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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
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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133
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558
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
24.3%
 
 
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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 DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle picked up from the singles bin from the LCBO for $2.00 CDN

Appearance- Bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice dark copper / brown color with 1 finger of head which sticks around for a few minutes. Nice white cap and head looks frothy and rich as it dissipates. Good lacing too. Minimal effervescence, but nonetheless the beer looks pretty damn good.

Smell - Big nose of citrus, grapefruit, lemon with just a faint sweetness to it that helps balance the scent. Also pine notes in addition to the fruity goodness.

Taste - Big time pine / spruce flavors up front which transition into the lemon and grapefruit flavors. Grapefruit is especially prominent here. Long lasting and dominant pine / grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation combined with the flavors leaves a strong aftertaste, that to me does not lend itself the beer serving a means to quench thirst. In addition my mouth is actually parched after drinking this (although less so after a nice big gulp).

Overall - A good beer, but I think i prefer other locally brewed IPA's in comparison with this one.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to SebD for providing us this beer to enjoy.

A: A deep amber on the pour with 2-3 fingers of off white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Pronounced pine resin followed by tropical fruits including g pineapple and mango. Background scents of sweet solid malts and slight hints of a barnyard funk.

T: Follows the nose with subtle initial malts quickly followed by pine forward hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A more hop forward IPA than I'm used to with a focus on pine resin notes. While I would have liked to see a bit more balance, hop heads will definitely find something to love here.

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Photo of 4ster
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled Jan.9 2013.

A: Cloudy, burnt Amber with bubbles. Decent head on pour, leaves a nice lacing behind on top.

S: Light on the nose, light citrus and malts, along with some musty, woody hops perhaps... hard to say exactly. Bit bready as it warms up...

T: Not overly malty, citrus hop profile as it moves over your tongue, but then finishes quite bitter, lots of bitter rind and more musty, earthy/woody hops (not piney though)... kind of funky aftertaste...

M: Med-Light carbonation, fairly balanced, would say it leans more to the refreshing, not really all that sticky or dry... actually feels a bit light...

O: After reading a lot of other reviews it is hard to imagine this being the same beer... not sure if it's me, the beer, or a case of reviewer propagation... For starters I won't say it is a bad beer like the previous reviewer, just different than other IPA's out there (I just had the two Muskoka Mad Tom's earlier this week)...that being said, compared to past reviews I find this a lot less citrus/tropical than others and really musty...which as far as I know is not a typical profile of the Citra Hop... I will hold off on forming any definitive opinion until I see more people review this around my brew date on the bottle (please people, if you can, add your bottling dates! :) ... perhaps there was something off with this batch.... If I try it again or more fresh I will update the review to reflect this... If this is how it is suppose to taste I would not say I'm a huge fan... and I enjoy a good bitter beer as much as the next hop head...

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Photo of evenflow82
1.69/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I absolutely love IPAs. the crispness, the bitterness. it's a real drinkers beer.

This is a failure of epic proportions. straight out of the fridge, ice cold...that's about the best part. once it hits your tongue and you get that fermented sock flavour splashing over your taste buds, you pull back, force yourself to swallow then exclaim "WTF was that??"

you think maybe it's just a lingering after taste from something you ate, so you try again....nope it's actually worse on the second mouthful.

maybe it's me, you think.
so you give one to your friend and his response is an enthusiastic, "dude that's F**king terrible"

I look into the glass...something must be wrong. it's supposed to be a pale, but it's more of an amber, far too dark to be what's reported.

a week later you fish bottle #3 out of the pack and try again. nope, same effect. in desperation you steal one of your wife's limes from the pile she's using for her coronas...one's not enough, after you've jammed four down the neck of the bottle it starts to become palatable....but four?? it's taken almost half a friggin lime to be palatable? what's wrong here? for a man who can chug tallboys of murphy's or guiness without blinking to be defeated by an IPA is impossible.

last ditch effort, beer barbecue sauce!!!!

worst goddamn barbecue sauce in existence.

epic fail

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Photo of HATS4BATS
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Fierce and demanding. Gold and cloudy; faint carbonation that expires quickly. Powerful, fresh citrus and toffee nose held in great balance. Body delivers an overpowering, sharp hop bite that does not recede but grows in dryness; accompanied by slight but persistent malt base. This playfully-marketed IPA is a welcome Canadian addition to the American uber-hopped style.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy red and brown body the produced a single finger of carbonation that left ample lacing behind. Sadly it didn't last very long and the very low carbonation in the body might explain why.

