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 MarkQ617
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of the fall mix pack. Beautiful reddish copper color, very appealing. The flavor has a smokey hops finish that is awesome for fall. Lots of sweet smoky aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel. I really liked it, a bit underrated.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a autumn leaf brown with a solid off-white head. The aromas of dense grain and honestly booze come slowly swirling out. The flavor is oaky, woodsy, umami, and with a slightly bitter, but pleasant aftertaste. This is an odd beer, not super hoppy, but with a rich brown malt presence. Not quite what I was expecting, but very nice.

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Photo of frozyn
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- Mahogany/dark ruby color with a finger-thick off-white (tan?) head that turns into a ring and leaves a little lacing behind.

S -- Floral, piney, a little earthy, a bit of citrus as well. Caramel hits the nose at it warms. There is a clear danky funk to it, although it doesn't overwhelm.

T -- Citrus hits hard up front, followed by floral and dank notes mid-palate. Letting it warm on the tongue brings out a malty sweetness that is followed by a mild bitterness at the end.

F -- Very drinkable, nice and smooth. A little resiny after-feel.

O -- Quite tasty -- another winner from SN. It's a nice contrast to IPAs that focus intently on only pine or citrus notes. The maltiness bring good balance. Will make for a great fall beer whenever that season finally shows up!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Color is rich mahogany color with an inch head.

Aroma is toasted malt that gives way to a light citrus hop smell. Pretty pleasant.

Taste kinda lets down toasty malt doesn't quite come through leaving the light citrus hops and a thin body.

Started out strong, then really let down.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red-brown, clear, thin white head, big lacing.

S - Primarily fruit and pine. Some honey and floral notes.

T - Bright pine hit, some spiciness suggesting pepper, mild malt sweetness, and a quick close of mild bitter notes.

M - Brisk carbonation, spiky spice notes, but a clean close that permits easy drinking.

O - Strong flavors do not change the general pleasant nature of this brew. Not exceptional, but decent.

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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 mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scored this brew as part of a fall variety pack with all good flavors and this one I haven't tried yet. SNB never disappoints so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get wafts of grapefruit citrus and papaya. Pours to a light root beer red with a solid head with cream on top. On the taste this brew is a citrus hoppy bite up front than a sweeter papaya tasting middle and a flat bitter but zesty finish. A different kind of malty sweetness, refreshing with a good backbone throughout. Another keeper from SNB.

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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 CraigP83
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep dark Amber color. Smell is light citrus and a hint of spiciness, I don't pick up much citra. Mostly malty almost a coffee? It's a fine beer but I wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nor bad. I bought a 12 pack that I thought was dated July 25 2015. When I brought it home, the box had a date of 2014. So, I had a beer that was over one year past its date. Smelled pretty malty. Taste was typical red ale with malts, some hops, and boozy. Mouthfeel was light. Some grapefruit and orange pith. I would love to try this beer fresh, but was impressed that it held up so well. I am wondering if the alcohol presence increases with age on these beers. Not unpleasant, but noticeable.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red with a cream colored head that hangs around and leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of pine and floral hops with some earthy undertones.

Taste is a pine floral bitter bite with a thick malt middle = a little biscuity. Finishes dry with a bitter herb punch.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - a beautiful almost translucent blood red, two finger almost tan off-white very thick head that stays around a while and some very sticky legs/lacing

S - citrus, fresh cut pine, cinnamon, slight fresh mint, a neat hop funk, almost has a ramen chicken bouillon note, dried rose petals, sweet malts and slightly toasted grains.

T - citrus rind, floral hops, pine sap, wintergreen, huge bready and sweet malts, gritty grains and a funky yeast note.

M - medium body, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation, nice balance, nice complexity and a sugary hoppy bitter finish.

D/O - Very interesting one here. Crisp, clean and goes down well but isn't quite refreshing. With all the malt and hops somehow the hop notes just kind of stick around on your taste-buds and make for a IPA/Amber that is constantly changing in taste. A really nice ale for sure, just confusing for the mouth and mind alike.

