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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,782
Reviews: 1,121
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 97
Gots: 341 | 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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Ratings: 2,782 | Reviews: 1,121
Photo of projectflam86
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours nice amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that leaves some lacing.

S- Piney hop nose with some very nice citrus (grapefruite, kiwi?) scents initially. Some sweet malt and delicate floral scents add to make this a really nice smelling beer!

T- Nice initial hop and pine flavor with all of the flavors of the nose coming through as well. The grapefruit and floral tastes add a nice balance to the sweet caramel malt flavor hidden in the backbone. Well balanced without being too mellow.

M- Crisp and juicy with a nice amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is lingering but very pleasant.

D- Great brew that would make a nice gateway beer for those in search of hoppy beers without the palate for stonger IPAs and DIPAs.

Photo of atpben
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Richmond Downtown Capital Ale House. My first troegs beer. Poured into a pint glass. Had a dark amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head. Lots of hops and citrus in the aroma. Taste had some caramel and strong hop presence. The beer had a bitter finish. I thought a little too bitter for an amber. I still enjoyed this beer. Can't wait to try the nugget nectar.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of tight off white head. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, bread, pine, fruity hops leading to notes of grapefruit and light citrus. Medium in both body and carbonation. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into Duvel tulip.

A- bright, clear copper color. Head poured fairly small, and fell to just a slight bit fairly quickly.

S- flowery, tropical fruit aromas. Not particularly citrus-y, though that is also present, but more mango-guava-type tropical fruit smells.

T- sweet, semi-fruity flavors, like a vague version of the fruits in the nose, paired with caramel flavors from the malt, and laced with a juicy hops. Also very aromatic within the mouth. Swallow is juicy into a fruity, biscuity, bready, malt after taste, finally dissolving into a faint hops.

M- light, crisp, juicy, and easy going down.

D- pretty good. I got this in a sampler pack with 3 other Troegs varieties, so I don't have a six pack to finish off, but I might pick one up, because this is a pretty enjoyable beer.

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal, clear copper amber beneath a two-inch, frothy, off white head. Head has great retention, forms a bubbly layer on top and leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S- Smell is a nicely balanced between hops and malts. Pine, citrus and malty sweetness.

T- Tastes of bread and pretty well balanced. I think the name is totally misleading and is no where near as hoppy as one might think. This one is really all about the malt, with a healthy bitterness and snappy finish from the hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink.

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

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that went to a thick lace. The body of the brew was a clear red in color.

The aromas were piney hops followed by some nice malts sweetness. The flavor boils down to a less hoppy Nugget Nectar. I like it is very balanced and easy to drink. With its medium to light feel in the mouth and great carbonation.

This brew is a good balanced brew very drinkable and easily quaffable. I will go back to this brew again

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark honey, off white head, leaves to disk, some clingy lacing.

S - Musky, earthy smell.

T - Sharp notes, crisp malt and some clean high calcium water finish. That edge of the aspirin kind of thing.

M - Medium, good carb, fair coating.

D - Nice offering. Could have a few.

Photo of bobsy
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber pour with radiant red highlights revealed by the light, and a huge creamy white head that leaves epic lace. Aroma of citrus and biscuity caramel malt. Incredible balance in the flavour. Grapefruit and pine, but in perfect harmony with biscuit malt, and with the hoppy bitterness cut by the caramel sweetness. medium body and carbonation make this almost chewy, and I dig it. Great drinkability.

Thanks Shawn for trying to convince me that Troegs aint that bad!

Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a short, white head. The color was reddish amber. It has a citrusy hop smell with a bit of pine. The taste was mild compared to Nugget Nectar, basically a toned down version. I rather enjoyed this amber ale much more than the imperial version. I could see myself tipping a few of these in a sitting, only two tonight though.

Photo of OldYoda
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber into a standard US Troeg's pint glass. Modest head and little residual lacing, but a very attractive beer all in all.

Smell surprised me for something called Hopback, a malty sweetish caramel aroma. Not what I expected at all, but still very pleasant.

Taste was closer to what I expected, the hops hit right up front with a nice malt balance in the middle and a slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated. Again, very pleasant.

Drinkability is good at this ABV and several of these in an evening would be fine.

Overall another fine effort by Troeg's.

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

This is a favorite of mine. Very deep amber color typical of a solid amber ale (imagine that). Nice white, fluffy head that remains for a good while. Their are some nice citrusy scents in the nose, but is equally balanced by a nice sweet caramal aroma. The taste follows the nose nicely, but with a bit more emphasis on the hops. The sweetness is closer to a honey sweetness than a caramel sweetness, but is delicious all the same. Has a well carbonated mouthfeel, but slides down quite gently. This is an easy drinker and fits most situations.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very vibrant, bright amber color with a good creamy head which retains decently. Smells of light caramel and a bit of citrus hops...clean with maybe a hint of metallic. Taste is evenly citrus hops throughout with a nice cramel/biscuit/bready malt backbone. Fairly bitter finish and not too dry. Medium bodied, not too carbonated, and semi dry finish. Very drinkable and nice amber offering from Troegs. I need to get my hands on some Nugget Nectar.

Photo of MikeTaz
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Poured a transparent reddish brown. Clear with a nice head that clung to the glass.

Aroma was hoppy but not strong.

At first taste I noticed the hops and not much else. Second and third sips revealed caramel under notes and light carbonation. Hits the back of the throat nicely.

Overall, not a particularly impressive beer but a decent drink if you're looking for something in the style.

