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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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85
very good

1,337 Ratings
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Ratings: 1337
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%


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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Brew33

Ohio

2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

This is review is more a PSA than anything. This is not an IPA by any stretch of the word. It couldn't be confused with an IPA in a blind tasting to anyone with tastebuds. This is a below average Amber or Red Ale. It smells like Caramel Malt with heavy metallic aromas (it may have been too cold as the metallic component seemed to dissipate with warming.) Faint, herbal hop aromas.
The flavor is downright bland. Pedestrian malt bill mixed with earthy, herbal, overboiled hops. At times like this I wish SN would use pellets instead of whole cone to cut down on some of the vegetal quality and get better utilization.
This beer is a great idea that was executely poorly. On paper this should be a hit. 3 of my favorite hop varieties together with a Sierra Nevada pedigree. It's not even "meh" it's not good at all. I will say the mouthfeel was very good which is typical of SN brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 12:32:22 | More by Brew33
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured put a clear and dark copper color. Two fingers of a frothy tan head with a slight reddish hue. solid retention and creamy lacy around the whole glass.

S: Dank pine, bready yeast, and a very mild and underlying sweet malt.

T: Take the nose with some nutty and earthy flavors. Not as sweet as anticipated. That's it…

M: Medium and surprisingly creamy body with medium carbonation.

O: Bored to tears with this one. There is a pattern to all of the Sierra Nevada beers. Dank and bitter pine and bready malt. This one included. This is just like a cross between Ruthless Rye and Tumbler to me. This beer should've been a heck of a lot maltier for a red ale or red IPA. The best part of the beer was the impeccable pour. Other than that, drink a Green Flash Hop Head Red or a Troegs Nugget Nectar for a real red IPA experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:34:24 | More by mpedara429
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ThirstyFace

New York

2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into tulip pint

Murky brownish/red body with khaki hat. Not the most pretty beer I have seen.

Aroma doesn't match the glorious description on the bottle, but it still entices enough to make the first sip a swig.

God, there is nothing more disappointing than a dry IPA. Juicy? No. Tropical? I don't really get that either. Fairly bitter, and the dry finish leaves me craning my neck for the drain.

Not sure what the SN team was smoking when they wrote the description of this product, but this is definitely one that falls to the back of the pack of faceless red ales.

Major letdown for me, and I was well prepared to love it. I would take any given red ale or red IPA over this one. Widmer Brrr comes to mind as a widely distributed red IPA that blows the pants off of this one.

RIP Tumbler. You didn't deserve to die like this.

2.75 overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 19:14:27 | More by ThirstyFace
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RacerX5k

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Well. Lately I've made a point to only review beers I like. This is not that review. If they let me I could do this review in one word ... Mediocre. Or boring, weak, uninspired, average. You choose. Or my choice, Why? Color is uninspiring red. Smells and tastes slightly bitter hops, not very drinkable and rather poor mouthfeel. The good is that I only paid $1.49 and I only got one. Waste of time.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 11:01:35 | More by RacerX5k
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: shiny, dirty orange body, trace head, ok lacing

S: mild citra, fresh pine

T: scrambled flavors, light orange, pine, malt, mild bitter finish

M: med/light bubbling mouth

O: disappointed with this beer. Interesting concept
and style, seems very muddled. would not buy again.

OK; NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 17:29:58 | More by BeerLover99
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BB1313

Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy auburn; fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks awesome, just like most of SN's beers. The aromas are malt heavy. The hops definitely take a backseat in the nose. Hints of pine and grass in the aromas as well. Tastes like Sierra Nevada. The flavors are bold and bitter. They are extremely earthy. Lots of pine needles with some hints of grapefruit. It's far from tropical. The hop bitterness is definitely there, but it lacks yummy hop flavors. Lots of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's medium-bodied; active carbonation and very creamy. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

I never thought I wouldn't highly enjoy a beer hopped up with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. It's not bad, but it's not as interesting as one would expect. Reguardless if I enjoy it or not, the craftsmanship is clearly always there with Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:53:39 | More by BB1313
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dasenebler

Maine

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

9/14/13
Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA
12oz, bottled 8/16/13

Pours a lovely and bright dark amber. Nice head, solid retention. (4)

Aroma is pleasant and clean, with toasted malt and more subtle hop-oil notes (sulfur, "dank"). (3.5)

Flavor is very malty up front. A lot of caramel malt notes coming through, and lightly roasted malt on the finish. Bitterness is balancing, plenty there. Not a lot of hop flavor for an IPA, although there is a bit of "dank" and pine. Clean and drinkable, with that classic Sierra Nevada mouthfeel and natural carbonation. (2.5, 4.5)

I don't know what makes this an IPA. Sierra Nevada tends to brew them on the maltier side, but Torpedo and Celebration are still fine examples of the style. Flipside is not. Decent enough beer, but the concept reeks of false advertising and phony "IPA" marketing. (3)

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:48:44 | More by dasenebler
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:40:25 | More by Beaver13
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear, deep amber with a robust 2.5-3 finger light tan head. Soapy lacing. Nice staying power. Love the look of this one.

