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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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2,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 184 | 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 Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -16%

Bottle courtesy of Steph: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy white head with some good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is a mix between light caramel malt with some bitter hops at the end. Body is about average with some great carbonation. With the level of hops that can be found in this beer it is almost leaning toward an IPA. Very good session beer overall.

09-17-2007 19:48:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

I picked this up on a recent visit to the DC area, and I was pretty pleased with it. It is a nicely hopped, definitely-not-boring amber ale. It reminded me a great deal of McTarnahan's, which I also like.

It poured a pretty rich amber color with decent head formation. Aroma was light, citrus-y, hops. Flavor was definitely hoppy. I could find a bit of fault in the beer - it was just a touch stale and cardboard-y up front and just a touch sour at the finish, which might not have been the case if I'd had a bit fresher bottle (mine was dated 5/5/07, meaning it was just over 4 months old when I drank it). Still, there was a lot to like in this beer, including being very drinkable. Definitely recommended.

09-15-2007 03:10:41 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Crisp amber red pour with a great head of wheat-hued froth that sticks and laces nicely. A veil of head remains until the last sip.

Aroma is a nice mix of scorched caramel, amber malts, with citrus and floral hops bringing in the rear.

Flavor is very well balanced and has the malty sweetness and caramel notes of an Amber Ale. It is well hopped and full of citrussy vibrance and light floral bitterness. Comlex for the style.

Body is medium, creamy, and uber easy to drink. Great session beer that will certainly keep you interested.

09-12-2007 22:14:25 | More by AlexJ
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

This isn't my favorite style by any stretch but I do have to say this is some good brew; definitely a standard for the style as it doesn't exhibit characteristics of amber ales that I have not liked.
There is a very nutty, semi-sweet tea cookie thing going on here, as well as some sweet tea flavors. The bitterness in here has a little bit of that signature amber ale bitterness that I tend not to like but it's rounded out by some more floral hop bitterness. The interplay of balance of flavors and textures works out quite well.
Hopback amber makes me think of what un-lagered Brooklyn lager might taste like. Complex but well balanced, flavorful but not so overpowering in any particular aspect. Hops and sweet roasted malts are all solid in this medium bodied brew. Makes me hope that I get my hands on some Nugget Nectar sometime soon.

09-04-2007 01:06:19 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance- Golden in color with a nice foamy, off white head.

Smell- A very wonderful hop smell.

Taste- Great hoppy taste to it. had a nice dry finish to it as well.

Mouthfell- Very refreshing with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability- I wish I had more than one.

09-03-2007 21:21:20 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of genog


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a ruby red, burnt orange color with a bubbly white foam almost tan head. Lingers around for a little while. Smell is of caramel malt and floral, earthy hop presence. Taste is sweet with caramel malt and bittering hops. Mouth feel is strong and heavy carbonated creating a really nice balance of all the flavors. A solid Amber Ale. One of my under rated favorite styles.

09-01-2007 02:30:05 | More by genog
Photo of franksnbeans


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a reddish amber with a thin white lace head. Smells crisp with floral hops, a nice boquet indeed. Tastes of refeshing malt, fresh hops. This is verrry smooth and a delight. Has qualities from my favorite Troegs, Nugget Nectar. For an amber red this is a gem. Great drinkability.

08-28-2007 02:23:38 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of DIM


4.03/5  rDev +1%

a: pours with a nice one inch head that sticks around for a while with somelacing. amber ale? looks a bit pale to me.

s: a very fresh and inviting hop aroma that lasts for most of the session.

t: nugget nectar jr! what a pleasant surprise. almost as hoppy and refreshing as the sr., though it has a bit of an off-putting sourness to the finish. however, it is very tasty all in all.

m: left a little to be desired, felt a bit thin, not enough body, though it was very well carbonated.

d: i immediately opened another one. nuff said.

08-26-2007 23:21:49 | More by DIM
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

This beer poured a clear brown color with a thick head. The aroma was immediately strong of hops and was persistent. The taste was strong initially of hops with some malt present and finishing bitter. The hops are noticeable and pleasant adding to the overall enjoyment. It has a very clean and balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp and suits the beer nicely. Overall, this is a delightful brew.

08-18-2007 23:48:08 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of jdg204


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

A very sweet anniversary gift from my wife was a nice 6'er of this pleasant offering from Troegs.

Appearance - Beautiful medium copper color with a nice off-white head which quickly disipates.

Smell - Very nice hopped odor with a hint of fruit in the backgdround.

Taste - Hops definetly are the dominant flavor, but not overwhelming. Could use a bit more bitter hops/ sweet citrus malt balance, but then I suppose it would be an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and easy to drink, much quicker to drink than an IPA, but you still gotta take your time and give your taste buds a break.

Drinkability - No surprise that Troegs pounds out another winner, these guys are in the elite. This is definetly not in Nugget Nectar's class, but a nice easier drinking alternative when you want an IPA without all the gravity.

