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 slusk
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense light tan head. Good retention and lacing. Clear, red of course. Not an over the top hop aroma but piney, apricot hops are in the forefront. Nice caramel underpinning. Hints of raisin. Bitterness is well balanced and hop flavor is in the lead. Nice pine, apricot and subtle melon notes. Bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue. The sweet caramel malt isn't overshadowed by the hops. Fair bit of alcohol warming that finishes dry with a mild bit of astringency. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition.
Beautiful copper reddish color with a thin off-white head with short retention.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of caramels, pine, grapefruit, spices, tangerines and pineapples.
Delicious hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, tangerines zest, pine, American Amber yeast, toasted malts, spices, pineapple, mango, earthy and citrus hops, nuts and cranberries. Perfect sweetness level. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light going towards medium body with perfect carbonation.
Great beer, I am surprised how such big company can produce such quality beer, please don’t change this recipe. Very flavorful, complex, pleasantly hoppy and superbly balanced beer. Bringing together two styles I love, it cannot go wrong. I Don’t understand the disparity in grades, though the most recent ones seem much better. I guess average people like maltier-sweeter cloying beers.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper with light tan head. Head disappears relatively quickly but lacing remains very strong. Smells very earthy like cool wet soil on a hot summer day, lighter on the hoppiness. Very interesting and nice. The taste has a delicate bitterness and hoppiness up front but fades quickly to fruit punch on the finish (like Hawaiian punch - really cool). Has a very sophisticated feel for what I consider a sessionable beer. The complexity of a great IPA with a drinkability that is all its own. Overall fantastic and well worth the money. This and Celebration Ale have really impressed me and have been two of my favorites here at the end of 2014. Kudos Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of MartyMarrr
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Drank a bunch of these at the bar last night. Very session able. Easy drinking red IPA. Been very impressed with Sierra Nevada as of late. Defiantly one of my favorite national breweries at the moment

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Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Dark copper color, looks clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Light beige head, thick and rocky.

Citrus hops, herbal, spicy, fruity, sweet bread.

Hop foward, mostly citrus, herbal, spicy, a little mint. Deep malt backbone, sweet bread, toasted, caramel, bread crust. There some roasted mango towards the end. Finish is bitter and dry, yet pretty crisp. Body is full, a little oily, crisp, refreshing, dry.

It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

This has got to the be one of the most underrated beers on here, 86? Are you kidding me?

Absolutely love the very floral and herbal taste, and the hops are very good. I love the intensity that Torpedo IPA brings, but I also like that this one is not quite as intense, and gives you more of that earthy flavor, this beer is very very good and I will look forward to it every single year.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $1.49. Bottled on 8/26/14.

Beer poured a deep amber with a beautiful off white head that is lasting long and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pretty non-descript, a bit of the malt backbone is there and a hint of floral hops.

Taste is true to APA form, a nice liquid bread backbone topped off by a decent citrus and pine hop finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean, decently carbonated, and pretty refreshing.

Overall a pretty decent hoppy APA in my book. Would definitely get more if looking for something more toward the sessionable side.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours dark copper with a large head.
Nose shows toasty/bready malt followed by earthy hops. Quite faint.
Malty flavours. Nutty and toast notes along with the faintest chocolate note. Some soft piny and earthy hops.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

(3.60) A: When backlighted a cranberry-apple coloring with a generally good clarity and a strong rate of effervesce. Light tan, foamy head, one inch, with a strong retention leaving stratified lacing rings down the vessel.

(3.55) S: Aroma of cola-caramel and pine hops with some freshly fallen earthy leaves.

(3.60) T: Toasted munich malt and dry citrus hopping for flavor, earthy leaves with a generally good rate of bitterness on the finish. Piney citrus, with a hint of dry grassiness and breadcrust.

(3.55) M: Mouthful showed a good amount of carbonation, lively, dry, with a slightly oily feel.

(3.55) O: Overall, earthy bitterness, dry toasted ipa, though only mildly entertaining with a limited range of complexity. Good toasted body, though hardly exciting. Flavor seemed a bit thin at times substance wise.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap in a seaside dive bar, pint glass.

