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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPAFlying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA
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Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

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
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
556
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
24.3%
 
 
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28
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168
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 556
Photo of dcmchew
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Grapefruit and a little pine from the hops. I was not expecting much but was very pleasantly surprised.

I really don't like the packaging but the beer is good.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Flavors of citrus peel and something interesting, possibly Szechuan peppercorn? I know, I know, but that's what I taste. Hoppy (imagine that). Herbal. Bitter. Astringent. Tannic, really. Remove some sweetness and the carbonation and I'm reminded of cab sauv. Long finish.

Not crazy about it, but good. Hop heads will enjoy.

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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 CaledonCountryBoy
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Was first APA I tried. And I'm still in love with it. For me, it delivers on its name. It's an explosive, complex, evolving taste experience. Citrus (grapefruit), pine, rhubarb, dandelion tones are all there in a transcending fashion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

May not have been a good idea to forget about this brew in the back of my fridge. Not sure when it was bottled since its ?/16/14 for the date. Paid $2.49 for the single at Vintage Estate 2 months ago.

A - Thankfully no sediment floaties so it's newer than 6 months or filtered. Head is just a 1/4 inch but it sticks around forever. Color is an on par light amber brown clear.
S - Smells rather nice mild zesty citrus and lemon hops no hard pine or medicinal bitterness. Malty sweetness seems to be in check.
T - Very harsh bitter hops. Not too palatable really they seem balanced enough but I am not digging the taste. Like floor cleaner very medicinal and soapy. No good.
M - Sort of light to medium on the palate with very harsh lingering bitterness.

Not my thing in the slightest figured it would be terrible ended up being unbearably bitter yet not undrinkable. Would not get again.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 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 Devon_
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer multiple times from the bottle, both from the bottle and in a glass.

The beer smells of citrus with the nice bitterness of the hops. A nice citrus taste to start, with a nice (but not overly) bitter finish. The beer has a fairly thin mouthfeel, but that seems to work well for this beer.

The citrus mixes with the bitterness nicely and makes it a very easy drinking IPA - one of my favourites.

The bottle art is also unique and cool, if you care about that kind of stuff. I personally do.

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Photo of starkdog24
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've just noticed this beer in NE recently, and it was only $7 for a 22oz (little steep!).
Comparing to other IPAs, a very subtle floral, hoppy, citrus nose. Initial wonderful hoppy
mouth feel, but the beauty of this one is how sweet and smooth the finish is. Ths is not an over-the-top hoppy bitter IPA, but matched and well balanced beer. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of Erniepeters
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super tart as you would expect. Strong citrus flavor. 6% ABV so not too strong in the alcohol department. Not something you would want every day but if you are in the mood for a an IPA with a bite this is a good one to try. The name really says it all Smashbomb.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear deep golden color with a one finger head of a white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer hits you with quite a bit of pine and citrus hop as well as some sweeter smelling fruit aromas of a tropical and light fruit nature; with hints of tangerine, mango, pear, peach and apricot. Some other light hop aromas of a herbal and floral nature as well as a bit of caramel and bread are there as well, giving overall a nice complex blend of hoppiness and sweeter smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly drier flavor containing a more crisp cracker pale malt base and only some very light sweet flavors of lemonade and a bit of tangerine, peach and mango. Right from the start the grapefruit starts out strong matching the more crisp nature of the flavor profile rather nicely. As the flavor advances the fruity flavors seem to dwindle some with other hop flavors of more grapefruit as well as some pine taking the sweet flavors place. A bit of a floral hop and some light herbal hops come at the very end of the taste and mixed with the other hop and the lighter sweet and more cracker flavors, ends up leaving one with a bitter and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the medium side. For the drier flavors the thinner body is quite nice as it creates a nice crisp feel. The thin body in conjunction with the medium carbonation, which adds enough fizz to complement the crisp nature of the brew, but yet does not take away from the hop, overall create a very pleasant feel.

Overall – A rather tasty drier and crisp IPA with a nice hop blend and an easy drinking feel. Rather pleasant.