08-18-2007 00:02:00 | More by jdg204
Photo of LeftyBWS


4.03/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. No indication of freshness on the label.
A: Deep amber color, darker towards the top. There’s a ½ inch of tan head, quite creamy. Not much carbonation.
S: Hoppy and sweet most of all, with some more spicy hop notes underneath. The prevailing hop scents are rather earthy, with hints of malt tagging along.
T: Lemony zest with tingling hops lead the way. A bit of sweetness comes in underneath in the middle, with the hops still going. Both these tastes continue to the finish which fades into a creamy mixture of hops and malts. Interesting combination.
M: Tingly but smooth Intriguing but not overly bitter.
D: Pretty good. I think this beer combines some flavors and feelings in an interesting way that makes me want to explore it (i.e. drink it) more.
Overall, an excellent and unique amber ale. Highly recommended.

08-17-2007 19:58:59 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

A- Pours a pretty, clear amber with three fingers of creamy light tan head that settles to a single layer in minutes and leaves a small trace on the glass.

S- Tons of citrusy hops up front. I mean, tons. If you let it warm you can pick out some grain husk, a hint of caramel malt, maybe some faint cherry-like fruitiness.

T- First taste on the tongue is light malt, followed quickly by a much more muted version of the same hops just smelled. Some hints of bread and caramel, with a citrusy finish... and that's about it. It's good, and hits the style guidelines fairly well.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and some faint astringency left in the finish. decent, but not to style.

D- It's a good beer, and would be a good standby or introduction to craft beer with your bmc buddies.

08-16-2007 02:36:11 | More by khiasmus
Photo of bosco7


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dark orange with some chill haze that clears when allowed to warm. Head is silky that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Orange marmalade, pine bark, grapefruit, and earthy malt aromas. Pleasant but it did not leave an impression on me.

Probably the hoppiest amber/red I have ever had (fits the IPA style closer but who cares). There's malt in there some where (I can feel it on the tongue) but grapefruit, orange rind and pine dominate the palate. Floral with lots of dry bitterness in the finish.

Big malty mouthfeel that has a oily residue. Overall this is a very nice beer.

08-15-2007 21:29:19 | More by bosco7
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

*Edit: Had it again, this time a little better in the flavor department. Bumped taste from 3.0 to 3.5. All else stands. 1/19/08

My first Troegs beer, this one made the trip back from Wexford PA to my hometown in SC. Quite the trip to wet my whistle -- let's see what she's got...

I decide to use my spif Sam Adams glass for this one, and the resulting fizzy red-caramel beer is quite attractive, sporting a small tight white head that leaves some lacing behind. Active carbonation makes this fun to hold to the light and look at, if you're in to that sort of thing.

This beer smells wonderful. A near perfect blend of sweet toasted malt and citrus hops teases my nose, with a hint of acid hop "heat" in there to keep things interesting. It's bold and fresh. I don't know if I've smelled a better Amber (if that is what this beer really is...). High points here.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the magnificence promised in the nose. A lightly fizzy, watery mouthfeel offers up a hoppy red (think of Rogue American Amber here) that boasts a nice mildly sweet bready / biscuity taste underneath some well-blended grapefruit and sappy hops. Neither flavor overpowers the other, but there's an odd and unwelcome vague sourness in the finish as well as a hint of vegetables that doesn't go over well for me. It's a pity, because this beer is quite drinkable otherwise.

The finish is fairly dry and bitter, and if I exhale through my mouth I catch a hint of that cooked corn flavor -- just a tad mind you, but I'm sensitive to it, alas.

Overall, Hopback is a pretty solid beer and one that's quite drinkable, but it stumbles in the taste department. I want to try this beer again; perhaps the 12 hour car ride didn't help things...

08-15-2007 04:36:20 | More by kkipple
Photo of jamie2dope


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

This brew pours pretty much like many amber ales I have had in the past. Amber color, not too much heading, but still good looking. Smell had toasted grains and lots of hops. The taste of this beer is very similar to an IPA in the way that it has a big hop profile. Mouthfeel is medium. This is an easy to drink brew for sure. It is too bad that Troegs does not distribute to Ma. Oh well, I'll enjoy the six pack while it lasts. Cheers

08-13-2007 05:27:21 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1%

this is one of the first beers i review so i'll give it another go 'round

a tall merengue head leaves fine frosty lacing and drops into a nice copper liquid. i smell hops of the musty and dry vegetation variety. slightly floral with a little honeydew sweetness

the aroma is where the hops really shine. the flavor is a little more balanced: tea-like hops with a suggestion of mint. mild bitterness. i dig that it's not a glassfull of citrus hops; a little noble character

08-13-2007 00:51:35 | More by bruachan
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.8/5  rDev -29.8%

Pours a clean amber color with an off white head. Aromas of hops and a bit earthy. Tastes of hops, but a watery taste. A small dry, bitter end. A decent hop, a light body, but expecting a bit more in body, but it is still very nice. I do respect this because it is the Nugget Nectars daddy.

