Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1013) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 8/23/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful red hue (as advertised); dark but translucent with some carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Citrus, flowers, and piney hops altogether.

Taste: So it appears as though "Red IPAs" are a thing now. Though the name derives from the color and isn’t just a hoppy version of an Irish Red. I guess if anyone can pull off a derivative of the American IPA style it’d be Sierra Nevada, and they’ve definitely done well with the Flipside Red IPA. Surprisingly East Coast in character with plenty of piney, resiny, dank hop bitterness. The malt base is present, but subdued, imparting a slightly sweet, almost candy-like taste. The hops are bright and citrusy up front, but earthy and dank on the back end. A fine amount of bitterness, especially at the crest of the swig, but it’s not too intense. This is what a standard IPA should drink like. Residual bitterness on the tongue with just a hint of confectionery sweetness. Overall, it’s a well-balanced and interesting beer.

Drinkability: The best IPAs to drink are the ones that have the greatest sense of balance, so it’s no wonder that Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA rates high on my drinkability scale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with consistent carbonation intensity. At 6.2% ABV it makes good use of its weight as it’s plenty flavorful, but nothing obese. 
Grade: 8/10