citra proved to be uncontrollable, and unpleasant. But when cold, all those sensations where gone, and we were left with a very refreshing, and deliciously unique beer.

I poured the Smashbomb into a tall pint glass and immediately prepared myself to take some deep notes. The pour was smooth and easy for the first quarter, but every milliliter after that brewed a thick and luscious head that eventually lifted a good 2 inches above the beer. It was pure white with dense carbonation towards the bottom, and light airy bubbles to the top. The beer was a bright and rich amber orange with golden browns and shinning sunny yellow beams easing out of it. It was clean and clear and showed a terrific contrast between beer and foam (the haze in the picture is condensation, not the beers opacity).

The nose was quite pungent with a somewhat familiar scent of west coast hops, but was very unique on its own. It brought fast rushes of lemon rind, sweet citrus, bitter grapefruit peel, fresh earth, dried apricots, notes of pine and soft spice. Going back for another sniff and big bitterness was apparent here following the upfront power of citrus and lightly sweet tropical fruits. A hint of malt comes in the back with grain and fresh bread, but is relatively subdued in comparison to the hops.

Along with the Citra, Centennial hops were used, and the combination, and number of additions has created a richly complex array of aromas and flavors. It is immediately obvious when you go in for a taste as well. The first sensation is a cold and bitter wave of smooth hops that show a crisp, and very clean texture and no signs of sweetness. Seconds later though, and more so as the beer warms, big bright citrus fruit flavors make their way in and even show a great deal of lemony sweetness.

Although the hops are dry and crisp, the beer is smooth and creamy overall, which helps the bitter remain delicious and not devastating. Further into the beer earth, pine and a fresh resiny bitter begin to show themselves, and even give way to notes of cereal, and grainy malt. It touches biscuit, with a hint of warmth, but its cleaned away quickly by both a strong bitter swipe, and a powerful aromatic wave of hops. Pale malts do try to break through and show themselves, but this is a hophead's beer, and it shows.

The complexity shown here is very unique to Ontario, and is an amazing step in the right direction. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, pine, earth, salt, grass and apricot are all present in this beer, and showcase this big bitter IPA quite well. I will be excited to sample the version that hits shelves, hopefully it is much the same as this. I would like to see a touch more malt flavor here, maybe an addition of Caramel 60 would round it out. But overall this will be an amazing addition to Ontario's Craft Beer Lineup - well gone guys!

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Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery orange with a finger width of cream-coloured foamy head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus, tropical fruit, lemon zest.

Taste - Strong hoppy bitterness with a little malty breadiness and caramel notes. Citrus and tropical fruits also present. Strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and fluffiness as well.

Overall - An enjoyable American IPA from Flying Monkeys. My first try at these guys and I'm impressed by the quality of their brew. Nice strong hops presence and excellent mouthfeel. Nice appearance with good head retention. Try to get your hands on this, hopheads.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of codyhotel
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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Photo of starkdog24
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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