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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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89
very good

2,809 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,809
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 97
Gots: 364 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,809 | Reviews: 1,128
Photo of larbush
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on cask, and no carbonation. Seems like sloght whiskey flavor, but did not read about whisky barrel.

Photo of rjp217
2.82/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little flat and missing something. Hops are muted and a lot of caramel

Photo of Not_enough_dog
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Reminds me a little of the Boston brick red Sam Adams. Very flavorful

Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: its an extremely clear, rich amber color with some very faint ruby red & purple (very faint purple) notes. 2 finger frothy white head thats leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass

s: sweet caramel malt, dry bready crackers, strawberries, a hint of sweet berries, some of the cardboard-y yeast you sometimes get in an amber. finishes with a juicy herbal bitter hop smell

t: right off the bat is some sweet, syrupy caramel and a piney bitterness. some of those juicy sweet berries follow the pine and help to move the flavor along nicely. there is also a little graininess in the flavor here, along with a nice dry bready cracker flavor. with all these, its still not heavy at all

m: medium/medium-light. carbonation is average, and helps to harmonize the sweetness

o: i hadn't heard much about this before picking it up, but i'm glad i did. its an extremely! smooth drinker, with a nice balance of flavors and a great mouthfeel. though, it is not extremely hoppy (if you were expecting it to be because of the name) and definitely lets the malts do the talking in here

Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Otto's Pub and Brewery in a pint glass.

L: This one poors a dark amber color, mostly clear with a thick creamy white head that was slow to settle. Generous lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and piney hops on the nose predominate with a sweet bready aroma in the background.

T/F: Very tasty and somewhat hoppy amber ale, just as the name implies. It's hoppy enough to be a pale ale but very well balanced with the malty sweetness of the amber. It works very nicely together and makes an easy drinking brew. Moderate carbonation and light on the mouthfeel.

O: A great beer with moderate hops... could be something of a 'gateway' brew into hoppier stuff for the uninitiated as the bready/malt sweetness brings it back into the 'safe' zone. An easy drinking session beer, and another solid brew from Troeg's.

Photo of JPowell712
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer. It poured an an amber color with an off white head. The smell was hoppy and malty with some sweetness to it. The taste was a great balance of hops and malts, it had a little bit of a hop character and a sweet malty finish. The overall taste and feel on this beer was a good one. Troegs always puts out decent beers!

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

HopBack is a satisfying amber ale that will forever live in the shadow of Troegs' superior Nugget Nectar.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Cool label art. Branded pry-off cap. Cost was $2.09 USD at a New York, NY bottle shop.

6% ABV. "Amber ale."

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour head. Soft-looking. Creamy. Has an even consistency. Retention is excellent - ~8+ minutes. Leaves a light coat of soft lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper colour of good vibrance. Suggests a caramel-laden brew with an apt amber malt backbone. Clean, with no visible yeast particles.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a classic looking appearance for an amber ale, and boasts an impressive head. Not unique or special, but right on the money for the style.

AROMA: Toasted amber malts join an apt caramel malt presence and a piney herbal hop profile to create a rather inviting amber ale aroma of mild intensity. A bit bready, slightly spicy, and seemingly well-balanced. It's not as hop-forward as Nugget Nectar, giving it a bit more of a malt emphasis.

Certainly appealing for an amber, with no off-notes or inappropriate yeast character. Its ABV is well-disguised.

TASTE: It's more malty than hoppy, with toasty amber malts and a bit too much caramalt coming through clearly, lending it a bit too much sweetness. The hop profile isn't quite tailored to the malt backbone, bringing notes of resinous pine and herb that just don't quite click into the build like they should. More of an oily resinous hop character with brighter tones of citrus and floral character would better suit this beer.

Its underhopping and overmalting throw off the balance, but it still has plenty of cohesion and complexity for an amber, beating out widespread favourities like New Belgium's Fat Tire in my book. More subtlety of execution, depth of flavour, and intricacy would improve it. As it warms, a kiss of spice emerges - maybe from rye malt (or just the yeast). Not a gestalt beer, but certainly enjoyable.

TEXTURE: Slight overcarbonation is noticeable. Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and aptly thick on the palate. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, and fails to accentuate specific notes. It does dry in the late second act, bringing out a bit of that subtle spice. Overall presence on the palate is decent. Some drinkers might find it a biteen rough or scratchy about the climax.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Not quite the mind-blowing amber ale I hoped for having loved Nugget Nectar, but worth trying for what it is. I wouldn't shell out $2+ per bottle again, but this is a relatively complex amber ale which I'd easily reach for over New Belgium's Fat Tire or other beers of that ilk. Highly drinkable, and worth trying in spite of its shortcomings.

High C+ (3.25)

Photo of Paul432_1
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

This is a really good tasting beer. Keep up the good work Troegs

Photo of EvoRich
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a clear copper/amber color with a white, fluffy head.

Smell: Citrus hops, some piney and floral notes.

Taste: Citrus hops. Not as strong in the flavor as it is in the aroma. A good balance between hops and malts.

Feel: Light bodied and refreshing.

Photo of mnrider
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep amber with one finger of tan head. Good retention with only a little of lacing.

S: Toasted malts. Pine. Resin. Sweet fruits and nuts.

T/M: Hops, Citrus. Pine. Herbal. Malts, Toasted. Caramel. Sweet. Fruits. Well balanced and creamy. Bitter. The finish is nutty but mostly bitter with a linger of hop resin.

O: Very good Amber Ale. Nice and hoppy with a strong malt presence which pushes the balance slightly to one side. An excellent example of the style.

Cheers!!

Photo of kkleu357
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the ABE airport. It’s pretty good. darker amber body. Light fruity sweet aroma. Taste was similar. More sweet tastes than fruitiness. It’s kind of like a baby Nugget Nectar.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: very well balanced; roasted grain, toffee, pine, a touch of citrus, a little spice;

T: roasted grain and a little nutty up front; earthy hop character comes in mid-palate; light to medium bitterness from mid-palate; long finish; until the finish, it's well balanced;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: lacks the characteristic caramel note often found in ambers, but that's fine with me; I also really like the higher than usual bitterness at the end;

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Perfectly clear amber body. Small white head leaves moderate lacing.
S-Fruity esters. Biscuit, caramel, earthy hops.
T-Lots of malt. Caramel, toffee sweetness. Some spicy hop bitterness cuts it off.
M-Medium body, medium carb.
O-This is a fine brew definitely worth trying if to haven't had the pleasure but this isn't your normal amber.

Photo of Bierleichen
2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Typical amber ale. Nothing note worthy

Photo of Kraj30
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

maybe the best everyday Amber I have ever had. really solid

Photo of twosheds
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with tan head

Fairly hoppy with a slight brown sugar caramel smell.

Citrusy and floral hops with a nice balanced malt flavor.

Not too bad, but I would prefer less citrus hops.

Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer in the glass. Deep rich copper color, small head, great carbonation. Aromas of caramel and distinct bitterness. Spicy, clean taste. Malt - forward (seems appropriate), with nice balance through the bittering hops. Medium mouth, bit of that spicy aftertaste. Mmmm. About 2 weeks old. Not super hoppy if that's your thing, but a great option for something different. Well-crafted amber.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great gold color nose is robust and piny. The hops blend together very well balancing it out surprisingly well.

Photo of Mikelord7
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not very good. Bitter and less hoppy than others

Photo of DarthVorador
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild & smooth. A good session beer, & better then most other examples of the style.

Photo of tkolterman
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent hops, drinkable but not outstanding. Ok if you buy it or me

Photo of Wolberjs
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Troegs. Looks pretty (clear pure color, nice head and lacing). Other than that pretty average.

Photo of Mrbseward
2.43/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok. Not great, not horrible. Just ok.

Photo of DonWeymouth
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hoppy yet mild, almost like an English beer.

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber copper color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of caramels, spices and herbal hops.
Flavor of caramels, spices, toasted malts, tea leaves, fresh floral, earthy and herbal tangy hops (did I miss something?), mild citrusy, American yeast, lemon and pine. Dry aftertaste with a long bitter and toasted feeling.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Interesting take on Amber ale focusing on English hops, but with American boldness (55 IBUs) on a malty base (not in excess).

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,809 ratings.