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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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2,490 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 184 | 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 mikeg67

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber color with a foamy, long lasting head. Aroma of citrus hops and some malt in the background. Medium crisp body. Citrus hops dominate the flavor with caramel malt provide nice balance at the later stage. Finish is long and bitter. This beer could be nice IPA as well.

12-07-2010 21:54:48 | More by mikeg67
Photo of StormKing47


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

One of my regulars, that finally gets a proper review. I drink this beer often and it is honestly one of Troegs' best year round beers they brew. Enjoyed this one on Thanksgiving eve it it was from the most recent batch.

A- Right away it's always a sweet pour. A gorgeous amber color with a very transparent appeal. Medium size white head that quickly dissipates from the generous stream of bubbles. It looks clean and very crisp ready to give a smell. Love the way this beer looks every time I order one.

S- Right away a very crispy, fruity hop nose with some sweet malts underlying to balance everything out. Very pleasant and invites you in for a taste. I am fortunate to have this beer whenever I am craving one. It is a very underrated smelling beer that showcases the skills of Troegs at balancing hops and malts.

T- Loving the caramel sweetness with the clean, crisp hop bite. It is a great balance that is second to none. It really is one of Troegs consistently solid beers that everyone should be able to experience. As it warms the hops come out a little more, but the are neck and neck with the malty sweetness.

M- Very refreshing with a creamy, sticky mouthfeel. It's bordering on the line of chewy, but its definitely enjoyable and quite satisfying.

D- Highly drinkable, in my opinion one of my session beers after group tastings. Its a stellar beer that I am glad is year round. It's not overly hoppy, not too malty and never a let down.

Keep it coming John, please don't move to Hershey.

12-03-2010 23:55:11 | More by StormKing47
Photo of Duff27


3.63/5  rDev -9%

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.

11-30-2010 05:04:52 | More by Duff27
Photo of FredTheSeal


3.83/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a small, thick tan head. Hangs around for a while before leaving good lacing behind. Crystal clear dark copper/medium brown in color.

S - Nice balance of malt and hops. Slightly fruity.

T - More bitter than I had expected. Citrus hops take the forefront which is good & bad at the same time, I love hops but I'd like to taste a little more malt complexity. Aside from the hops and bitterness, I get some mild malts in the background.

M - Medium-high carbonation, light-medium body.

D - It's a pretty drinkable beer, but I'm not impressed taking the style into consideration.

11-28-2010 21:22:30 | More by FredTheSeal
Photo of woodychandler


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

11-26-2010 22:43:18 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

First off, I can't even pronounce Troegs. How on Earth am I supposed to review if I can't even pronounce it? Wait...how can I even drink it? *lifts mug to mouth...tilts....pours on crotch* Damn! *runs downstairs and grabs a straw*

Here's a tough one....it's amber. Sports a wispy white head with some decent lace.

Nasal polyps don't fool me now! I'm sniffing vanilla, lemon, spring cleaning...some sweetness as well.

Taste and mouthfeel - floral arrangements designed by Mr. Hoppandfruits. Smooth, sweet, fresh, creamy, sexual...but with a certain feeling of masculinity.

I won't be buying this again, but I sure won't pass it up. Good stuff.

11-26-2010 21:08:41 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours cloudy light amber. Nice white lasting head. Aroma is hoppy, some citrus, sweet malts. Taste is hoppy, some spice, balanced by some sweet malts. Palate is crisp, good carbonation, nice medium body. Finish is dominated by hops with some light malts to help balance the taste. A well balnced Amber Ale. Very nice

11-24-2010 14:42:06 | More by Samp01
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottled 6/30/2010, served in a pint glass. Pours clear deep amber as expected. The head was thin even after a slightly vigorous pour. It thinned to a film and leaves a web of lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus hops, including lemon, and a faint sweetness. Flavor starts with some assertive (for style) bitter hops with grapefruit and pine flavors. It's followed by some bready malt flavor and maybe some carmel sweetness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation seem appropriate and unremarkable. Overall this is hoppier than you would expect for an amber, but the name does give you some warning. Seems closer to a pale ale. Whatever you call it, it's drinkable and delicious.

