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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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Ratings: 1335
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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New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a reddish copper color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of caramel, fruit sweetness, and a nice hop presence is easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: big malt-forward beer with a hearty balancing bitterness. Caramel, pine, grapefruit, mango, sweet red apples, and some alcohol are the main flavors I picked up.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and mildly dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very enjoyable IPA that is easy to drink and is satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 16:31:05 | More by Gavage
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been a while, but on tap at the spot - The Playground, in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Let's get to the point like Edward G. Robinson in "Little Caesar" - this thang has the right amount of hops, a good amount of malt like your last break up, and it tastes clean like your mama just made your bed in '94.

Not perfection, but mighty fine!

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 06:44:09 | More by RaulMondesi
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4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tastes of hops but not bitter at all. Overall, a very easy beer to drink. We had Flip Side at a local brew house and the presentation was awesome. Drank this with brunch of chicken and waffles. The blend was surprisingly pleasant. I would recommend drinking Flip Side anytime. It goes well with average foods or alone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 17:18:33 | More by Andrewyoung36942
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New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Murphy's
Comes to the table a crystal clear medium reddish brown with a fair off white head. Aromas of bready malt, hints of spice, and lots of citrus and pine. Flavor follows the aroma, a bit skewed to the malt side but flavorful enough. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Nice easy drinking flavorful ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 22:53:45 | More by johnnnniee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Copper Top Syracuse NY

Appearance - Reddish Brown colour with an average size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots and a bit of grapefruit.

Overall - Nothing bold or in your face about this one, just a decent well rounded american amber. Something that will appeal to most beer drinkers I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 01:02:29 | More by spinrsx
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep amber color. Crystal clear like fresh mountain springs. I personally love the color most of all. Reminds me of a good whiskey or bourbon. No sediment apparent. Clearly highly filtered.

S- Mild. No defining nose characteristics. Hint of red malt and possibly a centennial/cascade hop. Slight citrus smell but not an obvious one.

T- Hits the top and front of the tongue then later the back sides. Overall mild in bitterness, great flavor, good balance of red malt with the hops used.

M- The hop bitterness doesn't linger in your mouth but the dryness and malt work together to leave a nice, but slight malt taste. Carbonation seems high but that could be the location its tapped.

O- I very much enjoy this beer. Works well with both lighter and heavier meals. Nothing about this beer makes me want to jump for joy, however, it would be a safe choice if walking into an unfamiliar bar. But who, on this forum, would be afraid of ten taps they didn't recognize?

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 19:27:02 | More by Crayton9
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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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North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one on-tap at First Street here in town. Came out a clear ruby red with a creamy off-white head. Great retention to this one as it left nice sip rings on the glass. Nice citrusy, danky aroma really invites me in.

Ample carbonation bolsters this beer well making this all-to-drinkable. Bitter citrus-rind hoppiness carries this one. Semi-sweetness on the finish with some lingering bitterness on the palate. This is quite the approachable easy-drinking Red Ale. I'd love to see this one around more. Nice work, SN.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 18:38:59 | More by Onenote81
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep clear honey, solid off white head... thin lace.

S - Malt is present but hops are stronger in the mix.

T - Bright, slightly malty, hoppy. Nice pleasant taste.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, dry finish and to the hop side.

D - Nice session beer. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 03:17:18 | More by srandycarter
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish brown with lace patches left from a one finger foamy head that died slow.
The aroma is standard IPAish as I get citrusy hops for the most part and bits of sweet caramel malt and a little bit of breadiness. Taste is the same, mostly citric hops with a touch of spice, little bit of breadiness makes for fuller mouthfeel and then sweetness adds balanced. Overall, about a medium-bodied IPA that has a crisp finish. A good IPA that for lack of explanation I just found a bit off/underwhelming so not one of my top picks.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 15:22:25 | More by clayrock81
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North Carolina

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

Served on-tap at First Street Draught House in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to deep amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange hops with a light aroma of nutty malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly nutty malts with some notes of brown sugar sweetness that is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange hops. There is also a light flavor of pine hops and overall a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, more of an IPA than a Red/Amber in my opinion but I am totally OK with that as it matched very well with my bacon cheese burger

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 19:56:47 | More by dbrauneis
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed chilled from a pint on tap at Brass Rail.

The color is deep crimson with copper hues and tinges of amber with hazed appearance and 2 finger beige cream with a tiny bead. The smell has a lot of citrus fruit with ruby red grapefruit quality and some tropical esters with light malt sweetness. The feel is great dank citrus acidity with moderate bitterness and moderately low sweetness with a medium carbonation level with dry finish.

