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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: 2,407
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 83
Gots: 153 | 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 DrunkMcDermott


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

I finally got back to my beer after a few days of gastritis (caused, no doubt, by the pitcher of swill from my previous rating). And found this beer to be a nice mellow transition back to real beers. Pours a big country cream head over a pretty amber body; the head turns rocky as it starts to fade. The hops are clearly of an American IPA mode, piney more than citrusey. The bitterness is pleasing more than bitter for its own sake, and matches up well with a smooth caramel malt. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 16:02:36 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Muse


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I've been inspired to write a review. I'm new at this, so take that into account.

I've always been a fan of hoppy ales, and after reading a review of Tröegs' ESB I picked this up. Honestly, I thought I was getting the ESB, but turns out it was this amber ale instead. No problems though, I set out to do my tasting...

First thing I noticed upon pour was actually the smell. I was watching for appearance (a fine 1/4 inch on top of clear reddish amber), but was quickly seduced by the floral scent -- fruity with distinctly apricot overtones. Very attractive.

The taste answered expectations, with a nice balance of fruit and bitter. I think I my bottle may have been a bit overchilled, which felt refreshing -- and happily, the bold and balanced flavor had no problem punching through. Very clean.

Red Hook ESB has been my flagship favorite for some time now. No more -- when I can find Tröegs Hopback Amber, it's first on my list. I'm hoping to find the Tröegs ESB and give that a try next.

Thanks to this site and your reviews! Like I said, I'm new at this, but I think I've already taken a big step up. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 17:47:13 | More by Muse
Photo of orsulacp


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

Had this out of a 1/6 at home, it poured a nice clear deep amber with a big off white head that was present for the whole glass. It has a sweet smell, like caramel, with some piney hops. Starts sweet, big caramel flavor, then the hops give some bitter bite, but not over the top. The after taste is all sweet malts. Medium body with moderate carbonation, really easy going down. Nice drinkable beer. I usually don't like amber ales because they are too sweet but this one was just right.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2005 18:55:36 | More by orsulacp
Photo of GnomeKing


3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is really smooth, drinkable session beer. Hops are mentioned in the beer's name, but it's not a super-hoppy beer at all. Actually, the hops character is nicely balanced by some sweetness (fruits and malt). Worth trying when you want to kick back and enjoy beer after beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 04:00:00 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of Higravity


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

For one this beer is the perfect color amber, if it crystalized I could sell it as jewlery. It has a nice lasting white chunky head that laces the glass. The smell is of lots o'hops, full fragerant floral, a touch citrus, a touch piney, with some sweet malt sneaking though and a little yeast too. The taste was a little confused though, nice malt base bold and assertive with a little alcohol, but the hops seem to go in different directions and the bitterness was grassy. It had a good body but overall the beer was decent in the bottle probably much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 14:09:50 | More by Higravity
Photo of walleye


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to weeare138 from the bottle . poured a nice amber with a off white head. aroma hops, and a small amout of malts, a touch of citrus like lemon, floral. flavor gotta like the hops nice and mild and the malts blend in there nicely.satisfied the hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 01:15:16 | More by walleye
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy


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

12oz bottle with a beautiful hop logo on it. Little info about the brewery, tour times, and bottled on date included.

Poured this wonderful Brew in a pint glass, and it looks good. 1" Sticky, frothy, and foamy white head. I can tell that the lacing designs are going to be outstanding, and stack up nicely. Amber-copper colour with great clarity.

AAAAHHH!!! Spicey Hoppy Heaven. Amazing sweet grapefruit and floral perfume aroma. Hint of sweet malt underneath. The aroma should be bottled for a womens perfume it smells so good.

And the taste is Amazing also. Everything fits almost perfectly, and is well balanced. Nice thick hop oil attacks the palate aggressivly, and doesnt let go for a long time. This Brew shows you why Hops are on this earth, and how there supposed to be used. Medium mouthfeel with great tingling carbonation.Very long, crisp, and smooth tangy finish.

I'd like to finish by saying I'm proud that I live 4 miles away from this awesome brewery. Always look forward to drinking Troegs. Great local Beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 05:50:36 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
Photo of farHillsBrewer


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

The pleasure of this brew starts with the pour and goes all the way to staring at the lace on the side of the empty glass. The color is a classic amber with an ample off-white head. The nose powers through with sweet malt and piney hops. the front end reminds of an American IPA, but continues with a more moderate bitterness and a pleasant mild spicy aftertaste. The malt was buttery caramel and it bit nutty as well. The mouthfeel was a bit prickly, though that may have due to drinking it at about 40 degrees. My first thought was "I need to have another". Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 01:06:00 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of Px2GrafX


3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a yellow label and a white circle, a large hop graphic and the troegs logo aross the two. nothing really special about the bottle, label, copy or graphics. there is no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a clear red-orange with orange amber highlights in a pint glass. lotsa little bubbles rising up through the brew. head is an off-white light 1 inch that dropped to a thin cap quickly.

smell: piney hop aroma. light sweet caramelly fruit aromas in the back as well. earthy bean-like flavors as the beer warms.

