Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
06-20-2012 01:55:55 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
The best "American pale ale" Ontario has yet to offer. Magnificent! Well balanced and dangerously drinkable - mango, citrus and hops, hops, hops. Only wish it wasn't quite so potent so additonal pints would be possible...
Congratulations, Flying Monkeys - you have made this "beer geek" proud to be Canadian.
12-18-2010 23:08:49 | More by hopsolutely
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-08-2014 18:57:47 | More by schoolboy
3.76/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
03-04-2014 02:57:04 | More by Omnium
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
06-20-2012 02:32:26 | More by mick303
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
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...
11-25-2011 04:08:18 | More by kjyost
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
Finally managed to snag the elusive Smashbomb sixpack after months of LCBO delays and yet another haphazard release. I've had this brew many times before on draught at my favorite watering hole, but it's closed for the late-summer break, so I've been nursing a hop fix for a few weeks - time to indulge.
The packaging generated controversy before even seeing the shelves, with its mushroom cloud of hops decimating a garishly coloured city landscape. The whole thing seems straight out of an MST3K flick, which to me is straight up awesome. This looks to me like some of the sixpacks I picked up in the States - bold, exciting, unique.
Poured into a Flying monkeys souvenir glass. Copper-amber, very nice colour to it, with the pour generating a sturdy head that retains itself splendidly. Lots of sticky lacing - this is one fantastic looking brew.
Nose is pure citra, a hop I've brewed with many times before and have come to really dig. Lemon, grapefruit and assorted citrus and tropical fruit flavors capture one's complete attention, with a mild caramel malt providing a solid backing.
This is the hop blast Ontario has been waiting for. Having had several American IPAs from the states over the past few weeks, I still rank Smashbomb among their great company. Nice and malty, good fresh tropical fruit flavors and closing with a citra hop bitterness with just a touch of pepper. Though some might want a greater hop puckeryness, I find my personal tastes demand more balance in my IPA, and I feel that Smashbomb nails it.
Medium bodied, slightly creamy.
A brew folks from Ontario can be proud to call their own - definitely would feel no hesitation in recommending this to our American friends. Well done Peter and the rest of the crew - your perseverance in getting this brew out was well worth it!
09-01-2011 18:49:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
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: 4.4, 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.
06-08-2012 04:01:25 | More by thehyperduck
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
09-08-2010 00:41:24 | More by ritzkiss
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
11-06-2011 20:43:20 | More by NightINgale
Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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