Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 369
Hads: 2,672
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 3.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 504 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zorro on 08-25-2013

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.
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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours clear, red-brown in the glass with a two finger high, beige head. Quite a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Resin, honey, sweet caramel malt, apples, brown sugar and grass.
Taste: Caramel, grapefruit, citrus, pine, grass and a great bitterness.
Body: Crisp, light body with a light carbonation.

I really enjoyed this Red IPA! (333 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper-amber pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose isn't huge, a bit malt forward with lots of caramel along with hints of brown sugar and subtle pine and citrus. The taste follows suit with the caramel malt once again the star. Hints of pine, brown sugar, tangerine, subtle grapefruit, and toast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and incredibly well balanced with a subtle creaminess and smooth finish. Overall, I wouldn't really call this an IPA, but it's a solid Red Ale with off the charts drinkability. (560 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%

Date: 8/30/2014

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours a deep red-brown. Moderate head retention. In between totally clear and totally hazy. Through the deep red, I can see multitudes of tiny carbonation bubbles flowing to the top. Overall, the color is really excellent, and the head looks nice.

Smell - 4/5
A combination of piney and tropical fruit hops (smells maybe like papaya?). Although I don't know whether or not I would have been able to detect the tropical fruit smells if the label on the beer had not indicated their presence.

Taste - 4/5
Fruity, citrusy, and piney-resinous hop flavors. I think I can definitely detect the subtle tropical fruit twist on the traditional IPA taste.

Mouthfeel - 3.25/5
The beer is light in body, and fairly crisp. The carbonation is light.

Overall - 3.7/5
This was a decently good IPA.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (898 characters)

Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear white wine glass. Bottled on 9/10/14 stamped on back label. Purchased at Clarendon Liquor (Boston, MA) for the PHX NASCAR race.

A: Very clear autumnal amber with 1-finger of light beige head with decent retention and a strip of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Not much aroma overall with a lot of caramel malt notes and muted hopping. A bit of pine and citrus but it is covered but the malty overtones.

T: Enjoyable but a one-and-done beer for me. Very sweet on first taste which falls away with time but a lot of medium caramel notes and citrus and pine hopping. Bitterness is medium and seems too much although I know it is a red IPA. Alcohol is not detectable and there is not much for yeast character.

M: Decent feel but body seems a little too big and carbonation too high.

O: A dull beer, seems lifeless and flabby. Big disappointment from SN. (904 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured a clear reddish brown body with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. An amazing looking ale, a combination of a red ale, an IPA and a brown. Scents of lemon peel, grassy hops, tropical fruit, especially mango with some pineapple, a light pine resin and a nice soft presence of toasted and bready malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a wonderfully hoppy, yet deeply malty ale that feels like both an IPA, a brown and a heavily hopped red ale. It is unique and quite pleasant. Flavor begins moderately bitter with notes of pine resin, tropical fruit and dried orange peel, light lemon zest, a backbone of toasted malt and light caramel. This moves into a middle that is bitter and continues the previous flavors but adds a grassy hop flavor and more tropical fruit, especially mango. Flavor is dry with strong notes of pine resin, light tropical fruit, moderate toasted and nutty malt, light lemon zest. Aftertaste is toasted and nutty malt, light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a wonderfully rich and hoppy beer that has a pleasant toasted maltiness and the pleasant flavor of West Coast hops. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is resinous with light carbonation and a slick, oily finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice, hop forward beer. Well done and pleasant. Overall this is a well done and rather unique beer. It combines the toasted malt of many Autumn beers with a nice hoppiness that adds balance. A very nice beer and a solid addition to the SN seasonals. (1,497 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

I drank this from the bottle outside. When I cracked it open I could smell the hops, the first taste was outstanding, pine and citrus with good malt smoothie. Mouthfeel was excellent and this was an easy beer to drink. It was 39 degrees clear and cool outside and the beer felt like that. Excellent beer. (308 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle label data: PKGD 09/10/14 15:11

Deep reddish copper hue with a very thick, long lasting, creamy head; lots of slow rising, tiny bubble carbonation; thick, sticky rings of foam remain on the glass. Excellent malt aroma, slightly sweet with a hint of rye spiciness; pine and citrus hop aroma. Mild caramel flavor and very subtle chocolate with spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied; tingly on the tongue; mostly dry finish.

