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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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Reviews: 1,122
Hads: 2,882
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 105
Gots: 427 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Reviews: 1,122 | Hads: 2,882
Photo of PatandDavid
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fellow BA JayT for bringing me some brews. This one was a true clear light amber, but even when I poured it myself, the small 1/2 inch head left quickly. Aroma is interesting...very strong, more grapefruit than grassy hops. Tastewise, I am picking up on strong grapefruit smelling hops, that have an interesting hay-like quality as well. Mouhhfeel is medium, carbonation is low. Alcohol would like to hide, but I can tell this one isn't a session beer. (462 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a short, white head. The color was reddish amber. It has a citrusy hop smell with a bit of pine. The taste was mild compared to Nugget Nectar, basically a toned down version. I rather enjoyed this amber ale much more than the imperial version. I could see myself tipping a few of these in a sitting, only two tonight though. (354 characters)

Photo of goatgoat
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the oppotunity.

Pours a beautiful clear copper amber. A 3 finger frothy tan head falls after a decent length of time.

A bit slap of citrus hops when first poured. After the head settles down the aroma mellows into citrus hops with a bit of pine. A bit of caramel malts.

Flavor is a low in the malt section. This allows the hop bitterness to take more of a leading role. Citrus and a mellow bitter finish.

A little watery, but carbonation is good.

Have to admit, it tastes like the little brother of Nugget Nectar. Not really enough malt to balance the hops, thinner body. All in all I prefer the older, more mature brother. (653 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug

A- One finger head, nice lacing, moderate carbonation, dark Amber, bronze body, very clear.
S- Hints of hops, malts and spice are present, caramel as well, overall smell is muted.
T- Malts and spice are very evident, slight hops. I expected the hops to be more present, slightly disappointed with the taste.
M- Medium mouthfeel, light on the body, sticky as well.
O- Was a little disappointed with this brew, I have yet to try Nugget Nectar, I have heard so many good things from Troegs, and I must say I was disappointed with my first beer from them, very easy drinkability, but nothing really special about this beer. (671 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a yellow label and a white circle, a large hop graphic and the troegs logo aross the two. nothing really special about the bottle, label, copy or graphics. there is no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a clear red-orange with orange amber highlights in a pint glass. lotsa little bubbles rising up through the brew. head is an off-white light 1 inch that dropped to a thin cap quickly.

smell: piney hop aroma. light sweet caramelly fruit aromas in the back as well. earthy bean-like flavors as the beer warms.

taste: spicey pine and hop flavors. hops are complimented by toasted wheat bread flavors. medium bitterness. i don't notice the sweet malts that i associate with a typical american amber. finishes lightly bitter and dry.

mouthfeel: nice medium and tongue prickling carbonation. light body but an average swallow. not great but not bad for this style.

drinkability: only somewhat drinkable. alcohol is well masked, and carbonation is good, but the finish doesn't keep me sipping like it should. swallows a little harsh as well.

overall: i really wanted to like this amber, as it gets very good reviews on here, but i was a little disappointed. taste reminds me of a lager/ale/ipa instead of an amber. a decent beer, but falls even outside a "catch all" style like this. (1,348 characters)

Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK beer, not their best... not their worst. Typically pick this up in their mix pack case but wanted to give it a try on tap to determine if there was any real different in taste & mouthfeel.

Decent amount of Hops but overall I was underwhelmed both in bottle & tap form. (275 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a deep red with a gold tint. The head is two fingers and is a slightly foamy white.

The smell is a bit fruity with a little floral hints. A light caramel and some good hop flavor as well

The taste has a light bitterness, malty with a nice hop finish.

This beer is a great drinkable beer. Is well balanced and goes down easy. (387 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to weeare138 from the bottle . poured a nice amber with a off white head. aroma hops, and a small amout of malts, a touch of citrus like lemon, floral. flavor gotta like the hops nice and mild and the malts blend in there nicely.satisfied the hop craving. (262 characters)

Photo of jimlin
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While not an experienced reviewer (I won't try to go into all the descriptive comparisons that others know better than I), I can say, I expected a bit more hoppy bite from the name alone.

I first had one on tap last week, but it was following a Founders Red Rye PA, so I didn't want to go on that impression. I picked up a six tonight as I stopped to get some DME and hop pellets for this weekend's homebrew.

I love the color. A beautiful red/amber that really catches the eye. The head seems nice, but dissipated quickly. However, the issue is, something is just a bit "off" in the taste. There's almost a "metallic" flavor I can't get by. I thought perhaps it was in my head, but just into the second bottle (poured into a pint glass) proves to have this flavor consistent with the first. Can anyone explain what I am tasting? I taste the metallic flavor in the finish. I'll finish the 6 this weekend, but I won't buy it again.

