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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: 2,586
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 223 | 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 BeerImmediately
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I usually get a sixtel of this once/year, and it never disappoints.

Fills the 18 oz nonic glass with about 2-3 fingers of off-white head. Body is a rich, amber brown color without visible carbonation.

Smell is lead by a pleasant citrus-hop, followed by slightly sweet caramel.

Taste is frankly, awesome. There's a juicy hop flavor which morphs to pine, with an extremely well balanced level of malty sweetness.

Very light carbonation and so damn smooth.

Have no option but to drop a 5 on the drinkability meter... smooth, flavorful, well-balanced... this beer has it all.

Side note: Thinking this could be the perfect gateway beer... My 'value beer' buddy (read "keep it < $20/case") recently declared this his new absolute favorite beer, worth paying real money for.

BeerImmediately, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper almond... Appear well balanced... Slight head gives way to an enticing lace... Coats glass well...

S - Major hops... Grapefruit and citrus... Malt... Grains...

T - Hops first and foremost, but balanced with malt... Hops are strong and constant through out... Undertones of bread and grains...

M - Light and smooth... Very drinkable and pleasant...

D - Not your typical hop heavy brew... This is much more complex and balanced... Highly enjoyable and well crafted...

philbe311, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber appearing brown, somewhat clear with clingy covering of tan head.

Smells of resiny pine and citrus hops jump out with some roasted barley and toasty caramel.

Sweet and citrusy with toasty caramalts. Pretty well balanced with the pine and citrus hop bitterness throughout, but never coming off astringent. Amber for hop-heads.

Somewhat smooth feel, moderate-medium body for amber, but still feels a little thin. Very drinkable amber.

BeerZack, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of HugoGrim
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Deep reddish brown body allows some light through. Substantial head dissipates quickly, though leaves some nice lace.

Dark and rich hop aroma. Spicy.

Flavor is a smooth and spicy amber hop experience. Caramel malty sweetness balances nicely with toasted grains.

HugoGrim, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a BONUS beer from beast464, thanks a bunch!!! Another really attractive 12 oz bottle from Troeg's. Pictured on the label is a big mean hop with blue forest in the background - great colors and design. At the time of this posting, the label I have is newer than the one pictured on this website.

Appearance: Poured into my new, hi-tech Samuel Adam's pint at 40 degrees. Color is a rich dark brown/amber with a nice ½ tan head. Carbonation spews from the laser etched ring at the bottom of the pint.

Smell: Deliciously sweet & bready malts, with a trace of tangy hops.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced hoppy amber ale. The perfect amount of mixed hops and sweet malts with just the right amount of mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, wet with great carbonation.

Drinkability: Fantastic session beer. VERY easy to drink and very enjoyable. This is a delightful beer to drink in the spring on the back deck.

beachbum1975, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A rich, dark coppery amber with a solid light caramel head that recedes to a creamy cap and leaves some nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Wonderful citrus and piney hops with some caramel malt thrown in for good measure.

T&M: Pleasant citrus and piney hops balanced well with some lightly toasted caramel malts. The finish is a pleasant piney/spicy hop flavor with a sweet malt interlude. A well-balanced, but hoppy amber ale. Solid flavor. Medium body with light carbonation, good coating, and a nice finish.

D: Very drinkable beer. It's hoppy and enjoyable without the in-your-face bitterness one would expect from a beer with such hop content. Some ambers can be a bit too sweet or cloying, but Hopback amber provides a wonderful drinking experience.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel brown with a short but creamy, light tan head; low amount of carbonation

Big hop smell here: floral, citrus, pine, and candied fruit; lots going on giving it a complex aroma; size is more akin to an IPA

Taste & Mouth Feel
From the nose I expected this to be all hops but I was pleasantly surprised that it had enough maltiness for its style. There are certainly hops through and through with a lasting bitterness that's actually just a bit too much for me. The caramel malt comes in mid-way and cradles those hops, though they still manage to spill over, leaving me wanting more malt for this amber. There's something tangy and off-putting in the aftertaste. Also, the carbonation is lacking, but the body is fairly full.

Tasty and pretty big for amber, but it's no where near as good as its bigger brother, Nugget Nectar. Also, that off off-putting quality in the finish has me detracting points and is keeping me from really enjoying this and wanting another. Drinkability suffers some for that.

JEdmund, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of andrewt960
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

andrewt960, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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

brewcrew76, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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!

ewright, May 29, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

theghost3, May 27, 2008
Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

BigMike, May 23, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Edgecrusher, May 19, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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!!

DrDogbeer, May 13, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Lexluthor33, May 07, 2008
Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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

SusurusIgnoramus, May 07, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Dodo2step, May 03, 2008
Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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?

therica, May 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

deepsouth, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Celt44
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Celt44, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Seanibus, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of BBM
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

BBM, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

ffejherb, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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

IronCitySteve, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

nasty15108, Apr 16, 2008
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,586 ratings.