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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,782
Reviews: 1,121
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 97
Gots: 341 | 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:
Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Ratings: 2,782 | Reviews: 1,121
Photo of PhilfromPA
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber, tea color. Moderate amount of head, lasts a little while. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Hops, citrus mainly grapefruit

T- Slight burst of hops followed by smooth caramel & citrus, well balanced

M- Smooth, not overly carbonated, finishes dry just asking for another sip

D- Good, while the hops are certainly present the smooth balance allows for continued consumption, very easy to have a few of these.

Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Dull tea with an auburn hue. Very creamy white head that delicately plasters the tumbler's rim. Strong, ringed lacing down the entire glass.

Bright, floral hops with a touch of pine and bubblegum. Semi-sweet caramel, biscuity malt aroma. Hints of basil and other non-distinct herbal spices.

Herbal, medicinal quality that adds a spicy profile to a semi-sweet biscuity malt base. The floral hops are right in step with the spicy herbs, adding a mild pine flavor. The bitterness is earthen and somewhat dark accompanied by a sweet touch of diacetyl in the finish.

Medium in body; creamy smooth prior to being engulfed by a spicy/earthen texture. Diverse textures, as are the flavors, but well balanced.

Drinkable and flavorful for a pretty standard style of brew. Nothing that I would seek out, but a safe choice for a six-pack.

Photo of thain709
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - An amber body with beautiful ruby highlights...a big white fluffy head...lacing with every sip

S - Smells like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

T - Well balanced...a rush of sweet caramel malts up front...but then they disappear with a karate chop of hops...and the hops provide that nice bitterness that's left on the palate

M - Light...crisp...and refreshing

D - I'd prefer my Nugget Nectar...but I love that this is year round...one of my favorites hands down

Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs recently broke into the Boston beer market. I'm pretty happy about that. This one is a really pretty red. Bright amber in color bordering on ruby red, and very clear with rising bubbles. Piney hops up front in the nose with some warm bready malts to back it up. The flavor is a little more laid back, nice doughy malty-ness and a great resiny, juicy hop profile throughout. It tastes great, but the thing that I really love about this beer is the crisp smooth mouthfeel and the lightness on the palate despite lots and lots of flavor. Very refreshing, too. This would be be an easy beer to hammer down while watching a game, or showering, or cleaning the house or whatnot...

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer.. I love me some hoppy American Amber's and this is one of the hoppiest. Nice reddish brown color to the pour, tons of head and lacing. Smell is full of citrus hops. Taste is very hoppy but with a nice caramel malty tone. This is a small notch below Ithaca Cascazilla and CBH Abijah Rowe IPA as my favorite beer of all time. Too bad there was only 3 in my variety pack.. it's a kick ass beer. I wish the package store had Nugget Nectar cuz it just sounds like a bad ass version of this one. Awesome mouthfeel and drinkability... fantastic beer.

Photo of currysage1
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light chestnut brown topped with a rocky cream colored head. Great lacing and a head that sticks around.

Smell is of citrus, namely kumquat, bitter yet sweet, they compliment each other. Some sharp ginger, medium malt, hop is present and West Coast.

Taste is beautifully balanced, sweet malt battles the harsh hop oils, this is a very tasty brew. Some orange oil in the flavor. Maybe just a little too hop forward though for an amber or a red ale.

Feel is quite substantial for a red or amber, actually taking it down a point. Although the carbonation helps bring the score up for clearing the palate.

Taste is firstly of clean pine hops,

Photo of RichT73
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After trying the Troegs Nugget Nectar, which I can't get enough of, I was very excited to try another offering from this brewery. The first thing I noticed was the pour...what a beautiful amber sunset color. I then took a big whiff and could smell the hops, which made my mouth water. After the first sip I thought this beer was very good, but the hops didn't grab my tongue like I thought they might given the name. While I consider myself somewhat of a hophead, I didn't mind the mild taste and after a few minutes found myself at the bottom of the glass. I could easily drink these all night and can't wait for my next purchase from Troegs.

Photo of TStandley13
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another great creation from Troegs...

A- Pours a nice transparent coppery red color with a decent head that stuck around for a few and left me some nice lacing down my glass.

S- nice IPA-esque smell at first, citrusy and grapfruity for sure.

T- Very nice comination of sweet and hoppy. Grapefruit attacks you at the beginning and end with a nice malty taste throughout.

M- Crisp, light, and smooth. Definite hop kick.

D- Put away a six pack of these before I knew it. Delicious!

Couldn't help but make a comparison between this and Nugget Nectar. I think they share many similarities, but I think NN edges it out just a bit.

Photo of scofielj
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressive center pour from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Reddish copper color with a nice fluffy pillowish head. The head stayed around and laced nicely down the glass.

