SmashBomb is hopped 9 times during the brewing process with Citra and Centenial hops making it a powerhouse of rich, intriguing hop flavours. Incredibly drinkable for such an incredibly hoppy brew, it is an excellent showcase of the robust flavour Citra hops can accomplish. With a high alpha acid content of 11%, they dominate the aroma and scent of the beer while leaving room for the variety of malts to balance it.
Smashbomb Atomic IPA is available at some LCBOs and Beer Stores as well as in the brewery’s retail shop but I highly recommend looking for it on tap as there is something truly magical about this beer when it is really fresh.
Smashbomb Atomic IPA
Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
ABV: 6% IBU: 70
A clear golden beer with the amber lights common to Victory malts, Smashbomb has a ecru-colored meringue-like foam which leaves behind a nice, sticky lacing down the glass.
The one-of-a-kind “breath-deep-and-shudder-with-pleasure kind of scent” of this hoppy masterpiece is all from those Citra hops which provide a cacophony of aromas including citrus, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, melon, lychee, pineapple, mango, and papaya.
The 70 IBUs of this brew are pronounced on the first sip and the initial flavour is of bitterness with a bit of sweetness evident on top. The strong citrus front of grapefruit, melon, pineapple and mango slowly fades into the sweet bread pudding and biscuit flavours of the Victory and Crystal malts before they are smashed back down by try tropical notes and a fruit punch bouquet. Smashbomb is an aggressive but flavourful hop bomb with lots of complexity and just enough grassy and light toasted caramel notes to keep it highly drinkable.
The medium body of this beer is complimented by the prickly, hops. and crisp mouthfeel. Very dry, it goes down smooth and leaves a slight resiny slickness.
As one of the first Ontario craft beers I ever tried, I will always have a soft spot for this IPA and I cannot recommend it enough to fellow hopheads. I owe this beer a debt of gratitude for opening my eyes to the Ontario craft beer scene and getting me hooked and it remains one of my favourites.