Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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89
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2,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,699
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 91
Gots: 267 | FT: 3
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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 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.

Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerisheaven for sending this beautiful looking extra in a recent trade. Since it advertised hops, I figured it shouldn't be just sitting around being pretty. So I put it to work.

Lovely beer that smells nice. The bottle talks about being flowed over whole hop flowers, which made me feel warm & fuzzy even before I tried it. Now I like the taste, too.

Too many of the reds I've tried are too thin, too malty, with no hop presence, & just end up tasting watery & dull. This one's good. Nice hops, well balanced, full, & with that sweet touch at the end.

Very solid beer with hints of Nugget Nectar. I wonder if this was it's grandpa.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tburkhart for throwing this one in as an extra on a trade.

Big pour, very active. Amber in color, obviously. Topped by a massive off white head, with it's twinkling golden highlights. Head is dropping slowly, leaving some nice lacing. Gives me a chance to look at the bottle art a bit more closely. A lovely stylized hop still on the vine, over a sunny day in the forest. This looks like I should be enjoying it while making breakfast, on a camping trip. Back to the beer though.

Light aroma of caramelized citrus. A peppery smell that makes my nose twitch.

Like in the aroma, sweet caramel, mixed with bright citrus fruits, and a soft floral flavor. A delicious rawness runs throughout, and really ties it all together. Hop bitterness is well done, and on the higher side, but the flavor is quite balanced with the malt. A bit of spiciness is also here, which let's the yeast come out to play a little. No alcohol present.

Medium bodied, and well carbonated, this is a very clean beer, with a nice medium aftertaste.

My first beer from Troegs, and I'm not disappointed. A very good beverage, and I hope to trade for more. Thanks again tburkhart! Cheers!

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased at Jungle Jims by a friend of mine during Thanksgiving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours an orange tinted brown color with just a minimal head that dissolves away quickly leaving just a ring. That ring leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: A very nice balance aroma. The malts and citrus hops mix together well in the nose. I cant recall any Ambers I have had with this much aroma. in the past.

T: A nice caramel malt flavor mixed with a decent dose of hops give it a good taste. The hops have a nice bitter effect in the finish.

M: It is a little thin in the mouth. The carbonation and hops add some in mouth character.

D: The balance of this beer makes it very drinkable. It goes down very easy.

Photo of skeeordye11
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz botle into a pint glass.

A: Copper-red with light tan small head that sinks into the liquid leaving a film of head on top with lacing around the glass as it's consumed.

S: Malty sweet with a good bit of citrusy hop aroma. Very appealing

T: Malty up front with a delicious hoppy finish that comes back to visit as aroma after a sip is taken. Sweet and not overly bitter. Great balance.

M: Light-medium with avg carbonation.

D: Very delicious and refreshing. Could def consume a few of these in a session. The aroma lingers with every exhale. Highly recommended.

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

This review combines three different occasions on which I drank this beer. When it was fresh, aged for 3 months, and aged for 6 months. There's some vastly different scores but the final composite score I gave it is from all of those experiences.

Appearance doesn't change much - it's red, has some head and laces somewhat decently but it isn't an amazing knockout. Excellent showing overall though.

Smell is excellent throughout. When fresh it's got a rich, hoppy aroma. Aged 3 months, the hops have faded a bit but still dominate the aroma profile. At 6 months though, the hops fade completely from the aroma and a citrus aroma begins to show up - which was quite nice and different for a change. (I know that citrus aroma is a hop profile, but it really did smell like an orange).

Taste is rich and has a bittering element. Definitely one of the best tasting ambers I've had the pleasure of consuming.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Might have some bitterness when it's fresh - with a explosion of hops walloping you around, but when it ages a bit - a wonderful malt profile begins showing through and has an orange background to it as well.

Drinkability is excellent. I wouldn't have bought it again if I had just drunk it fresh - but when you age it for 6 months - a malty backbone shows up and mixes with what's left of the hops to present a wonderfully balanced and highly drinkable beer. Seriously, I sucked back the beer in 10 seconds and then wondered why there wasn't anything left in the bottle. Now, I plan to pick up several of these and just let them begin to age and then drink them up later on.

If you like really hoppy beers (without it being extremely hoppy), definitely give this beer a try and if you find it too hoppy at first, let it age a bit. It's well worth the investment!

Photo of beerad666
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 12 oz bottle into an American pint glass. The head grows as it pours to about two fingers and then quickly resides to a nice top coating. But great lacing. I can't believe how much carbonation there is. The color is a nice light roasted amber. The hop smell is there but very faint, more floral and malty aromas up front. The taste is a sweet malt with a light hop bite in the finish. Feels like you're drinking bread. I just wish there was some more hops but it is an Amber...

Overall pleasant and drinkable.

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

A hoppy amber. Good color - dark gold to copper and a nice thick foam cap and lacing. Lots of hops and a light toasty edge, with some malt coming through in the nose. Flavour is a bit light as is the body - dare I say on the watery side. Nice toasty flavours and a quick hit of hops that don't stick around. Some malt, citrus/pine hops grain and a faint fruitiness. Easy drinking, but the aroma makes promises that are never delivered.

Photo of 69davis
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is a clear dark red, with little carbonation. Left a half-inch head in the glass.

Smell is malty and not overpowering. Really need to stick your nose in there to get anything. Taste is nice: sticky caramel, just a hint of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is where this beer disappointed me. Again, very little carbonation, which I was hoping for. A very smooth and creamy feel to it, which is nice, but not what I was looking for in this style. However, those qualities make it highly drinkable, and I would be more than happy to drink a few of these at a time.

Notes: reminded my of an ESB not an amber. A decent, highly drinkable beer, but could use a little oomph from more hops and carbonation. FWIW, my wife had one and loved it!

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

Poured a copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing.

