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Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 beerhobo22
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Flanagan's Irish Pub - Louisville,KY

Significant malt aromas with an earthy, spicy, hop character. Dark amber with tan head; poor head retention. Sweet malt flavors with late hop bitterness that mellows on finish. Good mouthfeel with a pleasant spice notes. Medium bodied but with a clean finish. Beer became more complex as the glass warmed up. Hop bitterness was more apparent near the end of the beer.

beerhobo22, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- thin white head with very low carbonation to be seen, amber brown in color, very clear to see through

Smell- Lots of malts, chocolate was the very first thing that jumped out at me, nose is highly sweet caramel and chocolate dominated

Taste- Very hoppy brew much more so then the nose leads you to expect, theres a very light hop presence but its a majority hoppy beer, it has a very nice finish of hop cascades, very nice long bitter finish, if any down fall I wish a tad more of the malts from nose came into the taste to really balance out the hops but still very nice flavor

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smooth, very nice feel as it coats your palate

Drinkability- Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer, but dont get this one if you are not a fan of hops cuz its big bold and bitter, I wish malt backbone was touch stronger, but a definitely enjoyable example of the style

Stunner97, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy brown hue with a two finger tan head that never settles to anything. It just stays thick, pillowy, with large bubbles here and there. Solid lacing on the glass. There was one very large bubble which finally pops, leaving an atoll of bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Sharp brown sugar and caramel, maybe a bit of caramel, along with some strong citrus aromas.

Very smooth malt flavors, with a bit of cocoa, coffee, and caramel. The hops add a bit of bitterness, a bit of grapefruit. Maybe a bit of walnut in there. Full bodied, with high carbonation but it still feels syrupy.

This one is a winner from Boulder Brewery. A Brown Ale for the hop heads, but doesn't over do it. Tasty and somewhat complex. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

A- Pours very nice dark brown which had no haze to it at all. 1/4 inch off white head brought down after a little bit leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Nothing big but still a good looking beer.

S- Upon first sniffs I got a big sweet biscuit malts with brown sugar. Some fruit notes I picked up as well...can't realyl make it out though. Suprised by a big foral hop background that was pleasant.

T- I agree with others when they said it had a little off flavor to it during the first couple of sips but it did go away by the middle of the beer. Big biscuit tastes are the forefront of the beer with brown sugar undertones. Bitter hops start around the middle of the beer and don't let up till about 2 minutes after you dour it down the hatch. The hops take presence after the intial first couple of sips. This is hoppy for a brown ale.

M- Good overall mouthfeel. I would say medium body to it. The hops cover the palate in a bitter pine taste that stays after you drink the beer. Carbination in my bottle was a little off. Almost too carbinated but I got used to it by the end of the beer.

D- I really enjoyed this brown ale a lot. If I could find some more around town I would buy it up. Good twist on a old take.

alleykatking, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Flashback poured a clear dark brown color with good 1-2 finger foam head and some sticky lacing that wasn't everywhere. The nose was nice with some brown sugar sweetness and biscuits. The taste had a little bit of an off flavor for the first few drinks then you didn't notice it. Strong malt back bone with good bitterness. In the mouth the back of your throat felt the ibu of the hops. Overall not a bad beer but the off flavor in the taste had me rate it a little lower than it might have been.

cswhitehorse, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Impressive dark brown....looks great

S-Some real nice cocoa notes and brown sugar coated almonds.... backed with a fresh herbal hoppiness

T-The cocoa notes again impress....very flavorful...heral hops blend nicely...

M-Medium bodied..firm carbonation.

D-I really like this one..glad I picked up a single to try....I've heard the India Brown Ale comparisons and I would agree....nice beer...

ZAP, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a deeper amberish/brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, fruity, and some nuttiness. Tastes of chocolate, roastiness, citrus, and floral hops.

Notes from and tasted on: 6/17/09

hopdog, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark crimson color with thick, dense head which takes a long time to dissipate. Exactly what you hope for in appearance for the style.
Malts smell sweet with dark sugar, and there is a surprisingly bold floral hop aroma as well.
Sweet biscuit malt with brown sugar and dark fruit overtones meshes with a strong piney hoppiness which leaves quite the dry, bitter finish in the mouth. The hops win the battle. Alcohol really starts to kick in at the back of the throat halfway through the glass.

