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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: 2,650
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 89
Gots: 246 | 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:
Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.

(Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep amber color as would be expected with about an inch of head. Scents of sweetness at first and a bit of fruitiness. Pine-like and citrus flavors out front and lots of sweet caramel, spices help round out with the malts. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than most amber's. Very drinkable and refreshing.

mtnbikerpa, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

A - Clear amber copper with an average-sized, long-lasting whitish head.

S - Caramel, spicy/earthy hops, subtle fruity (apple-ish) esters, but otherwise clean.

F/M - Caramel and toasty malts. Spicy, earthy and piney hops with a moderate bitterness. Med/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light sweetnes with a clean finish, and a light lingering aftertaste of spicy hops and caramel.

D - Clean and well balanced, this beer has pretty good drinkability and doesn't display the sweet, cloying mouthfeel that is found in many beers within this style.

domtronzero, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of galengueuze
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a name like Hopback I was expecting a little more of a hoppy punch, but no go. Not that this was a disappointment at all, for this beer is still tasty. Upon smelling, I was instantly hit with a pleasant roasted aroma of caramel, almost toffee like. This same aroma follows through on taste and finishes with a bit of hop. All and all not bad, but probably should get a little more hop in there to balance the sweetness.

galengueuze, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Vaison
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Smooth amber in color with absolutely no head present. Smelled nice with a very sweet floral presence and a burned caramel malt. The floral and hops are immediately present upon drinking and the malt hides underneath. It has a bitter finish that stays on the palate for a while. It has a very smooth feel and carbonation is light. It is a very easy drink but the bitterness at the end and lingering aftertaste leave me wanting something different.

Vaison, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mix pack I picked up at Wegmans in Cicero NY. Date stamped on the bottle is smudged, but I think it says Nov 10 and I'm too lazy to check a different bottle to confirm. Poured the cold 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Clear dark copper brew with a tan head that settles to a single layer and leaves decent lace. The smell has mild notes of candied cherries and mixed hop, but it's really the thick semi-sweet malty backbone, spot-on for the style, that dominates the nose. The taste is much the same but a mixed/muddy hop is more pronounced. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, finishes dry, adequate carbonation. Decent red ale but nothing great.

BeerNinja007, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of letsgopens
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trekking on through the Troegs variety pack. Here's a very familiar selection that I've somehow not got around to reviewing. It pours a clear ruby copper hue with a mother of pearl head that retains its shape very well and leaves some pronounced rings and lacing behind.

A nice balanced aroma. Full of biscuity, sweet malt and caramel meshed with crisp, citrusy hops. A hint of of pine and spice and a bit of husky grain.

Spicy, citrusy hops up front. Pronounced and bitter but not at all overbearing. Flavors immediately fade to sweet, biscuity malt and notes of toasted, buttered brown bread. Caramel, faint honey and vanilla. The bitterness picks back up in the finish along with some lingering floral and spicy notes. A hint of booze is evident also.

Juicy and refreshing initially with a solid, medium body. Moderate carbonation throughout the brew leaves a soft, lush impression on the palate. The booze shows up and leaves with a semidry finish. Well balances and satisfying throughout. A great tailgating brew or nice to pair with grilled food or a summer salad.

letsgopens, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit hoppy, some malts coming through, finishes a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality brew.

tone77, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1-finger head that quickly dies w/o lace ontop of a brownish red body. A very hoppy aroma for an amber ale with good citric notes that are spicy and a nice caramel malt base as well. Well-balanced and smooth light-to-medium bodied beer that has a sweet caramel taste that first struck me and also some bready/dry malts. The citric hops come out for balance on the back end for a mixture of a sweet then dry, crisp beer as the backbite is sharp and pleasant. A great beer for this style as they really got the sweetness right and the hops in there are the perfect amount to taste and balance the sweet malt.

clayrock81, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: As the name describes, the beer pours an amber brown with a quickly disappearing white head.

S: Good earthy hop smell to this craft, hints of caramel.

T: I think it has a nice hoppy start, with a malt finish. Very interesting taste. While definitely an Amber ale, the taste is distinct from others of the type.

MF: Smooth beer with the right amount of carbonation. Almost syrupy, but not too much as to harm the drinkability.

D: If ever there was a drinkable beer, it is this one. Goes down smooth with a good taste. The ABV is high enough to get you feeling good, without knocking you over.

russwbeck, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to captinredbeard for throwing a dog an extra bone. Reviewing from notes taken 2 nights ago. Poured into my Bull Frog pint glass.

A- pours a deep copper/caramel color. Ruby highlights appear when held up to the light. A finger and a 1/2 of a tan head that retains nicely. Not much lacing. It left a couple of rings.

A- caramel, brown sugar, and molasses are up front. There is a earthy pine hop that perpetrated on the malts. A really fragrant brew.

T- a big burst of solid caramel malts lead the way. Just when I think the malts are gonna be in control. BAM the hops jump out from behind the corner. A nice sappy pine flavor. The malts are definitely the backbone, but the hops are intrgrated into the brew very nicely. it keeps the beer from becoming to sweet.

M- just a little to thin in body. It's nicely carbonated. Has a decent finish that leaves a little bit of the sweetness from the malts linger for a bit. Not overly sweet, but the pine from the hops fade.

D- really good. I could see this being a staple brew for me if it were available. My only real knock is the aforementioned mouthfeel. It's just really really thin.

urwithdave, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a mixed 12 pack, excellent pour, foam, color and consistency. Very well balanced, pours a syrupy red/amber in color, almost more like and IPA than a red ale, hops are very present and extremely well flavored. Malt presence there as well, slight bitterness in the finish as well.

Glad I tried this, my favorite beer I have had from Troegs....well done!

Pittsburgh, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/2/10

Pours a reddish amber brown color. Not much carbonation is present and nearly no head.

Decent malt base with a pine hop smell. Hops carry some orange and grapefruit qualities.

A rather malty taste up front which tastes a bit thin for the hoppy style. Grapefruit, piney, lemon hops kick in to balance out the taste. The finish is more malty than hops.

The mouthfeel is slightly less than medium with a clean aftertaste.

This is very drinkable and worthy of a few more.

TCgoalie, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A reddish ale with a white head. Smells almost fruity like pineapple. Has a hoppy taste that finishes sweet A very good taste though it does finish a little weak but still an attractive taste which is well worth in indulging in a a couple of bottles of

hdofu, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

coldmeat23, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

muttyd, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

pdoran10, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beergod1, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

AleWatcher, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of aussiebilly
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aussiebilly, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of benlaitman
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

benlaitman, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerCon5, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phelps, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

rawthar, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of hu5om
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

hu5om, Jul 10, 2010
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,650 ratings.