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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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85
very good

2,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 71
Gots: 489 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zorro on 08-25-2013

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.
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Ratings: 2,661 | Reviews: 396
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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Pours a gorgeous fiery red with carbonation bubbles racing upwards to form a decadent soft-white head of foam.

S- Smells of a terrific blend of spicy pine hops with a sweet malty backbone.

T- Taste is extremely reminiscent of the smell. The Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial tops tingle the taste buds, while the darkened malt taste sweetens the back end.

M- Nice, crisp, and well-carbonated. No surprises here. Goes down like a typical 6.5% IPA.

O- Very unique beer we have here. It is an IPA no questions asked, but it is a different breed of IPA. Not quite as roasty and malty as a black IPA, nor not as citrusy and bitter as a IIPA or even an IPA for that matter. Sierra Nevada continues to truly brew staples of each different beer style. A red IPA is mean't to blend together and blur the lines of IPA's and other styles. This particular brew does just that. There are a handful of breweries that just can't miss, Sierra Nevada is among them. To infinity, and beyond.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, rust-toned body with a smallish, near white head. Light haze. Little lacing.

Smell: Predominately hoppy, notes of grapefruit, additional oily citrus and even a sliver of mango. Rather grassy with pine-hinting resins. Underneath, a little basic toast and grain.

Taste: Toasted breadcrusts, touches of grain and a low, brief caramel-esque sweetness. Very, very faint unsweetened chocolate powder. Sharp, citric grapefruit and orangy kicks with a leisurely bitterness. Moderately resinous, grassy. Pulls up on the grassy, resiny tones at the tail end and into the bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's red, it's bitter. I was fine with it.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a deep amber/tawny with a great looking billowing light beige head atop,great color and a great head,it just looks like fall.Aromas of citric hops and nutty malt with light caramel sweetness.The palate is alot like aromas with a good shot of citric hops intertwined with nutty maltiness with a little brown sugar in the finish.A solid hoppy amber ale,I could drink quite a few of these this fall.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Had this from the bottle in Maui. Typical well made offering from SNB. Malty, very drinkable.

Photo of Leeshka410
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Nice Amber ale, not overly hoppy or fruity but just enough to know you are enjoying a red IPA, perfect for a crisp, cool fall evening.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a very pretty copper-red with a tan head that leaves lace the length of the glass.
The aroma is of citrus and pine with a bit of baked bread beneath.
The taste is bitter up front with a hint of lemon following then an assault of pine and grapefruit pith coming up behind. It leaves a nicely tingly, drying bitter on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.
Overall, a decent beer but it just didn't do it for me. Too many great IPA's out there (inc. several from SN) to buy this one again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby amber with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some rye and some light resin hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty toffee malts with some piney resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, more of a hoppy nutty amber than what I would call an IPA of any color.

Photo of ElSid
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#97

Bottled Date: 9/18/13

A: Hazy amber red with a billowy tan head of foam

S: Subdued overall the nose is of earth with some brown sugar along with pine needles, dankness, and hints of spice.

T: Thick, chewy malt breadiness with burnt sugar and strong earthiness. The hops are dank and somewhat piney. The finish is spicy bitter with minimal alcohol.

M: Medium and syrupy as any good IPA. Good supporting carbonation.

O: Good maltiness paired with earthy hops. Appropriate for the fall season. An above average Red IPA but not quite a fridge staple.

Photo of bsp77
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with frothy light tan head that mostly dissipates, which is unusual for SN.

Smell: Caramel, sharp orange, light tropical notes. Aroma mostly disappears after a few minutes.

Taste: Expected caramel malt core with some grapefruit and orange. Not getting as much tropical as expected or hoped for. Finish is piney, spicy and more bitter than I expected. Not quite enough actual hop taste considering the bitterness.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Not as smooth as desired.

Overall: After Red-Oric and Blood Shot from the recent Beer Camps, I was expecting more from this. Of course, those were imperial, but I still expected more here. Still a decent Red Ale, but not as good of a fall seasonal as Tumbler Brown Ale or the previous Anniversary Ale IPA. RIP Tumbler.

Other than Ovila, this must be the biggest letdown I have had from Sierra Nevada. Really surprised they made this.

