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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,988 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 259 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jacob007, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Haybeerman, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Braz, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/16/13.

Appearance: Dark copper/amber hue with decent clarity. Sudsy off-white head about half a finger in size and laces well.

Aroma: Fruity hop notes of sweet grapefruit and herbal watermelon. I was expecting a lot of malt but not really getting any in the nose.

Taste: Definitely some good malts in there. Starts off with a great nutty malt character balanced well by a light grassy hop presence. The flavor blooms after that into a fierce battle of confectionary malts notes of caramel, hazelnut, and toffee versus a hop character comprised of everything from earthy to citrus, to a melon-like sweetness. The toffee and sweeter hop flavors are grounded by the earthy hops and more bitter malts to keep this thing in a great balance while delivering lots of flavor. Almost juicy at times. I'd clock the bitterness in around 50 IBUs. May be calculated as more but the sweet hop flavor and malts make it much less of an assault on the palate than it rightfully should be. Really good amount of flavor for 6.2% ABV. Finish is mostly smooth with a little bite and aftertaste is reverbing earthy bitterness with some toffee goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a tad more carbonation than is necessary. Great drinkability and sessionable if you're daring.

Final Thoughts: At about a month and a half old Flipside Red IPA is tasting great and I might just invest in a sixer before the seasons over. I can see this style becoming much more popular in the near future. The casual complexity makes for a great drinking experience. Would I drink it again? Yes.

JamesMN, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

kristougher, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

juliusseizure, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JesseMurdock, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber/red color blend in the body - mostly clear. Very carbonated; three-finger tan head that retains fairly well leaving scattered lacing.

Lighter aroma than I hoped for. Caramel malt and light citrus hop notes.

Taste is better than the aroma would have lead me to believe. More pine in the hop flavor, blending nicely with a very strong citrus hop flavor. It's so citrusy I could almost call it tangy. The caramel malt blends nicely. The more I drink this, the more I like it. In fact, I just upped my ratings because I'm liking it so much.

Medium mouthfeel with a light oily hop texture. Overall, I really like this brew. It's not quite an IPA, but close enough. Nice to have something different that is still tasty.

FanofHefe, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

woodchipper, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheFightfan1, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A-dark caramel with a thin light cream colored head

S-caramel grains and faint scent of sweet hops. Medium strength.

T-comes in with a stale scent of caramel grains and weedy hops. It would be gross if the flavors were stronger, but they're somewhat faint so it becomes more smooth. Matching after-taste.

M-creamy crisp carbonation with a dry finish

O-not impressed. More of a red ale than a red IPA, and just an okay red ale at that.

AdamBear, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Celtics76, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

theBIERlad, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BARFLYB, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Screper, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up yesterday in Totowa, liking this beer because it was brewed specifically for this time of the year. As the warm days turn into cool nights, it's nice to find something that wanted to stand out a bit from all of the Octoberfests and Marzens that are currently filling up the shelves at the local stores. Even with that being said, this wasn't as distinctive as I had hoped and only those who are lovers of Sierra Nevada will get a kick out of this. Otherwise, this was a solid brew that tasted just a bit like some of their other IPA's to be truly memorable.

The pour was quite dark, like a copper penny that hadn't quite faded all the way. Thankfully, the head was relatively robust with the remnants of it lasting throughout my drinking session and the lacing on my pint glass taking up nearly as much space as the untouched area. A hint of the tropical hops were present in the nose with a more robust presence in the taste. Pine balanced it out to some extent but the resin that characterizes the Pale Ale and other beers in Sierra Nevada's portfolio wasn't found here. Instead, this had a weaker, dry-hopped mouthfeel that turned slightly metallic in the aftertaste. A hint of stickiness that lingered on my teeth reminded me that there was some caramel malt here, but not enough to make me think that this was a Brown Ale.

Thankfully, the alcohol wasn't that pronounced and fit in well with this style of beer. Had this been a bit more aggressive and red, this could have really been an outstanding beer. As is, this was a nice alternative to the seasonals that are currently available but just a bit of a letdown. Fine for an afternoon with some pigskin on the tube but given a choice, I'd probably take the Tumbler over this.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

StoutIrish, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bcuz7, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jsanmarco, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

VaporDome, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

TheTinDoor, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Maseitz, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

MarshMan71, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle mixed and matched at the house of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.

A - Well a fairly dark amber brown red ale with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a rather thick lace ring. Sticky as all hell lacing.
S - More malt forward which is nice with some caramel and biscuit malts but also have a distinct bit of citrus and piney hops.
T - First sip is very strong piney hops which transitions into some biscuit malts and a touch of sweet malts. It does stick to the palate well with a nice piney finish. Fairly balanced and somewhat tasty.
M - Somewhat medium bodied it does get more balanced as you drink.

Overall not as good as the wet hop series but on par with the Torpedo IPA. Not sure if I would get it again though.

DrDemento456, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Dizzy242, Sep 29, 2013
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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