11-17-2010 02:30:56 | More by mjaskula
Photo of Pballa4lyfe


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A- a beautiful beautiful amber color

S- hops hops hops! and some fruity

T- very surprised, it was very good, similar to Sierra Nevada, good taste throughout but felt as though it lost its bite as it went down

M- very good, some carbonation

D- very drinkable!

overall, great beer, def try it if you can get your hands on it..it was a good APA

11-17-2010 01:00:53 | More by Pballa4lyfe
Photo of JayS2629


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap from the brewery.

A- Average amber with an off white creamy head and average lacing.

S- Hop forward as the name suggests. Floral with caramel undertones.

T- Bitter and hoppy with caramel back bone.

M- Crisp, clean and slightly spritzy.

D- If you love hops, you'll love it. I downgraded it on an average scale just because the hops overwhelms, but gave it more points just because of how its flavor pops.

11-14-2010 03:17:47 | More by JayS2629
Photo of brewski09


3.13/5  rDev -21.6%

12oz. bottle into pint glass (6 pack).

A. The beer pours nicely into the cold and slightly wet pint glass with a nice, mild color expected of amber ales. The head is about 3/4 of an inch thick and just off white in color. The head appears creamy, but does not hang around completely. lacing is mild to moderate on this beer.

S. Smelled moderately of hops, but less than expected from the name of "Hopback" and all the hype that people have put into this beer for its hops. With that said, the hops are present and mellow. Definitely some mild caramel/crystal malt tones in this beer with the floral hop qualities. Nice to the nose.

T. The taste seemed somehow slightly out of balance for me. The maltyness didn't quite offset the bitterness and the hop aroma didn't follow through with flavor. Still, this is a drinkable beer that is much better than many on the market. I would generally characterize this beer as mild for hop lovers.

M. The mouthfeel was pretty decent, except the beer seemed somehow dry from the bitterness. Maybe just too astringent for the residual sugars in the beer. The beer seemed a little thin to me, which is why I don't normally drink amber ales.

D. This was a drinkable beer in the average category to me. I waited until after I had consumed almost the whole 6-pack over several sessions to review this beer. Maybe it just wasn't as good of a batch, but I wouldn't seek this beer out actively again. could be a good selection on a warmer humid day.

11-13-2010 13:21:40 | More by brewski09
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bottled on 05/14/10; Batch #100426. Big thanks to BigTomZ for this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, and a slight citrus hop note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice amber ale. Wish I had gotten to try this one fresher, but it still had maintained quite a bit of it hoppy character despite this fact. The flavor was very nicely balanced and the aroma was quite nice as well. This one is worth seeking out for any Amber/Red Ale fans out there who have not tried this one before.

11-10-2010 12:06:48 | More by thagr81us
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz best by sometime in mid-December, a little more than a month from now.

Pours (duh) amber, looks nice in the glass. Lacing is good, head's not crazy big.

Smells like sticky hops and underlying darker malt. Hoppy for a red ale.

Tastes like an amber ale with a layer of hops above it that is never overpowering and could go unnoticed. Has a bit of a creamy, malty taste that reminds of of an ESB. Not a hoppy beer by any means, but not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is medium. Slightly creamy.

It's easy enough to drink and it's got decent flavor, but there's nothing to make it stand out from other malt-focused ales to me.

11-09-2010 02:26:55 | More by musicforairports
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -27.3%

Picked this up on my trip to Philly last month.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 08-26-10.

Appearance: A burnt orange body which said color is lightly reflected in the head. Very good lacing with a strong 4 finger head that settles to 2. Body is rather clear. Nice looking.

Smell: Some good hops, tangerine & peaches with some malt mixed in. Juicy and nice.

