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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: 2,430
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 85
Gots: 160 | 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 andrewt960

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nutty, golden brown. Nice head that stuck around for a few minutes. not much lacing in this glass, but if I recall the last one I poured a few days ago had more.
S: Smelled of citrus hops and a slight hint of pine aroma. Malt was there but hops ruled here.
T/M: tasted great... with a nice fruity hop taste up front but a nuttiness aftertaste...nice smooth carbonation and very refreshing for a hopped up beer.
D: Very drinkable, and a very safe beer to drink. If you're into hops... this is a very nice but not completely overwhelming beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 03:21:16 | More by andrewt960
Photo of brewcrew76


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kegatron for this one.

A - Clear ruby amber with 2 fingers of tan head and spotty lacing.

S - Herbal, citrus and piney hops with rich caramel and toasted malts.

T - Juicy herbal, floral and citrus hops balanced nicely with sweet caramel and toasty, bready malts.

M - Medium body and creamy with a soft carbonation.

D - A very easy drinking tasty amber. I could easily go through a 6 pack. I think I actually prefer this to Nugget Nectar

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 02:43:06 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant dark copper in color with a modest head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Nice strong notes of citrus up front. I don't get any malt coming through.

T: Moderately strong hop bite up front with nice grapefruit notes in the flavor. The malt shows up a bit with balancing flavors of toasted cereal grains and a hint of sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, thick enough body to distribute flavors over the back of the roof of the mouth, but thin enough to be an easy drinker.

D: I wish I had picked up more than 2 of these while I was in VA!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 21:22:42 | More by ewright
Photo of theghost3


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopback pours a beautiful cloudy dark copper with an ample beige head. Smell is not very pronounced, just floral hops with a faint hint of malt. It tastes of hops and malts and is kind of woody. It's rather bitter. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and thickness is perfect. This is a very drinkable beer; not heavy and full of hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 02:26:27 | More by theghost3
Photo of BigMike


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle.

One of the prettiest looking pours i have seen.
A deep red color and a gorgeous thick and creamy head that is very lacey.

Has a hoppy floral smell to it.

Not overwhelming hoppy as far as taste. It is very very smooth drinking with a slight caramel flavor to it and very subtle spiceyness.

This is a very tasty and very drinkable brew.

This is my first sample of anything from Troegs but i really like the mouthfeel and flavor and the way it finishes.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 02:04:03 | More by BigMike
Photo of Edgecrusher

New Jersey

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

Apearance:Dark copper color.Has a very clean look too it. Two finger head with a lot of lacing.

Smell: Very pleasant aroma. Smells of hops and citrus-but not too overbearing. Smells balanced-if that makes any sense.

Taste: Hop flavor is present but not too overwhelming. Balanced taste of malt and hops-with a slight edge towards the hops.

Mouthfeel: Is very smooth-not very oily, just slightly. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. Easy to drink.

Overall a go to beer. AAlways some in the fridge and it is a beer you can always trust to be great. Get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:28:50 | More by Edgecrusher
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pete for bringin this back from PA! Poured into a shaker pint. Beautiful ruby/mahogany color with a tan fluffy head. Wonderful hop aromas- piney, flowery. Great biting flavor for an amber. No bland malt bomb here. Wonderful balance with the right amount of caramel and toffe flavored malts backing up the hop kick. Very drinkable- I have found another favorite from Troegs!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 12:46:13 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Reddish brown and despite a light head it laces very well.
The aroma is of grapefruit,malts,apples and hops. The Taste is well balanced,hops,citrus,wheat tones,and a hint of caramel with malts that are quite sweet. The feel of this beer is clean and slightly grainy. It is dry but not too dry. The sweetness is felt in the finish and the my thoughts are that this beer is a session brew.
Notes: It seemed something was missing?,perhaps a bit more hop or some more malts. I suppose that one could easily appreciate this beer for what it is,but did I hear someone say pass me a Roxy? (just kidding) I liked it and I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:39:51 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of SusurusIgnoramus


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium dark amber color, very few bubbles can be seen. Head is about a finger in thickness, pale, creamy color. Doesn't stay long, but I'm not the best at pouring yet.

Very strong hop nose to start first sip has a surprisingly prevalent malt flavor that quickly gives way to the hops once again. On the second sip I expect the malt. Definite toffee flavor that lingers on the edges of my tongue. But still, the hops prevail... oh my beautiful, bitter, delicious hops. And as the beer rolls down my throat, I taste a slight fruitiness that I can't put my finger on. Lacing isn't too heavy, but it definitely lingers on the glass.

Mouthfeel is primarily light, but the liquid coats my tongue ever so slightly. After a few more sips, I give up reviewing and just enjoy the beer. Could definitely drink a few of these (and I have on multiple occasions). It's pretty hoppy, but not so strong as to completely assault your palate.

