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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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1,337 Ratings
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Ratings: 1337
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%

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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Photo of GRPunk


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A- A liberal pour made a 2-finger khaki head. Clean, dark red-brown body (auburn, chestnut?). Awesome sticky webbing left on the glass. Good retention, maybe 1/2 finger in places, less dense in others.

S- Hoppy at first, grassy with tropical fruit. Underlying sweet malts. A deeper inspection yields citrus and toasted grains.

T- Pretty complex. Citrus and tropical fruit mixed with caramel/toffee and toasted grains. Just when I think it's going to end sweet, it gets a hoppy, dry finish with an herbal/grassy quality.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish.

O- I like the idea of pairing this with a caramel dessert as suggested on the SN website, and did to great effect with my wife's caramel/chocolate/cookie concoction. I enjoy the balance of the beer. Good early fall beer as marketed. Procured as a party leftover, I'd pay to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:10:19 | More by GRPunk
Photo of beertunes


3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear red-amber color with 1/4 inch of just off-white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

Somewhat typical for SN, hops dominated the nose, mostly floral and pine notes, with a low malt factor. The malt was a bit more noticeable on the tongue, but the hops still were dominant. In addition to the floral and aspects, there was a slight citrus finish at the back of the palate.

The body was on the light side of typical for the style, and had a bitter finish that lingered a bit too long for my enjoyment. Drinkability was OK, I probably wouldn't have 2 in a row, but I'd have it again. Overall, a nicely pleasant brew that's probably worth a shot when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 17:12:20 | More by beertunes
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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Saw this arriving at my local and decided I would grab a fresh 6-pack to try. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rust to burnt orange body with flame highlights and good clarity capped by a mountainous active rocky head of merengue. Superior retention, messy/sticky lacing.

Moderately resinous aroma with a bit of toast and caramel from the malt. The hop aromas mingle, presenting at times like spiced apricots, though there is a faintly woodsy scent as well. Pine, rose pedals, and saffron are hinted at was well. Solid, but rather mild.

Leafy, dry, slightly toasty palate entry with a touch of orange, guava, and pine throughout. Earthy, vaguely spicy finish with a hint of stale cocoa. Starts off well, but simply dries up, never really delivering the full flavor it seems to initially hint at. Moderate bitterness most of the time.

Soft creamy mouthfeel; medium-light bodied but with a crisp invigorating snap and a touch of oil as well.

A nice, rather easy drinking amber ale - but it falters with compared with a slightly bigger ale along similar lines, such as Hop Head Red.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:05:31 | More by augustgarage
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark ruby red.

Has a nice nose with a bouquet of fruity hops.

Light and refreshing start with a hoppy finish on the drink. Not over powering at all. The sweet/citrus fruit notes are there but subtle. A decent brew but nothing mind blowing. I still buy tumbler but I'm not sure I'll say the same about this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:52:55 | More by beerloserLI
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with deep bright hues of red and a nice 1 finger off white head that has decent retention.

Smell has some bright citrus and pine hop aromas forward along with a rich caramel malty body that smells nicely balanced.

Taste is good, hops are forward and are mainly piney in flavor. Rich caramel malt follows and has some good grainy and grain husk flavors before a mild hoppy bitterness finishs.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation leaves this very drinkable. Bitterness is not overly assertive.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:40:56 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of Alextricity


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 16th. Poured into a glass stein.

Appearance: Slightly hazy red/brown color. Finger or so of a tan head sits on top. Decent lacing.

Smell: Quite a bit of toffee and caramel, which gives it the Amber characteristics, but there's plenty of hoppy goodness in there as well. A bit of grapefruit with pine.

Taste/feel: A hop spice is the first thing I notice, with the malts coming through on the finish. I also get a trace of alcohol flavor? Maybe? Spicy, earthy hops and bits of citrus take the forefront. The label mentions tropical fruits, but I don't get much of that, if any. Aftertaste is mild, and not much there. Pretty dry finish. The taste that lingers is of pine and hop. Moderate bitterness, I'd say. The feel is actually surprisingly light... well, light/medium. Carbonation is also pretty low.

