Flipside Red IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPAFlipside Red IPA

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by Zorro on 08-25-2013

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Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Without getting all technical about mouth feel and earthy roots, with a hint of etc., etc.,, I have to say that for what it is, I really like this beer. Sierra Nevada beers generally kick ass !

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Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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%.

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Photo of squonk45
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was one of my favorite Siearra Nevada products . now for 2015 it will only be available in the fall variety pack .. I hope other who are displeased by this Let Sierra Nevada know .. Make us bbu 6 beers we don't care for to get the good stuff.. another poor management decision form Sierra nevada

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Photo of Hondo3
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy Crap! They've done it again! Sierra Nevada has produced a beer that will give their own Ruthless Rye a run for it's money.

The Citra and Centennial really stand out in this beer. After the initial IPA bitterness across the tongue, you are left with a clean, semi-sweet aftertaste. Too bad this is a seasonal. Like Ruthless Rye, I would buy it year round if available.

Bottoms up!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i was surprised that this beer didn't score higher. i was blown away.

appearance; beautiful brown/ tan with some gold and nice evident carbonation, thick, sticky head that lasted for a long time, maintaining a good amount until the very end.

smell; though very pleasant, this is the least impressive aspect of this beer. the smell is malty with a little bit of hops and fall spice as well.

taste; outstanding. first is sweet malt, quickly followed by fruit and a well blended spice mix, with the bitter touch coming at the very end, acting as hormoniously with the beer's sweetness, fruit and spice. one of the most complex, balanced tastes I've had.

mouthfeel; not exactly creamy, but still chewy, as somebody else mentioned. bubbles are nice and blend extremely well with the heavy yet lightness of the beer. amazing texture.

overall; this is one of the best beers I've tried in months and i'd say the best seasonal beer I've had. bought one in a mixed packs and plan on buying a couple of six packs of just this. really, really balanced, easy to drink, and delicious. get it!!!

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Photo of monorailred
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. It has a great red hue, a very fragrant smell (nice and hoppy), and is quite good. I am a big fan of IPAs in general and like a good bitter beer. The one thing I don't always like about some IPAs is that after I finish it I feel like I could use a glass of water. This one has the great flavor, smell, and a terrific finish.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
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:}

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Photo of adxss
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer picks up where the old Goose Island Harvest left off and really delivers on the potential. Flipside adds fuller flavor, more balance and a nice pine / citrus flavor. Hoppy, but not over hopped. Nice reddish caramel color.
Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
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)


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.

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Photo of Yackmo360
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic seasonal beer from Sierra Nevada. Has a nice pine/citrus smell to it that is really nice when first opened and then fades away. Dark reddish color is exactly what you would hope it looks like. The taste is that of a not-too-hoppy IPA with a lovely nut type flavor to go along with it. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a reddish brown color with a two finger head, some of which lasts until the end. Heavy lacing is present along with good carbonation.

The smell is dominated by floral and citrus hops; orange, lemon, grapefruit and pine are all present. There is also a rye bread smell along with sweet malts.

The taste starts with a thick bready malt taste then moves to a slightly syrup like fruit taste then finishes with a complex citrus and floral hop taste.

The feel is thick and chewy but at the same time manages to be a little thin and syrup like in the middle.

Overall this is another winner from Sierra Nevada. The label art and name seem to suggest that this brew is a sequel to their "Ruthless Rye". Well Sierra Nevada has succeeded in creating a quality end of summer IPA.

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Photo of Genuine
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

One of my new favorite fall seasonals.

Poured from the bottle into my duvel snifter. It pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a tan 2 finger head that stays a while and leaves beautiful lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma - bright citrus hops are met with the malty back bone this beer possesses. both the hop and malt notes intertwine wonderfully and remind you that this is a SN brew with classic characteristics.

Taste - floral and citrus hops fight for your attention while the roasted malts calm them both down, without drowning out their lovely bitterness. The alcohol plays a nice roll in the back that'll give you some slighty warming on these chilly summer night as autumn creeps closer.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation allows all the aroma's to shine and the alcohol coats the tongue for a lingering finish.

Overall - I'm a huge fan of red IPA's and Sierra Nevada hit this one on the head. Solid malty Red IPA that's great for these chilly summer nights as we transition into fall. Great job.

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Photo of teromous
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and red body with a fairly thick white head that leaves good lacing rings.

S: Huge huge bold hop aroma! It smells like an opened hop bag! Extremely stoked about the smell of this beer. I don't even want to drink it, just sit here and smell it. There's a strong resinous scent. It's wonderful.

T: Strong citrus flavor, like grapefruit rind without a ton of bitterness. Bitterness is actually fairly low. A bit of cedar in the background. Not much in the malt side of the house, but excellent none-the-less.

M: The mouthfeel is great. It has just enough bitterness to keep you from chugging the beer, but is light enough to keep it from feeling thick or saturated.

