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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,490 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 183 | 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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Well-hopped, aggressive attack of malts and carbonation on palate. Fine cooper amber colour. Light, good as IPA! Some pine aroma. Mid-sip sour grapefruit citrus, spices and nuttyness. Refreshing on hot day. Unique and very drinkable. Recommend you try and can convert beer drinkers to the craft world.

06-08-2004 05:16:29 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-04-2013 01:53:02 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-19-2011 23:19:59 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

G: Pint glass with a Black Bear (WV) logo printed on it.

A: Deep amber with a decent head and quality retention. Medium amounts of carbonation.

S: Malts and sweet amber. Plenty of hops; mostly floral and seemingly fresh--from the hopback?

T: Slightly sweet and definite amber malt flavor. A nice, fresh hop taste.

M: Slight carbonation and little alcohol sensation--goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Glad I'll soon be moving out to VA and can get Troegs beers whenever I need them.

03-15-2009 23:04:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-25-2011 16:44:37 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Dark amber in color. Pours with a medium-sized head that quickly dies down into lacy patterns. Moderate carbonation; swirling the glass produces a little bit of head.
S: Hop aromas dominate the smell
T: Strong flavor with lots of hops and pine oils, less in the way of caramel malts. Bitter finish.
M: Medium-bodied taste
D: Relatively easy to drink, especially if you like hoppy beers

03-14-2010 19:05:39 | More by metter98
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Rich apricot with a large cap of foam that is the color of light brown sugar and that leaves abundant lace as it slowly deflates. The nose is more akin to an APA than an amber ale due to the impressive hoppiness. There is enough malt to keep the hops honest though.

Hopback Amber is good beer (Troegs hasn't disappointed me yet). This is a classic amber ale, but is bolder, hoppier and more full than most. Thanks to a prodigious malt backbone, the hops aren't quite as boisterous as they were in the nose. When the actual drinking gets underway, their citrus peel and pine deliciousness is reined in to some extent. There's no mistaking it for an APA now.

The body is definitely full for the style with a sweet stickiness that most beer of this style doesn't achieve. As a result, there's flavor to burn. It might be a bit too big to be sessionable, but one or two should go down rather easily.

Troegs doesn't brew bad beer. Hopback Amber is a wonderful ale that keeps these guys solidly in my top dozen American breweries. The first of many from blitheringidiot. Thanks man.

09-22-2004 19:55:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves sporadic lacing

Smell: Bursts out with a pine cone nose but there is plenty of caramel malt in the background, too

Taste: It has that caramel amber flavor going on up front with lots of piney bitterness arriving by mid-palate; nicely balanced right through to the bitter tea-bag hoppy finish, though their are plenty of amber ale elements in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, a fine effort that shows that an amber ale doesn't have to be boring

12-09-2005 03:07:44 | More by brentk56
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-26-2014 08:08:23 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

12-31-2011 14:20:17 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -16%

Bottle courtesy of Steph: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy white head with some good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is a mix between light caramel malt with some bitter hops at the end. Body is about average with some great carbonation. With the level of hops that can be found in this beer it is almost leaning toward an IPA. Very good session beer overall.

09-17-2007 19:48:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.03/5  rDev +1%

An insanely good beer, and well-deserved while visiting Betty's in Columbus over the ROTR weekend.

This beer is Amber-done-right. A deeply.. well, amber colored beer takes on darker tones than most. A lightly tanned head form a 1" barrier on the beer and remains for the session while leaving great lacing all the way through.

A great blend of bold toasty malts swirl with resiny pine and citrus hops for a hypnotizing aroma. Lightly fruity, cramelly, and nutty to the nose. This beer is quite complex and bold.

Flavors alternate between the malts (toffee, toast, melanoidin, sun-kist caramel notes) and hops (grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh grasses and herbs). Throw in a light estery (fresh apples, berries, and plubs) and we have a remarkably complex beer for an Amber.

Full and creamy to the mouth up front. But the beer releases into an easy drinking and balanced beer. No sweetness like the caramel noted in the aroma and taste. Rather a bready, bitter, and lightly minty alcohol note in the finish with a long, clean, and lingering aftertaste.

This beer reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar. Yea, it's that good.

