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.

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Photo of PlayaPlaya
2/5  rDev -47.9%

The most disappointing Sierra Nevada offering I've had yet...and I enjoy their Pale Ale several times a week (and I enjoy red ales a lot).

Pretty much just no taste...well no taste that is good or reminiscent of a red ale/red IPA anyways. Tastes like your most basic beer.
I am not ashamed to say I drank about half and then drain poured the rest of the bottle. Luckily I only picked up one bottle out of a mix-a-six.

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Photo of Brew33
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

This is review is more a PSA than anything. This is not an IPA by any stretch of the word. It couldn't be confused with an IPA in a blind tasting to anyone with tastebuds. This is a below average Amber or Red Ale. It smells like Caramel Malt with heavy metallic aromas (it may have been too cold as the metallic component seemed to dissipate with warming.) Faint, herbal hop aromas.
The flavor is downright bland. Pedestrian malt bill mixed with earthy, herbal, overboiled hops. At times like this I wish SN would use pellets instead of whole cone to cut down on some of the vegetal quality and get better utilization.
This beer is a great idea that was executely poorly. On paper this should be a hit. 3 of my favorite hop varieties together with a Sierra Nevada pedigree. It's not even "meh" it's not good at all. I will say the mouthfeel was very good which is typical of SN brews.

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Photo of Quadsquad
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

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Photo of 49er
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

A- Brown with a touch of red. The label said color was ruby red.
S- Pine, malt, no fruit
T- Like the smell, no fruit. The label suggests abundant tropical fruit and…
M- Medium body and carbonation.
O- Did not live up to the label.

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Photo of mpedara429
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured put a clear and dark copper color. Two fingers of a frothy tan head with a slight reddish hue. solid retention and creamy lacy around the whole glass.

S: Dank pine, bready yeast, and a very mild and underlying sweet malt.

T: Take the nose with some nutty and earthy flavors. Not as sweet as anticipated. That's it…

M: Medium and surprisingly creamy body with medium carbonation.

O: Bored to tears with this one. There is a pattern to all of the Sierra Nevada beers. Dank and bitter pine and bready malt. This one included. This is just like a cross between Ruthless Rye and Tumbler to me. This beer should've been a heck of a lot maltier for a red ale or red IPA. The best part of the beer was the impeccable pour. Other than that, drink a Green Flash Hop Head Red or a Troegs Nugget Nectar for a real red IPA experience.

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Photo of largadeer
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Fresh bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear crimson with lasting head. Smells like it was brewed for optimal shelf life. Hoppy in an ambiguous way, kind of leafy and earthy but also faintly fruity; generally very bland. Plenty of crystal malt, too. Smells like a Sierra beer, basically. Very identifiable but also completely unexciting. I'd elaborate on the flavor, but it pretty much tastes exactly how I've described the aroma. Loads of caramel malt and heavily boiled hops with a mineral finish. About as exciting as any other hoppy Sierra beer, ie. not even slightly fucking exciting. I can't even be bothered to finish a 12oz bottle of this mediocrity.

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Photo of ThirstyFace
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into tulip pint

Murky brownish/red body with khaki hat. Not the most pretty beer I have seen.

Aroma doesn't match the glorious description on the bottle, but it still entices enough to make the first sip a swig.

God, there is nothing more disappointing than a dry IPA. Juicy? No. Tropical? I don't really get that either. Fairly bitter, and the dry finish leaves me craning my neck for the drain.

Not sure what the SN team was smoking when they wrote the description of this product, but this is definitely one that falls to the back of the pack of faceless red ales.

Major letdown for me, and I was well prepared to love it. I would take any given red ale or red IPA over this one. Widmer Brrr comes to mind as a widely distributed red IPA that blows the pants off of this one.

RIP Tumbler. You didn't deserve to die like this.

2.75 overall.

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Photo of RacerX5k
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Well. Lately I've made a point to only review beers I like. This is not that review. If they let me I could do this review in one word ... Mediocre. Or boring, weak, uninspired, average. You choose. Or my choice, Why? Color is uninspiring red. Smells and tastes slightly bitter hops, not very drinkable and rather poor mouthfeel. The good is that I only paid $1.49 and I only got one. Waste of time.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: shiny, dirty orange body, trace head, ok lacing

S: mild citra, fresh pine

T: scrambled flavors, light orange, pine, malt, mild bitter finish

M: med/light bubbling mouth

O: disappointed with this beer. Interesting concept
and style, seems very muddled. would not buy again.


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Photo of Beaver13
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby amber with a huge rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some rye and some light resin hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty toffee malts with some piney resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, more of a hoppy nutty amber than what I would call an IPA of any color.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear, deep amber with a robust 2.5-3 finger light tan head. Soapy lacing. Nice staying power. Love the look of this one.

S- Hmmm...Not a huge aroma that I was expecting to say the least. Some citrus and earthy hops, but uncharacteristically subdued for the style and from this brewery. Also picking up a hint of dirt aroma.

T- Fruit- grapefruit, mango, and some sweet juices. Mainly hops taking control from the start. A fair caramel type base that makes an effort to create balance. Touch of spice and resinous tea leaf notes.

