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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPAFlying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA

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Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 565
Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Citra hop all-around. A slight taste of malt. Long bitterness and aroma of orange peel. Loose a lot of flavors after a couple of days in the fridge. Drink fresh

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker copper colour than most aIPAs, with a respectable head of loose bubbles. Laces nicely.

Muted c-hops, bright yellow grapefruit, a hint of butter in the aroma.

The hops are all about brash, pithy bitterness with no real finesse, adding more bitterness than flavour. The good news is it's up against a toasty light, creamy caramel malt. The malt base is nice. Maybe not ideal for a true IPA in its sweetness, but I guess it's sweet enough to balance the bitterness. That said, the hop bite is a little too one-note for me. Something tannic like over-steeped orange pekoe tea lingers in the finish.

Has a good, lightly chewy body with moderate carbonation

Overall this isn't how I remember it on tap, and leans more towards the Duggan's #9, Dead Elephant, recent crappy Beaver River IPeh bottles that were at the LCBO, camp of bitter ambers that anything approaching a true aIPA for me.

Certainly not a bad beer, but an Ontario brewer has yet to hit an American IPA out of the park for me. I much prefer this on tap.

Less important is the fact that the labels are garishly horrible and downright childish. I think I'd feel less embarrassed standing at a check out to buy tampons than I did queuing up to buy this.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. Bottled on 2015-04-17.

A: Clear amber. Poured a lot of foam, medium retention.
S: Pineapple. Moderate citrus. Slightly piney.
T: Pineapple and grapefruit. Toasted malty. A touch of sweetness. Medium high bitterness. Pretty rich in flavors.
M: Moderate body. Medium carbonation, refreshing but not sharp.
O: Great IPA. Drinkink it second time at non-fresh date, but it's rather good and rich.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

A - Pours golden brown with two fingers of off white head that retains to a think cap around the glass. Nice rings all the way down.

S - Floral, citrus fruit, malts.

T - Layers of citrus hops, floral, balanced by malts. Good balance and nice bitter mouth feel.

O - Solid offering from Canada. Good I-P - Eh!

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Photo of fscottkey
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.50] Cloudy and dull tan color. The beer has almost 1 finger of white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves a nice curtain of lacing on the glass. They list the ABV (6.0%) and the IBUs (72) but I can't find a date anywhere.

S: [2.75] Chocolate, caramel, burnt caramel, The burnt caramel lingers and is not great.

T: [2.75] Slight rust flavor. Followed by regular metallic flavor. There is also some reddeming flavor in the malts. Brown sugar, maple syrup.

M: [2.25] Medium body with low carbonation which makes it feel flat. The flat/under carbonated feeling really detracts further from the beer.

O: [2.50] With no date there is no way to tell how old this is. I had this one other time during a tasting (so I assume it was fresh) and I don't recall it being this much of a turn off. Hey, their fault for not using dates - I rate what is on the shelf. The nose and the taste are not good. The have weird off notes that seem to dominate the beer. The lack of carbonation exacerbates this and just makes the whole thing not worth it.

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Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Only Cafe in Toronto. Amber-coloured body with a light haze and a good cover of beige head.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose: lychee, guava and mango. Light candy malt.

More tropical character in the mouth, with some very nice hops presenting lychee, mango and guava again along with some grassiness, a little pepper and a solid bitterness. Under-malted a bit, featuring a dry biscuty malt; I'd prefer a little more sweetness to accent those juicy tropical flavours. A touch of alcohol and grapefruit pith on the finish.

Medium light body with a moderate carbonation. Okay feel, though not a standout.

This is good stuff, I'd be happy to have this available in Quebec. Not completely balanced in the way I like but the hops are very nice. This would probably be my choice relatively-inexpensive, readily-available go-to beer if I lived in Ontario.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper orange with two fingers of cream coloured head. Smells piney, with citrust hops, tropical fruits and lemon. Taste has strong hoppy bitterness, with some bread and caramel notes. Strong citrus and tropical fruits linger throughout. Aftertaste is strong and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy as well. A great Canadian made IPA, and in my home province as well. This is possibly my first Canadian IPA, unless you count Keith's.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml brown bottle with pry-off cap poured in a nonic pint glass. Purchased from Zyn in Calgary.

