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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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Ratings: 1336
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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Photo of chefhatt


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a ipa, it has a reddish color body with a white foamy head. The aroma has a pine smell. The taste has a pine and bitter hop taste. I also get a little malt on the back tongue. The m outhfeel is smooth and leaves a nice pine aftertaste. Overall uhh taste a darn good red ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:46:59 | More by chefhatt
Photo of BierJager89


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque reddish amber with a thin mocha head.

S: Orange, papaya, tangerine in the nose.

T: Pine up front, then orange and tangerine. Nice and tropical and nectary.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This is a deliciously tropical and nectary red IPA, and I think that's the idea behind Red IPAs/Amber ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:26:30 | More by BierJager89
Photo of scottfrie


4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep clear mahogany color with a greasy off white head that faded to a minimal film.
S: Grapefruit and citrus hops dominate. Very hoppy. Smells like a standard ipa without the red.
T: Follows the nose with tons of citrus hops and balancing caramel. Bready malt, juicy tropical fruit hops, a hint of mint come through. The finish is sweet, and I get caramel lightly bitter aftertaste. Slight bubblegum as well, and fresh greasy hop oil.
M: Medium full body, oily fresh greasy slick mouthfeel, normal smooth carbonation.
O: Excellent red ipa. Super hoppy and not overly malty. Very good hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:37:40 | More by scottfrie
Photo of DrJay


3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, burnt orange with a big beige cap of fluffy bubbles. Good head retention with lots of clumpy lacing. Sharp grapefruit aroma, juicy and powdery with mild malt and pine. Strong, lingering bitterness with mild malt sweetness, citrus, light bread and marshmallow character. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit of dryness. A solid beer - tasty and relatively bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:02:41 | More by DrJay
Photo of soju6


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle- Pours a deep ruby red color with a nice tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of Some pine and citrus with an unexpected malt presence and fruity sweetness. Taste of malt, a subdued citrus and mild fruity sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. medium body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Not a IPA with a distinct hop bite but still a beer with a lot of character. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 15:32:03 | More by soju6
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that diminished slowly, eventually becoming a large puddled film with a medium collar and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of toasted bread malts, pine hops and an earthy yeast with hints of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a light fruity ester.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a slight fruitiness and a touch of caramel from the start (which was present throughout), and then became extremely hoppy with a strong pine presence and a nice citrus peel bitter towards the finish. The flavor hung on for an extremely long time proceeding the swallow, with the hoppy citrus peel bitterness lingering on the taste buds for quite a while.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a creamy, dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty damn tasty IPA, with the mildly sweet fruity flavor coming together rather nicely with the bold hoppy bitterness, creating an absolutely pleasurable drinking experience...


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 20:36:56 | More by KajII
Photo of Khad


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

You can always count on Sierra Nevada to produce a quality product and Flipside is no exception. REMEMBER this is a Red IPA not an autumn brown, so there is punch of hops.

I poured this from a bottle into an Ale glass. The color is great with a nice head which makes for great lacing. It appears as a deep red/brown kind of reminds me of changing leaves which makes it really nice for the time of year. There is a nice scent o this beer, you get some floral hops and even, am I nuts, maybe some spiced apple? It smells awesome! The mouth-feel is just perfect and very unique. There is a lot of carbonation but it works well here and I think they were going for something that had a bubbly feel as it keeps this IPA initially light on the palate. The taste...how did they do this? Starts off with light hops, different for an IPA, then YES I got some spiced apple and even some cinnamon finishing with more hops but not of citrus, more like light pine which works so well with the other flavors. This is one of the strangest IPAs I have ever had and its great! Would even be great for later in the season and I believe anyone who enjoys quality crafted IPAs will be very very surprised at this one. Entirely unique!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:57:45 | More by Khad
Photo of secondtooth


3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-opaque amber, with a substantial tan head. Lace is fence-row -- sparse but nice.

Aroma is delicious citrus hops, with some floral and pine notes around the edges. Quite appealing.

Taste is beautifully citrus hoppy, too, and with a subtle malt presence that reminds me somehow of the autumnal season -- leaves, maple, and a touch of roasted nuts.

Although this is an IPA through and through, I get a sense that it's a carefully-constructed balance between the American IPA (for the abundance of hops) and a brown ale (especially since this beer reportedly replaces the beloved Sierra Nevada Fall seasonal brown ale, Tumbler).

