Flashback Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Flashback AleFlashback Ale
522 Ratings
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: 522 |  Reviews: 283
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 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 Gavage
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish amber in color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel, yeast, and some breadiness is mild but the bitternesd is pretty strong.

Taste: bready malt profile with caramel, red grapes and plums, some earthiness, and a bold bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

Drinkability: this beer was a bit to crisp for me and the bitterness was a bit stronger than necessary. But overall a decent beer.

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

Grabbed on tap at The Old Eagle Tavern right after work:

Poured a light brown (gold in direct light) with a surprising amount of bubble action and some Guinness-style cascading. If I didn't see the tap handle myself, I would assume this was on the nitro.

Scent was malty and deep, with whiffs of coffee and chocolate (akin to a brown ale), but with the citrus bite of hops (like an IPA).

Upon first sip, this ale is very rich and smooth, with a nuttiness co-mingling with the ever present hop character. It has the maltiness of a lager, but is still playful and light.

Smoothness really sent this one down the hatch in style, with a drinkability I would expect from something like an Irish Dry Stout.

The hoppy moments are so carefully balanced with the dark roast aromas and flavors of a brown, that this off-putting pairing actually turns out to be quite a success.

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

A - Dark Amber with excellent head retention. The head is a light cream color and much lacing is noted.

S - A fruity hop smell melding well with the bold caramel and coffee smell.

T - A nice blend of malt and hops initially finishing with a very strong bitter hop after taste.

M - Full yet goes down very smooth.

D - A hoppy yet well balanced beer. A worthy choice for a relaxing beer or even if you plan on downing a few more!

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at Stub and Herbs.

Pours a clear copper, light brownish orange, very thick off white head forms, settles down to a solid layer, drops tons of lace on the glass, looks good. Smell is nice, caramel, biscuits, bread, very floral, light citrus, toasty, sweet fruit, touch of raisin, pretty nice. Taste is very sweet and malty, corn syrup, floral, very light roast, toast and biscuit, touch of fruit and citrus, very solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, super smooth, and very balanced. A real nice beer, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Black Sparrow

Clear, almost filtered-looking redbrown with a solid two finger head.

Malts are warm. Very warm. Almost hot. Brown malts, sweet and bready, and even above all this malt madness a strong hop profile is present.

Tastes like an amped up, hopped up brown. Kinda like Bender only not quite as good (not that I'd ever complain if more breweries tried making their own Bender!). Chocolate, biscuits, toffee, fire, pine and oranges. Nice.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - super clear medium amber color with a thick head that just won't quit - excellent retention

S - blend of citrus hop and toasted malt, some alcohol noted

T - moderately strong hop flavor dominates, but the toasted malt is very present in support, moderate bitterness on the finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very hoppy (and tasty) interpretation of an American Brown. Cascade hops are a classic in the American craft beer revolution (thanks to you-know-who) and this beer showcases them nicely. It's very fitting this is Boulder's anniversary beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks Skeeordye

A- a murky mahogany with red highlights. a frothy half finger head that hangs for a few seconds but dissipates. Spiderweb lacing left on the pint. Amber colored head.

S- figs raisins and a nut type of smell. some caramel as well.

T- flavor is quite hoppy on the nut citrus and fig side. caramel and molasses as well.

M- huge burst of hop flavor hits the tongue first and doesnt stop until it hits the stomach--literally. Hoppy hoppy hoppy mouthfeel

D- this would be a good sixer purchas for a hot day. However, sometimes the hops can be a lil overpowering but if you love hop you will love this beer.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 08.07.09 from a 12oz brown bottle. Part of a BOTM club shipment. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: A reddish-brown color. Mostly clear. Big, foamy, head w/very good lacing.

S: Caramel, malt and nuts.

T: Balanced - caramel, malt and hops, nuts. A different brown ale, but good.

M & D: Medium-bodied. Good carbs w/ a slick finish. A good effort from Boulder - I could drink a few.

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Photo of stewart124
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
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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Photo of WJVII
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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 ThickestHead
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of FleeVT
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass with date (presumably born on) inked onto bottle.

A: Pours an amber reddish brown. I know that's not a great description, but it ain't brown and it ain't red. Nice frothy head on top that is just off white. Lacing stays around for a while.

S: Cascade hops. I'm not sure I could have pinpointed the particular variety, but the bottle serves as a nice advertisement. 5 additions of the herb and at least one of them was extremely late (if not after) boil additions. A nice caramel malt backbone balances the nose.

T/M: The hoppy bitterness grabs you from the front and never lets go. I don't pick up the citrus you would expect from the cascades. A nice dose of roasted coffee (almost espresso) in the follow through which eventually closes out with all 6.8% of the alcohol. All in all a crisp beer that is slightly heavier in body than I would have expected from Boulder. Well carbonated to keep the medium body afloat.

This beer has a bitter back that was a bit much for me. It had the bitterness, heck, it even had the nose, but lacked the flavor.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep red mahogony with tan head and heavy lacing.

S: Nice hoppy scent with earthy tones and mild malt sweetness. Some alcohol scent.

T&M: Medium to heavy bodied ale with mild carbonation and slightly sweet and tart finish. Not as heavy as some true brown ales but very refreshing.

