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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: 2,419
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 84
Gots: 154 | 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 copasetic


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear bright red ale with a short sticky head. The smell is a fantastic punch of dark malts, caramel sweetness, and hops. The taste is definitely malty, but not overpowering, and held together with a resounding hop thump, noted by aroma and flavor first, but definitely bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to light, slightly fizzy, and not at all alcoholic or astringent.

Great amber ale! I wish they all had the kind of "Umph!" that this one does.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 19:35:12 | More by copasetic
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes more like an IPA than a red beer. The color is lighter than you would expect from a red beer. There was a decent head. The smell is very hoppy. As I said before, the taste is like an IPA. I guess it's more of an IPA / Amber Ale blend. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a lingering bitterness. I could drink these over and over. A good beer!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 22:33:49 | More by Enola
Photo of k75


4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great nose - complex and medium strong - not overpowering

slight cloudy yeast haze (acceptable)

good medium to full body

nicely balanced hop - to - malt flavor

quaffable (available for session work)

first one requires another...

lace is great - lingering malt is lip-smacking...


Serving type: cask

05-15-2006 07:27:34 | More by k75
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a rich amber color, which is brilliantly clear and lightly carbonated. It is topped by a frothy, initially just over a finger thick, tan color head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with a nice mix of dominant pine notes and a light grapefruit citrus character. There are some lightly malty notes underneath the hop character; toasted malt and sweet caramel.

The beer is sweet up front, which accents the citrusy hop character. The hops have a tight grip on the palate; sharp and herbal with a solid bitterness that lingers on through to a long finish. This is nicely hoppy, just what I needed this afternoon. Fairly malty as well, with a solid backdrop, which helps to accentuate and balance out the hops. Both a malt sweetness and a toasted almost baked malt character. Quite a tasty beer, and as is the sign of any good beer it seems to disappear from my glass long before I want it to.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 23:42:13 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled today @ the brewery.

Pours a clear rich amber color with a medium white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely piney hops, but some caramel maltiness shines through. Smells very balanced, and much hoppier than expected from an amber.

Mild maltiness upfront followed by a nice piney hop flavor and medium bitterness. Finishes rather clean with only a slight lingering hop taste. Very balanced.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Slick texture.

This is an easy drinking beer. It pushes the limits of an amber, and could easily be mistaken for an APA. Either way, it's damn good.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2006 00:48:39 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of doubleipa


3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought this back for me from PA. Has a good light-brown head and true amber color. As expected, aroma has a good bit of malt and hops. Some typical hops aromas: resin, pine, citrus, but not overpowering. (Leave that to the Nugget Nectart). Overal, a pretty good beer. I'm not a huge fan of amber ales, but this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 16:37:21 | More by doubleipa
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel amber color with a 1/2" off-white head.
Smell is both sweet and hoppy. Grainy, caramel, and pine.
Taste is wonderfully smooth, simple and complex all at the same time. Sweet and biscuity at the front with a good hop kick finish. Nice piney aftertaste.
Feels good in the mouth. Has more body than I expected.
This is one of the most balanced beers I've had. Wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 03:29:26 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 OZ bottle provided by Thaichile.

Pours a clear reddish brown ale with a good tan head. Held up to a snow-white plate this is very much a red colored beer.

Smell is both quite malty and hoppy without one dominating the other. Sweet smelling to the point of being a bit syrupy malty. Good strong hop scent that is a bit of all things hoppy, some pine, grapefruit, and herbal scent without a dominant hop scent.

Taste starts malty, woody and a bit smoky at the beginning. This gets a little sweeter and maltier as you drink it and the taste is not unlike a Scottish Ale. Hops remain mostly dry and woody but a bit of citrus flavor does come out. Overall a dry mild ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good solid drinking beer here but it is a little too malty and dry in the end to get a really great drinkability rating. This is a rather full flavored and bodied beer that just isn't all that after the first hop burp you realize just how rich this really is. Nice beer though, would go great with sausage and dumplings.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 05:31:21 | More by Zorro
Photo of jockstrappy


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bourbon-like brown color with a frothy off-white head that settles quickly to thin cap. Hops dominate the nose, maybe a hint of caramel as well. Taste starts off slighly sweet with malts, then the hops come out, but not overpowering at all....great balance here. Medium bodied brew that doesn't coat the mouth as one might guess by the color, and very easy to drink. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 01:23:41 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of RyToy


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle, no freshness indicator on the label
Very clear dark golden to light brown with a moderate light tan head which dissipated quickly
Distinct hop nose, but I am not sure if it is strong enough to justify the name of this offering...nonetheless a very pleasant floral/cittus aroma
Despite the aggressive hopping, a certain maltiness remains in the background providing tremendous balance..overall a good body, not as heavy as some other ambers that I have had.
All in all a good offering, not sure I'd move it into heavy rotation, but I certainly could throw a few back in short order

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 00:50:19 | More by RyToy
Photo of nlmartin


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very clear dark amber coloration. The head was about an inch colored off white. There was ok head retention. Thick lacing remained on my glass.

