Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 2,674
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 74
Gots: 505 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of earthy malt and grain, tropical fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that definitely has citrus and tropical aspects as described but there is an underlying earthiness that is battling for attention in the aroma and flavor. (647 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by an ecru head ; a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Brown bread and caramel, with earthy hops and a bit of sulfur

Taste: Malt forward, with the brown bread and caramel flavors dominating the front end; the hops are no slouch, however, and they arrive in the middle to add a resinous balance to the flavor profile; the finish is well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A hoppy amber for the season; very much a middle-of-the-road beer, but nicely drinkable (548 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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. (2,143 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with some caramel malt clearly noticeable. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes and loads of caramel malt notes are also evident with quite a bit of residuals sugar. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Too much caramel malt for my taste with the Citra hops not coming out as much as I was expecting. (456 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear crimson with lasting head. Smells like it was brewed for optimal shelf life. Hoppy in an ambiguous way, kind of leafy and earthy but also faintly fruity; generally very bland. Plenty of crystal malt, too. Smells like a Sierra beer, basically. Very identifiable but also completely unexciting. I'd elaborate on the flavor, but it pretty much tastes exactly how I've described the aroma. Loads of caramel malt and heavily boiled hops with a mineral finish. About as exciting as any other hoppy Sierra beer, ie. not even slightly fucking exciting. I can't even be bothered to finish a 12oz bottle of this mediocrity. (654 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Catch you on the Sierra Nevada red IPA. No panache. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise cherrywood topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light pine sap, caramel, mild maple syrup, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, the caramel and maple boldly defending against the massive onslaught of pine and citrus, though entirely in vain. Yeah, this means there's a bit of clash to the flavors, but it's not all that strident. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice "red IPA". 'Nuff said, really. (642 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA
12 oz. custom brown glass bottle

Notes: Clear chestnut-ruby body. The frothy light tan head drops to become creamy. Very good retention and lacing. Aroma: citrusy over sweet malt that's a little like dark cake. The flavor follows with the malt acting as the base for the hop flavors: bright citrus (pineapple, grapefruit), and berries (possibly from the yeast, or a combination of things). Solid bitterness. Interesting maltiness: very darkly caramelish with a sugary-bread and toast component ~ as stated, kind of like dark cake. Medium bodied, gently effervescent/crisp carbonation. Dry, lingering finish with residual bitterness and hop flavors. (680 characters)

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

12oz bottle. Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a thick off-white head. Great retention and sticky lacing. The aroma smells fresh and dank, with some pine notes and a tangy underpinning of bready malt and light tropical fruit character. The taste has a bite to it of zesty citrus and resins, which spreads lightly herbal and tropical notes out across the palate. The malts definitely have a presence here but aren’t overly intrusive on the hops, with a mix of caramel sweetness and doughy notes. Bitter and piney on the finish with some lingering herbal and malt flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall with an easy feeling creaminess to the carbonation. There is a touch of warmth here but those herbal and oily textures from the hops really keep this smooth. This was a nice hoppy Red Ale, with just the right mix of robust flavors that I really enjoy in the style. Perfect for fall drinking. (906 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Turned the bottle upside down a little too quick and the last bit chugged out, forming a huge creamy fluffy 2+ finger head that fades semi quickly then slows to a slow fade, leaves lots of soapy lacing, mostly clear slight hazy copper auburn brown color.

Nose brings lots of hops as in usual Sierra Nevada fashion, some pine, mild resin, grassy and earthy, hint of citrus, bit spicy and chewy like. Then malts, nice candy reddish slightly toasty malt, possibly syrupy, little caramel, touch of fresh wort.

Taste starts with malts, a little creamy like oats, toasty reddish malts, little candy like but not really syrupy and just a touch sweet, little bit like creamed caramels, reddish candy. Then lots hops, quite a bit of pine and spicy hops, little chewy, hint fruity hop but not really citrus maybe a hint of zest, fairly bitter overall. Just a bit of dark fruit too interestingly and touch of brown sugar. Finish is still a bit sweet, more candy and reddish malts lingering, long lingering spicy slight pine hop bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, nice carb, little creamy.

Overall not bad, nice malt character, decent hop profile and good balance, I like the way the caramel creams and candy malt flavours mix with the spicy slight pine hops, and the strange but interesting dark fruit like characters.pretty tasty but nothing too special as there isn't much you can do more with the style. (1,410 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (854 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer looks great on the pour. Massive creme head with a significant degree of lacing. Flavor profile is good. Kind of what I expect to get from Sierra Nevada. Seems to fall off a bit quickly though. I wouldn't mind a more lasting flavor. But what is there is nice and hearty with a slight sweet tang that seems almost fruit like. (329 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent scarlet/orange with 3 fingers of tan head. Nice lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness & faint pineyness

T: Pineyness, caramel & breadyness, orange peel up front. More caramel, pineyness & a bit of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with pineyness & grapefruit with a nice malty/caramel sweetness & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & nice balance

Easy to drink, I like the maltyness of this, a nice change of pace (456 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours lightly cloudy light ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, mango, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely crisp and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,274 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours slightly hazed dark rustic amber with an off-white pillowy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruits with some toasted bread in the back.

The taste is of citric and tropical fruits with lightly toasted caramel. Finishes balanced - semi-dry with a sweet kiss.

It is smooth. Very appropriate carbonation level.

An enjoyable, hop-forward, but balanced Red IPA! (390 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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 (1,048 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks are owed to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. It pours an amberish red color with 3 fingers of yellowish khaki head. Some full frothy patchwork sticks all over the wall of the glass.

The smell is fruity to lightly tropical with grass, herbs and a stiff mineral to carbonic touch. Some bready base grain hangs in the balance with a kiss of alcohol that adds to the fruity hop accent.

The flavor is herbal with hops that are rindy with earth and a bit of vegetative edge. Some hints of zesty fruit and pulp sit overtop a cracker bready base of grain thats dusty and a little dirty into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite decent that has some strange stuff going on as you inspect further. Between carbonic quality and soft vegetative to fruity aspects, this one is otherwise quite enjoyable. (870 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

I was over at The Fridge the other day when I spied this in the cooler with my little eye and brought it home.

From the bottle: “Flipside Red IPA features robust tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors from the use of whole-cone Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops.”; “Flipside Red IPA is a rebuttal to the mild-mannered beers of summer. Tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors from the use of whole-cone Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops are the perfect notes for this in-between season.”; “We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer.”

I decided to stay at home today, on the Flipside of attending the Inaugural Lititz Craft Brew Fest, since a) the bus up that way does NOT run on Sundays; b) who ever heard of a Sunday fest; c) the Stillers are home vs. Tampa Bay; d) the Buccos have Game 162 of the season at Cincinnati and e) I have my thumb poised over the “Recall” button on the remote.
I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy-handed pour to watch the pseudo-cascade take place. It settled into two fingers of rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine trees upon which grapefruit grew! If you want to get my hophead’s mouth watering, this is one sure-fire way to accomplish it. Mouthfeel was medium. The initial taste was of pine, but the citrus of the grapefruit slowly seeped in, like a shy child creeping around a doorway. I inhaled deeply and really got a cooling breath of air. Phew. Heavy, sticky lacing formed as I sat back to take in the magnificence of the use of hops in this beer. The finish was literally breathtaking. It was cool and minty, initially, with the citrus flavors gently asserting themselves on the extreme finish. OMFG, was this good! (1,807 characters)

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.