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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 92
Gots: 293 | 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:
Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great American amber. Beautiful to behold in the glass. A fragrant and balanced nose. Hops are definitely the star of this amber but the malts are aromatic as well. Taste is big on both sides and once again beautifully balanced. The name is Hopback so you know where the scale tilts. If hops are a love you will not be disappointed. Malty backbone is deep and well crafted as well. Gently carbonated and lightly creamy this is a great one for all around drinking. It goes down so easily and deliciously that you want to session it in spite of it's strength.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an snifter. A very smeared and barely readable "Bottled on 10 30 08" is lightly stamped on the base of the glass on the neck.

A- Copper appearance, and strikingly clear. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Ample sticky lacing.

S- Grapefruit hop odors strike first, followed by hints of malty sweetness.

T- Bready, caramel maltiness hits first, followed by a moderate hoppy/citrus kick. Bitterness is moderate. Solid balance here.

M- Crisp on the front, and moderately high carbonation. Somewhat creamy and full, and goes down very smoothly. Really excellent.

D- Extraordinary drinkability. Would likely make a fantastic session brew.

Future outlook: It's slowly becoming clear that I have been too slow to sample the offerings of Troegs, as this is yet another fantastic brew. I would happily purchase again.

Photo of mwa423
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful very dark and crystal clear amber with one finger of head and lacing that retains all the way down the glass

S - Strong floral and fruit smell, if I could get this in candle form I would burn it 24/7

T - The hops taste hits instantly but is soon dulled by the citrus and caramel flavors. I love it!

M - Goes down silky smooth and the end of every drink leaves you with a dry mouth feeling that makes you want the next sip.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass the beer was a brilliant ruby red color with two fingers of head just rising above the rim of the glass. The head reduced to one finger of just off-white creaminess and remained throughout the sample leaving impressive lacing. Streams of bubbly carbonation constantly stream up from the bottom of the glass. From a visual standpoint - very nice beer.

The nose hits with piney and citrusy hops right up front with a soft caramel bready maltiness as well.

The taste starts out as hoppy as the nose indicates with a citrusy bitterness grabbing the back of the tounge. Resiny, dry, and piney the hops start out IPA-esque but very quickly balance. Rich, semi-sweet malt takes over the palate with a soft caramel and bready doughy flavors. The malt seems to neutralize the hop flavor nearly instantly, as stingy as the first hop explosion was, so too is the malty-sweet balance.

Medium body, gets a little chewy as it warms up with ample carbonation.

This is a very balanced beer and very drinkable. You start and before you know you're almost done. I actually prefer a little less balance when the fist sensation is hops. But for what the beer is - an amber ale - the balance seems appropriate as the beer is never meant to be an in your face IPA. It's on for its style and dangeriously smooth and drinkable.

Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear reddish/tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a strong sweet caramel smell with touches of toasted bread and toffee. There's a definite citric hop smell in there, but not nearly as present as the malt.

Taste is medium to even full bodied with an immediate citrus hop kick that just flows into your mouth a big toasted and roasted amber malt taste. A strong caramel malt backbone in this beer really holds up well against a big hop attack. Lots of citrus, pine, not a ton of resin or citrus licking rind sort of taste. It's very well balanced. Finishes with a nice citric note.

An Imperial Amber(if such a thing exists) with strong touches of IPA. This is really like one of the best amber ales I've had, even better than a lot of brewpub hoppy ambers. At 6% I know it doesn't fit the definition of a session beer, but this is totally a session amber I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a reddish amber brew with a beige frothy head that dissipated fairly quick. Some lacing.

Smells of citrus/grapefruit, some pine notes, and a little toasted malt sweetness.

Hops are there, by far, but the malt is present too. Sweetness and caramel notes, and a buttery edge to this one too. Somewhat subdued actually. Very very likeable flavors, but not as deep as hoped. Still, very pleasant.

Medium bodied, and the pint really didn't carry alot of carbonation. Almost creamy in mouthfeel.

Overall, you can sling these back and enjoy them, if 6% doesn't bite you on the ass first. Great flavors, good texture and scent. I am reviewing this beer based on what it presents, not based upon reputation or what else Troegs brews. I would choose Nugget Nectar over this, but I'm not reviewing Nugget Nectar here. On its own, this beer stands up fine. Very decent and absolutely worth a try.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a rather dark, caramel brown color with a small white head. Sporadic lacing down the sides of the glass add the the charm of this one.

Aroma is fresh hops. Grassy and citrusy. Plenty of the malt and caramel typical in amber ales. I really like the aroma here because it isnt solely amber and caramel malts like most of the style.