A lovely and delicious beer, and one I will have no problem with buying again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 15:02:26 | More by secondtooth
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a cinnamon amber color with a tan colored head. Decent world map lacing stays on the glass. The aroma is a nice mix of sweet caramel and mostly piny hops. The taste is more hop-forward with faint tropical fruits coming through. Bitter citrus emerges in the finish. The mouthfeel is bright, somewhat dry.

Overall, solid and well made. As advertised.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 14:25:30 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of CMUbrew


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Red-brown in color with a nice off-white head composed of some tight bubbles.

S: Mostly pine with grapefruit peel taking up the rest of the nose.

T: Piney hops upfront, with guava/mango fruit notes blending in nicely. Grapefruit zest comes in as backup, giving a great range of flavors. Bitterness is substantial. Malts are a little hard to find, but are biscuity with a touch of caramel.

M: Has a good IPA feel with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: I'm personally glad they swapped out Tumbler for this, but I'm not especially in the mood for hoppy beers this time of year. Nevertheless, this is a good beer that lives up more to the "Red IPA" on it's label than the typical amber ale style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:18:13 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


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
Photo of ONUMello


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber color with a one-finger head & a fair amount of bubbles
S: Quite aromatic with nice citrus & pine from the hops & a sweet caramel malt undertone
T: Matches the nose, though the sweet caramel is up front with the hops riding in the passenger seat
M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation
O: Perhaps just a touch sweet but very tasty

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 06:26:33 | More by ONUMello
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/8/13

Appearance: Clear, nearly dark amber - some lighter, burnt copper tones, and some reddish brown - pours with an average-sized, creamy, off-white head - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Amber malts with some nice hop aromas, but I wouldn't call it hoppy - I've only let this sit for about a month, so I doubt the hops really dropped out - cooked and toasted amber malts, caramel, and bread - some grapefruit and orange flesh, with some citrus peel - some herbal and earthy aromas

Taste: Bread, amber malts, and some nice hops to balance - directly follows the aroma - toasty grains, caramel malts, nicely clean profile - toasted bread, white bread crust, and some biscuits - nice citrus hops, including orange flesh and grapefruit zest - a little pith, some nice bitterness - earthy and herbal, but mostly clean and balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, drinkable

Overall: <Insert clever comment about how Sierra Nevada makes drinkable beers>

This isn't as exciting as the description, or as endearing as the label art, but it's worth drinking. Nothing particularly exciting here, but nothing bad, and I approve.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 07:10:13 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark ruby hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy notes of pine and tropical fruit with an earhty malt and burnt sugar.

The taste opened with a fresh piney hop which was quickly complimented by toasted malts, burnt candy sugar and a touch of charcoal at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a tasty and complex red ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 03:13:00 | More by plaid75
Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep red with a two-finger off white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Very faint smell of hops and some tropical fruits.

T - Nice hop bite right upfront followed bye lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Piney hop finish lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. Slightly dry finish.

O - Nice easy drinking beer. Not Sierra Nevada's best, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:55:52 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright deep ruby with pocked steady sandstone head.
Plenty of oily orange rind with some pomegranate and caramel on the nose.
Salted peanuts, light toffee and deli rye bread with some toast then hoppy pine, grapefruit and resin, but in moderate doses, along with pepper and grass.
Caramel strawberry finish and slightly pithy linger.
Light, slight cling,

Anything from SN that says IPA on the label and I'm expecting to be punished with hops but that just doesn't happen here. This is especially true figuring on Citra and Simcoe, two heavyweights, which don't show their real strength here - no cat, no mango. Watery body means it's sessionable, and it is autumnal, but it's far from a go-to amber.

Didn't really love Tumbler, but not sure this is that much better.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 22:10:16 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of arthuro11


3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very nice red, slighly opaque, with half inch of foam that leaves a nice lacing. Very nice hops smell up front if not overpowering.

Hits the tounge very nicely with a red hit initially that is then taken over by the hops. In the end there is a bit of bitterness, certainly nothing new to a hophead but interesting when mixed with a bit of red.

Keeping in mind that this is a red first though, even if a red IPA, this is a great example of a red. I thought I hated reds (too much Leine's Red in college) but have been converted by Fixed Gear and the like, and this is an excellent example of a red done with some gusto. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:46:30 | More by arthuro11
Photo of adxss


4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer picks up where the old Goose Island Harvest left off and really delivers on the potential. Flipside adds fuller flavor, more balance and a nice pine / citrus flavor. Hoppy, but not over hopped. Nice reddish caramel color.
Overall an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:57:05 | More by adxss
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bright red; very murky with a bit of heavy carbonation. Nice layer of tan lacing around the rim.

