Last week, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced the upcoming launch of Flipside IPA, a new seasonal Red IPA. Flipside will be available September - October and will be followed by the 32nd annual release of Celebration, an American-style IPA. A few personal observations:
First, Flipside is not replacing another seasonal and will be sandwiched between Tumbler and Celebration. Second, with the addition of Flipside, Sierra Nevada will be releasing back-to-back seasonal IPAs. Since IPA is the most popular craft beer style, I expect this news will be welcomed by many.
I was curious about the differences between Flipside IPA and Celebration, so I contacted Ryan Arnold from Sierra Nevada. Here's what he told me. "Celebration is an American-style IPA and doesn’t have quite the malt heft and ruby-red color of Flipside."
Sounds great to me! I'm looking forward to tasting it.
SIERRA NEVADA RELISHES THE DOG DAYS WITH NEW FLIPSIDE RED IPA
Chico, CA—July 30, 2013—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has long embraced the unrelenting heat of Northern California summers. Its new seasonal, Flipside™ Red IPA, is an adoring sendoff to those months of river days and porch-sitting nights. Available beginning in September in 12-ounce bottles and on draught, Flipside Red IPA ushers out the mild-mannered beers of summer with a deep ruby-red hue and hop vigor.
“As fall approaches, some folks gravitate toward expressive malts and others want hops to do the work. This year we have both groups covered: we’ve again produced Tumbler® Autumn Brown Ale and we’re introducing Flipside,” said Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “When the Chico sun eases up and we drop below triple digits, I’ll take a Flipside onto the brewery patio.”
Flipside Red IPA prominently features tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors from the use of whole-cone Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. These hops are used both as finishing additions and in the Hop Torpedo, a proprietary Sierra Nevada device that captures more hop aroma and flavor, but not bitterness, during the fermentation process. The interplay of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts firmly roots Flipside Red IPA and supplies its rich color. With just the right gusto—6.2 percent ABV and 60 IBU—this seasonal beer is perfect for the final flash of summer.
Following Flipside Red IPA in Sierra Nevada’s seasonal offerings is the 32nd annual release of Celebration® Ale, one of earliest examples of an American-style IPA.