It goes down easily enough, and if it weren't for this lingering metallic flavoring, I'd love this beer. (1,039 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a good head that left a nice lacing down glass.

Smells very earthy, malt almost more prominent than bittered hops, bread yeast, amber malt and caramel.

Taste of amber malt, light pine hop flavor and a light citrus hop flavor. I thought with a name like hopback amber, this one would be a little more pronounced in the hop side, but not a bad beer. Good body for a 6 percent abv, light carbonation.

Drinkability is there, could be slightly more flavorful, but not overdone to tire your tastebuds. (526 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks yet again to adamharbaugh!!!! I won't hold the excessive use of silent letters against you.

An amber ale that's amber colored. Uniquely awesome. Frothy head.

Smell is just so-so to me. Kind of a vineagar background under some malts.

Taste of tea leaves and caramel. It's nice but I like 'em a little on the trashy side. Oh wait, I mean it's nice but I like 'em a little more agressive in the flavor department. The hops are way too laid back.

No problems enjoying the rest of this.

Overall: next (507 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a beer of dark, reddish amber. It holds a one finger tan head that recedes quickly. This leaves big bubbles around the glass that appear sticky and spotty. The beer is highly translucent, with no sediment or haze, and the carbonation appears average. The aroma opens with raw honey earthiness. Malts are pale with a light toast, becoming more molasses-like with warmth. The hops are piney, and hide a dirty mineral quality. There are some spic plastic phenols on the back, with some lemon freshness. As we sip, spicy and seedy malts balance immediately with earthy, mineral hops. The grain predominates through the middle. It is simple, and a bit steely and corny. The finish is with those plastics from the nose, and booze. There is a faint cutting sweetness from bitter pineapple, affording a final freshness. The aftertaste breathes of earth and flowers, hop bitterness, spice of alcohols, and steely yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There beer is thickly coating, with a final dryness and grit to the hard palate. There is nice froth and cream with each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily, and is refreshing.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was how malty, strong, and filling it was. The end of the flavoring, however, became a bit muddled, making the finish bite more than desired. The hops could have been more forward, which could have balanced the deepness of the malts and the bittering phenols. (1,472 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark but clear amber, with a foamy 2 finger head. Nice intricate lacing remains

S - Caramel malts with just a hint of citrus fruit in the background

T - Hoppy with a bit of caramel sweetness, also notice an orange rind taste in there to mix it up

M - Moderate carbonation, pretty well balanced, which makes this a pretty drinkable brew

O - The red headed step child to Nugget Nectar. Solid beer that will do, is nice to find in a mixed 12 pack once or twice a year (480 characters)

Photo of grannaniwa
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, as promised. Nice head, not a lot of nose. Maybe malty aromas? A very small touch of hop aromas if I focus.

Very round and full flavor. Slightly high alcohol feels like it comes through on the mouthfeel. Tons of malt character, and a sweet and bitter taste left after swallow. This is a much bigger beer than I remembered from the first time I drank it, when I would have put it closer to the Sam Adams Boston Ale. That first time was also from a bottle, not a glass, so that may have affected the experience.

I think with this balance of flavors, I would actually prefer a more easy-going beer for casual drinking. At this intensity, it isn’t a perfect match for me.

"55 IBUs. Malts: Pilsner, Munich. Hops: Cascade, Williamette, Nugget. HopBack Hops: Whole Leaf Nugget, Mt Hood. Yeast: Ale. Each batch of HopBack Amber Ale flows through a bed of whole flower hops creating a fresh aroma, spicy taste, and rich caramel note that defines our signature beer.”

Overall: B+, would be happy to try again (1,028 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is an amber color with a slightly tan two inch head. Frothy and great head retention with a thin layer sitting on top of the beer. A lot of soapy scattered lacing is left clinging to the sides of my glass as the head subsides.

Good aroma of citrus with the likes of mango being more prominent. Following is papaya and pineapple. Caramel malts with toffee and a slight toasty bread/biscuit aroma is also detected

Caramel and toffee are present right away with a little bit of citrus tangerine flavor. Toasty bread and biscuit comes following with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a little less then average carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but my complaint is it lacked body and more flavor. (782 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. No date listed. The amber body was clear and it left a delicate lace down the glass.

Smell was citrusy hops and fresh grains. Very aromatic.

Taste was sweet caramel malts and understated hops. The finish was a mildly bitter lingering aftertaste. Well done.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and medium in the carbonation. Solid and pleasant. (403 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not usually a really hoppy fellow, but this is a good beer.
Light brown with creamy colored foam. Nice lace.
Smell is sweet and fruity with just a touch of alcohol.
I was expecting bitter and sharp, but was quite impressed. There is a strong two or three hop profile that is very nicely balanced. It imparts the tangy bitterness of hops without being too much.
Pleasantly surprised.
Good beer. (403 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Seems as though I should have poured this one harder, as my pour only got me a half finger of head. This died down to a ring pretty quickly. Nice red-copper coloration on the body.

