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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: 2,407
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 83
Gots: 153 | 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 DaPeculierDane


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light auburn with a thick, creamy, beige head. Steady small carbonation. Bristlecone pine and caramel dominate the spicy and leafy aroma. Very hoppy. Front is hoppy as can be but this mellows away to reveal a nice, moderately hopped middle and finish with wonderful caramel flavors. Still, hops dominate and offer a multitude of hop flavors including luscious juicy fruits, spicy mountain brush, pine, bright floral and grass notes. Body is light to medium. Drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 15:16:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. No best by date.


As the name implies, it pours a nice crystal clear amber adorned by a quarter inch of foamy tan head.


Lightly toasted malts accompanied by what smells like citrus Saaz hops.


Nice sweet malt backbone cut through by a pleasantly mild citrus/pine hop presence that carries through to a dry bitter finish. Another excellent offering from Troegs. Highly drinkable and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 20:36:25 | More by cbl2
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium dark amber with very little head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed. Fairly faint smell but traces of malt rather than hops. The taste is quite good- maybe a little too much carbonation at the front of the palate, but quickly some pleasant not too sharp bitterness from the hops and immediately a transition into a sweet malt flavor followed by a some lingering hop taste. The mouthfeel starts a little slick, but quickly drys out and ends up quite refreshing. Hoppier and maltier than many ambers, but eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 00:46:21 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Clear liquid, dark orange-red color, thick white head.

The beer smelled like an IPA mostly, nice pine needle hops aroma. The taste was really good, not intensely bitter but well balanced between malt and hops. Kind of like an imperial kolsch (my new term), a well balanced beer with good hops flavor whithout the tart after-taste. But this is loads richer than a kolsch.

My first Troegs was a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 22:17:41 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of bigdeuce


4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's another incredible brew by Troegs. This is an odd beer to categorize, as it tastes like a red amber, but is extremely hoppy. I'd just call it a Red APA. Quite similar to their Pale Ale, a little bolder and aggressively hoppy. Malts and hops are the dominance, and again, in true Troeg's fashion, an incredibly dry, smooth drinkability, with no after taste whatsoever. It is a very interesting beer and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 19:04:12 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of clabaugh


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

Appearance: Pours a handsome amber color (appropriately) topped with a frothy, gurgling head colored a light beige. The head is steadfast and thick in its retention. Lacing leaves a thick crust on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Quite estery. A pungent, nectarlike sweetness enlivens the nostrils, and announces the hop presence. Toasty malts, perhaps of a caramel character, burst through as well.

Taste: A beer approaching equilibrium. Surprisingly well-balanced considering its self-proclaimed hoppiness. Nonetheless, a floral flavor that is fresh and invigorating. Tasty and toasty, the caramel malts compliment this beer's signature hoppiness well. Citrus fruit and melon rind.

Mouthfeel: Prickly with carbonation. Slight numbing, with considerable bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-to-medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Pleasingly complete; sensually enlivening, thirst quenching, and satisfying. A fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 03:08:34 | More by clabaugh
Photo of pbr85

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, this is one of the first craft beers I ever had, and I hated it so much. I had a Troegenator too, and thats what really got me into craft beer. I thought this beer tasted to "piney" and was completely turned off by the hops, but now I love hops and am ready to try this again. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Got this out of the Troegs Dozen mixpack, which inexplicably had 6 Dreamwheavers instead of the Pale Ales...hope the DW is good.
A: Pours a nice amber orange color with a big, frothy off white head with huge bubbles. Lacing is prety good.
S: Sourdough malts, piney hops, rose petals...I can already see that my first impression of this beer was way off.
T: Wow, I can't believe I used to think this was hoppy, when it is actually a very well balanced beer. Sour malty flavor , slight sticky/piney hop bite, nice clean finish with some orange in the background...excellent.
M: Nice carbonation, nice and slick on the tongue.
D: Wow, I'm in love with another Troegs brewery. They are certainly one of the most underated breweries in the country. Definitely pick up a 6er of this if you haven't had it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 02:14:01 | More by pbr85
Photo of normZurawski

New Jersey

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

This is a really enjoyable beer, to be sure. Pours nice but nothing exceptional. Aroma is fantastic, as it screams of an exceptionally tasty beer. Taste follows suit, but not quite 5.0 material. Mouthfeel is sold, as is drinkability. I find this beer always hits the spot.

Taste is very similar to the Nugget Nectar, but not quite the same quality. Very balanced beer with a smooth maltiness and not overbearing yet tasty hop flavor. Excellent balance between these 2 with a nice smooth but-hop finish. Clean beer overall. Could be considered in the IPA category.I enjoy it - was very glad to find it in the local liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 00:39:28 | More by normZurawski
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber color, half inch white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Mild, hoppy aroma.

