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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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2,488 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,488
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 182 | 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 twiggamortis420


3.95/5  rDev -1%

12 oz bottle courtesy of both CaptainRedBeard and cmurren25 who both sent me one of these fine Amber ales to sample. Pours a very clear, dark copper color with a fine-bubbled cap of tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is not.

Nose is a pretty impressive balance of caramel, toasty malts and piney hops that are mildly resinous. Very light influence from the yeast - smells fresh, clean and good.

Definitely an Amber ale at heart, and I was curious to see what this one was all about after having NN first. Clean, floral hop flavor here without a whole lot of bitterness. Maltiness is a nice combination of toast and sweet grains, earthy even. High drinkability, and enough going on to keep most beer geeks interested for a pint or few.

08-12-2010 14:25:00 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of coldmeat23


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

A very clear liquid which is a nice, medium-dark, shade of amber with some light brown highlights, fills my glass. Almost two-fingers of medium brown colored foam make the head. Retention is quite decent. The lacing is in thick strands and nicely sticky.

Hmmmm....this smells like nothing else that has come before. It smells like cotton candy that has fallen into a pile of hops. Which smells delicious! There is a big hint of malty sweetness, along with notes of caramels and powdered sugar. These are balanced out by some big citrus hop notes. Light traces of pine resin. Some mild floral notes.

Right on. This is like a Fat Tire, kicked in the ass. Nice balance is achieved between malts and hops. They pretty much follow the nose. Good deal of malty sweetness shines through, with some good doses of hop bitterness right beside it.
Very tasty.

Medium-to-almost-full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Nice and smooth.

A nicely easy-drinking beer. Built for sessioning, as far as I'm concerned.

08-09-2010 01:38:24 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of muttyd


3.63/5  rDev -9%

A - Amber/copper body with a thin white head. Poured into a pint glass so some of that lack of head retention is my own fault.

S - Caramel malts, some citrus hops, bread/toffee and some earthiness.

T - Follows the nose. Big malt profile balanced by a spicy/citrus hop finish. Absolutely no trace of alcohol. Extremely "sessionable."

M - Slightly chewy, medium carbonation and thicker than average body.

D - Excellent! 6 pack at only $9 makes this a solid go-to beer for me.

08-03-2010 01:04:11 | More by muttyd
Photo of pdoran10


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

pours out a dark amber hue with a half and inch of thick white head. very good retention, great lacing.

not much going on in the smell. light breadiness, a hint of citrus and some bitter onion.

taste is a nice soft caramalized citrus. good amount of bitter on the tongue. some floral notes going on with the citrus. nice blend of flavors, a bit more caramel taste than i like. surprisingly heavy malt presence.

mouthfeel is really nice. medium body. medium to high carbonation. substantial but smooth.

nice drinkability, but the caramelized flavor and good amount of malt make this a bit of a sipper for me.

08-02-2010 01:15:18 | More by pdoran10
Photo of beergod1


3.95/5  rDev -1%

Tried tapped from Beer on the Bay in Erie PA. Sampler glass, Copper colored with a beige head that retains pretty well and leaves some lacing behind. Smell is full of resinous hops, pine, and has some nice malt behind it too, very sweet. Bitter hops on the tongue, but leads into some resinous pine and sweet caramel malt. Medium carbonation and body. I'd like a little more hops in the taste to accompany the aroma, but it is just an amber ale, I have had lighter flavored ambers. So this was quite flavorful.

07-25-2010 20:36:23 | More by beergod1
Photo of AleWatcher


3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

reviewed from notes--
Beer # 6 in my Blind Beer BIF. Thanks Neorunner!

Pours a coppery amber color.. Slightly orange. Clear with a 2 finger head that dissipated to a frothy cap.

Smells of citrusy fruits... like tangerines. Some sweet caramel and bready malts.

Big malts on the taste. Citrus notes (grapefruit, tangerines). Dry finish. A whole cone hop note reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale ale...

Body is shy of medium. Good carbonation.

Something on the finish is hinting towards a little astringency. I honestly thought this was some sort of pale ale... Glad to see it is just a hopped up amber!

This is hoppier and more bitter than most other ambers, but it works pretty well. This is a pretty enjoyable and drinkable brew. I would have guessed

07-24-2010 22:23:48 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of aussiebilly


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Had this on cask at Pipers Pub, which is what inspired me to review. Have had lots of these in the past, but it was truly a treat on the handpull. The hops are nicely subdued, but the rich maltiness comes right out at you from the nose to the first sip. Still had a nice hoppy aroma when freshly pulled, one that jumped out at you even when your nose was a couple inches from the glass. Extremely drinkable, even at 6%abv. Definitely see myself going back for a couple more of these, since I'm sure it wont last long.

07-22-2010 13:34:49 | More by aussiebilly
Photo of benlaitman


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

A-Amber brown, nice head.
S-crisp smell, berry/sweet aroma.
T-mild to moderate hop, sweet with an even sweeter aftertaste.
M-Smooth, full-bodied.
D-went down easy.

Overall: well-balanced and solid beer. Easy to drink in any occasion. The aftertaste was especially interesting as it had a sweet kick as it went down.

07-20-2010 23:46:52 | More by benlaitman
Photo of BeerCon5


4.47/5  rDev +12%

Pours a bright copper color with about a finger of off white head, not a whole lot of lacing.

The floral hops were first, some pine and citrus in the nose.

The taste was citrus and very bitter hops throughout, some pine and bready malts.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, lots of flavor and lots of hops. It was also very refreshing for the amount of hops.

07-19-2010 20:49:32 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Phelps


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Looks: perfectly clear light copper, with notes of pale dandelion at the edges. A fizzy grayish-yellow head dissipates right away, leaving a tiny ring.