S. Malt start goes into a piney hop aroma. Rather unassuming nose.

T. Pine hop starts it off then I get a slight caramel flavor with a big sweet punch as the malt kicks in. A bit of breadiness on the tail end of it.

M. Sweet. Goes down easy, a bit of carbonation to help it go down. Flavor sticks with you but does not overwhelm. (517 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pours a nice caramelly amber, though just a thin line of head that dissipates to small islands of foam on top.

Nose is fresh floral, pineapple, pine resin hops. Some caramel malts coming in behind them.

Taste is far more malt forward than the nose or my expectations would have told me. Heavy pale and caramel malts form the base and the lemon, pine, grassy hops are present in the finish. Breadyness in there, hops fade even more as the bottle progresses... hmmm.

Nice prickly carbonation. This could have been a stellar brew but for something called HOPback I would have gone with a few more hops, the malt seems to take over this one. (647 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance- amber to copper brown with a thin white head and a low amount of carbonation

Smell- is strong malt up front with slight hops mixed in for sure, sugar and molasses strong in smell,

Taste- nice balanced finish, good mix of malt and hop finish, starts much sweeter and maltier up front and alot more bitter on the finish nice mix,

Mouthfeel- soft and crisp and noticable carbonation on the palate

drinkability- highly drinkable beer, would be a good session option that with each sip would leave you craving more, i would say this is an amazing beer but definitely solid choice, (591 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Al's. Advertised as 3x palisades.

A: The ale is a darker color, more brown than not, that clings to its translucency. The color is much darker than Hopback. A small head, less than a finger, comes along for the ride.

S: The nose has a bit of hops, zesty and citrusy, but for the most part sticks with the caramel malt base. No sign of the rich Hopback aroma.

T: The amber ale is malt-driven, with caramel and toffee taking turns in the lead. The cask has mellowed out any hops, leaving a smooth flavor behind that trends towards the English end of the spectrum. The hops, unfortunately, aren't the main attraction. A good cask ale that reminds me of a few English pints that I've had.

M: The mouthfeel is malty with just a little bit of citrusy hops. Perhaps this beer has been on cask just a little too long.

D: The drinkability is high, as the cask softens the rough edges. Glad to have had it in this fashion. (928 characters)

Photo of Cyrion
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a bottle. Date unknown.

Appearance: A dark yellowish gold with a frothy, 2" yellow head. Translucent with a few tiny bubbles moving up the glass. Decent rings. Looks promising.

Aroma: Some malty caramel and a vague whiff of pine hops. The scent does not give away many secrets.

Taste: Sweet malt, which is quickly followed by hops. I detected pine, although many reviewers mentioned citrus. I simply cannot taste citrus here. The pine settled snugly in the back of the palate and remained there until the glass was empty.

Body: Moderate, very typical of an amber ale. A good feeling, with appropriate dryness for a 6% beer.

Overall: A change for those burnt out by IPAs. Provides the hops you seek while softening the sharp, piney edges and providing a tease of malt. Hops contribution falls somewhere between an IPA and a lighter pale ale. Pretty good beer. (898 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped into a bar and had a pint. It was probably served a little too cold for my liking.

A: Amber in color. Good carbonation. Nice head.

S: For a name like hopback, I didn't get a real dose of hops so I was disappointed. I picked up more malty notes like caramel, almost a bready, borderline chocolate aroma.

T: Like smell, I picked up more malty taste than hop flavor. Nice caramel notes, but was still expecting more hop kick.

M: Nice solid, almost creamy feel. Good backbone.

D: Decent beer. Not one of my favs from Troegs, but good nonetheless. An above average beer to have now & again. (598 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber in color. Forms a respectable inch of light yellow-tan head. Decent retention, weak lacing.

S: Light aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. A little pine as well.

T: Assertive caramel malt with some grapefruit bitterness, then a creamy maltiness comes through on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Slick in the mouth.

D: A decent beer, but overall unexciting. (405 characters)

Photo of 69davis
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is a clear dark red, with little carbonation. Left a half-inch head in the glass.

Smell is malty and not overpowering. Really need to stick your nose in there to get anything. Taste is nice: sticky caramel, just a hint of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is where this beer disappointed me. Again, very little carbonation, which I was hoping for. A very smooth and creamy feel to it, which is nice, but not what I was looking for in this style. However, those qualities make it highly drinkable, and I would be more than happy to drink a few of these at a time.

Notes: reminded my of an ESB not an amber. A decent, highly drinkable beer, but could use a little oomph from more hops and carbonation. FWIW, my wife had one and loved it! (788 characters)

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.