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
Photo of GarrisWH
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Here comes another brown ale, a style with little variation or variety. Looks sturdy relatively in its pour. Aroma is muted.

Taste brings an English earthy hop vibe to it, there's brown malt there, the malt bill is slightly bigger and more pronounced than your average brown ale. Certainly serviceable. Has the hallmarks of style a mild smooth nutty roastiness to it, but a malt bill more chill than a porter. Hopping above average but not brown ipa territory.

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

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3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%

I liked this brew when it was the anniversary edition. This bottle probably has some age on it.

Aroma is floral, lightly citrusy, with a deeply toasted malt backbone that is accented by hints of chocolate and a touch of roast. There's a bit of caramel sweetness. Flavor reveals more floral hop character throughout, with a deeply toasted, nutty malt backbone. The finish is resiny and fairly bitter. Notes of muted grapefruit counter light chocolate initially. There's a bit of an offputting perfumey character in the aftertaste. Not quite the brew I remember. Too bitter and perfumey flavor for my liking. The aftertaste of medicinal/harsh bittering hops kills it for me.

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks to pour a rather unusual orange-brown, but settles at more of a red-brown, completely clear in its body. It starts off with some bubbling clinging to the glass, which dissipates within a few minutes. The off-white head is a solid finger for a good while, fading quite slowly to a thick layer that rests on top, while a thick collar of lace is exactly the height of the head where it sat and follows with patching.
Some hops jump out front but then regulate themselves to the background while a dusty sort of earthiness comes out with lots of grains and something like half-baked pumpernickel. It's a little spicy as well.
Grains mingle with leafy and earthy hops up front on the tongue, getting both breadier and slightly spicier with each sip. The back of the throat feels and tastes more of the raw hops bitterness even as the front of the tongue gets more sourdough.
The body holds medium with a nice crispness, a good bite but clean as well. It starts off with smoothness and gives it over to the bite without losing it. Some leafy dryness is felt from middle to end, but it holds a good median.

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3.12/5  rDev -16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 523 ratings