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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: 2,549
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 208 | 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 OldYoda
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber into a standard US Troeg's pint glass. Modest head and little residual lacing, but a very attractive beer all in all.

Smell surprised me for something called Hopback, a malty sweetish caramel aroma. Not what I expected at all, but still very pleasant.

Taste was closer to what I expected, the hops hit right up front with a nice malt balance in the middle and a slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated. Again, very pleasant.

Drinkability is good at this ABV and several of these in an evening would be fine.

Overall another fine effort by Troeg's.

OldYoda, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a favorite of mine. Very deep amber color typical of a solid amber ale (imagine that). Nice white, fluffy head that remains for a good while. Their are some nice citrusy scents in the nose, but is equally balanced by a nice sweet caramal aroma. The taste follows the nose nicely, but with a bit more emphasis on the hops. The sweetness is closer to a honey sweetness than a caramel sweetness, but is delicious all the same. Has a well carbonated mouthfeel, but slides down quite gently. This is an easy drinker and fits most situations.

youngblood, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very vibrant, bright amber color with a good creamy head which retains decently. Smells of light caramel and a bit of citrus hops...clean with maybe a hint of metallic. Taste is evenly citrus hops throughout with a nice cramel/biscuit/bready malt backbone. Fairly bitter finish and not too dry. Medium bodied, not too carbonated, and semi dry finish. Very drinkable and nice amber offering from Troegs. I need to get my hands on some Nugget Nectar.

Doomcifer, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of MikeTaz
2.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Poured a transparent reddish brown. Clear with a nice head that clung to the glass.

Aroma was hoppy but not strong.

At first taste I noticed the hops and not much else. Second and third sips revealed caramel under notes and light carbonation. Hits the back of the throat nicely.

Overall, not a particularly impressive beer but a decent drink if you're looking for something in the style.

MikeTaz, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In US pint glass.

Pretty dark clear coppery amber with pale head.

Smell: nice malt sweetness and hop

Taste: Sweet slightly caramel malt and balancing hops. Much less hoppy than I expected. I was thinking more along the lines of nugget nectar, but this isn't the case. Much maltier in balance than NN.

MF is good.

Drinkability is pretty high

Jimbo87, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a luscious pearl white head. Great retention with lots and lots of lace--mountains of lace!

Smells mainly of hops, citrus--maybe tangerine--and pineapple. The pineapple and citrus are continued on the palate, along with caramel malts, a slight hop bitterness, and a mildly astringent finish. Medium bodied with a light, crisp carbonation.

This isn't my favorite style, but it's tasty and not too filling, so given the modest ABV, I could go for a couple of these in a sitting.

IMincedTheKing, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear amberish red color with white heading.Hardly any lacing.

Smell is citrus off the bat ,then a toasted maltiness takes over.

Taste is sweet,with some fruitiness to it.

Mouth is very smooth,medium bodied and good carbonation.

Drink is very high I could definelty have some more of these.

TheFightfan1, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pretty crystal clear darker amber with a thick foamy head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S - Fruity hops hit you first. Citrus, punchy, but clean and refreshing. There's an underlying sweetness that brings it all together.

T/M - Tastes like a mellow IPA. Juicy, but a little pointlessly bitter. All of those flavors in the smell don't seem to come out quite so nicely. The taste is honestly just average. That said, it feels nice in your mouth. Full but clean.

D - Something you could drink without thinking about.

MunchkinDrinker, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. "best before" date of 012209 is very faint and almost smudged...

deep classic amber. clear. great fluffy off-white head fades to thin layer, then wisps. moderate, delicate lacing, especially the bottom half of the glass.

smells of fresh citrus zest and pine, more citrus fruit flesh and other tropical fruits. underlying caramel maltiness, but faint.

more fresh citrusy and piney hop flavors, resinous with moderate yet snappy bitterness and more sweet caramel malts underneath. finishes with a return to fresh hops and resins, just not as pronounced as NN.

quite smooth throughout. not thin. moderate, crisp carbonation.

hops can get resinous with just a tad less malt to back it up than i hoped, so not quite a 4.5 in overall drinkability.

tai4ji2x, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of GoodOldDuke
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beer pours with a dark amber hue and a good amount of carbonation rises to the top to creat a decent head that will maintain in some form until the bottom of your glass.