The taste is very good, dark red grapefruit with a hop flavor which is very fresh and has slight herbal bitter flavor with a light caramel taste from the malt and a mild alcohol taste with residual bitterness as it finishes. Overall a great IPA, SN does a good job with amber ales, this is no exception -it has a similarity to Celebration and Beer Camp Bloodshot which puts it in good company, very flavorful!

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 13:59:16 | More by Slatetank
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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Brooklyn Beer Merchants.

The IPA in the name is a little misleading; especially for Sierra Nevada. This is so much more about the malts. The reddish color is very inviting as is the great lacing. The hops are there but not like anything else in the SN IPA/PA line.

An interesting beer but I'd need a few more to really say.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 22:10:29 | More by GJ40
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Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a good earthy burst of hops bitterness. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid red IPA but there other choices in the style segment that I would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 16:56:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a deep copper not quite red nice 2 finger head that hangs around all day
Smell is full of Cascade hop aroma with hints of caramel seemed
Taste follows the nose but with a much more substantial malt sweetness than the smell suggested. The hop is strong but balanced well worth the malt

Def a bet worth drinking s few of. Especially at the price

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 20:05:53 | More by mt24turner
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keeping up on the both current trends and with the season, Sierra Nevada doesn't let the hoppy taste of summer die easily. They retain that all that citrusy hoppy goodness that we love about hot weather and strings it together with a fall-like toasted malt character for an IPA with a boisterous malt backbone.

Its autumn-like rusty redish-brown hue catches the attention of the eye. Lightly hazy, its quite obvious that the beer has left its flavor and texture in tact. Firmly headed with a stained ivory and heady froth, its retention is withstanding and its lace is broken with concentric rings. Its a substantial look that's easily overlooked (Sierra Nevadas' ale appearances are way too easily dismissed).

The aromas are decidedly hoppy as the scent of white grapefruit (pith and peel), fresh-cut grass, and pine penetrate the nose- doing so with an herbal bit that's unmistakably of cannabis. Its sharp citrus and stemmy scent is woven together with malty elements of bread crust, toasted barley and burnt caramel.

To taste, the beer quickly gravitates to the toast, crust and caramel. But the middle quickly turns from malt to hops as the pithy citrus flavors provide an acidic taste in the middle. But edging toward finish, the ale is bitter, sharp and deeply resinous with pine, grass, leaf and herb. With no fruit esters or spicy yeast character, the ale is a highly direct balance of bitter hops and dry toasty malt.

Mid-light in body, the ale starts of with a hearty sweetness that invites creaminess with its embedded carbonation. But that sweetness turns toasty and the carbonation is fleeting in favor of dryness. This causes the beer to become severely malty-dry from the middle onward. Finishing with slight grain astringency, mild alcohol warmth and a deep resinous bitter dryness- the ale is somewhat harsh and simplistic in its final impressions.

Though I like a dry finish to any IPA, the sharp hop flavor and poignant bitterness is abrupt and aggressive- not because of its reckless use of hops, but instead because of its lack of proper malt support. Still, the ale is a refreshing IPA that begs for pizza pairing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2013 06:09:52 | More by BEERchitect
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been late to the party on this one, an excellent new seasonal from sierra Nevada. the pour is clear and radiant almost ruby red, its that bright. the head is just off white and very dense, it leaves some lacing as it drinks too. aromas of dryer red malt, fresh hay, jolly rancher candies, and some citric hops explode from the glass. its complex for a red beer, and just as hoppy as I was hoping for it to be. the taste doesn't get much of the candy stuff, just a hint of artificial fruit sweetness I can only attribute to the grains. the hops are more bitter than flavorful, which hurts this in my opinion. it has a kick at the end too, like a kiss of rye malt was added, but that's all speculation. fuller bodied yet still refreshing, they did an great job with this and I cant wait to score a sixer at the store and evaluate it more thoroughly. perfect for fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 22:44:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Very dark amber color, served to me with one finger of long lasting white foam.

s: Lots of fresh, prickly tropical fruit blunted by bracing caramel sweetness.

t: Big, beautiful hop flavor. Lots of grapefruit and lemon rind. Very pungent and skunky. Lots of caramel and hints of honey and tea weighed things down a bit.

m: Chewy and creamy.

o: I liked this one a lot for sure. It comes in just a half a tick below my favorite hoppy SN ofeerings like Hoptimum, Ruthless Rye, and celebration though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 22:58:42 | More by DIM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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