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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,418 | Reviews: 249 | Display Reviews Only:
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-06-2013 01:17:49 | More by mc4z
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Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-06-2013 00:39:19 | More by Bustersuess
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:07:33 | More by chinchill
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-05-2013 23:34:33 | More by ScaryEd
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-05-2013 23:17:47 | More by bccrosley
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jpd026

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

09-05-2013 23:06:22 | More by jpd026
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-05-2013 22:00:37 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-05-2013 22:00:36 | More by kjkinsey
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

09-05-2013 21:11:18 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-05-2013 20:58:39 | More by lovindahops
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-05-2013 20:41:04 | More by KevinGordon
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heresy22

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-05-2013 19:52:28 | More by heresy22
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jriggins6

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-05-2013 19:11:57 | More by jriggins6
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-05-2013 18:56:37 | More by Falcone
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MrDave

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-05-2013 15:33:46 | More by MrDave
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RyFikes

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-05-2013 13:03:18 | More by RyFikes
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lighter red/amber color with 2 fingers of head that settles down to a thin cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits backed by a solid malt background. The hops definitely take front stage along with the house yeast profile

T: Starts off with a bit of tropical fruits and sweetness followed by some citrus and bitterness. Goes into some earthiness and herbal hoppiness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and hop character

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: SN does not disappoint when it comes to IPAs. This is no exception, as the hops shine even with the maltiness of an amber. The sweetness of the malts really compliment the tropical and citrusy notes from the hops. Worthy of a purchase if you enjoy SN's IPAs

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 06:35:12 | More by BEERMILER12
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-05-2013 05:40:09 | More by CowsandBeer
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Aimo

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-05-2013 05:10:43 | More by Aimo
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badb_rad

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-05-2013 04:08:29 | More by badb_rad
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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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kmos27

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-05-2013 03:01:52 | More by kmos27
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-05-2013 02:43:18 | More by bigbeers84
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large straw colored big bubbled head. Brew is deep red, nice lacing and head retention.

Smells like marijuana mixed with a campfire. Roasty, dank, damp, slightly smoked, light aroma, pines, cat piss?

Lots of flavor for an Red, but still very light watery, dry, harsh bitter, earthy, piney, heavy caramel malt, chewy, rounded oddly. Sweetness takes you up than slams you down. Odd. Hops are too faint

Recommendation is in the air. It's worthy at $1.90/12oz, but not to buy a 12pk of. SN has done and will do better.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:20:20 | More by chugalug06
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BB1313

Ohio

3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy auburn; fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks awesome, just like most of SN's beers. The aromas are malt heavy. The hops definitely take a backseat in the nose. Hints of pine and grass in the aromas as well. Tastes like Sierra Nevada. The flavors are bold and bitter. They are extremely earthy. Lots of pine needles with some hints of grapefruit. It's far from tropical. The hop bitterness is definitely there, but it lacks yummy hop flavors. Lots of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's medium-bodied; active carbonation and very creamy. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

I never thought I wouldn't highly enjoy a beer hopped up with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. It's not bad, but it's not as interesting as one would expect. Reguardless if I enjoy it or not, the craftsmanship is clearly always there with Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 21:53:39 | More by BB1313
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.