Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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89
very good

2,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,699
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 91
Gots: 268 | 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:
Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.

(Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, with a nice slightly off-white head. Some lacing was formed during the drink. The aroma was floral and fruity. The bitterness is definitely detectable through the nose. The flavor is bold for an amber ale, as hops are abundant creating a great sweet / bitterness combo.

The bitterness pleasantly continues into the aftertaste on the tongue. Some fruit tones are also distinguisable. Medium body ale. Carbonation level was perfect. This is very drinkable as several can be consumed in a session without batting an eye. Kudos to the brewer on this one. Becoming a staple brew in my refridgerator.

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a nonic pint at Al's of Hampden. This version has 3x palisade hops.

A - Pours dark amber with a small one finger head, dissipating to a light film of head, leaving faint rings of lacing down the glass.

S - If you think the normal version of hopback is hoppy then you aint seen nothing yet. This one is HOPPY, like the normal version but on hoppy steroids. Huge amounts of grassy, piney, citrus hops. A touch of sweetness from the malt is a welcome addition and helps add some contrast to the nose.

T - An absolute wall of grassy hops up front giving way quickly to a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of dryness from the yeast. Finish is plenty of hop bitterness that lingers for only a short time because it is washed away by the thin, watery, feel. Very nice flavors but the thin finish ruins it a bit. If it wasn't so thin I would say this is the best hopback I have ever had but I just can't do that with how it is.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel was a bit on the watery side which I didn't like too much. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish but it does not linger on the pallet for very long.

D - Fairly high. I love the normal version of hopback, and I have had this on cask a few times before, but the watery feel brought this one down a notch. I still think it is the best cask hopback I have ever had.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a clear a copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduce to a medium sized patch of thick film made up of larger bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel + toasted malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, piney, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts and toasted malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, piney, herbal, and grassy hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present in the finish and linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very enjoyable but quite hoppy amber ale - as a fan of hoppy beers I really enjoyed this take on the style. Nice complexity of flavors and aromas that is easy to drink. Definitely worth picking up if Troegs is available in your area.

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with slightly orangish stained head that is initially more than 1 finger but receeds leaving minor lacing on the glass. Nose is full of citrus and sweet hops and some malt in the background. Taste has hop bitterness that drags from the front to the finish, but inbetween there is some malt sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is medium on this one, definately has a clingy aftertaste but an enjoyable one at that. Carbination seems a bit low.

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How odd that I have never reviewed this beer before and now I am transcribing undated notes that are most likely from one of the GEN Sutter Inn's Cask Nights. Onward!

A beautiful cap of a finger of thick ecru head floated atop the beer following its pull from an engine. The beer itself was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was spicy with hops, much more so than in its bottle or draft forms. Mouthfeel was phenomenal - silky smooth and with a slight hops bite on the tongue, giving 'way on the finish to a great caramel sweetness. I never seem to get this level of taste anywhere but from cask beers. Finish was smooth, tasty with a wash of simultaneous bitter and sweet that lingered. Drinkability - out of this world!

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.  

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

12 ounce bottle. Pours clear orange-amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with very good retention. Awesome looking glass lacing. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, pine, and some light orange peel. Taste of a lot of grapefruit, with caramel, orange peel, and pine flavors. Malty on the front, with a decent amount of bitterness present on the finish. Overall very well balanced, bitterness and malts are pretty much equal. Alcohol was not noticed at all, except for a very small warming after the finish. Medium carbonation and body. This was extremely drinkable. My glass disappeared pretty fast. I would definitely pick up a 6 pack of this for a nightly session, and it is also very widely available around me. Overall a tasty and easy going amber ale. Excellent.

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Piraat goblet...
Appears a hazy, copper tone of amber with tiny traces of carbon dioxide bubbles slowly rising to the top. A 1 inch, ivory cap slowly fades into a milky collar of suds. Streaks of webbing are left around the sides of the glass.
Smell is of toasted biscuits, caramel, and a mix of hops that have notes of pine, citrus, flowers, and grass.
Taste is a symmetrical twin of the aromas with a sweet, malty, nutty flavor backed by citrusy, bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly astringent, perhaps a touch of tartness found after the sweet, caramel and biscuit move away from the front of the palate. Definite bitter bite keeps the beer in check but this could be even more bitter, in my opinion.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in New York and brought back to Sydney to drink with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a ruby-tainted amber colour, with a nice heft to the body. Head is firm, but a little listless, although a hearty swirl reinvigorates it. Pleasant creamy white shade to it. Minimal lacing, and the body is quite light, but otherwise, a good looking beer.

Nose is light and fresh without being very sharp, exciting or bright. Aromas of cut green apple, wheat chaff, and turned earth make this a subtle, rather than explosively hoppy beer, but the flavours are all nicely integrated.

Taste is smooth and light, with a clean green hop character treading the length of the palate, but not releasing a lot of bitterness. Some light grainy malt structure balances this nicely, although neither the hops nor the malt make a striking or exciting contribution. It's more just a well-rounded, smooth and pleasant brew.