A very enjoyable, malt-forward beer with a nice hop spiciness to balance it all out. Looks, great, tastes fine, and makes an outstanding autumnal brew... (582 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look appears to be an unfiltered murky reddish brown color, with a very light brownish tan one inch head already on its way out and leaving some lacing. From smell I'm getting some sweet caramel maltiness...and on the back end I'm getting some grassy earthy hops also some very subtle fruitiness you would find in a typical IPA...(grapefruit etc.). Kind of lacking in the smell department. Ok, this beer is verrrrrrry drinkable and easy....... its a really good balance between bitterness and sweet ness as well. kind of one dimensional as you get all the flavors at once in your mouth rather then noticing a bunch of things happening.....very smooth though. Overall kind of lacks in flavor but for a drinkable ipa nonetheless. (727 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into half pint, bottled July 2014. Surprised they got it over to Oz so quick.

L - Dark caramel brown, clear, pours thin white head, thins out to a 2mm thick lacing.

S - Sweet caramel sweetness and lightly roasted malts, hint of dark fruits (dates) and very faint floral hoppy odour.

T - Caramel, roasted malts, slight smokiness like a rauchbier. Some citrus like (blood orange) acidity part way through. Then the sweet toffee and hoppy bitterness comes through towards the finish. The is a lingering spicy (pepper) earthiness to the finish.

F - medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, feels a tad watery.

O - feels more like a red at the beginning, but then the solid hoppy bitterness makes itself known. Nothing outstanding, but a solid red IPA nonetheless. (779 characters)

Photo of ttroha
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours ruby read with a small fine head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, citrus and honey. Taste of caramel with citrus hops. Decent beer. (162 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

This is a very good beer. Well balanced. It has a good amount of floral hop flavors and aroma. But it also has a good amount of caramel malt in there too. Its very balanced. Definitely worth seeking out.

Appearance: Very dark, amber with some head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Sweet malts, floral hop aroma.

Taste: Super well balanced it takes both sides of the flavor profile and nails the combination perfectly.

Overall: I am happy I picked up this 12 pack, it was really well priced and is an amazing beer. Good alternative to all the Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers this time of the year. (605 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic Red IPA. You don't find Red IPA's very often but it's a great merge of the two beers. I plan to get this beer at least once a year when it comes out. (161 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA
12 oz. custom brown glass bottle

Notes: Clear chestnut-ruby body. The frothy light tan head drops to become creamy. Very good retention and lacing. Aroma: citrusy over sweet malt that's a little like dark cake. The flavor follows with the malt acting as the base for the hop flavors: bright citrus (pineapple, grapefruit), and berries (possibly from the yeast, or a combination of things). Solid bitterness. Interesting maltiness: very darkly caramelish with a sugary-bread and toast component ~ as stated, kind of like dark cake. Medium bodied, gently effervescent/crisp carbonation. Dry, lingering finish with residual bitterness and hop flavors. (680 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Bold, dark red/brown appearance that lends a tan, 1 finger head.
S: Strong piney hops with a pleasant and interesting scent of raspberries and other wild berries. Bit of caramel malts as well.
T: Finely toasted malts akin to a brown ale hit the palette first. Hints of coffee ruminate in the middle. A nondescript fruity overtone hangs on the back of the malts. The hop bitterness is not as strong as I expected from an IPA. The malt may just hide the bitterness.
M: Medium-bodied. Finishes dry with a slight aftertaste.
O: A very nice hybrid of styles. Although it says it is a Red IPA, I think it is more of a cross between a Brown ale and a pale ale, maybe even a stout and a pale ale. However it takes the best of both styles and proves itself as an interesting offering from Sierra Nevada. (844 characters)

Photo of 49er
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

A- Brown with a touch of red. The label said color was ruby red.
S- Pine, malt, no fruit
T- Like the smell, no fruit. The label suggests abundant tropical fruit and…
M- Medium body and carbonation.
O- Did not live up to the label. (236 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Quite a nice surprise as I find a balance of grapefruit, lemon rind, piney resin and citrus hops against a backdrop of barley grain, caramel malt and roasted nuts. A little bitter in the finish it has a easy drink ability while holding up a proper heftiness. (258 characters)

Photo of jj139
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A- Very appealing caramel/red color with a one finger head. Long lasting lacing.

S - Great aroma of caramel,malt, pine resin, with slight hints of citrus, dough, and floral

T - So balanced between malt sweetness and just enough hops to keep thing interesting. No one element dominates. Tastes pretty much like its aroma.

M - Crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation.

