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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPAFlying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%


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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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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tresmonos

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This didn't really bring anything to the table. Especially if you're used to craft beers on the East coast and Michigan.
Appearance: Very clear. It put me off. I like full bodied IPA's.
Smell: Weaker than say a Sweetwater IPA.
Taste: Decent. Hoppy, but not as hoppy as the Spearhead hawaiian style ale. I mean, come on. 'Super Atomic IPA' and it's weak? I was a bit let down.
Mouthfeel: It's very clear, filtered and refined. Very similar to a Sweetwater IPA, but a bit darker.

Overall, I shouldn't complain. I drank a good IPA brewed in Ontario. It was like I visited my parents in Nebraska and wasn't used to what the local breweries put out, therefore was scared and pessimistic. I gave it a 3.5 as I was happy to see that Canadians like a good IPA. And I was even happier to drink a this along side the Spearhead Hawaiian style ale in the same sitting.

I'm glad I can travel to the greater north and enjoy a great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 06:57:24 | More by tresmonos
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 23:55:33 | More by eat
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 14:32:28 | More by spinrsx
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jimithebeerguy

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 !

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 23:14:46 | More by jimithebeerguy
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dgilks

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 07:39:28 | More by dgilks
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 01:15:46 | More by jrenihan
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Winking Judge.

Poued into a pint glass a deep, clear reddish amber. Good amount of fluffy, sticky white head. Retention is high, the lacing sticks to the glass untill the (bitter) end. Nose was resinous hops! Unbelievable, never experienced such a fresh hoppy beer from Ontario. Lots of citrus grapefruit to sweeten the auroma, but alot of pine and oil from hop cones. Taste was a bitter whole cone experiance. Lots of oily pine & citrus hop character, easy drinking though as it tased delicious. Good medium body, with a resiny dry mouthfeel. Overall this is a great beer - unbelievably fresh on tap. A standout American IPA. Dont really care much for the whole marketed "weirdness" and labels but if this was on shelves it would be a staple in my fridge. Impressive. Finally.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 13:19:29 | More by heebes
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dragonofblood

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 04:57:12 | More by dragonofblood
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 22:29:12 | More by biegaman
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 23:08:49 | More by hopsolutely
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 05:21:27 | More by mrmanning
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 01:00:32 | More by allergictomacros
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Volo. Not had previous versions, having had an aversion to previous Flying Monkeys offerings but with the good reviews I was willing to give it a go.

Nice clear golden color, a finger of soapy head which leaves sheets down the glass. Lovely.

Nose is a nice burst of juicy hops, tropical and grapefruit notes, hint of lemon and a touch of pine. Much like with previous FM offerings, it feels a little weak, not enough 'oomph' to back it up.

This really shines in a hop-scarce Ontario market - an actual West coast styled IPA! Though it still has a hint of Brit styled malt, along with the caramel sweetness. Balanced bitterness, floral, tropical, piney hop profile with enough kick and depth to please. Smooth body.

Originally marketed as a DIPA I believe, there is certainly not enough body to meet those standards. As an IPA it is in the top tier in the province, though still lacks a certain depth and craftsmanship to compete with the best south of the border. Great to see an Ontario brewer who's not afraid of American styled hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 00:41:24 | More by ritzkiss
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice pale straw colour, slightly cloudy nice white head that lasted forever. Smells of fruity bitter hops absolutely mouthwatering cant wait to try this. Nice bitter hoppy taste quite dry but oh so tasty. good weight in the mouth nice body to back up the bitter hops. Great drinking IPA. Really good all around would definitely order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 02:26:05 | More by peensteen
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 15:31:26 | More by liamt07
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no shame in admitting that up to this point I've admired the hype from Flying Monkeys, and I love their chutzpah, but I feel they are let to deliver on their word. Smash Bomb had also been hyped up, and while its not a stellar IPA, its a damn good one and worthy of attention. I usually dislike their stuff, so I hope this is worth something...

Pours a radiant orange with a light off white head that left sheets of lace. Great appearance. Bright citrus aroma with lots of grapefruit, mango, weed, grass, pine and cereal. Decent bitterness in the flavour, which is bracing and somewhat radical for Ontario (but not North America). Good citrus flavours with grapefruit and tangerine. Weed and pine come through with some good complexity. Malt is present underneath with a cream of cereal flavour, though the focus is hop-forward. Interesting and well done. Body is a toouch creamy and nicely finished.

Hmmph. Prove me wrong will ya! A really well-crafted offering and an IPA in every sense of the word. This isn't a top tier IPA, but is definitely at the top of the middle-tier and I really enjoyed it. I hope they stick to their guns on this one and don't water it down, because right now its tasting damn good!

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 02:24:33 | More by bobsy
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:57:04 | More by Omnium
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Brenden

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 15:44:16 | More by Brenden
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lochef81

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:22:13 | More by lochef81
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +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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schoolboy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:48:42 | More by Noxious26
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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.