taste: spicey pine and hop flavors. hops are complimented by toasted wheat bread flavors. medium bitterness. i don't notice the sweet malts that i associate with a typical american amber. finishes lightly bitter and dry.

mouthfeel: nice medium and tongue prickling carbonation. light body but an average swallow. not great but not bad for this style.

drinkability: only somewhat drinkable. alcohol is well masked, and carbonation is good, but the finish doesn't keep me sipping like it should. swallows a little harsh as well.

overall: i really wanted to like this amber, as it gets very good reviews on here, but i was a little disappointed. taste reminds me of a lager/ale/ipa instead of an amber. a decent beer, but falls even outside a "catch all" style like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 03:45:09 | More by Px2GrafX
Photo of hustlemuscle


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

A lovely amber amber, with golden highlights.Didn't get much head out of my pour(s). Very nice clean piney hops scent, with a pleasant hop bite taste, with a perfect malt balance. Slighty candy undertone sweetens. Clean, smooth, a little chewy, but not overly puckering. The combination adds up to an all day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 01:51:47 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of jakester


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at The Deli in State College, Pa.

Pours a beautiful, clear orange/amber with a one finger head of off-white foam. Carbonation is evident. Eventually drops to a coating and a ring. Pretty good lacing.

Aroma is a wonderful fresh citrus/grass, like lemongrass, and sweet caramel candy. Some light toffee apples in there also. Very fruity/estery. Smells great!

The first flavor is fantastic citrus/grass, then sweet caramel malts. What a combination of malt and hops. This beer has an addicting quality to it. The aftertaste is lemony/grassy sweet, with a good dose of bitterness thrown in for good measure. This might be just a tiny bit too sweet.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a modest carbonation bite. For all the sweetness, the finish is kind of crisp and refreshing.

This is one goddam good beer. A slammer. One of my favorite APA's in the whole country.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 00:37:47 | More by jakester
Photo of budsboy


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep and rich amber with a frothy eggshell head that clings. Lots of little bubble trails in there. Nice.

Very aromatic, IPA-like. Hops upfront and mellow sweet malt. Hints of fruit, wood and pine. Very inviting.

That big aroma doesn't translate to the taste as expected. Sure, it's hoppy, just much more subdued than what was promised by my nose. Warm, rich and malty with a pleasant and growing bitterness toward the end. Nicely done, indeed.

Medium bodied, slightly oily on the lips, but still maintains a jaunty carbonation.

Again, another easy-to-drink Troeg. Mellow, if not on the hoppy side, and may very well be a top American amber. Very well crafted. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 20:46:35 | More by budsboy
Photo of HappyHourHero


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

A rough pour produced a moderately thick, dense, dirty cream colored that faded slowly to a film leaving a sheet of lace behind. Aroma of candied grapefruit and spring flowers ( I almost sneezed!). Transparent, dark copper colored beer with a few streams of tiny bubbles rising from around the bottom. Solid malt backbone tastes like caramel and toasted malt. It's joined by doses of sweat tea and grapefruit. The finish is mildly sweet, not bitter as I had expected. The body is nice and light making for a refreshing beer. A full flavored beer with a nice mix of hops and malt. It's sweet, but more of a candied/sugary sweet then the thick gooey cloying sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 02:06:27 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of lostbearbrew


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

12 oz bottle - recently sent from PA - see end of review for a secondary note on older bottle I had here.

Reddish-brown, with great floating oranges in the light. Thick head on pour down to dull roar quickly.

Smell was tremendously hoppy, very pine resin with sweet maltiness behind it, but WAY behind it.

Great taste, with a little pine up front, but in general, I thought floral/citrusy hops dominated the taste, whereas the cedar and pine doiminate the smell. Great amber beer qualities, with a slight malt kick part way through the sip.

A perfect session beer - mouthfeel is awesome, goes down smooth, easy and agreeable. I have brought down from PA three cases of this over time. Still hadn't reviewed it. Sad, I know. Anyway, I just got a sixer sent from a friend in PA. I also had a bottle here from the last time I purchased a case, likely 9 months ago. The major difference was in the aroma - and the body. The aroma was not as strong, and the mouthfeel/body lent more texture to the beer, but wasn't bad in any way. Just an interesting note.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 17:00:24 | More by lostbearbrew
Photo of Chadbrew


2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Reddish gold and mostly clear with a thin head and OK lacing.

Aroma - Sweet syrupy and oh yeah... there are some hops too, but not as much as I though there would be.

Taste - Bitter and dry with some sweetness in the finish. Not bad but not exactly great either.

Mouthfeel - Thin to medium, mostly thin though.

Drinkability - Not too bad, I won't be going out of my way to get it. I've been told by others that this beer was pretty good so maybe a fresher representation would warrant an edit.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 11:09:58 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of KroMagnon


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very clear - crystal clear - but little head after a vigourous pouring. The aroma is nice, seems heavier on malty notes than hops with a little licorice and candy note there as well. Flavor follows through too, not overwhelming but a nicely balanced blend of spicey hops (with some cinnamon aspect noticed, wonder what hop that is?) and a slight bitterness, complimented with maltiness and some caramel notes. A good drinking beer, would make a good session beer except the ABV may shorten your session somewhat prematurely.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 15:54:09 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of blitz134


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

Deep caramel with strong red highlights. Nice transparent body. Full of carbonation bubbles. Head is just offwhite and poured about 3/4" thick and reduced to a thick layer.

