Smashbomb Atomic IPA
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Smashbomb Atomic IPASmashbomb Atomic IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,272
Ranked #14,914
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Smashbomb Atomic IPASmashbomb Atomic IPA
Notes: 70 IBU
Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 640 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing. Didn’t see a canned date so don’t know how old this beer was but it seemed like the hops were overwhelmed by the malt. Pours an amber color with some fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells rather faintly of some piney hops, malt, caramel, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, but again the overwhelming sense was of malt and maybe some bread, much less of the hops. Mild, decent, smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. Would likely not try again.

Oct 19, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pine forward IPA. Perfectly hopped and nice level of carbonation. Enjoyed this one on a memorable vacation night in toronto and it was the perfect choice.

Sep 17, 2019
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yeah, there's a lot of hop in there, but the bitterness and pine are the main contribution. I've grown to prefer those which coax out the nicer, fruity flavours of the hops.

Feb 14, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a standard 473 ml Canadian pint can. It's Good, but not really great. Frankly, I expected a lot more hop flavor/bitterness with the 72 ibu. This beer is surprisingly smooth.

Dec 07, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The other Flying Monkey (Juicy Ass) was much better IMHO. After that one being that unique, juicy and tasty, this one is quite an average with lots of malt and hop bitterness. Not BAD at all of course, quite well crafted that I can tell but somehow not an outstanding piece, quite like one out of many. Flying Monkey could do much better.

Aug 11, 2018
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, deep orange amber with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on pine and sweet caramel malt, citrus, grapefruit

T: pine up front with grapefruit and a hint of garlic, middle does not sweeten heavily, finish is more pine

M: medium with prickly carbonation

O: picked this up at an LCBO in Niagara on a whim, not bad but not as epic as the print on the can implies

Jun 17, 2018
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Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I seem to rate higher than the average person (strange, since I usually score things lower than most), but my rankings are in line, so I will continue what I am doing. The colour was a good dark rich colour, with reasonable head. A good balance of the citrousy flavour from the Citra hops and the bitterness, with a clean, slightly bitter taste left over. Overall, I quite enjoyed it.

May 04, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The words that do not mean beer is the label, too forceful. The beer is balanced, built with great skill and rpofessionality. I enjoy more convincing and complex beers but this one really is.

Feb 25, 2018
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gudthing from England

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

light and pale looking, medium carb, head mostly dissipates but a little remains for well over a minute.

smells very fruity, with some hops - smells delicious!

Taste is sweet, followed by a strong blast of bitterness. The after taste is great. This is really bittersweet! Its a really interesting flavour, very fruity and quite powerful. Its nice, the feel is a medium light thickness.
3/5 hb
Would certainly love to experience again!

Feb 16, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a taste of this at a recent brewfest, but when I saw it as a bottle in a Mix-a-Six cooler, I jumped all over it out of an inherent sense of curiosity & wonderment.

From the bottle & packaging: "Man Made! Madness Crafted! Barely Under Control!"; "Normal Is Weird."; "Smashbomb Atomic IPA flares with flavor from the bizarre Citra hops. Brewed with strong Crystal malt backbone, the fiery body of this brilliant ale gleams with light."; "Pick Me up!"; "A brewer gone mad! In his newest and most daring beer! Can't stop the hops! Release the Flying Monkeys! Something has gone terribly wrong ... to make a beer so very right!"; "Smashbomb Atomic IPA is the first in a series of Flying Monkeys beers that will start to challenge the minds and palates of Ontario drinkers."; "We're giving reign to the Revolutionary Spirit of the Ontario 'Brewingistas' who are fighting the Craft Brewing misconception that the tamer fizzy yellow beers are what the market demands. We'll stop just short of calling Smashbomb an extreme beer, but it's a wicked hoppy creation using the bizarre Citra hop that's moving us there."; "Warning! Take Cover! This Is Not a Test! The first aroma shockwave that hits your face is full of the rare, explosive Citra hops. With alpha acids clocking in at 11%, Citra's cacophony of flavours dominate this beer. Packing a real fruit punch, Citra adds passion fruit, lime, melon, grapefruit, mango, and papaya notes to the Smashbomb Atomic hit. But don't be fooled. An IPA needs a strong malt backbone, so mad additions of Crystal and Victory specialty malts ignite the fiery body of this 6% ABV ale making Smashbomb Atomic gleam with its own golden energy."; "A Wild Hop Experiment -- Unleashed! We bombarded Smashbomb Atomic IPA with hops at an insane 8 different stages in brewing. Why? Well, why not? Then we took our experiment in harnessing the Hops one further. We unleashed our dry-hopping Secret Creation, the Hoppopotamus, upon this brew. This monkey-made beast circulates fermenting Smashbomb through a bed of whole leaf Citra and Centennial hops stripping all the aromatic oily resins from these juicy buds. Result: we get that aromatic hop explosion and those titillating tropical flavours while still controlling the residual hop bitterness."; "The Flying Monkeys can't stop the hops! The Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery is locally run by a few beer-lovin' friends and a family of unwavering Beer Disciples. Our philosophy? Keep the microbrewery revolution going - there's always room for more fresh and different beer in the 'Brewscape' of Ontario. We started a microbrewery so we could craft the kind of beers we, ourselves, have always wanted to buy and drink. So Heads up, Fellow Beer Geeks -- and release the Flying Monkeys! Peter Chiodo Founder & Brewer Hop Squad, Chief Experimental Hoptological Researcher"

I pried off the cap, but to my surprise, no Monkeys, Flying or otherwise, appeared. I went with a gentle pour since I was busy queueing up Blondie's "Atomic" to listen to during my review. I have been a fan of theirs since 1978, so I continued with an in-glass swirl that raised just under two fingers of dense, light-tan head with decent retention, leaving behind nice lacing as it fell. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was certainly explosive with a hoppy fruitiness! My hophead mouth instantly began to water. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was clearly hop-driven with an abundance of fruity flavors, especially grapefruit, but also with passion fruit, lime, melon, mango, and papaya notes as advertised. I was kind of surprised by its relatively low bitterness, but it was eminently quaffable as a result. Finish was dry, but subtle, still very easy-drinking. I'd like to see this in a CAN!

Nov 01, 2017
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ADicerni from Canada (ON)

3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is very good. Amber orange colour with good head and retention. Lots of lacing.
Smell is fresh malt and hops but not discernible.
Taste is a little unbalanced. Bitter is great but needs more malt to balance. Hops are pine bitter but lacking flavour.
Mouthfeel is good with medium body and good carbonation.
Overall not bad IPA but not a favourite.

Oct 28, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can to pint glass.
Taps, Niagara, Ontario.

Reddish brown color. Big white head. Good retention.

Dry, dank IPA. Hair spray comes in late after 5-6 ounces of intensifies.

Ok carbonation. Medium body.


Aug 25, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Body is yellow to orange with a white head showing minor retention and no lacing.
S: The aroma has some resinous profiles closed together with hints of pineapple. There's a good hoppy touch but no big deal here.
T: The taste starts with a resin profile getting a little tropical, pineapple-like touch but very little and goes almost missed. 3.5
M: Body is medium. Bitterness is high and smooth. Good finish.
O: Good bitterness but the flavour could be enhanced a lot, since the tropical touches is nearly zero and the resin profiles are also fainted. Would love to try this fresh just to understand the aging process on this one.

Aug 15, 2017
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MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really delightful IPA from Flying Monkeys. 473ml can. Poured into a glass.

Canned March 19, 2017.

Look: Nice white head. Sort of an amber colour. Initially lots of bubbles that die down after a bit.

Smell: Initially strong citrus notes that become subdued after a short period. Hints of pine.

Taste: Citrus, pine, malt. 72 IBUs.

Body: Medium bodied.

Finish: Nice tart/dry finish that is consistent with the style.

I would certainly try this again.

May 06, 2017
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jimbrinkruff from Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Highly recommended.
Look was a light amber colored ale. Very promising and certainly consistent with the style. Smell was somewhat floral. The bottle was very clear that it was brewed with citra hops which are usually the best ingredient of the american IPA.
Taste: malty backbone was clear the the hopiness was also present. Not very bitter. I could swear the hops tasted more like Mosiac hops which I don't enjoy nearly as much. Overall a tad bit disappointing. I really wanted to like this but would likely not buy again. Tasted a lot like Founders Mosiac Promise. So if you love that beer you will like this as well.