Smell: There was a pleasing floral spicy hoppyness to the beer. The beer smells of caramel sweetness.

Taste: This is one tasty beer treat. The caramel malts wrap around the hoppy pine resiney hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a medium bodied beer. The beer is well balanced. The mouthfeel has a very clean and refreshing feeling. A very drinkable beer treat overall. I will be sad to see the last of my case drank up.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 22:08:57 | More by nlmartin
Photo of seanmhogan


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer a couple months ago for the first time actually completely by accident. It turned out in my favor this beer has a great color and an even better taste. It has a strong hop taste. The thing I wasn't a fan of was how my mouth felt afterwards. However, great accident, great beer, and I've had it a few times since.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 21:55:10 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A very nice amber color with a pretty deep reddish hue. Lots of tiny bubbles feed a nice 1 1/2 finger off white head.

S - Some nice hops up front with a grassy overall smell.

T - A sweetness really leads the way along with some juicy hops, mainly of the floral variety. A nice sweet flavor overall, with some fruity motes in there as well. It's hard to describe but I think I taste a bit of an apple taste in there? Pretty nice flavor.

M - A nice smooth well carbonated feel in the mouth.

D - Has a nice flavor with the fruity sweetness and hops striking a nice balance. One could take a couple of these at 6% as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 09:07:20 | More by EStreet20
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dull amber, bordering on brown, into a shitty hotel glass. Yeah, I don't have a choice... I just bought one bottle of this (among other things), and I wanted to try something new. At least it's glass and not plastic. Decent head, lasts for a little while even in the many-times-dishwashed glass. Some lacing.

Smell is spicy and hoppy, with strong citrus elements (orange or tangerine rather than grapefruit). Granny smith apples, a bit of pine (or Pine Sol?) and mild toasted malts.

Taste is on the hoppy side of balanced -- not a huge hop bomb or anything, but nice and tart/bitter. Apples, grains, and a bit of malt flavour.

Dry, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing -- bit weak and watery when it should be smooth. Not terrible, but a noticeable flaw.

Overall quite good -- hoppy, but not enough to be overwhelming or keep you from wanting another one (or two or three...).

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 02:38:29 | More by crwills
Photo of harsley


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Usually when I see Amber I expect a maltier beer. Although malt was present in the taste, it was countered nicely by the hops. Similar hop taste and smell as their Nugget Nectar...very earthy and spicy. Really good beer. Nice medium Amber color with a dense head of foam but that died fairly quickly. Easy drinking brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2006 19:19:29 | More by harsley
Photo of InDreams


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fresh out of a Tröeg's mixed twelve pack. Was expecting something pretty standard but was pleasantly surprised. Poured into a standard pint glass, with a cloudy, red-amber hue exactly fitting to the style. About a finger of head, off-white, with a tad bit of lacing and a nice cap that stuck around awhile.

Smell: I caught the smell of hops right away. Very floral, somewhat sweet. I wouldn't venture to say it was as fruity as others say it is, although I did catch some of that.

Mouthfell, Taste: Real smooth, with a bit of a bite from the carbonation and the hops. I had thought the hops would be more dominant but there's a nice balance. Sweet malt with floral hops, a hint of the caramel that others have mentioned. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable. Slightly higher alcohol content but not noticable at all. Very tasty and not too heavy. I'm already looking for a secod.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 03:41:06 | More by InDreams
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Troeg's Hopback Amber pours out a slightly cloudy amber color with a medium sized head. Toasted malt and sweet caramel, with fresh hops in the background. Flavor is bready malt with caramel and a surpisingly large dose of hops. Slightly fruity with some raisin notes. Just a hint of smoke. Fresh citrus hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, but the beer is still quite drinkable. Terrific balance. Even an older bottle loses little of the fresh hop flavor. A fine example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 04:15:11 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of JayQue


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking light amber, very clear. Good size head that don't last too long. Ladder-like lacing down the glass. Good aroma of hops, not that strong but definitely worth savoring. Taste was very good. Definite hops but overall smooth,balanced taste so that the hops are not overpowering. Also detected some hint of spices. The mouthfeel was rich, carbonation about right. I was surprised at the 6.0 ABF when I logged on (didn't see it on the bottle). I would consider the drinkability of this beer very high. If this beer was generally available on tap in Tidewater VA, I would rate it above Yeungling but still below SNPA (my staple beers to ask for). This would also be a good beer to help de-program a BMC drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 19:40:21 | More by JayQue
Photo of Dithyramb