A- Dark amber, reddish-brown color. Thin off-white head, plenty of lacing. A robust lokking beauty.

S- Fire red roasted malts, citrus hops. Warming alcohol.

T- More dry roasted malt than hop flavor. Big malt flavors, caramel, dry rich bread.

M-Firm booziness, solid body. Dry, lasting hop finish.

T- Roasted malts and hops pair nicely here.

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

Deep copper color and clear. There is an interesting suspension of minute bubbles in the liquid. Small head providing a small number of spots on the glass.

Dry caramel and floral hop are the first impressions of the aroma.

Leans to the dry side that intensifies in the swallow. Light hop finish which leaves a mild, but lasting aftertaste. A bit thin with an elevated carbonation.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany from the twelve-ounce bottle into a Sierra Nevada shaker-pint, with a nice, lacquer-like sheen and a fine, dust-sized suspension of sediment. A moderate, two-centimeter head dissipates quickly to about half that, but retains its latte-foam ring nicely around the rim; atop this floats aromas of resinous tropical hard-woods, along with notes of forest herbs and early-winter pine. The flavors are likewise deep, with a robust red-malted base—showcasing equal parts smooth grain-sugar and an almost-rye-like dryness and spiciness—that forms a sturdy stage for the variegated hops which star. Of those hops, however, the flavors of the Simcoe and Centennial shine through much more than the Citra, which produces a more even-keeled, pine-and-bitters body that isn't as tropical or complex as the nasal bouquet, though Flipside does taste more citric than it smells, and is decently juicy moreover.

This is a really effective, yeoman effort from Sierra Nevada, which—while not truly great—is very good. While it is a pretty solid "rebuttal to the [...] beers of summer", I'm nonetheless think it better complements the later, fully-chilled days of Autumn, as opposed to the "final flash of summer" for which Sierra Nevada intends it.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

I think the description on the bottle really does do this beer justice. CItrus hop forward with a touch of pine to remind you of warmer weather, then a solid but not heavy malt backbone to remind you it is a red ale/amber ale and that fall has arrived and we're headed for colder weather.

Very solid all around.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours clear, red-brown in the glass with a two finger high, beige head. Quite a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Resin, honey, sweet caramel malt, apples, brown sugar and grass.
Taste: Caramel, grapefruit, citrus, pine, grass and a great bitterness.
Body: Crisp, light body with a light carbonation.

I really enjoyed this Red IPA!

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper-amber pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose isn't huge, a bit malt forward with lots of caramel along with hints of brown sugar and subtle pine and citrus. The taste follows suit with the caramel malt once again the star. Hints of pine, brown sugar, tangerine, subtle grapefruit, and toast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and incredibly well balanced with a subtle creaminess and smooth finish. Overall, I wouldn't really call this an IPA, but it's a solid Red Ale with off the charts drinkability.

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Photo of mchegash
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Date: 8/30/2014

Appearance - 4.5/5
Pours a deep red-brown. Moderate head retention. In between totally clear and totally hazy. Through the deep red, I can see multitudes of tiny carbonation bubbles flowing to the top. Overall, the color is really excellent, and the head looks nice.

Smell - 4/5
A combination of piney and tropical fruit hops (smells maybe like papaya?). Although I don't know whether or not I would have been able to detect the tropical fruit smells if the label on the beer had not indicated their presence.

Taste - 4/5
Fruity, citrusy, and piney-resinous hop flavors. I think I can definitely detect the subtle tropical fruit twist on the traditional IPA taste.

Mouthfeel - 3.25/5
The beer is light in body, and fairly crisp. The carbonation is light.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decently good IPA.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear white wine glass. Bottled on 9/10/14 stamped on back label. Purchased at Clarendon Liquor (Boston, MA) for the PHX NASCAR race.

A: Very clear autumnal amber with 1-finger of light beige head with decent retention and a strip of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Not much aroma overall with a lot of caramel malt notes and muted hopping. A bit of pine and citrus but it is covered but the malty overtones.