Fresh hop taste. Grassy with a touch of orange peel. Again, I like the different flavors in this one. Different, and although it may be an americanized version of the style, I really liked this one. I find this better than other ambers.

Photo of bhalter8
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to drgonzo3705 for including this in a recent trade. Have heard only good things, and tasted a few from the folks at Tröegs. An aggressive pour yields an off-white, frothy, thick head, about 1" thick. Its a reddish tinted copper color. I like the apparent hops in the smell, it adds character to a style that sometimes lacks it. The taste is also nice balance between the bitterness of the hops (not overwhelming by any measure) and caramel malt background. Rests easily in your mouth. A well built beer, nothing groundbreaking, but very solid. I wish you could get a beer like this at the ballpark, it seems like it would go well with baseball on a Sunday afternoon.

Photo of Hokies
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pour glass. Pours a thin white head and thin lace with a colour of reddish amber.
Light aroma of grapefruit and pine with some sweet malt to balance it out. This is one hoppy amber ale as the taste starts off with grapefruit taste from the hops with a nice sweet malt taste. A very nice session beer with a good toffee malt taste to balance out the hops.

Photo of Jayli
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pretty medium amber/red. Thin film of an off white head with very little lacing despite vigorous pour. Smell was extremely hoppy, much more so than I expected with a red ale - smell was like an IPA, with scents of sweets malts evening it out. Taste is flavorful of big hops, and sweet malts. The tastes are bold yet well balanced. Mouthfeel is moist, crisp and is extremely smooth with decent carbonation. This is a great beer, completely hit the spot - with Troegs now in the area, this will definitely be a session beer!

Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal, clear copper amber with some carbonation, rest beneath a two-inch, frothy, almond head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as it settles in my Sam Adams Perfect Beer Glass.

Moderate citrus leaning toward grapefruit with pine leads while caramel and straw linger in the background. As it warms, butterscotch and pineapple develop.

Hopback is well balanced and buttery as it loosely follows the aroma. This is a modestly complex beer with a moderate bitterness and moderate finish.

Medium body and very dry, this one has fizzy carbonation and light astringency.

A good thirst quencher, Tröegs offering will suit a party or gathering where good beer is appreciated, but not the focus.

Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an attractive amber with a moderate white head.
the aroma is very pleasant with lots of powdery flowery citrus, mainly grapefruit. there are notes of pine as well, but they tend toward the more subdued.
the taste begins a with a floral vaguely honey-like sweetness. as it moves across your tongue the grapefruit kicks in with some toasted caramel maltiness. there is some bitterness towards the finish, but not a lot the hops are mostly here in flavor. it finishes with a creaminess in flavor and texture.
the mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium bodied with as said, a creanmy texture, almost mineral water-like.
the drinkability is very good, it's a little one dimensional, but it realy nails what it's trying to do, and you can't fault it for that. this is one of those beers makes me want to always have a six pack of on hand.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Really nice looking brew. Clear orange amber color. Two inches of dense head with above average retention and tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Loads of floral hop aroma going on. Grapefruity citrus and a bit of woodiness.

3.5 T: Pretty good, but lacks depth. Grapefruit citrus hops again, but not as pronounced as I'd like. Seems to be some crystal malt, but malt character is minimal and makes the beer a bit unbalanced even though it isn't that bitter to begin with. Based on the nose, I expected a lot more. This is very much like a watered down Nugget Nectar.

3.0 M: Surprisingly light in body. Carbonation is lower than I would like. Very smooth, but that simply isn't enough.

3.5 D: This is Nugget Nectar after suffering from a debilitating disease for several years. Its not bad by any stretch, but it doesn't stand alone.

Photo of Soonami
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this casked at Local 44 in West Philly

A-the beer looked night poured from the cask, a nice coppery amber, with a thin pale white foam

S- The beer smelled great, a lot of sweet citrus and a little piney resin

T- The beer was almost completely flat and as such, the lack of carbonation removed some of the acidity that is normally there to balance the malt and the hops. Without the carbonation, the malt was a little over sweet and the hops tasted a little soapy. Overall, the beer tasted stale, although the hop flavor made it bearable.

M- Medium-bodied, but a little slick and sticky

D- I would probably not have this beer again on cask, it was disappointing. I could barely finish my beer. I love this beer out of the bottle, but perhaps because I had it in the bottle, I was expecting something else.

Photo of McClungbrew2
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear copper color with orangr highlights. Tannish head.

Smell - Pine, juniper, and grapefruit.

Taste - Sweet caramel malt balanced by bittering hops with citrus and pine notes. Very bold hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Juicey mouthfeel with clean finish.

Drinkability - Very good! The last drink always leaves you wanting another.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass

pours a clear light brown amber with thick off white head.

