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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,966 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 35
Gots: 253 | 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 BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jamison85, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of cdtoffers
4/5  rDev +5.8%

cdtoffers, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - Pours up a deep amber with a foamy two finger off white head receding into a thin layer of minute bubbles and loads of lacing. A beautiful beer.

S - The nose is pine, resin, and some earthy notes. May be some citrus there too, but it is subservient to the earthy smells.

T - A nice amber/red ale taste with a pretty hoppy finish. No real grapefruit notes like found in a lot of IPAs, but this is pretty good stuff.

M - lots of carbonation, somewhat of an aftertaste.

O - Does Sierra Nevada ever brew a bad beer? They may not have the best in any specific category, but everything they brew just seems to be solid and drinkable. This one is no exception.

Mojo, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops, light caramel malt and a hint of citrus fruit. Flavor follows with a nice sweet caramel malt body with grassy and piney hops, finishing with light generic hops and some citrus. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nicely balanced and a good light red ale with nothing that really stands out. I would have this again, but would probably look for one of the the more bold options if I was specifically looking for a red.

LiquidAmber, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ElGallo, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

doublepneumonia, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

RichardMNixon, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

OregonGrown7, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of grover37
4/5  rDev +5.8%

grover37, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark amber with a two inch tall offwhite head which receded to a heavy surface foam film and spotty lacing.

s: Moderate pine which increased in intensity from medium to strong during drinking.

t: Piney hops forward over a substantial malt base. Nicely balanced. Curious slightly burning bitterness lingers at the corners of the mouth.

m: Medium, smooth.

o: A fine medium strength red IPA. Delivers just what the season calls for. Not quite as hoppy as Torpedo, but the gorgeous copper color and huge light beige head makes up for it by adding psychological flavor. Drinkable and sessionable. Hard to imagine a better replacement for Tumbler, if that's what this is intended to be. A happy choice for my 150th BA review and 600th Beer Karma point.

scotorum, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of BoilerUpNavy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BoilerUpNavy, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

AnotherBeerGeek, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of ali1987
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ali1987, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheBishopco, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Jekyll
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice! Interesting tweaner brew between late summer-early fall. Description on the carton reeled me in. Very interesting mix in my opinion tastes like a mesh up between an amber from an established Michigan brewery and a SN pale ale... and it works. To me was a little too heavy in the mouth for either an amber or an IPA. A great addition to the fall lineup.

Jekyll, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Roy1586, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

rc51sport, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Hopstout, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

RWACKO, Sep 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

2dogbrew, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

DMacQ, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Lukass, Sep 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

bundy462, Sep 15, 2013
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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