Taste: What the heck? Where's the flavor? Hot really hoppy, not much fruit, not much of anything really. Flavor seems like an afterthought and what there is available is too brief to latch onto. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not much better i'm afraid. Low carbonation & smooth body but it feels too lifeless and inert.

Drinkability: More or less. I found it kind of boring and after half a glass, i was pretty much done.

Overall: Not sure what happened as it looked and smelt good but everything fell flat after.

11-06-2010 01:22:18 | More by papat444
Photo of greengorilla


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice amber color with a decent head.

The smell is good. It has a nice aroma of hops. The taste is good too. It is not quite as good as I was expecting from the flagship beer from Troegs, but it is good.

The mouthfeel is good, and it is very drinkable. Overall it is just a good solid beer.

11-04-2010 15:25:09 | More by greengorilla
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A- pours a nice amber look with a good frothy head of foam. Very crisp and clear look with the body of the brew

S- sweet smell of caramel and strong malt flavor. Strong presence with some spices detected as well

T- amazing caramel flavor is overwhelming in a good way. The malt profile seems to be some of the better malt out there.

M- creamy and tasty

D- Hopback is another fantastic brew from Troegs. A flavorful brew that really exhibits a caramel malt flavor that is memorable.

11-03-2010 21:13:44 | More by lovindahops
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

On-tap at Noche in Philadelphia.

Pours a clear light amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale and caramel malts with solid amounts of pine and lightly floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as well-integrated. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off, followed shortly by robust pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the pine flavors are joined by slight amounts of leafy and herbal hop flavors that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I remain a big fan of this beer, easily in the top tier of ambers. Well worth a shot.

10-31-2010 18:57:05 | More by glid02
Photo of a74gent


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

A nice brew. Received in a trade; although I can buy it here I've never had it before.

Nice hopiness with a stiff malty backbone. Color is a nice amber with some lacing and foam.

The mouthfeel is full with a distinct bit of malt. Nice, nice balance.

This one drinks nicely. One after another would bve possible for a hop/amber lover. Not a great beer, but a good one all around.

10-30-2010 20:53:01 | More by a74gent
Photo of magine


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a dark copper color, with a thin head that settles to a wisp lace island. Brew has some lacing but not much. Average looks.

Brew smells of floral hops and caramel malts, nice mix of flavors detected. Smells just as described on the bottle. Pretty good smell.

Brew is very balanced. Sweet and malty; the malty flavor is complimented nicely by the floral hops. Hops do not overpower the flavors. Carmel malts, biscuit flavors as well. Nice hop profile; slightly spicy and floral. Finishes very medium flavored and balanced; only slightly bitter and a tad bit piney. Very good tasting brew.

Wow, beep... beep... beep.... back the truck up on this one and have it delivered by the truck load. You can drink this brew all day, all year round. This is a tremendous session brew, that will hit the spot for any beer lover or novice. A true session beer with full flavor. What this brew lacks in looks and nose, makes up for in taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. A new favorite for sure.

10-29-2010 01:06:13 | More by magine
Photo of zoso1967


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a rich, copper hued medium amber with a head that is slightly beige. The head has pretty nice staying power and leaves some sticky lace.

One sniff and you can tell this is not your typical amber ale. It is very hoppy with plenty of citrusy hop character. Grapefruit and pine jump out immediately, as well as some candied orange and pineapple aromas that are no doubt created by the ample malt in this beer. The malt character that comes through in the aroma has a rich and slightly toasted vibe to it.

The flavor is super balanced and quite tasty. Juicy citrus and pine hops blend well with the caramel and toffee sweetness from the malt. I would say that the hops are a little less dominant than in the nose, but still quite prevalent. This beer also seems to carry a pretty decent amount of bitterness, and while it is advertised as an amber, it is really more like an APA or little IPA with the malt bill of an amber.

The mouthfeel is medium and super smooth. It has the perfect amount of carbonation and a finish that is just a wee bit sticky, but still quite nice. Pine lingers on the palate long after swallowing.