Photo of gcuneen
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like amber IPA's, and this is a real nice offering. Great balance of citrus-tasting hops (citra, simcoe and centennial) and a nice carmel malt presence. You get a slight bit of hop bitterness in the finish - not overpowering but present. If you like that you will love this. Either way it is a quality brew that tastes real good. This was a great autumn pickup for me.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with a half inch thick khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is intoxicating. The flavor is amber malt and luscious citrus hops. This is a very special brew and it is quite apparent. The mouth is moderately carbonated and fairly smooth considering the intensity of the flavor.
Appearance: 3.75
Aroma:4
Taste: 3.75
Mouthfeel: 3.75
Overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby red with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Head lingers for a bit before leaving nice lacing down the edges of the glass. The smell is sweet. The malt is front and center in the nose. I get some grassiness and fruitiness. The taste is very malt forward. Sweet, caramel malt dominate the palette. Piney and resinous hops finish off the brew. The sweetness lingers for a while. The aftertaste does have hints of resin. Fairly full bodied as well.

Not as good as people have been saying. Fairly disappointed.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and earthy hops with a good balance of caramel malt. Upfront presence of earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, and tangerine. Big sweet and bready toasted malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grain, cracker, yeast, and a slight roasty scent. A well balanced and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a fairly hop forward but well balanced taste of earthy and citrus hops with toasty caramel malt. Very earthy upfront with floral and herbal hop notes of pine and grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Big toasted malt balance with a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, grains, cracker, toast, and a light note of roast chocolate. Very well balanced. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely chewy and slightly oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a red ale. Good mix of upfront hop esters with a good balance of toasty caramel malt.

Photo of Beeridizer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Not as hoppy as torpedo more like red pale ale went well with brisket.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of Aug 2014. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a red IPA hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber hue with slight haze and medium carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, mild husks, vague grass/hay, stewed hops and subtle ale yeast. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Unimpressive, particularly for an IPA.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a prolonged bitter finish. Notes of grain, husks, stewed leaves, mild barley sugar, earthy yeast and wet cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a harsh, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, caramel malt and vague yeast.

O: Meh - not the experience I was hoping for. I'm guessing this has deteriorated, but it's surprising just how much. Looks alright, however the aroma is dull and malty while the flavour is little better. A harsh, lingering bitterness in the background. Body is OK. Doesn't live up to expectations, especially for an IPA. I'll have to try and re-review a fresher one if I get the chance.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH signature glass; deep garnet red with a hefty off-white head that fades slowly, leaving tons of awesome chunky lacing as it descends.
Smells good, lots of hop flavor, including dank herbal, tropical and citrus fruit. Man I love Citra hops.
Taste is a good dose of caramel malt, balanced nicely with big hop flavors. Juicy citrus and tropical fruit, with notes of pine (there's the Simcoe) and herbal flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, a solid red IPA. I'll have to do a vertical tasting of this and Nugget Nectar sometime.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Category correction needed: this is an IPA, as clearly noted on the label, and has the hop profile to match the labeling].

12 oz bottle served in an SA lager glass.
Pours red-mahogany in color with very good clarity and a large, durable, off-white head. Excellent looking sticky lacing. Fine-grained carbonation.
Hop dominated aroma is more herbal than flowery or fruity.
Some malt shows in tasting, but more like dark bread than caramel. It integrates exceptionally well with the fairly complex hop mix. Whole cone hops elevate the flavor.
M: medium body; soft but medium carbonation; exceptionally smooth/creamy for style.

O: My new favorite lower-priced IPA? Like SN Torpedo, this certainly puts many higher priced IPAs to shame. Highly recommended.

Photo of timontheroad
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottled 8-5-14. Kicked up a nice two finger fluffy tan head that settled to a quarter inch that lasted to the end. Clear reddish-brown color. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some piney and citrus notes. Also got some caramel and malty bits. Taste was pretty good, with a good hoppy bite, also got a bit of sweetness and caramel as it warmed. Medium body with good carbonation. This one is really in my wheelhouse, especially considering the price. Keep up the good work Sierra Nevada!