Looks great in the glass, smells really good, tastes pretty nice, and feels alright. Overall, Flipside is one of the more average offerings from Sierra Nevada, though Sierra Nevada's "average" is better than many breweries' best.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 14:41:45 | More by Alextricity
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3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt amber color head is nice frothy pond scum color that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is caramel with hints of toffee hops are more earthy/herbal nature then the usual SN citrus bombs.

Taste is good caramel malt base lightly toasted no real hints of toffee even though it was in the nose. Hops are same as the nose herbal/earthy maybe hints of grass and tobacco. Kind of unusual for a SN IPA. Its not a bad beer but not up to par with what they usually put out.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with lightly peppy carbonation level.

Overall not bad but personally I expect more from SN. Bring on the Celebration Ale and Big Foot.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:30:37 | More by mntlover
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Turned the bottle upside down a little too quick and the last bit chugged out, forming a huge creamy fluffy 2+ finger head that fades semi quickly then slows to a slow fade, leaves lots of soapy lacing, mostly clear slight hazy copper auburn brown color.

Nose brings lots of hops as in usual Sierra Nevada fashion, some pine, mild resin, grassy and earthy, hint of citrus, bit spicy and chewy like. Then malts, nice candy reddish slightly toasty malt, possibly syrupy, little caramel, touch of fresh wort.

Taste starts with malts, a little creamy like oats, toasty reddish malts, little candy like but not really syrupy and just a touch sweet, little bit like creamed caramels, reddish candy. Then lots hops, quite a bit of pine and spicy hops, little chewy, hint fruity hop but not really citrus maybe a hint of zest, fairly bitter overall. Just a bit of dark fruit too interestingly and touch of brown sugar. Finish is still a bit sweet, more candy and reddish malts lingering, long lingering spicy slight pine hop bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, nice carb, little creamy.

Overall not bad, nice malt character, decent hop profile and good balance, I like the way the caramel creams and candy malt flavours mix with the spicy slight pine hops, and the strange but interesting dark fruit like characters.pretty tasty but nothing too special as there isn't much you can do more with the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:30:12 | More by jlindros
Photo of Reidrover


3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $1.89 Pours a dark amber clear coloured ale. Huge frothy,tight crème coloured head. Aroma herbal garlic, weed, style hop some caramel and that’s it..might be the huge head.. Taste is more balanced a lot of smooth caramel malts, skunky hop in the background. Palate is the best thing about this beer smooth and low carbonated. This is an all right beer but kind of a let down, expected more.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:50:44 | More by Reidrover
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West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby caramel; apricot. Cloudy with sediment. Head quickly disappears.
Smell: Grapefruit, cherry (?), citrus.
Taste: Grapefruit, citrus, fruit.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated and nice.

This is excellent; lots of citrus and grapefruit. The smell is so inviting. They have this listed on BA as American Amber/Red Ale. Oh how I wish ambers and red ales tasted like this. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:57:08 | More by TeamMathis
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a tawny, rust-toned body with a smallish, near white head. Light haze. Little lacing.

Smell: Predominately hoppy, notes of grapefruit, additional oily citrus and even a sliver of mango. Rather grassy with pine-hinting resins. Underneath, a little basic toast and grain.

Taste: Toasted breadcrusts, touches of grain and a low, brief caramel-esque sweetness. Very, very faint unsweetened chocolate powder. Sharp, citric grapefruit and orangy kicks with a leisurely bitterness. Moderately resinous, grassy. Pulls up on the grassy, resiny tones at the tail end and into the bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's red, it's bitter. I was fine with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:20:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks are owed to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. It pours an amberish red color with 3 fingers of yellowish khaki head. Some full frothy patchwork sticks all over the wall of the glass.

The smell is fruity to lightly tropical with grass, herbs and a stiff mineral to carbonic touch. Some bready base grain hangs in the balance with a kiss of alcohol that adds to the fruity hop accent.

