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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010

70 IBU
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Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 118
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mmapes
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a 6 oz glass. Big loose foam on golden body. Smells kinda skunky, actually, but doesn't taste that way.

Taste, up front, is big hops. Label says they use Citra hops. Definitely closer to grapefruit than pine. Nice underlying sweetness, but could be better balanced for my tastes -- maybe too heavy on the hops. What do you expect from "smashbomb atomic IPA" though? (And yes, the label says "smashbomb" -- one word -- not two as currently identified on BA. Granted, a super-hoppy IPA is not my favorite style so take it with a grain of salt.

Good refreshing effervescent mouthfeel. As it warms and after several sips, the hops fade from the finish and leave a better balanced flavor.

Photo of badandy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber. Good head retention. Lacing evident.

S: Earthy pine dominent.

T: Pretty bitter upfront, stays on the palate for a long time, but is not overly harsh. Pine flavors all around. Not a whole lot of citrus, but there's something brighter hiding behind all those IBU's. Taste some orange on the finish. Personally, I'd like some more citrus to balance the bitterness.

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation level.

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of MylesMac
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ptarmigan98
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of codyhotel
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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. 

Photo of Leafsj
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of slitherySOB
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper orange with two fingers of cream coloured head. Smells piney, with citrust hops, tropical fruits and lemon. Taste has strong hoppy bitterness, with some bread and caramel notes. Strong citrus and tropical fruits linger throughout. Aftertaste is strong and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy as well. A great Canadian made IPA, and in my home province as well. This is possibly my first Canadian IPA, unless you count Keith's.

Photo of clockwerk
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mmurphy525
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Tartanfool
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mick303
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of mspang
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle from a six-pack; bottled in May 2012. This only recently became available at my local LCBO, which I hope is a harbinger of more craft brews to come.

Pours a nice copper-amber colour, slightly cloudy, with a monstrous, puffy, uneven head nearly three fingers thick erupting from the surface. It takes more than a few minutes to fully dissipate, leaving behind complex webs of lacing on the sides of the glass as it does so. Certainly looks good. Very nice, fairly powerful aroma dominated by citrusy hops, tropical fruit and some weaker pine resin notes. There is some underlying caramel malt sweetness, but the hops are most assuredly in the limelight - and I wouldn't want my IPA any other way.

The aroma is not misleading - this is a tasty, hoppy IPA, of the sort that Ontario beer geeks have been largely deprived until recent months. Tons of grapefruit rind, alongside juicy mango and papaya notes - this ale definitely leans toward the juicy-fruit type of hop oil, rather than the pine-resiny type. Although the hops are by far the more dominant facet of the flavour, there is definitely some balancing malt presence, of a bready, sweet toffee-like nature. Solid hoppy finish with good bitterness, but not the sort of powerful, face-puckering dryness I get in a lot of the more 'piney' IPAs. Medium-bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Perfect carbonaton level; not distracting from the flavour, but more than enough to give the brew a crisp, refreshing feel.

Final Grade: 4.38, a brown-nosing A grade. If you live in Ontario and consider yourself a hophead, but have never tried Smash Bomb Atomic IPA - stop wasting your time reading this review and go try it right now. Or at least, as soon as your local LCBO opens its doors in the morning. Yes, I am being serious. Yes, it really is that good. And yes, I will definitely get this again some time.

[Updated April 29 2014]

Another bottle from a six-pack, dated March 27 2014. When served fresh, this is absolutely one of the best Ontario-made IPAs available, with lots of pithy bitterness, and juicy tropical fruit/citrus. That being said, I have had old bottles of this stuff and, like most IPAs, it really loses a lot of its kick after 3-4 months. Avoid those and you're golden! As far as widely-distributed Canadian IPAs go, this one is right up there with Red Racer IMHO.

Photo of Orbex
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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