Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA

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  1. brewtaster

    brewtaster Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2008 Indiana

    I just picked up a beer camp sampler 12 pack. From what you guys are saying, I cannot wat to break it open :grinning:
  2. raffels

    raffels Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2009 West Virginia

    Sorry that doesn't link straight in-just enter whatever for the age verification.
  3. rhythm

    rhythm Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2009 Texas

    been enjoying that pack myself. they're all good but the imperial red ale is my favorite.
  4. rhythm

    rhythm Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2009 Texas

    Citra, Simcoe, Centennial. I'm not an expert on Simcoe but from what others have mentioned I think that's the one that gives it that gym sock smell. Still waiting to find Flipside in Houston, TX.
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  5. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 Antarctica

    Simcoe is apparently "cat piss." I don't know what cat piss smells like, so I can't comment.
  6. darky

    darky Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    The Ruthless Rye label has got to be one of the best labels I have ever seen. Bought it BECAUSE of the graphics. Killer.
  7. macandrewsRIP

    macandrewsRIP Initiate (39) Oct 28, 2007 Massachusetts

    It's a dialed-down version of Torpedo with a Tumbler jacket on it. Definitely a west-coast IPA, hop-forward and all that, but the dark malts are a nod to the fall beers.

    If it is true Tumbler is gone after this year, the folks at SN thought 'we can't compete with the fall pumpkin beers so let's expand the line of seasonals to the end of summer/early autumn and try to mix the two'. (Just my .02 c)

    All in all it's great beer, i expected nothing else from one of the US's greatest breweries.
  8. fuzzbalz

    fuzzbalz Disciple (340) Apr 13, 2002 Georgia

    Just had it last night and I have to say it was just OK. It's good but not great, reminded me a little of the ruthless rye, without the rye. It's SN hopped for sure, but nothing different.......just ok. I'm not a huge fan of the tumbler but I kinda wish they weren't getting rid of it, it just seems like more of a "fall" type beer. Oh well, bring on the Celebration ale!!
  9. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I dont think it tastes like Torpedo at all.
    Seems closer to Southern Hemisphere to me. I like-a-lot.
    Tumbler was great but I think this is a nice replacement.
  10. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Initiate (0) May 3, 2012 Virginia

    Where did you find those? I've been trying to find out if Devestatetion is the same upc as Estate but can't seem to find the info anywhere.
  11. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (241) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    Yes, DevESTATEtion will be the same UPC as Estate.

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  12. RIPT

    RIPT Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 North Carolina

    I stopped in to Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC yesterday to grab some dinner and of course a couple of beers. Flipside was on tap! Excellent beer! So, for those of you in the Charlotte area stop by and give it a try. You won't be dissapointed.
  13. mcenroeb

    mcenroeb Initiate (44) Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts

    I had my first Flipside last night and I was underwhelmed (I am a huge SN fan) but I would agree with many posts that indicate they have way better IPAs such as Celebration, Torpedo, and the rye IPA.
  14. TheBeerShop

    TheBeerShop Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Massachusetts

    My rep sent them to me.

    Thanks for the info. We can't wait...
  15. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Initiate (26) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    Drinking my first Flipside now. Pretty tasty brew. I was never a big fan of Tumbler. Prefer Smuttynose Old Brown Dog if I'm in the mood for a brown.
  16. rhythm

    rhythm Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2009 Texas

    Finally found this tonight at my local supermarket. Love the smell (stinky in the best possible way, as others have mentioned), which gets even better (along with the flavor) as it warms up a bit. Sits nicely between SNPA and Torpedo while being a bit more complex. I can see myself drinking a lot of this stuff this fall.
  17. thatoneguymike

    thatoneguymike Meyvn (1,162) Sep 18, 2012 Georgia

    Flipside was good, but general consensus is true. Good, not great.
  18. dasenebler

    dasenebler Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    So what about this beer makes it an IPA, exactly? Because it sure doesn't taste like one. Heck, it isn't even a very good West Coast Red. It's a caramel malt bomb with bitterness. I'm generally a fan of SN, but calling Flipside an IPA (Red, Black, Purple or otherwise) just seems like false advertising. Not even close to Celebration or Torpedo. I've probably been drinking too much Heady Topper recently.:wink:

    PS. Tumbler is an excellent brown.
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  19. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (165) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    That's interesting because I thought it had great juicy west coast hop flavors. The sweeter malt bill complimented the bitterness perfectly to me as well. I guess that's what makes beer fun!
  20. rrock44

    rrock44 Devotee (443) Oct 27, 2009 Washington

    It's no celebration, but it'll help me pass the time. Good brew.
  21. Terp96

    Terp96 Disciple (381) Oct 18, 2004 North Carolina

    I agree completely. It sits well between SNPA and Torpedo. About the closest thing they have to Celebration. Not as good though. Can't wait for that.
  22. The_Feebler_Elf

    The_Feebler_Elf Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2013 California

    I just picked up a sixer of Flipside yesterday. I think it's well done - typical of SN's brews. No, it's not as hoppy as you might expect, but the Simcoe gives it a hoppy flavor I don't often encounter outside of an IPA. I'm wondering if the low ratings have more to do with what is expected of a SN IPA, rather than the beer itself. If the label didn't say "IPA", would the ratings would be different?

