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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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2,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,491
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 cavedave

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

A vigorous pour produces a two inch ration of light beige foam. It lastingly covers a brew of glowing golden amber and reddish cast. Amber ales can be all over the place stylewise these days, not rating for style here, but the look of this thick beer is very nice. A gentle swirl of the tulip leaves coriolis ejections of spume.

The aroma is mild, perhaps a bit too mild, but dominated by a sweet malty and yeasty bouquet with even milder citrus, floral, earthy, and herbal tones rounding it out. A very pleasant smell, if somewhat weak.

Taste is wonderful. Clear, bright, a blast of bitter, citrus, caramel, giving way to herbs and bitter florals, into a spectacularly balanced finish of mild bitter, sweetness and herbosity. A very clean taste, well defined and extremely delicious. Bold, clean taste sets this apart from other Ambers.

Mouthfeel is o'kay, not spectacular. Pleasant carbonation, could be a tad more bubbly. It has a mildly cloying feel in the mouth (even though it supports a long finish) and it doesn't clear out well. Very nitpicky, I know, for such a drinkable beer but...

Drinkability is excellent, perhaps not as refreshing as some others in this style, but fuller bodied and more tasty than most, and quite easy drinking, fersure. A base hit (not a home run) for Troegs.

06-15-2009 20:06:36 | More by cavedave
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Big thanks to jlb307 for this bonus in my "big box of PA beers!"

Pours a deep amber with an inch's worth of ivory head on top. Excellent retention and it leaves some nice pretty lacing rings on the glass edge. Smells of hops and caramelly malts and breads.

The mouthfeel could be a little crisper on this. Carbonation is low to medium level. The hops on this are not overpowering by any means. They leave a subtle hop bite on the finish, but it's tamed out by a nice sweet malt base. This is a well-done amber, I must say. I could drink a few of these at a time.

06-09-2009 18:41:18 | More by Onenote81
Photo of donteatpoop


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a nice amber red color with a fair amount of white head, very much opaque.

The smell is probably the weak point of the brew, not that it smells unpleasant; but that it's not very prominant. Piney and citrusey hops.

The taste was superb. A nice hoppy ale with a solid malt balance. The malts hit the mouth first followed by a brilliant pine and citrus finish.

Great mouthfeel, solid level of carbonation; no unpleasant after taste.

Excellent beer.

06-09-2009 05:33:41 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

appearance- amber to copper brown with a thin white head and a low amount of carbonation

Smell- is strong malt up front with slight hops mixed in for sure, sugar and molasses strong in smell,

Taste- nice balanced finish, good mix of malt and hop finish, starts much sweeter and maltier up front and alot more bitter on the finish nice mix,

Mouthfeel- soft and crisp and noticable carbonation on the palate

drinkability- highly drinkable beer, would be a good session option that with each sip would leave you craving more, i would say this is an amazing beer but definitely solid choice,

06-09-2009 05:26:53 | More by Stunner97
Photo of gunnerman


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a amber color with a fluffy head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smell is a hop explosion pine, citrus, spring air comes to mind on this beer. The taste is as good as the smell very nicely hopped but not extreme, the citrus and pine really do shine here with a very well balanced malt back bone. This has to be one of the finest red ale's that I have tried. Very balanced and a hop lovers dream with a fresh clean taste.

06-04-2009 11:31:11 | More by gunnerman
Photo of dukedevil0


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Picked up a single 12oz from Valley Wine Cellar by Steubenville, OH.

A: Pours amber colored with white head that settles down to almost nothing.

S: Smells of hops, citrus, and mellow caramel malts.

T: Very well balanced pale amber ale that consists of dry, bitter hops and some sweet caramel-ish malts that have a small bite.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated

D: Pretty good flavor, but I could see this causing a small amount of palate fatigue.

06-03-2009 01:50:08 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of HopHed


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

APPEARANCE: A nice, deep, bright amber color, almost bordering orange/amber, with a small white head that's quick to disappear.

