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Flipside Red IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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87
very good

378 Reviews
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Reviews: 378
Hads: 2,693
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 76
Gots: 521 | 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: 378 | Hads: 2,693
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)

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)

Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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