Flipside Red IPA

American Red Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Flipside Red IPA, an American Red Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Flipside Red IPA is an American Red Ale brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a bottle.


The ale pours a clear ruby red and is topped by a thick cap of cream-colored foam that shows great retention. An aggressive pour yields the best results. Patches of sticky lace clutch the side and a pock-marked, puffy collar rounds the glass.


The aroma is bright with pine, hints of citrus, and caramel.


The palate opens with toasty bread and a gentle hopping that’s floral and piney. Caramel sweetens the middle and the finish is punched by a squeeze of tangy citrus. Orange and grapefruit juice mix with a hint of earthy wood that leaves a lingering bite.


Its feel has a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly and a touch astringent.


The Flipside Red IPA looks nice in the glass, has a pleasant aroma, and its balanced palate makes for a nice Red. Though it says IPA on the bottle, its bitterness is relatively mild. Perhaps its too balanced for some to the point of being dull. Either way, Flipside is a solid representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Flipside Red IPA: linguine with smoked salmon and capers, aged goat cheese, and New York style vanilla cheesecake.

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About the American Red Ale

The American Red Ale is similar to the American Pale Ale and American IPA styles but has a more pronounced malt backbone (caramel malt, typically) and it more bitterness than the similar American Amber Ale. The ale is amber in color with moderate alcohol strength. The style typically has a medium body or a bit over with matching carbonation.