Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 101
Gots: 396 | FT: 3
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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.
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Reviews by vtblackdog:
Photo of vtblackdog
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a clear darkish amber and one finger head that falls quickly.

Smell has strong caramel notes upfront. The hops are much weaker than expected.

The taste is more malty than anything else. For some reason I expected some degree of hoppiness, but I'm not getting much hop at all.

Medium carbonation on the mouthfeel and a bit creamy.

Overall a drinkable beer but I was expecting it to be a bit more crisp and tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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

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!!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Photo of migwell
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'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!

Photo of newk340
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blitz134
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Outchillen
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of shapudding
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Doomcifer
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very vibrant, bright amber color with a good creamy head which retains decently. Smells of light caramel and a bit of citrus hops...clean with maybe a hint of metallic. Taste is evenly citrus hops throughout with a nice cramel/biscuit/bready malt backbone. Fairly bitter finish and not too dry. Medium bodied, not too carbonated, and semi dry finish. Very drinkable and nice amber offering from Troegs. I need to get my hands on some Nugget Nectar.

Photo of JoeMertens
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The pour is a gorgeous caramel with tints of red. Head is moderate, but laces and ultimately dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Hops predominant, with spicy citrus and biscuit malt in the background.

T- Great balance between toasty caramel malts and hop bitterness.

M - Robust, but not syrupy.

D - A great beer from Troegs. Could easily enjoy a few of these while having a meal or relaxing in the back yard.

Serving type: Draft

Photo of mtyrrell
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable and great taste.

Beer pours clear copper or red amber, 1 or 2 finger tan colored head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves patches of foam and a nice ring around the outside that sticks to the glass.

Nose is composed of citric hops and caramel malt with a floral side, grapefruit and spicy notes also

Taste is like the nose, great even mix of citric hops and caramel malts. Spicy and floral hops also show up.

Medium body, sliky smooth and malty, persistent carbonation. Somewhat spicy tail.

Awesome beer. For those that like hops, but is very nicely and evenly balanced out with the carmel malts. Spicy and floral hops in the background add a great taste.

Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper/red amber with a moderate beige head that has nice retention, followed by patchy lacing. Outstanding aroma is like a bowl of fresh grapefruit drenched with maple syrup. Notes of spruce pine compliment the profound hop bouquet. Mouthfeel is superlative, as a cluster of hops exploded on your tongue. Nice carbonation and medium bodied feel. Taste is a complex amalgam of big hoppiness. Pine and citrus overwhelm the caramel malt, and other hoppy notes emerge throughout the glassful. Extreme hops here, but I was expecting a bit more balance from the malts. Still a very likeable and highly drinkable amber ale. Certainly a very interesting brew that I look forward to having again.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a rich almond amber, clear, tan head, fair retention and leaving a tiny bubble, broken up film and classy lacing. Nice resiny hop nose. Medium bodied. Malty base. Almost creamy mouthfeel. What hits you with this one is the well developed and complex hop notes, flavors and smells. Nicely rounded brew all together. Well done and worth seeking out.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Dark rusty color. Burnt orange brown. Lots of bubbles in there, hiding in the dark.

Instant hop aroma with some malty sweetness behind it.

Tastes like it smells, but backwards. The sweet malty taste is there at the start, with some caramel and toffee in there. Then the hops get you with a very nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium to start, with a thick lacing left behind that keeps you going back for another sip.

Very drinkable, and nicely balanced for a "hoppy" beer. My second offering from Troegs (thanks to Jason) and as equally impressive as the first. Anyone in PA want to make some trades?

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, medium carbonation, caramel amber, quarter inch head

Smell: I get grapefruit and hops

Taste: hops, citrus, and some soapy taste

Mouthfeel: bitter, dry, and light

Drinkability: This is a decent red that should appeal to hop heads. I would have this again, but will not seek it out.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

Pours amber with a slight off-white head. The aroma is piney hops with some malt. The flavor is more of the same with piney hops and a nice caramel malt backbone. Medium-thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not the most complex beer in the world but a very good drinker.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, looks almost like and Irish red

S: very citrusy, Reminds me of a lot of IPA's that I've had

T: hits with hop bitterness then caramel and citrus... fig and grapefruit

M: Smooth but light and crisp

D: This is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely recommend it especially for a kind of transition beer to introduce someone to an IPA

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a Troegs' sampler pack, bought at Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into a small nonic. Dark amber-caramel, with a sturdy half inch of head which forms a nice cap to the brew before settling down into a thin ring. Good sticky patches of lace as well.

Nose is sweet malt, earthy and citrus hops, with some bread, orange zest, resin and faint grapefruit.

This is certainly a very tasty red ale that is well put together. Nothing to stampede over, but a terrific camping/sixpack brew for certain. sweet and malty up front, a bit floral with some bread and caramel. Hop 'back' is appropriate, because the brew finishes with a good hop bitterness of earth and mild citrus. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel.

My favorite from the pack, this was a great little ale to enjoy by the campfire. Nice mix of hops here.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, clear copper in color. Thick off-white head does a nice job of lacing the glass. Sweet aromas, mixed in with some fruity esters plus a bit of pine sap, make for a great smell. Flavor is very good, too. Very malty sweet and slightly balanced by a bittering hoppy influence. Nicely done. Finishes with a sweetly-bitter aftertaste, and not long-lasting. Good session beer. Drinkable, and not too excessive in anything it does.

Notes: I would called this an amber-IPA. I really like that. Hops are good. Troeg's scores another winner with me.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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