The flavor is herbal with hops that are rindy with earth and a bit of vegetative edge. Some hints of zesty fruit and pulp sit overtop a cracker bready base of grain thats dusty and a little dirty into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite decent that has some strange stuff going on as you inspect further. Between carbonic quality and soft vegetative to fruity aspects, this one is otherwise quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:28:24 | More by stakem
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4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy Crap! They've done it again! Sierra Nevada has produced a beer that will give their own Ruthless Rye a run for it's money.

The Citra and Centennial really stand out in this beer. After the initial IPA bitterness across the tongue, you are left with a clean, semi-sweet aftertaste. Too bad this is a seasonal. Like Ruthless Rye, I would buy it year round if available.

Bottoms up!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 17:28:35 | More by Hondo3
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2013 edition, from a grocery store in mid-town Denver.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, bursting bubbly ecru head, which leaves some pleasant webbed lace around the glass as things dip away.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, and muddled tropical fruit, dank pine resin, bready caramel malt, and further wet leafy forest floor hop essences. The taste is sharp grapefruit and orange citrus pith, a softer melon fruitiness, raw pine needles, a damp herbal leafiness, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of yeasty biscuit, and mildly astringent alcohol.

The carbonation is nicely frothy and restrained in its edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, generally smooth, with just a small clammy tic. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding tight, and the musty, dank, and still peppy hops ranging freely.

Lots of fresh hop flavours mucking about here, that's for sure, but they aren't allowed to totally run the table, as the malt backbone seems less than keen to take their guff. What we get out this is a zingy, earthy, and enjoyable IPA/Amber clone, in the best NoCal way.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 18:17:54 | More by biboergosum
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3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA has a medium, egg-shell colored head, a brilliant, opaque appearance with visible bubble streams, suspended tan chunks, and decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of mostly pineapple (from the hop oil), sweetness, and some malt. Taste is of those elements, with a growing bitterness as one drinks it down, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA finishes semi-dry, sweet, fairly bitter, and quite drinkable. This is very enjoyable and obviously well made.


Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 16:41:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of bum732


3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S: Grapefruit peel, grapefruit candy, slight dank, touch of pine.

L: Clear, dark read, creamy off-white head that dissipates slightly. Solid lacing.

T: Juicy, hop flavor up front with a fairly clean, slightly bisquity malt. Heavy grapefruit and tropical fruit hop flavor. Some malt sweetness into the finish. Finishes semi-dry with lingering hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Solid beer, was expecting a bit more from Sierra Nevada considering how great their other hoppy beers are. Good stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:07:26 | More by bum732
Photo of RickS95


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the points here go for the head, because it's as good a looking head as you've ever seen. The body is a reddish brown color, fairly clear. The head is much whiter, not white, more of an offwhite, but the contrast is nice. A finger and a half thick, the head is comprised of all different sized bubbled, very foamy, great retention. Eventually the head says good night and leaves a streaking lace behind.

The warmer the beer, the better the nose. Smells like an IPA should with hits of dank, earthy pine and fruity, tropical fruit. Believe it or not, the chocolate malt even comes through.

The taste is strange, but with each sip, it grows on me a little bit more. Up front, it tastes only like an ale with pale malt. From mid sip on, the IPA in it starts to shine with the pine and citrus fruits. The pine, along with the taste of grapefruit rind, lingers into the swallow.

Big complexity in that it's a battle between gentle amber ale and citrusy pale ale. I don't recall many IPAs having just as much input from the malt as it does from the hops. There's also a transition from a loose, watery feel up front to a bitter, hoppy finish. The hops never overpower and provide just as much sweetness as bittering.

