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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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Ratings: 2256
Reviews: 1093
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%

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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Photo of DarkBeerGuy

New York

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark, healthy looking amber, as the name suggests. Two fingers of nice thick white head form, but dissipate quickly, leaving a thin lacing that grabs the glass.

Smell is modest- malt, great hops for an amber ale .

Mouth feel is exceptional! This beer is smooth, silky, creamy. Not expected, and awesome. Warmness from the spicy hops tops it off perfectly.

Taste is great- warm, malty sweetness from the caramel malt is balanced off beautifully by the hops, but its not overpowered of bitter. Finish is smooth.

I really like this beer.

Serving type: 1/6th Keg!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 17:46:50 | More by DarkBeerGuy
Photo of 57md


4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is burnt amber with orange and golden traces in the edges. There was a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is lightly hoppy. The flavor profile is a well blended mix of malt and mild hops. This is the baby brother of the mighty Nugget Nectar; not bad in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 05:15:20 | More by 57md
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Have been drinking this beer for a while and finally decided it was worth a full review. Drunk today on tap at the tasting room in snifters.
Glowing clear amber orange with a creamy head, streaky legs, and consistently evolving carbonation.
Smells of heavy hops and spice with just the necessary blend of grapefruit. Floral and grassy notes, with just enough pine, as well. These scents settle down as the beer sits, and more malts jump up, rounded with sweet caramel.
Hops charge in on the front of the flavor experience too, but there is balance from toasted sugar and oranges. Chewy malts in the middle close down around a bright note of the typical pine and grapefruit hops of an IPA. But it's always heavier, always just a bit darker, and rounded smooth with the amber core.
The body is fuller than expected. There's just the right amount of alcohol to let this burn into the tongue a bit. When colder, it helps along lots of different foods, even making spicy dishes a bit hotter while curiously helping douse thirst. At the end of the glass (at higher temperature), the fruity chewiness is almost the start of dessert.
Overall, this is my favorite year round brew from the Hershey boys. It's the combination of high points of different styles all poured into one glass that make it special--creamy, spicy, hoppy, deep, and just the balance of sweet and bitter. If you can't get to the brewery for the steady stream of scratch offerings, hopefully bottles of this widely distributed creature are in your neighborhood.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 02:02:07 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark amber color.

The aroma has big juicy hop aroma, sweet honey orange, mango, peach.

The flavor follows with those tropical fruits and a smooth crystal malt flavor, then a light hop bitterness. It tastes like a laid back Nugget Nectar, which makes sense as this is the base beer where they then hop the beer crazy to get Nugget. Less crystal malt sweetness from the beer and the bitterness comes through more. It's crazy to say, but from the many times I've had Nugget, but I prefer this smooth flavor, less sweetness, and the wonderful hops.

What a fantastic drinkable beer. Great flavor with hops and the crystal malt sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 08:22:17 | More by dar482
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass here at Croxley's Ale house.

Appearance: A real nice darker amber, heavy bubbles on the body. Head (off-white)is pretty strong on the pour but then again it's off the tap coming just a notch over a finger length.

Smell: light hops, comes off almost like the wet hip infusion type of scent.

Taste: Very rich hops, slight citrus to it that makes it feel bitter but then also sour. Strong in flavor but not in alcohol, which makes this easy to repeat over and over.

Mouth: a slight dryness to it but still sticking that grazes the surface if quality to an IPA. Medium to heavy, toasty and smooth.

Overall: This brew is an easy to go to if its a available by you. Might seem strong but it's the hops that seem a bit too much, my opinion it's just fine. Salud.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 06:24:56 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts and citrus aromas.

Taste: More toasted than caramel malts in the palate. Citrus hops are mildly in the rear.

Mouthfeel: chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of a dry finish, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid amber. Got to love their spring lineup beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 04:10:01 | More by Flounder57
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark gold with a thin cream colored head

S-creamy citrusy and hoppy. Medium strength. Okay.

T-actually a pretty good brew. Comes in with a nicely creamy and citrusy hop flavor of higher quality. It takes sometime but a beautiful citrus bitterness comes to bite the tongue just slightly. Has somewhat of a biscuit flavor in the after-taste along with the hops and citrus. This is pretty orange forward.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-I like this beer. It's an IPA. There's no amber/red to it...not in the taste, nose, or even color. It's enjoyable and refreshing though...a nice easy drinking midday ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 17:53:25 | More by AdamBear
Photo of argock


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 20 oz dimpled clear glass stein at Porter's (Boston, MA).

A: Auburn with frothy, foamy 1-2 finger oatmeal colored head with good retention and solid lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hops with with solid caramel toffee component. There is a subtle infusion of resin in the nose as well.

T: While this beer is not blow-you-away good, it is extraordinarily drinkable on-tap. Blast of orange and grapefruit citrus with pine and resin hoppiness up front with a medium-strength caramel toffee and lightly roasted malt presence. Very well-balanced-- hoppy, malty, bitter, and superb body and feel.

M: The carbonation gives this a creamy feel overal, but the finish is very dry, more dry than the bottled version which enhance the drinkability substantially. It is a very good beer in the bottle, but even better on-tap.

