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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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Reviews: 400
Hads: 2,773
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 29.17%
Wants: 78
Gots: 561 | 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:
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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Reviews: 400 | Hads: 2,773
Photo of CraigP83
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep dark Amber color. Smell is light citrus and a hint of spiciness, I don't pick up much citra. Mostly malty almost a coffee? It's a fine beer but I wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nor bad. I bought a 12 pack that I thought was dated July 25 2015. When I brought it home, the box had a date of 2014. So, I had a beer that was over one year past its date. Smelled pretty malty. Taste was typical red ale with malts, some hops, and boozy. Mouthfeel was light. Some grapefruit and orange pith. I would love to try this beer fresh, but was impressed that it held up so well. I am wondering if the alcohol presence increases with age on these beers. Not unpleasant, but noticeable.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red with a cream colored head that hangs around and leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of pine and floral hops with some earthy undertones.

Taste is a pine floral bitter bite with a thick malt middle = a little biscuity. Finishes dry with a bitter herb punch.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - a beautiful almost translucent blood red, two finger almost tan off-white very thick head that stays around a while and some very sticky legs/lacing

S - citrus, fresh cut pine, cinnamon, slight fresh mint, a neat hop funk, almost has a ramen chicken bouillon note, dried rose petals, sweet malts and slightly toasted grains.

T - citrus rind, floral hops, pine sap, wintergreen, huge bready and sweet malts, gritty grains and a funky yeast note.

M - medium body, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation, nice balance, nice complexity and a sugary hoppy bitter finish.

D/O - Very interesting one here. Crisp, clean and goes down well but isn't quite refreshing. With all the malt and hops somehow the hop notes just kind of stick around on your taste-buds and make for a IPA/Amber that is constantly changing in taste. A really nice ale for sure, just confusing for the mouth and mind alike.

Final thoughts - A really nice 6.2% ABV, very interesting and definitely worth a try. The price point isn't bad either around $7-9 a six pack and you can find a 12'er sometimes at $11-12.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Dark brown with red highlights becoming apparent when you hold it up to the light. Head is light tan, very long lasting with great lacing. Smell is disappointing for the hop varieties used. Mild citrus hop with a bready caramel malt smell. Taste is very similar with a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Overall not my favorite take on the style as it is much to malty and I much prefer a hugely hoppy red IPA such as blazing world.

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Photo of Ego
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lurking in my cellar I had totally forgotten about this one

awesome head, 2 fat full fingers of head, brownish hue with a red glow, slightly murky,
a decent amount of carbonation keeps this thing afloat, lacing is superb as well as the stamina in the head stand - super nice

grainy and spicy, floral hops, slightly earthly, a tinge of caramel, all in check but nice

taste etc...
like many SN products this is ridiculously drinkable, the carbonation is bright without being bracing, the flavors are mild but peak where needed, it provides more punch than you think in all departments, ok now down to grass mats...
initially some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of bitterness, the carbonation floats it all on a magic carpet, then it falls off into a little more bitter and a slightly different sweetness, the linger is bitter but just enough to coax another sip, the ABV warms the belly just a hint but is no where in the flavor

tasty, a slightly different IPA, almost like a different version of summerfest... a bit more depth, really nice.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, almost opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of floral, piney, grassy, citrusy hops, as well as some bready, toasted malt, which imparts notes of freshly baked rye bread, including the aromas of caraway, black pepper and heather, as well as aromas of caramel and honey. But the predominate aroma is of hops.

Taste: Very, very, nice! Yeah, it’s an IPA, which means that the predominate flavor is floral, grassy, piney, citrusy, hops, but there’s quite a bit of bready, toasted malt, black pepper and coriander and caramel-like sweetness to beautifully balance everything out. It’s an excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, beautifully balanced IPA. And this is coming from a beer drinker that doesn’t generally like IPAs! My tolerance for hops must be growing as I really, really like this beer! Very, highly recommended!

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Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the bubbly bitter feeling this beer give my tongue. It's got a hoppy and grapefruit with a hint of orange taste. This beer is a great summer evening sipping beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing - one of my favorite styles, from one of my favorite brewers. But just not much there with this one. Mild citrus hops nose, some caramel. Flavor is similar, stronger on the malt, limited hop presence, overall not much going on. Body is fine, although the carbonation seems lower than it should be for the style. Just mediocre, unfortunately.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber with a decent white head
S- mostly hops
T- malty up front followed by a nice hop bite
F- Smooth and pleasant
O Big hoppy finish, hops are certainly pronounced throughout. A pretty nice IPA

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of Aug 2014. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a red IPA hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber hue with slight haze and medium carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, mild husks, vague grass/hay, stewed hops and subtle ale yeast. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Unimpressive, particularly for an IPA.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a prolonged bitter finish. Notes of grain, husks, stewed leaves, mild barley sugar, earthy yeast and wet cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a harsh, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, caramel malt and vague yeast.

O: Meh - not the experience I was hoping for. I'm guessing this has deteriorated, but it's surprising just how much. Looks alright, however the aroma is dull and malty while the flavour is little better. A harsh, lingering bitterness in the background. Body is OK. Doesn't live up to expectations, especially for an IPA. I'll have to try and re-review a fresher one if I get the chance.

