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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: 2,722
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 92
Gots: 296 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RossCain
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from April 2011 - Poured from a relatively fresh 12oz bottle (March 2011) into a tulip glass:

A: Pours a translucent, ruddy copper with a frothy, creme colored head. The head starts at about 1" in the tulip with uniform bubbles in a tight formation. Pretty good looking beer, definitely makes you want to taste what it contains...

S: A nice, hoppy presence is found in the front of the nose. Soothingly sweet with a fresh bread like waft of aromas. Not powerful, but pleasant nonetheless.

T: Moderately pronounced citrus hops begin the flavor which complement the bready, caramel malt notes in the middle of the body very nicely. Balanced, gently sweet taste with just a touch of bitters in the finish. Crisp, well blended flavors.

M: A semi-dry beer with just the right balance of sweet/bitter to make it very refreshing and easy to down. Medium to light bodied with carbonation verging on the bubbly side, which suits the beer well.

O: A great beer that I will be revisiting often. Perfect for the warmer months of spring and great for carrying through the summer. Crisp, refreshing, flavorful with just the right touch of sweetness.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this beer for the second and time and its just as unique as I remember it! Pours a clear copper/amber color smells breads and happy and has decent lacing. Light to medium in body with good carbonation. Nice citric and floral hop taste up front. That's followed by a malty sweetness that lingers but after a hop bitterness makes itself present on the back of your tongue. The sweet and bitter tastes are perceived on the part of the tongue their supposed to but the way the flavors in this beer are layers confuses the tastebuds into dizzying dance of awesome!

Some noted flavors are caramel, toffee, citric and floral hops. Great beer with some serious drinkability. Awesome dizzying amount of balance as well.

Photo of Sensaray
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange with a half inch of off white head.

Smells like citrusy earthy hops, light sweet malts.

Tastes of sweet caramel leading to a flowery citrus hops finish that blends with the malty sweetness, to a light bitter close. Some breadiness is here too.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

Overall very drinkable and tasty amber, with satisfying amount of hops.

Photo of MrOH
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant amber with a 1/2 finger of khaki head. While small, it displays excellent retention and lacing.

Citrus and herbal hops, a slight yeast fruitiness, and a backbone of continental malt.

Caramel and bready malt with citrus up front and herbal hops in the back. Very well balanced. Sweet but clean.

A touch heavier than medium, lower than normal carbonation, which I enjoy.

A great example of a balanced and easy drinking american ale that is still flavorful and complex. I wish more breweries could pull this off.

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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.  

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy white head. Cloudy amber color. Looks really nice. The head sticks around for a while. Excellent lacing

Citrus and some piney hops with a bready aroma.

Mostly citrus, some slight pine, caramel and bready yeast.

Creamy body -- yet very light mouth feel. Easy to go down.

I had this before -- never on cask -- the flavors seem a little muted but still tasty on cask. Worth the experience if you can get it on cask.

Photo of hdelavega
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Tröegs sent as an extra from mdfb79, thanks Dan.
Pours a nice dark honey orange with a nice frothy off-white head.
The nose is nice and hoppy, floral and citrus notes are pretty prevalent. Just a bit of sweetness to.
Very nice flavors, big citrusy hop characters that are nicely balanced out by sweet malt. Nice mouthfeel, very crisp, bitterness at the back of the mouth lingers for a pretty long time.
Good overall brew, I wish I could find it in Florida!

Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 08/04/11
12oz to pint glass

A: Pours a nice clear golden amber color. Think like a darker varietal of honey. Adorned with a two finger frothy beige head and some clingy lace.

S: Smells of citrus fruits like tangerines, pine sap and some spice. Touch of fruity ale yeast comes through in the aroma as well.

T: Taste is forward with bready caramalized malts and a hoppy spice character. Brings a slight sweetness overall. Really nice intensity of bitters. Mostly pine and spice notes with some citrus fruit oil accents. Lends to a dry puckering finish. Pretty good brew.

