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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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2,496 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 185 | 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 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
Photo of StonyB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz. brown bottle purchased at Andy's Corner Bar. Bright yellow label with a bold green hop flower in the middle. 6% ABV listed, but a freshness date is not.

Appearance - Large head of creamy foam, stubbornly slow in dissipating. An attractive deep copper-bronze color. Clear.

Smell - Piney hops up front. A slightly sour aroma follows. Not off-putting, but not enticing.

Taste - Nice balance of citrus and piney hops with a solid malty base. A little tangerine and toffee pop up as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Neither thick nor thin, the texture of the beer coats the mouth in a favorable way. Though there is not a pronounced alcohol taste, there is some unexpected warming, as if the ABV were higher.

Drinkability - With the nice hop yin and malt yang, and a moderate ABV, this certainly is a a very appropriate beer for sessions. Easy to drink, but with enough complexity to hold one's interest sip after sip.

Troegs is justifiably proud in calling this their signature beer. Well-crafted, interesting, refreshing and tasty. Definitely recommended.

06-28-2007 23:21:35 | More by StonyB
Photo of jmp491


4.47/5  rDev +12%

Poured a cold 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very dark amber or copper color. Pours with a fingernail's worth of frothy head. Smells outstanding -- very hoppy scent with citrus and maybe honey undertones. Tastes great. The beer is hoppy, but not bitter. Has some grapefruit flavor, and it is similar to the smell. The aftertaste stays for a while. However, you get a small alcohol aftertaste, but it is not bad. Medium carbonation, but not too much. I could see myself drinking a few of these. Troegs has a high quality line of brews, and this beer will not dissapoint.

06-25-2007 04:27:14 | More by jmp491
Photo of number1bum


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

HopBack Amber is another beer I drink all the time that I've never reviewed. This is one of my favorite "drinking beers" - a beer that I like to have on hand all the time.

Pours a rich amber color, dark enough that it is leaning toward copper. Nice 1 finger light beige head. Retention is minimal but there's a ring left around the glass; minimal stick, as well.

Smell is very aromatic hops, clearly from the hopback process. Hops are citrusy for the most part. The smell is also somewhat bready and there is a toasted malt and biscuit aroma going on to complement the hops.

Taste is a wonderful combination of the best of the amber ale style along with a very nice complement of hops. There is a mild malt sweetness and a biscuity, toasted grain flavor that makes it an amber ale, but then a fruity splash of hops with a very mild bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry but is not at all bitter. Carbonation is just right and the brew is medium-bodied.

I think this is a great beer for malt heads and hop heads alike. The hops make their presence felt in the nose more than in the taste, and they are subdued enough on the palate that they shouldn't overly offend the malt heads. This is a quintessential session beer, in my opinion. I love this beer. I love Troegs.

06-07-2007 00:57:23 | More by number1bum
Photo of BeerTruth


4.43/5  rDev +11%

Got this in an in-person trade at Middle Ages with number1bum. Thanks a bunch!

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Has a nice clear amber hue with a two finger off-white head that dies down to a layer that stays throughout. Stickiness is all over the sides of the glass. Such a sugary hop odor pleases the nose that mixes well with a very mild pine scent. A touch of bready aroma is thrown in there as well. Taste is a spicy hop tingle up front that mixes well with a caramel malt and proceeds to end with a crisp citrus bite. Hopback has a medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation as well. Drinkability is scary good, I could easily have a few of these before I even realized it. Troegs is easily becoming one of my favorite breweries. Please begin to distribute in New York, is it really so much to ask for?

06-05-2007 23:56:22 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Cresant


3.55/5  rDev -11%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. No date listed. The amber body was clear and it left a delicate lace down the glass.

Smell was citrusy hops and fresh grains. Very aromatic.

Taste was sweet caramel malts and understated hops. The finish was a mildly bitter lingering aftertaste. Well done.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and medium in the carbonation. Solid and pleasant.

06-05-2007 14:17:38 | More by Cresant
Photo of dbatch

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Got me a sixer at my local establishment. Poured into a pint glass, pours a lovely amber/orange color, with about a quarter inch of head and a very nice amount of lacing.

Aroma of malt and hops, followed by a sweet citrus aroma. Taste is just as the label says - you get the hops up front, followed by the malty amber taste behind it. Also noted a citrus flavor mixed with the malt as well.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great, almost leaves a little alcohol flavor at the end and a little carbonated. If it was a work night, I can see the whole sixer gone, the 6% is nicely hidden.