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap last night at Tyson's in Baltimore. Pours a yellowish amber with a finger of head. Nice retention and lacing. Citrus aroma. Very hoppy, with a grapefruit/citrus lean, but with a caramel backbone to boot. The nonbeer geeks refered to it as "refreshing." Well worth several.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2006 15:14:13 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of cubedbee


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a finger of creamy off-white head, reduces quickly to a lingering cap that leaves behind some nice big curtains of lace. Smell is a nice and fairly strong bouquet of flowery hops with a slight citric twang and a slight caramel malt. Taste is a moderate caramel malt balanced very nicely by the hops, more floral in the middle and with the fruity citrus coming throuh on the finish. Body is on the thin side of medium and the carbonation could be crisper; the mouthfeel's the only thing that really detracts from this beer. This is a nice offering, hoppier and tastier than most ambers I've had, very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 23:34:21 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Phatz


3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden orange (honey) color with a one-finger head.

Smell: potent hop aroma from the instant you pop the cap. A small amount of sweet malt character and that classic signature aroma of reds.

Taste: Very floral hoppy but also has a nice sweet tone to it. It is a bit hoppier than my preference but it is not excessive. It also has a nice caramel sweetness as well. It has a very short and minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The full smooth mouthfeel make this beer very pleasant in the mouth. The high carbonation couples with the hope bite to make this beer feel prickly to touch even though I would not call it dry.

Drinkability: I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers so I would not consider this very sessionable, but the very pleasant mouth feel helps the taste (which is not bad) be easy to drink (one). For me I’d drink this with some cheese on the side, or next to dinner. I would only have one and move on. But that is me.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 05:05:23 | More by Phatz
Photo of UncleFlip


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big brogue-infused 'Tanks!' to Chelsea for sending this bottle I can't get in Bama. (Anything with 'hop' in the name gets extra credit before I even open the bottle...)

Amber? Check. More precisely, a deep rich honey colour, ever so slightly hazy- and I do mean slightly. Off white head leaves a bit of wet lace behind.

The smell is all about the hops. A little round and fruity, but definitely hops. Just a bit of malt there, too...but...hops.

The hops hit right up front, but fade quickly, revealing a round, almost fruity flavour, which morphs into a woody, spicy finish. Not bad at all.

A little too carbonated for me. The liquid underneath is a nice consistency- but tone down the fizz just a bit.

Nice and drinkable. This would be a good sessioner....if I could get it here.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 04:44:17 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of IceAce


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle with unreadable inkjet on the shoulder

Pours caramel brown with a finger of light tan foam and very good clarity. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, especially for a (wait a minute, lemmie check the label again as I thought this was an amber) wait a minute...it is an amber ale. Well, it's a catch-all style...so this (hoppy) baby fits right in!

Tasted blind I would have thought this to be a pale ale...but it's much too dark. Entry and midtaste feature a nicely balanced malt profile with a slightly thin mouthfeel.The finish, however, steals the show for the hops take center stage...in a serious way. Oh no...this isn't DFH 90 Min or Stone's Ruination...but for an amber it has a hop profile that'll wake you up.

All in all a very nice sessionable offering that I have to thank froggyfrog for!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 08:20:24 | More by IceAce
Photo of fromage


3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, but not my favorite from Troegs. Seemed mighty imbalanced and uncomplex.

Looks good coming out of the bottle. Copper with a good deal of little bubbling, amber at the fringe. Medium tan head that faded to a lasting table. Nice lacing.

Spicy, peppery, grassy hops with just a tiny bit of citrus. Pretty good smell, but I don't get any fruit and just a bit of sweetness.

Taste a definite dissapointment. Bite is minimal with an insipid caramel afterbite. Aftertaste is slightly cloying and I occasionally got astringent hints.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky for me.

Easy to drink but too light for me, both in hoppiness and in body. Probably an ok session, and probably much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 21:06:40 | More by fromage
Photo of Shovelbum


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rapidly fading white head over an amber-copper body. While the head wasn't around for long, it left behind great lace all to the bottom of the beer. Aromas of floral and citrus hops, as well as light caramel malt. Flavors of sweet caramel malt intertwine with a moderate citric hop bitterness. Not as bitter as an IPA, but a healthy hop profile for an amber ale to be sure. Lean bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with the hops contributing a dry finish and lingering hop character.

The citric and floral hops are quite complex and noticeable for the style, but in no way over the top. In fact, I find the level of maltiness to be up to the task of balancing the hops, making for a well-balanced and enjoyable brew. This beer allows you to enjoy the hops without singing off your taste buds IPA-style. The body was a bit on the lean side, but not to the point of detracting from the brew, and probably only increases its prowess as a fine session ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 01:38:47 | More by Shovelbum
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