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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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Ratings: 2,598
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 226 | 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:
Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.

(Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pete for bringin this back from PA! Poured into a shaker pint. Beautiful ruby/mahogany color with a tan fluffy head. Wonderful hop aromas- piney, flowery. Great biting flavor for an amber. No bland malt bomb here. Wonderful balance with the right amount of caramel and toffe flavored malts backing up the hop kick. Very drinkable- I have found another favorite from Troegs!!

DrDogbeer, May 13, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Reddish brown and despite a light head it laces very well.
The aroma is of grapefruit,malts,apples and hops. The Taste is well balanced,hops,citrus,wheat tones,and a hint of caramel with malts that are quite sweet. The feel of this beer is clean and slightly grainy. It is dry but not too dry. The sweetness is felt in the finish and the my thoughts are that this beer is a session brew.
Notes: It seemed something was missing?,perhaps a bit more hop or some more malts. I suppose that one could easily appreciate this beer for what it is,but did I hear someone say pass me a Roxy? (just kidding) I liked it and I will buy it again.

Lexluthor33, May 07, 2008
Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium dark amber color, very few bubbles can be seen. Head is about a finger in thickness, pale, creamy color. Doesn't stay long, but I'm not the best at pouring yet.

Very strong hop nose to start first sip has a surprisingly prevalent malt flavor that quickly gives way to the hops once again. On the second sip I expect the malt. Definite toffee flavor that lingers on the edges of my tongue. But still, the hops prevail... oh my beautiful, bitter, delicious hops. And as the beer rolls down my throat, I taste a slight fruitiness that I can't put my finger on. Lacing isn't too heavy, but it definitely lingers on the glass.

Mouthfeel is primarily light, but the liquid coats my tongue ever so slightly. After a few more sips, I give up reviewing and just enjoy the beer. Could definitely drink a few of these (and I have on multiple occasions). It's pretty hoppy, but not so strong as to completely assault your palate.

If you're a raging hophead like me, you'll love this brew. If not, I feel like you still might be able to enjoy it. Or maybe I'm just used to hops. I don't know. Maybe have a few more moderately hopped beers before this one, but even then, HopBack can bridge the gap to even hoppier beers than itself

SusurusIgnoramus, May 07, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- A deep dark clear red pour. A nice half finger head stays with a tint of red on it. Looks like a dye actually.

S- Spiced apple and hints of grapefruit. A strong aroma of hops hits me in the nose as well.

T- Taste is dry and hoppy. I can barely taste the floral spices i mentioned in the smell. The hops is pretty much the only thing i taste.

M- dry yet very moist and wet. Goes down smooth and leaves behind a nice lil aftertaste.

D- easy to put a sixer of this down during a Steeler game. this is a beer to enjoy during a football game.

Dodo2step, May 03, 2008
Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= nice darker-tea amber, modest head fades quickly but leaves plentiful lacing as it's consumed.

S- lovely florals, hints of apple, citrus and sweet malts.

T= delightful, one of the best APA's that I've had except that this is categorized under American Amber which is a bit of a puzzle. Definitely a good hops-fan beer. Lots of flavor, caramel malts, hops galore, citrus for starters. Slight hint of grapefruit but very subdued, unlike so many of the craft-beer micro APA's lately.

M= slight sweetness lingering, medium hops with light bitters, Something to savor for a while after each sip.

D= very drinkable, nothing to stand in your way if you're a good hops-fan.

Maybe Troegs should initiate a new beer style, RPA for Red Pale Ale?

therica, May 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a wonderful amber caramel color with a bit of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

the nose of this beer is pretty faint. a bit of hops and a bit of malty sweetness, but not much else.

this beer tastes like nugget nectar jr. not a bad thing to be called. it's hoppy and balanced. the finish is super clean.

the mouthfeel is good for an amber ale. a good bit of carbonation that makes the beer explode in your mouth.

i could drink several of these i'm glad i can get them fairly locally. another fine offering from the troegs brewery.

deepsouth, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Celt44
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a Skiing trip to Western Maryland. Is there a state in the union where it's harder to buy beer?

Appearance: Dark, cloudy, amber. Great creamy head and lacing lasts throughout.

Smell: Floral, fruity, and sweet. Malts come through as freshly baked bread.

Taste: Hint of hops - almost like a mild IPA. Delicious. Grapefruits comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Easy on the palate.

Overall one of the best amber ales I've tasted. I'm not a big fan of the style but I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Celt44, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a refreshing, balanced, hoppy amber, light enough to drink in the heat, but robust enough to drink in cooler weather.

It pours a rich chestnut color, with moderate head and light carbonation. It has a solid malt backbone with a pleasant sting of hop bitterness and the resiny flavor of the hops. This beer teeters on the edge of favoring the malt too highly, but it walks the line beautifully and succeeds in maintaining its balance. The beer has an outstanding mouth feel, grabbing the tongue down both sides with the hop bitterness while the carbonation stings the front of the tongue. The finish is malt with just a wisp of hop bitterness at the back of the mouth.