05-20-2009 15:32:05 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12%

Another goodie from Troegs…I really could not wait. This one poured a nice light amber color, with the tiniest hint of an orange hue. Deep carbonation came up from the bottom of the glass only to reinforce the large head of white stick and foamy lace that formed on the top. Great retention finally gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice little film across the top. The smell was deeply hopped. Very nice bouquet of floral hops, lots of pine and citrus notes accentuating a typical amber back, nicely malted with large hints of grains. The flavor was so much hoppier then I had thought it would be. There was a huge citrus hop punch from the very first sip and a very nice resin like taste that followed you throughout the session leaving behind a great dry and bitter finish. Great use of the hops here as the typical amber will have more of the malty character, which was still evident in the underlying base here, however the big hop presence not only balanced it well, but pushed it over to the lighter side and gave it much more of a bright feel. Great smooth and light body with ample carbonation led this to be an easy session beer. Overall I had honestly never heard of this one before I got it and it was truly wonderful. This was a great beer and something I would like to see more of, a nice, well rounded amber that could hold its own with a lot of sessionable IPA’s. Definitely have to recommend this one.

11-02-2007 00:05:31 | More by mikesgroove
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-16-2012 06:50:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-08-2013 01:05:15 | More by spycow
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

08-04-2013 05:13:42 | More by GRG1313
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

A: thin head on a clear amber with golden hues body.

S: nice hop aroma with floral, earthy and some grapefruit and orange peel fruit notes.

T: hops up front provide a nice bitter presence beginning floral and moving to grassy in the finish. the caramel malts are fairly well represented. some orange peel and grapefruit notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not bad. amber beers are usually blah. adding hops to beers make them better obviously if done right. nice beer.

08-31-2012 01:00:45 | More by kylehay2004
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-28-2014 04:26:22 | More by jaydoc
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

This brew poured out as a clean crisp looking amber color with a thin cream colored head. The smell of the beer is hoppy and slightly sweet. It's a good mix of citrus and sugar. The taste is about half the hoppiness of the Nugget Nectar. This is a more standard drinking beer for a more common drinker. Regardless it's still got a good flavor to it and it's a quality Amber Ale for sure. The mouthfeel is carbonated, and medium bodied. Overall I'd prefer the Nugget Nectar but this is a pretty decent alternative.

05-23-2011 17:00:52 | More by Knapp85
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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

11-15-2011 06:13:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.03/5  rDev +1%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a foamy, off-white, three finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt goodness and hints of grassy hops.

T - It had a very strong roasted malt taste with a pretty big dose of bitter hops.

M - A crisp and sharp ale with a dry finish. It was medium-bodied.

D - This is one of the finest amber ales around. ANother strong offering from Troegs.

01-12-2009 22:39:41 | More by zeff80
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-21-2013 15:28:21 | More by JAHMUR
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4.43/5  rDev +11%

If there's one thing that defines the Troeg's beers it's drinkability, and this one is a real charmer! It pours a clear, very deep amber body that's capped by a creamy off-white head. The head drops shortly to a thin creamy surface covering, but maintains it throughout the entire glass and leaves some spotty lace as well. The aroma, however, establishes this beer as something special! Fresh hops burst forth as if you had them cupped in your hands and you could rub them between your fingers releasing the floral, softly grassy, and lightly spicy aromas! Really enticing! The body is medium/light with a very fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor melds a rich caramel maltiness with grassy and floral hop flavors. As it warms in the mouth a gentle sweetness comes forth and accentuates some of the more floral flavors of the hops. It finishes lightly dry with a lingering caramel-laced malt note and a gently spicy hop character. The hop bitterness is well restrained, keeping it quite drinkable (and accessible), and allows for an interplay between the flavors of the sweet malt and hops that's rarely seen! Although the serious hop head may be let down by this beer because of it's moderate bitterness, I think that most beer lovers will find it's ability to combine and balance the malt and hops in such a unique way very interesting and highly enjoyable.

12-17-2002 20:04:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a nice clear red hued brown. Minimal head. Nose is like vibrant cherries, but not extremely pungent really. Flavor is nice and woody in a milder way. Hops are present in a leafy and slightly almost smoked way. Medium level sweet edge to it. Very smooth and consistent flavor. Feel has a fairly full level of carbonation sending tiny bubbles over my tongue. Liquid has a good body. Overall very drinkable. Extremely smooth and even, though the sweet kick on the tail end seems slightly out of place.

01-01-2008 03:35:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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