Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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88
very good

447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
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 LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flying Monkeys 'Smashbomb Atomic IPA' @ 6.0% , served from a single 355 ml bottle purchased for $2.25
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-citrus & pine , nice blend of hops
T-good tasting IPA at the start , no finish
MF-lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , possibly good (sampled along side Driftwood-Fat Tug)
prost LampertLand

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.49/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of pine
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm lyer with raised center
Lacing good – torn curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct flavor, short duration; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plastic pint cup, this beer pours a medium to dark, clear, amber color with a slightly off white head about an inch thick when first poured that settles down a bit, and when it does settle down there are clumpy swirly mounds of foam that are sticking up on the beer's surface. Thy eventually settle down. Good lacing. Strong cirrus hop aromas along with toasted, biscuity malt notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with a nice citrus, resinous hop bitterness upfront that gives way to biscuity, caramel malt sweetness. Good balance of flavors, but the hop bitterness does tend to dominate a bit. Has a slightly crisp, but mostly very smooth, creamy, frothy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way. A pretty solid IPA here all around.

Eric

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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 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 logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Flavors of citrus peel and something interesting, possibly Szechuan peppercorn? I know, I know, but that's what I taste. Hoppy (imagine that). Herbal. Bitter. Astringent. Tannic, really. Remove some sweetness and the carbonation and I'm reminded of cab sauv. Long finish.

Not crazy about it, but good. Hop heads will enjoy.

Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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 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 ALLISON01
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

i think it's an old bottle

Photo of mrmanning
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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 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 DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lingers for a bit which is surprising for an IPA. Clean and dark gold almost brown color

S- Lots of hops here. Dry hopped well. A ton of malt

T- Very good. Has more than enough hops for an IPA. Lots of body with the malt and sugar content.

M- Good and dry while creamy. Nice brew all around

O- Very good beer. Good for an IPA no matter which country it comes from. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This wonderful IPA went well with....... BBQ chicken with a touch of BBQ sauce made from ketchup, brown sugar and molasses.

Enjoy

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Citra hop all-around. A slight taste of malt. Long bitterness and aroma of orange peel. Loose a lot of flavors after a couple of days in the fridge. Drink fresh

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker copper colour than most aIPAs, with a respectable head of loose bubbles. Laces nicely.

Muted c-hops, bright yellow grapefruit, a hint of butter in the aroma.

The hops are all about brash, pithy bitterness with no real finesse, adding more bitterness than flavour. The good news is it's up against a toasty light, creamy caramel malt. The malt base is nice. Maybe not ideal for a true IPA in its sweetness, but I guess it's sweet enough to balance the bitterness. That said, the hop bite is a little too one-note for me. Something tannic like over-steeped orange pekoe tea lingers in the finish.

Has a good, lightly chewy body with moderate carbonation

Overall this isn't how I remember it on tap, and leans more towards the Duggan's #9, Dead Elephant, recent crappy Beaver River IPeh bottles that were at the LCBO, camp of bitter ambers that anything approaching a true aIPA for me.

Certainly not a bad beer, but an Ontario brewer has yet to hit an American IPA out of the park for me. I much prefer this on tap.

Less important is the fact that the labels are garishly horrible and downright childish. I think I'd feel less embarrassed standing at a check out to buy tampons than I did queuing up to buy this.

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 eat
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of slitherySOB
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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 cratez
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Chancey Smith's. Taps a beautiful pale amber, great clarity, thick off-white cap, sheets of lacing down the shaker glass. Smell and taste are tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, pine, orange peel, bubblegum, whole grain bread, caramel, and some marijuana in the nose and finish. Weak Munich malt body lets the hops come forward. Refreshing, layered mouthfeel, slick and oily, medium bodied, crisp and spicy acidity mid-palate, lasting white grapefruit bitterness, very citric and juicy. Everything one could expect from a drinkable AIPA.

Peter and The Flying Monkeys are currently at the forefront of brewing excellent, hopped-up versions of neglected styles in the Ontario market, and for that they deserve our praise and financial support. I plan to buy Smash Bomb by the case when it's available in stores, but for now I'll be draining the keg at Chancey's!

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A: dark amber color, reddish, finger of light foam with good lacing

S: cedar, pine, earthy, dank, fresh earth, citrus pith

T: pine, Meyer lemon, Slightly bent tter hops

M: a little bitterness up front but good carbonation and well balanced

O: unsuspectingly good IPA, very good

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!

Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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