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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: 2,527
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 200 | 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 DrJay
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Clear coppery colour with a thin, sticky beige cap. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma, citrusy and spicy for the most part, but with a bit of malt and grassiness too. Solid malt backbone on this one, balancing the mellow bitterness and hop presence. Spicy hops dominate, with notes of citrus, floral and grassy hops throughout. Ends with a spicy, orange flavour that has a bit of sweetness to it. Medium bodied, just short of average carbonation, really nice texture, just a bit of creaminess and warmth. I've really been impressed with Troegs lately and have enjoyed their beers quite a lot. There's a lot of flavour here, but balanced isn't sacrificed. Great stuff!

DrJay, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of tyboxr
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

A: beautiful amber in color, little to no head however what is there clings to the rim and leaves some sparse foam islands on the glass

S:frontal is fruity with a quick finish

T: Two to three sips inn and the pallate adjusts to the end bitterness, what unlocks is a good mix of ambery taste with a nice hops infusion. The fruit and hops mingle to the end, with the hoppy bitterness winning in the end

M:good carbonation the effervesces the tase to many nooks and crannies of the pallate. Not too sharp but not exactly a thirst quencher

D: pretty good, I am not a hop head but I think a hop bomb in this thing would make for a well rounded hop experience. I wouldn't buy this one again but would def. drink it again.

tyboxr, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I was able to get this Tröegs beer at High Street Grill on 1/20/2008. They served it to me in a Tröegs pint glass. It poured a dark amber that looked like it blended in with some cranberry red. It had a 1 inch head of white foam that quickly receded into a handful of white foamy rings and a few streaks of white lace. It had a mild fruit based aroma that contained caramel malts, a dash of pepper, and few bitter hops. The taste was refreshing with the taste of juicy fruits, toasted malts, splash of pine, hint of caramel, and dry roasted citrus hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a good aftertaste of fruits and piny hops. I had this beer on tap and in bottles before. The draft version is much better than the bottled version. If you ever see this on tap at your local bar, you should try a glass of this beer for youeself. It won't let you down.

AltBock, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Morey
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured out of the bottle..this beer produces about a half inch head and is a deep mahogany-amber color. Nice head stick going on here. Pine and citrus aromas are present, but not as powerful as most IPA's would be. The hops are certainly noticable, but not overwhelming. The malt sweetness helps to balance this beer wonderfully.

Morey's Bottom Line: This would be a great beer to start off your friends that aren't quite ready for IPA'S/DIPA'S.

Morey, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Wilceaser
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%

First Time drinking this beer.
Poured from the bottle, cold
It has a very clear amber color with a nice head that disappears quietly.
Upon pouring you notice the strong pleasant aroma of the Hops, It has a citrus smell, with a slight grassy overtone that translates in to the taste.
Very good Hoppy tasty with a grapefruit after taste that is very pleasant with a dry finish. More IPA than a Pale Ale

Poured a second tasting with the bottle at cellar temps. The taste truly develop and the bouquet erupts with more earthy tones and a stronger hop flavor.
This is a very drinkable beer, I don't see it as session beer but rather a nice first beer or thirst quencher.
Would go good with Mexican or spicy Mediterranean fair.

Wilceaser, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -4%

Bottle into SA glass

A- Rich,clear amber with strong oatmeal colored head.

S- Classic pine/citrus smell. Don't know if I want to ruin the moment by drinking it.

T- Smooth malt with a gentle hop element floating on top.

M- Medium.

D- A very nice beer. A managable ABV(6%) and very good for a session beer.

mobud, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

This is a very nice beer, and what a find. I'm not familiar with this brewhouse, but I will seek it out. The beer is more of an IPA than an amber, but that notwithstanding, it is a very nice selection. The beer pours a nice amber color with a smooth creamy head, good retention, and loads of lacing. The smell is all fresh grassy hops, hop esters, and some malt balance. The taste is hops at the outset, with grassy hoppy esters, and a nice little hoppy bitterness. Towards the finish, some caramel and some sweet nuttiness emerges. The beer is quite creamy in consistency, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, not overly bitter or dry. The aftertaste is the weak link in this beer in that you'll get some off flavors, but overall this is a highly recommended beer, easily sessionable, and worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Re-reviewed one month later: I added another half point to the aroma. Pure delight and it should definitely be listed as an IPA. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and this beer is less medium bodied than I originally reviewed. Overall, the beer is great!

albern, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Finn
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: Deep ruby red with a thick dense head.

Smell: Sweet malts with cascades and earthy hops

Taste: Rich smooth malty complexity, balanced by a crisp grapefruit hop flavor and firm but not overpowering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full smooth body, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: High drinknability. The theme of these troegs beers thus far is BALANCE. This is a wonderfully balanced and drinknable, rich ale. Try their sample pack!