If you're a raging hophead like me, you'll love this brew. If not, I feel like you still might be able to enjoy it. Or maybe I'm just used to hops. I don't know. Maybe have a few more moderately hopped beers before this one, but even then, HopBack can bridge the gap to even hoppier beers than itself

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 00:23:51 | More by SusurusIgnoramus
Photo of Dodo2step


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- A deep dark clear red pour. A nice half finger head stays with a tint of red on it. Looks like a dye actually.

S- Spiced apple and hints of grapefruit. A strong aroma of hops hits me in the nose as well.

T- Taste is dry and hoppy. I can barely taste the floral spices i mentioned in the smell. The hops is pretty much the only thing i taste.

M- dry yet very moist and wet. Goes down smooth and leaves behind a nice lil aftertaste.

D- easy to put a sixer of this down during a Steeler game. this is a beer to enjoy during a football game.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 20:17:34 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of therica


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= nice darker-tea amber, modest head fades quickly but leaves plentiful lacing as it's consumed.

S- lovely florals, hints of apple, citrus and sweet malts.

T= delightful, one of the best APA's that I've had except that this is categorized under American Amber which is a bit of a puzzle. Definitely a good hops-fan beer. Lots of flavor, caramel malts, hops galore, citrus for starters. Slight hint of grapefruit but very subdued, unlike so many of the craft-beer micro APA's lately.

M= slight sweetness lingering, medium hops with light bitters, Something to savor for a while after each sip.

D= very drinkable, nothing to stand in your way if you're a good hops-fan.

Maybe Troegs should initiate a new beer style, RPA for Red Pale Ale?

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 20:19:41 | More by therica
Photo of deepsouth


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a wonderful amber caramel color with a bit of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

the nose of this beer is pretty faint. a bit of hops and a bit of malty sweetness, but not much else.

this beer tastes like nugget nectar jr. not a bad thing to be called. it's hoppy and balanced. the finish is super clean.

the mouthfeel is good for an amber ale. a good bit of carbonation that makes the beer explode in your mouth.

i could drink several of these i'm glad i can get them fairly locally. another fine offering from the troegs brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:32:58 | More by deepsouth
Photo of Celt44

New York

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

Picked this one up on a Skiing trip to Western Maryland. Is there a state in the union where it's harder to buy beer?

Appearance: Dark, cloudy, amber. Great creamy head and lacing lasts throughout.

Smell: Floral, fruity, and sweet. Malts come through as freshly baked bread.

Taste: Hint of hops - almost like a mild IPA. Delicious. Grapefruits comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Easy on the palate.

Overall one of the best amber ales I've tasted. I'm not a big fan of the style but I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 22:59:03 | More by Celt44
Photo of Seanibus


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a refreshing, balanced, hoppy amber, light enough to drink in the heat, but robust enough to drink in cooler weather.

It pours a rich chestnut color, with moderate head and light carbonation. It has a solid malt backbone with a pleasant sting of hop bitterness and the resiny flavor of the hops. This beer teeters on the edge of favoring the malt too highly, but it walks the line beautifully and succeeds in maintaining its balance. The beer has an outstanding mouth feel, grabbing the tongue down both sides with the hop bitterness while the carbonation stings the front of the tongue. The finish is malt with just a wisp of hop bitterness at the back of the mouth.

Despite its otherwise outstanding character, the beer suffers in the aroma, which displays both malt and hop, but is not particularly powerful or distinctive on either side.

Still, an outstanding example of the malty pale and amber ales beloved by Pennsylvania brewers. This is a beer I will go back to as often as I can.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 17:39:26 | More by Seanibus
Photo of BBM

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on cask at Once & For All in Patchogue. Poured a beuatiful mahogony color with a sudsy beige head that stuck around for a while. Aroma was crisp and slightly sweet, with hints of apples and flowers.

Delightfully balanced between the floral and herbal hops, and the roasted malts. Slight bitter finish, but nothing unbearable. Overall a gold-star effort from Troegs, and a highly drinkable amber beer.

Serving type: cask

04-25-2008 14:33:35 | More by BBM
Photo of ffejherb


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 4/24/08.

A - Copper-colored body with amber highlights and thick two-finger off-white head that retained quite well and left some thick, intricate lacing all over the glass. Plenty of active carbonation.

S - Aromatic blend of herbal and citrusy hops paired with sweet caramel and toasted malts. Touch of alcohol in the nose. Some piney notes as well.

T - Hop character is primarily herbal with a bit of juicy citrus tang and a hint of pine. Nice toasted malt finish with a moderate hop bite. This is an extremely well-balanced brew!

M - Light to medium body with a pretty creamy texture and a soft, mild effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and lingers for a while with just a slight burnt aspect reminiscent of toasted bread.

D - Bring it on! This has been one of my favorites for a while, and certainly a worthy year-round beer for Troegs' portfolio. I can drink this any time. Perfect balance of malts and hops in this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 03:51:43 | More by ffejherb
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case directly from the brewer and poured into a pint glass, once I got home

A: Excellent carbonation, amber colored, really good retention and an off-white lacing

S: Very distinct hoppy smell, some citrus (peach, apricot, pineapple) and spice.