AROMA: The first thing right of the bat that I notice is the hops. It's a noticeably hoppy, citrusy smell, with a touch of malty sweetness.

FLAVOR: This beer to me is all about the hops! A noticeable hop character with a subtle malty sweet finish that is just slightly dry. A perfect balance to keep the sweet subdued but still enough there to keep the dryness in line. The best part, in my opinion, is how the taste lingers on the palate even after you've swallowed.

MOUTH FEEL: A light-bodied beer, maybe leaning ever so slightly toward medium-bodied, but extremely well balanced. It's got a great mouth feel that is almost, dare I say, creamy.

NOTES: I had this 6% ABV on tap in a pint glass, I could really see hanging out for a while taking a few of these bad boys down, and I did. It was perfect by itself, but I could see myself having a few of these with something hardy like burger, or a nice blue cheese, or a nice blue cheese burger.

06-02-2009 02:03:53 | More by HopHed
Photo of beerman207


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Nice amber color - 2 fingers of head and some nice lace left behind

S: Lots of citrus, some pine and hops in there

T: For a beer called Hopback, I figured this would be quite bitter but the bitterness gives way to a sweet malt - nice.

M: Very creamy feel on the palate and slightly drying for the finish

D: Great Red Amber - I really enjoyed this beer and as always find Troegs to be a great brewery

06-01-2009 00:17:15 | More by beerman207
Photo of oss68

New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Nice deep amber color with decent head

S: Hops are there; mostly citrus

T: There's a reason it's called Hopback; the hops hit you but the malts do the balancing act quite nicely

M: This is a really refreshing beer, well carbonated and dry

D: This is one of my favorite ambers. I can drink this stuff anytime.

05-30-2009 11:46:41 | More by oss68
Photo of majesticsock

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Hardly any head and I wasn't that delicate with the pour. The appearance is a very nice amber color, hardly any carbonation is visible.

I can definitely smell the hops on this, it's difficult for me to smell much else.

It has a great hoppy taste, one that may not be fully apparent until the aftertaste hits you.

The liquid has an interesting mouthfeel, as it lingers a bit and doesn't completely disappear after swallowing.

I have to pace myself as I could easily down this quick.

05-26-2009 00:37:44 | More by majesticsock
Photo of chaswisler


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours well, The heads doesn't last too long.

It has a beautiful copper color. I think you could lose a penny it in.

Smell is nice, but not near as strong as the taste you are going to receive.

Taste screams of grapefruit, oh and hops, little lemon. A nice taste, for me a little strong with the first sip, then it keeps getting smoother.

Coats the inside of your mouth pretty well. Aftertaste lingers for a couple seconds.

I could have 2 to 3 in a sitting.

05-22-2009 18:24:05 | More by chaswisler
Photo of BEERchitect


4.03/5  rDev +1%

An insanely good beer, and well-deserved while visiting Betty's in Columbus over the ROTR weekend.

This beer is Amber-done-right. A deeply.. well, amber colored beer takes on darker tones than most. A lightly tanned head form a 1" barrier on the beer and remains for the session while leaving great lacing all the way through.

A great blend of bold toasty malts swirl with resiny pine and citrus hops for a hypnotizing aroma. Lightly fruity, cramelly, and nutty to the nose. This beer is quite complex and bold.

Flavors alternate between the malts (toffee, toast, melanoidin, sun-kist caramel notes) and hops (grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh grasses and herbs). Throw in a light estery (fresh apples, berries, and plubs) and we have a remarkably complex beer for an Amber.

Full and creamy to the mouth up front. But the beer releases into an easy drinking and balanced beer. No sweetness like the caramel noted in the aroma and taste. Rather a bready, bitter, and lightly minty alcohol note in the finish with a long, clean, and lingering aftertaste.

This beer reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar. Yea, it's that good.

05-20-2009 15:32:05 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of eljefe21


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Translucent orange copper color that pours to a one finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong citrus and pine hop smell..

T: Balanced mixture of citrusy hops and malts..

