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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Photo of rye726
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with an average tan head.

Nose has grainy malts, stale hops and a bit of caramel and toffee.

Taste has bready malts and oldish floral hops. Nothing too exciting here.

Body is a bit thin, weak finish.

Not overly fantastic, but worth a try.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark copper with a thin khaki head that slowly diminished and left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice blend of pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste was also pine hops and burnt caramel with a nice touch of citrus. The beer was medium bodied with its alcohol fairly well hidden. This is an enjoyable Indian Brown, one I'd love to have again.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker brown color, with a yellowy white head. The head thinned quickly, but the last bit lingered a while. Aroma is slightly sweet, with a touch of alcohol. It reminded me a bit of a mellow barleywine. Taste was hoppy piney with a small touch of citrus. Felt ok in the mouth, a little thin, but nicely carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, as expected for the style, not what I prefer however.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This one pours out a dark brown amber color with good clarity. It produces a very creamy orange/tan colored head that produces very generous lacing to it. The smell could have been a little better, but still pretty decent. Smells more like a slightly above average IPA. There are citrus hops that stand out the most, with a slight roasted malt aroma to it. The taste is quite a big step up. The name on the bottle India Brown Ale really sums up the flavor. There are roasted chocolate malts and some grain followed by some great citursy hops. The hops stand out more than the hops, but it meshes together quite well. Mouthfeel is pretty good, I'd say medium to light bodied, certainly lighter than I expected. It had a clean finish, a very drinkable beer.

Only the 3rd beer I've had from Boulder, and I gotta say I've really liked everything so far. Also only the 2nd "Indian Brown Ale" I've had and I think I'd like to try more of this style.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of piney and citrus hops on a caramel malt backbone

T - The piney and citrus hops come out at first then the caramel malt comes through but the bitter stays through the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good beer thats pretty easy to drink theres not too many browns out there that are like this one with the amount of hops that come through worth trying if you see it

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Chestnut bronze with a few fingers creamy tan head and lots of sticky lacing that looks like patches of fog down the side of the glass.

S - Grassy, piney and citrus hops with caramel, toffee and faint hints of chocolate and nuts.

T - Nutty, biscuit, hints of chocolate and caramel quickly followed by juicy grapefruit and citrus hops that linger for a long while.

M - Light and creamy with a lingering dry bitterness.

D - Very tasty. The big hop aroma/flavor for a brown plays very nice with the malt backbone. I hope they make this a regular release.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber brown into a wine glass with two fingers worth of frothy, white head. The lacing clings to the inside of the glass for dear life, and is quite exquisite. The head retains its character quite nicely as well.

Fresh, intense forest aroma that is full of pine, and citrus cascade hops (oranges, grapefruit). Very pleasant and hops are definitely represented well.

Taste begins with a surge of malt character that stems from almonds, chocolate, biscuit malt, and some roasty flavors. Then a a surge of citrus bitterness builds to a medium/high intensity, which ends with a long, dry finish. There is some nice balance and the assortment of flavors are intriguing.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, while the carbonation is medium.

This brew is light, crisp, and full of flavor; easily quaffable. However it doesn't leave your palate longing for more. With that being said, it is still an interesting, hoppy brew.

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Photo of Vancer
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good ol' brownie, from another good ol' brewery from Co. Pure clear mahogany brown, decent lil' ivory head pops his head up, and quickly turtles back.

This brown is quite American - spicy and hoppy in the aroma, and in the quaff. Sharp, tangy taste with notes of nut and caramel, but with a dominating hop finish with citrus and pine leading the way.. Almost like a brown IPA, this is quite a different brew, with a leader of the pack mentality.

Yep, Boulder can crank out the good brews, one should never be disappointed with them.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a darkish brown with lots of off white lacing and a froathy head.
S- coffee, chocolate, some hop notes, faint citrus
T- some strong coffee notes at first, but finishes more like an ipa.
M- very creamy, seems to go down easier towards the end of the bottle
D- very good, I did not see the abv on the bottle. Would have not guessed it for almost 7%.

A very good beer. I welcome all types of hybrid/crossover beers.

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Photo of backfat
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is an excellent brown ale. you are going to find some bold resin hop flavors with a nice caramel malt. i have a friend from boulder that is completely bias when it comes to colorado beers. he thinks it is the beer state, but you gotta watch out for the fat tires out there. bleh. all and all id say this is a great brew to pick up. nothing too special, but nothing to shake a stick at. whatever that means.

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Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin, you are a good man.

Pours a reddish mahogany color with about a finger and a half of beige head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves some good webbing on the sides.

Smells of sticky, sappy, resiny hops, with some brown sugar and caramel malt. A bit of booze too.

Taste has a rich caramel and brown sugar malty base, with a bit of cocoa powder in there too. It's a very smooth and flavorful maltiness. Hops have a resiny, piney flavor to them, and contribute a good amount of bitterness as well. I am definitely a sucker for a flavorful brown ale and this one is doing the trick - great malt flavor here and the hops add a very nice dimension.

Mouthfeel is a rich medium-full body, quite creamy and smooth. Does have a bit of a bite to it in the finish with the bitterness.

