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 Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Sierra Nevada 6-pack offering/fall seasonal, always exciting!

Color is dark brownish amber with some clarity. A super-thick beige head retains very well and leaves great lacing. Smell is surprisingly kind of tame. Toasty and sweet malts lead the way with piny hops and some grapefruit there.

The taste is definitely hoppier but pretty balanced overall. Lots of bitter pine and earthy tones, citrus, floral, and a touch of pineapple perhaps. Malts show up more in the finish, mostly toasted bread with some light caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat hefty for the ABV/style, carbonation on the lower side.

A solid red ale, especially at the price point.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - deep amber/copper body, creamy ivory head leaves lacing down the glass is it slowly fades
S - floral hops, pine, caramel, citric orange and grapefruit
T - huge, bold flavors with sweet burnt caramel, grain, balanced by a heavy dose of piny hops, grapefruit, orange zest, slight hop spiciness
M - oily hops coat the palate with a sticky smack if dry pine that lingers with a tongue prickle, medium body, ample carbonation
O - solid red IPA from a top craft brewer!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very dark red with big soapy off-white head with big bubbles that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Huge piney, tropical hop notes, peach, mango, and grapefruit notes. some juicy fruity red ale notes. Very nice aroma but did not stick around very long.

T- Big burnt caramel, some juicy red ale notes, lightly tropical and piney hop notes. Pretty harsh bitterness, but not nearly as hoppy as the aroma

M- Very dry, high carbonation, pretty smooth, and medium bodied.

O- A pretty good red ale, but not nearly hoppy enough to be a red IPA. The bitterness is definitely there and may actually be a little too much for the lack of hop flavor in this beer. Sierra Nevada makes my favorite IPA in Celebration Ale and while this is still an enjoyable beer it is a little disappointing coming from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.


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Photo of zac16125
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 9/11/13

A: Pours crystal clear dark amber-brown with 2 fingers width of light tan head which dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Malty, smokey, citrus and resinous piney hops. Good balance of malts and hops, but heavier on the former.

T: Hoppier flavor than aroma. Piney hops, soapy notes, and citrus rind. The smoked malt in the aroma comes out as well. I really dig this flavor profile.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a real nice offering. Not something Id make a staple in the fridge, but I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jpro
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz single poured into a snifter...

A: Deep amber red; light khaki / cream head leaves a few spots of lace.

S: Light pine and citrus rind; not much malt other than some toasted grain.

T: Sweet caramel / toast malt; light resin and citrus hops.

M: Medium body; high carbonation; dry finish.

O: A nice beer; pretty well rounded... tasty and simple. Will this become SN's new fall seasonal and replace Tumbler? That would make three of their four seasonals IPAs... As long as they don't mess around with Celebration Ale, I suppose that's OK. Although having a brown ale is kind of a nice change of pace. A discussion for somewhere else, I suppose.

*from notes 09.30.13

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Photo of Onenote81
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one on-tap at First Street here in town. Came out a clear ruby red with a creamy off-white head. Great retention to this one as it left nice sip rings on the glass. Nice citrusy, danky aroma really invites me in.

Ample carbonation bolsters this beer well making this all-to-drinkable. Bitter citrus-rind hoppiness carries this one. Semi-sweetness on the finish with some lingering bitterness on the palate. This is quite the approachable easy-drinking Red Ale. I'd love to see this one around more. Nice work, SN.

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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 srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep clear honey, solid off white head... thin lace.

S - Malt is present but hops are stronger in the mix.

T - Bright, slightly malty, hoppy. Nice pleasant taste.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, dry finish and to the hop side.

D - Nice session beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out with an aggressive craggy head. Deep crimson color muddled by some light haze. Lacing is a thumbs up.

A plus, earthiness and peachy fruit displaces the usual pine and grapefruit hop presence of a red IPA; minus, there's not enough of these aromatic C-hops to go around. Simcoe keeps it grounded with flutters of spice, while there is a soft tropical fruitiness from the Citra. Malts aren't overly toasted, so I'm expecting a fruity IPA here.

