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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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Ratings: 2,419
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 84
Gots: 154 | 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 jmdrpi


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into nonic pint glass
A - amber in color, with white 1/4" head that dissolves into thin covering as drank. some lacing
S- flowerly hops
T - crisp hop bite up front, with malt underneath. well balanced, clean finish
M - medium carbonation, slick
D - easy drinking, refreshing

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:18:07 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of thetomG


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant copper/amber color with some white foamy head that lingers around the edges with a faint bubbly swirl in the middle.

Very nice notes of hoppy pine on the nose. Flavor is slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Feels a bit on the light side body-wise with just a little stikcyness as you drink.

All in all a good beer and one that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 23:45:43 | More by thetomG
Photo of Katahdin


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice red color with a barely noticeable head. Heavy smell of hops at first that had me dreading the taste. Was quite surprised by the balanced flavor and even texture. tastes more like a red Ale than a hopped up IPA which one does not expect from the aroma. In the end a rather easily drinkable beer with a good body and crisp finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 17:27:05 | More by Katahdin
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours rust colored, medium amber. Starts with one finger white foam. Laces.

Smells of sweet malt, w some caramel notes.

Taste is similar, a malty ale with some caramel noted followed by a wall of hop at the finish. Buried spice, maybe nutmeg cinnamon or black pepper? Little bite.

Good close, stiff but tasty. Quite drinkable. Reminds me of Magic Hat's Roxxy Rolles.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 23:10:11 | More by KTCamm
Photo of horshack7


4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: A clear amber with about two fingers of head that thins out a little quick.

Aroma: A nice bit of citrus hop in the nose with a touch of floral dryness. Piney hints grapefruit.
In the tail end is a caramel maltiness that gives it a pleasant dryness.

Taste: A crispness straight from the hops. Carbonation is nice and level. A touch of caramel from the malts. The citrus fruits are not over powering this one is well balanced.

Notes: A good pick up a very good year round beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:35:14 | More by horshack7
Photo of livewire78


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt amber copper mixed in with sunset orange. Pretty color. Head isn't anything to brag about and lacing is average at best.

Smells of caramel malts with a touch of bread and hops. Nothing too intense but a wonderful smell.

Tastes almost like a little brother to Nugget Nectar. Nothing as spectacular but the flavors follow each other. Caramel malts intermix with hops without going overboard on the bitterness.

Feels good in the mouth. Carbonation is to my personal liking and finishes fairly crisp.

I like this a lot. Could be a regular if I could get more of it. Enough punch for a cold weather brew and light enough to have after mowing the yard.

Thanks to Tiklmelmo for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 14:25:55 | More by livewire78
Photo of billab914


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

last beer to come out of my Anthology mix pack, and probably my favorite of the lot. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a very deep and clear amber color, with a thin spotty head barely covering the top of the beer. It didn't have much for a head besides a thin ring clinging to the edges of the glass, and didn't leave much in the lacing department either. Really liked the color and clarity though.

The aroma has a nice mix of pine and citrus hops, along with a caramel and bready maltiness. The hops have a bit of earthy spice to them as well. Nice appealing aroma for an amber ale.

The taste shows a bit more of the earthy spice from the hops then the nose did. The caramel and bready malt flavors really provide a nice strong and good backbone for the beer. The hoppiness is very nice and not overdone as well. A very nice mix the malty and hoppy flavors. One of my favorite tasting amber ale's that I don't buy often enough.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it has some really nice hoppy and malty flavors that mix nicely. Definitely a very drinkable beer that I should buy more often when I'm looking to drink a few with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:30:51 | More by billab914
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - As the name suggests, pours a dark amber color with one finger of off white fluffy head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet, fruity malts, caramel malts, and a little bit of fruity hops.

t - Tastes of smooth caramel malts, bready malts, and fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very easy to drink amber ale. Lots of smooth malts going on here but not much hops. Have had many times and will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 21:50:30 | More by mdfb79
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very nice looking amber with a bone white, one finger head that dissipates rather fast.

S- it smells like a muted Nugget Nectar. Obviously, the Hopback would be as strong as the flagship Nugget...but a lot of the same flavors come through, that is, very fruity hops

T- as I said with the smell, its a muted Nugget Nectar...but its still quite good. Hoppy goodness...there is only a slight bitterness like you'd get in an IPA, with a whole lot of the hoppiness you want in an amber. Its not as good as Nugget...but its close.

M- light, but has a little bit of a body to it. Really nothing interesting to speak of...

D- really, really drinkable. They sell this at Harrisburg's minor league baseball stadium, and it goes over huge with the crowd who isn't big into craft stuff. Its 6%, but you wouldn't be able to tell. Really great drinkable beer for the earlier months of the year.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:21:26 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to aglose45 for this beer. 12oz.

A: Nice orange/amber color, white head of about 1/2 an inch that recedes into an island in the middle and some clumps of bubbles towards the outside of the beer. Excellent clarity. Very inviting.

S: Caramel malts, maybe a little bit of a biscuit note in the nose and then a big hop profile. Some grapefruit and other citrus notes, and an even more noticeable pine profile as it warms mixes nicely with the malt profile as well. Pretty nice here as well.

