attention: A monkey has been caught.
This beer rocks. Both of them.
I’m happy to say, this first attempt at brewing a Smashbomb Atomic I.P.A. is fantastic. I actually ended up drinking more of it than the original over the weekend. (sorry Peter! we still love Flying Monkeys!) Truth be told, I had a LOT of info to go on with this one. Yes, I did have to actually brew it myself, but, there were a lot of numbers to shoot for, so thank you once again Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.
I really wish I could just pour you one and have you taste it for yourself and not have to describe it, because it’s just plain delicious. If you like Smashbomb, or citrusy IPA’s, you should definitely brew this and see for yourself. For me, there’s nothing like the Centennial/Citra combo.
I was unsure how my hopping schedule was going to stand up against the original, but it nailed it. Perhaps a tiny addition around 30mins might put a little more in the middle, but it’s not something I missed. My brother in law and I put away a few of these before Easter dinner, and despite trying to, we could only split hairs on the differences.
Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA
- the malt base was a touch sweeter. Could be because I was under on my original gravity.
- foam was slightly thicker and more creamy
Hoptomology’s Smashbomb Atomic IPA
- my colour was a tad darker, but not by much
- aromatics of the hops were way fresher than the original (in all fairness, the sample we had may have been somewhat old, I have had Smashbomb on tap and it’s been much better)
- the carbonation was just a touch ‘harsher’ than the original. Perhaps they cap fermentation off at some point and capture a portion of CO2 from fermentation which gives a smoother bubble
In all honesty, these are the only differences we could find, and we tried!
Damn this beer is good!
Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a go: