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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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89
very good

2,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: a burnt orange color. a bit hazy. small tannish head that slowly fades

Smell: a wide variety depending on temp and the likes. notes of earthiness, or citrus, caramel malts, and bread. the hops aren't quite as noticeable in the scent though

Taste: pretty complex blend. caramel malts, some toasty bread, citrus hops, some earthiness, and a stronger spiciness.

Mouthfeel: a little heavier than i'd prefer for this type. and a bit sticky. i would prefer a bit more sessionable and crisp

Overall: a solid offering and a good start to checking out a different brewery. tasty and well crafted. hope to get my hands on some more Troegs while on the east coast. Wish Nugget nectar was available too.

05-08-2013 02:34:19 | More by SportsandJorts
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Wow a really nice beer,smell was great-grassy hop with some balancing caramel sweetness,poured a nice amber color with a nice medium head left a good lacing.Taste was of herbal hop to begin with the nutty maltness came thru in the end to really balance this one out nicely.Very well made brew will be looking for more from Troegs after this one!

05-13-2003 12:29:13 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance – This ale is simply gorgeous! The bright, slightly cloudy orange body is faintly tinted with hints of brown. The head came up two full inches on an even pour and sat there for what seemed like an eternity. It slowly made its way down the glass like a floating, fluffy cloud of fine grey-goose down, leaving intricate lacework all along the insides of my Great Lakes Brewing glass.

Smell – Oh, so good. This is reminiscent of their Pale Ale, which I adore. The fuggley nose (or whatever you call East Coast hops) is awesome and set up with a terrific, biscuity malt backbone. There’s some light fruity smells to this one as well.

Taste – The light fruits come our more at the taste, otherwise the tongue fits the nose (so to speak). The flavors are amazingly harmonious.

Mouthfeel – Light and delicate and very refreshing.

Drinkability – I promised myself that I would savor every bit of this, but of course I didn’t and gulped it down. Maybe next time.

Comments – Thanks to ericaweizen for sending this one my way. Darn her – now I’m addicted!!

06-11-2004 15:40:34 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Clear light auburn with a thick, creamy, beige head. Steady small carbonation. Bristlecone pine and caramel dominate the spicy and leafy aroma. Very hoppy. Front is hoppy as can be but this mellows away to reveal a nice, moderately hopped middle and finish with wonderful caramel flavors. Still, hops dominate and offer a multitude of hop flavors including luscious juicy fruits, spicy mountain brush, pine, bright floral and grass notes. Body is light to medium. Drinkability is very high.

07-17-2006 15:16:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-23-2012 13:27:01 | More by DavyJones
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MadScientist

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4%

A: A light copper with good clarity and a persistant light tan head. The head is thin and leaves a bit of lacing the glass.

S: A moderately-strong hops aroma of oranges, lemon zest and a bit of pine. A moderately-light caramel malt sweetness. Light fruity esters.

T: A moderately-strong hops bitterness and moderate citrus hops flavor. The malt is mostly caramel, but not that sweet, with some dry graininess. The balance is firmly bitter. the finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An aggressively hopped American Amber with citrus hops aromas and flavors. A great beer.
Bottled on 092612

12-11-2012 02:21:35 | More by MadScientist
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JeffDam

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-29-2013 12:31:16 | More by JeffDam
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-09-2014 12:02:54 | More by TimBeaulieu
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migwell

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

'Note its characteristics.' Well, sorry if I lack the palate and refinement to comment in the prescribed fashion on a good beer here, ('...white grape, black tea, lychee and bubblegum. bitter rye and tropical fruit flavors. the palate is smooth and sticky with a jelly texture...') but I leave the parsing of taste to the more 'refined' beer snobs. Myself, I like to drink beer, and good beer at that.

Of which, this is one. A real desert island beer, satisfying, not cloying after a few, but holding its own. Clean, clear, and refreshing... 'clear', that is, if you like dark meat.

Troeg's is quite the brewery, and they're on the right track with this one!

04-11-2013 21:47:49 | More by migwell
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Joenapp


3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-05-2012 23:12:15 | More by Joenapp
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-09-2012 16:28:49 | More by JacobMutberg
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newk340

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: a translucent mahogany with a thin head, no lacing.

S: hints of citrus with a slight hop afteraroma that tingles the nostrils.

T: a smooth amber with hints of hops, ginger, and caramel, though it leaves a tinny aftertaste.

MF/D: briefly buzzes the tongue, but slides down smooth and coats the palate. a very enjoyable beverage.