M: Creamy texture and a lighter body with good carbonation. Gives a good crisp finish.

D: Nice balance but more pronounced with a rich caramel and spice profile. Hops are there but I could use a bit more.

Glad to have tried. Troegs makes some pretty good stuff. A freshly hopped hand pump version of this brew would probably raise the score a few notches for me.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date inked on neck.

Pours a very slightly cloudy brownish-amber. A light tan heads sticks well. Smell is pleasant, floral hops. Fresh. Taste is a nice blend of yeasty, doughy backbone and forward, yet mild, hops. Feel is smooth and a bit flat. Finishes a tiny bit spicy. I like it - more of a "hop forward" amber ale..

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark red and caramel color. It is clear. Pours an abundant head that loves to stick the whole way down. Smells of some citrus hops with a little spiciness to it. Also can smell the underlying maltiness. A nice solid hop aroma with floral qualities. Tastes a little orange citrus with some spiciness and earthiness as well. Good solid bitterness is balanced with sweet caramel malt flavor. The sweetness and the hops go very well together. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. This is a solid beer and a staple for Troegs. I pick this up every so often during the nugget nectar down season.

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

On-tap at some bar in Queens. Served in a Blue Point pint.

A: Pours a garnet red with a near-white head.

S: Sticky citrus hops and sweetness make up the intoxicating bouquet. This is a very tasty smelling brew.

T: Follows the nose. Very nice aromatic hop presense with a sweet caramel backbone = delicious!

D: Goes down crisp and smooth. Nicely fuller-bodied.

Overall: What more can I say? This is a very good hoppy amber. Think of it as Nugget Nectar's little cousin. Solid stuff and I will definitely be getting this again!

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rust/amber body, finger head, patchy lacing

S: light pine, orange, lemon, hint of mango

T: sweet citrus up front, malt, light pine, mild bitter finish

M: Med. body, smooth, light sticky mouth

O: Usually do not like any red beers, but this one
was just outstanding. Interesting balance of sweet
citrus, malt, and pine. Well done, Troegs. I
will be picking this one up a lot more.


Photo of MikeWard
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the anthology sampler pack, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was clear amber with nice frothy head, which persisted throughout, with nice lacing.

Smell was very nice, hoppy, some malt. (Memo to self, stop sniffing beer so close to the head, it's meant to be drunk, not snorted)

Taste was just what the doctor ordered after a 12 hour day, nice and hoppy, balanced with a good malt. Went down quicker than usual.

Mouth was also very nice, hops leaving nice tingling on tongue and back of the mouth.

Overall, a great beer to come home to. Thank you Mr. Troeg.

Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, deep-hued amber with about 1/2 finger of fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation. A fair amount of thin lacing webs to the side of the glass.

N: Pine, orange citrus, lemon, mango and rich caramel. Maybe even a touch of coconut?

T: Resinous pine, orange citrus, lemon and caramel upfront. Mid-palette focuses on the caramel and biscuity malts with hints of mango and perhaps other tropical fruits. Finishes with orange citrus, clean caramel, grapefruit and hints of pine.

M: Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, crisp and slightly bitter with just a tad of stickiness.

O: A very well crafted Amber Ale with the hop-head in mind. Beautifully balanced, refreshing and easy drinking. This is excellent for when you want to take a break from the massive amount of IPAs flooding the market. Thank you Troegs for putting the barley back into hoppy beers! SCREW YOU WEST COAST!

Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to nmann08 for this.

A: Dark, dark amber. Changes from deep red to a bright orange. Super clear. Barely got any head on an aggressive pour, and what there was vanished instantly.

S: Huge floral aromas, like a well made soap. Nice caramel notes come through.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. Floral hops come through in the middle with a slight bitterness. A touch of earthy hops. The malts come back in the end to sweeten everything out. Some spiciness lingering in the finish

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly creamy. Big dry finish.