If you like your brown ales hoppy, this is for you. Personally, I enjoy an easy-drinking, sessionable brown, but I can appreciate what they were trying to do here. It's described as an Indian Brown on the bottle, so perhaps it's supposed to be a mix between brown and IPA. Either way, it's a little unbalanced by the hops but still an interesting one-time offering.

Natural510, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of sevopie
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a tannish to light brown head. some lacing.

Slightly hoppy on the citrus side, and some grain in the aroma.

Hops jump out at you right away, with piney and grassy notes at first, with some grapefruit and lemon in the background. The malt mostly disappears on the tongue, but is there to add a touch of smoke, caramel, and a neutral grain flavor.

Somewhat light on the tongue with a heavy hand of carbonation.

The blend of hops makes for an interesting character on this beer, and I'm slightly torn. Its a good flavor for an intriguing style, but the piney notes are not my favorite of the spectrum. Overall, this is a step above most Boulder beers, but thats not saying a lot. Most things from them are sub-par to average, my one exception being cold hop. Decent, but unspectacular.

sevopie, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear rusty brown under a small off white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Hoppy up front, citrus and pine, with a decent helping of caramel and toffee behind it. Good aroma.

T: Again, mostly hoppy. More pine than citrus up at first, giving may to a more candied citrus, nice balance between the two. Caramel and toffee malt rears it's head again. Mildly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium body, about medium carbonation. Very good drinkability. Smooth beer, very tasty. A very solid beer.

NCSUdo, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed dark brown with a large two finger head. Very strong lacings with lots of bubbles. Aroma is brown sugar and earthy hops. Taste is citrus bitter hops with a very strong backbone of dark somewhat sweet malts. The hop character imparts a soapiness on the back of the tongue. Strictly rated as an IPA it falls a bit short. As a fairly unique Brown Ale I would say it scores much better than average.. Some hints of coffee and semi sweet cocoa. Very nice beer overall. Great mouthfeel. Not as sessionable due to the 6.9% abv. Good for a couple anyway. Nice and different beer.

Spikester, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of smanders
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Boulder Brewing while waiting for a flight out of Denver. An India Brown Ale? Interesting...

Appearance - deep brown with a khaki head. Nice lacing.

Smell - beautiful mix of sweet chocolate and spicy hops.

Taste - Wow! Very complex with malt and hops causing quite a battle inside my mouth. This really does taste like both an IPA and a Brown Ale. Amazing.

Mouthfeel - a little oily but with a dry finish.

Drinkability - I was really curious about this style and was really pleased I ordered one. Great complexity, amazing taste, and high alcohol (7.2% according to Shawn); what a great way to celebrate 30 years!

smanders, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a reddish tint around the edges. The head is one inch in height, and recedes very slowly into a half inch of firm foam. The aroma is molasses, toffee, graham crackers, and a hint of roasted malt. The taste has all the malt goodness the aroma does with the addition of a significant hop presence. The hops aren't overpowering is a messy way like I have found in a lot of other India Brown Ales. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I would certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had some nice Brown Ales: Palo Santo Maron, DFH Indian Brown and Legend Brown. This is a good one also. Pours a clear reddish amber with a huge off-white head that lingers for a good while. Thick sheets of ladder-like lacing. Smell is not that pronounced but sweet malts and piney hops are evident.

Good tasting and balanced beer. Sweet malt up fron with a hint of coffee flavor. Oily, piney bitter hops in the finish...it works!!!

Definitely not an IPA, but not a straight Brown ale either...a hoppy brown ale captures it just about right.

Mouthfeel is rich enough. Drinkability is good, this is tasty, smooth and complex enough to warrant a couple..maybe three. I like this one!

JayQue, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 12-ounce longnecked bottle poured into my Stone shaker pint glass yields a clear reddish copper body capped with a three-finger crown of glossy beige foam. The head is huge and persistent as it stands for minutes, towering above the rim, and leaves gravity-proof rings of sticky lacing plastered onto the inside walls of the vessel.

The smell is herbally hoppy with a potent green citrus bite. As the drink warms a bit, a dab of warm malty caramel and a note of navel orange rind joins the bitter-fruity vegetal hop-fest.

The taste is rich and chocolatey with a drizzle of bitter dark mocha-- just before the sweetness is swept away in alpha acids. Oily herbal hops spritzed with a twist of citrus zest dry the mellow, coffee-savory, dark candylike malts that own command of the flavor profile. Sticky bitter herbal oils linger in the aftertaste, commanding the drinker to take another refreshing swig and wash away the dusty dryness.