Hop bitterness pushes past much fruitiness, so rind-y citrus and stone fruits are missed out on, for the most part. A little too crispy, in that it's a bit thin, in that the booze is tasted and too much so. There's a seawater finish that almost comes off minerally and slightly chlorinated. Maltiness is trying to hold back, and toasty elements don't steal away from solidarity and richness. I need more Citra and less Simcoe to make this work. Not awful, by any means, but my expectations were set high as this IS a Sierra Nevada seasonal.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Easy to drink, carbonation is evened-out.

Not meaning to be really hard on this beer, I must admit it's a sturdy red ale with some interesting hop notes. A 'B' beer.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottled 8-5-14. Kicked up a nice two finger fluffy tan head that settled to a quarter inch that lasted to the end. Clear reddish-brown color. Aroma was a bit subdued, with some piney and citrus notes. Also got some caramel and malty bits. Taste was pretty good, with a good hoppy bite, also got a bit of sweetness and caramel as it warmed. Medium body with good carbonation. This one is really in my wheelhouse, especially considering the price. Keep up the good work Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Flipside Red IPA a couple weeks ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to give a new beer from Sierra Nevada a chance and a Red IPA sounded pretty good tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= The label is pretty nice looking and fairly eye catching. It poured a dark amber color that took on a crimson hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of the typical Sierra Nevada hop profile with citrus, piney and floral hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a nice amount of malts with caramel malts and bready malt aromas coming through. The aroma is pretty nice and it's nicely balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts showing up first and imparting some caramel malt, bready and slightly nutty aromas. Up next comes the hops which seems to be the same as they were in the aroma, but this time it's the piney hops that seem to stick out the most. It had a higher amount of medium bitterness with a malty and piney aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, the malt profile was really nice, but the typical Sierra Nevada hop profile was a little boring.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little dry, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and above average example of the style, the hops didn't do the greatest job at holding my attention, but I thought the malt profile was really nice. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean and the flavor did a decent job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the malt base, I thought it was very well done. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile, it wasn't bad, but it's very typical for Sierra Nevada and it can be found in almost all of their other hoppy bees. I might order this at a bar, but I don't think I would buy any to keep at home and I would recommend it to people that like pretty hoppy Red Ales. Overall I liked this beer, but I wish Sierra Nevada would try something different when it comes to hopping their beers. This was a solid effort, but I prefer Tumbler over this beer and I'm sad to see it go, I just don't think Flipsise is on the same level, especially for the season.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red glow with orange hues around the top edges. Thick billowing bright white head that retains well.

Aroma: Citrusy hop notes up front followed by a considerable earthy/resiny scent typical of highly hopped Sierra Nevada brews. There is also a good dose of bready grain and caramel.

Taste: Opposite the aroma with bready caramel up front. Hop flavor imitates the nose with citrus, resin, and a hint of floral.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied on the tongue due to the residual caramel sugars with a dryer finish. Carbonation level is significant and adds to the dry perception.

Overall: A pretty good selection though not in Sierra Nevadas top 5. It is marketed as a Red IPA, however, it resembles an amber ale. Very well balanced with more aroma hops than bittering.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a reddish color with a thick off-white head. Some nice lacing is present

S-Hops stand out with a mix of citrus and pine.

T-Hoppy-citrus/pine and somewhat herbal. It has a nice caramel malt backbone. The flavor really reminds me of Celebration Ale and/or another Sierra Nevada IPA.

M-Pretty creamy

D-Very drinkable

Overall, this is another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a dark ruby red, amber highlights, one finger creamy white head. Had died to a nice thin film with light lacing. Looks great.

S - lots of hop aromas, earthy mostly with fruity citrus and grass. Sweet malt notes and a pepper yeast bouquet.

T - subdued flavor hop profile, is there with some fruityness and earth tones, but is more malt forward with a nice biscuity, bready character which is quickly followed with a bite of Bittering hops. Has a nice peppery yeast character at the end. Leaves a lasting aftertaste that is very enjoyable.

