Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 369
Hads: 2,672
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 3.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 504 | 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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Photo of Ego
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lurking in my cellar I had totally forgotten about this one

eyes...
awesome head, 2 fat full fingers of head, brownish hue with a red glow, slightly murky,
a decent amount of carbonation keeps this thing afloat, lacing is superb as well as the stamina in the head stand - super nice

nose...
grainy and spicy, floral hops, slightly earthly, a tinge of caramel, all in check but nice

taste etc...
like many SN products this is ridiculously drinkable, the carbonation is bright without being bracing, the flavors are mild but peak where needed, it provides more punch than you think in all departments, ok now down to grass mats...
initially some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of bitterness, the carbonation floats it all on a magic carpet, then it falls off into a little more bitter and a slightly different sweetness, the linger is bitter but just enough to coax another sip, the ABV warms the belly just a hint but is no where in the flavor

verdict?
tasty, a slightly different IPA, almost like a different version of summerfest... a bit more depth, really nice. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, almost opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of floral, piney, grassy, citrusy hops, as well as some bready, toasted malt, which imparts notes of freshly baked rye bread, including the aromas of caraway, black pepper and heather, as well as aromas of caramel and honey. But the predominate aroma is of hops.

Taste: Very, very, nice! Yeah, it’s an IPA, which means that the predominate flavor is floral, grassy, piney, citrusy, hops, but there’s quite a bit of bready, toasted malt, black pepper and coriander and caramel-like sweetness to beautifully balance everything out. It’s an excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, beautifully balanced IPA. And this is coming from a beer drinker that doesn’t generally like IPAs! My tolerance for hops must be growing as I really, really like this beer! Very, highly recommended! (1,300 characters)

Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the bubbly bitter feeling this beer give my tongue. It's got a hoppy and grapefruit with a hint of orange taste. This beer is a great summer evening sipping beer. (167 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing - one of my favorite styles, from one of my favorite brewers. But just not much there with this one. Mild citrus hops nose, some caramel. Flavor is similar, stronger on the malt, limited hop presence, overall not much going on. Body is fine, although the carbonation seems lower than it should be for the style. Just mediocre, unfortunately. (355 characters)

Photo of rangerman21
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber with a decent white head
S- mostly hops
T- malty up front followed by a nice hop bite
F- Smooth and pleasant
O Big hoppy finish, hops are certainly pronounced throughout. A pretty nice IPA (197 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,388 characters)

Photo of magpieken
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz. Medium to deep amber colour with a mid density, light tan head which lasted well and left scattered lacing. Aroma of pine, resin, citrus, paw paw, caramel and licorice. Medium bitterness and light to medium sweetness. Medium bodied, almost fluffy texture with a semi-dry, lingering bitter finish. A hint of alcohol warmth. Decent enough. 7. (350 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep amber red colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... light carbonation... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), citrus peel, some rubbery traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Good blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates), light alcohol, brown sugar, crystal malt, toffee, rubbery traces, soapy notes...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry initially then smooths out... full bodied... dangerously drinkable at 6.2%

Overall - A pretty good if fairly safe amber Ale... worth a try (910 characters)

Photo of drbenderdo
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle well past its prime....will re-review when fresh. Bottled on 07/14, consumed on 02/09/15. No hop aroma on nose. Color slightly cloudy. Well-carbonated. Taste is all caramel malt. Part of a 'mixer 'sixer I picked up at a local bottle shop. Shame on me for not checking the date well before purchasing. (312 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep amber producing a nice 2.5 finger, tan, frothy, nicely lasting head that leaves a good coating of thin, splotchy, webby lace. Nose is citrus, resinous pine & a hint of tropical hops forward backed by caramel, biscuit & toasted malts & something very rye like even though none should be there. Taste is citrus fruit & pith & resinous pine nicely balanced with toasted caramel malt imparting a subordinate sweetness with a burnt hint, finishing full bodied citrus, pine, a hint of tropical fruit & spicy hoppiness. Afrertaste is nicely bitter & lightly astringent again with something very rye like present. Overall malt & hops have a high degree of balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry & drawing aftertaste. (757 characters)

Photo of gcuneen
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of keithmur
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of malt and piney/citrusy hops.

I get a little chocolate and coffee on the tongue; nice clean acidity throughout.

The piney hops continue also.

Actually picked up a little pleasant sweetness on the tongue after I swallowed.

Beautiful balance between all the different qualities. (288 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense light tan head. Good retention and lacing. Clear, red of course. Not an over the top hop aroma but piney, apricot hops are in the forefront. Nice caramel underpinning. Hints of raisin. Bitterness is well balanced and hop flavor is in the lead. Nice pine, apricot and subtle melon notes. Bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue. The sweet caramel malt isn't overshadowed by the hops. Fair bit of alcohol warming that finishes dry with a mild bit of astringency. Overall a nice IPA. (493 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition.
Beautiful copper reddish color with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of caramels, pine, grapefruit, spices, tangerines and pineapples.
Delicious hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, tangerines zest, pine, American Amber yeast, toasted malts, spices, pineapple, mango, earthy and citrus hops, nuts and cranberries. Perfect sweetness level. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light going towards medium body with perfect carbonation.
Great beer, I am surprised how such big company can produce such quality beer, please don’t change this recipe. Very flavorful, complex, pleasantly hoppy and superbly balanced beer. Bringing together two styles I love, it cannot go wrong. I Don’t understand the disparity in grades, though the most recent ones seem much better. I guess average people like maltier-sweeter cloying beers. (872 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper with light tan head. Head disappears relatively quickly but lacing remains very strong. Smells very earthy like cool wet soil on a hot summer day, lighter on the hoppiness. Very interesting and nice. The taste has a delicate bitterness and hoppiness up front but fades quickly to fruit punch on the finish (like Hawaiian punch - really cool). Has a very sophisticated feel for what I consider a sessionable beer. The complexity of a great IPA with a drinkability that is all its own. Overall fantastic and well worth the money. This and Celebration Ale have really impressed me and have been two of my favorites here at the end of 2014. Kudos Sierra Nevada! (677 characters)

