Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 453
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 25
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 05-31-2010

70 IBU
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Photo of slitherySOB
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (2,354 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been a big want for a while now. Thanks to liamt07 for including this in my CANBIF box!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, rich amber-gold with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Big caramel malts, piney and citrusy hops. Getting a little bit of spice too, like cinnamon or nutmeg... Probably just me.

Taste. Nice big juicy citrus hops, some toasted grains, but not the big sweet caramel I was smelling. Not extremely bitter, but just enough.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice ipa with good balance going on, for the style anyways. Really enjoying this and wish we could get it in BC! (628 characters)

Photo of prigden
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smash Bomb Atomic IPA was an excellent beer with a great flavour. A very flavour forward beer, it hits excellent notes and finishes smoothly and with a pleasant aftertaste.

Not for the faint of heart, as it is a very hoppy beer, but for those who enjoy such a thing, it's delicious. (283 characters)

Photo of Groulxsome
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted in comparison to Racer 5 (Bear Republic) and Alesmith's IPA.

A: It's got great head retention and a clear golden-copper colour.

S: Bready, biscuity with a bright passionfruit aroma. It's super balanced between citra-type hops and toasty malts.

T: A good balanced of the biscuit and the citrus of the hops. It's got that tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit) on the finish. Very enjoyable.

M: Creamy and medium. A good IPA mouthfeel.

O: It's really one of the best Ontario IPAs. It's very balanced and got some real nice west coast flavours. Personally, I prefer the pine tastes of Mad Top over the tropical tasting Smashbomb most of the time, but this is a great beer too! (690 characters)

Photo of tresmonos
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the last bottle in the store...like someone had bought the last five bottles in a six pack....LOL and I got the last bottle...which I quickly scooped up....

a-pours a beautiful copper amber colour, minimal head.

s-citrus, light malt flavours...some spicey/peppery notes at the end.

t-Hops dominate obviously...slightly balanced by some malty sweetness. Def in favour of the hops

m-feels heavier as per the abv.

o-overall this beer is tremendous...especially given that it's a Canadian IPA which are beginning to come into their own prominence.

I really enjoyed this and would love to see it become as easy to find as the Hoptical Illusion. (653 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a hazy deep copper, tall off white head that retained extremely well leaving big gobs of lacing all over
S - strong hints of citrus rind, toffee, pineapple, mild spice
T - similar to the nose with the citrus more toned down, also an earthy hop note
M - medium body with a lowish carbonation, an easy drinking smooth finish with a very light bitter
O - a very tasty IPA from a Canadian brewer that am I gaining more respect for with each brew, big props to andrenaline for including this in our latest cross country swap (523 characters)

Photo of PeerlessMark
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Flying Monkeys brew to date, an exquisitiely good hop explosion with an incredibly satisfying mouthfeel.

Pours with good amount of clean head that becomes a fine soapy cloudy when the head dies down. Stays around for the whole drinking experience. Cloudy from a lot of hop sediment specks, colour is a dark carrot orange.

You can smell the tantalizing Citra hops right away and the rest of the aromas are drowned out, I can only say that everything else just smells clean and inviting.

The first sip delivers a strong kick of the promised hops and the 6.0% ABV is evident just in the impact that you get right away. There is a lot of delicious citrous flavour in this as can be expected. The hops are central to this beer but are complemented nicely with 'Crystal' malt as the named backbone.

My experience is usually first citrousy malt combination followed by a cleansing hop punch that continues to the back of the tongue. I absolutely love this IPA and keep coming back to it despite all the amazing new beers piling up in my cellar that I keep meaning to get to.

I love burbing when I drink this beer, it tastes just as good bubbling back up as it does going down.

You can get these at most LCBO's for $12.75 for a six pack. Great value for one of Ontario's absolute best craft beers. (1,309 characters)

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes. Thanks cenquist!

A: Copper and clear with a small head. Light lacing.
S: Grapefruit, caramel, some booze.
T: Some sweet malt with light fruit notes and a distinct bitterness, that is almost harsh.
M: Bitter and dry
O: An IPA, but it is really missing the hop flavours I have come to expect from a great IPA. As time passes and it warms it begins to become hot and boozy... (450 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice orange/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrucy/tropical hops with some nice floral undertones, crystal malts and some light caramely notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hoppy character and bitterness with nice citrusy,tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. The malts also bring a nice sweet balance to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with very nice balance of flavors.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. (621 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (1,130 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phil for a bottle of this! My bottle says 6%, not 6.2.

Nice coppery color, clear with a decent head into my pint glass. Not a lot of lacing.

Tropical nose, with a little bit of butter.

Bitter, but sweet. Obviously a Citra beer. Has that upfront tropical salty bitterness, followed by a silky butteryness afterwards. Just a hint of crystal malt in there balancing out the sweet/sour Citra hop character.

Nice mouthfeel. Proper amount of carbonation.

Overall a very good IPA, from Canada eh! (504 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of jimithebeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ! (433 characters)

Photo of abraxel
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of pushkinwow. Bottled September 26, 2011, and poured into a tulip.

A - Beautiful, crystal-clear ruby-orange, with a few fingers of very solid, cloud-white head. The head is quite persistent, and leaves a little nice lacing as I sip.

S - Ooh, grapefruit. Lots of grapefruit and orange, maybe even a touch of lemon. Basically, citrus. There's also some crystal malt backing up the hops, but this is citra's show. Rather nice.

T - Whoops, I've drunk 2/3 of the glass before writing anything down. Once again, loads of citrusy hops. It's pretty balanced, though; the bitterness is present, but plays nicely with the crystal malt. This is a very good IPA.

M - A little thin, but substantial enough. Not much carbonation, and almost no hint of alcohol.

Overall, I'm happy. This is quite a good showing from my neighbors to the north. (843 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (851 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (431 characters)

Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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