Flashback Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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 paco1029384756
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany color with one finger of creamy off white head.

Scent of hops, brown sugar, and some molasses. The hops add nicely to the sweetness, and the sugars help back it up without making it overly sweet.

Taste of brown sugar, hops, earth, grain and nuts. The hops are nice here as well, bittering the earth and grain flavors while keeping a bit of sweetness in the background. For a Brown Ale, this is damn good, more complex than I would expect, but not off putting. I would love to have this available more often, definitely one of the best Brown Ales I have ever had.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with good carbonation.

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Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to deep brown with a head that forms from even the most careful pour...but never gets out of control.
Smells pretty balanced between good 'ol fashioned PNW hops and a nice nutty/bready maltiness.
The taste tends to favor the hops more than the grain, but it sneaks in when you start to think you're just drinking an IPA. I'd honestly like a little more nutty malt flavor, but for the hop fans, this is probably exactly what they want.
At nearly 7%, the brew has legs, but I wouldn't have guessed that it was that potent. It hides that rather well.
Having more than one or two is no problem at all. When I'm craving something hoppy, but am a little bored of IPA's, this would be perfect. I'm not even a huge fan, but find myself going through this 6-pack faster than expected.
Hoppier than most of the other "Indian" brown ales, this could be a potential future benchmark as this style variation continues.

EDIT: I think it's easy to get excited about this beer because it's hoppy, but I'm not so sure it's warranted. The hops overwhelm the malt, and the flavors don't mesh as well as I'd like. It feels like someone took 1/2 of an IPA or strong APA and then mixed it with a brown ale. In some ways I think the "hoppier is better" bias is probably inflating the scores on this one a bit. It's good, but not great.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear dark brown, red color. Aroma is a mix of sweet smelling cascade hops and a twinge roasted coffee. Nice lacing up the side of the glass. This is a very interesting flavor. Almost a mix of an ipa and a porter. Roasted coffee upfront with a bitter hops backbone. The cascade hops compliment the coffee very nicely. Taste is not overpowering so you could have a few of these at a time.

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Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber brown with a 2 finger head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smell is great - hops and carmel toffee

taste - starts off like a pale with all the hops then moves right into the buttery carmel toffee malts along bitter chocolate

mouthfeel is very light smooth and refreshing

drinkability is very good and i will be picking up more while supplies last

overall - i think browns get overlooked in a sea of ipas and stouts so if you can try this one i say cheers

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Photo of dudecandle
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice brown body with a fluffy 1+ finger head that lasted forever. Pretty good lacing.

S/T: Malty, with a definitely toasted aspect. Burnt sugars/toffee there as well. Hops are subtle but present. Can't quite pin my finger on the fruit, but it rounds it out nicely.

M/D: Nice whole body on this. Nothing too aggressive, making it very drinkable.

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

HOLY SCHNIKES! i bought a 6er of this beer beer on a whim.wow,this is really a fantastic brew.it's got alot going on,.

pours a nice amber/brown color with a persistent but slight head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

smells like buttery caramel and toffee,with a hint of citrus.

starts with a nice ctirusy hop presence and finishes with the taste of slightly roast caramel.a small hint of coffee.a little bit of diacetyl makes the caramel buttery and delicious.

moderate carbonation makes this an easy to drink beer.really i wasn't expecting much from this beer but it's great.pick up a six pack,it's a deal!

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Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice amber color with good lacing and retention overall.

Smell: A good sense of malt sweetness here, with mild chocolate, slightly toasted malt, and some citrus on the back end. Not insanely complex, but balanced and working very well.

Taste: A hopped-up Brown is basically what this is. A good initial sense of brown sugar and malt sweetness, along with mild chocolate, and then a good punch of pungent citrus hops. I didn't know if this could work, but it does. Maybe not for some I imagine, but it definitely works for me, mainly because something like this could easily be too sweet. But with the finish you get that good combination of malt and hops, and their almost-raucousness, coming together pretty harmonically.