Photo of MartyMarrr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Drank a bunch of these at the bar last night. Very session able. Easy drinking red IPA. Been very impressed with Sierra Nevada as of late. Defiantly one of my favorite national breweries at the moment (200 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance:
Dark copper color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Light beige head, thick and rocky.

Aroma:
Citrus hops, herbal, spicy, fruity, sweet bread.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Hop foward, mostly citrus, herbal, spicy, a little mint. Deep malt backbone, sweet bread, toasted, caramel, bread crust. There some roasted mango towards the end. Finish is bitter and dry, yet pretty crisp. Body is full, a little oily, crisp, refreshing, dry.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer. (488 characters)

Photo of paladinjoe
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This has got to the be one of the most underrated beers on here, 86? Are you kidding me?

Absolutely love the very floral and herbal taste, and the hops are very good. I love the intensity that Torpedo IPA brings, but I also like that this one is not quite as intense, and gives you more of that earthy flavor, this beer is very very good and I will look forward to it every single year. (387 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $1.49. Bottled on 8/26/14.

Beer poured a deep amber with a beautiful off white head that is lasting long and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pretty non-descript, a bit of the malt backbone is there and a hint of floral hops.

Taste is true to APA form, a nice liquid bread backbone topped off by a decent citrus and pine hop finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean, decently carbonated, and pretty refreshing.

Overall a pretty decent hoppy APA in my book. Would definitely get more if looking for something more toward the sessionable side. (595 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours dark copper with a large head.
Nose shows toasty/bready malt followed by earthy hops. Quite faint.
Malty flavours. Nutty and toast notes along with the faintest chocolate note. Some soft piny and earthy hops. (214 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -8%

(3.60) A: When backlighted a cranberry-apple coloring with a generally good clarity and a strong rate of effervesce. Light tan, foamy head, one inch, with a strong retention leaving stratified lacing rings down the vessel.

(3.55) S: Aroma of cola-caramel and pine hops with some freshly fallen earthy leaves.

(3.60) T: Toasted munich malt and dry citrus hopping for flavor, earthy leaves with a generally good rate of bitterness on the finish. Piney citrus, with a hint of dry grassiness and breadcrust.

(3.55) M: Mouthful showed a good amount of carbonation, lively, dry, with a slightly oily feel.

(3.55) O: Overall, earthy bitterness, dry toasted ipa, though only mildly entertaining with a limited range of complexity. Good toasted body, though hardly exciting. Flavor seemed a bit thin at times substance wise. (823 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap in a seaside dive bar, pint glass.

A- Dark amber, reddish-brown color. Thin off-white head, plenty of lacing. A robust lokking beauty.

S- Fire red roasted malts, citrus hops. Warming alcohol.

T- More dry roasted malt than hop flavor. Big malt flavors, caramel, dry rich bread.

M-Firm booziness, solid body. Dry, lasting hop finish.

T- Roasted malts and hops pair nicely here. (387 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color and clear. There is an interesting suspension of minute bubbles in the liquid. Small head providing a small number of spots on the glass.

Dry caramel and floral hop are the first impressions of the aroma.

Leans to the dry side that intensifies in the swallow. Light hop finish which leaves a mild, but lasting aftertaste. A bit thin with an elevated carbonation. (386 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany from the twelve-ounce bottle into a Sierra Nevada shaker-pint, with a nice, lacquer-like sheen and a fine, dust-sized suspension of sediment. A moderate, two-centimeter head dissipates quickly to about half that, but retains its latte-foam ring nicely around the rim; atop this floats aromas of resinous tropical hard-woods, along with notes of forest herbs and early-winter pine. The flavors are likewise deep, with a robust red-malted base—showcasing equal parts smooth grain-sugar and an almost-rye-like dryness and spiciness—that forms a sturdy stage for the variegated hops which star. Of those hops, however, the flavors of the Simcoe and Centennial shine through much more than the Citra, which produces a more even-keeled, pine-and-bitters body that isn't as tropical or complex as the nasal bouquet, though Flipside does taste more citric than it smells, and is decently juicy moreover.

This is a really effective, yeoman effort from Sierra Nevada, which—while not truly great—is very good. While it is a pretty solid "rebuttal to the [...] beers of summer", I'm nonetheless think it better complements the later, fully-chilled days of Autumn, as opposed to the "final flash of summer" for which Sierra Nevada intends it. (1,265 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

I think the description on the bottle really does do this beer justice. CItrus hop forward with a touch of pine to remind you of warmer weather, then a solid but not heavy malt backbone to remind you it is a red ale/amber ale and that fall has arrived and we're headed for colder weather.

Very solid all around. (313 characters)

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.