Boulder Beer Flashback Anniversary Ale, a limited offering Boulder Beer being called a Brown IPA, poured a hazy, murky pale brown with heavy carbonation, and a short lived, sticky tan head. The
nose led with sweet, roasted notes with a citrusy hop edge.
Boulder Beer Flashback Anniversary Ale opened crisp, roasty, and dry, highlighting a well developed malt body. As the ale settled, a strong (but not overwhelming) hop bitterness came through and introduced the orange and pine flavors associated with a NW IPA. Flashback ended on a dry, slightly bitter fade.
Boulder Beer Flashback Anniversary Ale, first and foremost, is a hoppy brown ale, not an IPA with a darker malt makeup. As a hybrid style I've never tried (nor considered), I’d have to say Boulder Beer is on to something here. Not as bold or brash as a typical CDA, Flashback is an exciting and possibly new beer experience worth checking out.