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

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Ratings:
595
Reviews:
140
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bryden's, poured into a Flying Monkey's pint glass. Really excited to see this one on tap down here, wasn't something I was expecting to come across when going down for a couple pints after work.

Poured a clear orange/light amber body with a finger of white head. Head retention was great, but paled in comparison to the lacing this left. Walls of lace. Imagine Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" in lacing form. Yeah. That makes no sense, but it is. So fresh, and so impressive. Smell is predominantly of pine, bit of tangerine in there. Quite hoppy I can already tell. Strong pine and bitterness up front when tasting this, but gives way to a plethora of tropical fruits and again, more tangerine, mango etc etc. Little malt presence. Good mouthfeel, a bit acidic and sharp at times but nothing I wouldn't expect from something as this bitter. Drinkability was great, could've had a couple more but there were too many other great offerings that I had to pass on this one for the time being. Great IPA offering, right up there with Ten Bitter Years as the best this province has to offer in that category.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has this on tap at Volo and had to adjust my ratings to reflect how amazing this beer was on tap. I wish I could get this regularly on tap where I am.

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Thanks to korguy123 for sending me a fresh bottle of this straight from the brewery!

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Deep amber colour with one finger of bubbly cream coloured head and some good lacing.

S - Nice balanced nose of bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops have citrus and earthy notes. A nice nose.

T - A very flavourful IPA with a nice mix of sweet caramel malts and bitter hops. The hops have an earthy flavour to them and some citrus, that comes through more and more as the beer warms up, contributing some grapefruit notes. A nicely balanced beer.

M - Medium body, smooth, a nice chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice IPA and impressive for an Ontario craft beer. I would buy again if it ever makes its way to the LCBO.

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

Pours a dark copper bordering amber. Sticky lacing is left behind from a froth that recedes to a film. The smell is hoppy with some toffee aroma from malts.

In the taste, resin, pine and dank herb. Sweetness checks in briefly before subsiding and the ale has grapefruit rind throughout. Bright and hoppy, but not super tropical. This is just a well made, earthy, piney, dank IPA. Fresh tasting and lively on the palate, Smashbomb Atomic IPA is quite satisfying.

Full bodied, smooth, well carbonated. Resins coat the tongue nicely and the hop flavor does not want to let go. I would recommend this to IPA drinkers.

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

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's and La Palette, in Toronto.

This is an IPA that looks like it was returned to the tandoori oven for an extra 5 minutes. Its toasty amber tone appears sun-scorched but, despite the deeper shade, brandishes a squeaky clean complexion and absolute clarity. Its soapy, glinting white foam leaves its name written indelicately upon the glass. It really doesn't matter what style of beer you like to drink, this is unarguably a good looking pint.

When Flying Monkeys set out to brew an American-style IPA, you can tell they were obviously enthusiastic about the project. This aroma doesn't smell so much as it does stink... like a wonderfully fragrant array of lush tropical fruits. AKA hops. You name the fruit, it's in there. As is a dash of pine. Heck, I might not even drink it but just inhale the stuff. It's a blissful smell; I'd spray some on before a date. Bet it would help my chances.

And if you thought your sense of smell was being spoiled, just wait until you taste the stuff! As you'd hope, the flavour is swimming in hop oils. To my imagination, this is the eccentric 'pineapple and papaya pie' recipe that would win you 'Food Network Challenge'. But there's also lots of lemon, mango, grapefruit and lychee in there too - and the alcohol dryness brings out in them a kind of hyper-real, super-distilled essence.

I gotta love me some kettle hops; I feel like if I breathe on the grass outside little hop vines will begin to sprout. Nevertheless, all this tropical hoppiness is actually tempered by a firm maltiness that leaves sweet - but not too sweet, mind you - overtones, especially in the finish. Still, if the people at, say, Molson or Labatt, tried it, chances are their tongues would curdle up and fall off. Which is probably the reaction the brewery was shooting for.

Smashbomb Atomic IPA is the kind of beer you'd strap to your testicles and run into war with. Even the brewery isn't too shy to admit it themselves: it's totally da' bomb. In fact, I enjoyed it so #$%&in much that it's causing me to have to edit myself in this review! If hoppy, bold beers are your preference then you should really enjoy this. It's only a matter of time before it becomes the darling of hop heads across Canada.

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

Cask at first Ontario Craft beer week Project X.

Served in perfect condition.

A: Hazy, golden-bronze with a white head. A little retention & lace from the gravity pour.

S: Huge mango and ganja aroma with resiny pine, grass and grapefruit undertones. Awesome.

T: Very hop-forward and fairly bitter, but not overly bitter. Plenty of mango & grassy reefer with some grapefruit and pine. There's some centennial in here, but it's mostly citra and I really like it. There's a lightly bready malt backbone (I think the brewer said it was 10-15% munich), but there isn't any crystal malt sweetness to detract from the proper balance of an IPA. Yeah, I REALLY like it.

M: Smooth, moderate body has a light hop acidity & carbonation.

D: Very drinkable (after the bottle & cask sample, I went back for 3 more cask samples).

