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Smashbomb Atomic IPA | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Smashbomb Atomic IPASmashbomb Atomic IPA
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3.9/5
Very Good
608 Ratings
Smashbomb Atomic IPASmashbomb 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,403
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
608
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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30
Gots:
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Ratings: 608 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of pau622
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftoverCrizack
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eammon1920
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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Photo of ADicerni
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

CAN POURED INTO GOBLET STYLE GLASS.
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.

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Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of migleskun
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sineone
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.12/5  rDev -20%
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.

**

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of JeremyJenkins1983
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really liked this IPA. It is strong and has a good taste.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JavierGC
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacknyr08
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kier
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelGennings
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimbrinkruff
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of welzy
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swim
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 608 ratings
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