M- Dry and bitter. Mid body. The feel seems to be about right for the style, and probably the best quality of this beer.

O- A little less smooth than some of the other beers i have had featuring the Citra hop. Pretty intense bitterness and weak malt leads to some imbalance. Solid but not great.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA
12oz, bottled 8/16/13

Pours a lovely and bright dark amber. Nice head, solid retention. (4)

Aroma is pleasant and clean, with toasted malt and more subtle hop-oil notes (sulfur, "dank"). (3.5)

Flavor is very malty up front. A lot of caramel malt notes coming through, and lightly roasted malt on the finish. Bitterness is balancing, plenty there. Not a lot of hop flavor for an IPA, although there is a bit of "dank" and pine. Clean and drinkable, with that classic Sierra Nevada mouthfeel and natural carbonation. (2.5, 4.5)

I don't know what makes this an IPA. Sierra Nevada tends to brew them on the maltier side, but Torpedo and Celebration are still fine examples of the style. Flipside is not. Decent enough beer, but the concept reeks of false advertising and phony "IPA" marketing. (3)

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Photo of TheSSG
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a soft, soapy, off-white head. Soft aroma with citrus notes. Deep amber color. Starts with a nice citrus hoppiness that moves into a low-medium bitterness. Finish is lingering citrus hops.

This is okay. Not a whole lot going on here. Surprisingly low aromatics and flavor, but nice flavors nonetheless.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $1.89 Pours a dark amber clear coloured ale. Huge frothy,tight crème coloured head. Aroma herbal garlic, weed, style hop some caramel and that’s it..might be the huge head.. Taste is more balanced a lot of smooth caramel malts, skunky hop in the background. Palate is the best thing about this beer smooth and low carbonated. This is an all right beer but kind of a let down, expected more.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out clear and dark reddish-amber in color with a nice finger of eggshell-white head. Good retention. Not as assertive on the nose as I expect from Sierra Nevada, but I do get some dank, fruity, piney notes.

Medium body and crisp, hoppy flavor. Some toast and marmalade notes up front followed by a nice peppery, lemony hop contribution at mid palate. The finish is dry, but unspectacular and the flavors die in your mouth just a bit too quickly.

Overall, an average beer. Definitely not of of Sierra Nevada's best offerings. Glad I tried it, but also glad I only bought a single. It's easy to drink, but certainly nothing memorable. I'm surprised they used 3 hops in this beer. I believe I can taste the simcoe, but I'm not sure I detect the other varietals.

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Photo of BB1313
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy auburn; fluffy off-white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks awesome, just like most of SN's beers. The aromas are malt heavy. The hops definitely take a backseat in the nose. Hints of pine and grass in the aromas as well. Tastes like Sierra Nevada. The flavors are bold and bitter. They are extremely earthy. Lots of pine needles with some hints of grapefruit. It's far from tropical. The hop bitterness is definitely there, but it lacks yummy hop flavors. Lots of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is awesome. It's medium-bodied; active carbonation and very creamy. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

I never thought I wouldn't highly enjoy a beer hopped up with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. It's not bad, but it's not as interesting as one would expect. Reguardless if I enjoy it or not, the craftsmanship is clearly always there with Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured with a decent one finger of head that lingered fairly well around the edges. The beer itself is quite dark, it is not quite opaque, but very nearly so. The beer is a very deep, deep red, really more like a light brown (like a watery pot of coffee).

The smell is bready, not overly hoppy (in fact, not really hoppy at all) and with just a hint of spicy rye.

The beer tastes very malty, it has some nice rye spiciness on the aftertaste and just a little bit of hoppy bitterness. Overrall this is not terribly bitter or hoppy, but is a decent beer.

Not a bad beer, nothing all that good and certainly not one of my favorite Sierra Nevada beers. Its not something I would buy again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of Aug 2014. Purchased a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a red IPA hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-amber hue with slight haze and medium carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, mild husks, vague grass/hay, stewed hops and subtle ale yeast. A twinge of cardboard in the background. Unimpressive, particularly for an IPA.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with a prolonged bitter finish. Notes of grain, husks, stewed leaves, mild barley sugar, earthy yeast and wet cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a harsh, leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, caramel malt and vague yeast.

O: Meh - not the experience I was hoping for. I'm guessing this has deteriorated, but it's surprising just how much. Looks alright, however the aroma is dull and malty while the flavour is little better. A harsh, lingering bitterness in the background. Body is OK. Doesn't live up to expectations, especially for an IPA. I'll have to try and re-review a fresher one if I get the chance.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with golden amber edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy malt aroma with a subtle resinous hop character. Some earthy, grassy hops with a touch of citrus but the nose is dominated by caramel malt, rye, bread and toffee. Really weak hop presence. Disappointing for an IPA.