O - I am big fan of this beer. I really enjoy the balance between the malt and hops. If you are looking for a hop bomb this is not it, but if you enjoy a well crafted and balanced brew, check it out. (599 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Deep amber, mildly hazy, a thin off-white head that fades quickly to foam, and modest visible carbonation.

S: Toasted biscuity malts, mild pine hops, and a bit of rye and/or caraway spice. Clean aroma - almost lagerish.

T: Toasted biscuity malt, resinous hops, with less grassy, floral, and citrus rind notes. Even on the palate, there's a lager yeast aspect that I'm not sure about the origin of. Some residual hop bitterness (alpha, fairly flavorless) in the hang with some residual malt sugars.

M: Thin body, average carbonation sensation. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: Not my favorite here. I don't get any big hop flavors particularly, but the alpha acids come shining through. While still a bit hop-forward, it's closer to balanced than I expected - but neither the hop profile nor the malt bill seem particularly complex or interesting. Nothing offensive, but nothing to seek out again. (990 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 18 October 2014

Appearance: Pours a clear deep red amber color with a dirty white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some nice initial lacing up towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Hops, hops, and more hops. No malt perceptible through the huge bouquet of floral and citrus hoppiness.

Taste: At first, again, lots of hops with similar notes as the nose. As the beer warms, a sweet caramel maltiness starts coming through which is really great, and this is a flavor I'd love to see more dominant throughout the whole drinking of the beer rather than the last third.

Feel: Nice body on the tongue with excellent carbonation.

Overall: A decent offering from SN, but one that I think could improve with higher emphasis on the malt and a slightly toned down hoppiness. The last third of the beer was great, and it was something I'd have liked to see throughout. (907 characters)

Photo of Curlybash
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Picked this up at Winn Dixie in a variety 6 pack. I really liked Torpedo, which is the only quality IPA i have to compare this one to. First critical review of a beer. Here goes!

Appearance: beautiful dark red/brown with a large off-white 3/4 finger head that settles to a thick film that lasts throughout.

Aroma: Fruity, Sweet, hoppy. Heavy grapefruit. Not grassy or piney like Torpedo was.

Taste: Sweet upfront with very little bite on the beginning like I was expecting. Grapefruity sweetness with a mild bitterness that seemed delayed until I swallowed completely. Not as dry on the finish as Torpedo was either. Very little malt, although I may just be distracted by the pleasant sweetness. The alcohol is barely apparent even as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium with medium-low carbonation that compliments the muted bitter aftertaste.

Overall: IPA's are not my choice style of beer but I really really enjoyed this beer. Not obnoxiously bitter like some IPAS, bust still interesting and very drinkable. The bottle says it's a seasonal beer for between summer and fall, I guess that makes sense. Awesome. Cheers! (1,135 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours reddish amber, very lightly hazy, with a fluffy light tan head that laces nicely.

S: Pine and citrus hops, roasted malt, some spicy earthiness.

T: Bright tropical fruit citrus hops, roasted malt, some pine and earthy notes on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Some beers are perfect for after mowing the lawn, this is perfect for after raking leaves. (445 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby red with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Head lingers for a bit before leaving nice lacing down the edges of the glass. The smell is sweet. The malt is front and center in the nose. I get some grassiness and fruitiness. The taste is very malt forward. Sweet, caramel malt dominate the palette. Piney and resinous hops finish off the brew. The sweetness lingers for a while. The aftertaste does have hints of resin. Fairly full bodied as well.

Not as good as people have been saying. Fairly disappointed. (519 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a nice reddish amber, good head, lacing that sticks around.

It does have sort of an autumnal smell, kind of earthy and leafy - toasted malt.

Toasted malt, rye, a nutty flavor, caramel, and a faint pine aftertaste. Really a different flavor profile than most, but interesting.

Medium-thick mouthfeel, nice and substantial.

Quality beer here, very reminiscent of fall. (376 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a dark reddish brown with a yellow/white head. Smells like roasty malts, yeast, and orange hops. The flavor is very roasty with a nice hoppy backbone. Almost tastes like a black ipa. Nice. (194 characters)

Photo of Beerwolf666
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I think "AC-Mivsek," pretty much summed up this fantastic Brew~just an Another Amazing Beer from Sierra Nevada,,seems like this brewery cannot miss,and always puts out top notch and stellar beer & ales...if you like your IPA's a bit of the beaten track,you REALLY have to try this one...yum,yum,yum:} (300 characters)

Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.