Good citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation.

Moderate well balanced hoppy flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good brew and one fo my top rated active bottled beers for the Amber style.

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

This is my second brew from Troegs, following a Dreamweaver wheat. Picked up a 12 pack of 3 assorted beers, trying one of each.
Pours a nice copper-amber color,malty reddish tones, nice foamy head leaves lots of lacing
Smells fresh,hoppy,pine-resin,yet balanced nicely with malt undertones. Almost a maple-like sugary sweetness,but cut with a citric hop spike. Hops working side by side with malt equals an excellently balanced aroma.
Carmelized brown maltiness up front,an array of maple,brown sugar, followed by a refreshing hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is upfront full on malts, then ends lighter,hoppy and ever-so-slightly bitter. Some toasted grains in the mix,overall well balanced. Not overly hoppy(if there is such a thing)not an overbearing malt sweetness. Each keeps the other in check.
Due to the extremely well balanced hoppiness,what could have been a sweet,unexciting brew becomes a lighter,brighter, easy-drinking amber ale. Highly enjoyable, will session this brew any day

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a foamy, off-white, three finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt goodness and hints of grassy hops.

T - It had a very strong roasted malt taste with a pretty big dose of bitter hops.

M - A crisp and sharp ale with a dry finish. It was medium-bodied.

D - This is one of the finest amber ales around. ANother strong offering from Troegs.

Photo of cpn920
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich amber color with a finger and a half head that left jagged lacing down the glass. Smell was very good with the hops slapping me in the face. Taste was delicious with hint of pine and grapefruit but nicely balanced. Mouthfeel was slightly oily with a moderately dry finish. Very good beer that could be consumed in quantities.

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

Poured, this dark red/brown brew leaves one finger of head that retains itself rather well, leaving thick lacing as it disappears.

Smell is citrus and woody hops. A sweet smell is far in the background.

Taste is a moderate citrus hop complimented with a caramel malty sweetness. Very nice and easy going down, light to medium body and extremely smooth with it's medium-high carbonation.

Extremely drinkable and a good intro to hops for the hop fearing crowd. Would buy it again in a second.

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

Very clean looking transparent amber. Large white head with great retention and sea foam lacing. Constant tiny bubbles.

Smells just like liquid amber malt extract and orangey citrus hops and honey.

Light and creamy amber with a smooth hop juice aplenty. Not too carbonated despite all the bubbles. Pleasant.

trade via aibkstaff

Had this on cask recently - it was Chuck Norris worthy.

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

Had this on tap at Home Delivery in State College PA. Poured into a pint glass. Moderate head stayed awhile and had a bit of lacing about halfway through. Nice hoppy flavor and amber color. I thought the mouthfeel was good with a smooth drinkability. All in all a nice offering from a cool Pennsylvania brewery.

Photo of tburkhart
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with moderate carbonation. Very nice head. I can't say that I have ever had a beer pour so clear.

Smells of citrus and pine.

Tastes a bit grainy with the citrus that was in the nose coming through nicely.

Another excellent beer from the people at Troegs. I'm very thankful they started distrubing to Ohio.

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

Pours a nice fluffy white head with excellent citrusy smell, grapefruit , lemon and pine coming thru. Taste is more of the same. This beer is well balanced and highly drinkable. The hops are not overpowering and there is nice sweetness as well. Overall excellent.

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

Troegs is just one of those breweries that just makes good beer.

this beer pours a really great amber color such that is suggested by the name
The balance of hops and malts in this beer makes it smooth and easy to drink. I wish we could get it out here in Chicago. The aroma is clean with a very good hop nose to it with malty undertones

I really like this beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to corby112 for the bottle.

Pours a deep honey amber color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of grain, sweet caramel malts, citrus, and some pretty potent hops. One of the stronger and more complex smelling Amber Ales I have come across.

Taste starts with sweet caramel malts and grain, leading into flavors of honey and hops. Finishes with flavors of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

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

I sometimes have trouble discerning between IPA's and really hoppy amber ales, but this certainly has enough red in its suit to indeed be considered an amber ale. Its gold and soft copper tones lead me to consider it a light tone of amber, but again amber none the less. It has spotless clarity but its head is erratic and thin. All in all, I suppose it looks pretty good.

I'm not usually one to complain about too much caramel malt - even in my hop bombs - but I do feel a little short changed by the lack of hop presence in this one. The citrus is restrained and the spice is mild at best. The lupulin is present, just not to the extent I had expected given they named the beer after the vessel packed with hops through which it circulates.

The malt, which I felt was a little too forward in smell, is much more appreciated in taste. The sticky caramel coated sweets impart flavours of lightly toasted bread, honey laced wafers, crisply baked cookies, a handful of nuts and butterscotch drizzle. Again the hops fail to jump out at me as hoped, although I do get a good dose of pine and hints of bitter grapefruit.

I'll soon stop complaining about it, but one last thing, I find the hops are more sensed then tasted. A vinous, dry, almost thorny bitterness lightly throttles the palate after each sip. The sweetness of the malts makes this considerably smooth and balanced. Although very easily quaffed, it could use a notch more of carbonation to be considered ultimately quenching.

As mentioned already, I had expected a little more of a hop presence given that it's been boasted right there in the name. Nevertheless, this makes a darn nice amber ale, albeit not as good as their Nugget Nectar. Troegs seems to make nothing but darn nice beers and despite not being particularly huge on the style, I could definitely see revisiting this one.

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

12 oz bottle from Market of Choice, was very random to find this here in Oregon, but I was happy to give it a shot. Nice amber pour with a moderate tan head. Nice big hoppy flavor which is unusual for the style. Pretty well balanced as well, nice malt flavors. Solid offering though I was expecting a little more from what I have heard about this brewery.

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,699 ratings.