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Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Flashback AleFlashback Ale

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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of HopEnforcer
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

A: Nice transparent brown color. Poured with an inch or so of head and a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Carmel malts and a floral aroma from the cascade hops.

T: Carmel, slightly nutty, with a faint taste of chocolate malts. Very hoppy for a brown ale - the cascades comes through strong and lead to a lingering bitterness. The hops really seem to mask roastiness of the chocolate malts.

M: Slightly watery and a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Moderate drinkability. Easy to finish, but I certainly didn't feel like drinking more than one.

Not much more to say about this one: Nothing particularly noteworthy in terms of an IPA or brown ale.

HopEnforcer, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz longneck. Consumed 10/27/09.

A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slowly. Lacing is tan and sticky. The body is deep mahogany in color.
S) Hops galore mixed with mellow caramel. Sweet floral notes.
T) Mild caramel malt up front. Then moves to a powerful hop bite that lingers in the finish and beyond. Early tones. A touch of smokiness.
M) Crisp initially then mellows. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd have another.

u2carew, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Very dark brown with earthy tones. 2-finger head, with good retention and lacing.

Lots of malt body in the nose, with licorice and molasses. Roasted malt makes an appearance, too. Brown sugar and weak spice follow.

Hits a bit thinner than expected. Slightly sweet, but caramel starts to warm and totally dominates the finish. Hops kick in enough to be noticed, but don't dent the sweetness of the caramel. For the style, this is very good - just not my personal favorite.

Feel is slightly thinner than optimal, but pretty darn good.

A very nice sipper. Hides the ABV very well.

Don't rank too many beers straight 4's, but this one gets it. No obvious weaknesses.

beer2day, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of demcorhip
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

A nice looking brew. A clear and deep hued mahogany body covered by a thick, luscious pale tan head. Great retention, started as three fingers worth, and after a couple of minutes is down to half a finger and leaving sticky tendrils of lace inside the glass as it slowly subsides.

A cascade or perhaps cavalcade of cascade hops greet the nose with grapefruity and piny character. Toffee most apparent from the malts, and there are some apple like esters thrown in the mix for good measure.

Nice, the biscuit form the malts is more apparent in tasting, as is a brown sugar note. Other than that its pretty straightforward and as described for the smell.

Almost medium bodied, fairly smooth and slick feeling, and slightly resinous form all the cascades. Lightly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable stuff. Glad i got to try this, thanks to raider for bringing this my way. As an anniversary ale i dont know if or when this will come back, but if it does id be more than happy to have another flashback...

demcorhip, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of fropones
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

A - Dark amber with one finger of crème head with good retention. Beautiful sheets of lacing bumped this one up to the next highest score.

S - Some floral hoppy aromas as well as caramel malts.

T - Hop bitterness up front balanced out with some caramel malt and toffee flavors in back. Some nuts in there as well as some honey. A weird metallic taste at first, but that more or less went away after a few more sips.

M - Smooth, a little watery in the mouthfeel.

D - Drinks okay, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

fropones, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

Light brown color; very light haze. Thick bubbled head that settles to a single layer of fine fizz. Leaves good spider web lace.

Smell: Low level molasses and brown sugar without being overly sweet. Aroma of freshly baked bread. Low hop.

Much drier and more bitter than the smell would suggest. Great hop finish. Smooth body with a lower than expected carbonation. Darker crystal malt flavor--toasted without any burnt tastes. The alcohol is present...mildly. A brown IPA--makes me want to have a second.

smcolw, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, caramel, with some spice notes, and some hops. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some hop notes, spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew, but I would not call it a ABA.

Wasatch, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

oberon, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

This beer indicates that it's best by August of 2009, so it's a bit past it's prime.

Poured a very nice brown color with good clarity. Nice tannish-white head that seems to have plenty of stick.

Smells of caramel malts, butter notes, and what seems to be a yeast-like smell.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy. Especially being that it's obviously a bit old. Definitely the hoppiest Brown that I've ever had. I also taste what I describe as a "yeasty" taste. I've tasted this in other beers that are past their prime, and I'm beginning to wonder if this is a common taste that develops in old beer?

Mouthfeel is bitey from the carbonation.

I could drink a couple of these, and then I'd be ready to move on.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd like to try a fresher sample of this brew before slamming my final stamp on it. However, it's still pretty good.

Morey, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz. Bottled August. Kind of a hazy, brown pour, some yeasty looking cream colored head. Some pine and roast nut, light malt aromas. Taste is a well balanced blend of toasted malt, nut, smoke, light chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter anise and pine and fairly clean. Light mid body and quite drinkable. Reminds of some English browns or bitters. Certainly worth a try if available.

Bung, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

A style I wish more breweries would adopt and start brewing more.