Mouthfeel: A little watery overall, with still a good burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: A solid anniversary ale from Boulder. Seems like the hopped-up American Brown Ale is a thing other breweries are trying to do, and I like the possibilities of where it can go. Give this one a shot for sure.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a transparent dark amber that you can see through when held up to light...head doesn't stick around too long... patchy lacing left over the glass

chocolate malt....touch of smoke...citrus hops in the nose

dominated by citrus hops upon first sip with chocolate malt following in the aftertaste...the smokiness that was in the nose also is apparent

smooth...medium carbonation...easy drinking

hop heads will really enjoy this beer...ABV might limit your drinking for the night, but 3 in one sitting is do able

not sure how limited this one will be, but it would be a nice fall beer for Boulder to consider putting into their rotation

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Photo of JMBSH
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick dense head on top of the red/brown liquid. A thick coating of lacing is on all sides of the glass. A lot of head with the pour. Have to wait at the half way point waiting for the head to settle before I could finish the pour.

S - Lots of grapefruit like hop bitterness.

T - Balanced really nicely. The hops are there but the darker malts are used to keep it from being overpowering. The real problem is to deside if you compare it to browns or IPAs.

M - Sweet and smooth upfront with a piney bitterness in the back.

D - Very drinkable. Not too high in alcohol to keep one from having a couple.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice addition to the growing Indian Brown category.
I'm not a huge fan of Boulder Beer, but this is a very good one, figures that it is a one-off brew.

Grapefruity cascades on the nose. Good blend of caramel, chocolate and hops on the palate. Low to moderate bitterness. Round, smooth, medium body. Good beer, think I'll have another.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear ruby color. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention settling to a rocky cap. Sticky lacing in patches.

S: Big citrus and floral hop up front. Some grapefruit. Roasted malts very muted.

T: Slightly bitter roasted dark malts; liken to burnt toast. Citrus and orange rind follow. Finishes sharply bitter.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Smooth, flavorful and balanced. I could knock back a few of these. Disguises the moderate ABV well.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown amber color with a whole bunch of visible carbonation. Big fluffy off white head that is slow to dissipate, leaving clingy lacing. The smell kind of reminds me of a red, also including faint citrusy hop notes and roasted malt. Roasted malt and some citrus bite (minimal) on the front with a slight skunky flavor, then finishes with a mildly bitter aftertaste kind of like semi-sweet chocolate. The bitterness is just about perfect. The mouthfeel is ok, mildly viscous and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is alright, goes down fairly easy and at 6.8% it's not killer. I would probably score this again.

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

Boulder- 30th Anniversary Flashback Ale

A- Clear, deep amber brown with a thick head and thick chunky lacing.
S- Pine hops blended into mild milk chocolate and oak.
T- Sweet milk chocolate malt with hints of oak, earthy leaves, walnut/ almond/ filberts. A smokey pine hop finish.
M- Very creamy and sugary sweet. A bitter dry pine hoppiness eventually comes out of the thick sweet malt. Slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- A little sweet but very drinkable.

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

Appears a crystal clear mahogany brown hue in the body with a nice khaki tan head forming thick with large bubbles and rising above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Lacing is intricate fine and evenly spread on the sides of the glass.

Aromatics offer up bright citrus and pine hops, mostly cascade. Tickles your nose with alpha acids, with a background layer of chocolate malt and roasted nuts. Not much else to report on this offering another India Style Brown Ale, I guess their paying homage to their roots in British brewing.

Flavor has a nice robust brown ale presence with mild chocolate, toasted almond, and a touch of pleasant fruitiness with a wave of dry bittering hops. I like this version of the style I feel it shows of a true brown ale with a welcoming amount of hop flavor and bitterness. Flavors that present from the hop profile are citrus rind and a mild grassy characteristic not over done or overplayed.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some hop oils trickling across the palate, while carbonation remains steady throughout the drinking experience. Again I have to comment the dark roasts and bittering hops create a bone dry finish that works well in this style.

Drinkability overall is excellent a quality sipping and quaffing brew that will lead to great discussion and contemplation of brewing styles. Here's to thirty more for Boulder Beer, I definitely love me some Mojo Risin', keep churning 'em out.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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 +2.4%
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 +10.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +9.6%
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 -3.2%
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 -1.6%
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 +9.1%
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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Flashback Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 523 ratings