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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: 2,421
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 84
Gots: 155 | 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 alpinebryant


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a good head that left a nice lacing down glass.

Smells very earthy, malt almost more prominent than bittered hops, bread yeast, amber malt and caramel.

Taste of amber malt, light pine hop flavor and a light citrus hop flavor. I thought with a name like hopback amber, this one would be a little more pronounced in the hop side, but not a bad beer. Good body for a 6 percent abv, light carbonation.

Drinkability is there, could be slightly more flavorful, but not overdone to tire your tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:54:18 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Lunch


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

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD (12/16/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: The aroma is quite refreshing as it contains tropical and citrus hops along with some floral highlights and a hint of carmamel malt.

T: Tropical and citrus hops hit the palate first followed by some sweet caramel malt. The finish is a little bitter and floral.

M: Light to medium-bodied with crisp carbonation and no sense at all of any alcohol. Just a slight bitterness lingers.

D: Very drinkable and quite refreshing with a mild flavor profile that is balanced nicely.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer that is refreshing and flavorful at the same times. Another nice Amber by Troegs. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 19:58:56 | More by Lunch
Photo of chicagobeerriot


3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, copper beauty with a moderate head that rapdily dissipates to a stubborn thin film on the surface.

The smell is a nice balance of floral, citrus and bready notes, with a bit of caramel hanging out in the background.

The flavor is restrained...perhaps a bit too restrained. The bread and light sweetness from the malt come through nicely, but the hops manifest themselves a bit too simply. There's a very nice earthy bitterness throughout with a bit of citrus peel, but the floral and fruit characteristics are more muted than the smell would suggest.

That said, overall this is a nice, quaffable entry that would make a great session beer when the outside temperatures come back to sanity in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:03:20 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of gfreed


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark and bubbly in the glass, with a loose and noisy head that fades fairly quickly, like a head on a glass of Coke. There's a dense cloud of hops that floats above the head, yet it's got enough sweetness from the malt to be balanced. There's also a hint of oranges in the nose. I expected a hoppier taste was pleasantly surprised by how mellow the hops actually were. Sure, they're present but the lend a nice sharpness without being overly sour or ham-fisted. You'll pucker a tiny bit-- it's refreshing, and the malt swings in shortly thereafter to soften the blow. The orange tang is quite nice, too. One for the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 20:15:48 | More by gfreed
Photo of nickd717


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

Bottle from bars around Harrisburg. Another good, well-balanced beer from my hometown boys in the HBG. Flat out one of the best amber ales out there, mainly owing to the fresh hoppiness.

Clear amber color, off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malt and piney, floral hops. Hops are rough and fresh.

Flavor is caramel malts and fresh-tasting east coast-style hop character, not quite as hoppy as an IPA but more than a typical amber ale. Earth and pine stand out more than citrus does on this one.

Medium palate and carbonation. Some lingering hop resins on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall this is good stuff. Tröegs was my first craft beer love and I always enjoy a good fling with them.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 19:46:00 | More by nickd717
Photo of mtyrrell


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

Very drinkable and great taste.

Beer pours clear copper or red amber, 1 or 2 finger tan colored head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves patches of foam and a nice ring around the outside that sticks to the glass.

Nose is composed of citric hops and caramel malt with a floral side, grapefruit and spicy notes also

Taste is like the nose, great even mix of citric hops and caramel malts. Spicy and floral hops also show up.

Medium body, sliky smooth and malty, persistent carbonation. Somewhat spicy tail.

Awesome beer. For those that like hops, but is very nicely and evenly balanced out with the carmel malts. Spicy and floral hops in the background add a great taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 23:48:52 | More by mtyrrell
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

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

Poured a deep carbonated amber into an American pint glass, with a finger of white head that laced very well. The revealed citrus, lemon and grapefruit, but also some caramel and maltiness. The flavor revealed the balance between the hops and the malt to be a little more skewed to the malt side, but it worked, and it finished on a surprisingly dry note. The carbonation seemed just at the right level for this medium-bodied beer, helping its sessionability in the process.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 06:15:42 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Loki83


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

Received as an extra from jfunkk79 Thanks

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Amber color with a nice frothy head

S: hoppy, fruity

T&M: Sprucy, malty and hoppy, a little too sweet for my taste

D: Very drinkable I could drink this all day

Great red ale, I would drink this all the time but in's not distributed to Cali ;-(

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 06:22:45 | More by Loki83
Photo of drabmuh


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

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar served in a standard pint glass.