Nice complex flavor and one to definitely savor.

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came with the Beer of the Month Club package in July. Pours crimson to red in color with a 1/4 inch tan head, and smells of sweet malt, hops and light citrus. Tastes both sweet and roasted with a combo of malt, hops, citrus, caramel, nut and a hint of bread with a dry bitter finish. Medium carbonation that seems to wash the taste down as it brings each sip to the dry bitter conclusion.

It's labeled an India Style Brown Ale on the bottle, and that sums up the experience of this beer. It's different in a good way, especially if you like both IPA's and Brown Ales, which I do; definitely worth trying this beer if you can find it. It's part IPA and part Brown Ale, and you can distinctly taste the two styles which made this an enjoyable beer for me.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy red brown body, topped by a massive bone china white frothy head.

Assertive fresh bread/bakery aroma.

Strong sweeet opening salvo slides down the tongue. Big crash of herbal earthy hops balance the sweet and move onto bitter. Nice bite at the swallow.

Solid, chewy mouthfeel.

Very good drinkability.

I like a brown ale with some bite, and while this isn't equal to Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale, its a tasty treat.

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Photo of cameraman
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish/red color with beige to light brown colored head forming on top, it then quickly dissolves away. The scent of sweet malt seem to stick in the air, a hearty bread aroma is in there as well. The aroma finishes with a nutty caramel fragrance. That malt is strong at the front of each taste, then blending to a nutty, bread flavor. It then finishes with a surprising bitterness at the back, with an earthy and grapefruit citrus flavors. A medium bodied feel at the front, it then gradually gains weight as it reaches the back of the palate. An India style brown ale, the look and aroma makes you think you are about to drink a malt bomb. Then you get that smack of hops at the end, that balances it all out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bubbling inside cola nut brown hues beneath sweet filmy foam. The hops give the walnut and pecan aromas some mint and pepper spice notes. Pretty unique flavor profile. Starts with super nutty and roasted malts. Then add some spicey and citric hops to your taste buds. Sweet malts and spicey hops blend super well for an overall drinkable, and unique sessions brew.

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Photo of cnally
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is spectacular. An amber-brown coloring, transparent, with a massive fluffy off-white head that laces like crazy.

The aroma is a bit of hops, a bit of malt, some floral notes in there and just a touch of yeast.

Flavor is strange to me. I don't know whether to categorize it as a bad brown or a good ipa, or a bad ipa and a good brown. what i mean, is the flavor follows the format of about 60% IPA and 40% Brown. The hops are kicking right up front, bitter and potent, but the malty side is deep and woodsy toward the end of the flavor. The aftertaste is where the nutty, darker flavors reside. It is not very balanced, but if you think of it as more of in IPA than a brown, you will be alright.

The feel is creamy, but dry. Decent body and very thick despite its flavoring.

I believe this is a strangely colored IPA. Otherwise, it is the hoppiest brown ale you could imagine. But, that being said, you could love this beer as something different and interesting.

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Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by date stamped on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.90.

A: Beautiful crimson-amber with thick 3-finger light beige head with good retention and plenty of lace formations.

S: Aroma blends a nice roasted malt, nutty character with ctraight citrus Casacade hops.A little leather aroma and some sweeter caramel/toffee scents also come through.

T: The flavor is good, but I don't think the nutty, slightly sweet malts mix well with the Casacade hops, which are pretty heavy handed. Through the start and middle, these flavors stand up pleasantly. In the finish, however, these flavors sum up to yield a slightly sweet finish which is not too great.

M: The aspiriny finish hurts in the mouthfeel as it seems overly drying and the aftertaste is more of the bitter, medicinal flavor. Carbonation and body and medium.

D: A mixed bag with Flashback Ale -- a great look and nice aroma with good flavor that unfortunately peters out and doesn't leave a good finish to remember it by. Glad I tried it but won't go back.

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Photo of shivtim
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a "beer of the month club" that my boyfriend got me. FedExed right to my door!

Poured out into a pint glass.

Translucent red brown with a foamy, sticky off-white head that gradually recedes. Nice lacing.

Nose is delicious almond/nutmeg and slightly spicy malts. Sweet and oddly Christmas-ey in a good way.

Taste is heavy raw malts, slightly metallic spice and a brief alcohol finish. Lingering spicy, black licorice character. Hops come in at the end, and mix in well upon warming.

Pretty good mouthfeel. Full and slightly astringent.

Very nice entry from Boulder beer. Way to go, beer of the month.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you WJVII!!

A - Deep copper body with a reddish tint. The head, standing about an inch tall is a light tan and has a thick frothiness to it. Very nice lacing with this brew. The lacing sets this ale apart.

S - Nice, soft, hoppy aroma.

T - This is a very good hop flavor. It has a complexity to it that most brown ales lack. There are different shades of hops as the flavors migrate through my mouth. Very impressive!

M - The feel is perfect for an IPA. It's mildly coarse and cold. The feel does a great job of bringing out the uniqueness in the flavors.

~ I really like this brew. I'm really glad my friend William is so generous with his beer. I would love to get my hands on a six pack of this stuff!

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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 522 ratings
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