T: Nice caramel/grainy malt profile is the initial flavor, followed by a fairly pronounced bitterness but not incredibly overpowering there. Nice transition between the sweet caramel to the bitter hops. The bitterness is a little on the soapy/pine side for me, but isn't bad. Clean hops though nice citrus and as it warms it leans towards pine. Flavor lingers in my mouth for quite a while.

M: Thinner than I had expected, a little more body would help this one out.

D: Easy to drink, very easy to drink. I don't know about a session, but I could definitely drink more than one of these. I think a little more body would really do this beer a favor, and maybe make that malt backbone just a touch more pronounced. By no means is it too hoppy, not even close, but it would definitely benefit from a little stronger malt presence. Great beer though.

Thanks Adam!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:21:20 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of deereless


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly tarnished copper, lots of floating particles, thick creamy head which sticks around for some time until it slowly drops to reveal significant lacing - 4.00, S: Slightly medicinal, mild tartness, mellow grapefruit and caramel - 3.00, T: Medium hop bitterness, pleasantly sweet with strong caramel flavors, nicely balanced, faint alcohol noticeable - 3.75, M: Medium bodied and quite smooth, a little burn off the alcohol - 3.50, D: A solid amber ale, very nicely crafted, ever so slightly tilted to the hops than the malts, very drinkable - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:06:27 | More by deereless
Photo of Sam21


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass.

Appearance - Copper body with decent off-white head. Fades to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

Smell - Pine and citrus. Some toasted malt. Inviting.

Taste - Not as hoppy as I expected from the aroma, but the toasted malt and citrusy/piney hops strike a great balance. Nice simple strawberry-like fruitiness in there as well. Very robust flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Coats the mouth nicely. Rather smooth.

Drinkability - Really nice balance to this beer. Leans slightly toward the hop side. A great anytime beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:58:08 | More by Sam21
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As advertised, it is amber in color, clear and very well-carbonated. It forms a head that relaxes to a thin sheet of foam. The lace sticks to the sides as you drink and stays there. Very nice!

The smell is hop heavy and appears to be from a mixture of different hops, not just the omnipresent Cascade that is so popular in American IPAs. There are citrus tones and some floral ones as well.

Hops forward, definitely! The hops hit the front, middle and back of the tongue and remain in the aftertaste which speaks of grapefruit with a little of the pith. The malt comes through as a bready and caramel sweetness that underlies the bitter citrus and spice. Nice balance.

This is a classic pale ale that should probably be called an IPA, if not for the difference in the brewing process. It tastes and feels like every other quality IPA the US has to offer. It has a medium to light body, but the fullness of the hops makes it seem heavier.

The bitter, lingering aftertaste keeps me from wanting another despite the relatively low ABV. If I wanted this taste experience I'd reach for an IPA.

It's obvious that I prefer dry hopping to hop backing. The temperature of the wort when it goes through the hop back probably releases more resins and increases the bitterness. Dry hopping only adds hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 22:35:16 | More by Naugros
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pulled pint at sptr on a beautiful saturday afternoon.

A- two good fingers of thick frothy head on top of a copper orange brew.

S- malt forward with caramel and sweet breads not the gland.

T- lots of malt sweetness with again caramel and toffee. The hops strike a nice balance between citrus and pine.

M- super smooth and rich but off the hand pump I would hope for that.

D- its a quafable one for sure I might just need to get another one. Paired beautifully with the roasted pork sandwich I had.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2010 21:58:03 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Stigs


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about an inch of very frothy dirty tan colored foam. quickly falling to a thin yet sticky layer on top of a clear, nice amber colored beer.

S - abundant amount of caramel malt sweetness, fighting again some sweetened citrus and slightly floral hops.

T - nice punch of citrus and sweet hops, much like juicy fruit or candied tangerines. balanced by a solid amount of biscuity and caramel malt. insanely balanced for the style.

M - comes off a bit watery and makes the nice flavor profile seem a bit muted and cut short. finishes with a light lingering grassy bitterness.

D - great balance and a light body makes this quite drinkable and slightly dangerous even at 6%. i like it, dont love it. for the style though, its a nice tease for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:35:44 | More by Stigs
Photo of wingman14


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish amber with an off white head that faded. Large hop smell up front with a nice malt backbone. The taste is a deep hop flavor with some nice malty notes mixed in. A very smooth medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation and a great balance of flavor. This one is a nice drinker if you are a hop fan. Not too overpowering, but nice flavor, a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 00:49:12 | More by wingman14
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light copper color with 1 finger of head that fades with chunky lacing. Smells of big, citrus hops with faint notes of toasted malt in the background. Taste starts out with a bit of a bitter pucker before a nice, toasted malty middle. The finish is slightly lingering and bitter, just on the edge of being harsh. Body is on the sticky sweet side of medium and drinkability is pretty good, hurt only by the slightly harsh bitterness/graininess of the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:05:45 | More by curasowa
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quite enjoyable brew from Troegs.

