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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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85
very good

1,407 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Just when it feels like the dog days will never end, suddenly, the switch is flipped, the air gets cooler and it’s clear that autumn is on the way. Featuring a ruby-red hue and abundant tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is the perfect beer for the final flash of summer.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 08-25-2013)
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Kendo

New York

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's imperial pint glass. Body is clear but dark reddish- amber. A 1-finger light-beige head settles on top, leaving behind some nice lacing when it recedes.

S: I like the nose on this one. As soon as I pop the cap I get pine. On the pour it's dank cannabis. After the pour, when I stick my face in the glass, I get more citrus, mainly grapefruit and citrus peel. For a red I'm expecting some caramel malt-type of foundation, but all I'm getting is hops. Not that this hophead is complaining about that, mind you, but it was a modest surprise. Hint of garlic/onion as well (presumably from the Simcoe hops).

T: OK, they claim this is 60 IBUs, but I think it drinks even more bitter than that. Thinnish mouthfeel detracts from the overall presentation, but on just the taste alone, I'm getting a lot of grapefruit - white grapefruit, grapefruit pith and peel all come to mind. Piney towards the back end of the sip, then a puckering lemony/grapefruity bitterness lingers on the aftertaste. Again, I was expecting more caramel malt and a bigger malt foundation; what I get is more of lightly toasted bread - even rye bread comes to mind at times - than the sweeter malt profiles (e.g. caramel, toffee).

M: No one will confuse this with an Imperial Red; it is a bit thin in the feel, which at times helps the hop bitterness seem somewhat metallic. Carbonation is active but not sharp.

O: Solid. I was somewhat reluctant to shell out $18 (after tax & deposit) on an unknown 12-pack, but knowing Sierra Nevada, I figured the risk/reward assessment was fairly balanced, and sure enough, I'm pleased with this beer. It's no Nugget Nectar, but a nice Fall IPA. I predict the 11 beers left from the 12-pack won't last long in my fridge. . . .

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:46:40 | More by Kendo
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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.