Apr 29, 2017
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welzy from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack from my local Sobeys Liquor Store. Packaging was cool. The beer is a good IPA. Fresh, hoppy and bitter taste with some nice floral aroma. I could have drank the six of them one after the other. Will buy again.

Apr 09, 2017
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CernMatt from Ohio

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

A very decent, easy to drink IPA. It was not too strong on hoppiness. Had a smooth finish. Again, this is very easily a beer I could have several of over the course of an evening.

Jan 18, 2017
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid Canadian hoppy IPA....not as "hoppy" as I prefer generally and a bit uninspired, but overall very nice. Love the marketing/packaging (which I admit I am a sucker for) and glad I tried

Nov 12, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Imported from Canada - my home country. I hope it's good.
A - deep amber/copper colored ale with a tall, rocky, ivory colored head that holds excellent retention and eventually fades to a thick foam
S - caramel malt mixed with some juicy & tropical Citra hops
T - big citrus burst of Citra hops with notes of mandarin orange zest, mango, and pine; heavy caramel malt backbone with a possible hint of rye malt in there.
M - full body, pleasant carbonation, finishing bitter and dry with earthy pine lingering on the palate
O - well this did not disappoint. Aroma seemed lacking, but otherwise a really solid IPA. I'm curious to know how fresh this is. Nothing wrong with it by any means, but a nice fresh dry hop would help the aroma a lot.

Oct 16, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with "Bottled" on dating etched onto the label.

NIce looking pour, rich, darker amber, sturdy khaki cap, leaves larger bubble, froth, and low sheeting.

Resiny pine and citric hop nose.

Sturdy IPA, with more then ample hop flourishes..and a nice smooth malt base providing the balance...worthy IPA

Oct 08, 2016
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bevvy1 from Canada (ON)

3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great amber colour, good head and lacing. Strong hop/malt/rye smell, especially as it warmed up. Was expecting it to be more bitter, more complex, given the description. It's got bite which refreshes, but wanting more complexity and maybe more carbonation (it's the summer currently, so could be biased).

Aug 11, 2016
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janubio from Spain

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, big head that fades leaving ring and lace. Aroma of resines, fruits, chocolate, caramel. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of caramel,chocolate, resines, herbs, fruits, citrus. Not so bitter as one can expect, good balance between the sourness and the sweetness.

Jul 30, 2016
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ChilliHeights from Ohio

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

Decent IPA and enjoyed at the lake. Bought a six pack annoyed all of them. Nice mouth feel and taste. Nice end of day beer after a fun filled day. Nice feel and finish and good aroma.

Jul 24, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.50] Cloudy and dull tan color. The beer has almost 1 finger of white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves a nice curtain of lacing on the glass. They list the ABV (6.0%) and the IBUs (72) but I can't find a date anywhere.

S: [2.75] Chocolate, caramel, burnt caramel, The burnt caramel lingers and is not great.

T: [2.75] Slight rust flavor. Followed by regular metallic flavor. There is also some reddeming flavor in the malts. Brown sugar, maple syrup.

M: [2.25] Medium body with low carbonation which makes it feel flat. The flat/under carbonated feeling really detracts further from the beer.

O: [2.50] With no date there is no way to tell how old this is. I had this one other time during a tasting (so I assume it was fresh) and I don't recall it being this much of a turn off. Hey, their fault for not using dates - I rate what is on the shelf. The nose and the taste are not good. The have weird off notes that seem to dominate the beer. The lack of carbonation exacerbates this and just makes the whole thing not worth it.

Jul 07, 2016
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle.

Orange gold with large head. No perceptible lacing. Mild biscuit and citrus aromas. Orange rind dominates, and punches you with a dry bitterness that is slightly off-putting. Dry and finishes very quickly. They should paint a big white stripe up the label of this one as it is the dictionary definition of "middle-of-the-road."

May 03, 2016
Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 640 ratings