Flashback Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Flashback AleFlashback Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed for Boulder Beer's 30th Anniversary. An India Brown Ale. 65 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 283
Reviews by ste5venla:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brownish, very deep copper color with a fairly robust head that retains well and leaves decent lacing.

S: Well, it's got IPA aromas of the citric/piney variety, but the malt character comes through as rich and thick, with some chocolate malt notes and caramel.

T: Pow! Hops hit upfront, but there's a great robust malt backbone here consisting of toasty grains, chocolate malt, caramel, and a fruity note punctuating some residual sweetness. The hops come through loud and clear. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and a toasty grain character. These hop and malt flavors are really working for me in this brew - they match and play off of each other really well.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

D: I like it and could easily drink multiple bottles.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a cherry amber color with a thick, off-white head. There was a good deal of lace.
Citrus hops, kind of peppery. Some roasted malt in the background. Aroma mostly reminescent of an IPA.
Grapefruit taste, a little bit of piney hops. Caramel malt in the background, maybe some chocolate.
This was a nice, medium-bodied black IPA. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large, off-white head. The aroma is toffee with quite a bit of grassy hops. The flavor is brown malt, toffee and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in July shipment of my Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Definitely not brown! More like a fairly dark reddish-amber. Nice moderate-sized head with lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, molasses and citrus hops.

Taste: Caramel, dark fruit, slight roastiness or smokiness - all countered by significant cascade bitterness, that persists long after taking the sip.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body and very dry finish.

Drinkability: Now this is an India Brown Ale. I have had the Dogfish Head one before, that was more like a huge Brown Ale on crack. This is more of a true hybrid. That said, I prefer the DFH. Also, I would rather have a true IPA or a really good Brown. I like the idea of the hybrid, just not sure I love it in actuality. Regardless of all that blathering, this is still a really good beer. Nice job!

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Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear mahogany brown hue in the body with a nice khaki tan head forming thick with large bubbles and rising above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Lacing is intricate fine and evenly spread on the sides of the glass.

Aromatics offer up bright citrus and pine hops, mostly cascade. Tickles your nose with alpha acids, with a background layer of chocolate malt and roasted nuts. Not much else to report on this offering another India Style Brown Ale, I guess their paying homage to their roots in British brewing.

Flavor has a nice robust brown ale presence with mild chocolate, toasted almond, and a touch of pleasant fruitiness with a wave of dry bittering hops. I like this version of the style I feel it shows of a true brown ale with a welcoming amount of hop flavor and bitterness. Flavors that present from the hop profile are citrus rind and a mild grassy characteristic not over done or overplayed.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some hop oils trickling across the palate, while carbonation remains steady throughout the drinking experience. Again I have to comment the dark roasts and bittering hops create a bone dry finish that works well in this style.

Drinkability overall is excellent a quality sipping and quaffing brew that will lead to great discussion and contemplation of brewing styles. Here's to thirty more for Boulder Beer, I definitely love me some Mojo Risin', keep churning 'em out.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 27 Dec. 2010.

Clear dark amber color with plenty of slow-rising tiny carbonation bubbles. Topped with a 1 finger creamy tan head that leaves lots of coating on the glass.

Aroma: medium roasted and caramel malts, very earthy hops, a dash of spruce, and a hint of fruit.

Despite some malty sweetness when it first hits the tongue, this is a moderately bitter beer, with more bitter than other flavors coming through from the hops. A bit of an undesirable sour note from the early finish onward, and a slight metallic note, are less noticeable is a 2nd, older sample.

Nice medium body with excellent carbonation.

O - A well-done hybrid with a fine appearance.

re-reviewed on 4/2012 using a bottle dated 27 Dec 2010. Enjoyed this MUCH more than a bottle from the same batch sampled about 6 mos. ago. Aroma and appearance remain unchanged. Ratings reflect both tastings.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.87/5  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

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of pwoods
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a woody brown with some ruby tinting. 2 finger head forms and holds for a bit before leaving. Some spotty lacing.

S: Pleasantly sweet malts with an added touch of alcohol and wood. Some green hops in the back.

T/M: More of the light touch of alcohol and some woody, fiberous, peaty notes. Plenty of light caramel with some toffee and thin chocolate. Some hops to balance but that's all. Body is medium full with a somewhat creamy feel.

D: Pretty drinkable but a little uninspiring for an anniversary beer. I do like the somewhat woody character.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WillDecker
4/5  rDev +7%

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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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