O: I haven't had many Amber/Red Ales, but this I definitely say is very good. Would've liked it to have a bit more hoppiness, but I guess that's par for the course.

Photo of shortbus7
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear amber color with a thin off white head.

S: Slight sweetness with barley and the hops are in there somewhere.

T: The beer is very slightly spicy, with decent amounts of hops, not as much as I wanted but there. The malt is also there towards the end.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: This is a good everyday beer. Refreshing with a good taste.

Photo of cwguy5
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to slentz for this one! Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - clear, deep rusty color with thin, eggshell head that faded to a ring and super thin, uneven cap; prevalent, spotty lacing
S - toffee, bread, malt, with some green hops in background
T - sweet overall but a lot less than aroma would indicate; starts off semi-dry then honey sweetness creeps in with big malt profile along with some butter; some floral and hop components at end but muted and mild;
M - medium fine, somewhat foamy carbonation; light side of medium body for an amber; mild honey and bitter hops linger that fades quickly
D - expecting a bit more hops than i tasted which left me wanting for a bit more; not bad but have had better in the style; butter flavor confused me a bit

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with lots of bubbles. Two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a good few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit and earthy hops. Some caramel malt. Very nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and a well-rounded hop bitterness. Nice earthy hop flavor. The malt comes through in the finish too. Some spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Creamy and refreshing. Nice soft carbonation.

O: Looks great, smells great. I love the subtle earthy hop flavor, and the malt does not take a back seat. Very smooth and drinkable too. One of my favorites.

Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Amber in color with mild blond highlights and a thick 2-finger white head that last for awhile before falling into in a wispy lace.

S: Moderate hoppy aroma with a sweet malt background. Hints of fruits and spices in mixed in.

T: Similar to the smell this brew has a solid hoppy flavor with a sweet malt backbone. Fruit and citrus in the background

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Another good beer by Troegs. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of GregSVT
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a nice amber red with a big white head that fades to a big ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is caramel malt, sugary bread, and a bit of grapefruit hops. Nothing crazy like Nugget Nectar but definitely above average for a regular amber ale.

T: The taste follows the nose but the grapefruit hops are more at the forefront. The caramel and sweet bready malts are a nice backup to the hop flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied and coats the palate well letting the finish last for a long time.

O: Very tasty Amber Ale and something I would buy on a regular basis if it was available in my area. Everything balances out here and makes for a tasty and enjoyable experience.

Photo of vandemonian
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Hopback is a crisp, lager-like amber ale. Needs more hops.

A: dark amber colour and a 3mm head that fades to crappy lacing. 3.5

S: mix of Maltiness and some hoppiness on top. 4

T: crisp lager-like flavour with very mild hops coming through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. 3.5

M: fizzy. 3.5

O: not especially interesting. I wanted more hops. 3.5

Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today in dc. I've heard great things about troegs so I'm looking forward to giving this a try. Bottled 6/28/11, not super fresh but not too old either.

Hot mulled apple cider amber red with grayish brown off white pillowy head that slowly dies down but leaves good lacing.

Nose is pretty tame. Toasted malts with just a hint of hops, not too much going on. Smells like it used to be much hoppier but has really disappeared in 2 months in the bottle.

Taste, toasty, some earthy hops very mild spicyness. Sweet malty finish. This isn't the hoppy amber ale I was hoping for but it is enjoyable. Same with the nose, it seems likes the hops faded quickly, reminds me of an old ipa.

Mouthfeel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall a good amber ale. I hope I can try a fresh one soon.

Photo of eclipse54
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks!

Pours a sappy orange color that darkens to a deep amber as the glass fills. An off-white head develops that quickly recedes to bubbles, leaving some wet, soapy lacing behind. Smells of caramel, floral hops, and faint sugar. Tastes of pepper, faint citrus, caramel, and some piney hops towards the rear. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is amply carbonated. Overall, a solid amber that I rather enjoyed.

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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