Exploring new waters
A Review of Flashback Ale by Boulder Beer Co.
Posted on 4/25/2011 by Chops
Sometimes a beer can leave you scratching your head. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, just more of an opportunity to grow your palate. At this point in my better beer journey, I'm not very familiar with the India Brown Ale style, which is basically a hybrid between an India Pale Ale and a Brown Ale. So going into Bounder Beer's Flashback Ale, I honestly had no idea what to expect. This is the story of a craft beer lover's tangle with a new beer style.

In the glass, this beer has a clear brown coloration with a slight reddish hue. It comes with a frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. To my nose, this beer's aroma was a mishmash of a bunch of different traits. In no particular order, I found an aggressive citrus, some grassy notes, a touch of pine, a sweet malty backbone, some toasted bread crust, a little bit of nuttiness, and even a faint whiff of chocolate. At this point I just had to back away from the beer and scratch my head. I didn't know how to process it and I had absolutely no idea what to expect from that first sip.

Much to my surprise, the flavor closely matched the aroma. Don't ask me how, but it did. Most of the aromatic notes are present as flavors. The sweet malt base sets up as a solid foundation where all the nuttiness, chocolates, and breads reside. Resting on top is the tangy citrus, grassy notes and pine resin. The hop profile is decently aggressive and tends to play well with all the other notes. The mouthfeel is in the medium body range and also has plenty of interesting qualities, namely a vicious battle between the hop aggression and the sweet malt.

Overall, Bounder Beer's Flashback Ale is a strange brew with a combative personality. It certainly has a lot of good flavors, but I just don't know enough about the style to say whether it's great or not. I personally enjoyed the experience and I think I'm a better beer fan for it. Consequently, I can recommend the Flashback Ale to any beer fan looking for something new and interesting. And to anyone reading this review, please take it with a grain of salt and know that it's coming from a newcomer to this particular beer style. Course, I also believe that newbie opinions are valuable too and I stand by my review. I declare this discussion officially open!

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