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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 52
Gots: 404 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

nheinzie57, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light head. Clear maple.

S: Light and toasted malt. Amells like an amber ale.

T: Tastes like a lager with a kick. Not very hoppy except right at the end. Kind of dry. Amber ale.

M: Kind of refreshing.

O: Tastes sort of like SNPA with more lagerish yeast and amber malt. Not great.

AgentMunky, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bumchilly25, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of zookerman182
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is a dark amber red with a soapy white 2 finger head
Aroma is of citrus, pine, sweet smelling and very inviting
Not as bitter as I anticipated and very floral flavor.
Very malty and a touch of burnt caramel with flavors of pine
Perfect example of a red ipa. Wish I had a few more.

zookerman182, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +31.9%

MaddDogg84, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a caramel/amber color, 2 finger of fluffy khaki head, good lacing.
S - Smell is rich, some toasted caramel, some bready malt, some pine resin, orange, mango.
T - Very complex flavor, that toasted caramel and bread form the base of the malt with the good tropical layers of fruit, some papaya, mango, mandarin orange, a little hop oil on the end.
M - Great feel, not overly sweet and sticky, but good medium full body, great aftertaste.
O - Very good Red IPA, lots of complex flavor in this but true to its roots.

Omnium, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Sierra Nevada 6-pack offering/fall seasonal, always exciting!

Color is dark brownish amber with some clarity. A super-thick beige head retains very well and leaves great lacing. Smell is surprisingly kind of tame. Toasty and sweet malts lead the way with piny hops and some grapefruit there.

The taste is definitely hoppier but pretty balanced overall. Lots of bitter pine and earthy tones, citrus, floral, and a touch of pineapple perhaps. Malts show up more in the finish, mostly toasted bread with some light caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat hefty for the ABV/style, carbonation on the lower side.

A solid red ale, especially at the price point.

Chico1985, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

nh2032, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

civicm87, Oct 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

mquinn919, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

NastyNate11, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - deep amber/copper body, creamy ivory head leaves lacing down the glass is it slowly fades
S - floral hops, pine, caramel, citric orange and grapefruit
T - huge, bold flavors with sweet burnt caramel, grain, balanced by a heavy dose of piny hops, grapefruit, orange zest, slight hop spiciness
M - oily hops coat the palate with a sticky smack if dry pine that lingers with a tongue prickle, medium body, ample carbonation
O - solid red IPA from a top craft brewer!

barnzy78, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

billybob, Oct 10, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Acforster2, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

baconman91, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MWilt, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mendvicdog, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

barneysdad, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

OrganicRobot, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

themanilow, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very dark red with big soapy off-white head with big bubbles that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Huge piney, tropical hop notes, peach, mango, and grapefruit notes. some juicy fruity red ale notes. Very nice aroma but did not stick around very long.

T- Big burnt caramel, some juicy red ale notes, lightly tropical and piney hop notes. Pretty harsh bitterness, but not nearly as hoppy as the aroma

M- Very dry, high carbonation, pretty smooth, and medium bodied.

O- A pretty good red ale, but not nearly hoppy enough to be a red IPA. The bitterness is definitely there and may actually be a little too much for the lack of hop flavor in this beer. Sierra Nevada makes my favorite IPA in Celebration Ale and while this is still an enjoyable beer it is a little disappointing coming from Sierra Nevada.

Hoptometrist, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.


kojevergas, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Larrydoherty, Oct 10, 2013
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.