What follows is the September 18th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
Now that the first real cool front of the season has come through, it’s time to turn our attention to the autumn beers. Sierra Nevada has released a new one for 2013, called Flipside Red IPA. Flipside was created (according to its advertising) for that time of year when “the switch is flipped, the air gets cooler and it’s clear that autumn is on the way.”
Pouring a beautiful ruby red color with a nice two finger head, Flipside certainly looks the part of an autumn seasonal. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas abound, with the slightest bit of caramel malt coming through on the nose. Flipside utilizes Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops to get that distinctly fruity and floral aroma and up front flavor. The taste is a wonderful play between hoppy and bready, with both playing equal roles. The wheat, caramel and chocolate malts are more prevalent on the back end, where the malt backbone holds up to the moderate bitterness. This medium-bodied brew features a dry finish and is nicely carbonated.
To me, Sierra Nevada’s Flipside just screams to be enjoyed on the front porch while taking in a cool autumn evening. At 6.2-percent ABV, it packs a bit of a punch. Grab Flipside now, because once it’s gone, it won’t return until next fall. Find Flipside at Albertsons and other local grocers.
Cost: $8-9 for a six pack