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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPAFlying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
theflyingmonkeys.ca

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by Sammy on 05-31-2010

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Ratings:
591
Reviews:
140
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
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Photo of mintjellie
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep-orange in colour and clear as glass. Moderately retentive off-white foam sticks to the glass in rings. Luscious mango aroma also hints at grapefruit, pine, cat piss, and sparking up a bowl of the sticky-icky. Loads of juicy mango tutti-frutti flavour with tangy citrus undertones, riding on mildly sweet malt. Finishes with an in your face leafy bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Lovely stuff. Medium-bodied with an oily, resinous finish. You know those shitty Labatts radio advertisements? The ones where they tell you to go for the good stuff? This is the REAL good stuff.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of Vic_Darrell
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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 July 14 2016]

Finally available in tallboys - this one was dated Jun 30, making it less than two weeks old, and it is really reminding me why I rated this IPA so highly in the first place. Part of that was lack of exposure to the style (looking back I feel I overrated it slightly) but this still remains one of the safest 'every day' IPAs that you'll be able to find across Ontario without much effort. Piney, pithy bitterness with light tropical fruit hints; a proven combo. I will be buying this much more regularly now that I don't need to commit to a sixer.

Final Grade: 4.33, a teacher's pet-worthy A grade.

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Photo of dumarrm
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrmanning
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of starkdog24
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've just noticed this beer in NE recently, and it was only $7 for a 22oz (little steep!).
Comparing to other IPAs, a very subtle floral, hoppy, citrus nose. Initial wonderful hoppy
mouth feel, but the beauty of this one is how sweet and smooth the finish is. Ths is not an over-the-top hoppy bitter IPA, but matched and well balanced beer. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of codyhotel
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bmacaskill
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Was first APA I tried. And I'm still in love with it. For me, it delivers on its name. It's an explosive, complex, evolving taste experience. Citrus (grapefruit), pine, rhubarb, dandelion tones are all there in a transcending fashion.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of StephenRich
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holding true to the new brand, the Flying Monkeys Brewery is experimenting with new hop varieties and new beer recipes. One of the most recent experiment that made its way around Ontario during Ontario Craft Beer Week was their Smashbomb Atomic IPA; a big IPA brewed with 8 hop additions! Yes, 8 is a lot of hop additions. Are there even that many steps in brewing? Somehow Flying Monkeys made it happen, and they produced a uniquely citrusy and earthy IPA that has thus far not been seen in Ontario.

One of the keys to this revelation is the use of a relatively new hop variety called Citra. My sources (the internet) seem to explain that Citra is a hybrid of 50% Hallertauer Mittelfruh, 25% U.S. Tettnanger, and a 25% combination of East Kent Goldings, Brewers Gold, and a few other varieties. What has resulted is a relatively bitter hop with aromatic flavors of citrus, peach, apricot, grapefruit, lychee, pineapple, and more tropical fruits. For the beerk geeks out there, the Citra hop has a relatively high alpha acid of 11%. If you don't know what that means, you don't wan't to. So we have a pretty citric, fruit fresh hop going into the Smashbomb during the flavor additions. Awesome.

No, there's no label on this sucker yet because it is still in a pre-production phase. No matter though, labels offer little if any flavor characteristics, and I am sure when it does hit shelves it will have something pretty wild on the front.

As a side note, I have to quote Peter Chiodo, who designed this beer: "Hops are to the Craft Brewer what insanity is to the artist." Thanks for that one Peter, thats going to be a timeless classic.

I had actually had the pleasure of tasting the Smashbomb at two blind tastings run by the Flying Monkeys - the first we tried it at room temperature to best be able to evaluate all the intricacies of the flavor, and the second we tried it cold. So when I opened this bottle, I definitely made sure it was cold. At room temperature the overwhelming tartness and funk of the Citra proved to be uncontrollable, and unpleasant. But when cold, all those sensations where gone, and we were left with a very refreshing, and deliciously unique beer.

I poured the Smashbomb into a tall pint glass and immediately prepared myself to take some deep notes. The pour was smooth and easy for the first quarter, but every milliliter after that brewed a thick and luscious head that eventually lifted a good 2 inches above the beer. It was pure white with dense carbonation towards the bottom, and light airy bubbles to the top. The beer was a bright and rich amber orange with golden browns and shinning sunny yellow beams easing out of it. It was clean and clear and showed a terrific contrast between beer and foam (the haze in the picture is condensation, not the beers opacity).

The nose was quite pungent with a somewhat familiar scent of west coast hops, but was very unique on its own. It brought fast rushes of lemon rind, sweet citrus, bitter grapefruit peel, fresh earth, dried apricots, notes of pine and soft spice. Going back for another sniff and big bitterness was apparent here following the upfront power of citrus and lightly sweet tropical fruits. A hint of malt comes in the back with grain and fresh bread, but is relatively subdued in comparison to the hops.

Along with the Citra, Centennial hops were used, and the combination, and number of additions has created a richly complex array of aromas and flavors. It is immediately obvious when you go in for a taste as well. The first sensation is a cold and bitter wave of smooth hops that show a crisp, and very clean texture and no signs of sweetness. Seconds later though, and more so as the beer warms, big bright citrus fruit flavors make their way in and even show a great deal of lemony sweetness.

Although the hops are dry and crisp, the beer is smooth and creamy overall, which helps the bitter remain delicious and not devastating. Further into the beer earth, pine and a fresh resiny bitter begin to show themselves, and even give way to notes of cereal, and grainy malt. It touches biscuit, with a hint of warmth, but its cleaned away quickly by both a strong bitter swipe, and a powerful aromatic wave of hops. Pale malts do try to break through and show themselves, but this is a hophead's beer, and it shows.

The complexity shown here is very unique to Ontario, and is an amazing step in the right direction. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, pine, earth, salt, grass and apricot are all present in this beer, and showcase this big bitter IPA quite well. I will be excited to sample the version that hits shelves, hopefully it is much the same as this. I would like to see a touch more malt flavor here, maybe an addition of Caramel 60 would round it out. But overall this will be an amazing addition to Ontario's Craft Beer Lineup - well gone guys!

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Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of josvemden
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In het begin normale IPA,maar even na het doorslikken een klap bitterheid. Bijzonder
Gedronken :Maastricht bierfestival

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Photo of Devon_
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer multiple times from the bottle, both from the bottle and in a glass.

The beer smells of citrus with the nice bitterness of the hops. A nice citrus taste to start, with a nice (but not overly) bitter finish. The beer has a fairly thin mouthfeel, but that seems to work well for this beer.

The citrus mixes with the bitterness nicely and makes it a very easy drinking IPA - one of my favourites.

The bottle art is also unique and cool, if you care about that kind of stuff. I personally do.

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Photo of cratez
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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