Smell is a nicely balance hoppy malt bliss. sweet pine and citrus over the malty sweetness.

Hoppy initial taste, but then a really clean quick finish.

Good mouthfeel, but the finish on this thing demands sip after sip. Could drink it all day.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with thin off-white head. Has an incredible aroma, bar far the best part of this beer. Hops and citrus with some frutiness. Really nice. Taste is very interesting combination af amber ale and pale ale. Hoppy but still pretty mild, some citrusy and fruity notes as well. Balanced and slightly flat, but still a pretty good beer.. Very drinkable stuff. Great beer!

Photo of BigIrishman
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber with plenty of off-white head which dissipates quickly and leaves lace.

Smell: Whole bunch of hops in here, mainly floral.

Taste: Flavor is there, but not in huge amounts. Still the floral hops come through and there is some caramel right at the end. But overall a little deceiving given the huge aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium.

Drinkability: There is enough flavor to keep it from getting boring but not enough to overwhelm the palate, so I can probably drink these all night long.

Notes: Had this after the pale ale and was not as impressed as I thought I would be. Still a good brew, but not nearly on par with troeg's other offerings like Nugget Nectar.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11.6.08

A: Poured a deep amber reddish color with little head and lacing.

S: Some sweet malt and light hops are on the forefront. Overall not too arousing in aromatics, very laid back if you will.

T: Sweet in a good way. Flavor of sun tea with a hint of sugar combined with some mild hops is the essence of flavor.

M: Goes down the tube very mellow. The sweetness on the withdraw make for a pleasant aftertaste.

D: This is a session red ale in the fullest extent. The alcohol is unnoticed and is very well hidden. The gulp factor is extremely high. Each bite brings something new to the palate. The caramelization hints are to blame for this factor. Overall a well rounded brew that can easily please the most stubborn palates.

Recommended: Yes!

Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Dilly Deli last week.

Appearance: Pours a deep red amber with a short, frothy head. The head retains quickly, but great rings of sticky lace remain. The beer is pretty much clear with slight visible carbonation.

Smell: Very faint, hardly detectable. Some faint grain and slightly floral hops is all I get.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Deep caramelly malt with a great subtle bitter balance from the floral hops. Very crispy, tart green apple and crunchy malt tastes in the finish. Light mouthfeel with really good carbonation.

Drinkability: Really high - very refreshing beer.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 31/09.

pours a nice deep orange with a small dense cream coloured head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. white bread and cracker. caramel. bit of toffee. light alcohol. bit of earthy character. some pine and grapefruit rounding things out.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. caramel and toffee. lightly sweet fruity ccomponent too. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. touch of nutty and earthy character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced and tasty. good stuff.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber/orange, medium sized white head forms, settles to a nice thick ring around the glass, keeps a solid layer with some nice retention, looks like a good amber. Smell is alright, sweet and caramelized, some floral, juicy grapefruit and orange peel, sugary malt, honey, bland but very fresh aroma. Taste is sweet at first, caramel and honey, nice floral, sweet orange peel, grapefruit, sugar, nice fruitiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable, not exciting but theres nothing bad about it.

Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JahNoth for this one.

I poured this one into one of those new nifty Samuel Adams Pint glasses.

The beer pours a deep amber-gold with a frothy just off white head that holds a thick ring with a good amount of wisps across the top. A decent amount of lace gets left on the side of the glass as well.

The aroma of the beer is full of caramel malts and citrusy/piney hops. The citrus flavors dominate the hop aroma here however.

The flavor of the beer is an incredibly balanced mix of caramel malts and citrusy hops. I would say that the overall bitterness/hop level is somewhere in between that of a pale ale and and IPA, but the malts are much more assertive and have a wonderful presence here. Still, it does not quite reach the wonderful hop levels of Nugget nectar.

The beer has a medium body with lively carbonation

Overall, a great amber ale, tops for its style and at 6% fairly easy to drink. Still it kinda hangs in that middle group between malty and hoppy ambers. Yes, its balanced, but usually I am in the mood for one or the other, so I can't say I would reach for this one quite as much as I would a Big Hoppy or a Gaelic Ale.

Photo of jculler82
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle to a pint glass produces an off white one finger head. Beer is crystal clear amber color. Great looking beer. Smell is faint hops, not much else. Taste is a great balance of malt and hops up front, followed by a sweet middle, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Not too heavy, but not too thin. Makes this beer bery drinkable.

Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a deep red with a gold tint. The head is two fingers and is a slightly foamy white.

The smell is a bit fruity with a little floral hints. A light caramel and some good hop flavor as well

The taste has a light bitterness, malty with a nice hop finish.

This beer is a great drinkable beer. Is well balanced and goes down easy.

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.