Flipside Red IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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#18,710
Reviews:
436
Ratings:
2,936
pDev:
11.08%
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of earthy malt and grain, tropical fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that definitely has citrus and tropical aspects as described but there is an underlying earthiness that is battling for attention in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been late to the party on this one, an excellent new seasonal from sierra Nevada. the pour is clear and radiant almost ruby red, its that bright. the head is just off white and very dense, it leaves some lacing as it drinks too. aromas of dryer red malt, fresh hay, jolly rancher candies, and some citric hops explode from the glass. its complex for a red beer, and just as hoppy as I was hoping for it to be. the taste doesn't get much of the candy stuff, just a hint of artificial fruit sweetness I can only attribute to the grains. the hops are more bitter than flavorful, which hurts this in my opinion. it has a kick at the end too, like a kiss of rye malt was added, but that's all speculation. fuller bodied yet still refreshing, they did an great job with this and I cant wait to score a sixer at the store and evaluate it more thoroughly. perfect for fall.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2013 edition, from a grocery store in mid-town Denver.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, bursting bubbly ecru head, which leaves some pleasant webbed lace around the glass as things dip away.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit, and muddled tropical fruit, dank pine resin, bready caramel malt, and further wet leafy forest floor hop essences. The taste is sharp grapefruit and orange citrus pith, a softer melon fruitiness, raw pine needles, a damp herbal leafiness, lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of yeasty biscuit, and mildly astringent alcohol.

The carbonation is nicely frothy and restrained in its edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, generally smooth, with just a small clammy tic. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding tight, and the musty, dank, and still peppy hops ranging freely.

Lots of fresh hop flavours mucking about here, that's for sure, but they aren't allowed to totally run the table, as the malt backbone seems less than keen to take their guff. What we get out this is a zingy, earthy, and enjoyable IPA/Amber clone, in the best NoCal way.

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3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keeping up on the both current trends and with the season, Sierra Nevada doesn't let the hoppy taste of summer die easily. They retain that all that citrusy hoppy goodness that we love about hot weather and strings it together with a fall-like toasted malt character for an IPA with a boisterous malt backbone.

Its autumn-like rusty redish-brown hue catches the attention of the eye. Lightly hazy, its quite obvious that the beer has left its flavor and texture in tact. Firmly headed with a stained ivory and heady froth, its retention is withstanding and its lace is broken with concentric rings. Its a substantial look that's easily overlooked (Sierra Nevadas' ale appearances are way too easily dismissed).

The aromas are decidedly hoppy as the scent of white grapefruit (pith and peel), fresh-cut grass, and pine penetrate the nose- doing so with an herbal bit that's unmistakably of cannabis. Its sharp citrus and stemmy scent is woven together with malty elements of bread crust, toasted barley and burnt caramel.

To taste, the beer quickly gravitates to the toast, crust and caramel. But the middle quickly turns from malt to hops as the pithy citrus flavors provide an acidic taste in the middle. But edging toward finish, the ale is bitter, sharp and deeply resinous with pine, grass, leaf and herb. With no fruit esters or spicy yeast character, the ale is a highly direct balance of bitter hops and dry toasty malt.

Mid-light in body, the ale starts of with a hearty sweetness that invites creaminess with its embedded carbonation. But that sweetness turns toasty and the carbonation is fleeting in favor of dryness. This causes the beer to become severely malty-dry from the middle onward. Finishing with slight grain astringency, mild alcohol warmth and a deep resinous bitter dryness- the ale is somewhat harsh and simplistic in its final impressions.

Though I like a dry finish to any IPA, the sharp hop flavor and poignant bitterness is abrupt and aggressive- not because of its reckless use of hops, but instead because of its lack of proper malt support. Still, the ale is a refreshing IPA that begs for pizza pairing.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with somewhat interesting label art and branded gold pry-off pressure cap acquired earlier today at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are above average given the brewery. 2013 vintage. I don't see a bottled on or best before date listed. 6.2% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Red IPA.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Somewhat soft complxion. Inconsistent uneven lacing/"legs" cling(s) to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Fluffy. Head retention is good - about 6+ minutes.

