Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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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