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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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Reviews:
136
Ratings:
569
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
24.05%
 
 
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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, thanks to tbeckett for the trendy Ontario hookup! I like how Flying Monkeys is becoming the Stone-Lite version of beer label marketing up here and over there, north of 49.

This beer pours a relatively clear, medium copper amber hue, with lots and lots of rising effervescence, and two fat fingers of foamy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent thick, chunky bands of webbed lace around the glass as it slowly settles.

It smells bang-on for a big (but not Imperial) IPA - strong caramel toffee malt and grapefruit pith/pine resin bitterness right off the bat, with some sassy herbal hoppiness bringing up the rear - enticing, to say the least. The taste is pretty much in line - somewhat muddled citrus rind, a further green grassy/herbal/pine hop bitterness, even more tropical melon and berry fruit notes, and an equal to the task bready caramel malt backbone.

The carbonation is averagely unobtrusive, in a good way, the body on the light side of medium weight, and as smooth as it can get with the aforementioned edgy hops still tugging away at my palate. It finishes more on the dry side of things, but with the bitterness starting to bleed away, invoking an immediate call to arms for more.

Well, this falls into a select, rather rarefied group of decently-made Ontario-local, American-style IPAs, and very well could be their leader, as of this printing. I'm actually conceptualizing what it would be like to be sitting back on the patio at Volo, putting back draft pints of this, if not actually in the vaunted lake country I've heard so much about, but never visited, sigh.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear dark copper colour, finger of off-white head with decent retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, touch of pine and grapefruit with some breaded caramel coming through on the finish.

T - The hops dominate with the grapefruit and citrus coming through nicely, the bitterness lingers but has enough sweetness to it balance it out. THe breaded caramel also lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness, just the way it should be.

O - A solid IPA from an Ontario brewery. Now if only the availability of this offering wasn't so scarce in my city. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger head of nice bubbles - receded quickly to a nice thick collar - amber colour

s - huge citra hops - pine, grapefruit - nice

t - some malt backing the big citrus flavor - grapefruit, orange, mango towards the end

m - plenty of good bitterness here - still pretty smooth - some carbonation and light to medium body

o - excellent! really enjoyed this and I am becoming a fan of the style

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve a very dark IPA at first, then it cleared to a nice golden amberish. Good head at first, then very shy since the head let itself die to a shy foamy residual head.

Smell is very citra, hoppy, bitter, but very fresh, fruity and peppery.

Taste is quite unbalanced, smooth at first then the citra hops hits you with no balance and no aftertaste.

I expected more, a good session IPA

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is piney and hoppy. There is not much maltiness to this offering but the hop finish was decent. The body was average for the style.

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Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a sixer bought at the Hazledean LCBO in Kanata before the beer was even on the shelf.

A - Pours bright with good carbonation. Dark golden colour with a one finger off white head. Half finger of retention stickin around with a little big of legs and lacing leftover. Not special looking but proper.

S - An initial shot of pine leads straight to underlying rich and juicy fruits. Citra is obvious. I can pick up pineapple, grapefruit, and maybe mango.

T - Pine again leading to bready malts with a little caramel and a serious punch of that citrus again.

M - Good tingly carbonation lifting it off the palate and a medium body. Finish is good and bitter with an interesting sweet citrus flavour along with it.

O/D - Hell that's a solid IPA. After so much hype and delay, it definately was worth the wait. A legit IPA from Ontario, raising the bar for the rest of the OCB. I'd like to try it fresh from the brewery instead of going through the LCBO process, but this helf up well. Good stuff.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle, bottled Aug. 17, 2011.

Appearance: A rather clear, orange-amber body but the beauty is the head. Easily 4 fingers that last a while, bubbles a bit and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A smattering of resiny hops with melon, orange and grapefruit. Not very bitter, more on the sweet side.

Taste: Nice initial bitterness that doesn't last long before the malt takes over. Still a nice kick though. Juicy orange & grapefruit are present as well as a hint of minerals in the back.

Mouthfeel: At first, the bitterness seems to be short-lived but comes back after the sip and sticks around on the palate. Strong in the front and middle, could be better in the finish but still great.

Overall: Not aggressive but does have the bitterness. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of BigBry
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pint at C'est What in Toronto.
Clear amber copper color, with a full white head. Foam fades slowly, but never really disappears, leaving nice looking lacing.
Smell is full of hops (as expected), floral hops with lots of citrus. Taste matches the aroma, it has a nice hoppy flavor and bitterness. Citrus, grapefruit and some piney notes. There is some malts, but not enought to balance the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation and body.
It is a very smooth and drinkable beer. Lots of hops, but not as over-the-top burn as some IPAs. It's a winner.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeffo for this one. Pours a a clear, dark golden colour with a decent amount of head in the sam adams perfect pint glass. I am really enjoying the crystal malt character in this one. It matches well with the crisp bitterness. Quite the tasty beer. This one would be very sessionable too. I still prefer the 2.0 version I had on tap earlier this spring, but this one isn't too far off from that.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of orsulacp
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap on a trip to Canada, it was v2.0. Nice clear amber body with a light tan head that disappeared quickly. Good smell, earthy piney hops, a little hint of citrus, and some carmel. The taste is what I like in an IPA, slightly sweet to start then a good hit of piney bitterness, a little fruity, and then finishing dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is a little light, which helps to highlight the hops. Some people may not like the bitter dry finish, but I think it makes the beer really enjoyable.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - A light copper/orange colour that had an white head, good lacing

