MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours the color of the attempted India Red Ale I tried to make... more a slightly reddish brown than a pure red... so that is comforting to me. Head is decent, frothy and tan. Aromas are a nice mix of tropical and resiny hops with just a hint of earthy spice peeking through. While I thought I was picking up the Citra tropical fruit notes in the nose, the flavor is overwhelmed by resin, pine and a dank edginess. I like it, but wonder if a little more of that tropical flavor were present what this would be like. To me it is kind of like Torpedo in that it seems to promise Citra and then take it away once the beer hits the palate. It has a decent balance between a kind of grainy malt presence and the hops. Good beer!
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft and bottled samples. Dark orange in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are a blend of juicy pink and white grapefruit, pine resin, and sunflower seeds. Sweet citrus dominates the palate, with elements of toasted malt and very mild caramel. Medium bodied, with a firm bitterness. Could have pushed the aroma hops a bit further, but a tasty IPA.
mensch (265) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
It has a lot of really appealing aroma and flavor, which are unfortunately overwhelmed by just hints of that damn oniony hop. Grassy, green, garlic - call it whatever you want, just keep it out of my beer! I think it’s the Simcoe. Not bad overall, but it coulda been great.
adnielsen (9924) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Black Bottle. Pours a rust orange appearance with a cream colored head. Toasted caramel, fairly fruity, orange citrusy aroma. A bit chalky, caramel malty, earthy, light citrusy flavor. Bleh
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze-brown beer with a dark cream head. malt and grapefruit aroma. Grain and light cocoa flavor with pine and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grain and light cocoa lingers with pine and grapefruit.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled August 16th. Poured into a glass stein.
Appearance: Slightly hazy red/brown color. Finger or so of a tan head sits on top. Decent lacing.
Smell: Quite a bit of toffee and caramel, which gives it the Amber characteristics, but there’s plenty of hoppy goodness in there as well. A bit of grapefruit with pine.
Taste/feel: A hop spice is the first thing I notice, with the malts coming through on the finish. I also get a trace of alcohol flavor? Maybe? Spicy, earthy hops and bits of citrus take the forefront. The label mentions tropical fruits, but I don’t get much of that, if any. Aftertaste is mild, and not much there. Pretty dry finish. The taste that lingers is of pine and hop. Moderate bitterness, I’d say. The feel is actually surprisingly light... well, light/medium. Carbonation is also pretty low.
Looks great in the glass, smells really good, tastes pretty nice, and feels alright. Overall, Flipside is one of the more average offerings from Sierra Nevada, though Sierra Nevada’s "average" is better than many breweries’ best.
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark amber / copper color with an off white head. Citrus, some fruitiness, earthy, and pine.
seymour (1591) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from 12oz bottle into nonic glass. It poured a beautiful, hazy, deep reddish copper colour with moderate beige foam with spritzy little bubbles, evidence of live bottle conditioning yeast, long-lasting with sheets of lace. Profoundly fruity hop aromas, resiny, woodsy, citrusy, melon, berry and tropical fruits, perfumey. Rich caramelly sweet maltbill equal in strength to the layers of hop bitterness and flavours. Medium body and carbonation, well-rounded bready mouthfeel, smooth alcoholic warmth, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is exactly my kinda IPA. Complex, refreshing, really delicious. Yum. Can you imagine a cask-conditioned real ale version?!
kkleu357 (462) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Kind of has a rye flavor on top of the hops. Not a bad price either. Coats about $13 for a 12 pack.
scooterbub (910) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a one inch light tan head that lasts. Taste is of grapefruit, hops, pine and citrus. Similar aroma. Has a nice, wet body. The finish is a tad dry and a bit bitter. Easy to drink and rather refreshing.