Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 2,674
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 74
Gots: 505 | 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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Reviews: 370 | Hads: 2,674
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)

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/8...pours deep brownish red, white foam layer and ring. Clingy. Malty caramel nose. Hearty amber ale taste with a full bitter. Long lasting. Buried fruitiness and small citrus too. (182 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%

from 12oz bottle into a goblet. packaged on 7/25/14, so closing in on 3 months.

beautiful pour, deep red with generous 3/4 inch off white head. Nice streams of carbonation with good cavering of lacing.

Faintly grassy & musty on the nose.

Good sour/bitter bite across the tongue and roof of the mouth. Label mentions tropical fruit, but this is gone due to age on the bottle. But you can taste the quality of a SN ale, and it's tasty enough. Once again I finsd a decent beer on the downslide and am left to wonder how it would have tasted. Clear easy to read large letter BD's can't come soon enough. (603 characters)

Photo of CKav
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Big frothy tan/white head with some sticky lacing. A dark red amber color.

A- Huge citrusy & pine hop aroma

T- Mostly hops but not overly bitter. A tasty sweet malt is balanced by the hop bitterness.

F- A smooth, medium feel. Very drinkable.

O- A tasty treat. I would recommend and would definitely have another again. A pleasantly balanced IPA. (355 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Normally I'm not a fan of red beers. I blame Killian's. But this Red IPA was thoroughly tasty. The amount of hops was just perfectly bitter and there was a nice dryness too. I also noticed lovely notes of pine and citrus. (225 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours slightly hazed dark rustic amber with an off-white pillowy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruits with some toasted bread in the back.

The taste is of citric and tropical fruits with lightly toasted caramel. Finishes balanced - semi-dry with a sweet kiss.

It is smooth. Very appropriate carbonation level.

An enjoyable, hop-forward, but balanced Red IPA! (390 characters)

Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Aggressive poor 1 inch tan head retains its shape. Light carbonation. Color is amber
S. Holly crap this shit smells like autumn. I smell aging leaves and tree bark and yes it’s a good thing. Pumpkin, citrus, and some spices I can’t put my nose to but it’s amazing. Maybe acorn.
T. Taste is same as it smells. The aftertaste grows in my mouth calling for another drink. Supper complex.
M. Crisp, slightly dry. I couldn’t tell you because I drank it already. That beer went quick.
O. This beer is awesome, stop reading this and go get one. The fact that it is a seasonal beer makes it bitter sweet. This beer is super complex and that’s coming from a man who mostly drinks Russian Imperial Stouts. Heavy than average buzz for 6.2%. (742 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed out on this in its first year of existence and wanted to make sure I grabbed it this year... I fingers worth of slightly late to develop medium khaki colored rich frothy goodness... The color is a medium bronzish copper... A good bite of medium sized carbonation rises briskly throughout... Very mild aroma... Biscuit.... Toasted malts... A nice caramel presence... Just a very light earthy hop presence lingering beneath the surface... Medium bodied and sturdy... Perhaps a bit on the thin side of the equation... A bit of a dry finish... A rather pedestrian but still enjoyable brew... Nothing I would go out of my way to seek out, but nothing I would turn my nose up at if presented the opportunity in the future... (742 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

I was over at The Fridge the other day when I spied this in the cooler with my little eye and brought it home.

From the bottle: “Flipside Red IPA features robust tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors from the use of whole-cone Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops.”; “Flipside Red IPA is a rebuttal to the mild-mannered beers of summer. Tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors from the use of whole-cone Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops are the perfect notes for this in-between season.”; “We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer.”

I decided to stay at home today, on the Flipside of attending the Inaugural Lititz Craft Brew Fest, since a) the bus up that way does NOT run on Sundays; b) who ever heard of a Sunday fest; c) the Stillers are home vs. Tampa Bay; d) the Buccos have Game 162 of the season at Cincinnati and e) I have my thumb poised over the “Recall” button on the remote.
I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy-handed pour to watch the pseudo-cascade take place. It settled into two fingers of rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine trees upon which grapefruit grew! If you want to get my hophead’s mouth watering, this is one sure-fire way to accomplish it. Mouthfeel was medium. The initial taste was of pine, but the citrus of the grapefruit slowly seeped in, like a shy child creeping around a doorway. I inhaled deeply and really got a cooling breath of air. Phew. Heavy, sticky lacing formed as I sat back to take in the magnificence of the use of hops in this beer. The finish was literally breathtaking. It was cool and minty, initially, with the citrus flavors gently asserting themselves on the extreme finish. OMFG, was this good! (1,807 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Beautiful Rustic Red in Color, Light Foamy White Head that decreases but remains through out.