Smell- Hops and citrus at first, once settled a more malted and roasted aroma.

Taste- First thing to hit the tip of your tongue are the hops but they are immediately followed by a great malty and sweet flavor that created a nice bitter finish when the two combine.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, with almost perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Top notch. Goes down easy due to mouthfeel and the taste is an even better bonus.

GoodOldDuke, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottled date of 012209 and a number of 090107. Sampled on March 16, 2009.

The pour is a good looking amber-orange with a lot of carbonation that bubbles up to a frothy two-finger beige head then settles back a bit but never entirely. The aroma is hops first, citrus second almost like an IPA. The mouthfeel is of medium to bold texture and holds its own while swirling in the mouth. A hoppy taste bites me on first sip but then it ends in a rather unique but balanced bitter finish. A pretty good brew.

puboflyons, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beer is a deep redish brown amber with a pillowy red-tinged three-finger head with good retention and strong sticky lacing.

Smell- Amber maltiness and a mildly bitter hop background.

Taste- Amber malts are lightly caramel sweet and biscuity and hops blend with malts immediaetly and grow to a mildly bitter hoppy crescendo. A bit earthy on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate and smooth carbonation mouthfilling flavor with a long aftertaste.

Drinkability- Lots of full flavor. A beautiful hoppy amber.

olmatty, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Pint glass with a Black Bear (WV) logo printed on it.

A: Deep amber with a decent head and quality retention. Medium amounts of carbonation.

S: Malts and sweet amber. Plenty of hops; mostly floral and seemingly fresh--from the hopback?

T: Slightly sweet and definite amber malt flavor. A nice, fresh hop taste.

M: Slight carbonation and little alcohol sensation--goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Glad I'll soon be moving out to VA and can get Troegs beers whenever I need them.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a thin, white, quickly dissipating head.

S - Very faint all-around. Malt, brown sugar, hops.

T - Sweet, citrus, green apples, caramel malt, hops.

M - Creamy, thin bodied, medium carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours lovely...settles fast...not the clinglessness i expected....but that's small potatoes since the smell is intruding already before i've even activated my cyberNose...!

smell is hops. hops. perfect. hops. not ballistics. more like a louisville slugger.

it's simply nugget nectar as david banner, not the hulk! the flagship troegs FINALLY....and after the nugget, i still find this overwhelmingly lovely. scared of hops? confront your fear, step back and at least gulp one of these....if anything, the subtle aspects of HOPBACK trump the napalm blast of nugget nectar. i prefer to be waylayed...but this is a subtle form of dissent in a macro world of dumbass complacency. far left brewing for sure.

creamy, ecstatic. carbonation is sparkling and is the backbone of this heavy hitter.

too drinkable. at 6% ABV, it tastes more like a stealthy 8% punch. wowee

troegs may just be the best brewery in the state. east coast...exponentiallyETC...

mempath, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, looks almost like and Irish red

S: very citrusy, Reminds me of a lot of IPA's that I've had

T: hits with hop bitterness then caramel and citrus... fig and grapefruit

M: Smooth but light and crisp

D: This is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely recommend it especially for a kind of transition beer to introduce someone to an IPA

LyonsHead, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of PhilfromPA
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber, tea color. Moderate amount of head, lasts a little while. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Hops, citrus mainly grapefruit

T- Slight burst of hops followed by smooth caramel & citrus, well balanced

M- Smooth, not overly carbonated, finishes dry just asking for another sip

D- Good, while the hops are certainly present the smooth balance allows for continued consumption, very easy to have a few of these.

PhilfromPA, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Dull tea with an auburn hue. Very creamy white head that delicately plasters the tumbler's rim. Strong, ringed lacing down the entire glass.

Bright, floral hops with a touch of pine and bubblegum. Semi-sweet caramel, biscuity malt aroma. Hints of basil and other non-distinct herbal spices.