Smell: Musty, dusty hops. This is the kind of smell that I would expect to come out of an old attic. Warming doesn't really help it's case either way. It's not very pleasant to my sense of smell.

Taste: Hmm...starts with caramel malt of which only the barest touches of piney hops touched, it then turns to a rich citrus whose bitterness seems reigned in nicely by the carbonation, and then a sudden punch of citrus, pine oil, musty hops and the kitchen sink as the hops smash into you like a car wreck.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation did an exceptional job of somehow reigning in the beer up until the bitter end, and while it's still leaving that hop oil coating on the back of the tounge, it's not as bad as other IPAs. Solid transitioning, although I of course think the hops are over done, but it is an IPA so I have to give leeway there.

Drinkability: It's kinda hard to gauge, I mean it's refreshing but those dry, musty hops take something away from it. It also doesn't sit down nicely as it seems far heavier and harsher then expected on the system. Still I'm not fighting to get it down.

Final Thoughts: Flying Monkeys, with this beer you have made me feel my purchase of BNL Chocolate Stout was a worthy purchase. This is by far one of the best IPA's I have had and certainly the best out of Canada. For a person who isn't normally a fan of them, I will recommend this one. After trying this, I'd like to see them do just a regular pale ale, just a touch down from Hoptical Illusion. I think it would be great.

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Photo of featthebeard79beerhead
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper. Nice foamy head with heavy lacing.

Smells of citrus and malt. Not strong smelling. Roasted malt smell.

Taste of citrus hops and malt nice little bite of bitterness on finish but not as much hop bite as you would expect from the name.

Light carbonation similar to other IPA.

Overall I really enjoy this Canadian IPA very sessionable almost to easy to drink nice citrus notes with piney bite but smoothed out with malts. Lots if different flavours going on this is excellent Ipa very well put together just the right amount of sweet malt and better hop delicious.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 mmapes
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle to a 6 oz glass. Big loose foam on golden body. Smells kinda skunky, actually, but doesn't taste that way.

Taste, up front, is big hops. Label says they use Citra hops. Definitely closer to grapefruit than pine. Nice underlying sweetness, but could be better balanced for my tastes -- maybe too heavy on the hops. What do you expect from "smashbomb atomic IPA" though? (And yes, the label says "smashbomb" -- one word -- not two as currently identified on BA. Granted, a super-hoppy IPA is not my favorite style so take it with a grain of salt.

Good refreshing effervescent mouthfeel. As it warms and after several sips, the hops fade from the finish and leave a better balanced flavor.

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Photo of badandy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber. Good head retention. Lacing evident.

S: Earthy pine dominent.

T: Pretty bitter upfront, stays on the palate for a long time, but is not overly harsh. Pine flavors all around. Not a whole lot of citrus, but there's something brighter hiding behind all those IBU's. Taste some orange on the finish. Personally, I'd like some more citrus to balance the bitterness.

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation level.

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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 codyhotel
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice, deep copper colour, more towards the reddish-brown spectrum of amber. Poured with a thick, but light white head that dissipated fast for about the first half, then much more slowly for the second half.

S - Very hoppy, with some nice fruity notes. Citrus builds towards the back end. Was expecting the nose to be a bit stronger.

T - A nice bitter, hoppy start that transitions smoothly into a malted middle. Bitterness comes back for the finish, leaving a good amount of hops on your palate for the aftertaste, but without being to overbearing. Citrus flavours throughout brighten everything well, keeping it fresh tasting.

M - Good amount of body, definitely feels richer than it looks. A good, moderate amount of carbonation is perfect: gives just enough body to fill your mouth, without being so much as to take away from the beer. Can't really notice the 6% ABV, which is nice.

Overall, a great beer for me. Fantastic balance to have a lot of great hops flavour without an overpowering bitterness. My first brew from Flying Monkeys, and I'll definitely be back for more.

