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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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Ratings: 2262
Reviews: 1094
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.

(Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of vitALEity


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle dated 2/7/2014

A: Pours a light amber color. ive seen many beers this color and even darker classified as IPA. Really good 2" head that settles to about 1/4 inch and stays. Good lacing. Appearance is the best part of this beer.

S: Mostly caramel malt and some pine. Maybe a hint of citrus. Its not very complex or super inviting, really.

T: Mostly caramel/bread with pine. Kind of has an off bitterness that doesnt seem balanced or the kind of bitterness I like in a hoppy beer (I love bitterness in hoppy beers, btw). Bitterness stays on my tongue after each sip.

M: Light-Medium body. Kind of a harsh carbonation.

O: Meh. Probably wouldnt have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 02:41:31 | More by vitALEity
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color, unsurprisingly. Two finger head shows good retention. Streaks of lace cascade down the glass in its wake. Cascade mainly comes through in the aroma, which is citrus and grapefruit forward. Quite hoppy as American ambers tend to be. Malt includes Munich and Crystal, and this comes through with more of a caramel maltiness than in an APA.

Hop-forward flavor profile with a touch of underlying malt sweetness. Very nice balance between citric hop flavors and malt backbone. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with minimal harshness or prickliness. At 6% ABV, there is no trace of alcohol on the palate. While hardly a "session" ale, more than one glass is not out of the question, and it's certainly enjoyable enough to warrant seconds.

This could qualify as an "dark-ish" IPA based on the flavor profile. Not unlike another PA hoppy amber: Victory HopDevil (which is classified as an IPA). Some may liken it to Nugget Nectar's little brother, but it's a far cry from that beer. Still, this is a really good hoppy amber, especially fresh and on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:15:55 | More by gr0g
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, well... amber hue... We all figured that one, though. The head is dense, off-white, and two fingers in stature, but fades down to about a 1/2" leaving some nice lacing behind. Head retention seems to be very solid.

S: A strong caramel malt presence balanced perfectly by some piney hops and a hint of citrus. A little bit of breadiness and earthiness underneath. The aroma is complex, but not very strong, so you can't be shy with your sniffer here.

T: Lots of bready malts along with some caramel malt sweetness. Hops provide a nice wave of bitterness while adding heap of piney flavor and some citrus notes. The aftertaste is extremely nutty with a lot of lingering bitterness.

M: Full-body with excellent creaminess, but doesn't fall into the "heavy" category. This one could definitely be sessioned, albeit slowly...

O: Troegs delivers another solid beer with HopBack Amber Ale. While it's not outstanding to me, this one is complex and offers a lot to be enjoyed while sitting pretty with a very sessionable 6% ABV. I wouldn't buy this in excess for the sake of its enjoyment, but I'd definitely snag a 6-pack for game day with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:17:19 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of reebtaerG


4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A- Pours clear golden amber with a 3-finger off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Mild, resiny hop aroma with a touch of caramel malt.

T-Light citrus hops flavor, a touch resiny, with some caramel at the back.

M-Medium body, a touch oily. Great carbonation.

O-I love this beer, perfect balance of hops and malt with caramel, yummy!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:33:36 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours an unsurprising amber gold wwith about a finger and a half of head than it dense and firm. The head breaks leaving wisps of foam and fantastic lacing in its stead. The aroma of this beer is mild, very mild. I pick up pine hops and malts but it is not aggressive. The taste is caramel and malt up front with a bold hops finish. The feel is medium carbonation and body.

A nice and enjoyable beer. My first from Tröegs and I hope after trying this one, not my last. I particularly enjoyed the way the hops stayed at the back of this beer, until the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 21:19:43 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of edfish


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass.
A darker amber hue to it
Has a great head in a pint glass
Thick lacing
Wonderful citrus/pine smell
Taste is same as smell, lingers on the ides of your tounge nice and hoppy
rich and full mouthfeel ..feels good and bitey on the tounge
overall this amber ale is for the hop lover and is quite good has a dry finish that is smooth and makes you want another sip!!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:27:35 | More by edfish
Photo of delta490


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a rich, clear, deep amber (almost ruby) with a slightly foamy off-white head. Great retention and nice lacing

S- a great blend of caramel malt and flowery hops

T- taste evens better than it smells. The hops and malt balance off of each other to wonderful effect. There's a delicious hops blast on the finish

M-not as full-bodied as an IPA with a similar flavor profile. Makes it easy to drink.

O-this is a great Amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:33:56 | More by delta490
Photo of SaintM


4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a sampler pack from the local large discount liquor store. This was the second beer I tried out of the 12 pack. Needless to say I was impressed. Unlike its lighter brother pale ale the amber has a very pleasant finish that all around earns high marks.