Mmmm this was a mighty tasty brown ale. Even had it not had the hop character that it does the malt profile is complex and very flavorful, so the hops only take it to another level. A nicely done brew by Boulder.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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 HopEnforcer
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice transparent brown color. Poured with an inch or so of head and a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Carmel malts and a floral aroma from the cascade hops.

T: Carmel, slightly nutty, with a faint taste of chocolate malts. Very hoppy for a brown ale - the cascades comes through strong and lead to a lingering bitterness. The hops really seem to mask roastiness of the chocolate malts.

M: Slightly watery and a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Moderate drinkability. Easy to finish, but I certainly didn't feel like drinking more than one.

Not much more to say about this one: Nothing particularly noteworthy in terms of an IPA or brown ale.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck. Consumed 10/27/09.

A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles slowly. Lacing is tan and sticky. The body is deep mahogany in color.
S) Hops galore mixed with mellow caramel. Sweet floral notes.
T) Mild caramel malt up front. Then moves to a powerful hop bite that lingers in the finish and beyond. Early tones. A touch of smokiness.
M) Crisp initially then mellows. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd have another.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with earthy tones. 2-finger head, with good retention and lacing.

Lots of malt body in the nose, with licorice and molasses. Roasted malt makes an appearance, too. Brown sugar and weak spice follow.

Hits a bit thinner than expected. Slightly sweet, but caramel starts to warm and totally dominates the finish. Hops kick in enough to be noticed, but don't dent the sweetness of the caramel. For the style, this is very good - just not my personal favorite.

Feel is slightly thinner than optimal, but pretty darn good.

A very nice sipper. Hides the ABV very well.

Don't rank too many beers straight 4's, but this one gets it. No obvious weaknesses.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking brew. A clear and deep hued mahogany body covered by a thick, luscious pale tan head. Great retention, started as three fingers worth, and after a couple of minutes is down to half a finger and leaving sticky tendrils of lace inside the glass as it slowly subsides.

A cascade or perhaps cavalcade of cascade hops greet the nose with grapefruity and piny character. Toffee most apparent from the malts, and there are some apple like esters thrown in the mix for good measure.

Nice, the biscuit form the malts is more apparent in tasting, as is a brown sugar note. Other than that its pretty straightforward and as described for the smell.

Almost medium bodied, fairly smooth and slick feeling, and slightly resinous form all the cascades. Lightly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable stuff. Glad i got to try this, thanks to raider for bringing this my way. As an anniversary ale i dont know if or when this will come back, but if it does id be more than happy to have another flashback...

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Photo of fropones
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with one finger of crème head with good retention. Beautiful sheets of lacing bumped this one up to the next highest score.

S - Some floral hoppy aromas as well as caramel malts.

T - Hop bitterness up front balanced out with some caramel malt and toffee flavors in back. Some nuts in there as well as some honey. A weird metallic taste at first, but that more or less went away after a few more sips.

M - Smooth, a little watery in the mouthfeel.

D - Drinks okay, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color; very light haze. Thick bubbled head that settles to a single layer of fine fizz. Leaves good spider web lace.

Smell: Low level molasses and brown sugar without being overly sweet. Aroma of freshly baked bread. Low hop.

Much drier and more bitter than the smell would suggest. Great hop finish. Smooth body with a lower than expected carbonation. Darker crystal malt flavor--toasted without any burnt tastes. The alcohol is present...mildly. A brown IPA--makes me want to have a second.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, caramel, with some spice notes, and some hops. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some hop notes, spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew, but I would not call it a ABA.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Morey
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer indicates that it's best by August of 2009, so it's a bit past it's prime.

Poured a very nice brown color with good clarity. Nice tannish-white head that seems to have plenty of stick.

Smells of caramel malts, butter notes, and what seems to be a yeast-like smell.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy. Especially being that it's obviously a bit old. Definitely the hoppiest Brown that I've ever had. I also taste what I describe as a "yeasty" taste. I've tasted this in other beers that are past their prime, and I'm beginning to wonder if this is a common taste that develops in old beer?

Mouthfeel is bitey from the carbonation.

I could drink a couple of these, and then I'd be ready to move on.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd like to try a fresher sample of this brew before slamming my final stamp on it. However, it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottled August. Kind of a hazy, brown pour, some yeasty looking cream colored head. Some pine and roast nut, light malt aromas. Taste is a well balanced blend of toasted malt, nut, smoke, light chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter anise and pine and fairly clean. Light mid body and quite drinkable. Reminds of some English browns or bitters. Certainly worth a try if available.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A style I wish more breweries would adopt and start brewing more.

Poured a clear copper with a light white head that laced the glass, lacing disappeared after a few minutes. Smelled of biscuit malt, cascade hops and some caramel

Tasted slightly metallic, but very hoppy , good malt presence and a good bitter bite. Left my mouth with a slight astringent taste, but definitely a tasty brew. Decent mouthfeel for a brown ipa.

Picked up a single of this, but could definitely had more.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brilliantly clear very deep copper/amber with a lush, clingy off-white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, citrus character and is also moderately malty, sweet, nutty and a bit of raisin. The flavor is highly hoppy, rather citrusy with medium-high bitterness. After the initial hop flavor there is a low malty background; raisin and nuts with a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is moderate with medium body. Overall this is an enjoyable brew.

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