07-10-2010 04:50:13 | More by newk340
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6%

12oz longneck bottle, I've been waiting to try this one for awhile now. Pours into my glass a deep, dark amber with reddish hues and a small bubbly head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass. Aromas of somewhat sweet, nutty malts greet me off the bat closely followed by herbal, citric hops. Lightly toasted...solid stuff.

First sip brings a smooth caramelly, nutty maltiness that's met by some nice herbal, citric hop oils. A bit of a bready taste with a really mellow buttery aspect as well. Flows down with a nice malty sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Overall, a solid amber ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, really and easy drinkin amber ale that disappears quickly. I like the fact that this is hoppier than most other ambers...overall it's just a solid brew. Nothing that's earth shattering..but I could see it making a good session.

12-06-2006 03:36:37 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Deep caramel with strong red highlights. Nice transparent body. Full of carbonation bubbles. Head is just offwhite and poured about 3/4" thick and reduced to a thick layer.

The aroma on this is amazing. I have always thought I smelled pine in a beer until I took a wiff of this. The pine sap and cedar is extremely dominate. A touch of citrus with bits of sweet malt coming through. Amazing smell. I think I have a really fresh bottle because it doesn't seem any of the aroma imparted by the hopback used to produce this beer has died down at all. Some of the other reviews don't seem to note a strong aroma in this beer, and I just don't see how unless they got a slightly older bottle. Not many get a 5, but I think this one deserves it as most amber ales aren't extremely strong in the aroma department and this one breaks the mold.

Flavor is a bit lighter than the aroma but is still very unique. A strong pine presence and a finish with a touch of diacytl. Citrus hops round up the back and leave a dry feeling in the mouth. Nicely balanced with some malt as well.

A very nice mouthfeel to this. It seems to be very sticky initially but washes down well leaving only a hint of what was just tasted. Drinkability would be excellent and the beer almost demands it with its dry taste. I think that if this was more available that I would have a new session beer.

06-29-2005 01:24:56 | More by blitz134
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Outchillen

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Ive had this on tap, and in bottles, this is my dart playing beer

A: Darker amber with white head

S: Nice floral bitter hop and caramel malt aroma

T: Fresh hops, and caramel malts, nice amber ale with hints of spiceyness

M: Medium bodied and medium carbination, bold but very smooth

O: Great hoppy amber ale, a nice body and full tasting beer, one of my go to beers to shoot darts or if wanting a drinking beer

11-19-2011 02:28:17 | More by Outchillen
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Lovely dark reddish amber color.

Mouth watering cascade hops in the nose.

The taste is excellent. Imagine if all amber ales had this much body, personality, LIFE to them. The hops add so much zest to this beer. The carbonation and body are solid - not too upfront, but not watery, either. A great balance.

This beer goes down easy, much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, just without that special extra "something." You could have many of these in a row. Definitely worth picking up a six-pack.

12-11-2005 22:43:42 | More by chOAKbarrell
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-09-2012 04:18:03 | More by heddar33
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Red/amber with off-white head

S - Tea/heral notes, sweet caramel, mango, pear

T - Herbal/tea flavors, peach, mango, toasted caramel, lemongrass, and a lingering bitter hop finish

M - Medium body with light carbonation and a crisp finish

O - Really refreshing. Great taste, great smell, and low abv make this a great beer to drink. You definitely want to drink a few of these in a session.

01-22-2012 02:28:18 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Beautful clear, reddish brown color, but disappointingly sparse head. Light floral aroma, nice, not overpowering. There is a strange aftertaste that is like hardboiled eggs which I cannot understand and may just be this batch? Slight caramel flavor. Light hoppiness, not too strong as you would expect from the name. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, makes me think of when your milkshake has melted.... Clean and dry finish, decent drinkability but maybe not as a session beer.

04-09-2004 22:39:49 | More by shapudding
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-02-2012 13:02:38 | More by generallee
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-18-2012 06:07:59 | More by nstroup
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

nothing like a good amber beer in the middle of summer to quench your thirst

sure enough poured this beer out into my pint and yup its amber through and through nice off white head too

oh no what happened to the aroma i was hoping for a big hop nose but it was not there yes i did get some hop aroma but it was super faint

but lacking in the nose was more than overcompensated in the taste! big sticky caramel malt drenched in honey and sap but cut through with big bold hop flavor umm bravo great beer

solid mouthfeel on the end it was big without being cloying a really nice balance here

overall a solid beer i could drink this baby in the heat of summer or the dead of winter it doesn't matter its just a great beeri

07-06-2011 02:24:35 | More by renegadeburger
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bigdipip

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-21-2011 03:27:13 | More by bigdipip
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-25-2011 07:47:09 | More by TimoP
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snurrig

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +19%

07-28-2012 10:46:04 | More by snurrig
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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,479 ratings.