Herbal, medicinal quality that adds a spicy profile to a semi-sweet biscuity malt base. The floral hops are right in step with the spicy herbs, adding a mild pine flavor. The bitterness is earthen and somewhat dark accompanied by a sweet touch of diacetyl in the finish.

Medium in body; creamy smooth prior to being engulfed by a spicy/earthen texture. Diverse textures, as are the flavors, but well balanced.

Drinkable and flavorful for a pretty standard style of brew. Nothing that I would seek out, but a safe choice for a six-pack.

NEhophead, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - An amber body with beautiful ruby highlights...a big white fluffy head...lacing with every sip

S - Smells like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

T - Well balanced...a rush of sweet caramel malts up front...but then they disappear with a karate chop of hops...and the hops provide that nice bitterness that's left on the palate

M - Light...crisp...and refreshing

D - I'd prefer my Nugget Nectar...but I love that this is year round...one of my favorites hands down

thain709, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs recently broke into the Boston beer market. I'm pretty happy about that. This one is a really pretty red. Bright amber in color bordering on ruby red, and very clear with rising bubbles. Piney hops up front in the nose with some warm bready malts to back it up. The flavor is a little more laid back, nice doughy malty-ness and a great resiny, juicy hop profile throughout. It tastes great, but the thing that I really love about this beer is the crisp smooth mouthfeel and the lightness on the palate despite lots and lots of flavor. Very refreshing, too. This would be be an easy beer to hammer down while watching a game, or showering, or cleaning the house or whatnot...

twelvsies, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer.. I love me some hoppy American Amber's and this is one of the hoppiest. Nice reddish brown color to the pour, tons of head and lacing. Smell is full of citrus hops. Taste is very hoppy but with a nice caramel malty tone. This is a small notch below Ithaca Cascazilla and CBH Abijah Rowe IPA as my favorite beer of all time. Too bad there was only 3 in my variety pack.. it's a kick ass beer. I wish the package store had Nugget Nectar cuz it just sounds like a bad ass version of this one. Awesome mouthfeel and drinkability... fantastic beer.

oriolesfan4, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of currysage1
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light chestnut brown topped with a rocky cream colored head. Great lacing and a head that sticks around.

Smell is of citrus, namely kumquat, bitter yet sweet, they compliment each other. Some sharp ginger, medium malt, hop is present and West Coast.

Taste is beautifully balanced, sweet malt battles the harsh hop oils, this is a very tasty brew. Some orange oil in the flavor. Maybe just a little too hop forward though for an amber or a red ale.

Feel is quite substantial for a red or amber, actually taking it down a point. Although the carbonation helps bring the score up for clearing the palate.

Taste is firstly of clean pine hops,

currysage1, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of RichT73
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After trying the Troegs Nugget Nectar, which I can't get enough of, I was very excited to try another offering from this brewery. The first thing I noticed was the pour...what a beautiful amber sunset color. I then took a big whiff and could smell the hops, which made my mouth water. After the first sip I thought this beer was very good, but the hops didn't grab my tongue like I thought they might given the name. While I consider myself somewhat of a hophead, I didn't mind the mild taste and after a few minutes found myself at the bottom of the glass. I could easily drink these all night and can't wait for my next purchase from Troegs.

RichT73, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of TStandley13
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another great creation from Troegs...

A- Pours a nice transparent coppery red color with a decent head that stuck around for a few and left me some nice lacing down my glass.

S- nice IPA-esque smell at first, citrusy and grapfruity for sure.

T- Very nice comination of sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit attacks you at the beginning and end with a nice malty taste throughout.

M- Crisp, light, and smooth. Definite hop kick.

D- Put away a six pack of these before I knew it. Delicious!

Couldn't help but make a comparison between this and Nugget Nectar. I think they share many similarities, but I think NN edges it out just a bit.

TStandley13, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of scofielj
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressive center pour from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Reddish copper color with a nice fluffy pillowish head. The head stayed around and laced nicely down the glass.

S: Slight grape fruit with a little pine in the background.

T: Nice caramel maltiness up front with the hop kick at the end.

M: Crisp tatse with nice globs of head still swirling around.

D: Highly drinkable, even with the hops this is an even balanced amber.

scofielj, Feb 19, 2009
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