S- Hmmm...Not a huge aroma that I was expecting to say the least. Some citrus and earthy hops, but uncharacteristically subdued for the style and from this brewery. Also picking up a hint of dirt aroma.

T- Fruit- grapefruit, mango, and some sweet juices. Mainly hops taking control from the start. A fair caramel type base that makes an effort to create balance. Touch of spice and resinous tea leaf notes.

M- Dry and bitter. Mid body. The feel seems to be about right for the style, and probably the best quality of this beer.

O- A little less smooth than some of the other beers i have had featuring the Citra hop. Pretty intense bitterness and weak malt leads to some imbalance. Solid but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 17:58:05 | More by Bosoxfan20
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out clear and dark reddish-amber in color with a nice finger of eggshell-white head. Good retention. Not as assertive on the nose as I expect from Sierra Nevada, but I do get some dank, fruity, piney notes.

Medium body and crisp, hoppy flavor. Some toast and marmalade notes up front followed by a nice peppery, lemony hop contribution at mid palate. The finish is dry, but unspectacular and the flavors die in your mouth just a bit too quickly.

Overall, an average beer. Definitely not of of Sierra Nevada's best offerings. Glad I tried it, but also glad I only bought a single. It's easy to drink, but certainly nothing memorable. I'm surprised they used 3 hops in this beer. I believe I can taste the simcoe, but I'm not sure I detect the other varietals.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 20:32:19 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $1.89 Pours a dark amber clear coloured ale. Huge frothy,tight crème coloured head. Aroma herbal garlic, weed, style hop some caramel and that’s it..might be the huge head.. Taste is more balanced a lot of smooth caramel malts, skunky hop in the background. Palate is the best thing about this beer smooth and low carbonated. This is an all right beer but kind of a let down, expected more.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:50:44 | More by Reidrover
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured with a decent one finger of head that lingered fairly well around the edges. The beer itself is quite dark, it is not quite opaque, but very nearly so. The beer is a very deep, deep red, really more like a light brown (like a watery pot of coffee).

The smell is bready, not overly hoppy (in fact, not really hoppy at all) and with just a hint of spicy rye.

The beer tastes very malty, it has some nice rye spiciness on the aftertaste and just a little bit of hoppy bitterness. Overrall this is not terribly bitter or hoppy, but is a decent beer.

Not a bad beer, nothing all that good and certainly not one of my favorite Sierra Nevada beers. Its not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 22:36:40 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A clear reddish-dark copper with a two-finger eggshell colored head. Decent head retention, and a healthy amount of clumpy lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of minty/piney hop and caramel malt.

T - Hop forward, but kind of a strange hop blend here with some earthy and pine elements and alpha acids, but without much citrus sweetness or tropical notes promised on the label. Almost a little onion/vegetal. Weak malt bill isn't really sweet enough to compete with the acidity of the hops, instead coming through with kind of a wafer/Saltine cracker like taste. Astringent/mineral almost salty finish. Not very balanced or nuanced.

M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Could use a thicker and creamier body IMO.

O - I usually enjoy SN products, but I think this one is a little off the mark in almost every area. Whats odd is that they have created much better red IPA's as part of their "Beer Camp" series. Wonder why this one got the nod? Not a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:26:13 | More by TempeBeerMan
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with golden amber edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy malt aroma with a subtle resinous hop character. Some earthy, grassy hops with a touch of citrus but the nose is dominated by caramel malt, rye, bread and toffee. Really weak hop presence. Disappointing for an IPA.

Thankfully there's much more of a hop presence in the flavor. On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops that linger over the sweet and spicy malt notes into a sticky, dry finish. Dank and resinous with grass and pine needle flavor as well as some subtle grapefruit and citrus rind. This is countered by a sweet malt backbone that has a strong caramel flavor. There's also some toffee, bread, faint dark fruit sweetness and. a spicy rye component that nicely compliments the hop profile. Well balanced and easy to drink. A nice hoppy beer for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 04:53:10 | More by corby112
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Brad007

Vermont

3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice mild amber color with a huge, frothy head into my glass. Makes me wonder if it's just another hoppy red?

Spicy hop aroma with a touch of citrus. There's some floral notes in there as well. Nothing too exciting aroma-wise.

The citrus is more apparent in the taste. It's a fusion of old school and new school and seems equally balanced. The hop selections compliment each other.