Beer is amber and light. Completely clear, no haze at all. Carbonation is high and steady. Forms a thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing as I drink the beer. Head breaks up despite high carbonation.

Beer smells sweet and has a strong citrus hop aroma. Masks most everything else present in beer but that's fine, it smells good.

Even though it smelled a lot like citrus hops, I am not expecting a hop bomb in my mouth and I don't get a hop bomb. This beer is medium body and really smooth. The bitterness is understated and there is no aftertaste. There is a strong citrus hop flavor in the beer. The carbonation really helps to connect the flavors of the beer while I'm drinking it. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is high.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 19:05:34 | More by drabmuh
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rusty gold with thin sticky head that leaves rings of lace. Pine resin and some toast on the nose. Red fruit, mulch and barley syrup malts quickly stomped by cedar, orange rind and skunk hops. Long bitter linger. Full and sticky.

Good session brew if you're looking for IPA kick in a red. Not a patch on Nugget Nectar, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:39:06 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of jlindros


3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Becoming a fan of most Troegs beers, so here's another review down the tube.

A: Pours a nice lookin 1 finger head that slowly subsides. It's got a very clear amber toasty brown color.

N: Some crisp ale aroma, perhaps from the types of malts. A slight sweet malt aroma follows through. A very light musty hop aroma is there, but is it really? A very slight toasty aroma also is, um, there.

T: Starts with a sweet malt like taste. Mostly earthy toasty malts, some crystal malts. A slight sweet fruity flavor from the yeast comes through. More bitter flavors, but not much on the hop side. Bottled on 9/16/09 so its not too fresh, but not too old, but the hop flavor isn't really there. A little sweet syrupy fruit flavors as well.

M: Medium body, slightly spicy hops and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter but with out hop flavor. Must have been mostly early bittering hops. I do get some spicy warming hop flavor but not much. Also some earthy hop flavors that seem to linger for a slight bit. It's also slightly dry and some light lingering toasty earthy flavors.

Final thoughts: Overall a meh beer. It's got some crisp clean flavors and is pretty refreshing, but not much on the hop end considering its called "hop back". It's semi bland for an amber ale too. Oh well. This is probably the first Troegs I haven't been impressed with, bit it also could be because its 2 months old, needs to be fresh. I'll look out for a fresh one next time. Or again, this could be a factor of the fact that red/amber ales are usually not my cup of t... ummm, beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:49:16 | More by jlindros
Photo of Mistofminn


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

Got this in a trade with beandip a while back, cracked it open tonight. Thanks Adam for the chance.

Pours a translucent amber color with a thin tan head with great retention and leaves tons of lacing down the edges of the pint glass I served it in.

The nose is strong on the hop characters, mostly floral with a light earthy and piney character in the background. The hops are balanced nicely with a considerable sweet malt backbone.

The taste is what the nose advertised, strong floral hops with a light earthy character. Nice lingering bitterness with a noticable malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is good in this one.

Overall, a solid offering from Troegs. If this were readily available to me, I would probably buy it more. Thanks Adam for the chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:44:00 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Mosstrooper


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American-style pint glass.

Appearance: Pours amber with a small white head that leaves quickly with heavy lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts with flowery hops. This contains the most floral aromas I have ever experienced with beer.

Taste: Buttery caramel malt with a toasted, nutty, and earthy bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation. Crisp beginning with a dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer contains the most depth that my young palate has experienced in this style and it is also the hoppiest of the style I've tried so far. Not quite great, but still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:37:05 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Liverpool08


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first offering from Troeg's. Pours a nice amber brown. Not much head, but a nice hoppy bite of an aroma. Very clean hoppy citrus taste. This is a great example of this style. Super easy to drink, the first sips are hoppy/bitter, but finish with a nice malty smoothness. I could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 20:29:49 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of wahhmaster


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a tight foamy head that leaves considerable lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of floral hops. The hop aromas are backed nicely by the smell of sweet malts.