Thankfully there's much more of a hop presence in the flavor. On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops that linger over the sweet and spicy malt notes into a sticky, dry finish. Dank and resinous with grass and pine needle flavor as well as some subtle grapefruit and citrus rind. This is countered by a sweet malt backbone that has a strong caramel flavor. There's also some toffee, bread, faint dark fruit sweetness and. a spicy rye component that nicely compliments the hop profile. Well balanced and easy to drink. A nice hoppy beer for the fall season.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look appears to be an unfiltered murky reddish brown color, with a very light brownish tan one inch head already on its way out and leaving some lacing. From smell I'm getting some sweet caramel maltiness...and on the back end I'm getting some grassy earthy hops also some very subtle fruitiness you would find in a typical IPA...(grapefruit etc.). Kind of lacking in the smell department. Ok, this beer is verrrrrrry drinkable and easy....... its a really good balance between bitterness and sweet ness as well. kind of one dimensional as you get all the flavors at once in your mouth rather then noticing a bunch of things happening.....very smooth though. Overall kind of lacks in flavor but for a drinkable ipa nonetheless.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes, you want a really assertive beer. This isn't an IPA. IPA means India pale ale. This isn't a pale ale at all. This is a big, nasty red beer with hops that smell of dank vegetation and an assertive if not abrasive malt that battles with the dank, vegetation hops for domination. The combat between the aggressive hops and aggressive malt results in a stalemate. For the Sierra Nevada fan, the result is a highly enjoyable ale that is greater than the sum of it's parts. Your wife/girlfriend will hate this beer.

The look is outstanding. It's a dark red, trending almost so dark as to look brown in the evening light of my house. The head foams up off-white and retains, lacing down the glass.

The smell of this beer - and smell is the only word for it - is of a dank, wet, meadow, with all of the smells of vegetation that entails. Unlike Corona and some other industrial brews, which smell of rotten vegetables, Flipside smells of a dank, earthy meadow - within the smell there is a suggestion of aging vegetation, but it's buried in the mix. The overall impression is of a fresh, very earthy brew.

The taste is as advertised - very earthy. The malt is heavy on flavor and it battles with the hops to create a dank, dark, heavy ale. The finish is clean, without for example the hops-based hint of paradise that you experience concluding a Rebel. A different aesthetic is at work here - up close and personal with a Sierra Nevada meadow, where the grass and the earth are clear and present.

This ale is medium-heavy in feel. It's not subjectively as thick as, for example, Samuel Adams Octoberfest. The taste is more heavy than the feel. At the same time, this is a big, deeply roasted barley malt red beer. If you're looking for something watery to chug, look elsewhere.

In my humble opinion, this red ale more than Torpedo is the logical conclusion of the direction of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada's recent hits Torpedo and Nooner are fresh, piney, sprints through a spring meadow. Pale Ale, in contrast, uses dank hops to generate an aroma of vegetation, and a significantly roasted malt body for a toasty flavor. Here in Flipside, the dank hops and the roasted barley malt are taken to 11. Nobody wants to drink the same beer all the time. Flipside is great at being what it is. One day out of 100, probably in the fall, you prefer this heavy red ale to Torpedo.

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Photo of drbenderdo
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle well past its prime....will re-review when fresh. Bottled on 07/14, consumed on 02/09/15. No hop aroma on nose. Color slightly cloudy. Well-carbonated. Taste is all caramel malt. Part of a 'mixer 'sixer I picked up at a local bottle shop. Shame on me for not checking the date well before purchasing.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A clear reddish-dark copper with a two-finger eggshell colored head. Decent head retention, and a healthy amount of clumpy lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of minty/piney hop and caramel malt.

T - Hop forward, but kind of a strange hop blend here with some earthy and pine elements and alpha acids, but without much citrus sweetness or tropical notes promised on the label. Almost a little onion/vegetal. Weak malt bill isn't really sweet enough to compete with the acidity of the hops, instead coming through with kind of a wafer/Saltine cracker like taste. Astringent/mineral almost salty finish. Not very balanced or nuanced.

M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Could use a thicker and creamier body IMO.

O - I usually enjoy SN products, but I think this one is a little off the mark in almost every area. Whats odd is that they have created much better red IPA's as part of their "Beer Camp" series. Wonder why this one got the nod? Not a repeat buy.

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Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear red-amber color with 1/4 inch of just off-white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

Somewhat typical for SN, hops dominated the nose, mostly floral and pine notes, with a low malt factor. The malt was a bit more noticeable on the tongue, but the hops still were dominant. In addition to the floral and aspects, there was a slight citrus finish at the back of the palate.

The body was on the light side of typical for the style, and had a bitter finish that lingered a bit too long for my enjoyment. Drinkability was OK, I probably wouldn't have 2 in a row, but I'd have it again. Overall, a nicely pleasant brew that's probably worth a shot when you see it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spicy and clean; some floral and grainy caramel also break through. Understated for an IPA, but versatile.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with pine- and citrus-affected crystal malt. Fennel is also represented in the aromatic display of flavors. The beer transitions effortlessly into the toasty middle, with low acidity. A slow earthy bitterness swells toward the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal replacement for Tumbler brown ale is a return to true Sierra Nevada form. It moves their annual line-up even closer to presenting an uninterrupted continuum of sensory qualities--this one seems to fit somewhere between Pale Ale and Celebration IPA. It appears to be a well-executed middle-road recipe that lacks much of a dry-hopped character one might hope for in a new IPA recipe debuted in 2013.

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