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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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2,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 200 | 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 ohoove
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A wonderful selection that will please all of the senses. Burnt orange in color with a steady and consistent head and lacing.
Smells dominated by pine and citrus with a floral hint . Taste is a nice combo of sweet malts to balance out the piney hops. The seperation here from being an ipa is the toned down finish , it's more creamy and mellow without the bitter finish. Easy drinking and very inviting.

ohoove, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

On cask at Zeno's Real Ale Fest

A - Dark amber (duh), very turbulent and almost opaque...interesting. Thick tan head that lasted nicely.

S - Nice sharp pine / citrus hop scent. A whiff of malt comes thru late.

T/M - Solid hop bite with a lovely mellowing malt ovetone. A solid beer with few faults. Good balance and plenty of flavor.

D - Very good beer that shines when on cask (as most beers do IMHO) could drink this multiple times without hesitation. A solid offering from Troegs.

Deuane, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

12oz bottle, bottled 9/17/07, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, cherrywood color with a slightly off-white head that thinned out pretty quickly but left some good lacing behind.

S - out of the bottle aroma is citrus hops, in the glass there is a malty/hop blend sweet aroma.

T - good balanced flavor, maltiness is tasted throughout, the hops are subtle, yet they make their presence known.

M - light/medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D - goes down smooth and easy enough to have a few.
very good taste = very good drinkability in my book.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12%

Another goodie from Troegs…I really could not wait. This one poured a nice light amber color, with the tiniest hint of an orange hue. Deep carbonation came up from the bottom of the glass only to reinforce the large head of white stick and foamy lace that formed on the top. Great retention finally gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice little film across the top. The smell was deeply hopped. Very nice bouquet of floral hops, lots of pine and citrus notes accentuating a typical amber back, nicely malted with large hints of grains. The flavor was so much hoppier then I had thought it would be. There was a huge citrus hop punch from the very first sip and a very nice resin like taste that followed you throughout the session leaving behind a great dry and bitter finish. Great use of the hops here as the typical amber will have more of the malty character, which was still evident in the underlying base here, however the big hop presence not only balanced it well, but pushed it over to the lighter side and gave it much more of a bright feel. Great smooth and light body with ample carbonation led this to be an easy session beer. Overall I had honestly never heard of this one before I got it and it was truly wonderful. This was a great beer and something I would like to see more of, a nice, well rounded amber that could hold its own with a lot of sessionable IPA’s. Definitely have to recommend this one.

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

A little hazy, and on the darker side of light amber (?) with an off whitte head that dissipates pretty quick but leaves nice lace. Nose is hoppier than expected, and I did expect hop, but the nice herbal, pine, citrus smell is balanced out by a sweet malt scent in the background. It's also a little spicy... maybe some ginger and white pepper. Taste is really nice with a pretty light medium body that is very soft. It really delivers a much more balanced taste tha nthe nose would suggest. Very clean. Great for an all day/session drink.

timtim, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

A- Amber (surprise!). Perfectly clear with a small white head that settles to a thin covering.

S- lots and lots of pine and citrus. I was kind of taken aback because this is not like your typical amber ale. Some some good malt backing. Smells sticky.

T- Same as the aroma. Sweet and piney. Definitely and emphasis on the grapefruit and caramel aspect.

M- Kind of thin with not much meat to it. Kind of a weird contrast for how sweet it is.

D- Good and definitely an interesting take on the style. If this had a little more in the mouthfeel department, this would be a real winner. Worth a try without a doubt.

david131, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of showpe01
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Apearance : very good.. nice amber color with a little bit of lace around the top

Smell: The smell of sweet delicious hops

Taste: Definite a fair amount of agressive hop balance well
to create a real drinking experience

Mouthfeel: Very good to the mouth . Not overwhelmed with hops.

drinkability: Very drinkable. I love Hops so i am in Heaven

showpe01, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured a nice clear amber with a large, thick white head. Lots of staying power and thick rings of lace left behind.

Hoppy aroma of pine and lemon zest. Clean and crisp with notes of caramel and toasted grain.

Well balanced. Pine and citus hop flavors hit the back of the tongue while caramel and toasted malt soften the bite. Some nutty and tea-like notes lay under the hops and malt sweetness. Finishes dry with light lingering bitterness and floral notes.

Soft on the palate, very smooth - medium bodied. Dries up and a bit prickly after swallowing.

Complex, but well balanced. Flavorful, but not overpowering. Hops and sweet roasted malts both shine. Easy to drink - complex and flavorful enough to keep your attention, but not overpowering enough to burn you our. Very good with food. This may be my new go to everyday/session beer. Recommended.

Lupe, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

On cask at Half Moon in Kennett Square.

Poured a deep amber with a thin light tan head. The aroma was muted somewhat, but I expected that since it seems to be what I encounter with cask ales. There was some hops (pine and lemon zest) and some sweet malts. Touch of fruitiness. The flavor seemed like a blended version of the bottles I have had previously. It was good, but nothing really stood out. Towards the bottom third of the glass I did notice more of the hops in the taste and the sweetness faded some. Creamy cask-conditioned feel to it. Overall, it was a good beer, but I think I prefer the bottles.

Imstillthegman, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Matthew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz bottle. Pours a deeo amber color with some reddish hue. How appropriate. Small white bubbly head to start, but fades to leave a small covering over the top of the beer.
The nose is fairly hoppy, some light earthy pine, with a good amount of fruity citrus hop notes there as well. A fair amount of sweet and smooth malty aroma shows through as well.
Sweet light toasted malt flavor covers my tongue and a good amount of hop bitterness comes through and offers up some subdued piny notes along with some citrusy finishing hops.
Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation.
Very drinkable. A beer that is easy to sit down and have a few of. Certainly worth checking out.

Matthew, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%

Thanks goes to NJ State Trooper Pete Mosteller for this bottle.

Poured a nice clear copper with a large white head. This subsides to a good layer of white foam that leaves ample lacing.

The aroma has all kinds of things going on. I get notes of pine, some earthiness, and lemon zest. It has a very "clean" aroma that I can't quite find the words for.

The taste is very nicely balanced. There are small touches of toasted malt, but hops dominate here. The lemon character is definitely here, but what I really notice is tropical fruit. It is very soft on the palate and finishes clean. This beer is extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

This was an awesome brew. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and delicious. I sure wish I had more than one bottle! I will drink this again, and hopefully soon

BeerLover48Fan, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of bozebus17
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%

Thanks goes to Beer Truth for this bottle.

Poured a nice clear copper with a large white head. This subsides to a good layer of white foam that leaves ample lacing.

The aroma has all kinds of things going on. I get notes of pine, some earthiness, and lemon zest. It has a very "clean" aroma that I can't quite find the words for.

The taste is very nicely balanced. There are small touches of toasted malt, but hops dominate here. The lemon character is definitely here, but what I really notice is tropical fruit. It is very soft on the palate and finishes clean. This beer is extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

This was an awesome brew. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and delicious. I sure wish I had more than one bottle!

bozebus17, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 17, 2007
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.

BeerBelcher, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
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.

AlexJ, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
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.

ommegangpbr, Sep 04, 2007
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.

Beerbuddha, Sep 03, 2007
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.

genog, Sep 01, 2007
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.

franksnbeans, Aug 28, 2007
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.

DIM, Aug 26, 2007
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.

barefootbrewer, Aug 18, 2007
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.

jdg204, Aug 18, 2007
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.

LeftyBWS, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
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.

khiasmus, Aug 16, 2007
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.

bosco7, Aug 15, 2007
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.