M - light to medium in body with good amount of carbonation. As mentioned under taste there is a nice aftertaste. It's also crisp and warming, despite only ~6% abv, maybe it's the bitterness, but this would be really good sitting out on the porch on a crisp fall evening.

O - mixed feeling of this. Red IPA I would expect more hop flavor upfront, I know traditionally a red ale will lack late addition flavoring hops, but if you slap the word IPA on it, I expect it. It does have some but just not what I was thinking. Beyond that it tastes great, the Bittering is huge and refreshing.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice orange to amber red color. It glows a lighter orange if you hold it up to the light. Like many beers from Sierra Nevada, it has some really nice clarity to it. Thick soapy/frothy creamcicle colored head, mostly medium sized and small bubbles but this beer has great glass retention/lacing to it.

Smells good, has some nice sweet yeasty/orange bready aromas. The strongest feature is the hops. Tropical and citrus tones to it. Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops according to the label, I'd say a pretty equal balance among the three, slightly tickles your nose at the end, well balanced smelling beer throughout.

Taste is really good, great balance on the malt and hop bills. Taste of darker grainy bread that's toasted with a dab of honey initially. Then after that there's some nice hoppy flavors. It's not too bitter without being too mild. Nice citrus and tropical tones here, probably more citrus, sweet clementine and some peel, very nice.

Moutfeel is good, lighter end of medium bodied, taste slightly lingers a few seconds. Great carbonation level. Well balanced overall, steady sweet start with a clean bitter finis that's slightly dry. This beer is a perfect transition from summer to fall beer, great in between beer. I like the Red IPA style and this is a good example, slight step back to the Sam Adams version, but it's still a great beer. Drinkability factor is crazy, I actually had to crack a second one during this review because I drank the first one faster than expected.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark crimson amber color with tan head

Smell - caramel, grapefruit, pine

Taste - caramel, grapefruit, pine, green tea

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, sweetness upfront, bitterness follows, crisp and smooth on the finish

Overall - this is a good take on an amber ale, I would drink this again

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz bottle

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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 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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Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a thick, foamy beige head.

Big citric and piney hops with a solid, slightly sweet, caramel, wheat, malty backing.

Medium+, smooth body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done amber ale. Big hop notes blend very well with the different malts used. Something I could certainly enjoy a 6-pack of.

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Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red in color with an orange hue and a slight chill haze. Poured with a short off white foam that reduced to a soapy cap that left wet lacings on the glass. Slightly pungent hop aromas up front with ripe orange and pineapple. Pine hop aromas, sugary sweet caramel malt and spicy hop aromas from the middle to the end. Medium bodied with an initially thin feel until the rich tangy carbonation rolls through. Caramel malt flavor down the middle with pine hops on the edges. Pine hops transition to mellow rule citrus flavors through the middle with sugary sweet notes in tow. Finishes with ripe  citrus fruit sweetness and delicate, lingering pine hop bitterness. Thoroughly enjoyed the complex flavors and aromas of this one.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - A murky ruby-brown with a finger of off white head.

S - Sweet bready malts and caramel.

T - A large amount of malt. Sweet bread, caramel, roasted malts, a hint of hop bitterness. This has a good amount of complexity, and it's definitely easy drinking.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. This is super creamy and smooth. The mouthfeel is really great.

O - Something a little different than what I'm used to, and I love it. Very smooth, creamy, and sweet with a little bitterness to balance it out.

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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 ElSid
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 9/18/13

A: Hazy amber red with a billowy tan head of foam

S: Subdued overall the nose is of earth with some brown sugar along with pine needles, dankness, and hints of spice.

T: Thick, chewy malt breadiness with burnt sugar and strong earthiness. The hops are dank and somewhat piney. The finish is spicy bitter with minimal alcohol.

M: Medium and syrupy as any good IPA. Good supporting carbonation.

O: Good maltiness paired with earthy hops. Appropriate for the fall season. An above average Red IPA but not quite a fridge staple.

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,856 ratings.
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