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Flashback Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
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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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Okay, let me start by saying that the stats on this beer is wrong. It is 6.8%abv and the bottle classifies this is an Indian-style Brown Ale. I've had four beers from Boulder before and only thought they were okay. Not nearly as good as other craft breweries in Colorado. Here is my review:

A: Poured a dark amber with a foamy and frothy head. Not really brown at all. Lacing is left with each sip. You can see through the beer easily as well. Looks like Bear Republic Red Rocket ale...

S: Lots of citrusy hops. Some chocolately malts. A hint of smoke. Smells like Red Rocket ale...

T: Tastes like Red Rock...okay you get the point. This is probably the closest beer to Red Rocket I have had. It is even the same percentage ABV. Citrus hops upfront that leads way to a chocolate malt aftertaste. Some smokiness and very tasty.

M: Very smooth and drinks quite easily. Medium carbonation and body. Very nice.

D: The medium-high ABV and medium body keep this one from being an all nighter. I could drink about 3 in a sitting. Very tasty and gives you a pretty good beer buzz.

Overall, I would say that Boulder has a hit on their hands here. I would love to see this as a seasonal beer, maybe for the Fall. I would put this in the same league as Red Rocket Ale as far as hoppy ambers ales go. And yes this beer is amber, not brown like the label states. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 21:17:28 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice two fingers of head that quickly dies down to a slight frothy coating. Dark brown/red coloration. Slight lacing.

S: Molasses and brown-sugar with notes of citrus and a bit of alcohol.

T: Big brown-sugar flavor offset nicely with a hoppy bitterness. Very nice hop profile with notes of both citrus and pine. Both sweet then bitter, bitter then sweet, to quote a Boulder musician. Some noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M: Slightly lighter in body and overly carbonated than I like from the style, but this may be overly critical. Overall, a very good feel.

D: Perhaps a bit on the bitter side for those who are accustomed to simple brown ales, but for 6.8%IBUs this is a relatively smooth drink. Not a session nor a sipper.

I am normally not a fan of Boulder Beer. The Hazed is the only beer they make that I can really stand by. Like the Hazed the hop profile here is excellent; however, I would like a bit more 'brown' in this india-style brown. That being said, this may be my new favorite from Boulder Beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 07:06:32 | More by bluetravlr
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st reviewer must've been on 10th glass of this...i was told it was more like 6.8% abv

a: clear amber color, decent head settles to nice layer on top, no detected bubbles, thick lacing
s: mix of scottish ale and spicy hops
t: consistent with smell -- mix of scottish ale (malty backbone) and moderate hops that finish pretty cleanly
m: highly carbonated start that finishes a little more smoothly; medium body
d: interesting and mostly good balance of activity here, enjoyed the carbonation-to-smooth transition

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 00:53:23 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is neither an IPA nor 19%, not sure who entered this beer...Nice amber color, ample tan colored head. It smells like citrusy hops and the taste is a lot more of the same with a little bit of a dark maltiness. This is pretty good and something I will probably buy a couple more sixers of before its gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:34:21 | More by ArrogantB
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review of this beer? Cool! An India Brown Ale. Dark amber color with a nice, large off-white head and good lacing. Nice aroma of dark malts, hints of chocolate and caramel with a nice dose of American hops. Taste is sweet at first, some caramel and chocolate come through, followed up by a nice bitterness, plenty of citric, piney, and spicy hops, and all balances out well. I'm beginning to like the India Brown style that's become a new thing in craft brewing. It's like an uber-balanced IPA with a nice helping of chocolate malt thrown in. Medium bodied, average carbonation, very easy drinking brew. I'm having a hard time believing this weighs in at 19% ABV. I would guess it's somewhere in the 7-8% range.

EDIT: So, I just looked this beer up on Boulder's website, and it weigh's in at 6.88% ABV. I guess I high-balled it a little. Obviously it was listed wrong on BA. How does a beer get added without it being reviewed anyway??

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:38:14 | More by KeefD
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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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