Flipside Red IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #86
Ranked #25,653
3.81 | pDev: 11.02%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA
Notes: 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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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Info: PCKGD 2/11/2020, 12 oz. glass bottle, poured at 45*F into a pint glass at sea level

L: Deep ruby-brown (Coca-Cola). Rich, creamy, tan head. Persistent with good lacing.
S: Toasty, roasty malt. Yeast funk. Raspberry.
T: Bitter grapefruit on the tongue, raspberry (strawberry?!) in the back. Wheat biscuit. Burnt caramel. Peppery bite. Vaguely herbal.
F: Medium-full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Never tried the style, but interesting! Herbal bitterness of hops comes through, though I feel that "IPA" is a bit of a stretch. Soda-like creaminess fits other red ales that I've tried, namely Irish ales. Earns the "red," though I'm not sure it earns the "I" in "IPA."

Sep 06, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear dark amber, good head.

Smell: Minimal, just some breadiness.

Taste: Caramel--bready, toasty. Mild sweetness, balanced, citrus finish.

Overall: From a mixed pack that was probably 4 months old, this red IPA was still a solid beverage. The age probably hurt the aroma, but the flavor was just fine. Nicely balanced, old school red IPA!

Jul 24, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish/copper appearance with a large off white head and good lacing. Aroma blends caramel malts and citrusy hops. Smooth, soft, moderately sweet, fruity flavors and a bittersweet aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, with an average length finish.

Jun 26, 2020
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a hazy amber with foamy tan head and lacing that lasted thru drink. Unfortunately, this was the high point. Nose was muted, with a slight hint of caramel and apple. Taste did not reflect this and was bit on skunky side. Mouthful was light with no real aftertaste. Not bad, but not a favorite.

Jun 01, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear deep red with a one finger whitehead and moderate lace. Nose of light sweet malt and piney hops. Sweet malt, followed by a long piney finish with a hint of pepper. Moderate body and carbonation.

May 26, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flipside pours a translucent red, with a small, but long lasting lacing head. Roasted earth aromas. Flavor has some roasted notes, earth notes, a hint of smoke, and a charred floral finish, that is a bit sticky and bitter. Good body and flavor. Overall, good flavorful red IPA.

May 01, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that I can not get a proper pint any where.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears nice tight foamy head with a tan color that lasted the duration, beer is amber, dark almost brownish.
Smells citrusy and piney, lightly bready.
Taste follows the nose, definitely hop forward, and an interesting amount of malt, all quite tasty together.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice Red IPA that I would definitely drink again.

Apr 18, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid inch of cream colored foam head atop a layered brown body, darkest beneath the head. Nose is balanced with sweet malt and pinetastic hops. The malt really comes into its own in the sip, with a broad biscuit note but a dint of heft to muscle out the expected grapefruit and tropical fruit barrage. Overall, a pretty tight package considering the different moving pieces. Not for everyday drinking maybe but this is well made stuff.

Apr 18, 2020
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very Good Alternative IPA.
Starting things off with Looks. Poured into my favorite tulip glass, Yields a Beautiful medium amber appearance. Nice retaining lace. lacks a good cap, even swirling the glass did not get me much foamy head. Smell is bland, very low key. Aroma is typical for a Ipa. Moving on to taste. First thing I notice is a super Bright citrusy pop to this IPA. Very Crisp and refreshing with a west coast Hop profile. Intense hit of hops like no other IPA before it. Very satisfying bitterness. Malt Character is muted, can't get anything from the malt.Very Dry beer throughout the sip. Moving on to feel. Feel is good, Not exactly creamy but also not watery. Ultra crisp, Best bite out of any IPA I have ever had. Overall, Good IPA not Great. I think some more malt coming through would be an improvement.

Apr 01, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

slightly hazy dark amber, foamy head recedes quickly to a film; Has a good beer smell; Nicely carbonated, tangy; Taste is not bad, but nothing special.

Mar 02, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours auburn and hazy with a limited head but decent lacing.

The aromas are straight on citrus pith and resiny. A bit aggressive.

The flavors follow the nose. No apology, and nothing vague or muddy, but the brew could have used just a bit more malt to balance some aggressive hops, even for what the brewer is going for.

It looks good and has a nice finish--that's what this one has. Good carbonation and feel.

I wanted to like this brew. I think I did, but not as much as I should have.

Feb 15, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Halfway between above average and outstanding. Pours a clear amber color with moderate head. Scent is of pine and fruit. Taste is mostly of hops. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that is mostly of hops

Feb 08, 2020
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hophead723 from California

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a Sampler 12 Pack with 2 of these in it and I wanted to review it for a while. In fact, I think this is the first time I have tried this beer but I specifically remember being excited for it to come out years ago. Long overdue. Poured into my Samuel Smith British Pub glass.

Look: Perfectly clear, tawny and red-hued body with good carbonation levels rising up from the nucleation sites on the glass. The towering, fluffy head is nearly light tan but can be classified as dark sail white. It has excellent retention and leaves lovely lacing. Two-row Pale, Chocolate, Especial, Wheat malts contribute to this hearty brew.

Smell: The aroma is lightly fruity, both from the hops and the yeast. The hop aromas are of pine, light grapefruit, and a kiss of apricot while the yeast aromas contribute light bubblegum. There is a touch of biscuit from the malt as well.

Taste/Feel: The piney and fruity flavor profile is mildly bitter and perfectly balanced. Pine, apricot, caramelized biscuit, and very subtle tropical fruits. Extremely drinkable for everything going on here. Centennial, Simcoe, Bravo, Eureka, Idaho 7 hops contribute to this complexity.

