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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

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3.95
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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flying Monkeys 'Smashbomb Atomic IPA' @ 6.0% , served from a single 355 ml bottle purchased for $2.25
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a slightly hazy amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-citrus & pine , nice blend of hops
T-good tasting IPA at the start , no finish
MF-lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , possibly good (sampled along side Driftwood-Fat Tug)
prost LampertLand

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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 hopsolutely
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best "American pale ale" Ontario has yet to offer. Magnificent! Well balanced and dangerously drinkable - mango, citrus and hops, hops, hops. Only wish it wasn't quite so potent so additonal pints would be possible...

Congratulations, Flying Monkeys - you have made this "beer geek" proud to be Canadian.

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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 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 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 kjyost
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes. Thanks cenquist!

A: Copper and clear with a small head. Light lacing.
S: Grapefruit, caramel, some booze.
T: Some sweet malt with light fruit notes and a distinct bitterness, that is almost harsh.
M: Bitter and dry
O: An IPA, but it is really missing the hop flavours I have come to expect from a great IPA. As time passes and it warms it begins to become hot and boozy...

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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 neenerzig
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plastic pint cup, this beer pours a medium to dark, clear, amber color with a slightly off white head about an inch thick when first poured that settles down a bit, and when it does settle down there are clumpy swirly mounds of foam that are sticking up on the beer's surface. Thy eventually settle down. Good lacing. Strong cirrus hop aromas along with toasted, biscuity malt notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with a nice citrus, resinous hop bitterness upfront that gives way to biscuity, caramel malt sweetness. Good balance of flavors, but the hop bitterness does tend to dominate a bit. Has a slightly crisp, but mostly very smooth, creamy, frothy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way. A pretty solid IPA here all around.

Eric

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

I picked this one bottle on my last trip down to Toronto...

A - Pours a dark orange, slightly cloudy body, with a pretty thick light tan head. Very nice head retention and lacing.

S - The nose is dominated by ripe grapefruit, with hints of mango and caramel/toffee. Very hoppy and quite malty.

T - This beer packs a pretty strong hop kick, bursting with grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, and papaya notes. Quite bitter, yet very sweet. The after-taste is dominated by bread and caramel notes, courtesy of crystal malts. If you take small sips, you will probably taste a range of other fruit notes, including pineapple and orange. Very well brewed and balanced.

M - Light-to-medium bodied, medium level of carbonation. Quite high on the bitter side (with 70 IBU's), yet it is well balanced by the sweet malt backbone. Dry, but not too dry. Virtually no hint of alcohol.

O - I'm genuinely impressed by this beer. It's a very yummy almost-single-hop IPA, and the best beer to come out of the Flying Monkeys brewery to date. I'm glad that with each year we see more and more worthy Canadian IPA's. This one is highly recommended!

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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lingers for a bit which is surprising for an IPA. Clean and dark gold almost brown color

S- Lots of hops here. Dry hopped well. A ton of malt

T- Very good. Has more than enough hops for an IPA. Lots of body with the malt and sugar content.

M- Good and dry while creamy. Nice brew all around

O- Very good beer. Good for an IPA no matter which country it comes from. Will buy again.

Food Pairing

This wonderful IPA went well with....... BBQ chicken with a touch of BBQ sauce made from ketchup, brown sugar and molasses.

Enjoy

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

Finally managed to snag the elusive Smashbomb sixpack after months of LCBO delays and yet another haphazard release. I've had this brew many times before on draught at my favorite watering hole, but it's closed for the late-summer break, so I've been nursing a hop fix for a few weeks - time to indulge.

The packaging generated controversy before even seeing the shelves, with its mushroom cloud of hops decimating a garishly coloured city landscape. The whole thing seems straight out of an MST3K flick, which to me is straight up awesome. This looks to me like some of the sixpacks I picked up in the States - bold, exciting, unique.

Poured into a Flying monkeys souvenir glass. Copper-amber, very nice colour to it, with the pour generating a sturdy head that retains itself splendidly. Lots of sticky lacing - this is one fantastic looking brew.

Nose is pure citra, a hop I've brewed with many times before and have come to really dig. Lemon, grapefruit and assorted citrus and tropical fruit flavors capture one's complete attention, with a mild caramel malt providing a solid backing.

This is the hop blast Ontario has been waiting for. Having had several American IPAs from the states over the past few weeks, I still rank Smashbomb among their great company. Nice and malty, good fresh tropical fruit flavors and closing with a citra hop bitterness with just a touch of pepper. Though some might want a greater hop puckeryness, I find my personal tastes demand more balance in my IPA, and I feel that Smashbomb nails it.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy.

A brew folks from Ontario can be proud to call their own - definitely would feel no hesitation in recommending this to our American friends. Well done Peter and the rest of the crew - your perseverance in getting this brew out was well worth it!

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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 Coronaeus
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle.

Orange gold with large head. No perceptible lacing. Mild biscuit and citrus aromas. Orange rind dominates, and punches you with a dry bitterness that is slightly off-putting. Dry and finishes very quickly. They should paint a big white stripe up the label of this one as it is the dictionary definition of "middle-of-the-road."

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Volo. Not had previous versions, having had an aversion to previous Flying Monkeys offerings but with the good reviews I was willing to give it a go.

Nice clear golden color, a finger of soapy head which leaves sheets down the glass. Lovely.

Nose is a nice burst of juicy hops, tropical and grapefruit notes, hint of lemon and a touch of pine. Much like with previous FM offerings, it feels a little weak, not enough 'oomph' to back it up.

This really shines in a hop-scarce Ontario market - an actual West coast styled IPA! Though it still has a hint of Brit styled malt, along with the caramel sweetness. Balanced bitterness, floral, tropical, piney hop profile with enough kick and depth to please. Smooth body.

Originally marketed as a DIPA I believe, there is certainly not enough body to meet those standards. As an IPA it is in the top tier in the province, though still lacks a certain depth and craftsmanship to compete with the best south of the border. Great to see an Ontario brewer who's not afraid of American styled hops.

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Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from an un-named source at the brewery.

A- Clear amber, half finger white head. Excellent lacing.

S- Pine, strong hop resin, grapefruit, tangerine, grass, lemon rinds and pineapple.

T- Pine, hop oils. Fruit doesn't translate to the taste at first. Once the huge bitterness fades grapefruit finishes nicely.

M- Juicy at first, like biting into a grapefruit slice. Dry, bitter, lingering finish at the end.

D- Awesome IPA from my local brewery. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. The bitterness might hold me back to no more than 5 or 6 of these in a night.

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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 mrmanning
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peter Chiodo, brewmaster at Flying Monkeys,and a pioneer in the Ontario brewing scene, has vision. Vision to see this project come to fruition. Smashbomb Atomic IPA, built around the Citra hop. A hop less traveled if you will. After many samplings of this beer, in many formats, I feel it is time to add my score to this site. A deep and slightly hazed amber pours a frothy and rocky cap. Lots of spiderweb lace happening here. Nose is fresh and inviting. Loads of mango and peach with very much a tropical feel. Piney hops make an appearance and lead to gooseberry, much like fine sauvignon blanc. The flavours match the aromas in every way. I get mango, peach, and apricot, all hovering around a piney hoppiness, with a slightly savoury cattiness that is pleasing. Medium bodied, full on flavour, and absolutely mouth coating. Lenghty finish. Very well done! Bravo!

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Photo of janubio
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour, big head that fades leaving ring and lace. Aroma of resines, fruits, chocolate, caramel. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of caramel,chocolate, resines, herbs, fruits, citrus. Not so bitter as one can expect, good balance between the sourness and the sweetness.

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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 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 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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