Flashback Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Flashback AleFlashback Ale

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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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Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 522
Photo of bonsreeb85
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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh!my cask I could find on the trip, enjoyed at The Ginger Man. Good Bitterness, roast and moderate carmelness, all give the bitterness a good tastiness. Dark brown with a caesar crown head. Very drinkable cask, I could have this frequently.Aroma may have been there on-tap.

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Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear ruby color with a one finger tan head.

S- Big citrus notes up front, background of roasted malts and some tropical fruits.

T- Leads with bittersweet roasted dark malts. Midpalate is of citrus pulp. finishes lightly bitter with orange rind and charcoal.

M- Medium viscosity and carbonation. Has a good amount of mouth cling.

D- Smooth and velvety, not overly bitter, and has a moderate ABV. I would enjoy sessioning this.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bluetravlr
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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??

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