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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: 2,404
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 83
Gots: 152 | FT: 3
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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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wingman14

Ohio

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
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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
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

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
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PapaGemutlich

Maryland

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
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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
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

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
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BigDoug

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

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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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber color with a small amount of head. fairly hoppy smell, with a good hoppy taste. decent amount of lacing, and lite carbonation. i thought this beer was pretty tasty. i think FeDUBBELFIST said it best " it taste like a dumbed down version of the nugget nectar". sounds about right to me. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 14:43:27 | More by berpwillie
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JoeMertens

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The pour is a gorgeous caramel with tints of red. Head is moderate, but laces and ultimately dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Hops predominant, with spicy citrus and biscuit malt in the background.

T- Great balance between toasty caramel malts and hop bitterness.

M - Robust, but not syrupy.

D - A great beer from Troegs. Could easily enjoy a few of these while having a meal or relaxing in the back yard.

Serving type: Draft

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 20:07:36 | More by JoeMertens
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zimm421

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark copper to amber color with a nice thick white head that dissipates slower than average and leaves great lacing down the glass.

Smells strongly of hops as well as some malts that give a nice caramel scents. The taste is similar, fronted by the malts, giving a bready and caramel taste, with the hops coming through in the back-end. Finishes with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with a medium to heavy body and a below average amount of carbonation. This is very easy to drink, as there is not an overwhelming amount of bitterness and it is not too heavy. Something just randomly picked up while at the store, and I'm definitely happy I did.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 20:34:54 | More by zimm421
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

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

Many thanks to Thorpe429 for this generous extra. Thanks, Mike!

Guess it might to stand to reason that this beer has so many similarities to Nugget Nectar....baby brother, perhaps?

Orange hued liquid into my glass has that perfume quality I've come to expected from NN with definite notes of soft caramel

Slightly resinous hop presence, perfume again, and a solid backbone of caramel malt

Moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slight bitterness on the back

I fnd Troegs beers, in general, to be easy, though enjoyable, on the palette. HopBack is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:47:33 | More by BarrytheBear
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pours a nice light reddish brown with a thin and quickly dissipating white head

S - Pine hop scent, light grapefruit and a toasty malt/bready smell

T&M - This is really nicely balanced between the toasted malts and hops. Just enough bite from the hops, but the malt presence is also easy to identify. There is a smooth, slightly chewy mouthfeel

D - A very nice offering from Troegs; probably my favorite so far. This satisfies the hops desire without going into IPA territory. I can see enjoying a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:07:50 | More by ZeroSignal
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billshmeinke

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from StormKing47.

Pours amber in color with some light golden hues towards the edges. One and a half finger white head. Good retention, dies down to a spotty layer of foam on top. A bit of lacing.

Lemony citrusy scent. A whiff of caramel.

Very light caramel scent. Some bitter resinous/dank hops, some citrus lemony hops too.

Well carbonated, slightly prickly bubbles. Medium bodied.

Good drinkability. Basically a baby Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 20:30:01 | More by billshmeinke
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garuda

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a snifter is a clear, dark amber with a nice off-white head. Dissipates to a thin, sudsy ring on top, but stays there for the remainder of the drink with decent lacing.

S - Nothing overpowering, but well balanced from sweet malts up front, then grapefruit and pine hops at the back.

T - Sweet malts, then strong citrus hops dominate in the long finish.

M - Medium to light body, high carbonation makes it more of a sipper. A little prickly across the tongue from the hops, a bit astringent but sticky in the finish from the hop oils.

D - A solid amber ale with good drinkability. I could drink a few of these, but it just kind of makes me want some Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 00:07:46 | More by garuda
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rcusick

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Brownish/Red in color, similar to Yuengling Lager. Not to an overpowering hop smell, but a good bite on the taste, hoppyness similar to a lighter IPA. "Thin" mouthfeel, not as much body as i would expect from and Amber ale but would probably make it easy to drink several of these or enjoy it on a hot day.

Very enjoyable brew, would purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:14:02 | More by rcusick
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metter98

New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 19:05:39 | More by metter98
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear bronze-copper color. The tall head has a light tan color with a dense, frothy and creamy texture. Retention is good, with very nice lacing.

S: Floral and citric hop notes are juicy and vibrant, with some spiciness lingering in the background. Hints of orange oil and fresh floral characteristics. A significant caramel malt aromas is also present.

T: Substantial caramel notes accompany a moderately full sweetness. A bit of sweet breadiness as well. Hop flavors are zesty and enticing, with orange/citrus, floral, and spicy notes. Bitterness is firm, adding excellent balance to the malt. Hoppy for an amber ale.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is soft and creamy. A flash of hoppy dryness into the finish.

D: A very, very easy drinker here. This can simultaneously satisfy cravings for malty and hoppy beers. Tasty and well-balanced, with an aggressive hop character for the style. This beers surprises me a little more each time I have it.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2010 00:31:44 | More by Clydesdale
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped into a bar and had a pint. It was probably served a little too cold for my liking.

A: Amber in color. Good carbonation. Nice head.

S: For a name like hopback, I didn't get a real dose of hops so I was disappointed. I picked up more malty notes like caramel, almost a bready, borderline chocolate aroma.

T: Like smell, I picked up more malty taste than hop flavor. Nice caramel notes, but was still expecting more hop kick.

M: Nice solid, almost creamy feel. Good backbone.

D: Decent beer. Not one of my favs from Troegs, but good nonetheless. An above average beer to have now & again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 14:16:44 | More by jwhancher
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 19:12:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with Ughsmash- thanks!

A: pours a nice clear copper color with a fluffy white head, leaves pillowy lacing

S: lots of caramel malts, some hops that have faded (bottled in 9/09), the malt presence has taken over but still has an interesting aroma

T: bready malts, caramel, earthy hops, some traces of citrus

MF: nice creamy and crisp mouthfeel, very nice

D: quite tastey and drinkable, just need to try it fresh

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:43:44 | More by homebrew311
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biggred1

Indiana

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby amber with a small off white head that shrinks quickly to a small collar of foam. Nice piney and fruity hops in the nose with caramel malt. Plenty of fresh hop flavors balanced with a solid caramel malty backbone. Full bodied with prickly carbonation. A good hophead's amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 22:43:58 | More by biggred1
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Augustiner719

New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance; Poured a dark amber, almost orange/brown color with 100% clarity and a big fluffy white head.

Smell: Sweet hoppy and malty mixed together. More piney malts than citrus on this one. Pine cone woodyness as well.

Taste: Very balanced red ale with a good amount of hops. Great biscuity malts followed up by piney sticky hops. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Amply carbonated but not too ephervescant. good mouthfeel overall and leaves a lingering sweetness on the backend.

Drinkability: For hop lovers, this is a break from your normal hoppy IPA. Solid sessionability on this one. Seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 16:23:43 | More by Augustiner719
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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