The beer poured a rich copper with impressive depth and tone. The head was 2 fingers that dissipated fairly quick with quite heavy lacing. The smell is not very pungent and I seem to catch earthy layers of some type of wood.

On to the best part of all beer reviews, the taste. This brew has subtle overtones that come in waves of flavor. It was very pleasing in the mouth and finish. Overall a solid beer that I would not hesitate to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:48:01 | More by SaintM
Photo of DarkBeerGuy

New York

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark, healthy looking amber, as the name suggests. Two fingers of nice thick white head form, but dissipate quickly, leaving a thin lacing that grabs the glass.

Smell is modest- malt, great hops for an amber ale .

Mouth feel is exceptional! This beer is smooth, silky, creamy. Not expected, and awesome. Warmness from the spicy hops tops it off perfectly.

Taste is great- warm, malty sweetness from the caramel malt is balanced off beautifully by the hops, but its not overpowered of bitter. Finish is smooth.

I really like this beer.

Serving type: 1/6th Keg!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 17:46:50 | More by DarkBeerGuy
Photo of A_Frayed_Knot


2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

At first sip was intrigued to feel the hit of hops mostly in the aftertaste, the back of the palate. Not disappointed at lack of sweetness which accompanies many amber or hoppy blends. Mostly disappointed that with additional sipping, what started as a hint of charcoal next began to produce more of a chalky texture effect. This was the most pronounced impression it made on me and unfortunately, if a beer doesn't finish well with me, it doesn't make me want to start over with another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 21:28:09 | More by A_Frayed_Knot
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a pretty long time, and left a little coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong influence of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex amber ale, but with a strong bitterness from the hops. There is a nice after-taste with a hint of bitterness from the hops, which lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 19:16:38 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of saltymalty


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is exactly what you would want from an Amber Ale, smooth and rich with just enough hops. The hop character may be too much for some, but you can still appreciate it in the flavor. The color is very appealing, and the aroma is pleasant. This brew is great on draft and in bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 19:51:07 | More by saltymalty
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Reddish amber. Lots of sediment.
Smell: Honey and citrus. Some floral.
Taste: Lighter version of the smell.

This is really good. The look is very inviting with a ton of sediment. The smell is the best part: honey and hop. The taste is a reflection of the smell, but it's slightly less so and almost watery in comparison to how big the smell is. I would probably get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:40:46 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEWWW. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color. In general, the body has amazing translucence and clarity. The head is a one finger off-white shade. While it's not the creamiest or the softest-looking head, it does leave behind a bit of lacing.

S: There's a really nice fruit ester note coming out of the glass here, somewhat reminding me of apricot. Otherwise, it strikes a good balance between caramel malts and piny hops, without either element dominating the other.

T: The first thing I notice is the malt backbone - definitely caramel-forward, and ever so slightly roasted. Hops exist as a gentle balancing act on the back end. Since this doesn't have Nugget Nectar's hops, I can also notice the some of the ester flavors (read: apricot) beyond the malt/hop interplay more easily. As balanced as this beer is, none of that would really matter if the competing flavors were muddled - luckily, each element is very defined.

M: Surprisingly full-bodied for the style, but the dry finish turns it from being hard work right into being ridiculously easy to drink. The crisp bite and healthy carbonation make it...uh, ridiculously easy to drink.

O: Without a doubt, this is one of the better brews I can get all day, every day, all the damn time at nearly every liquor store (with a half-assed craft beer selection, that is) I frequent. What else could be expected from a 5/6ths scale Nugget Nectar? I really should buy this brew more often...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 05:51:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - one finger head, amberish color. good looking.

S - some caramel and some mellow citrus. piney too.

T - starts with caramel, and finishes smooth with very mild citrus and pine. this is real well balanced.

M - very carbonated, medium feel.

Overall, This is a super well balanced beer....very mildley hopped, and balanced perfect with sweet malt...not overly bitter, not overly sweet, just an awesome amber.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:23:01 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of BMMillsy


3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade. Thanks! Been anting to try this one for a while. Pours a deep amber bronze with a nice slightly orange white head. Aroma is sweet fruity malt and hints of grapefruit hops. Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor is mostly fruity malts with an ever so slight hop zest. Not bad but also not super exciting. Excellent BBQ beer and I suspect it would go nicely with some pulled pork.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:26:11 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Omnium


3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice deep orange color, 1.5 finger off white head, light lacing.
S - Aroma is rich with caramel and a slightly toasted malt, pine and citrus hops, a little dank, and some fresh bread.
T - Sweet malt, some lighter bubbly citrus, caramels and bread, and pine on the end.
M - Creamy and sticky.
O - Great amber, something thats full of flavor that you could go to all year round.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 22:14:46 | More by Omnium
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Hopback is a copper brown color with hints of gold and red. Has an average sized thick tan head with okay retention and moderate lacing. Aroma has a bit of sweetness and pine, with light caramel malts, not too much overall aroma here.