Poured a clear copper with a light white head that laced the glass, lacing disappeared after a few minutes. Smelled of biscuit malt, cascade hops and some caramel

Tasted slightly metallic, but very hoppy , good malt presence and a good bitter bite. Left my mouth with a slight astringent taste, but definitely a tasty brew. Decent mouthfeel for a brown ipa.

Picked up a single of this, but could definitely had more.

alpinebryant, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

This brew pours a brilliantly clear very deep copper/amber with a lush, clingy off-white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, citrus character and is also moderately malty, sweet, nutty and a bit of raisin. The flavor is highly hoppy, rather citrusy with medium-high bitterness. After the initial hop flavor there is a low malty background; raisin and nuts with a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is moderate with medium body. Overall this is an enjoyable brew.

uwmgdman, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +16%

Very clouded, dark reddish-brown ale, this one, with a big, cramy head. Nice looking glass of beer, here.

Nose is bright, vibrant, lively, grassy hops, pine attack, some sharp citrus-y feel, melded with caramel, and toffee from malt. Quite nice.

In the mouth, an excellent blend of roasted malts and big, over-the-top hopping, sweet matched with bitter and grassy. All Cascades in 5 additions. Smooth, rich, flavorful, and ridiculously easy to drink. Super tasty. Would've been a fine brown ale, but the extra hoppy edge makes even more worthwhile. Sweet, then bitter, then smooth, then rich and rewarding, and ...an excellent way to salute 30 years! Good one, Boulder! I can drink and drink this one...and drink again!

feloniousmonk, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Picked this up in Totowa recently because I love Boulder's beers and this looked a bit different from the Rocky Mountain hop bombs that I've been used to from these guys. No doubt about it, this is not their typical fare but upon first taste, I didn't think of this as being an American Brown Ale either. It's more bitter, stronger, and bolder than other beers that I've had of that style, but no doubt about it, this is quite good and a welcome change from the norm!

This had a very good pour to it - deep mahogany hue and a lot of head, with some lacing during the first few sips. The nose and taste are pretty identical - up-front caramel, nut flavors leaning towards walnut, molasses, a smoky wood taste, and hops underneath it all. This isn't a bock but the first sips of this reminded me of one for some reason, and it's not until the aftertaste kicks in that the alcohol and bitterness can be felt. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker but somehow, this works without being the taste being too strong or overpowering.

No way this is a session beer but on a cool night like this, it's not that hard to kick a few of these back as the last of the leaves fall down. Even though this doesn't have any spice in it, a little bit of nutmeg or cinnamon would go well with this since it seems to have "fall beer" written all over it. While this isn't Boulder's best offering, I enjoyed this a lot and am glad they broke the stylistic mold that most of their beers (that are distributed in this neck of the woods) fit into. Worth finding if you're into dark beers with some oomph behind them!

JerzDevl2000, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Pours a dark amber with a tan head whose lacing stays through the entire glass. Points for clarity.

S - Caramel and lots of smoke. Very different from what I expected, because a "India Brown Ale" (so it says on the bottle) usually has a lot more hop aroma.

T - Lots of sweet malt, hints of different spices and an earthy hop aftertaste that really sticks to the tongue.

M/D - Mouthfeel is a bit above average for the style, but this is a very complex beer that I don't consider particularly drinkable.

mwa423, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown color with no highlights. A small, 1/2" tan head forms and recedes quickly. Lave rings remain after every sip.

Smell: Strong cascade hop aroma is bitter and earthy. Dark, malt richness of toffee and chocolate. Plenty of sweetness rises out of the glass.

Taste: Bountiful hoppiness from those generous cascade hop additions. The bitterness lasts from start to finish, despite the malt strength. Brown sugar, toffee, almond and pecan are strong flavors. Very powerful, overall.

Mouthfeel: Stick sweet with malt and also quite bitter from all the hops. Heavy body with an alcohol burn for a finish.

Drinkability: This beer is all over the place. I can't really say that it is a good beer. The flavors conflict and it is far too sweet. Average.

Risser09, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of thryn
4.05/5  rDev +8%

this beer is medium reddish-brown, with good clarity and a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a skin of foam atop the beer. Laces nicely. It looks precisely as one would expect a brown ale to look.

It smells very nice, with biscuity and chocolate malts forward and a nice resiny, piney hop presence. The hop character reminds me of Bigfoot a smidge. There is perhaps a hint of vanilla.

Good taste that doesn't *quite* live up to the nose but comes close. The hops hit first, then the malt asserts itself with some chocolate and bready notes, and the finish is bitter and a tad spicy.

Feel is a smidge thin to me. Low carbonation provides a tingle in the throat.

