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.

Added by Zorro on 08-25-2013

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Ratings: 2,938 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of ryancl
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Elneely88
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours deep reddish brown with nice light tan head that settles to a thin film. Strings of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Picking up some light malt, caramel, biscuit. Very light citrus/pine hiding underneath.

Taste - The taste is more malt, caramel and biscuit just like the aroma. I will say the hops come out more in the taste, slightly bitter finish.

Feel - Medium bodied nicely carbonated with a light dry finish.

Overall - A decent enough beer just not digging the flavors.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewnme
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nosquatch
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear amber with a white head. Smells of malts, caramel, and hops. Tastes of lots of sweet malt, caramel, tropical fruits, and fresh hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall this is a good red IPA that seems to me to focus more on the malt aspect.

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Photo of RonM5xho
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep amber - almost mahogany in color; 2 finger tan head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: citrus, pine, earthy, caramel;

T: citrus, pine, and caramel playing off each other from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really enjoyable;

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Winzlow
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

...color, smell, feel...blah blah blah...what the others have said - but the biggest point of this is that it tastes like a hoppy brown that was homebrewed with extract. Not bad...but not what I am looking for in an IPA. Sorry SN...one of the few that does not make the grade :(
We expect better from you...

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Photo of Wheels2532
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitekid
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ahypercube
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Came in the 4-Way IPA pack this year. I like it, but it seems more like a hoppy brown ale to me than a red.

L: Pours a clear, deep brown with a thick and fine khaki head. Retention is excellent, and lots of lacing sticks to the glass. Reddish, but lacking in that ruby glow red ales usually have in the light.

S: Woody, and a little smoky. Charred oak and roasted almond blend with whole grain and oat bread, caramel, and some grassy notes in the middle, finishing in zesty orange, pepper and thyme.

T: Very simple profile. I wouldn't even say it's hoppy enough to be considered an IPA at all. Comforting mildly sweet bread crust, then blackberry jam, orange rind and then roasted malts and wood smoke. A touch of herbal character on the finish keeps it a sipping beer.

F: Admirable. A little clingy with the char notes on the finish, but nearly perfect. SN brews always are...

O: It seems more and more evident to me that IRAs (or red IPAs) can vary excessively from brewery to brewery. I like the ones that are more on the malty side myself, but this one just seems to have flopped over the line into the brown zone.

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Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A brown ruby color, clear, with a tan head.

S: Caramel, with bread notes, and some grapefruit peel.

T: Caramel sweetness, with dark bread, a touch of molasses. Light citrus with a toasty finish.

M: Medium light in body, fairly high carbonation, and a slight bitter cling in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty damn fine beer. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twax
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrJuengling
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange-tinged red body that is perfectly clear, fine orange-hued head that leaves layers of lace on the glass. The smell and taste are a good blend of rich, toasty malt and piney, citric hops. The respective sweetness and bitterness are very well balanced. The overall flavor, however, lacks a clear direction; it reminds me of a big but even-keeled German brew. The body is moderate-full, with prefect lovely carbonation.
This was a good beer, but I like mine to be at least a liiiiittle off-balance to give it direction. This had flavor to spare and was also balanced, and yet I still found it almost middling. Balance is a beautiful thing, but when it comes to beer, tip it one way or the other.

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Photo of jkblr
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 12/27/17 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.2% ABV. The beer pours bright rusty red amber with plentiful red tinted khaki head. Retention and lacing are well above average. The aroma is slight caramel, citrus and pine. The flavor is dry not sweet caramel, with highlights of fruit, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smoothly carbonated and dry in the finish. The bitterness is subtle and clean. Overall, very good. I have found red IPAs, in general, to be enjoyable only as the first beer of a session. This is a beautiful beer and nice to drink. Nothing earth shattering though.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty red beer pours out, Sierra Nevada always brings the professional grade clarity and this one is no exception. Gleaming as they say in close proximity to the cube. 1/2" off white head on the top. The aroma was similar to Loakal Red sans the wood, but the Chinook (I believe) hop seems more than present.

Taste is nice, the heavier malts are bouyed by a high degree of carbonation and those Chinook hops. Its pretty crisp despite having that heavier malt presence that tends to weigh things down in terms of conventional ipa usage these days. Of course when I say Chinook, that means a big green blast of bitter pine if being foisted upon the drinker. Leans way more pine than grapefruit.

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Photo of Loli88
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pkgd 12/14/17 opened on 1/11/18

A deep amber color with ruby highlights. Totally clear. The foam tower is impressive, off-white, sea foamy and bubbly, the retention is excellent as is the sticky lacing left-overs.

A sweet caramel, slightly oakie aroma of this amber type malt is very impressive. Leafy, dry hop notes followed by tangy and sweet tropical hop effects round it out. The three big hop strains, Simcoe, Citra and Centennial used in this brew really add up to a very interesting and bold nose.

The robust and heady amber malt pops out in the flavor first, roasty caramel style that is medium to full in body and feel, complex in flavor. The hops combine to be very earthy-dry-leafy and medium level bitter. The aroma is pretty sweet but the hop taste is mostly high aloha bitter and earthy. The finish has a sour, malty and leafy hop combo that really lingers.

This one has a very old school, alpha bitter hop expression. The balance for an "ipa" isva bit malt heavy. The malt is complex and enjoyable but a bit to brash for the style. Enjoyable but strange.

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Flipside Red IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 2,938 ratings