Photo of Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In US pint glass.

Pretty dark clear coppery amber with pale head.

Smell: nice malt sweetness and hop

Taste: Sweet slightly caramel malt and balancing hops. Much less hoppy than I expected. I was thinking more along the lines of nugget nectar, but this isn't the case. Much maltier in balance than NN.

MF is good.

Drinkability is pretty high

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber red with a luscious pearl white head. Great retention with lots and lots of lace--mountains of lace!

Smells mainly of hops, citrus--maybe tangerine--and pineapple. The pineapple and citrus are continued on the palate, along with caramel malts, a slight hop bitterness, and a mildly astringent finish. Medium bodied with a light, crisp carbonation.

This isn't my favorite style, but it's tasty and not too filling, so given the modest ABV, I could go for a couple of these in a sitting.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear amberish red color with white heading.Hardly any lacing.

Smell is citrus off the bat ,then a toasted maltiness takes over.

Taste is sweet,with some fruitiness to it.

Mouth is very smooth,medium bodied and good carbonation.

Drink is very high I could definelty have some more of these.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pretty crystal clear darker amber with a thick foamy head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S - Fruity hops hit you first. Citrus, punchy, but clean and refreshing. There's an underlying sweetness that brings it all together.

T/M - Tastes like a mellow IPA. Juicy, but a little pointlessly bitter. All of those flavors in the smell don't seem to come out quite so nicely. The taste is honestly just average. That said, it feels nice in your mouth. Full but clean.

D - Something you could drink without thinking about.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. "best before" date of 012209 is very faint and almost smudged...

deep classic amber. clear. great fluffy off-white head fades to thin layer, then wisps. moderate, delicate lacing, especially the bottom half of the glass.

smells of fresh citrus zest and pine, more citrus fruit flesh and other tropical fruits. underlying caramel maltiness, but faint.

more fresh citrusy and piney hop flavors, resinous with moderate yet snappy bitterness and more sweet caramel malts underneath. finishes with a return to fresh hops and resins, just not as pronounced as NN.

quite smooth throughout. not thin. moderate, crisp carbonation.

hops can get resinous with just a tad less malt to back it up than i hoped, so not quite a 4.5 in overall drinkability.

Photo of GoodOldDuke
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beer pours with a dark amber hue and a good amount of carbonation rises to the top to creat a decent head that will maintain in some form until the bottom of your glass.

Smell- Hops and citrus at first, once settled a more malted and roasted aroma.

Taste- First thing to hit the tip of your tongue are the hops but they are immediately followed by a great malty and sweet flavor that created a nice bitter finish when the two combine.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, with almost perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Top notch. Goes down easy due to mouthfeel and the taste is an even better bonus.

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottled date of 012209 and a number of 090107. Sampled on March 16, 2009.

The pour is a good looking amber-orange with a lot of carbonation that bubbles up to a frothy two-finger beige head then settles back a bit but never entirely. The aroma is hops first, citrus second almost like an IPA. The mouthfeel is of medium to bold texture and holds its own while swirling in the mouth. A hoppy taste bites me on first sip but then it ends in a rather unique but balanced bitter finish. A pretty good brew.

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

Appearance- Beer is a deep redish brown amber with a pillowy red-tinged three-finger head with good retention and strong sticky lacing.

Smell- Amber maltiness and a mildly bitter hop background.

Taste- Amber malts are lightly caramel sweet and biscuity and hops blend with malts immediaetly and grow to a mildly bitter hoppy crescendo. A bit earthy on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate and smooth carbonation mouthfilling flavor with a long aftertaste.

Drinkability- Lots of full flavor. A beautiful hoppy amber.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Pint glass with a Black Bear (WV) logo printed on it.

A: Deep amber with a decent head and quality retention. Medium amounts of carbonation.

S: Malts and sweet amber. Plenty of hops; mostly floral and seemingly fresh--from the hopback?

T: Slightly sweet and definite amber malt flavor. A nice, fresh hop taste.

M: Slight carbonation and little alcohol sensation--goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Glad I'll soon be moving out to VA and can get Troegs beers whenever I need them.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with a thin, white, quickly dissipating head.

S - Very faint all-around. Malt, brown sugar, hops.

T - Sweet, citrus, green apples, caramel malt, hops.

M - Creamy, thin bodied, medium carbonation.

Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours lovely...settles fast...not the clinglessness i expected....but that's small potatoes since the smell is intruding already before i've even activated my cyberNose...!

smell is hops. hops. perfect. hops. not ballistics. more like a louisville slugger.

it's simply nugget nectar as david banner, not the hulk! the flagship troegs FINALLY....and after the nugget, i still find this overwhelmingly lovely. scared of hops? confront your fear, step back and at least gulp one of these....if anything, the subtle aspects of HOPBACK trump the napalm blast of nugget nectar. i prefer to be waylayed...but this is a subtle form of dissent in a macro world of dumbass complacency. far left brewing for sure.

creamy, ecstatic. carbonation is sparkling and is the backbone of this heavy hitter.

too drinkable. at 6% ABV, it tastes more like a stealthy 8% punch. wowee

troegs may just be the best brewery in the state. east coast...exponentiallyETC...

Photo of LyonsHead
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, looks almost like and Irish red

S: very citrusy, Reminds me of a lot of IPA's that I've had

T: hits with hop bitterness then caramel and citrus... fig and grapefruit

M: Smooth but light and crisp

D: This is a pretty good beer. I'd definitely recommend it especially for a kind of transition beer to introduce someone to an IPA

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