Final thoughts - A really nice 6.2% ABV, very interesting and definitely worth a try. The price point isn't bad either around $7-9 a six pack and you can find a 12'er sometimes at $11-12.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Dark brown with red highlights becoming apparent when you hold it up to the light. Head is light tan, very long lasting with great lacing. Smell is disappointing for the hop varieties used. Mild citrus hop with a bready caramel malt smell. Taste is very similar with a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Overall not my favorite take on the style as it is much to malty and I much prefer a hugely hoppy red IPA such as blazing world.

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Photo of Ego
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lurking in my cellar I had totally forgotten about this one

awesome head, 2 fat full fingers of head, brownish hue with a red glow, slightly murky,
a decent amount of carbonation keeps this thing afloat, lacing is superb as well as the stamina in the head stand - super nice

grainy and spicy, floral hops, slightly earthly, a tinge of caramel, all in check but nice

taste etc...
like many SN products this is ridiculously drinkable, the carbonation is bright without being bracing, the flavors are mild but peak where needed, it provides more punch than you think in all departments, ok now down to grass mats...
initially some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of bitterness, the carbonation floats it all on a magic carpet, then it falls off into a little more bitter and a slightly different sweetness, the linger is bitter but just enough to coax another sip, the ABV warms the belly just a hint but is no where in the flavor

tasty, a slightly different IPA, almost like a different version of summerfest... a bit more depth, really nice.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, almost opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of floral, piney, grassy, citrusy hops, as well as some bready, toasted malt, which imparts notes of freshly baked rye bread, including the aromas of caraway, black pepper and heather, as well as aromas of caramel and honey. But the predominate aroma is of hops.

Taste: Very, very, nice! Yeah, it’s an IPA, which means that the predominate flavor is floral, grassy, piney, citrusy, hops, but there’s quite a bit of bready, toasted malt, black pepper and coriander and caramel-like sweetness to beautifully balance everything out. It’s an excellent beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, beautifully balanced IPA. And this is coming from a beer drinker that doesn’t generally like IPAs! My tolerance for hops must be growing as I really, really like this beer! Very, highly recommended!

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Photo of Lager_stout_87
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the bubbly bitter feeling this beer give my tongue. It's got a hoppy and grapefruit with a hint of orange taste. This beer is a great summer evening sipping beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing - one of my favorite styles, from one of my favorite brewers. But just not much there with this one. Mild citrus hops nose, some caramel. Flavor is similar, stronger on the malt, limited hop presence, overall not much going on. Body is fine, although the carbonation seems lower than it should be for the style. Just mediocre, unfortunately.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber with a decent white head
S- mostly hops
T- malty up front followed by a nice hop bite
F- Smooth and pleasant
O Big hoppy finish, hops are certainly pronounced throughout. A pretty nice IPA

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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 magpieken
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz. Medium to deep amber colour with a mid density, light tan head which lasted well and left scattered lacing. Aroma of pine, resin, citrus, paw paw, caramel and licorice. Medium bitterness and light to medium sweetness. Medium bodied, almost fluffy texture with a semi-dry, lingering bitter finish. A hint of alcohol warmth. Decent enough. 7.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep amber red colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... light carbonation... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), citrus peel, some rubbery traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Good blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates), light alcohol, brown sugar, crystal malt, toffee, rubbery traces, soapy notes...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry initially then smooths out... full bodied... dangerously drinkable at 6.2%

Overall - A pretty good if fairly safe amber Ale... worth a try

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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 mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep amber producing a nice 2.5 finger, tan, frothy, nicely lasting head that leaves a good coating of thin, splotchy, webby lace. Nose is citrus, resinous pine & a hint of tropical hops forward backed by caramel, biscuit & toasted malts & something very rye like even though none should be there. Taste is citrus fruit & pith & resinous pine nicely balanced with toasted caramel malt imparting a subordinate sweetness with a burnt hint, finishing full bodied citrus, pine, a hint of tropical fruit & spicy hoppiness. Afrertaste is nicely bitter & lightly astringent again with something very rye like present. Overall malt & hops have a high degree of balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry & drawing aftertaste.

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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 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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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,857 ratings.
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