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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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1,130 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,130
Hads: 2,923
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 111
Gots: 460 | 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: 1,130 | Hads: 2,923
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sometimes have trouble discerning between IPA's and really hoppy amber ales, but this certainly has enough red in its suit to indeed be considered an amber ale. Its gold and soft copper tones lead me to consider it a light tone of amber, but again amber none the less. It has spotless clarity but its head is erratic and thin. All in all, I suppose it looks pretty good.

I'm not usually one to complain about too much caramel malt - even in my hop bombs - but I do feel a little short changed by the lack of hop presence in this one. The citrus is restrained and the spice is mild at best. The lupulin is present, just not to the extent I had expected given they named the beer after the vessel packed with hops through which it circulates.

The malt, which I felt was a little too forward in smell, is much more appreciated in taste. The sticky caramel coated sweets impart flavours of lightly toasted bread, honey laced wafers, crisply baked cookies, a handful of nuts and butterscotch drizzle. Again the hops fail to jump out at me as hoped, although I do get a good dose of pine and hints of bitter grapefruit.

I'll soon stop complaining about it, but one last thing, I find the hops are more sensed then tasted. A vinous, dry, almost thorny bitterness lightly throttles the palate after each sip. The sweetness of the malts makes this considerably smooth and balanced. Although very easily quaffed, it could use a notch more of carbonation to be considered ultimately quenching.

As mentioned already, I had expected a little more of a hop presence given that it's been boasted right there in the name. Nevertheless, this makes a darn nice amber ale, albeit not as good as their Nugget Nectar. Troegs seems to make nothing but darn nice beers and despite not being particularly huge on the style, I could definitely see revisiting this one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Alkey for the brew.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small tannish creamy head, some nice little islands and sticky lacing followed. The nose is sweet, hoppy, citrusy, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is very nice, hoppy and citrusy. Nice chewy mouthfeel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew from Troegs, highly recommended.

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Photo of Duff27
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One fingered head on top of dark amber/light red beer that is barely see-thru...able (word?). Some lacing is apparent.

S- Lemon zest. Whiffs of hops.

T- Caramel malt notes up front. Bready. Very quaffable.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Ambers have never been my favorite style but this takes the cake as far as the best tasting one I've had. I'd be willing to put a few of these back as they are nicely balanced and not too high in ABV. First Troegs beer as well. Hats off to them.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy frothy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell had a sweet upfront citrus aroma accompanied by a very good doughy malt aroma.

The taste was solid and malty with an excellent sweet orangy hop element. Mild pepper and grapefruit as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a little bit of sweetness.

Overall a very unique American Amber. Very quaffable amber ale that would appeal to my fellow hop heads.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good looking creamy head, resembling raw bread dough. Tall sticky head atop this perfectly clear deep amber body.

S - Aroma of sweet, fresh hops. Floral and crisp, green hop scents. Some mildly sweet grass as well.

T - Well balanced hop character here. A little spiced, bitter, sweet, fresh. A touch of mildly sweet malt thrown in the background.

M - Easy drinker. Lighter amber brew with a proper touch and finish.

O - A pleasant amber hopped ale. Nice for a few bottles.

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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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with plenty of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy light-tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich malty aroma with lots of caramel character and some earthy hops coming through. Biscuit is on the low side for the style, which I like. Pretty good!

Taste: big caramelly malt flavor with a bigger variety of hop character. There's some citrus here as well as earthy and dank hop flavors. Bitterness is surprisingly balanced. This reminds me of a "light" strong ale. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good creaminess. Satisfying.

Overall: this is a good and satisfying amber. Not usually my style, but the brewers have toned down the biscuity malt character and come up with a nicely refreshing recipe. I would have this again.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer out of the bottle and liked it even more from this brewery fresh growler. It’s very much the same but the body felt a little fuller, the carbonation is moderate, and there’s an appealing smoothness and creaminess that’s somewhat absent in the bottled version. Otherwise it’s the same beer at the height of freshness.

Amber color, as expected; decent cap of white foam; solid lacing. Sweet caramel malt and mostly piney hops in the nose; some orange and grapefruit citrus notes as well.

Flavor follows the nose; quite hoppy for an amber and tastes essentially like Nugget Nectar light. Sweet caramel and bread flavors from the malt; a nice mix of pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange mix with emerging floral notes. Very balanced; moderately bitter; semi-dry, with a lingering mix of sweet and bitter in the aftertaste.