O: Do you love hops? You will love this beer. I only wish there was a way to find out when this beer was brewed. I'm drinking it on the East Coast and it was brewed on the West Coast but it tastes so fresh it is crazy. It's very delicious and I highly recommend drinking it.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

I drank this from the bottle outside. When I cracked it open I could smell the hops, the first taste was outstanding, pine and citrus with good malt smoothie. Mouthfeel was excellent and this was an easy beer to drink. It was 39 degrees clear and cool outside and the beer felt like that. Excellent beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Dark copper color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Light beige head, thick and rocky.

Citrus hops, herbal, spicy, fruity, sweet bread.

Hop foward, mostly citrus, herbal, spicy, a little mint. Deep malt backbone, sweet bread, toasted, caramel, bread crust. There some roasted mango towards the end. Finish is bitter and dry, yet pretty crisp. Body is full, a little oily, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

This has got to the be one of the most underrated beers on here, 86? Are you kidding me?

Absolutely love the very floral and herbal taste, and the hops are very good. I love the intensity that Torpedo IPA brings, but I also like that this one is not quite as intense, and gives you more of that earthy flavor, this beer is very very good and I will look forward to it every single year.

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Photo of gcuneen
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like amber IPA's, and this is a real nice offering. Great balance of citrus-tasting hops (citra, simcoe and centennial) and a nice carmel malt presence. You get a slight bit of hop bitterness in the finish - not overpowering but present. If you like that you will love this. Either way it is a quality brew that tastes real good. This was a great autumn pickup for me.

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Photo of JG-90
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | 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 good retention and heavy 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.

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Photo of keithmur
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of malt and piney/citrusy hops.

I get a little chocolate and coffee on the tongue; nice clean acidity throughout.

The piney hops continue also.

Actually picked up a little pleasant sweetness on the tongue after I swallowed.

Beautiful balance between all the different qualities.

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Photo of Zraly
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Deep ruby color with a two finger off-white head. Gorgeous and perfect for an early fall beverage.

Fresh hop smell bursts into the sinuses; very floral. Smells delicious.

Sweet malt body holds up a wonderful composition of hop flavors. Really nice citrus, pineapple, and a bit of resin notes. A touch of spice (rye?) lingers on the palate. Mild astringency. Clean finish. A touch more than medium-bodied. The balance to this is ridiculous and lends for very easy drinking.

I'm having mine with a blue cheese laced salad, followed by veggie pizza on homemade crust. I don't think I'll have much to complain about tonight.

Less than $9 for a six pack makes this a steal. Once again, Sierra Nevada puts out a very solid beer that has wide distribution. Magical. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Morgan-makes-Cloud
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 10oz flute

A - Beautiful deep red color, amber hues, a little bit of sediment or thickness

S - Relatively pungent ipa smell, strong malt smell

T - Initial feel of both refreshing but complexity

m - the different hops combine for a lingering taste

o - A solid beer I will be drinking this all season. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints!

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Photo of dcotom
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased from supermarket cooler, poured into Spiegelau glass. I did not check the date on the bottle until after I had finished it. It had nearly a year on it when I purchased it (!) A - Deep hazy caramel color with a luxurious light tan head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. S - A little bit of funkiness at first, giving way to roasted malt and light citrus. T - Incredible. Sweet malt, a little caramel, pine and citrus, perfectly balanced with a slightly bitter finish. F - About what you would expect. O - I thought this was an outstanding beer. I can't wait to try the 2015 release (in 2015, hopefully).

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Photo of Huffaroma
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 24 pack at Costco,

Appearance-A nice reddish hue almost on the verge of being brown. 1/2" head fluffy

Smell-Great citrus hop notes followed with a little malt and grain hidden in the background.

Taste-Great complexity as this resembles a Amber and an IPA mixed together but in a good way. There is the first bite of bitter hop and then on to the smooth Amber flavor. It finished with a clean finish and back to the IPA on the verge of a little to much carbonation.

Overall great beer gets a really good complex flavor of Amber and Ipa in my opinion and should be tried by lovers of both.

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Photo of ordybill
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big citrus aroma with caramel and pine tossed in.
Appearance- Pours a dark yellow to copper color with a red tint has a small white head.
Taste- Has that "SN" hop explosion! Great flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish with a nice hop bite aftertaste.
Overall- A real good IPA, i would drink this again and often.

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Photo of VincentFrey
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip.

Well red IPA is coming into style, but it's not a recognized style, so not going to bother with any BJCP nonsense. Pours a quickly dissipating head but coats the glass very well, so good lacing.

Very nice nose, very tropical and hints of rye. Delightful and unusual to Sierra Nevada I've had in the past. The tropical notes pass incredibly well into the taste; very nicely done as a whole. A great sipper that doesn't taste so much like an IPA as a fantastic specialty pale.

Check it out. Easy to find and cheap, and a good counterpoint to so many "generally bitter" IPAs around. Goes for, and finds, a distinct flavor.

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