Smell - Heavy on the citrus, grapefruit, mango, orange, some pine at the end

Taste - Good bitterness, grapefruit, mango, orange, pine, bitterness at the end

Overall - A good Ontario IPA, worth picking up a six pack

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful dark copper colour, good amount of light tan head - leaves a nice even film of lacing afterwards.

super citrusy hops, tons of grapefruit in the smell. really nice.

taste is similar with the citrus/grapefruit and perhaps a bit of lemon now. malt is more apparent now but still nice and hoppy. good carbonation and drinkability.

overall it was pretty tasty - i enjoyed it and will be picking up some more sometime.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was probably the very beer that got me hooked on true craft brews, a few years back when I snagged a six-pack from Silver Springs Liquor Store here in Cowtown. It also got me hooked on hops. I am happy to return to it for the formal review treatment. This one is a light bronze or perhaps dark orange amber brew with three or four inches of beige head. The aroma is classic Citra hops as promised on the label, redolent with melon, passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit rind, along with an ill-defined but pleasing peppery spice. Not much malt on the nose but the hops are glorious. Taste is also that of an aggressive but flavorful hop bomb, with gooseberry, melon rind, grapefruit peel, black pepper, tomato leaf, lemon, and apricot all vying for your attention. This brew also features some of the most venomous and truculent pine/spruce flavor I've had in a Canadian IPA, with these resins just building and building like a jacked-up menthol cough drop as you make your way through a bottle or two. I would not say this flavor is coarse or nasty, though ... It IS forceful and ought to satisfy the biggest hopheads. The malts are more prominent on the palate than on the nose, providing some toasted caramel and even a little light molasses to balance out the citrus rind and pine onslaught. Body is semi-chewy and right where it needs to be for the style, goes down quite smooth albeit bone-dry. I may be biased (see opening statement of this review) but this is a personal favorite IPA. The hops are resinous and gamey, tropical and catty, and when I crave this sort of thing this brew is one of my standbys.

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Photo of abraxel
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a full pint of this after the Spring Festival of Craft Beers at C'est What.

Poured a cloudy orange with small white head. Lots of grapefruit in the nose. Taste has tons of grapefruit and hoppy bitterness. Quite delicious stuff. It was a little thin in the body, which I'm hoping will improve when I try this in bottle/tap. I'm excited that this beer is going to start coming into the Ontario market because we need a west coast style IPA.

Update after having it on cask at Volo during Toronto beer week Sept '10:
Better hoppy aroma with some pine and the carbonation was much nicer. A finger of head with nice lacing. Upped the review from B+ to A-.

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Photo of akdo
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a 20 oz pint glass at a bar in Toronto called Stack, which is located north of Lawrence subway station.

Look: The body has the same colour as a dark honey, is slightly transparent and has a white one-finger head. This IPA has an excellent head retention as it recedes to a thin white layer that covers nearly all of the drink. All in all, I love the lacings as well as the traces of foam the beer leaves on the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: The pine woods are subtly in the background while the notes of lemon complement those of orange zests and even a few tropical fruits.

Taste: The palate makes a quick transition from its fruits to the pine woods.

Feel: There is a little bit of creaminess as a small quantity of the beer stays in the mouth. Moreover, this is the first IPA I have tried which keeps the notes of pine woods mostly intact whilst the beer is in the throat and the solar plexus.

Overall: This is the best IPA from Canada I have drunk when it comes to the after taste. Smashbomb Atomic IPA stands out because of its look and its lasting aftertaste of pine woods. Unfortunately, as others pointed out, the fruity notes were too brief considering that this is an IPA. I would regularly buy this beer despite a minor flaw.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryden's, poured into a Flying Monkey's pint glass. Really excited to see this one on tap down here, wasn't something I was expecting to come across when going down for a couple pints after work.

Poured a clear orange/light amber body with a finger of white head. Head retention was great, but paled in comparison to the lacing this left. Walls of lace. Imagine Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" in lacing form. Yeah. That makes no sense, but it is. So fresh, and so impressive. Smell is predominantly of pine, bit of tangerine in there. Quite hoppy I can already tell. Strong pine and bitterness up front when tasting this, but gives way to a plethora of tropical fruits and again, more tangerine, mango etc etc. Little malt presence. Good mouthfeel, a bit acidic and sharp at times but nothing I wouldn't expect from something as this bitter. Drinkability was great, could've had a couple more but there were too many other great offerings that I had to pass on this one for the time being. Great IPA offering, right up there with Ten Bitter Years as the best this province has to offer in that category.

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