The drink is heavy-medium in body with lush, creamy feel and fine-bubbled carbonation. Like most everything else I've enjoyed from BBC, Flashback Anniversary Ale is well-made, tasty, and plenty quaffable.

cvstrickland, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack purchased at Ramsey Liquors in NJ

Appearance: Dark iced tea color (brown) with a nice 2 finger slightly off white crown. Good retention and a superior amount of lacing!

Smell: Lots of cascade hops fused with roasted malt.

Taste: Lots of cascade hops fused with roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy.

Drinkability: I'll give it a 4.0 because its refreshing and the hop bitterness makes you want more, but its medium bodied and a touch chewy.

koopa, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany color with one finger of creamy off white head.

Scent of hops, brown sugar, and some molasses. The hops add nicely to the sweetness, and the sugars help back it up without making it overly sweet.

Taste of brown sugar, hops, earth, grain and nuts. The hops are nice here as well, bittering the earth and grain flavors while keeping a bit of sweetness in the background. For a Brown Ale, this is damn good, more complex than I would expect, but not off putting. I would love to have this available more often, definitely one of the best Brown Ales I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to deep brown with a head that forms from even the most careful pour...but never gets out of control.
Smells pretty balanced between good 'ol fashioned PNW hops and a nice nutty/bready maltiness.
The taste tends to favor the hops more than the grain, but it sneaks in when you start to think you're just drinking an IPA. I'd honestly like a little more nutty malt flavor, but for the hop fans, this is probably exactly what they want.
At nearly 7%, the brew has legs, but I wouldn't have guessed that it was that potent. It hides that rather well.
Having more than one or two is no problem at all. When I'm craving something hoppy, but am a little bored of IPA's, this would be perfect. I'm not even a huge fan, but find myself going through this 6-pack faster than expected.
Hoppier than most of the other "Indian" brown ales, this could be a potential future benchmark as this style variation continues.

EDIT: I think it's easy to get excited about this beer because it's hoppy, but I'm not so sure it's warranted. The hops overwhelm the malt, and the flavors don't mesh as well as I'd like. It feels like someone took 1/2 of an IPA or strong APA and then mixed it with a brown ale. In some ways I think the "hoppier is better" bias is probably inflating the scores on this one a bit. It's good, but not great.

Domingo, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear dark brown, red color. Aroma is a mix of sweet smelling cascade hops and a twinge roasted coffee. Nice lacing up the side of the glass. This is a very interesting flavor. Almost a mix of an ipa and a porter. Roasted coffee upfront with a bitter hops backbone. The cascade hops compliment the coffee very nicely. Taste is not overpowering so you could have a few of these at a time.

flexinwext, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of biggred1
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
Photo of jsh420
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber brown with a 2 finger head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is great - hops and carmel toffee

taste - starts off like a pale with all the hops then moves right into the buttery carmel toffee malts along bitter chocolate

mouthfeel is very light smooth and refreshing

drinkability is very good and i will be picking up more while supplies last

overall - i think browns get overlooked in a sea of ipas and stouts so if you can try this one i say cheers

jsh420, May 30, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice brown body with a fluffy 1+ finger head that lasted forever. Pretty good lacing.

S/T: Malty, with a definitely toasted aspect. Burnt sugars/toffee there as well. Hops are subtle but present. Can't quite pin my finger on the fruit, but it rounds it out nicely.

M/D: Nice whole body on this. Nothing too aggressive, making it very drinkable.

dudecandle, May 28, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

HOLY SCHNIKES! i bought a 6er of this beer beer on a whim.wow,this is really a fantastic brew.it's got alot going on,.

pours a nice amber/brown color with a persistent but slight head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

smells like buttery caramel and toffee,with a hint of citrus.

starts with a nice ctirusy hop presence and finishes with the taste of slightly roast caramel.a small hint of coffee.a little bit of diacetyl makes the caramel buttery and delicious.

moderate carbonation makes this an easy to drink beer.really i wasn't expecting much from this beer but it's great.pick up a six pack,it's a deal!

wyattshotmaker, May 23, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

asabreed, May 22, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
3.88/5  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

SPRichard, May 21, 2009
Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.