    Full disclosure, I gave the beer a low-ish rating after my first bottle. I'm starting to re-think my position.
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  23. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (269) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Tastes like an IPA to me but then again Im not what you would call an IPA expert.
  24. kjlcm

    kjlcm Initiate (179) Jul 16, 2013 New Hampshire

    Got a 12 pack yesterday. Love it! Reminds me of Lagunitas Lucky 13 which I also really enjoy. Really like the IPA / amber angle going on here. Personally I prefer this over Torpedo. I will also be drinking this a lot this fall.
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  25. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia

    I don't understand all the bitching, myself.

    I think it's a great fall IPA.. I can drink IPA's all day long, but this one was really nice I thought. Drank 3 of them without even realizing it while I was smoking some chickens last night. Has a bit more crystal in it than I like, but thats there for the color and the body for a heavier IPA.

    All in all, I think it's a great beer. Ruthless Rye in the spring, and this in the fall.. Yes please. Tumbler ain't bad, but I'll take this over Tumbler, and dare I say... over Celebration in the right setting.

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    hmmm. okay. maybe not gr8 but a bit better than good. I think some of these ppl are drinking it too cold. Does anybody else think ganja the instant upon imbibing this one? Not like midroponics but some hi octane ganj. I'm really feeling it. For me, it's smooth gut w/ the right amount of bite, and a rather specific hop profile, which i can appreciate even though there are 3 hops all up init. (I don't mean a specific strain of hops i mean specific flavor.) Over n out

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    liked where you were going until this: I'll take this......over Celebration in the right setting. Ninja please. you are out of line:slight_smile:
  28. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia

    Don't get me wrong, I love me some Celebration, but it's actually always been a beer I get a sixer of, and then never return to until I have a couple on draft.

    Flipside however... I'll be getting more of.
  29. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    It's been a while since I've had either Imperial Red or Nugget Nectar so I can't give you an opinion about whether Flipside is similar but I can tell you that it's real good and kinda different from anything else I've had recently. You get both an IPA and an Amber taste without either one overpowering the other.
  30. chimneyjim

    chimneyjim Initiate (73) Jun 23, 2004 Oregon

    So Flipside is available in Maine, Georgia, New York, etc., but not YET in Klamath Falls, Oregon, a mere 170 miles from the brewery! Please put some in our local stores, Columbia Distributors!
  31. Hobby

    Hobby Initiate (0) May 26, 2012 Michigan

    Picked mine up today, finally. Me and a buddy cracked one after some yard work and I thought it was good. Buddy liked it also. It is hoppy and tastes just like an IPA to me. Not a double IPA or a triple but just a good ipa. I like it better than Founders All Day IPA and I payed 8 bucks for it instead of 11 or 12 like other companies would charge for a six pack. Sierra Nevada is a company people should appreciate more because they offer good beers at reasonable prices.

    Anyway to each their own, if your interested in a good ipa at a reasonable price I suggest picking some up, I know I'll be buying more.
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  32. JT99125

    JT99125 Initiate (0) May 7, 2013 New Jersey

    LOVE The NARWHAL!! But it's hard to find around me right now, unfortunately. I was actually very impressed with the Flipside. I like it and I think it would pair nicely with Tumbler as two Fall brews. They should do like a split 12pack seasonal release half Tumbler and half Flipside instead of never doing Tumbler again. =(
  33. christracy76

    christracy76 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Ohio

    Flipside was darn good! Got it as a single at Kroger in Dayton about a couple of weeks ago
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  34. headylamar

    headylamar Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2010 New Jersey

    not sure what part of NJ you are in, but Canal's Lawrenceville had ~10 cases of Narwhal earlier in the week.
  35. racer2k

    racer2k Devotee (421) May 21, 2004 Massachusetts

    Decent hop forward SN offering. The best part about it is this beer are the Citra hops which have a big presence
  36. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,160) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    I think it's great.
  37. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    An Overall score of 95 means the consensus believes it to be great.
  38. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (746) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    Sure wish a giant brewery like Sierra Nevada had a Beer Finder on their site.
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  39. semaj

    semaj Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 Florida

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  40. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Crusader (746) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

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