Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-31-2010 03:42:57 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes is very nice. Taste is also a good mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt notes with some citrus and bitter hoppy notes dominating. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very nice beer though less bitter notes and more floral notes would have been better IMHO.
10-07-2011 19:42:04 | More by Phyl21ca
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
07-17-2012 17:29:29 | More by womencantsail
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
355ml bottle, thanks to tbeckett for the trendy Ontario hookup! I like how Flying Monkeys is becoming the Stone-Lite version of beer label marketing up here and over there, north of 49.
This beer pours a relatively clear, medium copper amber hue, with lots and lots of rising effervescence, and two fat fingers of foamy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent thick, chunky bands of webbed lace around the glass as it slowly settles.
It smells bang-on for a big (but not Imperial) IPA - strong caramel toffee malt and grapefruit pith/pine resin bitterness right off the bat, with some sassy herbal hoppiness bringing up the rear - enticing, to say the least. The taste is pretty much in line - somewhat muddled citrus rind, a further green grassy/herbal/pine hop bitterness, even more tropical melon and berry fruit notes, and an equal to the task bready caramel malt backbone.
The carbonation is averagely unobtrusive, in a good way, the body on the light side of medium weight, and as smooth as it can get with the aforementioned edgy hops still tugging away at my palate. It finishes more on the dry side of things, but with the bitterness starting to bleed away, invoking an immediate call to arms for more.
Well, this falls into a select, rather rarefied group of decently-made Ontario-local, American-style IPAs, and very well could be their leader, as of this printing. I'm actually conceptualizing what it would be like to be sitting back on the patio at Volo, putting back draft pints of this, if not actually in the vaunted lake country I've heard so much about, but never visited, sigh.
08-31-2011 23:32:08 | More by biboergosum
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
03-29-2011 22:29:12 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-29-2012 22:53:56 | More by smakawhat
British Columbia (Canada)
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
Cask at first Ontario Craft beer week Project X.
Served in perfect condition.
A: Hazy, golden-bronze with a white head. A little retention & lace from the gravity pour.
S: Huge mango and ganja aroma with resiny pine, grass and grapefruit undertones. Awesome.
T: Very hop-forward and fairly bitter, but not overly bitter. Plenty of mango & grassy reefer with some grapefruit and pine. There's some centennial in here, but it's mostly citra and I really like it. There's a lightly bready malt backbone (I think the brewer said it was 10-15% munich), but there isn't any crystal malt sweetness to detract from the proper balance of an IPA. Yeah, I REALLY like it.
M: Smooth, moderate body has a light hop acidity & carbonation.
D: Very drinkable (after the bottle & cask sample, I went back for 3 more cask samples).
06-25-2010 12:43:26 | More by Derek
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
06-30-2010 15:31:26 | More by liamt07
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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
10-12-2011 21:16:00 | More by wordemupg
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
Has this on tap at Volo and had to adjust my ratings to reflect how amazing this beer was on tap. I wish I could get this regularly on tap where I am.
Thanks to korguy123 for sending me a fresh bottle of this straight from the brewery!
Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Deep amber colour with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head and some good lacing.
S - Nice balanced nose of bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have citrus and earthy notes. A nice nose.
T - A very flavourful IPA with a nice mix of sweet caramel malts and bitter hops. The hops have an earthy flavour to them and some citrus, that comes through more and more as the beer warms up, contributing some grapefruit notes. A nicely balanced beer.
M - Medium body, smooth, a nice chew. Lightly carbonated.
D - A nice IPA and impressive for an Ontario craft beer. I would buy again if it ever makes its way to the LCBO.
10-02-2010 13:32:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.1/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
10-12-2011 07:39:28 | More by dgilks
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
11-02-2011 14:32:28 | More by spinrsx
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Bottle from a sixer bought at the Hazledean LCBO in Kanata before the beer was even on the shelf.
A - Pours bright with good carbonation. Dark golden colour with a one finger off white head. Half finger of retention stickin around with a little big of legs and lacing leftover. Not special looking but proper.
S - An initial shot of pine leads straight to underlying rich and juicy fruits. Citra is obvious. I can pick up pineapple, grapefruit, and maybe mango.
T - Pine again leading to bready malts with a little caramel and a serious punch of that citrus again.
M - Good tingly carbonation lifting it off the palate and a medium body. Finish is good and bitter with an interesting sweet citrus flavour along with it.
O/D - Hell that's a solid IPA. After so much hype and delay, it definately was worth the wait. A legit IPA from Ontario, raising the bar for the rest of the OCB. I'd like to try it fresh from the brewery instead of going through the LCBO process, but this helf up well. Good stuff.
07-25-2011 22:48:44 | More by tbeckett
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-21-2014 15:44:16 | More by Brenden
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-20-2012 15:43:00 | More by Brent
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Got this in Winnipeg and I must say that this is the best IPA out of Canada not from BC. The beer is on the darker side and the nose is full of Citra goodness. You get a big hop mouthfeel with tons of malt on the back side. The Citra is fresh tasting and very interesting in profile. I loved the way this beer really pushed some limits and showed Ontario to be producing world class IPAs.
06-09-2012 00:30:29 | More by canucklehead
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from growler into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear deep golden color with a one finger head of a white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer hits you with quite a bit of pine and citrus hop as well as some sweeter smelling fruit aromas of a tropical and light fruit nature; with hints of tangerine, mango, pear, peach and apricot. Some other light hop aromas of a herbal and floral nature as well as a bit of caramel and bread are there as well, giving overall a nice complex blend of hoppiness and sweeter smells.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly drier flavor containing a more crisp cracker pale malt base and only some very light sweet flavors of lemonade and a bit of tangerine, peach and mango. Right from the start the grapefruit starts out strong matching the more crisp nature of the flavor profile rather nicely. As the flavor advances the fruity flavors seem to dwindle some with other hop flavors of more grapefruit as well as some pine taking the sweet flavors place. A bit of a floral hop and some light herbal hops come at the very end of the taste and mixed with the other hop and the lighter sweet and more cracker flavors, ends up leaving one with a bitter and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the medium side. For the drier flavors the thinner body is quite nice as it creates a nice crisp feel. The thin body in conjunction with the medium carbonation, which adds enough fizz to complement the crisp nature of the brew, but yet does not take away from the hop, overall create a very pleasant feel.
Overall – A rather tasty drier and crisp IPA with a nice hop blend and an easy drinking feel. Rather pleasant.
07-05-2014 01:42:20 | More by Darkmagus82
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
06-27-2010 02:24:33 | More by bobsy
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A - Pours a clear dark copper colour, finger of off-white head with decent retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.
S - Sweet citrus hops, touch of pine and grapefruit with some breaded caramel coming through on the finish.
T - The hops dominate with the grapefruit and citrus coming through nicely, the bitterness lingers but has enough sweetness to it balance it out. THe breaded caramel also lingers on the palette.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness, just the way it should be.
O - A solid IPA from an Ontario brewery. Now if only the availability of this offering wasn't so scarce in my city. I could drink this stuff all day.
08-18-2011 11:41:33 | More by andrenaline
3.3/5 rDev -16.9%
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!
08-17-2011 12:20:36 | More by Jeffo
Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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