Amber-orange and a little hazy. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour but recedes to a thin cap with lots of lines of lacing on the sides.

Big and juicy aroma. Citrusy hops and sweet malts. Grapefruit, orange, apricot, caramel. Simply mouthwatering!

Big bash of hops right off the start. Heavy handed citrusy hops bulldoze the palate through the front and middle, leading to a hop bitter finish that scours the tongue and roof of your mouth. A real hop-bomb for sure. While the aroma is quite balanced, the taste is missing a little more malt backbone. There is some malt to lightly tug on the reigns of the galloping stagecoach of hops, but not enough in my estimation.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight oily feel from the hops.

Hop lovers will really enjoy this, but I'm partial to a little more balance and drinkability in my beers. If you're a hop head this is a must have, but a definite try for everyone.

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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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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A: dark amber color, reddish, finger of light foam with good lacing

S: cedar, pine, earthy, dank, fresh earth, citrus pith

T: pine, Meyer lemon, Slightly bent tter hops

M: a little bitterness up front but good carbonation and well balanced

O: unsuspectingly good IPA, very good

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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 Digimaika2
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful red-copper hue with a thick inch of puffy and creamy foam. Good lacing down the glass. Very nice blanket of bubble clusters sits atop.

S: Earthy hops, cracker-like malts, caramel, grapefruit, and some toffee. Enticing aromas that blend together quite well.

T: Quite a bit of hop bitterness but actually kept in check with the bready malts. Was anticipating a bit more hop-centric taste (from the label) but regardless, this is still delicious. Hints of grapefruit, a bit of lemony sourness, and caramel/toffee.

M: Slightly oily and viscous with above-average carbonation for the style.

D: Again, another nice offering from Flying Monkeys. In my opinion, still not up there with the Cascadian Ale, but nonetheless a good IPA. It's refreshing to see an Ontario brewery focusing more on out-of-the-box (for Ontario atleast) styles

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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 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 GodOfBeer
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a slightly cloudy amber with a thick white head with tons of lacing. Very beautiful beer.

Citrusy hops is the first scent that fills my nostrils. Some light maltiness and also a bit of soap? Which I noticed someone else mentioned as well, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.

A mouthful of citrusy/grapefruit hops upfront. Followed by another onslaught of hop bitterness in the finish. Not much of malt backbone to speak of, but some crystal and caramel malts become apparent as it warms up. This is definitely a hop dominated beer. The hops add more bitterness than flavour but still a very good beer and nice to see Ontario finally starting to grow some balls in the hop department.

Overall, if you love hops, this beer is for you. This beer lacks certain complexities I enjoy in other American IPA's but still very well done and one of the best in Ontario by far.

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Photo of bryehn
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, bottles have arrived at the LCBO! Listed as 6.0% on the bottle. Ugliest Flying Monkeys art yet, hope this beer lives up to hype. Going with an oversized wine glass, as I've reviewed Mad Tom, Crazy Canuck and Southern Tier Gemini/IPA/2XIPA in one. Bottled on June 17, 2011.

Pours a fairly dark, rusty amber colour with a moderate-sized tan head that gets retained as a collared film while leaving some mild lacing. A bit dark for an American IPA but I'll let it slide.

Smells like other recent Ontario IPA offerings at first. Very hop-forward with a buttery citrus aroma. A butterscotch-caramel tone provides a sweet backing and a light rose floral accent comes through after warming.

The taste is mostly well-balanced, but I was hoping for just a bit more punch. The tangy hop bite it quickly enveloped by a syrupy caramel malt flavour. It's quite bitter overall, both on the front and the back of the tongue and I don't get much in the way of subtlety.

A long-lasting collar provides a smooth creaminess. A tea-like taste appears briefly before a rather strong bitterness seizes up the tongue. It does have a noticeable oily quality as well.

Well, after waiting so long to try it, I can't help but be a bit disappointed.

