Smashbomb Atomic IPA | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Smashbomb Atomic IPASmashbomb Atomic IPA
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3.9/5
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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

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Ranking:
#7,404
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
608
pDev:
11.79%
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at C'est What Spring Festival. A story of grapefruit, in aroma and in taste. Unfortunately watery mouthfeel. Not as drinkable as the smell led me on to believe, though not unpleasant . Decent unfiltered look.

Had on cask at Project XXX and so much better, great hops and balanced. Improved mouthfeel, in fact very decent for a cask.
Had again a month later on tap at C'est What and the taste is right there, lemon and grapefruit, great drinkability. Have upgraded rating.

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes is very nice. Taste is also a good mix between some lightly sweet caramel malt notes with some citrus and bitter hoppy notes dominating. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very nice beer though less bitter notes and more floral notes would have been better IMHO.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/3/2014. Pours hazy orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

My first try of this Canadian brewer.Pours into a standard pint a clear copper color with a nicely formed creamy half finger white head that left one full and one broken ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.A nice shot of pine resin in the nose along with a big caramel base,I like the combination,it's old school left coast to me.A mix of pine and citric hops on the palate with some sugary sweetness underneath with a bit of biscuit and some nice toasted notes.Hey this is the type of IPA I can drink alot of,it's just solid in all facets,a good big hop profile but not over the top in sweetness and/or alcohol.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, nice creamy off-white head.
Smell of citrus hop, caramel and heavy toasted biscuits, plenty of floral notes with a sweet honey-like side to it, faint peach, and also a bit of earthiness that doesn't bode well.
A "crowded" start, with big bitter hops and a really strong malty backbone, quite heavy and not that attractive. A really bitter citrus character, like orange and grapefruit devoid of any sweetness, plus a slightly sour lemon zestiness. Toasted biscuits, caramel sweetness just for a short flash, quickly stampeded on by big grassy hops, really bitter and dry in the finish.
Aftertaste mostly of bitter hops and some grapefruit peel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness, like medicine or perfume stuck down the throat.
Lots of hops in this one, "barely under control", as they say on the label, but not entirely cool. Big single-flavored punch, a pity.

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

Clear orange color with off-white head. Classic west coast style hoppy aroma. Resiny, earthy and citrusy. Taste follows with the same notes, not bitter at first but builds up towards the finish. You get oranges at first and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Smooth body with very nice carbonation. Really easy to drink and well done IPA.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Zaphog
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Smashbomb is a typical IPA that one would get from Eastern Canada....more English style than awesome USA west coast style. The beer poured a rich copper with thin white head than is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is very bitter. The taste is fairly well balanced, but bitter enough to know your IPA'ing it. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its ok.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Not a big fan of this one. Pretty malt with a bit of floral malt, pine, and citrus peel. The flavor isn’t much better. Kind of bland with some bready malt and a little bit of citrus peel and floral hops, but a fairly pronounced bitterness. Really not a very good IPA.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A slightly opaque orange amber, good continual linear rising pinhead carbonation. Head is off whie and clumps and hangs like crazy. Islands of head, crazy lacing all over.

Citrus an tropical hop front, good orange and mango like nose. Clean, and wet possibly. But very enjoyable.

Palate brings good hop forward and malt richness. Pine angle on the finish with some drying grapefruit in the mid palate. Light sweetness and coating in the palate, but slightly wet also. Lingering great balance of light brown sugar and sweetness, malt angle a little buried, but the hop front on this is so well done.

Overall, real solid, nicely done.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of malfunxion
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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