NIce taste, although reminds me more of an IPA than a red ale. Moderately bitter with a slight drying aftertaste. Good body.

Overall, a good beer and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 21:02:55 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wouldn't this be the little brother of the nugget nectar? or close to the same recipe? hmmm hadn't had it in a long time and figured I would pick it up to see if my hunch was correct or not...

damn, I blinked and the head...she was gone! maybe a bad bottle.. shit, I hope not. caramel with amber tones, no lacing.. kind of very average looking and bland, enough to dip this below 3.0...

this is almost borderline IPA smell.. fresh hop leaf aroma is very nice, balanced with a malty framework that is detected in some light toasty caramel tones.. the hops are the attention whores here, they smell uber fresh and makes me want to lick the glass ("he'll do it dude" - kyle)

taste etc...
the carbonation is nice and prickly and this is hop oily.. but the carbonation sort of "dries" up the stickiness in the mouth. the mouthfeel is medium and slightly light allowing this to be an easy drinker, a nice mild bitterness tugs at the back of the tongue while the malt sweetness rounds everything out. just all around well crafted and spot on. maybe not earth shattering but a solid offering.

I will be having more of this during the summer months.. however I remember it being better (especially appearance).. but I have to go with the botttle poured in front of me. I can't find any freshness info which sucks moosecock.. but I'll live... with exteneded therapy of course.
-this beer paired well with internet porn...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 02:08:25 | More by Ego
Photo of LordChesterfield


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber (red when held to the light) and with a dense long lasting head and plenty of aroma. Cascade-like hops in the scent and flavor, with others blended in for the bittering. Exeptionally clean mouthfeel with subsequent splendid drinkability. Tastes like pine resin and citrus with a sweet malty undertone. Not super hoppy or bitter as the name would imply but the hops taste very fresh and green. I think the brewer must have used whole flower hops to achieve this or something because these hops taste fresh picked. My first troegs beer (that umlaut is redundant and diminutive) and it's a winner. Ok the are "Bros" advocates of the ganja as well? None of the troegs beers are listed with with accurate ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 00:37:18 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of Zraly


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

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Good head retention and the carbonation allows this to be approachable and pleasant on the palate.

Subtle hints of citrusy hops in the nose backed by a smooth malt flavor. The finish is dry with a fresh, pine-like hop note with a slight biscuity malt afterglow. My personal preference is to have a maltier amber, as opposed to the hop punch that this ale carries, but this is a nice departure from my usual expectations. Exhibits exceptional balance on the palate. Crisp, refreshing and highly drinkable.

I found that this works quite nicely as a beer to use in beer batter for fish n' chips. Add a dash of this to a creole mayo to accompany your fish n' chips. Of course, you might as well drink one of these while frying your fish. And what better to pair with said fish!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 21:22:43 | More by Zraly
Photo of acrawf6


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

Pours out a nice rich orange amber color with a nice slightly tan head. good lacing.

Smell. Nice and creamy, slightly piney hoppiness. slight sweet honeyness. quite nice. it's very similar to many esb's.

Taste. Earthy hoppiness with a slight taste of salt. Very creamy on the toungue. Nice sweet maltiness that really fills out the taste. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is very good. Quite creamy, but still has ample carbonation. Mouthfeel is around medium. just great balance.

Overall a great tasting beer! This style has a whole lot of varience, but this one really seems to stand above most others. But between the balance and hops used, this really reminds me of an esb as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 22:48:33 | More by acrawf6
Photo of copasetic


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear bright red ale with a short sticky head. The smell is a fantastic punch of dark malts, caramel sweetness, and hops. The taste is definitely malty, but not overpowering, and held together with a resounding hop thump, noted by aroma and flavor first, but definitely bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to light, slightly fizzy, and not at all alcoholic or astringent.

Great amber ale! I wish they all had the kind of "Umph!" that this one does.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 19:35:12 | More by copasetic
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

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

This beer tastes more like an IPA than a red beer. The color is lighter than you would expect from a red beer. There was a decent head. The smell is very hoppy. As I said before, the taste is like an IPA. I guess it's more of an IPA / Amber Ale blend. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a lingering bitterness. I could drink these over and over. A good beer!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 22:33:49 | More by Enola
Photo of k75


4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great nose - complex and medium strong - not overpowering

slight cloudy yeast haze (acceptable)

good medium to full body

nicely balanced hop - to - malt flavor

quaffable (available for session work)

first one requires another...

lace is great - lingering malt is lip-smacking...