S: Slight grape fruit with a little pine in the background.

T: Nice caramel maltiness up front with the hop kick at the end.

M: Crisp tatse with nice globs of head still swirling around.

D: Highly drinkable, even with the hops this is an even balanced amber.

Photo of TrevorGW
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut body with a nice off-white, one finger head. Good clarity.

Aroma is thick with caramel and juicy hops.

Nutty flavor, with the sharp hop attack towards the end. Flavor from hops is orangey and piny, melding nicely with the toffee and caramel from the strong malt bill. A very balanced flavor. Bready and bittersweet, reminiscent of DFH's 60 Minute IPA.

Nice tight carbonation. Medium-body.

Great cross between a session beer and a stern IPA. Well-crafted.

Photo of sliverX
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poored a deep golden slightly copper color big pillowy head, small decent lacing
smell is a hoppy butterscotch like note
taste is big caramel malts with a huge hoppy back ground nicely balanced though
mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice medium body
drinkability is high on this one, and well I'm working on #2 and sad its the last one I have

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, medium carbonation, caramel amber, quarter inch head

Smell: I get grapefruit and hops

Taste: hops, citrus, and some soapy taste

Mouthfeel: bitter, dry, and light

Drinkability: This is a decent red that should appeal to hop heads. I would have this again, but will not seek it out.

Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great American amber. Beautiful to behold in the glass. A fragrant and balanced nose. Hops are definitely the star of this amber but the malts are aromatic as well. Taste is big on both sides and once again beautifully balanced. The name is Hopback so you know where the scale tilts. If hops are a love you will not be disappointed. Malty backbone is deep and well crafted as well. Gently carbonated and lightly creamy this is a great one for all around drinking. It goes down so easily and deliciously that you want to session it in spite of it's strength.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into an snifter. A very smeared and barely readable "Bottled on 10 30 08" is lightly stamped on the base of the glass on the neck.

A- Copper appearance, and strikingly clear. Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Ample sticky lacing.

S- Grapefruit hop odors strike first, followed by hints of malty sweetness.

T- Bready, caramel maltiness hits first, followed by a moderate hoppy/citrus kick. Bitterness is moderate. Solid balance here.

M- Crisp on the front, and moderately high carbonation. Somewhat creamy and full, and goes down very smoothly. Really excellent.

D- Extraordinary drinkability. Would likely make a fantastic session brew.

Future outlook: It's slowly becoming clear that I have been too slow to sample the offerings of Troegs, as this is yet another fantastic brew. I would happily purchase again.

Photo of mwa423
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful very dark and crystal clear amber with one finger of head and lacing that retains all the way down the glass

S - Strong floral and fruit smell, if I could get this in candle form I would burn it 24/7

T - The hops taste hits instantly but is soon dulled by the citrus and caramel flavors. I love it!

M - Goes down silky smooth and the end of every drink leaves you with a dry mouth feeling that makes you want the next sip.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass the beer was a brilliant ruby red color with two fingers of head just rising above the rim of the glass. The head reduced to one finger of just off-white creaminess and remained throughout the sample leaving impressive lacing. Streams of bubbly carbonation constantly stream up from the bottom of the glass. From a visual standpoint - very nice beer.

The nose hits with piney and citrusy hops right up front with a soft caramel bready maltiness as well.

The taste starts out as hoppy as the nose indicates with a citrusy bitterness grabbing the back of the tounge. Resiny, dry, and piney the hops start out IPA-esque but very quickly balance. Rich, semi-sweet malt takes over the palate with a soft caramel and bready doughy flavors. The malt seems to neutralize the hop flavor nearly instantly, as stingy as the first hop explosion was, so too is the malty-sweet balance.

Medium body, gets a little chewy as it warms up with ample carbonation.

This is a very balanced beer and very drinkable. You start and before you know you're almost done. I actually prefer a little less balance when the fist sensation is hops. But for what the beer is - an amber ale - the balance seems appropriate as the beer is never meant to be an in your face IPA. It's on for its style and dangeriously smooth and drinkable.

Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear reddish/tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a strong sweet caramel smell with touches of toasted bread and toffee. There's a definite citric hop smell in there, but not nearly as present as the malt.

Taste is medium to even full bodied with an immediate citrus hop kick that just flows into your mouth a big toasted and roasted amber malt taste. A strong caramel malt backbone in this beer really holds up well against a big hop attack. Lots of citrus, pine, not a ton of resin or citrus licking rind sort of taste. It's very well balanced. Finishes with a nice citric note.

An Imperial Amber(if such a thing exists) with strong touches of IPA. This is really like one of the best amber ales I've had, even better than a lot of brewpub hoppy ambers. At 6% I know it doesn't fit the definition of a session beer, but this is totally a session amber I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a reddish amber brew with a beige frothy head that dissipated fairly quick. Some lacing.