Finn, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a clear caramel-red. A half finger of white foam dissipates quickly, leaving a cloud on top. A small amount of wispy lacing is left on the glass.

Nose is of floral hops. It mixes with caramel as it warms.

The Hop Back is very complex and different flavors seem to jump out on different parts of the tongue. The sweetness from the malts tries to break through the bitter flavor of the hops. It’s a valiant fight, but a nice clean hop flavor prevails. Still very well balanced. Sweet and malty on the front, slight caramel in the middle, and a bitter hoppy finish.

It has a slick oily mouthfeel from the hops, and a slight bubbly carbonation

This is a great brew, great balance between the hops and the finish. This is definitely one that I will have again.

sjohansen, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours nearly crystal clear amber/reddish in color. Lower carbonation and thin white head. Smells very fresh and inviting. Juicy citrus hops and a biscuity malt backbone. Taste follows suit but doesn't quite live up to the smell. Orange, tangerine, light grapefruit hops and a nice caramel and sweet malt backbone. Toasted bread like malt, too. Good slightly bitter mouthfeel. Pretty darn drinkable but not a favorite. The Nugget Nectar is amazing when I compare the two but it is what it is...

ncvbc, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of jscondon
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

Beer engine pour!

I love cask beers and this did not let me down, in fact I would go so far as to say that the Troegs Hopback amber from the cask is awesome. It arrived in a pint glass brown, slightly hazy and at a nice temp. The floral hop aroma of this one was out of control awesome, and these were followed by hints of pepper and a good amount of maltiness. When I tasted it I was blown away, a malt front with hints of caramel that foamed up in the middle and finished with a nice hop flavor.. it was very well balanced.

This is a great cask beer. I have had the bottled version before and was not as impressed by its flavor then. It was good but on the hand pump this blew me away. If you find it cask, don't pass it up this up.

jscondon, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of vdubmatt
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this from a cask at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.

A- Nice orange slightly hazy color.

S- Wonderful, there is no hiding the hops in this amber. It smells of citrusy hops and reminds me of an IPA.

T- Very nice taste, I was very surprised because I expected a lot more bitterness with all of that hop flavor and aroma. I am unsure if that had anything to do with the cask or if that is hop this beer normally goes. Nice and balanced.

M- Smooth and a bit watery. Nearly no carbonation since it was from a casks.

D- Very drinkable, could of had a few of these, but I had already had a few and had to drive. It seemed like a session-able hoppy ale.

vdubmatt, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a beautifully clear dark amber color with two fingers of off-white head that leaves some slow slippery lace.
The smell is quite nice and hoppy up front without being too slutty about it. There is some grassy, earthiness and spice to go along with a biscuity backbone and very light malty sweetness.
A tiny bit of carbonated sharpness accompanies the minute sweetness that leads in the taste. A healthy biscuit malt backbone is rounded out by those fresh earthy / grassy hops and a bit of spiciness. A fresh and medium bodied creaminess completes this enjoyable and elegant brew. A very well-balanced and tasty amber from Troegs.

Slynger, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer is exactly what it says it is on the label - A hop-backed amber ale. And a good one too! The color and the smell are nothing out of the ordinary, but the taste and mouthfeel is excellent and this beer has a near perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweet malt for this genre.

Too many American ambers/red ales seem to cross that APA/IPA line with extreme hopping. This beer however, stays true to its ale roots. The hops are there, for sure, but the taste and drinking experience still says "Ale!". One of my favorites.

Hoppington, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a nice clear red hued brown. Minimal head. Nose is like vibrant cherries, but not extremely pungent really. Flavor is nice and woody in a milder way. Hops are present in a leafy and slightly almost smoked way. Medium level sweet edge to it. Very smooth and consistent flavor. Feel has a fairly full level of carbonation sending tiny bubbles over my tongue. Liquid has a good body. Overall very drinkable. Extremely smooth and even, though the sweet kick on the tail end seems slightly out of place.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of biggmike
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a nice amber color with a good white head that hung around for a while. Aroma is hoppy and begs you to drink it. Flavor is of caramel that is balanced by the hoppiness. This is smooth and drinkability is high. This improved drastically as it warmed. This is a nice beer. Will have again.

biggmike, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.83/5  rDev -4%

Thanks NJpadreFan for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. Bottled 9/24/07

A: Pours a deep rusty color with good visibility. About 1 fingers worth of pearly white head dies to a thick pillowy skim. Head holds tight and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Hops come in floral and citrus-y. Malts are slightly sweet. Not too much.

T/M: I love hoppy ambers. Great amber ale tastes with an added zip of citrus hops. Nicely controlled bitterness, only fully coming through toward the end. Malts keep things in check. Mouthfeel is a pretty light but nothing too bad.