Taste starts with sweet and floral, then caramel malt, then tart citrus, with a clean crisp piney, floral, caramel finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side, a bit of creaminess and high carbonation. This amber ale is a flavorful, crisp,easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:47:26 | More by JG-90
Photo of Cyrion


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a bottle. Date unknown.

Appearance: A dark yellowish gold with a frothy, 2" yellow head. Translucent with a few tiny bubbles moving up the glass. Decent rings. Looks promising.

Aroma: Some malty caramel and a vague whiff of pine hops. The scent does not give away many secrets.

Taste: Sweet malt, which is quickly followed by hops. I detected pine, although many reviewers mentioned citrus. I simply cannot taste citrus here. The pine settled snugly in the back of the palate and remained there until the glass was empty.

Body: Moderate, very typical of an amber ale. A good feeling, with appropriate dryness for a 6% beer.

Overall: A change for those burnt out by IPAs. Provides the hops you seek while softening the sharp, piney edges and providing a tease of malt. Hops contribution falls somewhere between an IPA and a lighter pale ale. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:38:02 | More by Cyrion
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Canton Sunoco station. Bottled 032813 so about 5 months old give or take.

A - Pours dark golden and bright with good carbonation and a nice off white pillowy head of two fingers. Great rings of lacing and a finger of retention.

S - Honey, maltiness, citrus. Caramel, bread, vanilla. With the age it seems to have taken on a much more 'English' character.

T - Citrus, fruity maltiness. A metallic twang. Bready, toffee. Hop character is very muted, probably b/c of the age.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a fruity, mild bitterness.

O/D - Expected more but it's possibly due to the age of the bottle. A decent beer, but I wanted more. Wouldn't have another. Could take it or leave it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:33:24 | More by tbeckett
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tröegs Brewing Company - Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy ruby amber with an inch sized foamy head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is fruity sweet and sour along with caramel sweet. Hops are well balanced here.

Taste - Taste is tart, then caramel sweet, then a nice fruity citrus sour with bitter pine/resin hops.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side in terms of body. Dry, crisp, tart, and refreshing like a "cider IPA" on steroids. Booziness is just right. Perfect drinkability.

Overall - This is most definitely Nugget Nectar's little cousin. Hot damn Tröegs this is great! Best amber I have ever had for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 15:22:51 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Bills453


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a goblet glass. The color is amber, haha. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell - not too much of a smell. Yeasty, bready.

Taste - very much like the smell. A bit bready.

Mouthfeel - pretty average, nothing of real note.

Overall - ok amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:32:33 | More by Bills453
Photo of Hendry


4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a finger and a half ecru head that reduces quickly leaving a good deal of sticky lace in the glass.

Aroma comes off as a balance of malt & hops, sweet and citrusy all at once.

Taste starts out with sweet (but not overdone) malt, then hops a plenty take over with a nice balance of bitterness in there. Remarkably smooth drinking with pleasant flavors abound, alcohol is hidden quite well for 6%.

Mouthfeel is light medium, dry & crisp finish more like an IPA than an amber.

With Nugget Nectar being a tough act to follow, Hop Back Amber is a great grab by Troegs while NN is out of season (and even when it is in season). This is an exceptionally well done amber with a distinct flavor well worthy of a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:59:20 | More by Hendry
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass (2013/6/6)

A: Copper color with a reddish hue that pours to 2 – 3 fingers of chalky off-white head. The head settles down to a nice white collar leaving some lacing.

S: Hopback has a sweet malt nose with sticky, spicy hops; very floral.

T: It is a nice, balanced amber ale starting with a nice caramel malt backbone and is followed with a hit of bittering hops, both spicy and floral. It ends very clean, a touch sweet with a lingering mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and a medium-light body; soft and smooth on the palate.

O: Very drinkable! Nice balance of malt and hops. Hopback is a great alternative from heavy/aggressive Imperial or Double IPAs (not that there is anything wrong with those!!). While not a session ale at 6%, I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 17:41:31 | More by mtomlins
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a Troegs' sampler pack, bought at Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into a small nonic. Dark amber-caramel, with a sturdy half inch of head which forms a nice cap to the brew before settling down into a thin ring. Good sticky patches of lace as well.

Nose is sweet malt, earthy and citrus hops, with some bread, orange zest, resin and faint grapefruit.

This is certainly a very tasty red ale that is well put together. Nothing to stampede over, but a terrific camping/sixpack brew for certain. sweet and malty up front, a bit floral with some bread and caramel. Hop 'back' is appropriate, because the brew finishes with a good hop bitterness of earth and mild citrus. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel.

My favorite from the pack, this was a great little ale to enjoy by the campfire. Nice mix of hops here.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:27:39 | More by JohnnyBarman
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