Description:Just when it feels like the dog days will never end,
suddenly, the switch is flipped, the air gets cooler and it’s clear that autumn
is on the way. Featuring a ruby-red hue and abundant tropical fruit and citrus
hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is the perfect beer for the final flash of
summer.— Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Random thoughts: Flipside is Sierra Nevada's brand new late fall release. It didn't replace another beer, and is sandwiched in between Tumbler and Celebration. You can read more about Flipside Red IPA here. I'm drinking it as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals.
The tasting: Deep reddish-orange in color, clear, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. It leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma provides a burst of hops—grapefruit, pine, and some earthy notes. Taste starts with a solid dose of grapefruit hop bitterness, In the middle, some slightly sweet caramel and bready malt flavors come through. But this beer is all about the hops! It sports a moderate to high level of bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma, but a touch is present in the middle. Flipside Red IPA is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a resinous mouth feel. It finishes semi-dry with lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Is this really a fall seasonal? Does it matter? Anytime of year is a good time for an IPA in my opinion, and this is a good one. Besides, its gorgeous color pairs nicely with autumn foliage...