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Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Flashback AleFlashback Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

504 Ratings
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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rah1734bones


1/5  rDev -73.3%

04-01-2012 02:44:52 | More by rah1734bones
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janczp


2/5  rDev -46.7%

05-28-2012 01:25:14 | More by janczp
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fishguyac

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.7%

12-06-2012 22:10:29 | More by fishguyac
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.7%

12-28-2011 19:12:31 | More by thatdirtymick
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Sampled last night on 12/18/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pouts a dark reddish-brown in color with a small off-white head. Some lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is of strong roasted malts. The taste was..well very bitter with a harsh strong 'hoppy' aftertaste which lingered for way to long. Tried it again a few minutes later and wasn't any better at all. After two more sips, I had had enough as it was way to hoppy of a harsh bitter aftertaste for me and poured the rest out.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:38:43 | More by BeerWithMike
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -40%

06-30-2012 02:27:22 | More by DonFrap
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squirrel49

South Dakota

2.25/5  rDev -40%

04-27-2014 03:48:03 | More by squirrel49
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma: Tea-like and tobacco-like hop aroma. A little metallic notes which is kind of scary.

Appearance: Brick red pour with amber highlights. Moderate white head that retains well.

Flavor: Caramel and low roasty notes with earthy and tea-like hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even with caramel and roasted notes pushing it more to the malty end of the spectrum. Finish is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. Tastes like an American Amber with elements of a sweet American Brown. Kind of a muddled mess. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:29:20 | More by mattcrill
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rdub

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

02-04-2014 12:24:21 | More by rdub
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mwar

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

03-05-2014 12:26:20 | More by mwar
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KalenJones

Utah

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

04-28-2012 18:19:22 | More by KalenJones
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had at our local Old Chicago.

A clear, tea coloured brew with a fine layer of foam and some spotty lacing.

I got some roasted malt notes as well as a mild sweetness and a fairly strong hop note, nah, just plain old bitterness. I had to "pull" these out because they didn't exactly present themselves in easy fashion.

Light roasted malt presence, a bit of the sweet, and an overpowering bitter flavour, harsh bitter flavour, that drowned everything else out once I got into the session. Though there was nothing wrong with the general mouth feel, I had a hard time finishing the pint. Bitter for bitter's sake, me thinks, and it does not work for me. It's kind of strange..the bottle didn't hit me nearly as bad as this draught offering.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 21:02:43 | More by Bitterbill
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BB1313

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent brownish-red, with nice white fluffy head and sticky lacing. I'm picking up alot of malts, caramel, and hops. I'm a little let down by the taste. At first I was satisfied, but the more I drank it, the more I started to dislike. Lots of heavy malt, orange, tangerine, caramel, and toffee. This one finishes very bitter. Mouthfeel is actually very good, it's rich and creamy, well carbonated. Drinkability isn't the best due to the bitterness and average flavors. Just so people now, this isn't a Black IPA, or black ale. It's an India-Style Brown Ale.

I was a little let down by this one. If you pass it up, you won't really be missing out.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:53:46 | More by BB1313
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.69/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a copper colored brew with a one finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to give a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some lightly roasted malt aromas mixed with smells of a more nutty and coffee nature as well as some notes of citrus and grass with some spice aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. It is a rather odd combination of smells which produces a rather odd and not all that appealing aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor mixed with a lighter flavor of caramel. While there is caramel upfront it fades as the taste advances with the flavors becoming slightly more roasted and bitter as the taste moves on. Along with the loss of caramel sweetness there is an oncoming of some hop flavors of a grassy taste as well as some spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. A light nuttiness joins these flavors and ends up leaving a somewhat unpleasant spiced and slightly bitter flavor on the tongue .

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. A little more body may have been nice but overall it was fitting for the style.

Overall – A brew that I did not really enjoy all that much. The flavors and the nose never really melded to well with transitions that were somewhat abrupt and disjunct. I will likely not come back to this any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 00:21:00 | More by Darkmagus82
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KristaHall


2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

04-01-2012 02:42:36 | More by KristaHall
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

04-20-2013 04:12:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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AlkaholTester

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

04-12-2013 07:40:23 | More by AlkaholTester
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Spider889

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date, listed as an Indian Brown Ale on the Winking Lizard menu and the bottle. American Black Ale here on BA? This might be more fitting, but to be honest this beer disappoints as either.