05-29-2007 22:24:57 | More by dbatch
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brownish orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with hops as the name suggests, along with citrus and caramel sweetness.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops burst and a heavy citrus and caramel sweetness. I know that isn’t much analysis, but it’s as simple as that. It just tastes great.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, similar to Nugget Nectar the only thing keeping this beer from being an American IPA is the fact that Troegs doesn’t call it an IPA. That being said, this is an excellent beer and I could see myself drinking a whole lot of it in an evening, if only Troegs were available this far in the Northeast. HINT-HINT!

05-27-2007 03:57:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of walshclimb


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours clear amber with 1/2" head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Nice sweet hoppy smell which is slightly floral. Sweet malty initial flavor with medium hop bitterness and a nice balance. Clean dry finish with floral hop aftertaste. Medium bodied with a dry finish. This is a nice hoppy ale that I would definitely buy again. It is surprisingly hoppy, and I would probably guess IPA if I were blindfolded.

05-19-2007 20:34:45 | More by walshclimb
Photo of boxofepilepsy


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours golden amber with average lacy head into tuliped pint glass.

Smell is solid in its style. Hops and sweet (honey or caramel maybe) plus some orange hints.

Taste is great. Mirrors the smell with a great balanced hop profile up front with smooth fruit and toasty flavors. Carbonation is average and body is medium.

With the low ABV and tame (not boring by any means) taste, it goes down quite well. Not quite their Nugget Nectar, but definitely a go-to year-round.

05-18-2007 01:18:13 | More by boxofepilepsy
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bought fresh at the brewery, Expecting good things.
Pours a dark copper color with a nice, off white head.
Smells of carmel malt with notes of hops outstanding. Very floral but nicely balanced.
Again, the taste is hoppy yet malty. A very nice balance between the citrus twang of hops and a fairly strong malt back bone. Just enough for good balance.
Very good beer to savor and to session if so desired.

04-18-2007 00:59:42 | More by dmamiano
Photo of bklynbeerbaron

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Combination of gold, red and brown with a creamy, full-finger head with lacing all the way down the glass. Nice.

Smell: A light, sweet, doughy aroma, with a hint of hops.

Taste and mouthfeel: First, sweet malt, then piney hops. Malt, then hops, malt, then hops. Back and forth between the two flavors throughout - like they're clashing, but in a good way. Full, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The smoothness makes it go down real easy, but the ABV sneaks up on you.

Notes: A tasty amber with some bite. Too bad Troegs doesn't distribute in NY, I'd hit them up more often.

04-17-2007 04:17:41 | More by bklynbeerbaron
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

The beer poured a rich amber with a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of some caramel malts and sweet citrus hops. The taste was of great citrus hops in the initial with a profound sweetness that completely overpowers the hops in the finish. This makes for a beer balanced in a truly unique way. The beer is very light, crisp and easy to drink. This would make a wonderful session beer.

04-17-2007 02:42:04 | More by atsprings
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

From a case bought at the brewery. Bottling date is not entirely legible but the year is 2007. I got a real nice light tan head over a dark copper colored ale. The head did not last long and left a minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is mostly of malt. Not nearly the hops in the nose that I expected after trying a sample of this on tap at the brewery. There is some citrusy hop presence there.

I have the same comment about the taste, as I know I got more hops from this on tap. It makes me question the bottling date of this batch. A bit disappointing when compared to the fresh draft version, but this would not get bad scores as a straight amber ale.

Medium bodied with little notable carbonation in the mouth. A nice beer if you're planning on having a few with the guys.

04-17-2007 01:20:18 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of bjohnson


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a darker amber that sports caramel and reddish colors. Thin white finger head dissipates but leaves a tight rim around the edge. Nice lacing down the glass that looks like the sea level progressing towards low tide. Caramel malt notes with a nice infusion of hops that almost takes over the balance between the hops and malt. Floral and fruity hop notes give it a higher than ordinary and wonderful aroma for an amber.

Very nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Hefty malt notes that spar well with upstart hops though finish them off in the end. Balanced more towards the malty side if you missed it in the last sentence. Floral and slight fruit hop flavors give the brew a nice slickness to it. Medium to full bodied, especially for the style. Another great one from Troegs--haven't been disappointed yet by them.