An easy drinker, particularly for this particular season. I'd pick this over Tumbler any day. Another hit from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:24:10 | More by RickS95
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West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear dark-amber color with a big two-finger foamy off-white head, great retention and lacing

S- a nice mix of citrusy grapefruit, floral and tropical hop aromas. Some wet leafy notes with a danky aroma

T- the flavor was more tropical than expected, right away pick up some pineapple and guava flavors, citrusy and leafy hops kick in mid-palate and is followed by a nice sweet-yet-toasted malt backbone. Dry and well balanced finish

M- medium body and biting carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish, high drinkability

O- a hopped up amber that has superb drinkability and balance. I could get used to this staying in their rotation

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:27:56 | More by Treyliff
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer looks great on the pour. Massive creme head with a significant degree of lacing. Flavor profile is good. Kind of what I expect to get from Sierra Nevada. Seems to fall off a bit quickly though. I wouldn't mind a more lasting flavor. But what is there is nice and hearty with a slight sweet tang that seems almost fruit like.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:14:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.2% ABV, 60 IBUs

A - Gorgeous as all other Sierra Nevada beers are, Flipside has a sexy label to mirror the sexy beer; crimson amber clarity shines from the pint with a tall off-white plume of foam that leaves heavy lace on the glass.

S - Hoptastic, the aroma is ripe with tropical fruit blended with fall earthy notes. Mango, red apple flesh, and sweet pineapple converge on dried grass and leaves, and a faint hint of onion, all backed by toasted amber malts.

T - Flipside's focused hop aroma begins to drift away in flavor, becoming a little more "earthy" than defined, slipping into that realm of "normal" reds. The toasted malt flavor is there and offers suggestions of vanilla and maple for a underlying charm.

M - Smooth maltiness quickly turns to carbonation and lingering dry bitterness from the hops in this red, finishing between an IPA and a red.

O - Flipside starts like a red-hued IPA in the aroma, losing itself somewhere in flavor where it's focused and direct aromas become muddled but, the mouthfeel and finish are a lot more akin to Sierra Nevada's style, bitter but controlled and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 19:55:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber color with a thick off-white head. Pleasant citrus/piney smell. Taste is balanced between piney hops and earthy, roasted malt. Aftertaste is definitely hoppy. Laces nicely on the side of the side of the glass. Carbonation is pretty good. Overall, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:47:43 | More by Danimals_Beard
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep reddish-copper with a one finger light tan head. Slightly better than average head retention and lacing.

The aroma is very piny and resiny with some notes of tropica fruit thrown in. Some burnt toffee notes along with light roast.

The flavor provides a big shot of pine and fruit along with a bit of dankness. Roast is more evident along with some dark caramel. Bitterness is on the high side but it is clean; lingering long after the finish. Medium sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a really good beer from Sierra Nevada but I don't necessarily like it as a fall sesonal. I reallly miss Tumbler.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:37:18 | More by rangerred
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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and earthy hops with a good balance of caramel malt. Upfront presence of earthy, floral, and herbal hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, and tangerine. Big sweet and bready toasted malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grain, cracker, yeast, and a slight roasty scent. A well balanced and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a fairly hop forward but well balanced taste of earthy and citrus hops with toasty caramel malt. Very earthy upfront with floral and herbal hop notes of pine and grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, and melon. Big toasted malt balance with a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, grains, cracker, toast, and a light note of roast chocolate. Very well balanced. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely chewy and slightly oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a red ale. Good mix of upfront hop esters with a good balance of toasty caramel malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 07:24:37 | More by MattyG85
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a red amber with an off white head that clings to the side of the glass
S-pine, caramel, and citrus
T-really nice balance between the citrus and caramel malt flavors and finishes with a nice dank pine bitterness
M-medium bodied
O-a well balanced red ale that is hoppy without being overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:16:00 | More by atr2605
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South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber coupled with a red hue resulting in a full off white head. Excellent lacing. Nice hoppy nose - pine and citrus. Light medium body. Prominent hop flavor without being overly bitter. Finishes with a great hop flavor rather than a kick in your teeth bitterness, such as SN Torpedo. This is one of SN's best beers. It is well balanced with malt and hop flavor. A very nice citrus / pine flavor at the finish that lingers as slightly bitter grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 20:00:24 | More by tillmac62
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.