M: Crisp, dry and refreshing mouthfeel and a medium body. Sharp carbonation up front and on the sides followed by a dry finish.

D: A excellent all around, all purpose and versatile brew. Crisp enough for the warm months and spicy food and full enough for the cool months and heavier foods.

Served in a faceted mug.

05-18-2009 01:40:54 | More by eljefe21
Photo of OnThenIn


4.03/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: A nice two finger off white head. It is a very clear nice amber color. There is some serious lacing on this beer.

Smell: There is a solid citrus smell that dominates the smell. There is also a good bit of sweet malt smell.

Taste: There is definitely a bitter finish and some nice citrus flavor. This was well balanced with the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: This is wow smooth and creamy. It is light bodied. Carbonation is good to a little low.

Drinkability: I really really enjoy this beer and it really is drinkable. I got a single of this, but from now on I am going to look out for sixers of this beauty. It reminds a lot of a simpler nugget nectar.

05-15-2009 23:50:51 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

This brew poured to an Amber color ... go figure, nice red highlights come through. Nice sized off-white head that has excellent retention and left thick lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma has a nice balance but the hops seem to get my attention first off. Nice floral aroma that is very inviting. There is a nice caramel like malt flavor there that melds nicely and IMO keeps it quite in balance. The flavors are what you would expect based on the nose, Caramel malts come out quickly with a break to the hops which while floral in the nose seem to be spicier here. Has a somewhat sweet finish, which is not bad, might have liked to see it be a little dryer. Overall this is a nice brew, I would have thought that this could be a pretty good session brew till I came to the realization that it is 6%. Another nice brew from Troegs, becoming a favorite brewery for me, they don't miss.

05-15-2009 18:24:11 | More by Stimack
Photo of mlhall55

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Appearance- Appealing look to it, not too dark and not light at all.

Smell- Is great! A bold hoppy aroma, very pleasant and mouth watering.

Taste- Is exceptional. I personally believe this to quite possibly be the perfect amount of hops. Incredible flavor that's not too 'soapy' with a mildly bitter/sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel - Not too thick at all, I could easily and comfortably swish in my mouth.

Drinkability - Easy case gone.

This beer has been placed as my number one ranked beer, and I have been studying for a long time.

05-09-2009 22:01:12 | More by mlhall55
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Disclaimer: I actually reviewed this after having had quite a few Torpedo IPAs so it may have destroyed my palate. Nontheless I really liked this beer.

A- Very nice amber colour as one might expect. I was stunned by how quickly the head dissipated.

S- Citrus with an underlying maltiness. Very pleasant but not overly strong.

T- Excellent and not what I was expecting at all. Taste was nice and clean with some malty and brown sugar notes. Hops were in the back ground(I have to admit that I was expecting a bit of a hop bomb) Finish was bitter and crisp. What was left was a slight sweet taste.

M- Not too light and not too heavy. About right for the ABV.

D- Whoah....very nice and I could have several of these in a session.

05-08-2009 03:21:20 | More by Mit
Photo of sarahspat


4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

Had this on tap at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg.

This brew has a nice appearance: clear dark amber with an offwhite head. Safari animal shaped lacings appeared as I drank (giraffes, elephants, zebras, etc.)

Smells great too: rich grapefruit and flowers.

Tastes AMAZING. Very complex. Powerful grapefruit up front gives way to luxurious berry flavors and sweet caramel. Fresh raspberries and blackberries make notable contributions. OMG the raspberry flavor is amazing. I actually had to check Troegs' website to verify that they did not in fact add raspberries to this brew. YUM! There is also a pleasant floral presence and a nice dry finish.

Nice mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Yes, this is more hoppy than most ambers, but I think they keep it reasonable and don't go far enough to take it out of range of the style.

My first Troegs beer has become an instant favorite. I could easy drink a few of these in one sitting. What a great brew! I can't wait to try more Troegs now that I live in an area where they distribute. Really impressive beer!

05-02-2009 19:02:34 | More by sarahspat
Photo of smcolw


4/5  rDev +0.3%

Crystal clear copper color. Moderate level head that leaves generous amount of lace.