D: Tasty, sessionable. As simple as that.

pwoods, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

A: 1/4" white head that didn't last terribly long & left just a little lacing. Deep amber body.

S: Citric and floral hops with a good amount of caramel malt present as well.

T: In ways, quite a bit like the Troegs Pale Ale - plenty hoppy (almost enough for an IPA), but there's much more of a toasted malt presence here.

M: Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Smooth all the way through to the delicious (and lasting) hoppy aftertaste.

D: Darn good & also sessionable. With plenty of malt and hop flavor, there's something to enjoy for people on both sides of the spectrum.

OKCNittany, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a clear ruby brown color with a rather small head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is piney and citrus hops. The taste starts off with a nice light piney hop flavor that is quickly balanced by a sweet malt presence, almost root beer like. No real strong flavors but a good balance between the hops and malt. The feel is light with moderate carbonation, finishes well balanced. A real good sessionable brew.

Gmann, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Good across the board! Bottled 09.27.07 etched in bottle. Poured a pretty clear brownish red into my Sam Adams glass. 2 fingers of frothy, glittery head. Very nice crisp hop nose with the same crisp hop flavor in the mouth. Very balanced malt flavor, extremely easy drinking.

RustyDiamond, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -4%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep reddish brown, little to no head, very light lacing.

S = Very piney hops smell. Great smell for what it is but not a lot else going on.

T = A surprisingly strong malt flavor given how strongly the hops are in the smell, still a lot of pine and some citrus from the hops, pretty well balanced with mellow malt flavor.

M = Medium light body, carbonation relatively light at first but foams a little when swished.

D = Definitely a drinkable beer but not at the top of my list for the style.

Traquairlover, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of csmiley
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Pours a very clear dark red. There might even be some brown in there as well. Got a little more than an inch of head in the nonic. Retention was good. Lacing was good.

S - Got a nice hop smell on the nose. Comes across as earthy or maybe a pine aroma. In the background there is some notes of malt.

T - Flavor comes across as strong for the style. Granted, the balance of hops and malt is done really well. Sticks with the earthy hop flavors but malt shows up as a strong contender. Mild alcohol flavors do seem to be consistent but they are in the background.

M - On the plus side of medium bodied for a red ale. Finished a little dry. Carbonation was good.

D - This was a good beer. It has a powerful hop bite for a red ale but I was impressed by the hops and amber flavor combonation. I would buy this beer again.

csmiley, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Found a great beer store called Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits. WOW every beer you could want or so it seemed.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with an average head and average lacing.

S: Nice floral grassy aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine. A honey sweetness really lingers in the nose.

T: Very nice malt and hops in perfect unison. Nice touches of grapefruit with a mild amount of peach. A wonderful toffee like sweetness brings this one into perfect balance.

M: Nice medium bodied brew.

D: Wow the most balanced beer to date. I like a bit more bit in my beers, but this one would be hard to beat when it comes to session brew.

Overall: Troegs make great beer and this one is just that. Perfectly balanced beer that has an even level of hops and malt. The taste is just so mild yet perfect. Really nice beer would love to sit down with a 12 pack turn on the NFL Sunday ticket and drink until the games were over or until I was drunk whichever happened to come first.

tpd975, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Got this brew from Leftmindedrighty in a trade. He sent me three of these bad boys and this is my second. I really enjoyed this beer as I have the rest of Tröegs offerings. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching LSU vs. Arkansas.

Appearance- Pours a burnt orange with hints of yellow and a nice one finger white head. Leaves a awesome cap and collar that lasts the entire beer. Leaves quite a bit of random lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell- Quite a bit of hop from the start with flecks of pine and subtle citrus. After it warms a bit the hops really settle down and the beer leans more towards brown sugar and toffee.
Taste- From the start this beer is superbly balanced. I’m definitely not a hop hater but I’m not a hop head either. This beer is exactly what I love. Nice fresh floral hops start with a bit of raw pine and a touch of grass. From here the malt takes the reins and a terrific brown sugar/caramel sweetness cuts through the bitterness and leans towards the aforementioned balance. Finishes with a lingering lemon sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Nice and full with a thick feel and tiny carbonation.
Drinkability- Balance? Check! Good ABV? Check! Flavorful? Check! This is exactly what I look for when wanting to swill some terrific beer while watching football. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and can’t wait to finish the last one. Big thanks to Leftmindedrighty!

younger35, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A wonderful selection that will please all of the senses. Burnt orange in color with a steady and consistent head and lacing.
Smells dominated by pine and citrus with a floral hint . Taste is a nice combo of sweet malts to balance out the piney hops. The seperation here from being an ipa is the toned down finish , it's more creamy and mellow without the bitter finish. Easy drinking and very inviting.

ohoove, Nov 23, 2007
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.