O: I was really impressed with the beer on-tap: while it isn't different it is a better version of the bottled version I know well (I probably buy 1.5-2 cases total per year). The feel is superior to most any amber ale you could pick up, and the hoppiness stresses the resinous and pine character over the citrus qualities, although both are there. It's a great beer either way.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 03:50:16 | More by argock
Photo of rangerred


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Poured a clear clear dark amber with a one finger off-white head.

Aroma of piny hops with a little bit of fruit, along with a decent dose of malt.

Flavor had pine and citrus up front from the hops, followed by a moderate bitterness and plenty of malt to balance out the hops. Caramel and roasted malt nicely complimented the fruitiness and bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel was a little thin which detracts from the beer quite a bit.

Overall, a delicious amber that is somewhat hampered by mouthfeel. It seems like everything is there then all of a sudden, mouthfeel just drops off into a watery nothingness. That aside, I would most definitely seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 01:07:42 | More by rangerred
Photo of thecheapies


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

Toasted amber color with a coarse plaque of foam. 3.0

Very mildly toasty in aroma with some bold citrus hop notes. Decent nose. Bready malts are inflated. 3.5

Chunky malt backbone withgooey toasted caramel malts. Blast of spicy citrus hops. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit, and orange. 4.0

Medium/medium. Highly drinkable. 4.0

Nicely hopped amber. Best very fresh. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 04:18:29 | More by thecheapies
Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 15:42:31 | More by ohcomeonthatsfunny
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a bartender at my local pub that knows how to draft a brew and he did this nicely.

A- great amber ale color with a head that does not quite make a full finger. Great lacing on the pint glass, however.

S- that average head packs a lot of hoppy citus, grapefruit aroma. The aroma really filled the glass as I emptied the beer.


M- A nice hoppy finish with a full complex feel and taste. No alcohol burn.

O- I'm ready for more. I love a 6.0 that drinks like 4.5.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 03:42:32 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: red amber. Small creamy white head.

S: resiny piney hop. Nugget definitely used.

T: malty slight sweet. Not complex but easily sessionable.

M: thin and sweet/dry finish.

O: great session amber. Would drink again. Really love this beer. Precursor to Nugget Nectar!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 00:19:26 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of engagechad


3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at capital ale house - pint

Pours a hazy burnt orangy brown with decent head.

Smells weakly hoppy but its okay. Malts are there in the nose but not prevalent.

Taste is drinkable but there is a stank there that I didn't find with the bottle. I usually really like the tap versions better.

Overall this is a solid beer but on tap it's a bit.. dirtier..?

I'm not much for adjectives..

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 16:51:01 | More by engagechad
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this beer for the second and time and its just as unique as I remember it! Pours a clear copper/amber color smells breads and happy and has decent lacing. Light to medium in body with good carbonation. Nice citric and floral hop taste up front. That's followed by a malty sweetness that lingers but after a hop bitterness makes itself present on the back of your tongue. The sweet and bitter tastes are perceived on the part of the tongue their supposed to but the way the flavors in this beer are layers confuses the tastebuds into dizzying dance of awesome!

Some noted flavors are caramel, toffee, citric and floral hops. Great beer with some serious drinkability. Awesome dizzying amount of balance as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 02:31:47 | More by jtierney89
Photo of corby112


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Podarks dark amber/ruby red color with golden orange edges and 1.5 finger frothy white head.  Excellent retention slowly fading into lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing on it's way down.  

Earthy hop aroma with grassy/piney notes that are very nicely countered by the sweet malt presence.  Hints of caramel and biscuit.  

Full bodied for the style with an excellent balance of earthy, bitter hops and sweet malt flavors.  Hops are prominent with a dry and bitter piney, grassy presence that lingers into a dry finish.  Countered by hints of caramel, rye, toffee and biscuit.  Flavorful, well balanced and very quaffable.  

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 02:37:16 | More by corby112
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rust/amber body, finger head, patchy lacing

S: light pine, orange, lemon, hint of mango

T: sweet citrus up front, malt, light pine, mild bitter finish

M: Med. body, smooth, light sticky mouth

O: Usually do not like any red beers, but this one
was just outstanding. Interesting balance of sweet
citrus, malt, and pine. Well done, Troegs. I
will be picking this one up a lot more.


Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 15:06:19 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of vandemonian


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Hopback is a crisp, lager-like amber ale. Needs more hops.

A: dark amber colour and a 3mm head that fades to crappy lacing. 3.5

S: mix of Maltiness and some hoppiness on top. 4

T: crisp lager-like flavour with very mild hops coming through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. 3.5

M: fizzy. 3.5

O: not especially interesting. I wanted more hops. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 00:47:40 | More by vandemonian
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru brownish amber with a thick, dimpled creamy head that immediately brings the lace and is never really inclined to stop.

