Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

Originally brewed for Boulder Beer's 30th Anniversary. An India Brown Ale. 65 IBU
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Reviews by B0BZ1LLA:
Photo of B0BZ1LLA
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer comes out a tea color with a touch of red. Mine had a nice, 2 inch head and left significant lacing on the glass.

S: A sweet, malty smell that I associate with a brown ale, as well as grass and chocolate.

T: moderate citrus hops and chocolate malt

M: moderately rich, full

O: I agree with other reviewers that there are too many clashing flavors here. Still, it's a decent beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear medium brown with some reddish hue,a tight formed slight off white that clung to the glass atop.A mix of citric hop,caramel,and light roast in the nose,I was anticipating a little more of that cascade hop profile to come though.The hops are more prevelent on the palate,a mix of chocolate malt and sweetish caramel mixed with big citric hops,a nice earthy tone finishes a pretty complex brew.A very nice IBA,better then Terrapin's, but thats besides the point,a damn fine beer.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brownish, very deep copper color with a fairly robust head that retains well and leaves decent lacing.

S: Well, it's got IPA aromas of the citric/piney variety, but the malt character comes through as rich and thick, with some chocolate malt notes and caramel.

T: Pow! Hops hit upfront, but there's a great robust malt backbone here consisting of toasty grains, chocolate malt, caramel, and a fruity note punctuating some residual sweetness. The hops come through loud and clear. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and a toasty grain character. These hop and malt flavors are really working for me in this brew - they match and play off of each other really well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

D: I like it and could easily drink multiple bottles.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pour to my pint glass was a nice plum to deep amber color with a slight head and consistent lacing. The aromas of sweet malts and fruity hops mix nicely. There are definate aromas of candy sugar and dried fruits. The understated hoppiness is layered with heavy overtones of malt and molasses. This brew is smooth and borderline rich. There is a great layering of flavors here, really the first beer to teach me about flavor layering. The pleasant carbonation and tendency away from being syrupy for a sweet brew are nice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a cherry amber color with a thick, off-white head. There was a good deal of lace.
Citrus hops, kind of peppery. Some roasted malt in the background. Aroma mostly reminescent of an IPA.
Grapefruit taste, a little bit of piney hops. Caramel malt in the background, maybe some chocolate.
This was a nice, medium-bodied black IPA. I enjoyed it.

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours an amber brown with a frothy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, and fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruit followed by a decent amount of bitterness in the finish (more bitter than I remembered). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice hoppy brown - one of Boulder's better brews.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Pous darker honey amber, clear, under a fluffy and long lasting medium khaki head, which in turn leaves a boat load of quality sheeting. Mostly malt is what my snifer picks up, sweet, and perhaps a bit musty. Smooth and flavorful brew. Caramel malts up front then quite grainy, oily, bitter and hoppy late and in the finish. Notes of burnt toast, caramel malts and resiny, gainy hops. Enjoyable stuff, hop lovers will dig this one, non hoppy beer lovers likely will find this to be overly bitter. Worth a try, but would not expect to order/buy this over and over again

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is toffee with quite a bit of grassy hops. The flavor is brown malt, toffee and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in July shipment of my Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Definitely not brown! More like a fairly dark reddish-amber. Nice moderate-sized head with lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, molasses and citrus hops.

Taste: Caramel, dark fruit, slight roastiness or smokiness - all countered by significant cascade bitterness, that persists long after taking the sip.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body and very dry finish.

Drinkability: Now this is an India Brown Ale. I have had the Dogfish Head one before, that was more like a huge Brown Ale on crack. This is more of a true hybrid. That said, I prefer the DFH. Also, I would rather have a true IPA or a really good Brown. I like the idea of the hybrid, just not sure I love it in actuality. Regardless of all that blathering, this is still a really good beer. Nice job!

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper colored with a frothy beige head of bubbles and lace that slowly settles.

Aroma of darkly toasted malt, toffee and faint floral hops.

Rich flavor of dark malt, root beer and licorice, some leather and smoke, assertive hop bitterness and citric and floral hop flavors, finishes with a cherry tart and tannic charred oaky bark, piney bitters linger. Pretty interesting and complex and ever-changing.

Sizzly mouthfeel, very tingly, dry and tannic, woody. Tasty and drinkable, good mix of dark malt and hoppy bitterness and lots of other flavor nuances.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey, a brown ale, why not, they advertise its got a good hop quotient.

Pours a little better than your average brown ale. Not whispy thin like some. Nothing about the aroma comes across. Taste is mildly entertaining. Certainly in the upper echelon of brown ales IMHO. It does have a decent earthy hop character. Mouthfeel and drinkability have nothing worth mention, not bad, not mind blowing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear mahogany brown hue in the body with a nice khaki tan head forming thick with large bubbles and rising above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Lacing is intricate fine and evenly spread on the sides of the glass.