Finishes clean with a good amount of lingering pine bitterness. Crisp and clean. It doesn't challenge the taste buds.

A decent hoppy amber ale. What with red, white and black IPAs, I wonder what they'll come up with next? Check this out!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 21:04:40 | More by Brad007
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beertunes

Washington

3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear red-amber color with 1/4 inch of just off-white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

Somewhat typical for SN, hops dominated the nose, mostly floral and pine notes, with a low malt factor. The malt was a bit more noticeable on the tongue, but the hops still were dominant. In addition to the floral and aspects, there was a slight citrus finish at the back of the palate.

The body was on the light side of typical for the style, and had a bitter finish that lingered a bit too long for my enjoyment. Drinkability was OK, I probably wouldn't have 2 in a row, but I'd have it again. Overall, a nicely pleasant brew that's probably worth a shot when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 17:12:20 | More by beertunes
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-dark caramel with a thin light cream colored head

S-caramel grains and faint scent of sweet hops. Medium strength.

T-comes in with a stale scent of caramel grains and weedy hops. It would be gross if the flavors were stronger, but they're somewhat faint so it becomes more smooth. Matching after-taste.

M-creamy crisp carbonation with a dry finish

O-not impressed. More of a red ale than a red IPA, and just an okay red ale at that.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 18:26:17 | More by AdamBear
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AgentMunky

California

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light head. Clear maple.

S: Light and toasted malt. Amells like an amber ale.

T: Tastes like a lager with a kick. Not very hoppy except right at the end. Kind of dry. Amber ale.

M: Kind of refreshing.

O: Tastes sort of like SNPA with more lagerish yeast and amber malt. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 03:42:37 | More by AgentMunky
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beagle75

Iowa

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spicy and clean; some floral and grainy caramel also break through. Understated for an IPA, but versatile.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with pine- and citrus-affected crystal malt. Fennel is also represented in the aromatic display of flavors. The beer transitions effortlessly into the toasty middle, with low acidity. A slow earthy bitterness swells toward the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal replacement for Tumbler brown ale is a return to true Sierra Nevada form. It moves their annual line-up even closer to presenting an uninterrupted continuum of sensory qualities--this one seems to fit somewhere between Pale Ale and Celebration IPA. It appears to be a well-executed middle-road recipe that lacks much of a dry-hopped character one might hope for in a new IPA recipe debuted in 2013.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:26:16 | More by beagle75
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount that seems to have pretty good retention. The head is a very light beige, almost off-white or ecru, while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon that glows a medium to dark amber when held up tot he light. Just a few spots of lacing are left behind. Trend of no lacing continues as I drink it.

Nose- Enticing aroma. A bit of mustiness that has a slight funkiness to it- makes me think of grapefruit, slight moldy cheese, slight armpit. Lots of caramel. Other citrus notes of orange, lemon, and tangerine. Some light tropical fruit but the main citrus notes dominate. Swirling shows even stronger musty, funky notes.

Taste- This definitely a letdown from the aroma. Starts off with some lemon and moves into orange while pine and resin start to build underneath. The middle becomes dominated by them as they move into the finish where earwax and matchstick appear. Pretty thin and lacks presence. A bit of spice on the finish as well, mostly cinnamon. Lots of pine and resin. Really wish there were more of the tropical notes and the citrus that was promised on the label. Somewhat boring. A little bit of a chalky or mineral note on the finish as well. Just above average which makes it fairly disappointing for a Sierra Nevada beer. Not even that aggressive with the bitter hops to spice things up a bit.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. Light syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- Pretty easy to drink but also pretty boring. Not bad, just doesn't really do it for me.

Overall- Above average. If you're a fan of Sierra Nevada (like I am), you're probably going to try it no matter what a reviewer writes. This you could pass on though. No flaws, just quotidian.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:51:56 | More by artoolemomo
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear copper. Head is off-white with solid retention. A small bubbly, creamy cap with some nice sheets and notches of lacing. Leaves small clumps of lacing I'm the long run.

Smell: Slightly tropical. A touch of ripe mango, soft pineapple, and some tangerine. Some citrus, as in grapefruit rind. Some herbal elements as well. Malts are a bit bready with some underlying caramel malt. Earthy and lightly sweet with some caramelized sugars. A touch toasted with a small roasted element as well. Carries the distinct smell of Chico yeast and that vaguely salty thing that comes with every Sierra Nevada beer. Pear in the back.

Taste: Vaguely herbal with a nice backing of grapefruit zest and some juicy grapefruit flesh. A touch of ripe mango and some tangerine. Juicy without being too fruity. Malts offer a nice balanced sweetness. Some caramel and biscuit. Very slight toasted element. A touch of earth and some nice clean yeast. A touch of mealy pear and some distinctly dirty/earthy hops. Sierra Nevada flair is evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium trending on the lighter side. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish. Slightly crisp.