Quite good clarity, no head whatsoever. A cherrywood color in the glass.

Smells green, citric, and hoppy. Malts aren't very pronounced except maybe a little caramel.

There's some better malt presence in the flavor, but still nothing like I'd expect. Mild roast and bitter dark malts mix with pine from the hops.

Very watery. Under carbonated. Under-whelming.

I had no idea Boulder has been around for over 30 years. This beer seems like a pretty dismal choice for such a celebratory occasion.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:35:12 | More by Spider889
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bilyboy65

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very bitter and hoppy beer. Nice dark copper color and with a beautiful head. Etchings left on the glass with each pull and lots of film that coats.

Almost to bitter to have any other flavor, but you can kinda of make out some dark roasted malts hidden DEEP DEEP within all the hops. Even the hops seem to clash.

The only thing that saves it is that it's interesting. I personally did not enjoy it and probably won't purchase again, but I can see where people would like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:34:53 | More by bilyboy65
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Mardukk

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown color with an mocha head. Smells of alcohol and roasted malts.

The taste is an odd combo of roasted bitter dark chocolate, alcohol and hops. The taste is darker than the color. Leaves a very bitter chocolate aftertaste.

The body is lighter than the syle, abv and large amount of roasted malt would merit.

This is not drinkable due to the rough taste and aftertaste. Just not a well balanced beer.
Finishing more than two would be a struggle.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:14:24 | More by Mardukk
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Beer pours a deep dark copper color and it perfectly translucent. Nice 1.5 finger creamy head with nice lacing.

S - Sweetness from the malts upfront. Hints of warm alcohol but not much in terms of hop aroma.

T - Continuing with the sweetness from the malts and an almost sour tone. Slight fruit present. Bitterness finishes. Not much in terms of hop characteristics at all aside from the stong bitterness. No citrus or pine, etc.

M - Decently carbonated though very thin mouthfeel comes across almost metallic.

D - The beer is drinkable though I was glad when I had finished it.

Overall, I found myself a little disappointed in this beer. After reading the reviews and recommendations from fellow beer drinkers I trust deeply I wonder if the bottle I tried wasn't properly cared for or was exposed to the elements? For a American Black Ale I expected more hop presence, there was almost none. As I find myself favoring this style of beer I suppose I would give it another chance but it's certainly not near the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 16:33:37

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:38:39 | More by hopfacebrew
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msh4k3

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle severed in chalice
best before july 3rd 2012

a. Dark ruby red, with a 1 finger head which fades to a little lacing on side and soapy top.

s. Smelly like caramel malts and citrus piney notes. Also little nuttyness

t. Bitterness from the hops then rushes a little nutyness and then lemony notes from the hops. Not sure how much i enjoy lemon and nuttyness :\.

m. pretty pretty smooth like a water beer. not as creamy as you would expect.

o. Its alright, but not sure how the lemon and nutty flavors contast. Its definitely a different spin on a nut brown ale. Not sure if would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 05:17:49 | More by msh4k3
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EJNibs

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Deep ruddy auburn, not quite brown but close. A little less than one finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Toasted bread malt with a hint of caramel and a slight to moderate hopback. The hops aren't terribly complex, but have half a hint of floral notes.

T: Malty up front with a heavily hop bitter finish, but, similar to the nose, mostly straight bitterness without much citrus or flower of note. There is a very bitter, almost astringent hop aftertaste

The aforementioned lingering bitterness really hurts the drinkability of this beer, and the monochromatic hops don't lend it too much complexity. To be fair to the beer, the last batch I had (about a year ago when it truly was the 30th anniversary special) was, as I remember, a much more complexly hopped brown ale, but based on this new six pack I've just finished, it's rather mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:54:40 | More by EJNibs
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Black Ale was served on-tap and in goblet. It poured a dark brown color. It produced very little head and retention was poor. Lacing was poor as well. The aroma from this Black Ale comprised of caramel, some toasted malt and there are some piney hop notes as well. The beer is full bodied, you can tell that this is high in ABV...The taste is not very well balanced....there is a roasted malt base, with suggestions of caramel and a bit of piney hops that show through. Strong beer, finish's dry...This beer is ok...my first time trying something from Boulder Beer....Its a little off balance.../missing something.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 18:49:04 | More by GossageBrewery
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

01-08-2012 22:00:04 | More by DWolf
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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.