Despite its otherwise outstanding character, the beer suffers in the aroma, which displays both malt and hop, but is not particularly powerful or distinctive on either side.

Still, an outstanding example of the malty pale and amber ales beloved by Pennsylvania brewers. This is a beer I will go back to as often as I can.

Seanibus, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of BBM
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on cask at Once & For All in Patchogue. Poured a beuatiful mahogony color with a sudsy beige head that stuck around for a while. Aroma was crisp and slightly sweet, with hints of apples and flowers.

Delightfully balanced between the floral and herbal hops, and the roasted malts. Slight bitter finish, but nothing unbearable. Overall a gold-star effort from Troegs, and a highly drinkable amber beer.

BBM, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 4/24/08.

A - Copper-colored body with amber highlights and thick two-finger off-white head that retained quite well and left some thick, intricate lacing all over the glass. Plenty of active carbonation.

S - Aromatic blend of herbal and citrusy hops paired with sweet caramel and toasted malts. Touch of alcohol in the nose. Some piney notes as well.

T - Hop character is primarily herbal with a bit of juicy citrus tang and a hint of pine. Nice toasted malt finish with a moderate hop bite. This is an extremely well-balanced brew!

M - Light to medium body with a pretty creamy texture and a soft, mild effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is moderately bitter and lingers for a while with just a slight burnt aspect reminiscent of toasted bread.

D - Bring it on! This has been one of my favorites for a while, and certainly a worthy year-round beer for Troegs' portfolio. I can drink this any time. Perfect balance of malts and hops in this one.

ffejherb, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case directly from the brewer and poured into a pint glass, once I got home

A: Excellent carbonation, amber colored, really good retention and an off-white lacing

S: Very distinct hoppy smell, some citrus (peach, apricot, pineapple) and spice.

T: Fruity taste, a little sweet from the roasted hops

M: Very light carbonation, texture had good body and was very smooth

D: Excellent drinkability, I like it not as cold though

IronCitySteve, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this ale as part of the Troegs sampler. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a deep amber color with orange hues around the edges. Poured produced a off-white head that dissapated into a bubbly film. Good carbonation and lacing throughout.

S - Hoppy and somewhat floral with hints of pine and citrus.

T - Hoppy and slightly spicy up front. Definate hints of grapefruit and pine. Finishes off bitter. IMO the best beer in the Troegs sampler and second only to Nugget Nectur overall.

MF&D - This slightly oily, medium bodied ale coats the mouth well. Highly recommended.

nasty15108, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass a lovely deep dark reddish amber with a two finger high tan/white head

Hop blast, grassy, floral, spicy. Some grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet malt in the background

sweet caramel maltiness mingles wonderfully with the spicy hops. This is a great tasting beer

FIne bubbled carbonation is fairly prominent in this medium bodied brew

A great beer. Despite having a huge blast of hops, this beer mellows out wonderfully. Totally stoked that I can pick up a sixer of this just down the block

DaggerEyes, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; clear and clean reddish brown with the most delicate tiny bubbles in the center. Good retention, good lacing.

Smell: Peppery and spicy sweet hops, a little nutty malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and oily but the little carbonation seems external and a bit stinging on the tongue.

Taste: Light spicy hops and pepper, bit of caramel on the finish, biting but refreshing.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. Toned down, almost session-liker version of Nugget Nectar.

joezak5, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear deep amber hue with a light tan one finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Sharp spicy and citrusy hops sit on top of a malt base, which consists of a bit of brown sugar.

For a beer that smells as hoppy as this one, it has a relatively clean finish. The hops provide a little citrus tinge, on top of the grainy malts. A little bit of caramel is in there as well. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, giving a lively feel in the mouth.

This is a realy good beer. I'd have to say it's my favorite American Amber Ale. The hops are lively but not overpowering, giving a little spice with it. Smooth and highly drinkable. Recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a clear copper color with a one and a half inch off white foam head. Decent lacing.

S- Huge hoppy pine smell. It actually smells a bit like a Christmas tree but sweet. Delicious smell.

T- Sweet hoppy bite that fills the whole mouth with hints of citrus sweetness followed by a slightly malty finish.

MF&D- Really good medium bodied beer that drinks very smooth. Slight oily mouthfeel that is typical of the hoppy beers. My second selection from Troegs (first one was Nugget Nectar) and I am very impressed. Look forward to the rest of the sampler that I bought.

hyland24, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a companion beer to Nugget Nectar, sharing close similarities and proving hops are a Troegs strong point. Pours out a wonderful copper-red with light tan head. Glassy clarity and lots and lots of lace.

Hops are big in the aroma, sticky-sweet pine and flowery spiciness, with a generous malt base adding roundness.

Flavor is the high point, and that's really what matters most. Hops and malts are mingled perfectly, both of them fairly aggressive and up-front. Intensely flavorful hops give a nice bittering pucker to the mouth and lay grapefruit rind on the tongue, but it's never overly intense as sweet bready malt comes in for balance and mellowness. All comes down to earth thanks to a thinner mouthfeel that just barely squeaks in some creaminess, while medium carbonation takes over and makes this feel "sessionable", ie. easy as hell to drink.

