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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Red in color with some lighter orange hues. Rocky tan head retains at an impressive three fingers. Lacing is plentiful and foamy with some great stickage.

S: Green and pithy hop aromas. Some melon and passion fruit as well, possibly even strawberry. Sweet, sugary malt base with hints of caramel and toast.

T: Bitter piney hops up front. Earthy, leafy, resin. Lighter tropical notes of melon and passion fruit in the background. Malt tastes of crust and toast with perhaps a drizzle of caramel. Faintly nutty. Coppery metallic taste. Dries substantially into the grainy and toasty malt finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and full. Some hop astringency. Stiff, scrubbing carbonation.

O: A good, hoppy red ale. A fine beer, really. But where does it fit into their seasonal rotation? Overlapping this with Tumbler doesn't seem like a smart idea.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 13:32:59 | More by ryan1788a5
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Thelonious_Mahler_Crate

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first try of SN's seasonal red IPA. (2013)

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Appearance: It's a beautiful dark amber color with a nice frothy thick beige head.

Smell: This is well above average. Flipside smells of high quality IPA. Hops (derp!).

Taste: Awesome! Maybe it's because this is my first quality brew in a while, but damn... good beer. It has a hoppy resinous character typical of SN's (and high quality brews of this genre in general) IPA crowd. It has a punch, and is the anti-Natty.

Mouthfeel: Great with a nice viscosity. Nothing wrong here.

Overall: No remorse here... Flipside is a great beer. This is no surprise, considering where it came from. I'd drink this any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:18:44 | More by Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yo me gusta Flipside Red IPA!!!! The beer pours a nice clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell is a nice bouquet of fresh hops that carries subtle pine and citrus. The taste is a well balanced fight between subtle malt and fresh hops which provides a very nice sessionable beer. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and I am glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 23:20:20 | More by WoodBrew
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Previously had in an IPA glass, a Boston Pint glass, a nonic pint glass
and now into a regular pint glass (really no difference in appearance other than the lacing
seems to cling better in the regular pint glass, hey go figure):

A: hazy amber/red colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within a minute, lacing is fairly thick and sporadic but spiderwebs at a good pace

S: earthy caramel malts coming through in a grainy yet floral sort of way, slight spice underneath

T: bittersweet and displays a bit of pine in the flavoring, no aftertaste and no finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable but has a certain fill to it, carbonation seems to be pretty smooth and is good for the style and for me

O: so this is what is going to replace the Tumbler, I see. Well, I'll be seeking this one from now on every Autumn until Sierra Nevada brings it back

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 03:36:28 | More by BeerKangaroo
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing color to it reminds me of fall leaves and then a strong smell of astringent hops that are reminiscent of citrus and pine and floral smells. It reminds me of their torpedo with a sweet malt smell. On the taste its that same astringent hop that scrubs the tongue with a strong herbal green taste and a lot of pine flavors. The sweetness of the malts comes in the middle of the sip and bridges the hop bitterness real well.

Its an excellent beer and the hops really come through so well. I like this better than their torpedo because of the sweet malt taste which really wraps this beer up nicely. Sierra Nevada was smart to go with this one instead of their last Fall offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:37:44 | More by thebrood1987
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beagle75

Iowa

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spicy and clean; some floral and grainy caramel also break through. Understated for an IPA, but versatile.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with pine- and citrus-affected crystal malt. Fennel is also represented in the aromatic display of flavors. The beer transitions effortlessly into the toasty middle, with low acidity. A slow earthy bitterness swells toward the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal replacement for Tumbler brown ale is a return to true Sierra Nevada form. It moves their annual line-up even closer to presenting an uninterrupted continuum of sensory qualities--this one seems to fit somewhere between Pale Ale and Celebration IPA. It appears to be a well-executed middle-road recipe that lacks much of a dry-hopped character one might hope for in a new IPA recipe debuted in 2013.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:26:16 | More by beagle75
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delta490

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- a deep clear ruddy brown. Creamy light tab head leaves big lacing on DFH IPA glass.

S-malty and earthy. Smells like a recently plowed field.

T- matches the smell with earthy and malty tones bouncing off each other.

M- smooth with a bit of bite from the hops

O- didn't get either tropical fruit or citrus but this is an interesting beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:36:45 | More by delta490
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH signature glass; deep garnet red with a hefty off-white head that fades slowly, leaving tons of awesome chunky lacing as it descends.
Smells good, lots of hop flavor, including dank herbal, tropical and citrus fruit. Man I love Citra hops.
Taste is a good dose of caramel malt, balanced nicely with big hop flavors. Juicy citrus and tropical fruit, with notes of pine (there's the Simcoe) and herbal flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, a solid red IPA. I'll have to do a vertical tasting of this and Nugget Nectar sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:29:28 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A clear reddish-dark copper with a two-finger eggshell colored head. Decent head retention, and a healthy amount of clumpy lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of minty/piney hop and caramel malt.

T - Hop forward, but kind of a strange hop blend here with some earthy and pine elements and alpha acids, but without much citrus sweetness or tropical notes promised on the label. Almost a little onion/vegetal. Weak malt bill isn't really sweet enough to compete with the acidity of the hops, instead coming through with kind of a wafer/Saltine cracker like taste. Astringent/mineral almost salty finish. Not very balanced or nuanced.

M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Could use a thicker and creamier body IMO.

O - I usually enjoy SN products, but I think this one is a little off the mark in almost every area. Whats odd is that they have created much better red IPA's as part of their "Beer Camp" series. Wonder why this one got the nod? Not a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:26:13 | More by TempeBeerMan
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allengarvin

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard 12-oz mug, this beer is a nice clear deep mahogany red color with a decent, airy head atop it. The aroma smells appropriately hoppy, with plenty of gassy, alpine notes. The malt doesn't contribute much to the smell. Flavor offers a lot of bitterness and hop flavor similar to the Torpedo line. It's clean and very dry. Malt takes a back seat, but gives some light toasty notes.

