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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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2,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 179 | 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 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
Photo of cichief


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

The beer poured slightly cloudy, light amber in color, with a thin, cream colored head. It smell of hops. The hops are full throughout the taste and stronger in the aftertaste, but still balanced with the malt. The beer was not overly carbonated and lingered on the tongue. I could drink this beer anytime.

03-08-2007 02:31:52 | More by cichief
Photo of pvsob


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance - Pours a beautiful, crystal clear copper/amber with a two finger off-white head. Head fades slowly with nice lacing.

Smell - Big floral hop aroma followed by a nice malt aroma.

Taste - Starts off a little sweet, but quickly gives way to a crisp hop bite. Finishes with smooth caramel malt and a nice lingering hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium feel with just enough carbonation to keep this brew from becoming too sticky.

Drinkability - What can I say, I love this beer. It's clean, crisp, methodically crafted, and has phenomenal drinkability potential. Excellent job Tröegs. Cheers!

02-25-2007 02:18:44 | More by pvsob
Photo of Vancer


4.03/5  rDev +1%

Another 2006 Super Bowl beer, sent by BitterBrian, thanks!

A deep and clear amber pour starts this bad boy off, fluffy ivory head that poops out just a bit too quick.

TONS of floral hops in the sniff, really surprising for an amber ale. And the hops politely dominate the taste, I get it – this a amber / APA cross. Tasty lil’ brew that packs a hop kickin’ finish. I’ll have another….wait, I only have one…dammit.

02-24-2007 20:35:45 | More by Vancer
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. It had a very nice, dark amber color with a thick, off-white head with slow retention. It smelled quite hoppy which made me happy and looking forward to a nice, hoppy beer. I was not disappointed; hops were very prevalent in this brew and the aftertaste from the hops was not bad at all either; it was quite nice and smooth. I was not too impressed with the mouthfeel; it was a little on the thin side which was not too impressive. Overall drinka bility is pretty good, even though the mouthfeel is on the thin side. I Think it's pretty good overall. Thicker mouthfeel would have made a real solid beer.

02-11-2007 21:23:44 | More by maddogruss
Photo of perfectkaos


3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

pours a nice amber color with a great head that lingers and laces the whole way down.

smells of hops with a strong pine presence.

the taste is a mix. The bitter hops are present but theres also a lingering sweetness. overall its a pretty tasty beer.

I've like the three previous Troeg's beers Ive had ( Rugged Trail, Nut Brown, and, of course, Troegenator) and this one fits nicely on that list.

01-31-2007 23:57:30 | More by perfectkaos
Photo of jslot38


4/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark amber with ruby red and cherry wood accents. Head was massive upon pouring. Colour is a creamy off white. Lacing is very impressive, formed some great sheets on my glass.

Smell: Aroma is full of hops, both pine, grass, and citrus move through the nose. Very pungent.

Taste: From the smell this has a better malt profile than I expected. The hops, which are mostly pine creep through the bread and caramel malts. Although, I give it a 3.5 because the flavour is not very strong, while it is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The hops put the slickness to this beer.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable for a big ol' IPA. Nice level of alcohol, and has no abbrassive factors.

01-20-2007 23:17:01 | More by jslot38
Photo of tempest


3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade.

I was expecting a little more hop from the hopback, but it was still a tastey brew. Fairly sweet, that must be where the amber comes in, the flavor reminded me of candied oranges and citrus. A hint of booze in the nose and mouthfeel but still pretty good overall. Give it a try.

01-19-2007 21:29:13 | More by tempest
Photo of jwc215


4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Part of variety pack - best by April 7, 2007 (on box).

Pours deep rubyish amber with a creamy, thin white head that leaves rings of lacing on glass.

The smell is of citric fruitiness, some pine - almost like a strong PA or mild IPA.

The taste is of floral, orangey citrus. Some leafiness. Sure is hoppy for style. Fresh fruits and sweet caramel soon balance it out and add complexity. Lightly toasted grains are there enough to fit in with style, though it is a nicely hopped interpretation. Clean, bittersweet finish.

Creamy and medium-to-full. Coating.

A very nice amber. Balanced, but certainly leans towards hop bitterness, but sweet, roasted malt keep things in line and in character for style. A nice interpretation of the style and an enjoyable brew.

01-16-2007 17:23:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle, crimp-on cap.

Mostly clear with a slight cloudiness. Thick,creamy 1" off-white head. the color is medium reddish,amber. Good retention,a few tiny bubbles rising,with some spotty lacing down the glass.

A hoppy nose very citrusy,also piney.Sweet,toffee malt aromas. A nice clean pleasing aroma.