Smell: Smoked leaves and smoked hops; very autumn-like. Some caramel as well. Faint overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong pine and caramel. Slight smokey and spiced flavor hints at rye, which I really like. Nice medium body with good crispness.

Overall: Not quite an IPA, not quite an amber, but a nice combination.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:56:32 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of GRPunk


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A- A liberal pour made a 2-finger khaki head. Clean, dark red-brown body (auburn, chestnut?). Awesome sticky webbing left on the glass. Good retention, maybe 1/2 finger in places, less dense in others.

S- Hoppy at first, grassy with tropical fruit. Underlying sweet malts. A deeper inspection yields citrus and toasted grains.

T- Pretty complex. Citrus and tropical fruit mixed with caramel/toffee and toasted grains. Just when I think it's going to end sweet, it gets a hoppy, dry finish with an herbal/grassy quality.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish.

O- I like the idea of pairing this with a caramel dessert as suggested on the SN website, and did to great effect with my wife's caramel/chocolate/cookie concoction. I enjoy the balance of the beer. Good early fall beer as marketed. Procured as a party leftover, I'd pay to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:10:19 | More by GRPunk
Photo of augustgarage


3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Saw this arriving at my local and decided I would grab a fresh 6-pack to try. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rust to burnt orange body with flame highlights and good clarity capped by a mountainous active rocky head of merengue. Superior retention, messy/sticky lacing.

Moderately resinous aroma with a bit of toast and caramel from the malt. The hop aromas mingle, presenting at times like spiced apricots, though there is a faintly woodsy scent as well. Pine, rose pedals, and saffron are hinted at was well. Solid, but rather mild.

Leafy, dry, slightly toasty palate entry with a touch of orange, guava, and pine throughout. Earthy, vaguely spicy finish with a hint of stale cocoa. Starts off well, but simply dries up, never really delivering the full flavor it seems to initially hint at. Moderate bitterness most of the time.

Soft creamy mouthfeel; medium-light bodied but with a crisp invigorating snap and a touch of oil as well.

A nice, rather easy drinking amber ale - but it falters with compared with a slightly bigger ale along similar lines, such as Hop Head Red.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:05:31 | More by augustgarage
Photo of beerloserLI

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark ruby red.

Has a nice nose with a bouquet of fruity hops.

Light and refreshing start with a hoppy finish on the drink. Not over powering at all. The sweet/citrus fruit notes are there but subtle. A decent brew but nothing mind blowing. I still buy tumbler but I'm not sure I'll say the same about this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:52:55 | More by beerloserLI
Photo of Fcolle2


4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with deep bright hues of red and a nice 1 finger off white head that has decent retention.

Smell has some bright citrus and pine hop aromas forward along with a rich caramel malty body that smells nicely balanced.

Taste is good, hops are forward and are mainly piney in flavor. Rich caramel malt follows and has some good grainy and grain husk flavors before a mild hoppy bitterness finishs.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation leaves this very drinkable. Bitterness is not overly assertive.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:40:56 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of Alextricity


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 16th. Poured into a glass stein.

Appearance: Slightly hazy red/brown color. Finger or so of a tan head sits on top. Decent lacing.

Smell: Quite a bit of toffee and caramel, which gives it the Amber characteristics, but there's plenty of hoppy goodness in there as well. A bit of grapefruit with pine.

Taste/feel: A hop spice is the first thing I notice, with the malts coming through on the finish. I also get a trace of alcohol flavor? Maybe? Spicy, earthy hops and bits of citrus take the forefront. The label mentions tropical fruits, but I don't get much of that, if any. Aftertaste is mild, and not much there. Pretty dry finish. The taste that lingers is of pine and hop. Moderate bitterness, I'd say. The feel is actually surprisingly light... well, light/medium. Carbonation is also pretty low.

Looks great in the glass, smells really good, tastes pretty nice, and feels alright. Overall, Flipside is one of the more average offerings from Sierra Nevada, though Sierra Nevada's "average" is better than many breweries' best.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 14:41:45 | More by Alextricity
Photo of mntlover


3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt amber color head is nice frothy pond scum color that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is caramel with hints of toffee hops are more earthy/herbal nature then the usual SN citrus bombs.

Taste is good caramel malt base lightly toasted no real hints of toffee even though it was in the nose. Hops are same as the nose herbal/earthy maybe hints of grass and tobacco. Kind of unusual for a SN IPA. Its not a bad beer but not up to par with what they usually put out.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with lightly peppy carbonation level.

Overall not bad but personally I expect more from SN. Bring on the Celebration Ale and Big Foot.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:30:37 | More by mntlover
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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.