Flashback Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
522
Reviews:
283
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 283
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of stewart124
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of DVTO2
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like stout in the winter and IPA in hte summer so what could be better than this India Brown Ale for the Fall. It has a dark cola color with an adequate brownish head. The caramel malt hits you first followed by the crisp citrusy finish of the hops. A very satisfying blend of two distinct styles. Who'd have guessed this would be such a fine combination.

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Photo of IPAylor
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ThickestHead
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a kick ass roasted and bisquit malt scent along with a very nice hop nose. The taste is great also. It has a wicked bitter hop bite laid over a base of roasted and bisquit malts. It's dry with some caramel character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey brew with loads of character. It's hoppy as hell with a great malt backbone.

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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 25, 2011. Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Hazy amber color, not like other brown ales. Robust white head leaves extensive lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt combines with a prominent spicy and citrus style hops.

T - The taste is more reminiscent of other brown ales. Rich malts combine beautifully with the hops.

M - Medium bodied and smooth with a gentle carbonation.

An excellent beer in appearance, smell and taste. Will have to pick up more. Highly recommend.

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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear reddish-brown color with a light tan ΒΌ" head that persists for a while before receding. Throughout the beer sipping leaves some light lacing.

Smell: The aroma contains some caramel, chocolate and toffee from the malt along with some light piney hop and citrus notes from the cascade hops.

Taste: There is reasonable malt backbone that shows off some nice nutty and chocolate flavors and that supports but does not overwhelm or intrude on the citric/pine flavors from the hops

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some nice prickly feeling from the carbonation. The finish is medium to long and fades from the softly sweet into the gently bitter.

Drinkability: A tasty beer and one I've quite enjoyed sipping. I'll be putting this one on my shopping list and expect to have it again and again.

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4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a muddy, rusty brown with a cakey finger of mocha atop. Good start.

Aroma - a very nice blend of piney hops and roasty grain, what a combo.

Taste - two years and these hops are still bangin'. Piney and grapefruit rind early on. The swallow shows nice roasted grain, the brown ale side getting through. Some light warmth and hoppy reprise as we move into the aftertaste. I enjoy the back and forth between malt and hop. Glad I saved one of these, I think I like it better than fresh, where the hops were relentlessly beating the grains down.

Mouthfeel - smooth, decent crisp level, a light prickliness left behind. Medium weight, pretty solid feel for an indian brown ale.

Drinkability - excellent brew from BB. Cheers to ya' if you can wait a few years with one or two of these.

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4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of singles at the local bottle shop, out of curiousity last night.

Poured a deep brown color w/ a beautiful 2 finger tan head, and smelled of citrus cascade hops but also hints of a roasted malts, though the hops dominated the smell.

The taste was simply amazing, roasted malts, chocolate and a nuttieness, all really complimented by a generous helping of bitterness from the hops. finishes clean and bone dry, amazing! a very intriging beer. i want more.this was full bodied, but very easy to put back.

i love buying beer out of curiousity and being pleasantly surprised.

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4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange-bronze with bright pumpkin peel highlights and few visible bubbles. The golden brown sugar colored cap looks great. Its upper surface is a teeming mass of glassy bubbles and it appears as if extensive sheets of sticky lace will end up on the glass. Lots of hop resins, no doubt.

Boulder calls this offering an India brown ale thanks to a generous quantity (five separate additions) of Cascade hops. They hit the IBA nail on the proverbial head because the beer has a wonderful balance between chocolate malt and citrusy hops. Here's hoping it tastes as good as it smells.

It's a damn shame that I didn't read the label (and understand what style 30th Anniversary Flashback Ale is) prior to today. It would've been great to experience this still pretty hoppy brown in all its uber-hoppy glory. That said, hopheads will still find plenty to scratch that lupulin itch.

To the brewery's credit, this is not a brown IPA, but is a true India brown ale. The amount of flavor from the chocolate malt is right on the money. It's also attacked from all sides by a fusillade of juicy grapefruit. It looks like the taste score *just does* deserve the next highest score.

Although it could be a little bit bigger, the body/mouthfeel is a pleasing combination of light creaminess and alpha acid raspiness. The somewhat peppery carbonation works well in the grand scheme of things.

Boulder Beer doesn't get enough love. Maybe that's because they're in the same state as one of the all-time great craft breweries (Great Divide). In any case, this brew is all kinds of delicious and deserves to be released on a regular basis. Drop the 30th Anniversary part of the name, keep the Flashback Ale and... voila.

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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.8 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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