T: Fruity taste, a little sweet from the roasted hops

M: Very light carbonation, texture had good body and was very smooth

D: Excellent drinkability, I like it not as cold though

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 17:11:50 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of nasty15108

New York

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

I sampled this ale as part of the Troegs sampler. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a deep amber color with orange hues around the edges. Poured produced a off-white head that dissapated into a bubbly film. Good carbonation and lacing throughout.

S - Hoppy and somewhat floral with hints of pine and citrus.

T - Hoppy and slightly spicy up front. Definate hints of grapefruit and pine. Finishes off bitter. IMO the best beer in the Troegs sampler and second only to Nugget Nectur overall.

MF&D - This slightly oily, medium bodied ale coats the mouth well. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 16:58:11 | More by nasty15108
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass a lovely deep dark reddish amber with a two finger high tan/white head

Hop blast, grassy, floral, spicy. Some grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet malt in the background

sweet caramel maltiness mingles wonderfully with the spicy hops. This is a great tasting beer

FIne bubbled carbonation is fairly prominent in this medium bodied brew

A great beer. Despite having a huge blast of hops, this beer mellows out wonderfully. Totally stoked that I can pick up a sixer of this just down the block

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 02:18:16 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; clear and clean reddish brown with the most delicate tiny bubbles in the center. Good retention, good lacing.

Smell: Peppery and spicy sweet hops, a little nutty malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and oily but the little carbonation seems external and a bit stinging on the tongue.

Taste: Light spicy hops and pepper, bit of caramel on the finish, biting but refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Toned down, almost session-liker version of Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:14:11 | More by joezak5
Photo of BeerSox


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep amber hue with a light tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sharp spicy and citrusy hops sit on top of a malt base, which consists of a bit of brown sugar.

For a beer that smells as hoppy as this one, it has a relatively clean finish. The hops provide a little citrus tinge, on top of the grainy malts. A little bit of caramel is in there as well. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, giving a lively feel in the mouth.

This is a realy good beer. I'd have to say it's my favorite American Amber Ale. The hops are lively but not overpowering, giving a little spice with it. Smooth and highly drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 17:52:13 | More by BeerSox
Photo of hyland24

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a clear copper color with a one and a half inch off white foam head. Decent lacing.

S- Huge hoppy pine smell. It actually smells a bit like a Christmas tree but sweet. Delicious smell.

T- Sweet hoppy bite that fills the whole mouth with hints of citrus sweetness followed by a slightly malty finish.

MF&D- Really good medium bodied beer that drinks very smooth. Slight oily mouthfeel that is typical of the hoppy beers. My second selection from Troegs (first one was Nugget Nectar) and I am very impressed. Look forward to the rest of the sampler that I bought.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 04:32:20 | More by hyland24
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a companion beer to Nugget Nectar, sharing close similarities and proving hops are a Troegs strong point. Pours out a wonderful copper-red with light tan head. Glassy clarity and lots and lots of lace.

Hops are big in the aroma, sticky-sweet pine and flowery spiciness, with a generous malt base adding roundness.

Flavor is the high point, and that's really what matters most. Hops and malts are mingled perfectly, both of them fairly aggressive and up-front. Intensely flavorful hops give a nice bittering pucker to the mouth and lay grapefruit rind on the tongue, but it's never overly intense as sweet bready malt comes in for balance and mellowness. All comes down to earth thanks to a thinner mouthfeel that just barely squeaks in some creaminess, while medium carbonation takes over and makes this feel "sessionable", ie. easy as hell to drink.

I'm sure many would disagree, but it's like the malts are the feature here, their candy-like, somewhat gooey syrup sweetness making this far more drinkable than it would've been if the hops had their way entirely. But hopheads could never dislike this. A supremely balanced beer, and pretty freaking delicious too.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 21:32:23 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of americanwolfdrea


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another tradeshow sample, this beer. I enjoyed the dark color and creamy head that it produced. It was a tad heavy, meaning that It was to be savoured, like a good wine. Obviously the hops were very pronounced, which wins a spot high on my list(I greatly enjoy the bite of the hops). It was smooth and had a tiny bit of an aftertaste, but by no means was it too much to enjoy. I did like this beer, but would like it much better if I had tiem to savor it better.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 22:43:51 | More by americanwolfdrea
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into an American pint glass...

A- Ruby amber color. Translucent but dark in some spots. Decent cream colored head and really nice spiderweb ring lacing around the whole glass.

S- Smell was of wet hops. Detected some caramel notes, but the hops were really the main attraction in the nose.

T- Taste was bitter and citrusy- detected some grapefruitish hops and a nice caramel finish. Very well rounded and balanced. This is a very hoppy beer with a sweet candy like caramel finish.

M- Mouthfeel was smooth and sleek- oily finish- easy going down.

D- I could have many of these in a sitting. This one really surprised me. I loved it!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2008 02:01:38 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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