What I saw from the head was, I felt, unexpected - may have been an illusion. The foam was a light, sandy tan - sort of a pecan, coffee-like shade. Below the head, clean and red-coppery.

Pungent burst of hops in the nose that maintained strong down to the last sip. Carried over powerfully into the flavor. If nothing else, the hop waft was crisp, fresh, and I savored every deep, cleansing whiff. Opened up the sinuses like a champ.

Like most Troegs' I've had, pleasingly well-balanced. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:22:01 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of krisandajt


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A local favorite that I've enjoyed many times. It's about time I sat down and reviewed it.

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into my DFH Off-Centered pint glass, the beer is a clear, vibrant amber color with just shy of an inch worth of muddy white head. The retention is good, but the lacing leaves a little to be desired.

Smell: Some very nice hops going on here. It actually reminds me a bit of a toned-down Nugget Nectar. The hops are citrusy, and they are balanced with a subtle malt backbone. Simple, but sometimes less is more.

Taste: I will admit, I am drinking this at a temperature that is colder than what Troegs recommends. Call me impatient. With that in mind, I can understand why the flavors seem a bit muted. There's still a definite hoppy bite to it, but the malt is much stronger than what the nose would indicate. The end result is a nice, refreshing, balanced beer that is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, texture is smooth, and it has an easy drinking medium body to it. Pretty standard for the style.

Drinkability: A good quality, sessionable, easy drinking beer from Troegs. It's one that I've enjoyed plenty in the past, and will continue to do so as long as they continue to brew it. If you are looking for a good tasting, simple brew to relax and end a night with, this one should fit the bill. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:45:31 | More by krisandajt
Photo of PapaGemutlich


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour into a pint glass, 1", creamy head. Nice, dark amber color.

Everything comes together. . .almost. A metallic taste keeps this out of my top tier, which is too bad, because it rolls around very nicely in the mouth, and the balance is good, but that metal taste is distracting. Pretty good overall, but not stellar.

I may try this again, only at a warmer serving temp, sometime next fall. . .

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 22:01:18 | More by PapaGemutlich
Photo of nickspagnolo

New York

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this beer at my local distributor and boy am I glad they carried it!
I am not going to get technical with this beer because it is so dam good! If you are a fan of hops you will love this beer! Don't just take my word for it; look at everyone else's reviews as well...it is an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 12:57:55 | More by nickspagnolo
Photo of FishGetter


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color. Thin head rapidly disolves leaving only a ring around glass.
Sweet caramel malt aroma fills the nose. Base malt peak through. Fresh but mild American hop aroma blends in.
Caramel malts liven up the taste buds. Some spicey nugget peak reviewers intrest. Low melow citrus, mango, peach, and pear like flavors blend to a pleasing bitterness to finish.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel builds a little with aggitation. Faint hop oils linger on tounge with dryness.
Another quality product from the Troegs brothers. Top 10 brewers in this reviewers opinion, and this drink backs it up. Offerinings always fresh and well crafted. Great year round offering. Might be very interesting to ferment in new oak barrels. Just wish I lived closer to Harrisburg.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 20:25:22 | More by FishGetter
Photo of BigDoug


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A perfect pour yields a beautiful 1 and a half inch off white head. Sticks around forever and a day. Leaves superior lacing everywhere. Color is a brilliant ambe. With crystal clarity. Very nice looking beer here.

Smell is subtle citrusy and piney hops. Light fruity esters in the backround. Very clean hoppy smell just not a very strong aroma.

The taste is great! As this beer warms a bit, the flavor really explodes out of it. Delicious fresh hop flavor and a nice malt taste midway following up with a killer refreshingly clean bitterness. Just almost perfect tasting. Love every sip more and more.

Mouthfeel is very good. Smooth, medium bodied, slightly chewy, creamy carbonation. The carbonation is spot on. Very nice feel to this beer.

Drinkability is amazing with this. This first one went down almost too fast! Alcohol is nonexistent. Super easy to drink. Drinks like a great pale ale with a pinch more malt. Which this beer basically is. Great buy for $9.79 a sixer! Always was a favorite of mine from Troegs. Only thing better than this one from Troegs is it's bigger brother Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:15:13 | More by BigDoug
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber color with a thick and frothy beige head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is also really nice, with piney and citrusy hops upfront, followed by caramel malt, fruity esters, biscuit, and a little alcohol. The flavor has some caramel and toasted bread notes initially, followed by a piney and citrusy hops blast, and some fruity esters. The mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is incredible. This is a superbly balanced and quite tasty amber, wish I could drink it more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:30:43 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of RedBrewer83


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a nice amber hue with hints of orange and ruby, two finger creamy head rises and falls slowly in pockets, very thick and excellent lacing left behind.

S: Big citrus hop profile, orange zest and some nice sweet biscuit malt.

T: This is ideal for an amber ale, starts off with a big robust caramel biscuit malt and is then transformed into delicious spicy full bodied hops. Perfect balance here.

M: Light medium body with crisp carbonation and a very nice dry finish. Very clean.

D: Very drinkable with the balanced flavor profile and crisp clean mouthfeel. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 21:55:43 | More by RedBrewer83
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