T: Enjoyable but a one-and-done beer for me. Very sweet on first taste which falls away with time but a lot of medium caramel notes and citrus and pine hopping. Bitterness is medium and seems too much although I know it is a red IPA. Alcohol is not detectable and there is not much for yeast character.

M: Decent feel but body seems a little too big and carbonation too high.

O: A dull beer, seems lifeless and flabby. Big disappointment from SN.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured a clear reddish brown body with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. An amazing looking ale, a combination of a red ale, an IPA and a brown. Scents of lemon peel, grassy hops, tropical fruit, especially mango with some pineapple, a light pine resin and a nice soft presence of toasted and bready malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a wonderfully hoppy, yet deeply malty ale that feels like both an IPA, a brown and a heavily hopped red ale. It is unique and quite pleasant. Flavor begins moderately bitter with notes of pine resin, tropical fruit and dried orange peel, light lemon zest, a backbone of toasted malt and light caramel. This moves into a middle that is bitter and continues the previous flavors but adds a grassy hop flavor and more tropical fruit, especially mango. Flavor is dry with strong notes of pine resin, light tropical fruit, moderate toasted and nutty malt, light lemon zest. Aftertaste is toasted and nutty malt, light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a wonderfully rich and hoppy beer that has a pleasant toasted maltiness and the pleasant flavor of West Coast hops. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is resinous with light carbonation and a slick, oily finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice, hop forward beer. Well done and pleasant. Overall this is a well done and rather unique beer. It combines the toasted malt of many Autumn beers with a nice hoppiness that adds balance. A very nice beer and a solid addition to the SN seasonals.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

I drank this from the bottle outside. When I cracked it open I could smell the hops, the first taste was outstanding, pine and citrus with good malt smoothie. Mouthfeel was excellent and this was an easy beer to drink. It was 39 degrees clear and cool outside and the beer felt like that. Excellent beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle label data: PKGD 09/10/14 15:11

Deep reddish copper hue with a very thick, long lasting, creamy head; lots of slow rising, tiny bubble carbonation; thick, sticky rings of foam remain on the glass. Excellent malt aroma, slightly sweet with a hint of rye spiciness; pine and citrus hop aroma. Mild caramel flavor and very subtle chocolate with spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied; tingly on the tongue; mostly dry finish.

A very enjoyable, malt-forward beer with a nice hop spiciness to balance it all out. Looks, great, tastes fine, and makes an outstanding autumnal brew...

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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 chogm54
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into half pint, bottled July 2014. Surprised they got it over to Oz so quick.

L - Dark caramel brown, clear, pours thin white head, thins out to a 2mm thick lacing.

S - Sweet caramel sweetness and lightly roasted malts, hint of dark fruits (dates) and very faint floral hoppy odour.

T - Caramel, roasted malts, slight smokiness like a rauchbier. Some citrus like (blood orange) acidity part way through. Then the sweet toffee and hoppy bitterness comes through towards the finish. The is a lingering spicy (pepper) earthiness to the finish.

F - medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, feels a tad watery.

O - feels more like a red at the beginning, but then the solid hoppy bitterness makes itself known. Nothing outstanding, but a solid red IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of ttroha
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours ruby read with a small fine head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, citrus and honey. Taste of caramel with citrus hops. Decent beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

This is a very good beer. Well balanced. It has a good amount of floral hop flavors and aroma. But it also has a good amount of caramel malt in there too. Its very balanced. Definitely worth seeking out.

Appearance: Very dark, amber with some head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Sweet malts, floral hop aroma.

Taste: Super well balanced it takes both sides of the flavor profile and nails the combination perfectly.

Overall: I am happy I picked up this 12 pack, it was really well priced and is an amazing beer. Good alternative to all the Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers this time of the year.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic Red IPA. You don't find Red IPA's very often but it's a great merge of the two beers. I plan to get this beer at least once a year when it comes out.

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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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