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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,336 Ratings
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:19:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 20:46:09 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:20:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 20:47:03 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 18:17:54 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 07:05:07 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:30:12 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:14:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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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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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Zorro

California

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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This is a different beer than the other Flipside 6.2 Alc by Volume.

Label states whole cone Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops were used.

This is a clear red colored ale with a good sized tan colored head.

Smell is herbal and slightly bitter but not really a hop bomb. Caramel, toffee, strong tea and citrus aromas. Some chocolate and coffee aromas, pretty balanced scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild bitter finish and a lingering tobacco leaf after taste. Not a hop bomb but it's no wimp in the flavor department, straddles the barrier between APA and AIPA. Toasted grain with an herbal hop accent and a little patent malt just to make it a little more complex with some subtle coffee and chocolate flavor. Manages to be both interesting and user friendly at the same time.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a damn fine beer with no defects of any sort. Might as well buy two six packs because you will want to finish them both the same night.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:36:13 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass a very nice amber color, nice carbonation, with a small off-white head, with alot of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of hops, citrus, caramel. The taste is slightly bitter, alittle sweetness, malty, and some hop/citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:03:23 | More by Wasatch
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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:28:24 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 21:01:27 | More by Kegatron
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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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear reddish color with a size able foam topping. Plenty of lace is left behind in the pint glass. Aroma of caramelized malt, grapefruit, pine and herbs. Nice IPA like nose with perhaps a bit more sweetness than your typical example of the style. In the taste, pine and pith from aggressive hopping of fine hops. Caramel and toast round out a complimentary malt base. The brew is bittersweet, leaning towards bitter and citrus in the finish. Medium bodied, full flavored ale. Overall this is a smooth, dangerously drinkable IPA/red ale. Bought a case and it was a solid investment.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:03:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the 16th St. Albertsons this evening... Pours with a 2 finger lite tan head.. the brew is clear red/amber... splotchy lacing

Nose shows big American hops... citrus and pine are unapologetic... Hops are big and fresh and sorta pummel the caramel/dark toasty malty notes.

Flavor is not as good as the aroma IMO... seems a bit watered down compared to the big nose... light toasty elements hit a good piney/grapefruit hoppy bite.

Body is lighter than expected... carbonation is good... Despite my above negatives, this is a well done beer.

3.75/3.75/3.25/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 04:43:17 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Great looking amber. Dark red with deep ruby orange and amber body with nice rising carbonation of pinhead size. Head is a large billowing four fingers tall with nice clumping retention and even head formation. Lots of staying power with an island of creamy head to match. Great looking brew.

Solid red amber. Mild caramel, but a nice hop angle of faint citrus and good floral notes. Lots of bakery bread action on this to match as well.

Palate has a great amount of flavor. Great sensing malt action, with a hint of mild chocolate and whipped up character. Bakery toasting bread on the finish. Hop bitterness lingers with a light pleasant character, somewhere between a mix of floral pine and dank earth qualities but nothing heavy. Very nicely balanced. Light bodied with a nearly juicy feel but the malt density just wont let that happen.

This may not be the most explosive or impressive amber, but it's got great qualities and is in such an easy to drink package, and I am a sucker for a good red amber ale, and this delivers the goods.

Serving type: bottle

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.