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Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Flashback AleFlashback Ale

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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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 DanielDanza

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a drinkable beer!

The color is quite nice, pours a typical brown ale hue. This being said, Flashback is loaded with unique character which draws from the American IPA style as much, if not more than, the brown ales.

Hops are immediately noticeable on the nose as well as the palate. Esters are prominent, but nothing is overpowering. Hoppiness is real but balance is key. This is really a beer one could drink all night, especially at 3 dollars a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 06:35:36 | More by DanielDanza
Photo of wangbruins


4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice deep amber with a one to two inch head with excellent staying power and good lacing

S- Cherry scents with some earthtones and a hint of chocolate

T- Bitter earthy taste with some chocolate that starts strong but finishes easy

M- Stong start that finishes dry with a slight bitter aftertaste

D- This was an impressive beer that ends dry so it made it an easy drink for me

I got this in a 12 pack from the beer of the month club that a buddy gave me. This months selection features four beers from Flying Dog Brewery and the Boulder Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 17:04:52 | More by wangbruins
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving notes - 45F, served in imperial pint glass.
A - Pours with a solid two fingers of off-white head with a billowing complexion with some rockier bubbles. Clear dark amber body with just a hint of haze.
A - caramel with some earthy hops.
M - Medium carbonation with some slight resiny slickness. Medium body.
T - Hops come forward of the malt in the taste, which is different than the aroma would have lead me to suspect. Some bitterness lingers on the tongue but gets milder as the beer warms. Some raisin notes and malt complexity emerge as the beer warms.
D - A bit bitter for my taste and could use some more malt, but a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 02:08:41 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really even sure what to say about this one - it hits the American brown ale style almost exactly on the head. Nice, well blended hops and malt, a touch of chocolatiness mixed in with nice fruity hops. Feel is excellent and this one's highly drinkable. One I'd get again right up - another good one from Boulder.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 00:32:23 | More by soupyman10
Photo of dbossman


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear and amber/brown colored; it has a great, thick head with pretty good lacing

S: Quite the citrus and floral scent for a brown; the malt presence is also there--quite balanced actually

T: Quite the hoppy brown; this is a well balanced beer with a citrus and malty presence; the alcohol is a bit much but is masked well enough

F: Pretty even balanced in the mouth--though it is a bit watery on the way down

D: This is an interesting offering from Boulder--one of my favorites from them; it's quite drinkable--although the alcohol presence does start to overwhelm after a few drinks

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 01:03:22 | More by dbossman
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite watering hole here in Richmond just added this beer. Reminds me of some of my favorite beers of yesteryear, namely the big brown warmers, now vanished, like Potomac Rappahannock Red Ale and Wilmington Dergy's Amber. Seems to me this kind of rich nutty flavor profile is hard to find these days. Close your eyes and you would think this was a darker beer than it is. Nice amber color but BIG roasty. Well balanced for what is basically a hoppy stock ale. The brown-ness is the thing and you could hardly find a beer that offered more nutty toffee roasty flavor. I'd prefer it to be a bit less alcoholic so I could drink it faster. It pushes the limit on warmth and bitterness for this style of beer. I'd like to try it in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2009 14:43:24 | More by DeltaBrain
Photo of budgood1


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly hazy dark amber/bronze/crimson colour with a thinnish head and sparse lace. sugary sweet aroma of figs, anise, cocoa, toffee and citric hoppiness. it really smells nice and layered. taste is a combination of the nose...lots of dark malt flavours...chocolate and caramel are dominant...toasty, roasty and a bit warming from a slight alcohol bite. the back end is full of citric hop bite that compliments the overall dryness of this ale. lingering bitterness. very tasty. the mouthfeel is crisp and sharp. overall body is seemingly light for a higher ABV beer, but that might be due to the mouthfeel and dryness. drinkability is very good. it fits the bill for me as an india brown ale. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:09:46 | More by budgood1
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 04:25:30 | More by far333
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into traditional pint glass.

Pours a little over a 1 finger of slightly tanned head. Pretty good retention with some nice lace. Color is a clear ruby caramel brown.

Aroma is very sweet. Floral hops, chocolate, caramel, bright citrus notes. This beer is fairly malty smelling.

Taste: big floral hops with a nice malt finish. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Big citrus taste right up front. Very roasty. Basically the aroma is the taste here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter, but mellows out because of all the malts. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a fairly clean aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad beer, just nothing I'd would want a lot of. I don't like the combination of an ipa and a brown ale that much, because the beer is trying to be too many things at once.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:52:58 | More by mothman
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 02:20:15 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of Beaver13


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 23:55:32 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish amber in color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel, yeast, and some breadiness is mild but the bitternesd is pretty strong.