08-12-2007 17:13:05 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bennetj17


3.35/5  rDev -16%

A: Medium copper color, slight chill haze. Thin foam but not much of a head really.

S: Clean but weak nutty malt aroma. The hops are grassy in character but very subdued.

T: Nutty malt, with a light bready sweetness. Some herbal hops make their way through and the finish has a decent bitterness.

M: Not too thin although the body falls a bit flat overall.

D: I could see myself drinking this if only there wasn't much else to choose from. I have to give it credit, for some reason this beer seems like a good starter for someone trying to get into craft brew. It kind of covers that area between a simple macro and a more interesting microbrew...

08-07-2007 06:05:18 | More by bennetj17
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +0.3%

Very nice orange color with a slight tan head on top. Good, mellow and hoppy aroma. Nice full hop flavor-slight citrusy taste and floral at the same time. Soft maltiness to it. Good body. Very full though not overly so. Very drinkable beer-would make a great session beer. I like to think of it as a Nugget Nectar Junior. Well balanced all around.

07-27-2007 23:47:05 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of seaoflament


4.43/5  rDev +11%

Would like to thank MrBURTON55 for this treat.

The beer pours a copper-like color, dark orange and brown. There is a small amount of head which dissipates quickly to a white ring around the glass.

Aroma is quite fruity with what I can only describe as fresh apricots, maybe some cherries. A roasted character are also very present, and some citrus notes from the hops to round things out.

The taste is very good. I really enjoy amber ales but I have a difficult time finding well made examples, but this one is a definite keeper. Carbonation is also adequate and at 6% it drinks quite smooth, and fast!

I only got one bottle of this? What a tease!

07-20-2007 22:04:02 | More by seaoflament
Photo of geexploitation


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a very clear, shiny amber with bright edges and a molasses center. Little head. Beautiful hop aroma that displays a few hop varieties. Some 4C aromas and some spicy/earthy English-style ones. The aroma is evocative, powerful, and restrained enough not to overwhelm. It's the best aspect of this beer. The palate breaks down a bit, with a thin lemon grass tea note cropping up where the flavors should be more well rounded. But that's a quibble, really. There's sharp, substantially carbonated bitterness first off, then some sweeter, nutty malts and a tea-like finish. Overall, this is very good amber ale, and the best Troegs beer I've tried.

07-18-2007 22:05:11 | More by geexploitation
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Amber. Fairly clear. But, well, amber. You know? Just a shade lighter than the bottles themselves... Smallish head with fair staying and very lasting lace.
Smells... Like sharp hops. Not citrus at all and not really grassy. Somehow... Sharp.
Tastes... Oh my. Well, big and even and malty a bit sweet and bitter towards the end right in the middle of the back of the tongue. Maybe a slight lingering sweetness in front but no off flavors.
Good medium+ body - absolutely stunning for a day like today (around 70, sunny, breezy).

07-12-2007 23:38:39 | More by charlesw
Photo of boelker62


3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours a averagely clear, deep amber body under a non-existent head, and therefore, no lacing. The aroma is puely of high citrus content, as individual grapefruits, limes and lemons can be discerned.

The initial flavor reflects this citrusy hoppiness, but the finish is so clean, and absent, without having a dry palate, that it seems empty. Really, a bit disappointing, even for a atyle that doesn't usually over-impress folks. It just fell a little flat.

Easily drinkable, but then so is Miller, for the same reasons. The absent finish, as you can tell, really bothered me, as I ws expecting much more out of this usually adventurous brewery.

07-05-2007 15:09:30 | More by boelker62
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Translucent amber colored body with thick white head that quickly dwindles to 1/2 a finger. Decent head retention and some lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Bitter hops hit the nose first followed by a sweet caramel malt. The bitter hops smell is big and masks the caramel malt.

T- Initial taste of strong citrus hops and grapefruit with a solid malt backbone. The finish reverses. The sweet caramel malt comes foreward for the finish with mildly bitter hops in the background. Sweet caramel malt lingers with hints of hops. Very well done and well balanced.

M- high carbonation and medium weight body. Carbonation accents grapefruit and aggressive hops at first then rounds out for a smooth and wonderful finish.

D- I'm not usually a big fan of amber ales. I had this one because it was in theTroegs multi-pack I bought. This is very drinkable and my favorite amber ale yet. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Another great brew by Troegs that I will have again.

07-04-2007 04:53:09 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Proud to claim these brewers as Pennsylvanians... the smell of hops is thrust throughout the family room as the rich amber body settles into a shaker...a fruity, salty effervescence smooths out the mellow hop taste, although slight acidity is present at the tongue's back....a label that is backed by its substance, Hopback crafts a delicious non-complex ale that works as an all-season pint--not an easy accomplishment...

06-30-2007 03:41:45 | More by dacrza1
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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