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 Mortarforker
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sierra Nevada always puts out a quality brew and this one is no exception.Pours a beautiful red hue.Smells of grapefruit and pine needles to me.Really tasty beer but would be hard for me to drink more than one of these a night.Overall a satisfying brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

On tap at the Crafted Keg. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body with a huge off-white head. Nice lacing. Good retention.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Some orangey citrus. Toasty malt, but not a lot.

Taste - Orangey citrus hops. Pale malt. Tastes like an IPA up front. Nutty and bready caramel malt build as grapefruit hops turn more grassy. Medium bitterness with a strong grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Creamy up front and bitter in the finish.

Overall - Well made, maybe not the most flavorful, though.

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Photo of bosoxyear
3.84/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of starkdog24
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Perhaps it's the change into fall, but this beer was a great change of pace with summer IPAs.

Appearance -- It's a perfect copper red, very clean and clear.
Nose -- Less hop aroma as SN Pale Ale, maybe a hit of caramel from the darker malt (?)

Taste -- a classic Sierra Nevada flavor with their whole cone CA hops. A subtle change is the malt used. The difference is the malt additions -- a little thicker, maltier, toasty taste.

An excellent seasonal by Sierra Nevada. I recommend it, if you're leaning toward a toastier taste when entering the fall season

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Grugalug
4.11/5  rDev +7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very rich looking reddish amber color and leaves a good 1-1.5 finger of head. Some carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. The head sticks around for quite a while and the lacing is pretty sticky. Looks very nice. (4)

S- Huge tropical fruit. That's what Sierra Nevada advertises on their website and they are absolutely telling the truth. Pineapple, grapefruit, and mango dominate. I actually detected a caramel maltiness as well which was surprising and welcome as well. It smells incredibly fresh. (4.4)

T- The tropical fruit hop presence is there but it gives way a bit to a resinous hop flavor as well. Again the caramel malt shines through and is really a wonderful pairing with the fruity and resinous hop presence. Has a very nice bitterness on the back end and it was very balanced to me. (4.1)

M- I found it to be medium-bodied. It feels like you are drinking something that is substantial, but it is definitely not heavy. The carbonation is not too high or too low and adds the right amount of a refreshing character to the beer. (3.8)

O- Personally, this might be my new favorite Sierra Nevada offering. I think that I prefer it to the Torpedo, Rye IPA and the Celebration. Those are all awesome beers, but for me this one has a bit more complexity than the others and it accomplishes this without muddling any one attribute. Really solid and I hope that it becomes a regular offering at the end of the summer. It certainly deserves to be. (4.11)

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3.84/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz Brown bottle with pry off cap and bottled on 07/29/2014 . Poured into a Becker pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear deep red, amber with 2 fingers of head with lacing down the glass

Smell: Citrus hops and malt

Taste: Citrus hop bitterness upfront but it is balanced with a caramel malt profile throughout until the finish which has some underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Rich and plentiful

Overall: I personally enjoy this more than I did last year when first released. Theres a nice complexity between the citrus-forward hops and the darker malts. I feel the hop flavors are masked somewhat by the malts used compared to Sierra Nevada's other IPAs. This leads to the hops giving almost a spicy note throughout.

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Photo of Chilly_E
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gc4hokies
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a nice amber color. Nice carbonation. Dry bitterness in this one. The darker malt is just enough to make this drinkable. No sweetness of note.

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.36/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,860 ratings.
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