Caramel is the dominant smell; light but floral hop in the background. Slightly metallic.

Nice balance with a decent body. Pleasant malt start, mostly crystal. The swallow presents the bitter hop, but the aftertaste is brief. This is a very easy beer to drink.

05-01-2009 01:30:48 | More by smcolw
Photo of wofat


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Beautiful copper / amber topped with a quickly thinning crop of medium off-white bubbles. The aroma is there, but fades quickly... an orange and grapefruit affair that is only mildly detectable, with little hints of sweet malt.

Tasting this beer is pure joy. Crisp and clean it has a beautiful balance of hops and malt that I crave again the moment I swallow. Quite hoppy for an amber.. is that nugget I detect? Malt adds just enough depth and sweetness, leaving a slight sweetness in the aftertaste just before the bitterness and alcohol take over.

The balance of this beer make it highly drinkable and therefore, quite dangerous. One of my favorites.

04-28-2009 02:44:44 | More by wofat
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1%

From notes:

Deep, amber color with choppy, white head.

Smells of malt and almonds. Bit of dried apple and honey smell.

Whole wheat bread, pine, and cardamom notes, with strong hops and full carbonation.

Taste rolls along the mouth, maturing and cleaning up in the mouth, still rendering nuttiness and graininess to the finish.

A bit reluctant to finish smooth and leaves a lot of hops on the palate. But well-balanced overall.

04-27-2009 02:20:15 | More by TLove
Photo of jjboesen


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

The Hopback pours from the bottle with a huge head that slowly sinks into a translucent cap atop a clear golden body that emits just enough light to reflect the small groups of carbonation bubbles that Pop Pop Pop their way to the surface. The nose detects fresh butter amid a faraway forest of pine. Meanwhile, the palate gets a little bit a spice with the hops, followed by a sweet malt finish with some caramel notes.

I found a sooth mouthfeel that was a perfect balance from first sip to final gulp. Hopback is a perfect sessional beer for any season. As I point out in my other reveiws: Troegs is one fine brewery. Keep up the good work - and the great brews.

04-26-2009 00:02:34 | More by jjboesen
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Another happy find at Teresa's Cafe in Princeton, NJ this poured a deep clear copper color with a splotchy medium sized, light oatmeal colored head and great big bubbled lacing. The aroma has a gentle citrus hop and nutty malt toffee character, soft but good. The flavor is somewhat thin but tastey citrus hop with dry bitterness and a toasted wheat bread base. It is finely carbonated for a tingly crisp and very drinkable ale. Smooth, edible, sessionable I would think. Troeg's has a winner here, for the masses but very tasteful. Nice!

04-25-2009 15:23:48 | More by Durge
Photo of gameface23


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Pours a clear amber with a light tan head. I compared it to a glass of Nugget Nectar and it was nearly identical in color.

S: Pine and citrus (grapefruit) hops, and a minimal amount of caramel malt.

T: Pine hops dominate with citrus hops and caramel malt playing minor roles.

M: Smooth and creamy

D: This is a great session beer.

I am happy that Hopback was flavorful and extremely drinkable, because I need something to tide me over until Nugget Nectar is released again.

04-25-2009 13:46:34 | More by gameface23
Photo of dasenebler


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Thin, creamy head. Deep, medium amber. Piney hops in the nose, along with light, slightly smoky malt.

Flavor is great, nice and well-balanced: solid hop bitterness backed by tangy, citrusy grapefruit hop flavors. Malty, sweet and lightly-roasted biscuit. Bit of gingerbread. Almost like an strong pale ale, but much more malty and caramel-like. Slightly spicy like a good red ale. The smooth mouthfeel is fantastic-- medium, fine carbonation coupled with an overall creaminess. I could drink a few of these no problem.

Troegs knows how to make beer, plain and simple. Nothing too fancy, just well-balanced, full-flavored and very drinkable brews.

04-25-2009 01:05:27 | More by dasenebler
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.