Recently a new fall seasonal beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company showed up on shelves. It is an American Red Ale with 6.2% Alcohol By Volume called Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA. Not more than a year or two ago, they released their other fall seasonal Sierra Nevada Tumbler, so maybe they are making a move towards having a couple of seasonal releases out per season?
Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA is a clear, brown colored beer, sporting a voluminous tan colored head. A sticky web of lacing coats the glass, and some sparse, microscopic particular matter can be spotted upon close inspection.
The nose has a very bright hop presentation, mainly floral and citrus, with grapefruit as well. Some underlying caramel malts.
Sweet pale malts start off the taste, lightly accented with caramel, playful light fruit notes in the transition, with the hops starting leafy and floral, citrus, with grapefruit and hints of tropical fruit as well. The mouth is medium bodied and smoothly carbonated.
Red Ales were ubiquitous when I first started enjoying craft beers, but they have kind of faded from style these days as hops have gained more and more popularity. I could see them making a bit of a comeback if other breweries try and emulate Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA. It is more balanced than your typical IPA, and overall its a pretty nice beer with a tasty dose of hops.
Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA : B+
Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA Specs
Beginning gravity 14.0° plato
Ending Gravity 2.8° plato
Hops: Magnum, Citra, Centennial, Simcoe
Malts: Two-Row Pale, Wheat, Caramel, Chocolate
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz