Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Clear amber, with about a finger of light tan head. Retention is moderate with moderate lacing. I was definitely expecting more in the head/lace department.
S - Noticable but not exactly strong aroma of pine and mint with some grapefruit in the background. Soft, sweet/bready aroma barely inches into the picture.
T - A touch of pine with some herbal notes hits at the beginning followed closely by strong-ish citrus flavors, mostly of grapefruit peel. Mid-palate shows a modest note of bread with some slight caramel sweetness that fades quickly. Bitterness begins growing and citrus gives way to more earthy and spicy hop flavors. Hops wipe any trace of sweetness away quickly finishing with some moderate bitterness and lingering earth.
M - Great medium body with a medium carbonation. Very smooth with an abolute perfect level of carbonation.
D - Drinkability loses half a point because I'm not a fan of the big hit of spice on the back end. Though I generally think of ambers as having a more noticable malt backbone with a good deal more sweetness, this drier interpretation managed to work pretty well. Unique combination of hop flavors, even if they aren't what I prefer. Decent overall.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2009 09:08:24 | More by PatrickJR
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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
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
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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