Taste: bready malt profile with caramel, red grapes and plums, some earthiness, and a bold bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

Drinkability: this beer was a bit to crisp for me and the bitterness was a bit stronger than necessary. But overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 19:35:05 | More by Gavage
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:43:49 | More by Billolick
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed on tap at The Old Eagle Tavern right after work:

Poured a light brown (gold in direct light) with a surprising amount of bubble action and some Guinness-style cascading. If I didn't see the tap handle myself, I would assume this was on the nitro.

Scent was malty and deep, with whiffs of coffee and chocolate (akin to a brown ale), but with the citrus bite of hops (like an IPA).

Upon first sip, this ale is very rich and smooth, with a nuttiness co-mingling with the ever present hop character. It has the maltiness of a lager, but is still playful and light.

Smoothness really sent this one down the hatch in style, with a drinkability I would expect from something like an Irish Dry Stout.

The hoppy moments are so carefully balanced with the dark roast aromas and flavors of a brown, that this off-putting pairing actually turns out to be quite a success.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 23:10:04 | More by deapokid
Photo of mdmako


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Amber with excellent head retention. The head is a light cream color and much lacing is noted.

S - A fruity hop smell melding well with the bold caramel and coffee smell.

T - A nice blend of malt and hops initially finishing with a very strong bitter hop after taste.

M - Full yet goes down very smooth.

D - A hoppy yet well balanced beer. A worthy choice for a relaxing beer or even if you plan on downing a few more!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:30:13 | More by mdmako
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at Stub and Herbs.

Pours a clear copper, light brownish orange, very thick off white head forms, settles down to a solid layer, drops tons of lace on the glass, looks good. Smell is nice, caramel, biscuits, bread, very floral, light citrus, toasty, sweet fruit, touch of raisin, pretty nice. Taste is very sweet and malty, corn syrup, floral, very light roast, toast and biscuit, touch of fruit and citrus, very solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, super smooth, and very balanced. A real nice beer, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: cask

08-12-2009 18:56:55 | More by Viggo
Photo of mynie


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Black Sparrow

Clear, almost filtered-looking redbrown with a solid two finger head.

Malts are warm. Very warm. Almost hot. Brown malts, sweet and bready, and even above all this malt madness a strong hop profile is present.

Tastes like an amped up, hopped up brown. Kinda like Bender only not quite as good (not that I'd ever complain if more breweries tried making their own Bender!). Chocolate, biscuits, toffee, fire, pine and oranges. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 05:40:55 | More by mynie
Photo of scoobybrew


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - super clear medium amber color with a thick head that just won't quit - excellent retention

S - blend of citrus hop and toasted malt, some alcohol noted

T - moderately strong hop flavor dominates, but the toasted malt is very present in support, moderate bitterness on the finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very hoppy (and tasty) interpretation of an American Brown. Cascade hops are a classic in the American craft beer revolution (thanks to you-know-who) and this beer showcases them nicely. It's very fitting this is Boulder's anniversary beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 22:31:09 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Dodo2step


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks Skeeordye

A- a murky mahogany with red highlights. a frothy half finger head that hangs for a few seconds but dissipates. Spiderweb lacing left on the pint. Amber colored head.

S- figs raisins and a nut type of smell. some caramel as well.

T- flavor is quite hoppy on the nut citrus and fig side. caramel and molasses as well.

M- huge burst of hop flavor hits the tongue first and doesnt stop until it hits the stomach--literally. Hoppy hoppy hoppy mouthfeel

D- this would be a good sixer purchas for a hot day. However, sometimes the hops can be a lil overpowering but if you love hop you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 23:13:41 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 08.07.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Part of a BOTM club shipment. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: A reddish-brown color. Mostly clear. Big, foamy, head w/very good lacing.

S: Caramel, malt and nuts.

T: Balanced - caramel, malt and hops, nuts. A different brown ale, but good.

M & D: Medium-bodied. Good carbs w/ a slick finish. A good effort from Boulder - I could drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 05:12:03 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of stewart124


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:18:26 | More by stewart124
Photo of WJVII


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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 00:35:06 | More by WJVII
Photo of ThickestHead


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!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 05:27:56 | More by ThickestHead
Photo of FleeVT


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 03:48:40 | More by FleeVT
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep red mahogony with tan head and heavy lacing.

S: Nice hoppy scent with earthy tones and mild malt sweetness. Some alcohol scent.

T&M: Medium to heavy bodied ale with mild carbonation and slightly sweet and tart finish. Not as heavy as some true brown ales but very refreshing.

Nice complex flavor and one to definitely savor.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 22:36:22 | More by cdizinno
Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.