Aromatics offer up bright citrus and pine hops, mostly cascade. Tickles your nose with alpha acids, with a background layer of chocolate malt and roasted nuts. Not much else to report on this offering another India Style Brown Ale, I guess their paying homage to their roots in British brewing.

Flavor has a nice robust brown ale presence with mild chocolate, toasted almond, and a touch of pleasant fruitiness with a wave of dry bittering hops. I like this version of the style I feel it shows of a true brown ale with a welcoming amount of hop flavor and bitterness. Flavors that present from the hop profile are citrus rind and a mild grassy characteristic not over done or overplayed.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some hop oils trickling across the palate, while carbonation remains steady throughout the drinking experience. Again I have to comment the dark roasts and bittering hops create a bone dry finish that works well in this style.

Drinkability overall is excellent a quality sipping and quaffing brew that will lead to great discussion and contemplation of brewing styles. Here's to thirty more for Boulder Beer, I definitely love me some Mojo Risin', keep churning 'em out.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 27 Dec. 2010.

Clear dark amber color with plenty of slow-rising tiny carbonation bubbles. Topped with a 1 finger creamy tan head that leaves lots of coating on the glass.

Aroma: medium roasted and caramel malts, very earthy hops, a dash of spruce, and a hint of fruit.

Despite some malty sweetness when it first hits the tongue, this is a moderately bitter beer, with more bitter than other flavors coming through from the hops. A bit of an undesirable sour note from the early finish onward, and a slight metallic note, are less noticeable is a 2nd, older sample.

Nice medium body with excellent carbonation.

O - A well-done hybrid with a fine appearance.

re-reviewed on 4/2012 using a bottle dated 27 Dec 2010. Enjoyed this MUCH more than a bottle from the same batch sampled about 6 mos. ago. Aroma and appearance remain unchanged. Ratings reflect both tastings.

Photo of SPRichard
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a transparent dark amber that you can see through when held up to light...head doesn't stick around too long... patchy lacing left over the glass

chocolate malt....touch of smoke...citrus hops in the nose

dominated by citrus hops upon first sip with chocolate malt following in the aftertaste...the smokiness that was in the nose also is apparent

smooth...medium carbonation...easy drinking

hop heads will really enjoy this beer...ABV might limit your drinking for the night, but 3 in one sitting is do able

not sure how limited this one will be, but it would be a nice fall beer for Boulder to consider putting into their rotation

Photo of pwoods
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a woody brown with some ruby tinting. 2 finger head forms and holds for a bit before leaving. Some spotty lacing.

S: Pleasantly sweet malts with an added touch of alcohol and wood. Some green hops in the back.

T/M: More of the light touch of alcohol and some woody, fiberous, peaty notes. Plenty of light caramel with some toffee and thin chocolate. Some hops to balance but that's all. Body is medium full with a somewhat creamy feel.

D: Pretty drinkable but a little uninspiring for an anniversary beer. I do like the somewhat woody character.

Photo of FleeVT
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass with date (presumably born on) inked onto bottle.

A: Pours an amber reddish brown. I know that's not a great description, but it ain't brown and it ain't red. Nice frothy head on top that is just off white. Lacing stays around for a while.

S: Cascade hops. I'm not sure I could have pinpointed the particular variety, but the bottle serves as a nice advertisement. 5 additions of the herb and at least one of them was extremely late (if not after) boil additions. A nice caramel malt backbone balances the nose.

T/M: The hoppy bitterness grabs you from the front and never lets go. I don't pick up the citrus you would expect from the cascades. A nice dose of roasted coffee (almost espresso) in the follow through which eventually closes out with all 6.8% of the alcohol. All in all a crisp beer that is slightly heavier in body than I would have expected from Boulder. Well carbonated to keep the medium body afloat.

This beer has a bitter back that was a bit much for me. It had the bitterness, heck, it even had the nose, but lacked the flavor.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks to pour a rather unusual orange-brown, but settles at more of a red-brown, completely clear in its body. It starts off with some bubbling clinging to the glass, which dissipates within a few minutes. The off-white head is a solid finger for a good while, fading quite slowly to a thick layer that rests on top, while a thick collar of lace is exactly the height of the head where it sat and follows with patching.
Some hops jump out front but then regulate themselves to the background while a dusty sort of earthiness comes out with lots of grains and something like half-baked pumpernickel. It's a little spicy as well.
Grains mingle with leafy and earthy hops up front on the tongue, getting both breadier and slightly spicier with each sip. The back of the throat feels and tastes more of the raw hops bitterness even as the front of the tongue gets more sourdough.
The body holds medium with a nice crispness, a good bite but clean as well. It starts off with smoothness and gives it over to the bite without losing it. Some leafy dryness is felt from middle to end, but it holds a good median.