A perfectly drinkable India Brown. I'd like to do a side-by-side with Terrapin's ... but I don't have Terrapin's on hand. Alas.

thryn, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

pours a dark chestnut color with a small head and little lacing..the smell is maple and nutmeg,brown sugar and honey..it smells great..the taste is the same its nutty malts and sweet malts followed by a nice hop profile..this is one tasty brown ale i put it up there with DFH and bells it has nutty caramel taste with a nice hop bite it is well balanced flavorful drinkable and yeah recommended

gatornation, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, maple, nuts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced and starts with sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts that are quickly followed by a strong but not-over-powering hops bitterness that is a little stronger than you normally get in a brown ale. The malt character is hearty and there's a faint touch of smokiness. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while intensifying the hops profile, listed as an "India-style Brown Ale" on the label this beer is exactly that, overall it is a good beer with a lot of flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear bronze body with a tall, khaki-colored, frothy top. The body shows off some light carbonation, and the head drags tons of goopy, cloud-like lace. Good retention too! Not too brown, but I realize this is a hybrid style. I like.

Smell: While I didn't get much brown malt out of the first two bottles, I'm definitely getting it now! Lots of brown malt and toasted nuts complimented by citric Cascade hops. The previous bottles really showcased the Cascades, but in this sample they're much more toned down.

Taste: Hop blast! This is one aspect of this beer that has remained consistent. Unfortunately, the Cascade hops totally outshine everything else. The nuttiness is there, but it's tough to detect (a little easier toward the end of the session). The finish is resinous and herbal, but also a little rusty. The lingering bitterness (which is solid, by the way) is also accompanied by some rustiness (along with some lighter nuttiness). I like this beer, but I think the two styles - IPA and brown ale - could have been balanced a little better.

Mouthfeel: Oily, malty, and thick. Carbonation is on the low side, but suits this beer well. Great mouth-coating produces a nice, long aftertaste. The only problem here is it's a bit too heavy.

Drinkability: Again, I wish the styles were a little more balanced; smelled like a brown ale, but tasted like an IPA. I also feel like this one is a little overdone. Five additions of Cascade hops is a bit much. Still, this was a good beer. Definitely worth the purchase.

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

To be brief, basically a super-hopped brown ale... Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Was happy to see this one on sale singly after wanting to buy it at a previous time but only after removed from a holiday gift pack...
"India Style Brown Ale" On the yellow and purple front logo sticker... "Single-hopped with five additions of Cascade Hops" on the bottleneck along with a brief company history... Pours a deep-maroon, purple-brown hue... strong hop essences combined with malt notes dominate both the flavor and aroma although the overall taste and mouthfeel could have been a bit thicker and richer... Easily drinkable with a warming ABV and well-balanced malt and hop character...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a smallish off-white head. Retention isn't great, but some of it sticks around.

Very nice aroma for an indian brown. Equal parts hops and dark malt, with some nuttiness, and a light roast. Quite good.

Flavor starts out much sweeter than I thought it would be. Malty sweetness with chocolate and nuts. Unfortunately, there's a roasty bitter finish that tastes way out of balance to the point that it's unpleasant. I think the hop bitterness plus the roast is a tad too much. That said, the flavor grew on me, so I can't knock it too hard. Dry finish.

Medium-full body. Carbonation level is a little on the lower side, but it complements the body nicely. All in all, this is a pretty good beer, but it took some getting used to. After the first half of the glass, it went down easier.

Gyle41386, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +4%

BBD of Oct 09

Pours an effervescent amber/brown with a thumb of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toasty malt, some leafy hops, fades away

T: Toasty malt, dryness & a touch of citric hops up front. Grapefruit, dryness & toasty malt all show as this warms. Finishes with much citrus hops, dryness, some brown sugar, plus a touch of grainyness & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, semi-chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, not the best Indian Brown I've had, but not shabby. I expected something bigger for a 30th anniversary offering, but a Boulder Beers go, this is better than many

russpowell, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of photomike
3.45/5  rDev -8%

Pours a hazy brown with very little head to speak of, even with an aggressive pour. The color is pretty nice, but it is tough to rate this one very highly without ever forming a legitimate head. Some lacing from the little ring of foam though.

Smell is stale bread with some grapefruit hops. Carmel malts are present as well. Smells very dry.

Taste is indeed very dry. Bready malts are really the main flavor here with a lot of bitter hops with muted citrus. Grapefruit peel bitter.

On the light side of medium, this is nicely carbonated with a crisp finish. Not bad.

Overall, I don't get this beer at all. It's hoppy and crisp like a good IPA, but its also malty and earthy. This brew feels conflicted.

Middling at best, I am shocked at the A- rating this thing has on this site.

photomike, Sep 07, 2009
Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.