Overall: This was very drinkable and delicious. I wish it were a tad fresher but I am more sensitive to that than a lot of people. It was brewed in the middle of October, pushing 3 months which annoys me because it says late November on the 12 pack box. The taste score took a hit, but just for that reason. I'll update the review accordingly if I get a fresh one. Whatever.

Jan 23, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a clear amber-red color with a frothy white head. Great lace. The aroma is fresh and hoppy. Nice citrus and pine notes. Balanced taste...although, it could have a bit more intensity. Medium body. Well made and enjoyable, but very everyday.

Jan 12, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with thin off white head. Sharp pine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, spicy herb, mango on the nose with a very strong malty base. Flavor follows, with a heavy pithy, resiny bitterness that overpowers the moderate sweetness. Grapefruit follows through in the finish.

Jan 01, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, PKGD 10/01/19; purchased in cold variety pack... poured into Belhaven pub pint, similar to glass shown on SN site in this beer's profile)

L: clear, garnet / black-tea like hued liquid, slightest haze; ultra-tight, creamy, cropped, tan foam, receding and sticking crusty to the glass as I type

S: dried mango, creme brulee crust, powdered grapefruit peel, musty velvet, subtle orange creamsicle undertone - all lovely; bold, concentrated aromas... lightly toasty, lightly (cinnamon) spicy notes creep out as the head settles, maybe some piney, xmas-y spice character as well

T: about what one'd expect... citrus-creme, wintergreen piney spice, roasty caramel undertones; densely floral resinous hop underbelly, lingering long past the finish with the hop and booze spice accenting; relatively extra-dry floor, subtly candy-like caramel essence hanging mid-palate, but not all that sweet

F: remarkably light-bodied and delicately bouncy, with its finish and aft softly-peppery warm, resins dusting the palate... there's little more that could be dialed in with this - so elegant and engaging

O: glad they've been putting this out at least once a year round here - had it a few times in the past, never got around to reviewing it... robust spicy hops and toasty malts; very much flavorful and repeatably drinkable... it's basically a maltier Celebration... wouldn't expect less from SN - well done (as always)!... y'all need to drink more amber/red beer, then you'd know (f'n haters) (1635)

Dec 25, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours amber with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has pine aromas with some citrus notes. There is some caramel and dried cherries in the background as well.

Taste: The flavors are hop forward with pine and citrus. There is some caramel in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderately high bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Overall, a combination of pine and citrus is forward with caramel in support.

Dec 12, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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

Pours a nutty brown with a hint of transparency. Head is a finger of dense, light-khaki foam. Head retention is great. Aroma is caramel, rye, toffee, floral, herbal, piney, resiny malts and hops with a little bite. Light dryness behind the sticky hops. Flavor profile is piney, resiny, floraly hops in a sticky mash-up with toffee and caramely, bready, rye malts behind. It has a little hop bite to it, despite a lightly dry finish. Mouth feel is lightly creamy with a slight velvety texture. It's smooth, with a medium thickness. Overall, great qualities that feature a little dry rye with some hop bite.

Served in a 12oz shaker from a 12oz bottle.

Dec 12, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color with a minimal head and lacing. Malty aroma with a twinge of hops in the background. They mention citrusy notes in the description, but I don't get that at all. It almost tastes like it has rye in it to me. Not really sweet, and an interesting malt flavor with an almost smoky hops overtone. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but acceptable. Overall, I liked this beer and I'd probably buy it again if it were i solo 6 packs - this was part of a 12 pack sampler. YMMV

Nov 28, 2019
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jmc65267 from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s pretty light for something that has a 6.2 abv. Enjoyable for sure, it’s my first time having it and I’d get it again given the opportunity but it’s not the best.

Oct 25, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just okay

Look: nice color
Smell: malty
Taste: malts, caramel-esque sweetness, as someone put it, hoppy, tends toward bitter
Mouth: okay
Overall: tends toward bitter, okay

Full bodied, and tastes exactly like something you would expect from Sierra Nevada, as in it tastes like their flagship. Still, it was a deal in the variety pack from Costco, and enjoyed on 10/19/19 in Austin.

Oct 19, 2019
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Very nice dark red.
Smell: Hops and some malt. Not much going on.
Taste: Underwellming, really. Follows the nose. Fairly balanced, I suppose.
Feel: Ligher than expected. Almost empty feeling.
Poured into and IPA glass. I bought a variety pack just to try this and am quite frankly a tad disappointed.

Oct 07, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with a fill date of 7/29/19, poured into a shaker pint glass
Body is ruby amber and gets a little less light tan head than I'd like, though there's plenty of lace after having a few tastes.
The aroma is really nice - caramel malt, fruity, hoppy, and small dank hop undertone
It's more bitter than expected, and seems slightly hollow as a result, with a dry finish.
Kind of a rough feel, and not that great . Mix pack filler rip off gimmick is what this seems like.
Would not accept another as a gift. unless you need furniture polish.

Sep 26, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - dark red almost brown color. Thick foam head and lots of glass lacing.
Smell - fairly boring, just some sweetness and maltiness. Very minor fruit resins.
Taste - Almost towards a stout because it has so much roasted malt character. The hops are certainly in the background but this is mostly about the sweet malts that have been charred. It's perfect for fall in my opinion. It has a medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Some smoke flavor.
Overall, an excellent beer. It gives some warmth and it has enough body that fits nicely in cold weather. I could drink a few of these next to a fire. Wish they sold it in 6 packs. Grade is an A

Sep 08, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice looking label art. This is one of the better amber ales that I have had. There is a fair amount of malts to balance out the hops, slight caramel, slight floral. Cheers! C

Nov 12, 2018
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