sinfull (1117) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Brown color with average beige head . Great hoppy aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is moderate sweet with dominating hoppy note . Pleasant bitterness in finish , medium body and carbonation. Bittersweet finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1441) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. The pour was a hazy mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that diminished slowly, eventually becoming a large puddled film with a medium collar and had good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of toasted bread malts, pine hops and an earthy yeast with hints of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a light fruity ester.
The taste was mildly malty sweet with a slight fruitiness and a touch of caramel from the start (which was present throughout), and then became extremely hoppy with a strong pine presence and a nice citrus peel bitter towards the finish. The flavor hung on for an extremely long time proceeding the swallow, with the hoppy citrus peel bitterness lingering on the taste buds for quite a while.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a creamy, dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a pretty damn tasty IPA, with the mildly sweet fruity flavor coming together rather nicely with the bold hoppy bitterness, creating an absolutely pleasurable drinking experience...
can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Seems predominantly earthy and piney - surprising since it notes the citrus characteristics on the bottle. Well balanced, but I wanted this to be more aggressive in terms of hop presence, and more like the label indicated.
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber/red body with a large off-white head. Big aroma of pine, citrus, floral hops, toasted grain and hints of fruit, especially pineapple and grapefruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/slick texture, lively carbonation. Note of vitamin B in the finish. Taste of citrus, pine and resin, but thankfully the resin is not dominant. Nice IPA.
Beermack (725) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Copper pour, thin white head. Lots of tropical sherbet notes on the nose - plenty of sweet orange - sweet caramel and pine resin too. Zingy grapefruit and orange in the taste, big slab of pine resin, light red berry. Decent caramel to balance, but not overpower. Lingering sherbet fruitiness and resiny pine. Solid bitterness. This is good stuff.
asheft (2739) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Spicy tropical and cat pee hops aroma in front of a caramel malt backbone. Almost clear reddish amber under a thin, white sheet. Spicy citrus and pine flavour with a strong spicy melanoidin and caramel backbone and a medium bitterness. Clean fermentation. Medium body, medium carbonation, slight lingering bitterness.
Dal9000 (317) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark red with a white foam. Immediate aroma of pine. Initial taste of pine needles. The pine continues after swallowing. And stays on the tongue.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark muddy brown, turbid, with clingy off-tan head. Nose is earthy caramel malt, vinous fruit, hops. Tastes earthy, caramel malty, with an overall hoppy and vinous fruity flavor. Finishes resiny hoppy and dry.
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog purge. On tap at the Standard Pour in Sonora. Toasted tangy red malts, slight crystal, candied orange, toffee, grass.