A solid hoppy amber that’s even better in a fresh growler!

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.  

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, clear cranberry-apple with a thin, fizzy medium tan head. Medium visible carbonation steadily streams upwards.

S: The nose was soft with fresh pink grapefruit, light pine with a nice malt sweetness with some juice-like aroma of berries and apples.

T: The initial flavor starts out with a sweet citrus kiss fo grapefruit and sweet caramel. Malty, piney, citrusy with a rich toasted caramel all combine to provide a incredible smooth and well rounded flavor from start to finish. A big wet grapefruit hopping appears providing a nice spicy citury finish.

M: very smooth with a light-medium fullness. There was spicy grapefruit and rich caramel lacing the tongue after the swallow.

D: A great drinking hopped amber that is case worthy by all means. One that is very enjoyable in multiples and hard to tire of.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit hoppy, some malts coming through, finishes a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thick 1/2"of light beige head, which laced ok. Aroma is mainly of hops, but the malt is also evident, just in the minority. Taste is a bit of a surprise, as the nose did not lead me to think this would be as well-balanced as it is. Hops is up-front, but the flavor profile is quickly rounded out by an appropriate amount of malt. Mouthfeel is good, and that little aftertaste of hops is great, just like you want. Drinkability is excellent, plenty going on this brew so as not to bore the taste buds.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, ring of retention, good lace.

S: For something called hop-back, I expected a little more, but it does have a good hop nose for an amber... Pine, tangerine, apricot, toffee & some light cotton candy esters.

T: Definitely plenty of hops in the flavour... mostly tangerine & pine with a little grass. Malts are a little grainy, with toffee & biscuit flavours, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a little bite from the hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

Thanks Sstacko!

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery colour with a thin, sticky beige cap. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma, citrusy and spicy for the most part, but with a bit of malt and grassiness too. Solid malt backbone on this one, balancing the mellow bitterness and hop presence. Spicy hops dominate, with notes of citrus, floral and grassy hops throughout. Ends with a spicy, orange flavour that has a bit of sweetness to it. Medium bodied, just short of average carbonation, really nice texture, just a bit of creaminess and warmth. I've really been impressed with Troegs lately and have enjoyed their beers quite a lot. There's a lot of flavour here, but balanced isn't sacrificed. Great stuff!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottled date of 012209 and a number of 090107. Sampled on March 16, 2009.

The pour is a good looking amber-orange with a lot of carbonation that bubbles up to a frothy two-finger beige head then settles back a bit but never entirely. The aroma is hops first, citrus second almost like an IPA. The mouthfeel is of medium to bold texture and holds its own while swirling in the mouth. A hoppy taste bites me on first sip but then it ends in a rather unique but balanced bitter finish. A pretty good brew.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber/orange, medium sized white head forms, settles to a nice thick ring around the glass, keeps a solid layer with some nice retention, looks like a good amber. Smell is alright, sweet and caramelized, some floral, juicy grapefruit and orange peel, sugary malt, honey, bland but very fresh aroma. Taste is sweet at first, caramel and honey, nice floral, sweet orange peel, grapefruit, sugar, nice fruitiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable, not exciting but theres nothing bad about it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - Amber/copper colour with a large frothy and fizzy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, caramel, brown sugar, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, cookies, malts, and some very light citrus. There is also a nice amount of hops.. nothing over the top, but enough to provide some light bitterness to balance the sweetness. It ends with a caramel sweet aftertaste with a little bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - A delicious beer that is good in all categories. It might be a touch too sweet to have more than a couple of however. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brown/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is caramel malt and citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt and bread/dough, along with the grapefruit and piney hops. It starts off sweet, and then has a nice bitter hoppy finish. Good balance, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and slick, but also crisp. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and I think it would be a pretty good choice as a session brew. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Clear liquid, dark orange-red color, thick white head.

The beer smelled like an IPA mostly, nice pine needle hops aroma. The taste was really good, not intensely bitter but well balanced between malt and hops. Kind of like an imperial kolsch (my new term), a well balanced beer with good hops flavor whithout the tart after-taste. But this is loads richer than a kolsch.

My first Troegs was a good one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with little head
S - Floral hops and pine.
T - A nice down step from IPA's. Hops are smooth and malt keeps flavor subdue with balance.
M - Creamy and good. It makes me want to like hops.
D - Could easily have a few but with a 2.50 price tag I could see me buying one every now and again.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.