Flipside IIPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

very good
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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gatch on 05-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmw930Brew
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SonicAddict
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Belekinbeer
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Just had this on tap at PF Changs in Sacramento. Returned back to NC and found it in bottles at Harris Teeter. Solid DIPA.
Floral smell with a hint of orange. Pours well about an inch of head. Nice lacing with a red orange color- bright. I thought it was medium bodied with Carmel that hits you right away followed by hops. Then grapefruit and pine. Really enjoyed it both on tap and in bottle. Will have again!

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Photo of Wedcat
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of trginter
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a nice 2" head that slowly fell to a surface covering. Moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: loads of caramel, citrus, pine, and a pleasant floral bitterness comes through.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, biscuit, and fruit sweetness is well balanced with pine, grapefruit, orange, with a bit of a floral note late. Alcohol is noticeable but dangerously quiet.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: an extremely easy to quaff DIPA that is well balanced and leaves you wanting more after the glass is empty. I hope they make more of this for a wider distribution, as I was lucky enough to find this on tap at Aces and Ales during my Vegas trip.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a layer of white head. The head leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate the smell of this one. There is a malt sweetness that backs up the hops. Quire smooth.

Taste: Again, citrus hops are dominant here too. There is also a citrus fruit taste that is a little bit sweeter than citrus peel. The bitterness carries all the way to the finish. There is just enough malt to back thing up through the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very solid DIPA. The citrus notes were sweet and refreshing. I would have this beer again given the chance.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their IPA festival.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer smells great, as I get considerable dry citrus, light pine and sandlewood. There's a kiss of tangerine in the nose as well that is attractive. On the palate, this beer is a stunner. Wow! SN pulled out all the stops in fashioning this hop bomb. The beer is quite dry, with just enough malt to buoy the huge pine, dry citrus and skunky weed I'm getting on the palate. As good as this beer smells, I was completely unprepared for the flavor profile, which is remarkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is well disguised in this excellent beer.

Call me very, very impressed. Just got a sampler, but my next glass will be a full size shaker glass.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Pours a glowing golden color with a nice, fluffy white head. Tons of lacing coats the glass. I don't know what more you could ask for as far as looks go.

S: Lots of dank hops with some mango, a bit of buscuity malt and some honey. Maybe some citrus hops as well.

T: A super smooth and tasty DIPA. Opens with a good kick of piney hops with some faint caramel and more prominent biscuity malt coming in the middle. Finishes dry with a good amount of piney resin.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of carolinabeerguy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap on 5/17/12 during a Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover @ Flanny's in Tempe, AZ. Listed as 91 IBU.

Another big hop-bomb from a brewery not afraid to use an insane amount of hops (looking at you, Hoptimum). A darker IIPA with a big, white head. The nose and taste are straight up hops. Huge, sticky, piney, and slightly fruity American hops. Mouthfeel is very dry and resinous. Overall, seek this out. It seems as though it will be showing up more often, albeit in small amounts.

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Flipside IIPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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