Strong hop tastes very citrusy,even grapefruity,also piney.A sweet carmell/toffee malt taste. Very nice balanced tastes,mid malty taste,the taste is very well balance throughout.

A medium mouthfeel,a bit sticky,very tasty,remind me a lot of an IPA, A very drinkable beer. One of my favorite beers from Troegs.
The label says Amber Ale, I always think i'm drinking an IPA , when i'm enjoying this beer.

01-02-2007 03:20:03 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of tcfishler


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Medium brown-amber with a good, tall beige head.

Aromas of nuts, toast, grapefruit, and malt.

Medium bodied, with a well-gauged amount of carbonation. Flavors are lively, dry but not drying to the palate. Bitterness is restrained until the finish.

A well-rounded brew for hopheads.

12-29-2006 17:51:42 | More by tcfishler
Photo of MmmIPA


4/5  rDev +0.3%

a-see through red hue with a nice half in. head that just falls.some lacing on the glass.tons of bubbles on the bottem of the glass.

s-this does smell like a ipa,pine and citrus come to mind.

t-hop taste and some malt.

m-harsh carbonation.I dont find it to be thin as in other reviews.

d-Its good stuff and it feels good to be drinking a part of Pa.I bought a variety case and there is a 6 pack of this stuff in it and im glad.very good Troegs.

12-14-2006 15:46:55 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of strangefate


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a deep red to brown with a thick foamy head that retains well and leaves a generous amount of lacing. Smell is very hoppy and fruity. To me it smells a lot like an IPA. Taste is similar, very hoppy with a bready malt. It's a very light, smooth drink. Easy to drink a few. Definitely a good session beer.

12-09-2006 23:40:36 | More by strangefate
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Sampled from cask at Andy's Corner Bar.

This ale poured a beautiful, clear, red/amber color with tall, fluffy, slightly off-white foam that persisted. The smell was a very hoppy aroma (reminiscent of Stone) with faint caramel coming through the hops. The taste was hoppy with strong bittering hops and floral hops. It was richly malty to balance the hops, with a light malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation. The hoppy flavors lingered nicely. This was a very nice ale, and was particularly good from cask!

12-09-2006 07:40:27 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Half-inch head with little retention. Body color a burnt orange and with a ruby tint to it.

S: Hoppy and citrusy scent, some herbal and spice notes, all of which were very subdued.

T: Very slick and thin taste, but a good balance between hop and malt for this style. The taste feels just right as is, and the laid back hops make for an interesting flavor. Spicy and hoppy up front, easy going down. An adequate sweetness and malt presence.

M: Slick, the middle washes out the oily hop feel, which isn't a bad thing in this instance. Perky carbonation.

D: Would have several of these. The composition of this beer makes it incredibly easy to drink, with the easygoing flavors keeping your interest and not destroying your palate.

12-07-2006 04:52:43 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.75/5  rDev -6%

12oz longneck bottle, I've been waiting to try this one for awhile now. Pours into my glass a deep, dark amber with reddish hues and a small bubbly head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass. Aromas of somewhat sweet, nutty malts greet me off the bat closely followed by herbal, citric hops. Lightly toasted...solid stuff.

First sip brings a smooth caramelly, nutty maltiness that's met by some nice herbal, citric hop oils. A bit of a bready taste with a really mellow buttery aspect as well. Flows down with a nice malty sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Overall, a solid amber ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, really and easy drinkin amber ale that disappears quickly. I like the fact that this is hoppier than most other ambers...overall it's just a solid brew. Nothing that's earth shattering..but I could see it making a good session.

12-06-2006 03:36:37 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of wesblount


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Has a pretty translucent amber color with about a quarter inch head that dissipates rather quickly, but stays carbonated

S: A piney, citrusy smell

T: Sweet and malty with a predominate piney, hoppy taste and a hint of pine & citrus

M: Nice carbonation and smoothness. Slight dryness and bitter aftertaste (as expected with most IPA's)

D: This is in my top 10 favorites (so far). A very good, highly recommended IPA. Troegs really hit the mark with this one.

12-05-2006 07:17:28 | More by wesblount
Photo of laintringulis


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Served in a pubglass. Pours a translucent dark amber with moderate white head that thins quickly. No real lacing noted. Plenty of loose carbonation bubbling throughout drinking.

Smells: Large amount of floral hops, with a light piney smell and warm citrus smell, primarily lemon. Toasted malt.

Tastes: Very well balanced, straightforward beer. Light toasted maltiness followed by citrus and floral hops. Very light pine flavor on the finish.

Light plus bodied. Pleasant light oiliness. refreshing dry finish.

Very easy to drink, highly sessionable. Great flavor, solid beer. Nicely done.

11-29-2006 10:54:49 | More by laintringulis
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