04-11-2007 01:21:32 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark amber in color. Creamy off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Soft citrus juice. Floral and pine hops. Yeast. Rich caramel malts.

T: Clean citrus splash is immediately taken over by a floral and pine hop bite that tickles the tongue. Rich, sweet caramel malts balance this brew perfectly. Slight yeast or bread like taste is followed by more sweet malt.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Clean and sweet finish.

D: One of the tastier amber ales that I have tried. Very well balanced and extremely sessionable. I had the priviledge of trying this beer at the brewery and it is even better on tap. Recommend.

03-30-2007 14:58:53 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bottle into a mug. Pours an amber color, crystal clear, two-inch head, nice and billowy, and takes its time going away - nice looking. Aromas come out a couple feet away from the beer; mostly hoppy smell, spices, lots of grapefruit. Taste-wise, hops get you up front and then again even stronger in the long aftertaste. Lots of grapefruit again, malt a touch in the start but more so in the middle, although it's still fairly mild. Feel is thin to medium bodied, good carbonation. I really like this one. I'm not sure why, but I'd been hesitant to try Troegs - this one really surprised me, in a good way. A really nice American IPA.

03-24-2007 14:46:29 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Absumaster


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

An amber colored beer with a thin head and some fine-bubbled foam on the side of the glass. Medium carbonation.

Smell is a little bitter but hoppy, with some piney and spicy notes. A light caramel touch comes through, once the bitterness settles. A nice fruitiness with citrus and melon notes.

Taste is hoppy and more bitter than I smelled. Yet not to the bitterness levels other IPAs tend to have. There is the piney and resinous hop tastes, unfortunatelly the bitterness is a bit sharp and strikes me as being metallic. Mouthfeel is very little sticky and because of this metallic taste the beers mouthfeel is adstringent.

I had high hopes of this one, maybe I had a bad bottle or my mouth had a bad day.

03-23-2007 08:37:56 | More by Absumaster
Photo of kpantz


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

Executive Summary: This obviously isn't the Nugget Nectar. I actually don't see too many similarites here; the Nugget is dialed up, yes, but I get a different profile from the NN (though the HB too uses Nugget hops). This is a smooth, well balanced amber ale. The hops play nicely, create a nice flavor and make this quite quaffable.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber into my Weyerbacher pint glass (sorry, Troegs!). Finger thick, fluffy head is slow to recede. Lacing is pretty good.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops against a not-too-sweet malt backbone. Caramel is definitely noticeable. Very pleasant hop aroma here.

Taste: Malt to start, with an absolutely fantastic mix of hop flavors rushing in behind it. The finish is kinda flat - almost a letdown after the flavor of the hops. I was expecting more of a snap at the back-end; instead, I got a quick twist of bitterness (sour, even) and an even quicker fade to nothing. To be fair, this isn't supposed to be an IPA, so I'm not going to ding HopBack for this.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. A little less carbonation than I expected. Not sticky at all, and it's chewy enough to keep you interested.

Drinkability: The aforementioned fade in the bitterness actually enhances the drinkability (and accessibility) of this amber. This would be a good one to have out on the deck during the early evening in the summertime.

03-23-2007 03:26:13 | More by kpantz
Photo of TheDragonTony


4.35/5  rDev +9%

I poured my bottle into a pint and got a good two finger white head with good retention and nice latticing. Looking at the beer itself was wonderful it is a nice clear amber color.

Sticking my nose in it (well not quite IN it but close) gave me a good floral hops aroma.

I poured this beer as I was cooking some (pre-packaged) fish. At first I noticed a nice hops taste with a little malt sweetness at the end. Once my (trustworthy) fish was ready to eat I really noticed the initial sweetness a lot more. The food really brings this beer up a notch (not that I thought it needed it).

The mouthfeel is smooth; it lingers slightly, but it has a good amount of carbonation and was not too sticky.

This beer is highly drinkable, I could see myself enjoying just one or two, or enjoying it all night.

03-13-2007 16:43:08 | More by TheDragonTony
Photo of Wasatch


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Thanks Alkey for the brew.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small tannish creamy head, some nice little islands and sticky lacing followed. The nose is sweet, hoppy, citrusy, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is very nice, hoppy and citrusy. Nice chewy mouthfeel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew from Troegs, highly recommended.

03-09-2007 00:11:26 | More by Wasatch
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.