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Photo of BigBry
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pint at C'est What in Toronto.
Clear amber copper color, with a full white head. Foam fades slowly, but never really disappears, leaving nice looking lacing.
Smell is full of hops (as expected), floral hops with lots of citrus. Taste matches the aroma, it has a nice hoppy flavor and bitterness. Citrus, grapefruit and some piney notes. There is some malts, but not enought to balance the bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a medium carbonation and body.
It is a very smooth and drinkable beer. Lots of hops, but not as over-the-top burn as some IPAs. It's a winner.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled smuggled from Toronto in my suitcase. Bottled 4/12/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours cloudy orange with about one finger off white head. Nice amount of lacing left behind. 

Smells of orange, pineapple, spice, biscuit and a hint of feline urine. 

Nice mix of tropical citrus hops. The orange and pineapple from the nose is present along with biscuit, caramel and pepper. 

Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick with no noticeable alcohol. Nice dry bitter hoppy aftertaste. 

A good solid IPA from this Canadian brewery. The couple beers I've tried of theirs has me wanting more. Definately worth a try. 

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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 womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -20%
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 mick303
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely into an Innis and Gunn taster glass, with a solid head of tan head which resides slightly.

Colour is rich chestnut brown. Fair bit of carbonation. Aromas of malt, and generous hops, but fairly restrained. Flavour is quite solid. Lots of hops, but flavour is nicely balanced with caramel, robust fruit flavours, lot going on and its intriguing and delicious. Hops do dominate and bring a bit of a bitter edge to the taste. Mouthfeel is quite full bodied, it mellows a bit in the finish, but always has a very strong presence.
Aftertaste is quite long and delicious, lots of hops and cinnamon fruit, lingers in the mouth for ages afterward.

Overall this is a really big IPA, with quite a bit of bitterness, but I find it really well balanced with the depth of complexity and flavour profile. It is really intense and heavily hopped, but I would definitely get more.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery red color with a massive foamy head that lasts the entire glass. Chunks of foam cover most of the glass on the way down. Plenty of citrusy hops make up the aroma. Hops come to the fore in the first sip - lemon, eucalyptus and papaya notes mingle with a stern, overarching grapefruit bitterness. A sturdy caramel maltyness provides ample balance to the Citra hop fest. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very smoothly carbonated. Grapefruit rind lingers for a long while in the finish.

This is a great, moderately hoppy Canadian IPA. Very tasty. Seek this one out if you like hoppy beers.

I'm liking these Citra hops.

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Photo of leaddog
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery orange with a finger width of cream-coloured foamy head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus, tropical fruit, lemon zest.

Taste - Strong hoppy bitterness with a little malty breadiness and caramel notes. Citrus and tropical fruits also present. Strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and fluffiness as well.

Overall - An enjoyable American IPA from Flying Monkeys. My first try at these guys and I'm impressed by the quality of their brew. Nice strong hops presence and excellent mouthfeel. Nice appearance with good head retention. Try to get your hands on this, hopheads.

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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 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 Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been a big want for a while now. Thanks to liamt07 for including this in my CANBIF box!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, rich amber-gold with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Big caramel malts, piney and citrusy hops. Getting a little bit of spice too, like cinnamon or nutmeg... Probably just me.

Taste. Nice big juicy citrus hops, some toasted grains, but not the big sweet caramel I was smelling. Not extremely bitter, but just enough.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Really nice ipa with good balance going on, for the style anyways. Really enjoying this and wish we could get it in BC!

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Photo of prigden
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smash Bomb Atomic IPA was an excellent beer with a great flavour. A very flavour forward beer, it hits excellent notes and finishes smoothly and with a pleasant aftertaste.

Not for the faint of heart, as it is a very hoppy beer, but for those who enjoy such a thing, it's delicious.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted in comparison to Racer 5 (Bear Republic) and Alesmith's IPA.

A: It's got great head retention and a clear golden-copper colour.

S: Bready, biscuity with a bright passionfruit aroma. It's super balanced between citra-type hops and toasty malts.

T: A good balanced of the biscuit and the citrus of the hops. It's got that tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit) on the finish. Very enjoyable.

M: Creamy and medium. A good IPA mouthfeel.

O: It's really one of the best Ontario IPAs. It's very balanced and got some real nice west coast flavours. Personally, I prefer the pine tastes of Mad Top over the tropical tasting Smashbomb most of the time, but this is a great beer too!

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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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