Smashbomb Atomic IPA: Exploding with Bitterness

Smashbomb Atomic IPA from The Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario is rather dark for an American IPA. It pours a rusty amber colour with a moderate-sized tan head that gets retained as a collared film while leaving some nice lacing. This strong beer is very hop-forward with a buttery citrus aroma. A butterscotch-caramel tone provides a sweet backing and a light rose floral accent comes through after warming.

Smashbomb Atomic IPA
This Beer Could not Live up to Its Hype

The of taste Smashbomb Atomic IPA is mostly well-balanced at first, but really goes out of whack. The tangy grapefruit-tangerine citrus bite of the hops is quickly enveloped by a syrupy caramel malt flavour. A tea-like taste appears briefly before a wave of overly strong bitterness seizes up the tongue. It’s very, very bitter overall and I don’t get much in the way of subtlety from this beer, though an oily quality helps ease it down and a long-lasting collar provides a smooth creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale: Could Win the Popular Vote

Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario pours a slightly cloudy, almost pencil yellow colour with a nice frothy and creamy head. It creates a very bright, hoppy aroma with strong citrus notes as well as some mild earthy tones and a bit of pepper.

Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale
Robert Simpson was the First Mayor of Barrie

There is a pleasant tang to the initial mouthfeel that gives way to a rich and satisfying creaminess. Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale tastes surprisingly dry and crisp for a cream ale and strikes a fine balance between a graham cracker-like sweetness and sour citrus tones. The beer leaves a noticeable, but not too thick, bready aftertaste on the tongue.

Hoptical Illusion: A Kind of Magic

Hoptical Illusion from the flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario is described as an “Almost Pale Ale” by its makers. This unique spin on a classic recipe pours a rich, rusty amber colour with a thin, but lingering beige head. It has a very appealing roasted malt aroma with hints of citrus and spice.

Hoptical Illusion
This Beer's Great Taste is no Illusion

A very hop-forward taste packs a tangy bite up front. Hoptical Illusion has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel despite a seemingly high carbonation level. It finishes with grapefruit-like citrus tones and carries a nice bitterness throughout.