It's certainly not bad at all, in fact it's a good beer and something I'll have again, but doesn't really do anything to stand out over it's peers at all other than being a tad over-bitter. I actually prefer their Cascadian Dark Ale over this because its somewhat unique in my region.

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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 heebes
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Winking Judge.

Poued into a pint glass a deep, clear reddish amber. Good amount of fluffy, sticky white head. Retention is high, the lacing sticks to the glass untill the (bitter) end. Nose was resinous hops! Unbelievable, never experienced such a fresh hoppy beer from Ontario. Lots of citrus grapefruit to sweeten the auroma, but alot of pine and oil from hop cones. Taste was a bitter whole cone experiance. Lots of oily pine & citrus hop character, easy drinking though as it tased delicious. Good medium body, with a resiny dry mouthfeel. Overall this is a great beer - unbelievably fresh on tap. A standout American IPA. Dont really care much for the whole marketed "weirdness" and labels but if this was on shelves it would be a staple in my fridge. Impressive. Finally.

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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 Mit
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the last bottle in the store...like someone had bought the last five bottles in a six pack....LOL and I got the last bottle...which I quickly scooped up....

a-pours a beautiful copper amber colour, minimal head.

s-citrus, light malt flavours...some spicey/peppery notes at the end.

t-Hops dominate obviously...slightly balanced by some malty sweetness. Def in favour of the hops

m-feels heavier as per the abv.

o-overall this beer is tremendous...especially given that it's a Canadian IPA which are beginning to come into their own prominence.

I really enjoyed this and would love to see it become as easy to find as the Hoptical Illusion.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type:355 mL Bottle

A- Deep Amber colour with a 2 finger off-white head with excellent retention. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit) and grapefruit from the hops dominate the aroma.

T- Same as aroma but with an extremely bitter finish. More bitter than a lot of DIPA's that I've had. Tasty but only in small hauls.

M- Medium Body and Moderate Carbonation.

O- An excellent example of a Citra Hop IPA. Beautiful tropical fruit and citrus flavours come through but this brew seems to have an overly bitter finish. Still a great brew but could be so much better with a slightly less bitter finish.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beers pours a gorgeous copper colour, very clear and nice. head is a slight off-white, about 2 fingers and has some very good lasting power. Minimal to no carbonation present.

Smell - Hops, pine, some citrus light caramel. very well balanced smelling beer. reminds me a LOT of Red Racer IPA actually.

Taste - what an amazing beer! taste is light but balanced, comes in with some hops, pine then finish with the caramel/citrus punch. there is a little lasting flavour too.

Mouthfeel - Tremendous levels added here, so good. tones of volume and fullness. the flavour remains the same with a well balanced approach.

Overall - I am in love, this is a solid beer that offers so much. A lot like Red Racer IMO that is such a good beer. This is a great find and hope they continue to stock it at the LCBO! SpinRSX, I have your 3 waiting!

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer has an epic "psychedelic" label and "may the beer be with you" stamped on the back of the cap lol, It pours a dark semi hazy copper color with a finger of white foamy head that fades quick leaving a thick film

Aroma - Grapefruit, orange peel, some lemon zest, some pine, earthyness, toffee and caramel malts.

Flavor - At first you get grapefruit, orange peel and lemon followed quickly by a swift pine bitterness, some caramel and toffee notes a little brown sugar then the sweetness dissapears and the beer finishes really bitter.

Feel -this beer has a nice medium body, with some lighly prickly carbonation, finishes bitter. not bad

Overall - This is a decent IPA, design wise I love the bottle and the beer itself is pretty good. I have a personal preference for more citrusy ipas and the pine takes over in this one. but overall its one of the better pine IPA's ive tried.

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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 AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phil for a bottle of this! My bottle says 6%, not 6.2.

Nice coppery color, clear with a decent head into my pint glass. Not a lot of lacing.

Tropical nose, with a little bit of butter.

Bitter, but sweet. Obviously a Citra beer. Has that upfront tropical salty bitterness, followed by a silky butteryness afterwards. Just a hint of crystal malt in there balancing out the sweet/sour Citra hop character.

Nice mouthfeel. Proper amount of carbonation.

Overall a very good IPA, from Canada eh!

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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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