SMELL: Hoppy and Fruity but Not Over-Powering, Pretty Mild Scents Over-All

TASTE: A Smooth Yet Hoppy Bitterness that remains during the Entire Pint....Slightly sweetness emerges after the swallow

MOUTH FEEL: Good Carbonation Balance, Not Harsh despite the ABV (6.2%)

OVERALL: Another Quality Product By Sierra Nevada. Which as usual didn't fall to impress. I would recommend this RED ALE Without ANY Hesitation (514 characters)

Photo of artcat4980
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Malty and slight spice up front followed by slight citrus taste which turns piney afterwards. Refreshing for end of summer in Florida where it doesn't feel like fall but you want it to! (185 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice reddish hue with a lasting off white head, good lacing. Aroma and Taste is floral hops upfront slowly mellowing to a flavorful citrus and orange peel flavor with some caramel malt notes. A smooth drinking, medium body, with good carbonation. Finishes with some nice caramel malt and citrus orange peel flavor balanced by some good floral herbal hops for balance. A well made nicely balanced and flavorful brew. Good stuff. (435 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

I really enjoyed this one. Pours a very nice amber red with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of hops giving it a floral aroma but with a lot of subtleties I can't quite place. The taste was great, with all spice at the beginning turning more to the hops in the middle with a nice toasty finish. I found this one very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend. (381 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

This is what I would like Amber ales to taste like. There's a solid hop profile that goes along with biscuit and tea flavors. If any brewery was going to pull this off it was likely to be this one. I typically prefer brighter ipas but this remains very drinkable. I'd happily get this again. (293 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark transparent red, about what you would expect from a red ipa.

The smell is earthy, piny, english hops with a little sweet maltiness.

The taste is malty up front, earthy with a piny bitter finish.

The feel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation.

A decent enough ale, very earthy and dirty tasting. The bitterness is lingering. (345 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a very pretty copper-red with a tan head that leaves lace the length of the glass.
The aroma is of citrus and pine with a bit of baked bread beneath.
The taste is bitter up front with a hint of lemon following then an assault of pine and grapefruit pith coming up behind. It leaves a nicely tingly, drying bitter on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.
Overall, a decent beer but it just didn't do it for me. Too many great IPA's out there (inc. several from SN) to buy this one again. (511 characters)

Photo of Bogon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sierra Nevada bills this as the antidote for long hot summers spent drinking light "sessionable" ales. They got that right. I found my six pack in mid-September, the very nick of time. It may not be exactly sessionable, but I will definitely look for this tasty brew again. (276 characters)

Photo of Quadsquad
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

The pourr looks promising. First taste has Pale Ale notes. Then it goes downhill, flat, metallic, dry. Finishes sour and leaves you wishing you had $15.99 back. Wasn't for me. (176 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

An interesting combination this darker IPA is a great transition out of summer. Definitely a different breed than your usual flowery piney IPA with complex amber and fruity flavor (179 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a darkish amber color with a tight beige head with some big bubbles. The head settles into a light ring. Small wall of lacing on the glass. 3.75

The aroma is of light grapefruit and subtle herbal hop notes. The aroma is not really popping through as expected. Some steel notes from the malt. 3.25

The taste is a piney/herbal/onion-y from the simcoe hops. The grapefruit and orange to add brightness towards the finish. The malt bring a steely caramel flavor. A very earthy overall flavor. 3.75

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Some sweetness but that is quickly crushed by the hoppy bitterness which lingers through the finish. 3.75

A good amber IPA which helps transition into the autumn season. 3.7 (731 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz. bottle served in a tulip nonic. Pours a burnt red hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose, quarter inch, light tan head. Head eventually disperses into a soapy slick. Diffuse spots and strands of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses rich malts and intense floral/citrus notes. Taste is interesting - I almost get a coffee/carmel malt profile integrated with earthy/herbal/citrusy hop notes. Finishes with an earthy, slightly medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, there's just a little too much happening here to make it overly drinkable. It's well-crafted, but not something I need to revisit. (729 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with a half inch thick khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is intoxicating. The flavor is amber malt and luscious citrus hops. This is a very special brew and it is quite apparent. The mouth is moderately carbonated and fairly smooth considering the intensity of the flavor.
Appearance: 3.75
Taste: 3.75
Mouthfeel: 3.75
Overall: 4 (388 characters)

Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Not a hop-forward beer but you can definitely still taste them. Malts play nicely to the season with hints of caramel and chocolate to warm you up. An easy drinking seasonal. Good beer. (188 characters)

Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Surprisingly tasty, to be honest. I'm not usually a fan of the bitter red / amber beers, but I'd buy this one again.

The "IPA" might be a bit of a misnomer, as it's really not that bitter, even by Pale Ale standards... or at least, the malty flavors balance out the taste. There's some citrus, stonefruit and/or berry notes, rye bread, and even chocolate flavors.

Very drinkable, refreshing, and balanced, with an enjoyable aftertaste. (438 characters)

Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

I have to make this review quick so sorry for the unformated display.

Poured a thick creamy head.Carbonation was perfect. Had a deep hop flavor with what I tasted was toasted malty flavor. The hoppiness was medium and bold but didnt overpower the flavors of the citrus flavors I tasted. Went down very well. I highly recommend. Would tate very well paired with a pork dish.

*Recommended Brew for autumn/winter

**note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone. (511 characters)

Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.