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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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very good

1,933 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 239 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Just when it feels like the dog days will never end, suddenly, the switch is flipped, the air gets cooler and it’s clear that autumn is on the way. Featuring a ruby-red hue and abundant tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is the perfect beer for the final flash of summer.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 08-25-2013)
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Photo of clayrock81
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

clayrock81, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Unchi, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

InfernoBoss, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Apperance is a deep auburn with a brownish tint. Generous head upon pour, about 2 1/2 fingers. As it recedes, it leaves a heavy layer of lace. The aroma starts with piney hops. Very aromatic, but sadly not getting too much of the Citra influence in the nose. The pine hop notes are followed by a strong malt profile which presents some caramel and bread. Taste is hop forward with floral notes along with some citrus and pine. The malt backbone comes through next and features some toasted notes. Moderate bitterness towards the end. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium body. Overall, a nice IPA from Sierra Nevada, in the vein of their other IPA hop profiles. I was a little let down by the fact that the taste didn't match the juiciness I expected from the description. Either way, tasty brew and great value.

homebrew311, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of rojocorsa
4/5  rDev +5.8%

rojocorsa, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of frogfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

frogfan, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

let8it8grow, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

IdrinkGas, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

AnitaBrewski, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Caskaway
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Caskaway, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Horbar, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of HiWire
4/5  rDev +5.8%

HiWire, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of huddyball
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

huddyball, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ThomasTownsend
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ThomasTownsend, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ThirstyFace
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured from bottle into tulip pint

Murky brownish/red body with khaki hat. Not the most pretty beer I have seen.

Aroma doesn't match the glorious description on the bottle, but it still entices enough to make the first sip a swig.

God, there is nothing more disappointing than a dry IPA. Juicy? No. Tropical? I don't really get that either. Fairly bitter, and the dry finish leaves me craning my neck for the drain.

Not sure what the SN team was smoking when they wrote the description of this product, but this is definitely one that falls to the back of the pack of faceless red ales.

Major letdown for me, and I was well prepared to love it. I would take any given red ale or red IPA over this one. Widmer Brrr comes to mind as a widely distributed red IPA that blows the pants off of this one.

RIP Tumbler. You didn't deserve to die like this.

2.75 overall.

ThirstyFace, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Hazy red with a small white head and few lacings.
Smell is floral fruit zest and pine resin.
Taste is a quick strike of resinous pine with some citrus zest. There is earth and leather in the aftertaste and the overall bitterness reminds is not as fruity as I expected.
Mouthfeel is very good and the beer has a smooth long dry finish.
Overall a fine IPA with a slight change from their regular lineup.

Update: Much higher for appearance. Huge off white head with good retention and great lacing.

Spikester, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of searsclone
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

searsclone, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%

Copper/red in color with a beautiful head of rocky, sturdy foam, this beer is nice right from the start. The nose is one of citrus and pine and the beer leaves nice lacing as you drink.

Tasting this product reveals a beer with solid attributes. The tastes of bread, grapefruit, mixed tropical fruit, citrus and earthy hops, and a good caramel malt base combine for a pleasant experience. The hops steal the show, but the malt base holds its own and keeps things in check better than I expected.

This beer is yet another winner from Sierra Nevada and it seems like a good go- to beer when you want to relish in the taste of quality hops but don’t want a beer that goes overboard in the bitterness direction. Based on the label, I was expecting a hop explosion, but this beer is a little closer to balanced overall. Hops still dominate, but not excessively so.

Flipside Red IPA is a very good product overall and while I don’t rank it among my Sierra Nevada top 5, it is still much better than the average beer and a product I recommend.

BryanCarey, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of droomyster
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a deep a reddish brown with a frumpy tan head with excellent retention. Aromas are very hoppy, with a lot of orange and grapefruit notes, and malty aromas reminiscent of caramel and cocoa. The bitter notes dominate the front palate before a toffee like sweetness enter the middle. Finishes with a taste of chocolate covered orange peel. Very very tasty. Medium full body is very satisfying. I like this a lot and intend to buy more.

droomyster, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of MickeyMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

MickeyMonk, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +5.8%

nebula1999, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a short light tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: spicy citrus hop aroma, pepper, grapefruit, lemon, pine

T: bitter grapefruit peel and pine up front, malt is a bit overpowered by bitterness, stays dry and bitter throughout

M: medium bodied with higher carbonation

O: would have liked more malt sweetness for balance, hop presence is powerful

M_C_Hampton, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of rEBELlION
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rEBELlION, Oct 01, 2013
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.