Friday, 6 July 2012

Smashbomb Atomic IPA

The Smashbomb Atomic IPA is a big ol' hoppy brew from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery from Barrie, Ontario.  It comes in one of Flying Monkeys' unusual, loud 355mL bottles and weighs in at 6% alcohol.

It pours a largely clear copper colour.  Smashbomb doesn't have a lot of carbonation, but it has a thick nimbus of off-white head.  It has a robust hop aroma--evergreen notes with some caramel sweetness.  Not surprisingly, it's a hoppy brew, from the initial taste all the way through the last gasp of the lingering aftertaste.  The flavour is piney, with a touch of orange peel zest.  There is a really big aftertaste that sticks around for the long haul.

This is a very solid IPA.  A bit more emphasis on the malt side of the equation might be nice, but this is a pretty minor complaint for a pretty excellent brew.  It's a beer that I stock in my fridge every now and then. Definitely worth a try.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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