Serving type: cask

05-15-2006 07:27:34 | More by k75
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a rich amber color, which is brilliantly clear and lightly carbonated. It is topped by a frothy, initially just over a finger thick, tan color head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with a nice mix of dominant pine notes and a light grapefruit citrus character. There are some lightly malty notes underneath the hop character; toasted malt and sweet caramel.

The beer is sweet up front, which accents the citrusy hop character. The hops have a tight grip on the palate; sharp and herbal with a solid bitterness that lingers on through to a long finish. This is nicely hoppy, just what I needed this afternoon. Fairly malty as well, with a solid backdrop, which helps to accentuate and balance out the hops. Both a malt sweetness and a toasted almost baked malt character. Quite a tasty beer, and as is the sign of any good beer it seems to disappear from my glass long before I want it to.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 23:42:13 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled today @ the brewery.

Pours a clear rich amber color with a medium white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely piney hops, but some caramel maltiness shines through. Smells very balanced, and much hoppier than expected from an amber.

Mild maltiness upfront followed by a nice piney hop flavor and medium bitterness. Finishes rather clean with only a slight lingering hop taste. Very balanced.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Slick texture.

This is an easy drinking beer. It pushes the limits of an amber, and could easily be mistaken for an APA. Either way, it's damn good.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2006 00:48:39 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of doubleipa


3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought this back for me from PA. Has a good light-brown head and true amber color. As expected, aroma has a good bit of malt and hops. Some typical hops aromas: resin, pine, citrus, but not overpowering. (Leave that to the Nugget Nectart). Overal, a pretty good beer. I'm not a huge fan of amber ales, but this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 16:37:21 | More by doubleipa
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

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

Pours a nice caramel amber color with a 1/2" off-white head.
Smell is both sweet and hoppy. Grainy, caramel, and pine.
Taste is wonderfully smooth, simple and complex all at the same time. Sweet and biscuity at the front with a good hop kick finish. Nice piney aftertaste.
Feels good in the mouth. Has more body than I expected.
This is one of the most balanced beers I've had. Wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 03:29:26 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 OZ bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear reddish brown ale with a good tan head. Held up to a snow-white plate this is very much a red colored beer.

Smell is both quite malty and hoppy without one dominating the other. Sweet smelling to the point of being a bit syrupy malty. Good strong hop scent that is a bit of all things hoppy, some pine, grapefruit, and herbal scent without a dominant hop scent.

Taste starts malty, woody and a bit smoky at the beginning. This gets a little sweeter and maltier as you drink it and the taste is not unlike a Scottish Ale. Hops remain mostly dry and woody but a bit of citrus flavor does come out. Overall a dry mild ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good solid drinking beer here but it is a little too malty and dry in the end to get a really great drinkability rating. This is a rather full flavored and bodied beer that just isn't all that after the first hop burp you realize just how rich this really is. Nice beer though, would go great with sausage and dumplings.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 05:31:21 | More by Zorro
Photo of jockstrappy


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bourbon-like brown color with a frothy off-white head that settles quickly to thin cap. Hops dominate the nose, maybe a hint of caramel as well. Taste starts off slighly sweet with malts, then the hops come out, but not overpowering at all....great balance here. Medium bodied brew that doesn't coat the mouth as one might guess by the color, and very easy to drink. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 01:23:41 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of RyToy


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

Served from a bottle, no freshness indicator on the label
Very clear dark golden to light brown with a moderate light tan head which dissipated quickly
Distinct hop nose, but I am not sure if it is strong enough to justify the name of this offering...nonetheless a very pleasant floral/cittus aroma
Despite the aggressive hopping, a certain maltiness remains in the background providing tremendous balance..overall a good body, not as heavy as some other ambers that I have had.
All in all a good offering, not sure I'd move it into heavy rotation, but I certainly could throw a few back in short order

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 00:50:19 | More by RyToy
Photo of nlmartin


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

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very clear dark amber coloration. The head was about an inch colored off white. There was ok head retention. Thick lacing remained on my glass.

Smell: There was a pleasing floral spicy hoppyness to the beer. The beer smells of caramel sweetness.

Taste: This is one tasty beer treat. The caramel malts wrap around the hoppy pine resiney hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a medium bodied beer. The beer is well balanced. The mouthfeel has a very clean and refreshing feeling. A very drinkable beer treat overall. I will be sad to see the last of my case drank up.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 22:08:57 | More by nlmartin
Photo of seanmhogan


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

I got this beer a couple months ago for the first time actually completely by accident. It turned out in my favor this beer has a great color and an even better taste. It has a strong hop taste. The thing I wasn't a fan of was how my mouth felt afterwards. However, great accident, great beer, and I've had it a few times since.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 21:55:10 | More by seanmhogan
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90 out of 100 based on 2,407 ratings.