The aroma on this is amazing. I have always thought I smelled pine in a beer until I took a wiff of this. The pine sap and cedar is extremely dominate. A touch of citrus with bits of sweet malt coming through. Amazing smell. I think I have a really fresh bottle because it doesn't seem any of the aroma imparted by the hopback used to produce this beer has died down at all. Some of the other reviews don't seem to note a strong aroma in this beer, and I just don't see how unless they got a slightly older bottle. Not many get a 5, but I think this one deserves it as most amber ales aren't extremely strong in the aroma department and this one breaks the mold.

Flavor is a bit lighter than the aroma but is still very unique. A strong pine presence and a finish with a touch of diacytl. Citrus hops round up the back and leave a dry feeling in the mouth. Nicely balanced with some malt as well.

A very nice mouthfeel to this. It seems to be very sticky initially but washes down well leaving only a hint of what was just tasted. Drinkability would be excellent and the beer almost demands it with its dry taste. I think that if this was more available that I would have a new session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:24:56 | More by blitz134
Photo of robertp1024


4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish amber ale with great flavor. Decent size head which stays around for a long time, just like the flavor. Not a very hoppy ale, but a great mix of malt and hops. Has a slightly sweet taste. The smell of the malt and citrus fruits is quite strong and quite appealing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2005 14:28:07 | More by robertp1024
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of this after a friend recommended Troegs to me. Looks like I'll have to go back to him for some more recommendatons. This beer pours a reddish -copper color. The head was small but had good retention and a some slight lacing going down the glass. Sweet, caramel malt aroma. The taste really brings out some spicyness from the hops. Fairly easy on the palate with a slight dry finish. Medium to full bodied, but very drinkable. A fine brew and I will definitely be purchasing some other kinds of their beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 19:16:39 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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

Great example of the style. Pours a reddish clay in color. Nice thick foamy head with lots of lace. Nose is all grass. Taste is wonderfully balanced. Sweet malts combined with nice hop additions that bring out some grapefruit. With the aftertaste is a reminder of the grain that went into the beer. Slightly more than medium body. Very pleasant drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 02:07:46 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of brewnut11


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice looking beer. Amber with a touch of red and a thin white head. Has a strong aroma of citiusy hops. It smells like they did use a hop back on this brew. A good balance between malt and hops, leaning toward the hop side. Being a hop head, the hop presence could be stonger. A good drinking beer for the summer, which is why I went for the half keg. Living 60 miles from Troegs I well aware of their beers and they are all pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 23:28:23 | More by brewnut11
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a golden amber into a pils glass. Thin off-white head is a little soapy, leaving drapy lace down the glass.

Aroma - biscuity malt, standard grain and typical hop citrus blend together to make an appealing though distant nose. Fades a little too much after the head dies down, leaving behind just the grain and a whisper of malt.

Taste - somewhat grainy start, covered quickly by some piny hop and light biscuity malt flavors. The hops dry out on the swallow, turning astringent with a light roastiness sneaking in. A tinge of metal now and then, but good overall.

Mouthfeel - perky carbonation, fairly light to average body with some minor hop oiliness.

Drinkability - solid session amber, thanks to merlin48 for a fine bottle o' brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 16:15:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of maltedmilk

New Jersey

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

This beer pours a dark copper in my pint glass. It has a nice head that reduces quickly to a tiny wisp of white foam.

It smells delicious, caramel and some sweetness with some malt in the background.

The taste isn’t as intense as it smells. The sweetness is very subdued with a touch of bitterness mixed in.

The carbonation is good.

This beer is tasty and very thirst quenching.

Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 01:46:05 | More by maltedmilk
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear amber with barely any head, but a very active life of carbonation. color glows beautifully in my glass. scent is explosively floral.. honey soaked hops. fruitier than it is buttery, aroma is light and inviting. flavor is very fresh and botanical in nature. a rye-ish maltish smoothness invades half of the flavor here. fruity sweet meets hop bitter in the finish with a rounded smoothness. light and bubbly. drinkably refreshing. a good example of a flavorful session beer, if not a little maniacal in its execution.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 21:40:54 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of garymuchow


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

This sample via Pezoids and Secret Santa '04. Many thanks.

Nice hoppy/malt mix. Hops are grassy and citrus. Malts are sweet and slightly roast.
Big full head that becomes rocky. Classic amber of orangy/brown/gold. Clear to slightly cloudy.
Taste like the aroma with a nice mix of hops and malt. Hops are pronounced in bitterness and dryness (which is long on the finish). Malt is balancing, but also offers taste qualities of sweetness up front and again a slight roast quality.
Moderate feel with a tinge of wateryness. Adequately soft carbonation.
A real solid everyday drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 03:18:50 | More by garymuchow
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,407 ratings.