Liam Deegan

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Beer Review: Boulder Beer Co. Flashback India Style Brown Ale

In Black IPA, Hops, India Brown Ale, Reviews on November 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Boulder Beer Co. has been brewing for a long time, in fact they are Colorado’s first microbrewery.  Flashback came out for their 30th anniversary.  Here’s my review:

Pours a deep mahogany, amber with an off white foam cap.  Very clear beer.

Hops and malt mingle in the nose with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel malt that plays with light and floral hop notes.

This is an interesting beer.  The hops and malt seem to be battling for domination, perhaps a beer with identity issues.  The sweet and burnt caramelized flavors turn nutty then transition to a bitter citrus hop bite that continues on into the back with some more malt returning, only to be pushed aside again for a lasting floral finish.

Medium in body, this reminds me a bit of a Vienna lager style, only it contains darker malt flavors and less floral hoppiness.

This would be a good beer to have before a meal.  The bitterness serves as an aperitif would, while the malt lends to its substance.  I’m not sure how I feel about this beer.  It is definitely interesting, the brewery calls it an India Brown Ale, somewhat similar to the new India Black Ale style, but where the Black ale succeeds in balance, the Brown Ale, to me gets a bit lost in it’s own ambition.  What do I know, try it for yourself.

Style: India Brown Ale? India Black Ale?

ABV: 6.8%