Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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448 Ratings
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010

70 IBU
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2%

My first try of this Canadian brewer.Pours into a standard pint a clear copper color with a nicely formed creamy half finger white head that left one full and one broken ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.A nice shot of pine resin in the nose along with a big caramel base,I like the combination,it's old school left coast to me.A mix of pine and citric hops on the palate with some sugary sweetness underneath with a bit of biscuit and some nice toasted notes.Hey this is the type of IPA I can drink alot of,it's just solid in all facets,a good big hop profile but not over the top in sweetness and/or alcohol.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Pours golden brown with two fingers of off white head that retains to a think cap around the glass. Nice rings all the way down.

S - Floral, citrus fruit, malts.

T - Layers of citrus hops, floral, balanced by malts. Good balance and nice bitter mouth feel.

O - Solid offering from Canada. Good I-P - Eh!

Photo of Devon_
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of starkdog24
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Erniepeters
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super tart as you would expect. Strong citrus flavor. 6% ABV so not too strong in the alcohol department. Not something you would want every day but if you are in the mood for a an IPA with a bite this is a good one to try. The name really says it all Smashbomb.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle
Served in a snifter

A - I'll call this beer amber with some golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head that leaves some lacing down the sides.

S - The smell is citrus and pine. I get a little peach too.

T - The taste starts out with citrus. The finish and aftertaste are bitter pine.

M - Medium

O - It is better than I remember. I had a draft that I wasn't impressed with and have passed this beer over. A couple bottles as a gift made me realize this is a decent IPA. I'll still stick with my Ohio and Michigan IPA's over this as regulars though.

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  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

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is strong citrus - grapefruit & orange and sweet caramel malts.

T - Aggressive hops hit the palate immediately. Lots of pine upfront transitioning mid-palate into grapefruit. Finish is bitter pine and grapefruit rind. Lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very hop forward IPA. A nice beer, but I wish it had a little more balance in the flavors.

Photo of Bloodreign
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Noxious26
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle picked up from the singles bin from the LCBO for $2.00 CDN

Appearance- Bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice dark copper / brown color with 1 finger of head which sticks around for a few minutes. Nice white cap and head looks frothy and rich as it dissipates. Good lacing too. Minimal effervescence, but nonetheless the beer looks pretty damn good.

Smell - Big nose of citrus, grapefruit, lemon with just a faint sweetness to it that helps balance the scent. Also pine notes in addition to the fruity goodness.

Taste - Big time pine / spruce flavors up front which transition into the lemon and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit is especially prominent here. Long lasting and dominant pine / grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation combined with the flavors leaves a strong aftertaste, that to me does not lend itself the beer serving a means to quench thirst. In addition my mouth is actually parched after drinking this (although less so after a nice big gulp).

Overall - A good beer, but I think i prefer other locally brewed IPA's in comparison with this one.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to SebD for providing us this beer to enjoy.

A: A deep amber on the pour with 2-3 fingers of off white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Pronounced pine resin followed by tropical fruits including g pineapple and mango. Background scents of sweet solid malts and slight hints of a barnyard funk.

T: Follows the nose with subtle initial malts quickly followed by pine forward hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A more hop forward IPA than I'm used to with a focus on pine resin notes. While I would have liked to see a bit more balance, hop heads will definitely find something to love here.

Photo of 4ster
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled Jan.9 2013.

A: Cloudy, burnt Amber with bubbles. Decent head on pour, leaves a nice lacing behind on top.

S: Light on the nose, light citrus and malts, along with some musty, woody hops perhaps... hard to say exactly. Bit bready as it warms up...

T: Not overly malty, citrus hop profile as it moves over your tongue, but then finishes quite bitter, lots of bitter rind and more musty, earthy/woody hops (not piney though)... kind of funky aftertaste...

M: Med-Light carbonation, fairly balanced, would say it leans more to the refreshing, not really all that sticky or dry... actually feels a bit light...

O: After reading a lot of other reviews it is hard to imagine this being the same beer... not sure if it's me, the beer, or a case of reviewer propagation... For starters I won't say it is a bad beer like the previous reviewer, just different than other IPA's out there (I just had the two Muskoka Mad Tom's earlier this week)...that being said, compared to past reviews I find this a lot less citrus/tropical than others and really musty...which as far as I know is not a typical profile of the Citra Hop... I will hold off on forming any definitive opinion until I see more people review this around my brew date on the bottle (please people, if you can, add your bottling dates! :) ... perhaps there was something off with this batch.... If I try it again or more fresh I will update the review to reflect this... If this is how it is suppose to taste I would not say I'm a huge fan... and I enjoy a good bitter beer as much as the next hop head...

Photo of evenflow82
1.69/5  rDev -56.9%
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

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy red and brown body the produced a single finger of carbonation that left ample lacing behind. Sadly it didn't last very long and the very low carbonation in the body might explain why.

Smell: Musty, dusty hops. This is the kind of smell that I would expect to come out of an old attic. Warming doesn't really help it's case either way. It's not very pleasant to my sense of smell.

Taste: Hmm...starts with caramel malt of which only the barest touches of piney hops touched, it then turns to a rich citrus whose bitterness seems reigned in nicely by the carbonation, and then a sudden punch of citrus, pine oil, musty hops and the kitchen sink as the hops smash into you like a car wreck.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation did an exceptional job of somehow reigning in the beer up until the bitter end, and while it's still leaving that hop oil coating on the back of the tounge, it's not as bad as other IPAs. Solid transitioning, although I of course think the hops are over done, but it is an IPA so I have to give leeway there.

Drinkability: It's kinda hard to gauge, I mean it's refreshing but those dry, musty hops take something away from it. It also doesn't sit down nicely as it seems far heavier and harsher then expected on the system. Still I'm not fighting to get it down.

Final Thoughts: Flying Monkeys, with this beer you have made me feel my purchase of BNL Chocolate Stout was a worthy purchase. This is by far one of the best IPA's I have had and certainly the best out of Canada. For a person who isn't normally a fan of them, I will recommend this one. After trying this, I'd like to see them do just a regular pale ale, just a touch down from Hoptical Illusion. I think it would be great.

Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper. Nice foamy head with heavy lacing.

Smells of citrus and malt. Not strong smelling. Roasted malt smell.

Taste of citrus hops and malt nice little bite of bitterness on finish but not as much hop bite as you would expect from the name.

Light carbonation similar to other IPA.

Overall I really enjoy this Canadian IPA very sessionable almost to easy to drink nice citrus notes with piney bite but smoothed out with malts. Lots if different flavours going on this is excellent Ipa very well put together just the right amount of sweet malt and better hop delicious.

Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.