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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: 2,694
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 91
Gots: 260 | 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 Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, gorgeous looking beer. Honestly now sure how it could be better looking.
Perfect creamy off white head that shows some nice retention and then becomes a lacing machine. The clarity of the beer is perfect and it's a wonderful deep amber color. Some ruby highlights show and there is a touch of visible carbonation. As I write the rest of this and experience the beer, I'm wondering how I don't give this a 5 on appearance.

The aroma is fresh and a nice combination of citrus hops, nice toasted malt and some slight spice. Almost cinnamon.

Wow, this keeps getting better. Once again, I discover an aggressively hopped amber ale that I love. This continues to be almost like a new style for me. I so prefer these over your basic Amber/Red. This beer starts with a toasted cracker flavor with some spices. Cinnamon again. Then goes to a fruity portion in the midst of the flavor. After this you get some of the nice citrus hops. Almost juicy.. And then you get a wonderful combination of malt flavors and hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a little like cocoa, and this mixes well with the lingering hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, slightly dry. This is a wonderful beer and immensely drinkable.
I have one more in the fridge. It doesn't stand a chance of lasting the afternoon.

I am so excited that we recently learned that Troeg's is coming to MA!!

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well if you like hops and troegs then this is the one. slightly brown copper in color. a nice grapefruit aroma once poured and sniffed. a nice hop flavor once swalloed. could drink many in the summer and actually all year long. bottle is just as good as the draft since i can get it fresh from the brewery.

Photo of lionking
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance.One to two finger head with moderate bubble action in the glass. Coppery color.

Smell. Strong smell of pine needles and hops.

Taste. Piney, hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability. Solid, hoppy ale.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle. Pours an amber/brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and flowery hops. Flavor of bitter flavory hops, light fruits. Very flowery (like soap!). I would like a stronger malt presence along with the strong hop addition. Still, a very enjoyable amber.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of Voonder
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear amber colour with thin off-white head. smell is wonderful. Hops and citrus with some frutiness. Really nice. Taste - very interesting combination af amber ale and pale ale. Hoppy but still pretty mild, some citrusy and fruity notes as well. Balanced, slightly flat, but still pleasant. Very drinkable stuff. Great beer!
Thanks Sean for this!

Photo of dondeez21
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is best drank fresh. I have had older botlles and lots of aroma is lost. When fresh the hops take over and it is absolutly delicious.
A: Deep red/ amber color with a fluffy white head
S: Hops!
T: Taste is hops followed by a nice malty finish. Really no taste of alcohol.
M: Med Body
D: Great beer. Best enjoyed as fresh as possible for max aroma.

Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Jet Rock in the philly airpot, served in a 22oz pils glass, Hopback is a chill-hazed amber with a small white head that leaves light lace. Going on day two at this fucking airport, it never fails in this town that I end up getting fisted. The good news is they've got a beer bar, the bad news is these suckers go for $9!

Smell is bready, with a moderate hoppy brightness that is kind of generic, a bit of an herbalness to it, dare I guess Fuggles or EKGs? Still, if you call it hop back, make it hoppy!

Taste is also rather bready, a pretty well balanced American amber that is no where near as hoppy as the name beguiles. This one is really all about the malt, with a healthy bitterness and snappy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Served on the colder side, I didn't really have the time or inclination to let it warm.

Drinkability isn't too bad, back in my PA days I'd always bogart this sixer in the sample case. Years later, this revisit is a bit underwhelming, but it's still a good example of the style no question (really more a matter of me moving beyond ambers).

Photo of hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- nice clear reddish brownish amber with golden highlights and a creamy hoppy looking buff head and lots of sticky swiss cheese lace. excellent, seemingly endless retention.

S- well balanced between toasty caramel malt and piney citrus and somewhat perfumey hops, mainly red grapefruit, blood orange, lemon peel, and tangerine. some red wine notes as well and leather with a subtle grainy sweetness. a bit spicy (pepper), herbal and woodsy with a dense bouquet.

T- metallic to start, smoothing out into a balanced, but mildly flavored ale. hop flavor is not as up front as in the aroma, though still on the main stage, with very toasty, slightly sweet caramel malt following close behind. as it warms the balance becomes even more medial, achieving near 50/50, although i could appreciate a little more flavor from both sides. hops are citrus (grapefruit, orange) spicy and herbal, black peppercorn, allspice, dry aromatic wood, tobacco, thyme, and the malt is very biscuity and german, not overly sweet. grainy in the finish with a mild bitterness, still maintaining a great balance.