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured a clear reddish brown body with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. An amazing looking ale, a combination of a red ale, an IPA and a brown. Scents of lemon peel, grassy hops, tropical fruit, especially mango with some pineapple, a light pine resin and a nice soft presence of toasted and bready malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a wonderfully hoppy, yet deeply malty ale that feels like both an IPA, a brown and a heavily hopped red ale. It is unique and quite pleasant. Flavor begins moderately bitter with notes of pine resin, tropical fruit and dried orange peel, light lemon zest, a backbone of toasted malt and light caramel. This moves into a middle that is bitter and continues the previous flavors but adds a grassy hop flavor and more tropical fruit, especially mango. Flavor is dry with strong notes of pine resin, light tropical fruit, moderate toasted and nutty malt, light lemon zest. Aftertaste is toasted and nutty malt, light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a wonderfully rich and hoppy beer that has a pleasant toasted maltiness and the pleasant flavor of West Coast hops. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is resinous with light carbonation and a slick, oily finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice, hop forward beer. Well done and pleasant. Overall this is a well done and rather unique beer. It combines the toasted malt of many Autumn beers with a nice hoppiness that adds balance. A very nice beer and a solid addition to the SN seasonals.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Flipside is a medium red color with perfect clarity, very bright. The head is a firm, creamy crown a full finger tall that holds up for the duration of the session while depositing lots of creamy patching.
The hops bouquet, as well as its aspect in the flavor, is almost classic West Coast with a little variation to it. There is some citrus, but more pith/peel than juice or flesh, with a raw sort of stemmy quality. It's also got a little herb. It's balanced by caramel malts and bread leaning crusty.
The body shows of a clean nature while running on the lighter side of medium. The focus is crispness, though it is quite smooth. It almost has a lager-like feel to it, actually, as well as having a leafy, mildly dry element and almost a somewhat mineral feel to it that adds a bit of English, so to speak, in my mind.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear reddish brown with a slightly tanned head. Leaves spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Small bubbles visible in the body.

S: Nice hop profile, an earthy quality with a hint of an herbal quality. Maltiness is noticeable at first then comes out more as it warms.

T: As anticipated from the aroma this one has a nice hop flavor. It doesnt dominate as a bold malt body is there to back it up, giving it a crackery sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. As easy drinking as you'd expect from a Sierra Nevada beer.

Overall another one I'll be picking up more of and enjoying this season. Has the hop profile Sierra Nevada is known for with more malt than their IPA's. Give it a go.

Photo of samtrillo
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a healthy amount of ocean head and lacing abound.

Tastes if a toasty caramel malt with pine and citrus orange hop presence. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Tastes red. It's what you want out of a red IPA. Quality stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium and balanced carbonation. Crisp enough.

Overall it's a good quality Red IPA. What I'd expect out of SN and what I got.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 ounce bottle into a can-shaped glass.

A- Dark amber body that approaches brown in color, a frothy, sticky head and lace that takes its time in receding. Mostly opaque and there aren't any signs of carbonation visible.

S- Well, it smells like a big, fruity, piney IPA. Plus it has the sweet floral aroma of practically every Sierra beer. I get a ton of fresh orange. Maybe some grassy aspects. Some resinous spice. I don't detect much malt, believe it or not.

T- There's the malt, much more present on the tongue. It's got good doses of rye bread, caramel and floral sweetness, and very little of the potent hop profile from the nose. There are hints of pine though.

M- Thick and malty mostly, but with a bit of bitterness and dry yeastiness towards the finish.

Another good one from Sierra Nevada. Call it a hopped-up amber or Red IPA, but either way it's enjoyable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2013 edition, from a grocery store in mid-town Denver.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, bursting bubbly ecru head, which leaves some pleasant webbed lace around the glass as things dip away.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, and muddled tropical fruit, dank pine resin, bready caramel malt, and further wet leafy forest floor hop essences. The taste is sharp grapefruit and orange citrus pith, a softer melon fruitiness, raw pine needles, a damp herbal leafiness, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of yeasty biscuit, and mildly astringent alcohol.

The carbonation is nicely frothy and restrained in its edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, generally smooth, with just a small clammy tic. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding tight, and the musty, dank, and still peppy hops ranging freely.

Lots of fresh hop flavours mucking about here, that's for sure, but they aren't allowed to totally run the table, as the malt backbone seems less than keen to take their guff. What we get out this is a zingy, earthy, and enjoyable IPA/Amber clone, in the best NoCal way.

Photo of jj139
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A- Very appealing caramel/red color with a one finger head. Long lasting lacing.

S - Great aroma of caramel,malt, pine resin, with slight hints of citrus, dough, and floral

T - So balanced between malt sweetness and just enough hops to keep thing interesting. No one element dominates. Tastes pretty much like its aroma.

M - Crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation.

O - I am big fan of this beer. I really enjoy the balance between the malt and hops. If you are looking for a hop bomb this is not it, but if you enjoy a well crafted and balanced brew, check it out.

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 2,661 ratings.