I'm sure many would disagree, but it's like the malts are the feature here, their candy-like, somewhat gooey syrup sweetness making this far more drinkable than it would've been if the hops had their way entirely. But hopheads could never dislike this. A supremely balanced beer, and pretty freaking delicious too.

Metalmonk, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of americanwolfdrea
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another tradeshow sample, this beer. I enjoyed the dark color and creamy head that it produced. It was a tad heavy, meaning that It was to be savoured, like a good wine. Obviously the hops were very pronounced, which wins a spot high on my list(I greatly enjoy the bite of the hops). It was smooth and had a tiny bit of an aftertaste, but by no means was it too much to enjoy. I did like this beer, but would like it much better if I had tiem to savor it better.

americanwolfdrea, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into an American pint glass...

A- Ruby amber color. Translucent but dark in some spots. Decent cream colored head and really nice spiderweb ring lacing around the whole glass.

S- Smell was of wet hops. Detected some caramel notes, but the hops were really the main attraction in the nose.

T- Taste was bitter and citrusy- detected some grapefruitish hops and a nice caramel finish. Very well rounded and balanced. This is a very hoppy beer with a sweet candy like caramel finish.

M- Mouthfeel was smooth and sleek- oily finish- easy going down.

D- I could have many of these in a sitting. This one really surprised me. I loved it!

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is clear, coppery-mahogany with a small beige-ish head. Some slow-rising bubbles and some splotches of lace.

S: Very pleasant - nice blend of hops -- the spicy and grassy types -- and malt -- the caramel malt type.

T: Spicy notes over sweeter caramel malt. Hops seem fresh and juicy, or "wet." The hops linger into the aftertaste as a slightly bitter drying agent. All in all it's tasty and pretty well-balanced.

M: Prickly bite at first, but it becomes smoother as it warms (or maybe as I become accustomed to it). Lighter side of medium-bodied in weight.

D: Pretty good. Tasty, but not heavy -- it goes down pretty easily.

Notes: My first offering from Troeg's, I grabbed this at a Bev Ctr on the side of Route 17 in NJ. Was hoping they'd have Nugget Nectar, but this was a worthy substitute at around $8 a sixer.

Kendo, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, clear cranberry-apple with a thin, fizzy medium tan head. Medium visible carbonation steadily streams upwards.

S: The nose was soft with fresh pink grapefruit, light pine with a nice malt sweetness with some juice-like aroma of berries and apples.

T: The initial flavor starts out with a sweet citrus kiss fo grapefruit and sweet caramel. Malty, piney, citrusy with a rich toasted caramel all combine to provide a incredible smooth and well rounded flavor from start to finish. A big wet grapefruit hopping appears providing a nice spicy citury finish.

M: very smooth with a light-medium fullness. There was spicy grapefruit and rich caramel lacing the tongue after the swallow.

D: A great drinking hopped amber that is case worthy by all means. One that is very enjoyable in multiples and hard to tire of.

beerthulhu, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprisingly, this pours darker than it's big brother nugget nectar, and darker than most amber/reds. mahogany in color with nice clarity, and a dissipating off-white head and lacing. nose is somewhat subdued, although caramel, dark fruit, and roasted nuts are present. lacks any citric hop character. decent dark maltiness in the taste with a smooth hop bitterness underneath. good but not great. medium-bodied with a nicely carbonated mouthfeel. sessionable at this abv.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Light brown to dark amber in color with orange highlights around the edge of the glass. Tight off-white head poured 1.5 fingers, receded slowly, leaving a nice light bubbly froth at the top of the beer. Sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Malt dominates the nose with a slight presence of citrusy hops in the background.

T: Smooth maltiness on the front with a slight, bitter hop finish. The hops taste more earthy and grassy to me. Very nice balance.

M: Light to moderate body. Good carbonation gives it alively mouthfeel. Not slick, not syrupy, just about right.

D: I have been extremely impressed with Troegs beers. This is no exception. A very sessionable American Amber. Troegs does an excellent job of balancing their beers. The 6.0 ABV on top of everything else makes this a very sessionable beer.

usmittymc, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of dgthompson
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer, great hops taste. Along the lines of an, like Hop Devil or Hoptical Illusion. Appearance was almost perfect, copper color. Smell was almost perfect as well. Taste was a 4/5 - a bit more bite than even a high hop should have, but could have been the 6 pack I bought (nothing wrong with a 4 out of 5 at all, just pointing out why it wasn't a 5/5). Would love to try this on tap, I bet it is even better.

dgthompson, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/amber body... good carbonation.. medium off-white head which disappears shortly after forming.. good lacing...

S: Floral/grassy hops... some citrus hop character as well... nice spice but little malt backbone

T: Not quite there... decent hop forward taste which is met with a bland malt base... no bitterness in the finish

M: Medium bodied and slightly resiny but simultaneously watery thin in places

D: Taste just isnt there to carry this beer for me.

callmemickey, Mar 23, 2008
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