Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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
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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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