Overall: It's a Sierra Nevada IPA, and that's good by me.

Nicely balanced as to be expected. The hop profile is unique for Sierra Nevada and they do it well. Not stellar, but drinkable in spades.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 18:24:29 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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kojevergas

Texas

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with somewhat interesting label art and branded gold pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier today at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are above average given the brewery. 2013 vintage. I don't see a bottled on or best before date listed. 6.2% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Red IPA.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Somewhat soft complxion. Inconsistent uneven lacing/"legs" cling(s) to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Fluffy. Head retention is good - about 6+ minutes.

Body colour is a predictable clear amber of average to above average vibrance. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a Red IPA - there's nothing unique or special about it - but it looks attractive. No obvious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: I definitely get the citra, simcoe, and centennial hops. Plenty of fruity notes from the citra/centennial - grapefruit & its accompanying citrus esters, cherry, and some tropical fruits - mango, melon, passionfruit. Simcoe lends a nice floral presence as well as some onion; that's never bothered me but might turn some off. I also get a hop-derived hint of pine, but it's a minor note.

On the malty end, there's amber malts, biscuit malt, light toasted malt, caramalts, clean barley, and perhaps a kiss of rye; it does have a slight spiciness that reads rye to me.

No real yeast character is detectable, but it does seem to be cleanly fermented with a fair amount of residual sugars. I'd guess a lower attenuated yeast was used, probably an American IPA yeast. There's no biscuity, spicy, or herbal yeast notes.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Amber and pale malts comprise the bulk of the body, with some toasted malt and caramalt in there too. I'm not registering rye or biscuit malt. There's plenty of malty sweetness here to play off the hop bitterness, but it's not cloying or medicinal. Caramel is a bit too prominent. The malt build leans a bit too much towards a winter warmer for a red IPA; I'd like to see them trim back that sweetness and limit the caramel substantially. It's slightly bready in character as well.

The hop profile is nice; you've got almost everything abovementioned including tropical fruit, grapefruit citrus, onion (primarily on the climax), and floral hops. Floral hop notes are dominant and come off pretty vague. It's not particularly dank or resinous. I don't really get any pine.

The malts and hops play well together, with the malty sweetness doing a good job hiding the hop bitterness. It's a balanced cohesive beer, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. Neither the malt choices nor the hop choices are ideal for the style, but it's a nice build for a Red IPA overall.

By-the-numbers; there are no inspired risks or bold experiments here. Clearly, Sierra Nevada is brewing for the average craft beer consumer. I'd love more complexity and subtlety; this is quite simple. But it isn't boring or bland.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through.

There's no alcohol presence. I don't find any severe flaws or off-flavours.

Mf: Lightly coarse and dry, aiding the facilitation of flavour delivery, but it's still smooth and wet enough to refresh. It's easygoing on the palate, with just a kiss of a light spicy warmth right on the climax; that's a nice subtle touch. Very approachable and pleasant. Good body and thickness. Nice presence on the palate; it isn't overbearing. It complements the flavour profile nicely.

The texture as a whole doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to the taste. It could be a bit oily, which would lend it an interesting feel.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: The main thing I ask of any IPA (or IPA variant) is that it be balanced. This beer delivers. That said, it's a very safely-brewed Red IPA from Sierra Nevada. This will satisfy your average craft beer consumer, but it's far from world class. I'd like to see a bit more risk-taking from Sierra Nevada in their seasonals, but this one of their better recent offerings. Very fairly priced. I'm glad this is widely available. Certainly above average, and very likable. You could do far worse than a 6er of this in your fridge, and frankly I'm a bit disappointed I didn't grab a whole 6 pack meself. Highly drinkable and easily enjoyable, Flipside is a beer I'd recommend to those just easing their way into craft beer.

B-

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:45:54 | More by kojevergas
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:42:17 | More by bsp77
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For such a beautiful beer, Flipside is rather whimsically named.

The pour leaves a glowing, rusty auburn body upon which sits a fluffy, white head with outstanding retention and thick lacing.

The aroma hits fast and hard, and it's almost all citrus. Grapefruit, maybe raspberries atop faint pine.

As expected, the roasted malts hit first, but they're quickly overpowered by the citrus, to the point that I'm having trouble putting a description to them. Rye bread, maybe?

The label describes the hop citrus as 'tropical,' but I get more grapefruit than dragon fruit. It's rare that I say this about a Sierra Nevada brew but the malts and hop combination didn't work for me. It felt out of balance.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, and though I got plenty of piney resin, I was happy it didn't stick for long.

A six dressed up as a nine, it's far from my favorite SN seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:39:19 | More by NedShakeshaft
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ElSid

California

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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