Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
599
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
185
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Ratings: 599 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mrebeka
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 JohnnieNepal
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of josanguapo
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 2d2despuma. In Tekug glass. After dinner, extracting beer labels. All I expect in an IPA: great smell and tasty bitterness not overwhelming and without unpleasant fruity profile

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 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 qcbrewer
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a hazy deep copper, tall off white head that retained extremely well leaving big gobs of lacing all over
S - strong hints of citrus rind, toffee, pineapple, mild spice
T - similar to the nose with the citrus more toned down, also an earthy hop note
M - medium body with a lowish carbonation, an easy drinking smooth finish with a very light bitter
O - a very tasty IPA from a Canadian brewer that am I gaining more respect for with each brew, big props to andrenaline for including this in our latest cross country swap

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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 liquorpig
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.49/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of pine
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm lyer with raised center
Lacing good – torn curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct flavor, short duration; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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