Body colour is a predictable clear amber of average to above average vibrance. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a Red IPA - there's nothing unique or special about it - but it looks attractive. No obvious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: I definitely get the citra, simcoe, and centennial hops. Plenty of fruity notes from the citra/centennial - grapefruit & its accompanying citrus esters, cherry, and some tropical fruits - mango, melon, passionfruit. Simcoe lends a nice floral presence as well as some onion; that's never bothered me but might turn some off. I also get a hop-derived hint of pine, but it's a minor note.

On the malty end, there's amber malts, biscuit malt, light toasted malt, caramalts, clean barley, and perhaps a kiss of rye; it does have a slight spiciness that reads rye to me.

No real yeast character is detectable, but it does seem to be cleanly fermented with a fair amount of residual sugars. I'd guess a lower attenuated yeast was used, probably an American IPA yeast. There's no biscuity, spicy, or herbal yeast notes.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Amber and pale malts comprise the bulk of the body, with some toasted malt and caramalt in there too. I'm not registering rye or biscuit malt. There's plenty of malty sweetness here to play off the hop bitterness, but it's not cloying or medicinal. Caramel is a bit too prominent. The malt build leans a bit too much towards a winter warmer for a red IPA; I'd like to see them trim back that sweetness and limit the caramel substantially. It's slightly bready in character as well.

The hop profile is nice; you've got almost everything abovementioned including tropical fruit, grapefruit citrus, onion (primarily on the climax), and floral hops. Floral hop notes are dominant and come off pretty vague. It's not particularly dank or resinous. I don't really get any pine.

The malts and hops play well together, with the malty sweetness doing a good job hiding the hop bitterness. It's a balanced cohesive beer, but I wouldn't call it gestalt. Neither the malt choices nor the hop choices are ideal for the style, but it's a nice build for a Red IPA overall.

By-the-numbers; there are no inspired risks or bold experiments here. Clearly, Sierra Nevada is brewing for the average craft beer consumer. I'd love more complexity and subtlety; this is quite simple. But it isn't boring or bland.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through.

There's no alcohol presence. I don't find any severe flaws or off-flavours.

Mf: Lightly coarse and dry, aiding the facilitation of flavour delivery, but it's still smooth and wet enough to refresh. It's easygoing on the palate, with just a kiss of a light spicy warmth right on the climax; that's a nice subtle touch. Very approachable and pleasant. Good body and thickness. Nice presence on the palate; it isn't overbearing. It complements the flavour profile nicely.

The texture as a whole doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to the taste. It could be a bit oily, which would lend it an interesting feel.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: The main thing I ask of any IPA (or IPA variant) is that it be balanced. This beer delivers. That said, it's a very safely-brewed Red IPA from Sierra Nevada. This will satisfy your average craft beer consumer, but it's far from world class. I'd like to see a bit more risk-taking from Sierra Nevada in their seasonals, but this one of their better recent offerings. Very fairly priced. I'm glad this is widely available. Certainly above average, and very likable. You could do far worse than a 6er of this in your fridge, and frankly I'm a bit disappointed I didn't grab a whole 6 pack meself. Highly drinkable and easily enjoyable, Flipside is a beer I'd recommend to those just easing their way into craft beer.

B-

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01/11/18 impression:

B- / WORTHY

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, amber color with a foamy, off-white, two finger head. It smelled of roasted malt, pine and citrus. Good roasted malt taste with a pretty big dose of bitter hops.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours lightly cloudy light ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, mango, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, and pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely crisp and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by an ecru head ; a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Brown bread and caramel, with earthy hops and a bit of sulfur

Taste: Malt forward, with the brown bread and caramel flavors dominating the front end; the hops are no slouch, however, and they arrive in the middle to add a resinous balance to the flavor profile; the finish is well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A hoppy amber for the season; very much a middle-of-the-road beer, but nicely drinkable

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with some caramel malt clearly noticeable. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes and loads of caramel malt notes are also evident with quite a bit of residuals sugar. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Too much caramel malt for my taste with the Citra hops not coming out as much as I was expecting.

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 2,936 ratings