Enjoyable, drinkable beer but it doesn't really stand out in any way.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:07:51 | More by allengarvin
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a finger and a half of tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, pine (smells really similar to Torpedo)... notes of orange, lemon and herbal hop come through in the finish.

Taste is lemon upfront, orange, resiny pine, caramel malt, herbal hops, lime, grapefruit, chewy bisquit or bready malt. finishes with bitter pine hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty full for the abv, chewy but dry and crisp in the finish, very interesting.

Well a very interesting beer, will enjoy this 6er that is for sure.... I will say that upon first sip it does have that "Hey its a SN hoppy Beer aroma and taste! Flavor"... But when something works why change it???

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:58:31 | More by nickapalooza86
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hoplover82

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a crystal clear rich copper color with a huge off white very persistent creamy head that has excellent retention and lacing.
S-Smells like fall. Smells toasty and malty with a hefty hop aroma akin to pine trees.The floral and citrus notes from the hop are definitely over power by the earthy pinynotes. I think for the perfect setting to drink this beer would be walking through a forest of old tall pine trees on a cool fall afternoon.
T-The flavor mimics the aroma with a noticeable maltiness and a hefty kick of earthy piney resiny hops. There is a huge bitterness that lingers long into the finish. There is also some biscut notes I pick up from the grains used.
M-Big, chewy mouthfeel with a very bitter clean finish. Plenty of carbonation to keep every thing in check. Definitely chewy.
O-I have mix thoughts about this beer. On one hand being a hop lover I enjoyed this beer pretty well. On the other hand this is a beer strickly for hop heads. I think this one would not be recommened for the average newby craft beer lover. The bitterness level kind of almost over takes everything, but for a hop head like myself, I would recommend them trying it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:54:40 | More by hoplover82
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours lightly cloudy light ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, mango, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely crisp and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:09:31 | More by superspak
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GreenJetta912

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

aroma - this is good, nothing aggressively hoppy. good earthy aroma. malt dominant considering that it's a west-coast IPA. Caramel notes. Citra hop aroma (grapefruit/orange/citrus) with a piney, Simcoey note.

middle - definite hop presence consistent with IPA, but the unique aspects of this beer are the caramelly sweet and bready malt notes and an earthy yeasty flavor. The middle reminds you of an Arrogant Bastard with less aggressive flavors and sweeter, more balanced roundness. Centennial and simcoe hop flavor hits you first then a balanced carmelly malt note sneaks in.

Mouthfeel - The best part of this beer. molassassly, caramel, maple syrupy mouthfeel with a sharp bitter coating on the gums and teeth enamel. The caramel/molassas is, however, the differentiating factor

finish - mostly floral hop notes. The effect on the finish of the malt is a sweetness that works with the hop bitterness to create an orange flavor that is awesome.

overall - this beer gets better with each one I drink. This is a well thought out recipe with good balance. Slightly above average beer. This won't win any medals or break down barriers but it is superior in quality as you should expect from sierra nevada.

not worth going out of your way for but it will not disappoint! cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:07:47 | More by GreenJetta912
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AgentMunky

California

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 03:42:37 | More by AgentMunky
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:53:16 | More by zookerman182
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:03:40 | More by Omnium
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:49:46 | More by Chico1985
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:51:57 | More by barnzy78
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 03:06:16 | More by Hoptometrist
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kojevergas

Texas

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

B-

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:45:54 | More by kojevergas
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 9/11/13

A: Pours crystal clear dark amber-brown with 2 fingers width of light tan head which dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Malty, smokey, citrus and resinous piney hops. Good balance of malts and hops, but heavier on the former.

T: Hoppier flavor than aroma. Piney hops, soapy notes, and citrus rind. The smoked malt in the aroma comes out as well. I really dig this flavor profile.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a real nice offering. Not something Id make a staple in the fridge, but I'd definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:42:17 | More by zac16125
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jpro

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz single poured into a snifter...

A: Deep amber red; light khaki / cream head leaves a few spots of lace.

S: Light pine and citrus rind; not much malt other than some toasted grain.

T: Sweet caramel / toast malt; light resin and citrus hops.

M: Medium body; high carbonation; dry finish.

O: A nice beer; pretty well rounded... tasty and simple. Will this become SN's new fall seasonal and replace Tumbler? That would make three of their four seasonals IPAs... As long as they don't mess around with Celebration Ale, I suppose that's OK. Although having a brown ale is kind of a nice change of pace. A discussion for somewhere else, I suppose.

*from notes 09.30.13

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 22:18:30 | More by jpro
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one on-tap at First Street here in town. Came out a clear ruby red with a creamy off-white head. Great retention to this one as it left nice sip rings on the glass. Nice citrusy, danky aroma really invites me in.

Ample carbonation bolsters this beer well making this all-to-drinkable. Bitter citrus-rind hoppiness carries this one. Semi-sweetness on the finish with some lingering bitterness on the palate. This is quite the approachable easy-drinking Red Ale. I'd love to see this one around more. Nice work, SN.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 18:38:59 | More by Onenote81
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flipside Red is a rich brown with a bit of red. Pours a moderate sized creamy head with okay retention and moderate lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, caramel malt, and resiny, dank hops.

Taste is an assault of bitter, dank hops. Starts with dank hops, then bready and caramel malt, then grapefruit, lemon peel, and tangerine. Has a dank, citric, bready aftertaste. Body is average with high carbonation, a bit of creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 03:30:53 | More by JG-90
Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.