Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sierra Nevada Flipside

type: India style red ale
origin: Chico, CA
price: $13/12 pack
ABV: 6.2%
NSP: 21.4
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If there's any brewery that epitomizes value it has to be Sierra Nevada.  Never do you feel disappointed, and the price is almost always as competitive as the macrobrews.

This is a seasonal offering.  It's got a nose full of brown sugar and fruit; there's a slight imprint from the hops, but not much to speak of.  It's apparently hopped with Sitra, Simcoe, and Centennial, which translates to a good level of collective spiciness, earthiness, and fruitiness; but, there's a bit too much residual 'dank' to be really outstanding.  And, honestly, it's not hoppy enough.

Hop Head Red is still king of this castle, but this is certainly good enough.  I'd say this is right down the middle in terms of enjoyment, and at the top in terms of value.

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