Smells: malty. Lots of caramel, sweet honey, biscuity and buttery ritz crackers and sweet floral hops.

Tastes: like a hoppier fat tire. Sweet biscuits, bubblegum, toast, strawberries. A sharp character shows its face, with a dry finish.

Feels: fluffy. Light feel, but filling and soft, with a low, nice carbonation.

Drinks: Damn it, but I do enjoy hopped-up versions of classic styles, and Hopback is the perfect example of just such a beer -- one tasty, spicy amber.

07-16-2010 06:53:04 | More by Phelps
Photo of rawthar


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

A- VERY pretty deep burgundian red with a formidable smoke stain creamy head.

S- Heavy all grain malty bread sweetness, some glue, and some thick sticky resiny hop citrus sweetness.

T- This is a really rich, thick, malty beer up front that finishes with a mildly dry bittering action that kind of washes the thick stickiness out. Nice balance, this has a lot of similar flavor characteristics as Nugget Nectar, though with different ratios.

M- Thick & sticky with heavy heady creaminess.

D- A little too rich to session, but tasty for one or two.

07-12-2010 01:29:27 | More by rawthar
Photo of hu5om


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

thanks to BigTomZ for the excellent extra!
a- a rich burgundy, clear, slight ring of foam that persisted decently.

s- caramel with faint ginger, citrus, and toffee

t- caramel and malty ginger, finished off with a light citrus finish and that lingering toffee.

m- smooth and well rounded overall. pleasant with moderate carbonation

d- full disclosure: not a big amber fan. this one was pretty solid though. I could drink a few of these pretty easily. Excited to try a few more troegs brews.

07-10-2010 13:25:40 | More by hu5om
Photo of newk340


4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: a translucent mahogany with a thin head, no lacing.

S: hints of citrus with a slight hop afteraroma that tingles the nostrils.

T: a smooth amber with hints of hops, ginger, and caramel, though it leaves a tinny aftertaste.

MF/D: briefly buzzes the tongue, but slides down smooth and coats the palate. a very enjoyable beverage.

07-10-2010 04:50:13 | More by newk340
Photo of Pdiddey3d

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a dark orangish-red. Very little head but it retains nicely leaving decent lacing.
The aroma is pretty subdued. Some mild malt character, some nuttiness and caramel. Some piney hops as well.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. Very well balanced. The hops dominate at first but it lets way to some rich malty flavors with a hint of nuttiness.
The mouthfeel is very light, not really to my liking but not exactly unpleasant either. Some mild carbonation and a slight bitterness on the palate after drinking.
Overall this is a well above average beer. It is tasty and light and I could see myself enjoying several bottles of this in a single sitting.

07-07-2010 04:13:13 | More by Pdiddey3d
Photo of bgildea


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Nice dark amber color with a faintly light head that is fairly thin that leaves decent lacing.

S: Nice strong smell of hops slight amount of citrus flavor as well.

T: Very hoppy. The hops dominates every aspect of the flavors. It starts with hops, then it finishes with even stronger hops. I'm not a hop-head, but it's good for a hoppy beer.

M: Fairly thin beer with some decent carbonation. I wasn't expecting too much chew, so I wasn't disappointed.

D: The beer is good, so it is drinkable. There's too much hops for me to drink to many, but one is definitely enjoyable.

Overall: Overall the beer is really good. Very hoppy, so all hop lovers will enjoy this one. I'd recommend tasting it if you like a hoppy beer.

07-03-2010 17:57:31 | More by bgildea
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a dark amber color with a cap of off-white head, decent retention and lacing. First whiff is floral, piney and earthy hops backed by a nice carmely malt and a touch of roasted nuts. Flavor kicks the hop scent up just a bit with a nice piney bite, smooth floral flavors all backed by a lightly sweet carmel backbone. Nice medium body, good carbonaiton level. An all around high quality and pleasent amber that is highly drinkable in quantity.

07-02-2010 13:32:31 | More by rfgetz
Photo of oregonskibum


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark burnt orange-amber. Pours with a 3/4 inch slightly off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some faint lacing and a thin film on top the beer.

S: Smell is fairly mellow with some floral and citrus hops and a slight caramel sweetness.

T: Flavors are well balanced in the early and mid tastes, with some floral and light citrus hops mixed with some bready malts and a slighly burn caramel flavor. Hops flavors seem to die out a little on the finish, leaving a strong malt presence.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Overall, this is a very nice hoppy amber. Easy and smooth drinking, this is a beer that could become a regular if it was available locally. Nicely done Troeg's.

07-01-2010 19:03:22 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of smanders


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

This is the first Troeg's I had after moving to the East Coast. Never heard of this brand, but I like hops so why not.

The color is a deep amber with a thin head that doesn't stick around very long. Sugary malt and a hint of spicy hops are evident from a big whiff. Makes me want to take a swig! Yum! A little citrus, which I love, is quickly followed by sweet malt. Well balanced ale which could easily be overindulged. I love this style...and you should too!

06-11-2010 19:57:48 | More by smanders
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.63/5  rDev -9%

A: clear amber color; low-to-medium carbonation, but that might have been the restaurant we were at--they had just changed the kegs.
S: medium, sweet-smelling floral character
T: craft-ale sweetness, with little bitterness; a slightly metallic character I attribute to the restaurant (see above)..
M: good body, although nothing sensationsl
D: Despite the name, this beer is not in the hops war, so it's ideal for sharing with a group with wide tastes. I think that lends the beer good ratings for drinkability.

06-11-2010 19:04:42 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of jmdrpi


4.03/5  rDev +1%

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

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


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +4%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

06-07-2010 14:25:55 | More by livewire78
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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