Very drinkable, and my comments about the lack of mindblowing flavour shouldn't mask the fact that this is a very well made and enjoyable beer. A tasty drop that would be relatively sessionable, even for 6% ABV.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium dark amber with very little head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed. Fairly faint smell but traces of malt rather than hops. The taste is quite good- maybe a little too much carbonation at the front of the palate, but quickly some pleasant not too sharp bitterness from the hops and immediately a transition into a sweet malt flavor followed by a some lingering hop taste. The mouthfeel starts a little slick, but quickly drys out and ends up quite refreshing. Hoppier and maltier than many ambers, but eminently drinkable.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade.

I was expecting a little more hop from the hopback, but it was still a tastey brew. Fairly sweet, that must be where the amber comes in, the flavor reminded me of candied oranges and citrus. A hint of booze in the nose and mouthfeel but still pretty good overall. Give it a try.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark copper, almost ruby color. A one finger white formed and dissolved rather quickly, but left some splotchy bubbles on the top layer. Very nice rings of lacing.

S: I very nicely hopped aroma. Not as hoppy as nugget nectar, but there is a nice combination of piney and citrus aromas.

T: A really nice hop flavor, citrus upfront with some orange and grapefruit. Like how Troegs makes their amber/reds hoppier than most, certainly suits my preferences. Some nice caramel and slight toffee malts help to balance it out.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Drinks very smooth.

O: Almost like nugget nectar light. Really happy I grabbed this one and that it is available all year long.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DCA airport.

The beer is transparent with a bronze / golden body and a half inch of white head. The aroma brings piney hops, bready malts. Good flavor, with a mild sweetness to balance the robust pine component. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. A solid beer from a fresh keg. Tasty.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a firkin dry hopped with bravo hops at The Grey Lodge in Philly for Friday the Fifthkenteenth (that's spelled wrong, I know) Thanks for saving this one scoats.

Out da firkin Hopback looks like it's going to be a treat. Bright sunshine orange glaze with some gold set within. Somewhat of a hazy appearance on this one but that's to be expected. A big ol fluffy white head with staying power, not to mention nice stickies. Smell is less sweet than normal hopback out of the bottle, or tap for that matter. The extra dry hopping really shows. Scents of tropic fruits with a thimble of maltback sweetners, bready and quite inviting. Hopback is not a very bitter beer to begin with, this version is no different. In taste the sweetness is muted under the additional hopping and Im loving it. I sense a bunch of pineapple and mango, not so much is fresh grapefruit. A dash of that Troegs signature pine and some sweet from the malts in the back. A slight sense of sugar on the tail end. The feel is to die for, it's a smooth criminal, it almost rivals fresh Racer 5 off the firkin or cask. Less than medium with a perfect gliding effect. This is easy drinking it is very easy to drink it all before you know it's gone. Not my favorite beer to begin with but the firkin makes it that much more enjoyable.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 OZ bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear reddish brown ale with a good tan head. Held up to a snow-white plate this is very much a red colored beer.

Smell is both quite malty and hoppy without one dominating the other. Sweet smelling to the point of being a bit syrupy malty. Good strong hop scent that is a bit of all things hoppy, some pine, grapefruit, and herbal scent without a dominant hop scent.


Taste starts malty, woody and a bit smoky at the beginning. This gets a little sweeter and maltier as you drink it and the taste is not unlike a Scottish Ale. Hops remain mostly dry and woody but a bit of citrus flavor does come out. Overall a dry mild ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good solid drinking beer here but it is a little too malty and dry in the end to get a really great drinkability rating. This is a rather full flavored and bodied beer that just isn't all that after the first hop burp you realize just how rich this really is. Nice beer though, would go great with sausage and dumplings.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass) bottled 11/19/09
A- This beer has a dense crystal clear amber body with a gentle carbonation and a head of soft peaks. The head is a yellowish-cream color and starts bubbly and thick, lasting for a good bit.
S- This beer has a faint green aroma with some pretty clean light cinnamon hop aroma and a dry caramel malt note that grows as the beer warms a bit.
T- The fresh hop pellet green taste has a soft lightly toasted malt flavor to follow with just a note of dry biscuit note. The finish is a green hop flavor that lingers with just a bit of bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish that cleans up the taste.
D- This beer has a nice hop flavor but it is a bit soft and the malt is even softer. The over all flavor is pretty dry but it is pretty quaftable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A true amber (orange/brown) clear color looking body, with a simple one finger off white head. The head has those nice little pinhead sized bubbles which I am fond of so much. Not really any visible carbonation coming up from the bottom.

Smell is a simple good orange fruit. Not really much of anything else though, and not hoppy. Just kind of a weak tangerine smell.

Upon taste though body is very wet, but still flavorful of orange character. Not much of anything else, but it's quite good. No malt presence, but soft yet wet almost watery feel. No grain components to come out of it.

This is however, very easy drinking, and enjoyable for good drinkability

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,699 ratings.