Super drinkable and a nice change of pace from the obligatory APA that almost all breweries make. This beer was the first offering I had from Troegs that made me realize that they had something special going on in Harrisburg. Hopback does not get nearly as much press as Nugget Nectar, (its big brother) but is an excellent beer.

10-27-2010 23:50:16 | More by zoso1967
Photo of Slatetank


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this Simcoe Dry Hopped cask at Al's of Hampden, served cask temp in a Nonic.

A dark copper color on entry w/ hazed appearance and thick cream collar w/ rocky top. The bead is very tiny. The aroma has lots of floral and tropical scents w/ slight fruit ester from the yeast w/ a smell akin to blood orange or ruby red w/ a light pineapple tinge in the mix. The feel is good w/ smoothly bitter hops and citric juiciness and a mild toasted texture from the malt w/ semi dry finish. A mild creaminess is felt and is balanced with by the acidity of the the hops w/ moderate sweetness from the malt. The balance of moderate bitterness and malt texture is very pleasant.

Hopback has subtle fruit flavors which border on stone fruit, but with the simcoe there is more citrus influence. The malt taste is toasted w/ an essence of mild creamy yeast from the cask treatment. The citrus combo with mild munich sweetness is a pleasant juxtoposition w/ more juiciness in the taste than I remember from standard Hopback. the slight caramel comes through more as it warms w/ light tinges of grapefruit and mild lime tinges. The biscuit in the malt is fitting for the style and provides a good backbone for the mild hop w/ only a slight amount of alcohol shining through. A worthy cask ale w/ lots of hop aroma, I think it is solid in its usual format, but the cask with Simcoe hops adds just a little more to the drinkability for me.

10-20-2010 14:22:01 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BARFLYB


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-16-2010 17:24:47 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Pours a reddish amber color with a slightly tan white head. Aroma is instant hops with a deep, wood and herb tone. I'm also picking up a little bit of oregano spice. The caramel depth from the malt compliments this particular hop profile very well.

Palate is medium bodied up front with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor is slightly malty, with a much bigger fruity hop and yeast element than was found in the nose. This is accentuated by a light bitterness and subtle caramel flavor. This is a very nice beer, and one of the best of the style that I've had. I'd welcome this in my glass anytime...like right now.

10-12-2010 01:03:59 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of kagent777


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

This is from a 12 oz bottle brought back from Pennsylvania by a good friend of mine, Thanks Ken!

Served into goblet.

Appearance: Pours a pleasant medium amber color with a quickly fading eggshell head. No lacing from the thin ring and patchy head.

Smell: I smell a nice marriage of malt backbone with hops mingled in nicely. As it warms, I am getting more caramel malt and less hops. The hops have a mild floral character.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel at first, with the mellow hops bitterness kicking in halfway. Once the hops are gone, the malty caramel comes back for a second visit. There is some mild sweetness to this beer, but not so much to become unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a pleasant texture. The carbonation is spot on, balancing out the caramel sweetness and hops.

Drinkability: I would not turn down another offered to me. This is the style of amber (or more appropriately, red ale) that I like. It is not all caramel malt, hops are a nice balance. Unfortunately, I only have one more until Ken goes to Pennsylvania again next summer.

10-05-2010 04:45:55 | More by kagent777
Photo of geryeb624


4/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle from Anthology 2 sampler. Round 2 of the 12-pack. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber in color with a finger of white head. Nice lacing as well.

S- Very hoppy in aroma, almost like an IPA. Does have some maltiness in the background, however.

T- Achieves a nice hoppiness without being too bitter. Citrusy hop flavors and a nice malt sweetness to balance. Tastes like a very well-balanced pale ale bordering on IPA.

M/D- Nice and smooth with a bit of prickly carbonation. Extremely drinkable and pretty refreshing as well.

Nothing earth-shattering, but a very nice, well-balanced session brew. Good hop fix without crushing bitterness. Very well-done.

10-03-2010 08:38:19 | More by geryeb624
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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