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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.