Smells of citrus/grapefruit, some pine notes, and a little toasted malt sweetness.

Hops are there, by far, but the malt is present too. Sweetness and caramel notes, and a buttery edge to this one too. Somewhat subdued actually. Very very likeable flavors, but not as deep as hoped. Still, very pleasant.

Medium bodied, and the pint really didn't carry alot of carbonation. Almost creamy in mouthfeel.

Overall, you can sling these back and enjoy them, if 6% doesn't bite you on the ass first. Great flavors, good texture and scent. I am reviewing this beer based on what it presents, not based upon reputation or what else Troegs brews. I would choose Nugget Nectar over this, but I'm not reviewing Nugget Nectar here. On its own, this beer stands up fine. Very decent and absolutely worth a try.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a rather dark, caramel brown color with a small white head. Sporadic lacing down the sides of the glass add the the charm of this one.

Aroma is fresh hops. Grassy and citrusy. Plenty of the malt and caramel typical in amber ales. I really like the aroma here because it isnt solely amber and caramel malts like most of the style.

Fresh hop taste. Grassy with a touch of orange peel. Again, I like the different flavors in this one. Different, and although it may be an americanized version of the style, I really liked this one. I find this better than other ambers.

Photo of bhalter8
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to drgonzo3705 for including this in a recent trade. Have heard only good things, and tasted a few from the folks at Tröegs. An aggressive pour yields an off-white, frothy, thick head, about 1" thick. Its a reddish tinted copper color. I like the apparent hops in the smell, it adds character to a style that sometimes lacks it. The taste is also nice balance between the bitterness of the hops (not overwhelming by any measure) and caramel malt background. Rests easily in your mouth. A well built beer, nothing groundbreaking, but very solid. I wish you could get a beer like this at the ballpark, it seems like it would go well with baseball on a Sunday afternoon.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pour glass. Pours a thin white head and thin lace with a colour of reddish amber.
Light aroma of grapefruit and pine with some sweet malt to balance it out. This is one hoppy amber ale as the taste starts off with grapefruit taste from the hops with a nice sweet malt taste. A very nice session beer with a good toffee malt taste to balance out the hops.

Photo of Jayli
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pretty medium amber/red. Thin film of an off white head with very little lacing despite vigorous pour. Smell was extremely hoppy, much more so than I expected with a red ale - smell was like an IPA, with scents of sweets malts evening it out. Taste is flavorful of big hops, and sweet malts. The tastes are bold yet well balanced. Mouthfeel is moist, crisp and is extremely smooth with decent carbonation. This is a great beer, completely hit the spot - with Troegs now in the area, this will definitely be a session beer!

Photo of SLeffler27
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal, clear copper amber with some carbonation, rest beneath a two-inch, frothy, almond head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as it settles in my Sam Adams Perfect Beer Glass.

Moderate citrus leaning toward grapefruit with pine leads while caramel and straw linger in the background. As it warms, butterscotch and pineapple develop.

Hopback is well balanced and buttery as it loosely follows the aroma. This is a modestly complex beer with a moderate bitterness and moderate finish.

Medium body and very dry, this one has fizzy carbonation and light astringency.

A good thirst quencher, Tröegs offering will suit a party or gathering where good beer is appreciated, but not the focus.

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an attractive amber with a moderate white head.
the aroma is very pleasant with lots of powdery flowery citrus, mainly grapefruit. there are notes of pine as well, but they tend toward the more subdued.
the taste begins a with a floral vaguely honey-like sweetness. as it moves across your tongue the grapefruit kicks in with some toasted caramel maltiness. there is some bitterness towards the finish, but not a lot the hops are mostly here in flavor. it finishes with a creaminess in flavor and texture.
the mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium bodied with as said, a creanmy texture, almost mineral water-like.
the drinkability is very good, it's a little one dimensional, but it realy nails what it's trying to do, and you can't fault it for that. this is one of those beers makes me want to always have a six pack of on hand.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Really nice looking brew. Clear orange amber color. Two inches of dense head with above average retention and tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Loads of floral hop aroma going on. Grapefruity citrus and a bit of woodiness.

3.5 T: Pretty good, but lacks depth. Grapefruit citrus hops again, but not as pronounced as I'd like. Seems to be some crystal malt, but malt character is minimal and makes the beer a bit unbalanced even though it isn't that bitter to begin with. Based on the nose, I expected a lot more. This is very much like a watered down Nugget Nectar.

3.0 M: Surprisingly light in body. Carbonation is lower than I would like. Very smooth, but that simply isn't enough.

3.5 D: This is Nugget Nectar after suffering from a debilitating disease for several years. Its not bad by any stretch, but it doesn't stand alone.

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