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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 23
Gots: 54 | 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 thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

thampel09, May 31, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

yancot, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

ritzkiss, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

mikepcarney, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ChrisMon02, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of drbenderdo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

drbenderdo, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent label. 12oz bottle dated 11/18/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange/light brown color with a lingering one-finger head
S: Pleasant but muted malt/caramel/hops
T: Very malty- toffee, caramel, wheat, but with strong hops to support the malt. Tropical fruit, grapefruit and just a hint of pine are all there. Complex flavors
M: Medium to full-bodied with a medium-length finish
O: Tasty, definitely worth a try

ONUMello, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of JDizzle
4/5  rDev +1.3%

JDizzle, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled smuggled from Toronto in my suitcase. Bottled 4/12/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours cloudy orange with about one finger off white head. Nice amount of lacing left behind. 

Smells of orange, pineapple, spice, biscuit and a hint of feline urine. 

Nice mix of tropical citrus hops. The orange and pineapple from the nose is present along with biscuit, caramel and pepper. 

Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick with no noticeable alcohol. Nice dry bitter hoppy aftertaste. 

A good solid IPA from this Canadian brewery. The couple beers I've tried of theirs has me wanting more. Definately worth a try. 

ThickNStout, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

NightINgale, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from an un-named source at the brewery.

A- Clear amber, half finger white head. Excellent lacing.

S- Pine, strong hop resin, grapefruit, tangerine, grass, lemon rinds and pineapple.

T- Pine, hop oils. Fruit doesn't translate to the taste at first. Once the huge bitterness fades grapefruit finishes nicely.

M- Juicy at first, like biting into a grapefruit slice. Dry, bitter, lingering finish at the end.

D- Awesome IPA from my local brewery. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. The bitterness might hold me back to no more than 5 or 6 of these in a night.

korguy123, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Walkerjgt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Walkerjgt, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of leaddog
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

leaddog, Jun 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ericj551, May 07, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/16 and poured 6/30. $2.79 single I think?? $2.49? Not sure.

Appearance: First off, awesome label. Pours a slightly hazy orange. Lots of head and lacing. I opened the beer and left it unattended for a moment and the beer unexpectedly foamed a bit onto my table... so look out for that. But yeah, looks awesome.

Smell: Pretty interesting. Smells like an English IPA -- maltier than I was expecting. A floral/herby/tea aroma stands out. Not so much a dank pine/grapefruit character that's so common in m any IPAs.

Taste/feel: Again, interesting. A very mild sort of American IPA. Follows the nose with the floral/herby/tea characteristics. Not bitter. If not like an English IPA, it drinks like an American Pale Ale, really. Super drinkable. Just about a full body with a nice bit of carbonation that makes this super easy drinking.

Tasty. Smashbomb is misleading as it makes it sound like this is a hop bomb. I was expecting a huge, resinous, hop bursting beer, but this beer is rather scaled back -- yet it works wonderfully. Would I call it an American IPA? No, probably more of a pale ale, but it's easy drinking, tasty, and fairly unique.

Alextricity, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Hypersomnia, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

csmartin6, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of mrmanning
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

mrmanning, Nov 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BamfBacon, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -24.1%

JohnnyMc, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

xdefeatsy, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lynn, Aug 09, 2014
Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.