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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 buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle
Served in a snifter

A - I'll call this beer amber with some golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head that leaves some lacing down the sides.

S - The smell is citrus and pine. I get a little peach too.

T - The taste starts out with citrus. The finish and aftertaste are bitter pine.

M - Medium

O - It is better than I remember. I had a draft that I wasn't impressed with and have passed this beer over. A couple bottles as a gift made me realize this is a decent IPA. I'll still stick with my Ohio and Michigan IPA's over this as regulars though.

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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 ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent label. 12oz bottle dated 11/18/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange/light brown color with a lingering one-finger head
S: Pleasant but muted malt/caramel/hops
T: Very malty- toffee, caramel, wheat, but with strong hops to support the malt. Tropical fruit, grapefruit and just a hint of pine are all there. Complex flavors
M: Medium to full-bodied with a medium-length finish
O: Tasty, definitely worth a try

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is strong citrus - grapefruit & orange and sweet caramel malts.

T - Aggressive hops hit the palate immediately. Lots of pine upfront transitioning mid-palate into grapefruit. Finish is bitter pine and grapefruit rind. Lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very hop forward IPA. A nice beer, but I wish it had a little more balance in the flavors.

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Photo of Bloodreign
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice color. Clear straight thru the glass. Very pretty head, covered the entire glass. Not much in the aroma department. The taste is very bitter. When you drink it, there is a very full feel when you swallow. And when the beer hits your taste buds you know where the atomic name comes from, it is very strong in your mouth with a bitter feel.

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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with a nice two finger off white fluffy head, big blanket of lacing.
S - Typical pine, grapefruit, orange juice, cracker malt, a little sweet grain.
T - Very sweet and grainy, almost in the adjunct way. Middle to end you get a little grassy and pine bitterness, some grapefruit.
M - Medium body, well carbonated.
O - Its just ok, I'm kinda shocked at some of the other reviews this has gotten, its nothing stellar at all, very generic.

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color pretty much epitomizes amber, and it's completely clear though there is a density in the heaviest part of the body. The head is eggshell white, tight, and 3/4 finger at its peak. Lacing includes moderately thick rings where it rest with dense spotting between.
The aroma really showcases Citra hops with a good balance of caramel malts that never let the hops lose focus. Showcased are lots of hop oils with citrus and tropical fruit characters as well as something slightly green.
Citra's the main event in the flavor as well, though it gets slightly pithier than that, fades out in the middle while caramel and a touch of brine show, then comes back into the finish.
The feel is good, a medium body supporting with a little slickness that's cut through by the hop acidity. It has a strong crispness that sustains itself without biting too hard, allowing for good smoothness as well.

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another buy from my Ohio beer run. Loved the label and packaging, so I picked it up. This one pours a glowing orange copper hue with a thick and lasting white foam head. The lacing is minimal and suggests a thinner ale. The nose is bright and delicious with citrus, pine, and grassy hops. There is a little malt note but mostly just beautiful fresh hops. The sip is clean, medium bodied and refreshing with just enough coating to make a hop head like me happy. The taste is all hops just like the nose suggests but unfortunately doesn't seem as fresh as the aroma. This is a damn good west coast style ipa that I will definitely drink again. Not the greatest but very enjoyable.

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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 schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hey, should we have a new category for Canadian IPA? The answer is no, of course, unless there evolves something unique, like AIPA's. That said, this is an excellent example of the style.

It pours a perfect dark yellow with loads of head that turns into lacing. The aroma is a cut above with a sweet hoppiness that is stronger than most. The taste follows suit, with a great balance of high taste ingredients - loads of hops offset with a malty and yeasty taste. Nothing wimpy about this, true to over the top American style IPA. The aftertaste is a nice refreshing bitterness.

This is a major success on tap. I will try it from a bottle if I ever see it. I am pretty sure that this brewer is new to our area even though they are less than 300 miles from here. It's nice to see more great brewing in Canada, eh.

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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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