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Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed for Boulder Beer's 30th Anniversary. An India Brown Ale. 65 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008)
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4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a rich mohaghany and sports a pretty looking lace of tan head.

The smells is definately citrus with a toffee/light coffee smell.

Lots of sweetness with a hint of roasted character. Toffee and slight raisin with a caramel sweetness and that finish of bold citrus hops. Pine lingers on the tongue and it is delicious.

Really a great brown ale/amber ale. Thick in mouthfeel but I could drink this all night.

stewart124, Aug 07, 2009
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4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

DVTO2, Sep 03, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Comes a clean dark walnut color with a rich and thick tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
Smells of grapefruit citrus and chocolate/bisquit/caramel malt.
Tastes likewise with a healthy bitterness and sweetness thrown in the mix.
Creamy, smooth and slick medium body.
I love this style and this brew ... too bad this one is only a limited release. I guess I'll just have to delve deeper into this style to find a suitable replacement, lucky me!

ThickestHead, Aug 05, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a kick ass roasted and bisquit malt scent along with a very nice hop nose. The taste is great also. It has a wicked bitter hop bite laid over a base of roasted and bisquit malts. It's dry with some caramel character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey brew with loads of character. It's hoppy as hell with a great malt backbone.

WesWes, Sep 02, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 25, 2011. Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Hazy amber color, not like other brown ales. Robust white head leaves extensive lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt combines with a prominent spicy and citrus style hops.

T - The taste is more reminiscent of other brown ales. Rich malts combine beautifully with the hops.

M - Medium bodied and smooth with a gentle carbonation.

An excellent beer in appearance, smell and taste. Will have to pick up more. Highly recommend.

shanblur, Jan 07, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOM July 2009
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a true dark amber color with a thick full white head that leaves sticky lacing down the sides and has great staying power. The aroma is at first a little sweet, but then you catch the citrus and floral hop notes. The taste is just amazing starting with a caramel malt and buttery dough tastes with light chocolate that is closely chased from the tongue by a bitter hop kick. They constantly go back and forth and between the sweet chocolate and bitter hop notes. This is extremely smooth (a little more carbonation would make it really pop) and the finish is clean. What a brew. No reason these CO boys have done so well with this brewery!

WJVII, Aug 07, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber with a creamy light tan cap that leaves sticky lace on the glass. The nose is piney hops and citrus peel with toffee. The flavor is resinous cascade hops with nice roasty caramel/chocolate malt flavors to balance. This beer tastes very fresh and delicious. Smooth and medium light bodied with a lingering oily hop bitterness in the finish. The style is listed as an "India-style brown ale" on the bottle, a beautiful hybrid.

biggred1, Jun 01, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear reddish-brown color with a light tan ¼" head that persists for a while before receding. Throughout the beer sipping leaves some light lacing.

Smell: The aroma contains some caramel, chocolate and toffee from the malt along with some light piney hop and citrus notes from the cascade hops.

Taste: There is reasonable malt backbone that shows off some nice nutty and chocolate flavors and that supports but does not overwhelm or intrude on the citric/pine flavors from the hops

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some nice prickly feeling from the carbonation. The finish is medium to long and fades from the softly sweet into the gently bitter.

Drinkability: A tasty beer and one I've quite enjoyed sipping. I'll be putting this one on my shopping list and expect to have it again and again.

drtth, Sep 20, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a muddy, rusty brown with a cakey finger of mocha atop. Good start.

Aroma - a very nice blend of piney hops and roasty grain, what a combo.

Taste - two years and these hops are still bangin'. Piney and grapefruit rind early on. The swallow shows nice roasted grain, the brown ale side getting through. Some light warmth and hoppy reprise as we move into the aftertaste. I enjoy the back and forth between malt and hop. Glad I saved one of these, I think I like it better than fresh, where the hops were relentlessly beating the grains down.

Mouthfeel - smooth, decent crisp level, a light prickliness left behind. Medium weight, pretty solid feel for an indian brown ale.

Drinkability - excellent brew from BB. Cheers to ya' if you can wait a few years with one or two of these.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 14, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of singles at the local bottle shop, out of curiousity last night.

Poured a deep brown color w/ a beautiful 2 finger tan head, and smelled of citrus cascade hops but also hints of a roasted malts, though the hops dominated the smell.

The taste was simply amazing, roasted malts, chocolate and a nuttieness, all really complimented by a generous helping of bitterness from the hops. finishes clean and bone dry, amazing! a very intriging beer. i want more.this was full bodied, but very easy to put back.

i love buying beer out of curiousity and being pleasantly surprised.

bonsreeb85, May 16, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you WJVII!!

A - Deep copper body with a reddish tint. The head, standing about an inch tall is a light tan and has a thick frothiness to it. Very nice lacing with this brew. The lacing sets this ale apart.

S - Nice, soft, hoppy aroma.

T - This is a very good hop flavor. It has a complexity to it that most brown ales lack. There are different shades of hops as the flavors migrate through my mouth. Very impressive!

M - The feel is perfect for an IPA. It's mildly coarse and cold. The feel does a great job of bringing out the uniqueness in the flavors.

~ I really like this brew. I'm really glad my friend William is so generous with his beer. I would love to get my hands on a six pack of this stuff!

cdkrenz, Aug 01, 2009
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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.