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Photo of Latarnik
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Draft

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some piney hops. There is also a touch of pineapple flavour and a some grapefruit and oranges. It ends with a sweet caramel/malt and citrusy aftertaste and there is some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - One the better beers available to me locally. I find this beer is right up there with Mad Tom and Crazy Canuck taste wise, but it adds a little bit of a different dimension with more malt and caramel flavour. Was happy I got try this one on tap - not sure how fresh the keg was though.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/11

A clear reddish copper with just a few bubbles but a long lasting thumbs width of dense cream colored head that leaves several partial rings of lace well down the glass

S floral pine, some sweet citric rind with a little pineapple and toffee. smell is quite strong and thankfully quite good

T the tastes just a little toned down with lots of rind, a little less tropical fruit and a little more toffee

M medium bodied and it leaves a little behind in your mouth, could use just a little more carbonation but not flat by any means

O great IPA and all the better being Canadian, I'd be drinking this often If I could get it, great nose on a well rounded beer

thanks liamt07 for sending me a bottle of this bad boy it was solid. I hope I can get these guys out West one day but I won't be holding my breath

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Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

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 bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a sixer bought at the Hazledean LCBO in Kanata before the beer was even on the shelf.

A - Pours bright with good carbonation. Dark golden colour with a one finger off white head. Half finger of retention stickin around with a little big of legs and lacing leftover. Not special looking but proper.

S - An initial shot of pine leads straight to underlying rich and juicy fruits. Citra is obvious. I can pick up pineapple, grapefruit, and maybe mango.

T - Pine again leading to bready malts with a little caramel and a serious punch of that citrus again.

M - Good tingly carbonation lifting it off the palate and a medium body. Finish is good and bitter with an interesting sweet citrus flavour along with it.

O/D - Hell that's a solid IPA. After so much hype and delay, it definately was worth the wait. A legit IPA from Ontario, raising the bar for the rest of the OCB. I'd like to try it fresh from the brewery instead of going through the LCBO process, but this helf up well. Good stuff.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of hozersr
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gotti311
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barnzy78
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Imported from Canada - my home country. I hope it's good.
A - deep amber/copper colored ale with a tall, rocky, ivory colored head that holds excellent retention and eventually fades to a thick foam
S - caramel malt mixed with some juicy & tropical Citra hops
T - big citrus burst of Citra hops with notes of mandarin orange zest, mango, and pine; heavy caramel malt backbone with a possible hint of rye malt in there.
M - full body, pleasant carbonation, finishing bitter and dry with earthy pine lingering on the palate
O - well this did not disappoint. Aroma seemed lacking, but otherwise a really solid IPA. I'm curious to know how fresh this is. Nothing wrong with it by any means, but a nice fresh dry hop would help the aroma a lot.

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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 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 dgilks
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper colour with a large, fluffy light tan head. Good head retention.

Malty, caramel malts with some diacetyl. Piney, resinous hops. Too malty.

Big bitterness without the corresponding hop flavour. A little citrus and pine. Lots of sweet malt and moderate diacetyl.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A little slick.

A big, bitter IPA with a lot of malt and bitterness but this lacks the clarity of the best IPAs and the hop character needed. The diacetyl is also a disappointment.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Flying Monkey's Smashbomb Atomic IPA last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I've never had anything from this brewery before and I thought I would start off with their IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a good design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a hazy orange color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with one and a half fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking style, but it's a little to hazy for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruity hops being the first to show up and they impart some nice citrus rind aromas with a little bit of tropical fruits showing up in the background along with some grassy and slightly earthy hop aromas. Up next comes the malts which show up nicely and they impart a nice pale malt, sweet malt and bready aroma with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma. I liked the hop profile and it was fairly balanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same pale malt and bready aspects that they did in the aroma with some doughy yeast still showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which take on more of an earthy, grassy and spicy hop flavors with a little bit of those citrus rind hops showing up in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of aspirin like bitterness with a earthy, grassy and spicy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting IPA, but I wish the hop profile was more like it was in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little clean, a slightly crisp, dry on the finish, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well well with it, but It could use just a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a decent example of an American IPA, after that pretty nice aroma I was looking forward to the taste, but I found that it was lacking that nice fruity aspect that it had in the aroma and in my opinion that held this beer back. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little clean, slightly crisp, dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, anymore than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, to me those were the highlights of this beer and they were both pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hop profile in the taste isn't more like it was in the aroma, if it had more of that fruity hop aspect in the taste I think it would be a pretty good IPA. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down, it's very easy for me to find an IPA that I like more. I can't say I would really recommend this beer, if your a big IPA fan it might be worth a try, but I don't think it will make it to the top of anyone's list. All in all I thought this beer was just ok, it wasn't bad by any means, but I didn't find any aspect to be too impressive and in the end I just wanted a little more out of it, but the balance wasn't bad. This made for an ok first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more beers from them. This was a decent IPA, but I think with some work it could be a good example of the style, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear dark copper colour, finger of off-white head with decent retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, touch of pine and grapefruit with some breaded caramel coming through on the finish.

T - The hops dominate with the grapefruit and citrus coming through nicely, the bitterness lingers but has enough sweetness to it balance it out. THe breaded caramel also lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness, just the way it should be.

O - A solid IPA from an Ontario brewery. Now if only the availability of this offering wasn't so scarce in my city. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 595 ratings.
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