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Photo of magpieken
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz. Medium to deep amber colour with a mid density, light tan head which lasted well and left scattered lacing. Aroma of pine, resin, citrus, paw paw, caramel and licorice. Medium bitterness and light to medium sweetness. Medium bodied, almost fluffy texture with a semi-dry, lingering bitter finish. A hint of alcohol warmth. Decent enough. 7.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep amber red colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... light carbonation... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), citrus peel, some rubbery traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Good blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates), light alcohol, brown sugar, crystal malt, toffee, rubbery traces, soapy notes...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry initially then smooths out... full bodied... dangerously drinkable at 6.2%

Overall - A pretty good if fairly safe amber Ale... worth a try

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Photo of drbenderdo
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle well past its prime....will re-review when fresh. Bottled on 07/14, consumed on 02/09/15. No hop aroma on nose. Color slightly cloudy. Well-carbonated. Taste is all caramel malt. Part of a 'mixer 'sixer I picked up at a local bottle shop. Shame on me for not checking the date well before purchasing.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep amber producing a nice 2.5 finger, tan, frothy, nicely lasting head that leaves a good coating of thin, splotchy, webby lace. Nose is citrus, resinous pine & a hint of tropical hops forward backed by caramel, biscuit & toasted malts & something very rye like even though none should be there. Taste is citrus fruit & pith & resinous pine nicely balanced with toasted caramel malt imparting a subordinate sweetness with a burnt hint, finishing full bodied citrus, pine, a hint of tropical fruit & spicy hoppiness. Afrertaste is nicely bitter & lightly astringent again with something very rye like present. Overall malt & hops have a high degree of balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry & drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of gcuneen
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like amber IPA's, and this is a real nice offering. Great balance of citrus-tasting hops (citra, simcoe and centennial) and a nice carmel malt presence. You get a slight bit of hop bitterness in the finish - not overpowering but present. If you like that you will love this. Either way it is a quality brew that tastes real good. This was a great autumn pickup for me.

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Photo of keithmur
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of malt and piney/citrusy hops.

I get a little chocolate and coffee on the tongue; nice clean acidity throughout.

The piney hops continue also.

Actually picked up a little pleasant sweetness on the tongue after I swallowed.

Beautiful balance between all the different qualities.

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Photo of slusk
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense light tan head. Good retention and lacing. Clear, red of course. Not an over the top hop aroma but piney, apricot hops are in the forefront. Nice caramel underpinning. Hints of raisin. Bitterness is well balanced and hop flavor is in the lead. Nice pine, apricot and subtle melon notes. Bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue. The sweet caramel malt isn't overshadowed by the hops. Fair bit of alcohol warming that finishes dry with a mild bit of astringency. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition.
Beautiful copper reddish color with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of caramels, pine, grapefruit, spices, tangerines and pineapples.
Delicious hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, tangerines zest, pine, American Amber yeast, toasted malts, spices, pineapple, mango, earthy and citrus hops, nuts and cranberries. Perfect sweetness level. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light going towards medium body with perfect carbonation.
Great beer, I am surprised how such big company can produce such quality beer, please don’t change this recipe. Very flavorful, complex, pleasantly hoppy and superbly balanced beer. Bringing together two styles I love, it cannot go wrong. I Don’t understand the disparity in grades, though the most recent ones seem much better. I guess average people like maltier-sweeter cloying beers.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper with light tan head. Head disappears relatively quickly but lacing remains very strong. Smells very earthy like cool wet soil on a hot summer day, lighter on the hoppiness. Very interesting and nice. The taste has a delicate bitterness and hoppiness up front but fades quickly to fruit punch on the finish (like Hawaiian punch - really cool). Has a very sophisticated feel for what I consider a sessionable beer. The complexity of a great IPA with a drinkability that is all its own. Overall fantastic and well worth the money. This and Celebration Ale have really impressed me and have been two of my favorites here at the end of 2014. Kudos Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of MartyMarrr
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Drank a bunch of these at the bar last night. Very session able. Easy drinking red IPA. Been very impressed with Sierra Nevada as of late. Defiantly one of my favorite national breweries at the moment

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Dark copper color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Light beige head, thick and rocky.

Citrus hops, herbal, spicy, fruity, sweet bread.

Hop foward, mostly citrus, herbal, spicy, a little mint. Deep malt backbone, sweet bread, toasted, caramel, bread crust. There some roasted mango towards the end. Finish is bitter and dry, yet pretty crisp. Body is full, a little oily, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

This has got to the be one of the most underrated beers on here, 86? Are you kidding me?

Absolutely love the very floral and herbal taste, and the hops are very good. I love the intensity that Torpedo IPA brings, but I also like that this one is not quite as intense, and gives you more of that earthy flavor, this beer is very very good and I will look forward to it every single year.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $1.49. Bottled on 8/26/14.

Beer poured a deep amber with a beautiful off white head that is lasting long and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pretty non-descript, a bit of the malt backbone is there and a hint of floral hops.

Taste is true to APA form, a nice liquid bread backbone topped off by a decent citrus and pine hop finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean, decently carbonated, and pretty refreshing.

Overall a pretty decent hoppy APA in my book. Would definitely get more if looking for something more toward the sessionable side.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours dark copper with a large head.
Nose shows toasty/bready malt followed by earthy hops. Quite faint.
Malty flavours. Nutty and toast notes along with the faintest chocolate note. Some soft piny and earthy hops.

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.