MF- medium bodied and vigorous over medium carbonation, slightly resinous, and burp inducing. a piquant dryness lies on the palate for some time, keeping it interesting, with a dash of lingering alpha oils. perceived weight is greater than actuality.

D- what a great red ale, no wonder it's their flagship beer. mellow enough to not be overwhelming, and if you're like me it would be no problem having a nice session with this 6% abv ale. no desire for a different brand tonight (even santa's private reserve!).

Photo of cvfish
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light brownish amber that produces a white head that lasted nicely and left a nice lace around the glass

S - Some light fruits, malts and hops

T - Spicy hops with great bitterness, with some toffee sweetness

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

D - Great example of a amber ale, another Troeg great

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit it - I'm a huge fan of the Nugget Nectar. I love it when it comes out, right before the NCAA brackets get filled out and the first signs of spring are about to bloom. I understand that it's December now and it's cold out, but a lot of people have said that this is a mellower version of my beloved beer from these guys. As I undid the cap on this and took my first sips, I couldn't quite see the connection between this and Troegs' flagship beer. Make no mistake, this is a fine brew and a good session beer, but even though this isn't a hop bomb, there are better choices out there if ya need a fix of bitterness!

This had a great pour - a nice, dark amber and a head that reminded me of SNPA in it's durability and richness of bubbles. I thought there'd be more lacing to this, but because this is a bit too thin, nothing on the side of my glass was to be found. The mouthfeel is bitter but not overpowering - the maltiness balances out nicely with this and there are notes of citrus, caramel, tobacco, and a sharp, metallic bitterness. It's not sharp, but it's certainly there and it lingers in the aftertaste just enough to tie all of the sips in together. Surprsingly, this has a warming effect like an Octoberfest, except this isn't spicy. It has just enough of a smokiness to distinguish it from other hoppy beers that are brigther and crisper.

This would be best for the times of the year that are transitional - late fall or early spring. It's too heavy for a warm summer day and doesn't have enough alcohol or roastiness for a cold winter's day. It's a bit too strong too for session beer drinking (technically), even though I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting. This is a textbook brew when it comes to balance and depth - neither too much nor too little. Until my favorite Amber Ale comes out in late February, this will more than suffice!

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack at a deli in Greenwich Village.

Pours a bright amber color (shocker!) with a frothy, persistent head that never leaves. sheets of foam drape the glass all the way down. The aroma is a perfect balance of hops - leafy, citrusy, almost sweet with alhpa acids and doughy malts. The taste is light and hoppy. grapefruit mixes with the solid base of biscuit malts and a fruity yeast feel. The mouthfeel is light and delicately carbonated. The finish is moderately bitter and very thirst quenching.

This is a great session ale. Great interplay between bitter and sweet and impossibly easy to drink.

Photo of kkosmoski
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Longneck poured into an American pint glass - bottled on date of 10-07-08. Brilliant clear amber in the glass with a half inch of airy off-white head.

Smell- toasty malt, grassy hop, grapefruit rind, lemon.

Taste- pungeant citrusy pith flavor to start, orange, biscuit with a clean bitter and lightly toasted finish.

Feel- Velvety carbonation with a light/thin body.

Drinkability of this beer is excellent - expertly balanced with an extremely clean bitterness and hop flavor. Overall a very clean beer with a nice hop aroma and well-structured flavor.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this on sale at the local beer mart. Heard some good things about this brewery. I am an avid hop fan so this is a perfect amber ale for me. Color is clear amber and poured into a pint glass resulted in a gorgeous 1" thick creamy head that stuck around for more than half the glass. Left heavy lacing on the glass. Smell is that of hops (YEAH!!) and caramel malt. Taste is exceptional. WOW, I didn't expect this beer to be so good. This satisfied my hop cravings. Taste of caramel with a backround or citrusy hops. I would almost classify this as an IPA, if the hops was any stronger. Mouthfeel is very smooth and above average. This is the kind of beer I can drink a few of. I definatly found a new regular in my fridge.

Photo of toolbrew
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Small white head that is leaving lacing around the glass. Very mild carbonation. Pours a clear light brown/dark copper color.

Smells hoppy with a good balance of the sweet malts.

Crisp hoppy taste up front with a great malt balance in the back. Good medium bodied amber.

Hop sensation coats the back of the mouth and the roof. Not astringent or oily - just right.

Very drinkable beer. Nice and hoppy for an amber. I am a big fan.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Smells of sugary hop flowers...perfumy, soft, and floral. Fresh grainy aromas increase as it warms. Oily hop flavor, spicy citrus, flowers, and light grain. Melon-like fruit flavor and some leafiness. Medium bodied, coating mouthfeel. Solid bitterness. A nice introduction to the world of Tröegs. If I could get this around these parts I'd pick it up every once in a while.

Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of head and some decent lacing.

S: A little bit of hops, a little bit of malt and some sugar (caramel?).

T: Slightly hoppy and sugary, but little else. Kind of thin and watery in my opinion.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers where I fail to see what the big deal is. Not a bad beer as such, but taste-wise a little underwhelming.

Photo of trbergman
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Deep, rich amber with a finger or so of light tan head that falls to a thin lace atop the beer.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, earthy hops.

Taste - Toasty, biscuity malts with hints of caramel sweetness. There's some assertive hop bitterness in the middle with spicy, earthy hop flavor. Bitterness lingers in a long finish, along with notes of tobacco.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, a tad astringent.

Drinkability - Good. It's well balanced and not boozy at all, but there's plenty of flavor.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange amber with a small off white head. Aroma is hoppy and citric with a good malt presence. Incredible balance. These days its hard to find a beer that isn't a hop bomb. This is perfect! Just enough hops to say its hoppy and a great malty backbone. The flavor is wonderfully floral and citric with a nice hint of caramel. There is a nice fruity twang to this. Feel is kinda tingly from the carbonation but overall very smooth. If presented with a six pack of this i would drink the entire thing. Perfectly balanced, perfectly drinkable.

Photo of UA8
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark cherry wood color with a heavy beige head.

S- Scents of light citrus with a light fruit backing and some sweet malts.

T- Very subtle yet balanced flavors. Starts with light fruit and hop flavors. Finishes finishes with a very nice light malt taste.

M- Very smooth with a moderate body thickness.

D- This beer does not pronounce itself intensely in any one area. It is, however a beer that that's nearly perfectly balanced. The hops are present but not overly bitter, the malts pronounced yet not overly sweet. Troegs has produced a beer that I can drink when I simply want something of a high level of quality and refreshment. Definitely a beer I would recommend as a session.

Photo of MacMan1980
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's appearance was completely clear and see-through with a vibrant color, and a solid head. The aroma was floral and grassy. The taste is obviously very "hoppy" with a sharp and bitter taste to it--though not at all imbalanced. The mouth-feel was crisp and very clean.

Serving type: 1/2 pint glass

Photo of msante79
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours amber wit off-white head. Aroma is floral hops, caramel malt and citrus. Flavor is hoppy with notes of citrus and pine with nice caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Nice hoppy amber ale. Very good session ale. Thanks to abcfan for this one.

Photo of RunDWP
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange brown color into a glass with some lacing on the glass. Had a slightly nutty aroma. The flavor was more of the same nutty character of the malt, that was slightly sweet, with a slight hops bitterness. Low on the carbonation, and a bit of a slick mouthfeel, both of which I thought were a good thing. I like this.

Photo of aibkstaff
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale has a deep, rich, amber color that's partly cloudy, with very light head. It smells of sweet malts and clean crisp hops. The taste is a little, sweet, a little bitter, and a little bready. Nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is good. Light/medium in body with just enough carbonation. This is such a refreshing and crisp beer. I love the clean hoppy bittery taste.

Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 1899 Bar in Willoughby, Ohio a few hours ago. Poured into a standard, clean, clear pint glass.

A Basic amber ale look with an light orange yellow body and minimal head.

S Hoppy but no extreme here. Also smelled the amberish malts and barley.

T Like a hopped amber, not unpleasant. The hop flavor being so strong and the amber asserting its own characteristic there was not much more room for anything else. The alcohol is hidden well imo.

M Light to moderate, deriving some feel from the hops.

D Good. Great if you enjoy hops bitterness.

Notes: This is a truly interesting offering from Tröegs, a brewery that I did not even know of when I lived in Hershey, PA and spent some weekends hanging out in Harrisburg. That was back in 1997 so it is possible that
1. Tröegs was not around yet or
2. I was not paying attention to the local craft beer scene.
I enjoyed this beer and would not hesitate to try others from Tröegs.

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Piraat goblet...
Appears a hazy, copper tone of amber with tiny traces of carbon dioxide bubbles slowly rising to the top. A 1 inch, ivory cap slowly fades into a milky collar of suds. Streaks of webbing are left around the sides of the glass.
Smell is of toasted biscuits, caramel, and a mix of hops that have notes of pine, citrus, flowers, and grass.
Taste is a symmetrical twin of the aromas with a sweet, malty, nutty flavor backed by citrusy, bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly astringent, perhaps a touch of tartness found after the sweet, caramel and biscuit move away from the front of the palate. Definite bitter bite keeps the beer in check but this could be even more bitter, in my opinion.

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,694 ratings.