Big grapefruit presence along with toasted malt in the nose. Intense bitterness and explosive graprefruit flavor cut through the robust toasted malt body. Lingering graininess in a dry finish that really allows the hops to dish the punishment on the way down the hatch. This beer surpised the heck outta me. Everybody gets fired up over Nugget Nectar (a fine brew to be sure), but there's a pretty badass year-round substitute available from the same brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 14:25:04 | More by PDXHops
Photo of traillme


4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am NorCal born, NorCal raisbut this Pa brewery is awesome. I love the quality, consistency, and drinkability of all of their beers.

The Hopback Ambber is a great all season beer that especially shines in summer. We were a Sierra Nevada House before and now share time with the Hopback. For me any time you can replace a exceptional beer with one from a regional brewery, it deserves high praise.

On tap, head, nose and appearance are all fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 01:10:41 | More by traillme
Photo of Tucquan


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-08 at the brewery in Harrisburg, PA

A - Clear red-amber with a short light tan head.

S - Mild grain, fruit and hop floral like a milder Nugget Nectar.

T - Mildly roasted caramel malt, citrus, cherry, pine, mild bitterness. Moderately sweet. Dries out a good bit. Not a commanding taste like a Nugget Nectar.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation give a moderately creamy feel.

D - I guess if you can't get Nugget Nectar but want a hint of that glory, you'd have one of these. It's a good brew but pretty "safe".

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 16:51:57 | More by Tucquan
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap from a 16oz plastic cup last night at Sovereign Bank Stadium (PA Road Warriors Vs. York Revolution). I’ve had this beer before from a 12 oz. bottle, but it was a few months beyond the best-by date (as with many craft beers from the local distributors here).

Look: Deep copper with a resiny appearance as it swirled in the glass (plastic cup). Head was present but dissolved within a few minutes. Lacing was nice and consistent.

Smell: Noticed some sweeter malts at first – then became more hop-forward as it sat (almost like an IPA).

Taste: A sticky mount feel with the malts hitting the tongue first. Hops followed with some citrus bitterness to balance with the initial malts. Finish seemed to maintain the bitterness. I found this to be unusual for an amber ale. But it was nice.

This is a solid beer that follows suit with other Tröegs beers I’ve had. The extra hoppiness was certainly a bonus here. I noticed the same surprise in Tröegs’ Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 17:04:44 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of ShanePB


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Viva Bistro last night, poured into a standard 16 ounce pint glass. I can't believe I've never had this beer before but now seemed like better than ever to give it a go.

A: Clear and deep amber colored body with some hues of golden brown. A pretty creamy white head faded quickly but left some great retention and some awesome, sticky lacing.

S: The caramel malt base to this beer is most evident initially. Sweeter brown sugar and some citrus hop notes come through also. A slight pine fragrance also displays but nothing really stands out or on it's own in terms of flavors.

T: Once again, a sweet caramel malt foundation is laid and this time really allows the flavors to showcase. An initial juicy pineapple flavor came through, followed by a very sappy note. The bready malt comes back again to cleanse everything, leaving it quite crisp and flavorful in the finish.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, carbonation is spot-on. A very nice a refreshing Amber Ale.

The Hopback appears to be a cousin to Nugget Nectar, not as hoppy or citrusy yet extremely delicious. For being a basic Amber Ale, this is very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 12:39:52 | More by ShanePB
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the ark in point. somehow i haven't reviewed this.

Pours a clear amber color with some burnt golden hues. A fairly thick white head fades into spotty film with layers of ringed lacing on the glass while drinking.

Solid hop presence with sweet caramel and solid malted base. Citrus and bitterness as well.

Punch of juicy hops right up front with citrus. Slightly bitter before the malt backbone kicks in. Bready with caramel notes, but very smooth and soft from top to bottom. Sweetness with some fruity notes, finishes with a nice splash of bitter hops.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, sticky and bitter on the tongue. Drinks really well, sessionable at 6% (IMO), and an excellent balance of malt and hops. This was one of my favorite beers when I first got into craft and it remains today.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 03:43:48 | More by xnicknj
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from my own 1/6 barrel keg, poured into a standard curved pint glass. I like this beer enough to buy it by the sixtel again-and-again, so I know going in that this will review pretty well.

A: A really nice reddish-orange hue that is barely translucent, with a thick creamy off-white head on top, that has formed those big "pancake batter" type bubbles on top that I like.

S: Earthy smells and some cotton-candy malt sweetness dominate the nose, with the underlying smell of hops.

T: The hops are more present in the taste than the were in the nose, but still not overpowering. This is a wonderfully balanced, easy-drinkin Ale. Light and creamy with good carbonation that moves towards a strong malt backbone before finishing with a hop bitterness (mild grapefruit) that come in to help balance the sweetness out. This beer is weighing a touch on the sweet side right now, just off of center for what I believe is it's norm... probably a sign that it's not quite as fresh as it should be. I've had problems with kegs from Vecenie not being at optimal freshness in the past, and I think they've done it to me again here.

M: Light, creamy, and bubbly, and finishes with a good mouth-coating of sweetness and hops.

D: Quite drinkable. This is a balanced, smooth, ale with a lot of flavor, none of which is "overwhelming". Very repeatable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 22:51:56 | More by psuKinger
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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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