Taste: Strongly hopped with what tastes like Cascade hops. Hits you up front with hoppy bitterness but finishes kinda sweet with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: A great amber ale. This has everything you could want from the style. It is well-balanced and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 19:04:41 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of deaconoflove


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ap. Very clear amber color with anice smallish head. A little lacing as we go along.
sm. Crisp and pleasant citrisy hops with a little caramel in the background.
ta. Mild citris and hops, then caramel and coffee for a bit followed by a good bitter finish.
mf. smooth. just enough carbonation.
dr. Very good. Very easy. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:54:58 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of thecarster1


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger of head that fades nicely to a layer coating of lace, crystal clear,

s- really aromatic, biscuit, earthy, floral hops.

t- really nice caramel malt upfront, then it kicks into great hop flavors, flowery, citrus, bit of lemon, grapefruit, nice amount of bitterness that lingers a bit, really tasty read ale!

m- light to medium body.

d- really great, i could have a bunch of these, glad this is a local brew for me, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:17:50 | More by thecarster1
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah the little bro of Nugget Nectar....

Pours a deep amber red with an off white head. Not very off white...just a little bit. looks a bit stickly and keeps a lacey ring around the top of the beer all the way down.

Smells awesome..Nice virbrant hops.

Taste is very hoppy but balanced. It starts out with plenty of hops up front. Nice and oily hops with its spicey bitterness and floral esters. As it warms though, I found that the taste dies down a bit. Not alot but noticably..The floral earthy taste from the hops was gone and left with just bitterness.

Mouthfeel was not as thick as you would expect this one to be. Its more watery once it warms and "airs out". Not bad though at all, its just that if you were expecting the body of an imperial IPA, than look elseware.

Awesome beer. I love everything from troegs and this is another solid one from them. I cannot wait for Nugget Nectar to release! This will keep me company till then

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:03:47 | More by jhammel01
Photo of MikeRa


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

A: This beer has a excellent Amber-Copper color with a Creamy head

S: It has a unique bold smell, coming from the different hops used to brew this ale.

T: It has a unique taste, which is floral, which is from the hops that are used in the "Hopback" vessel used in the brewing process

M/D: It has a nice carbonization, and has some bitterness, from the hops. This ale does go down sommth. It is a ale that I will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 04:27:29 | More by MikeRa
Photo of NCSUdo


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

12 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a small white head. Good lace, not a lot of retention.

S: Piney and citrus hops dominate (mostly pine)with a hint of caramel malty backbone.

T: Much more malt in the taste. Hops remain more pine that citrus. Bitterness is there. Overall, I feel that the taste is a little unbalanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, medium to carbonation. Drinkability is OK, nothing great. A little disappointed in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:26:23 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of DNICE555


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

My first from Troegs

A - Amber body with a small head

S - Hops, floral, pine, malt.

T - Caramel and malts at first, then come the hops, very nice.

M - Malty, nice carbonation.

D - Not as good as the Green Flash red ale I just had, but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:00:37 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Casey10


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

A nice beer nothing overwhelming but real nice.

A - typical of the style but looks good.

S - nice pine and hops smell very good.

T - has a nice smooth creamy taste that rates good for this style.

M - Feel is nice no burn and gives a nice feel.

D - wow would search this out and drink this if given to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 06:01:22 | More by Casey10
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

My second beer from Tröegs and I don't think I'll be disapointed. Has a nice foamy head, not the best retention but the foam does leave some great lacing. A rich amber color.

The aroma is full of hops but also has a very nice malt presence. Caramel, grass and spicy hops are what I smell.

Tastes great, lots of hops but the malt comes in nicely to even things up again. Sweet, spicy and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 07:32:07 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of droomyster


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head with poor retention. Aromas of sweet caramel and toffee, with comparatively faint citrusy hops; very floral; a pleasant and inviting nose. Palate is very well balanced - same flavors as the nose suggested with the addition of a leafy hop component. Dry on the mid palate but lingers long and sweet. A very flavorful, sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 17:23:53 | More by droomyster
Photo of TommyW


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice gold/amber body with sticky white head.

S- Big shot of hops bring lots of floral and piney notes. Some of the caramel malts come forward too.

T- The caramel and slightly toasted malts come in at first, but are pretty much dominated by the citrusy/piney hops that take over. Bitterness lingers on for a little while.

M- Big and smooth feel due to the big malt content. Nice carbonation level too.

D- New take for me on an amber. The big hop profile really makes it stand out from most reds i've had. Solid beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 19:13:44 | More by TommyW
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