Photo of DVTO2
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like stout in the winter and IPA in hte summer so what could be better than this India Brown Ale for the Fall. It has a dark cola color with an adequate brownish head. The caramel malt hits you first followed by the crisp citrusy finish of the hops. A very satisfying blend of two distinct styles. Who'd have guessed this would be such a fine combination.

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, another choice selection in a mixed-sixer furor in a Denver area bottleshop.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, sudsy, and weakly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some stellar specked bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter citrus and floral hops, nutty caramel malt, a bit of creamy milkiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bittersweet cocoa, gritty caramel malt, a subdued hint of citrus pith, middling hard water notes, and earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained and obsequious, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and maybe a tad creamy. It finishes with a nod to the sweet side, the caramel, nuts, and cocoa characteristics overriding the majority of the lingering citrus and leafy hops.

Another brown/roasted/black treatment of an IPA. Enough all fucking ready - the brown ale/stout essences just don't mesh all that well with the saucy, zippy nature of a well-wrought hoppy pale ale. Or maybe this offering just approached this from the diametrically opposite angle.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder- 30th Anniversary Flashback Ale

A- Clear, deep amber brown with a thick head and thick chunky lacing.
S- Pine hops blended into mild milk chocolate and oak.
T- Sweet milk chocolate malt with hints of oak, earthy leaves, walnut/ almond/ filberts. A smokey pine hop finish.
M- Very creamy and sugary sweet. A bitter dry pine hoppiness eventually comes out of the thick sweet malt. Slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- A little sweet but very drinkable.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of January 29, 2013.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant ruby brown with an off-white, near tan 2 finger head and fair retention. Leaves behind a fine layer of microbubbles, most congregating around the edge of the glass. Lacing is thin to spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Earth and caramel stand out the most. Touches on cocoa.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong notes of caramel and cocoa are the driving force behind this brew, upfront and throughout. A bit of earthiness and hints of floral hop come through mid-taste. Faint traces of citrus hop and moderate grass bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, with somewhat lively carbonation. Goes down easy with crisp, a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Candidate for a re-review. I wish I'd noticed the freshness date before plucking it off the shelf. As is, it's already a solid brew. I'd love to try it fresh.

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle stamped with 3/14/2011.

Served cold into a pint glass, Flashback claims to be an India Brown Ale. In truth, it's actually a radiant red when held to the light. It has great clarity and the head is thick and tight. IPA maybe but not nearly dark enough to have the 'Black Ale' classification seen here.

Aroma is hoppy but not excessively so. Just enough to let my tastebuds know what to expect. There is also a more pronounced roasty character here so you know it won't be a straight IPA.

Flavor is really that of a nice hoppy brown ale. A good amount of roasted malt helps to bring some coffee flavors to the mix but the earthy, spicy, piney hops are really what it's all about.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. It's nicely balanced in never being too sweet, bitter, or roasted.

Overall a nice surprise. Something different and worth a try.

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice amber color with good lacing and retention overall.

Smell: A good sense of malt sweetness here, with mild chocolate, slightly toasted malt, and some citrus on the back end. Not insanely complex, but balanced and working very well.

Taste: A hopped-up Brown is basically what this is. A good initial sense of brown sugar and malt sweetness, along with mild chocolate, and then a good punch of pungent citrus hops. I didn't know if this could work, but it does. Maybe not for some I imagine, but it definitely works for me, mainly because something like this could easily be too sweet. But with the finish you get that good combination of malt and hops, and their almost-raucousness, coming together pretty harmonically.

Mouthfeel: A little watery overall, with still a good burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: A solid anniversary ale from Boulder. Seems like the hopped-up American Brown Ale is a thing other breweries are trying to do, and I like the possibilities of where it can go. Give this one a shot for sure.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a clear standard pint glass.

Appearance: A clear deep brown with a nice one finger tan head. Dissipated quickly, but left plenty of nice lacing.

Smell: Clean and fresh (almost soapy) smelling pine and citrus hops, but some roasted malts can be detected beneath.

Taste: Hops are the main star of the flavor (as they should be with a dark IPA), but there are also surprising flavors of caramel-like malts and just a hint of sweetness. The finish is your typical IPA bitter hops, but not too dry or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, well carbonated and crisp.

Drinkability: An easy-drinking dark IPA with a nice malt balance. Could easily session this one. Would like to try it on tap, or a cask version of this. Another winner from the Boulder Beer Co.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh!my cask I could find on the trip, enjoyed at The Ginger Man. Good Bitterness, roast and moderate carmelness, all give the bitterness a good tastiness. Dark brown with a caesar crown head. Very drinkable cask, I could have this frequently.Aroma may have been there on-tap.

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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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