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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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2,477 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,477
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 flexabull


3.75/5  rDev -6%

Was able to try this thanks to a trade with MuenchenerKindl.

Pours a very bright amber color, with a very slight head.

Smells like candied fruits, with some sweet sugary aromas.

Flavors seem mild, but certainly pleasant. Some malty candy like sweetness upfront, finishes creamy with just a hint of hops and tartness. A little bit of carbonation noted too. I have to admit, with a name of "hopback" I was looking for more hop flavors. This is still tasty though

This beer has a nice lingering mouthfeel, even with the more muted flavors. Definitely would be a good session brew, quite drinkable.

11-16-2006 01:23:10 | More by flexabull
Photo of guinnessfan


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz. bottle purchased from Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield.

A: Pours a beautiful clear amber with 2 1/2 fingers of off-white bubbly head. Good retention, nice sticky lacing.

S: Hops and citrus abound. Smells like a tree air freshener, dipped in orange marmalade jelly.

T: Semi-powerful, hoppy punch initally, backed by a citrusy/ flowery love tap.

M: Seems somewhat slick and oily with medium carbonation and decent body.

D: After the initial hop-shock, this beer quickly becomes very easy to drink. The more I drink, the more crave it. Unfortunately, the ABV is slightly high to session well.

11-02-2006 14:43:14 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

From a Troegs' mix pack bought at Korintus Distributor, pours into the pint glass a clear amber with thick, off-white head. Good, sticky lacing.

Full on resinous hop aroma. Floral and evergreen, without being pine-y.

Sweet and hoppy, while maintianing some crispness. Pleasant bitterness with nice, solid malt finish.

Smooth and round mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. Great hoppy ale that I can drink all day/night.

Like the famous Nugget Nectar, this is a good, good beer. Troegs does american ambers up right, and this one will keep NN fans somewhat sated while we wait until next year's batch. Go Troegs!

10-25-2006 00:06:35 | More by rabsten
Photo of mjc410


3.3/5  rDev -17.3%

A light pour into my Sam Smith pint raises a very slight head that rapidly recedes to a thin, light tan glass ring. The beer's color is a deep copper. The nose is full of herbal and lightly grassy hops, balanced by a nice caramel scent. Not very strong, though. The taste is grassy, a bit nutty, bread-like, and perhaps just a bit toasted. This beer is an easy drinker, to be sure. The mouth is medium, with low carbonation. A good sessioner, if perhaps a little too strong.

10-24-2006 18:28:24 | More by mjc410
Photo of phisig137


3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a light copper color, with a one finger head. Decent retention falls into a ring around the glass, with minimal lacing.

Aroma is not at all what I expected from Troegs. Slightly hoppy, but also has a corn like adjunct sweetness to it. Some malt is there, and the hops do dominate the faint nose, I just sense some kind of corn sweetness in the back.

On the other hand, the flavor is much better. Smooth caramel malt character from front to back, with a nice gentle hoppy finish. Smooth and full, the flavor here is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is excellent.

It's nice to see a craft brewer making an amber ale. It's not something that you usually see. This is a great one, and I love Troegs for it. For those of you that are looking for another good beer to show to non-BA's, as I always am, this is a good one. I'd think this would be a great "transitional" beer from the macro world into the quality craft beer world, just like Prima Pils, All Malt Lager, Brooklyn Pennant, and a few others.

10-18-2006 00:45:32 | More by phisig137
Photo of pavandal


3.95/5  rDev -1%

poured from a bottle into a 16oz pint glass.

Poured a (surprise!) amber color, with a 1/4 inch head. Nothing to write home about here. Laced the whole time as I drank it.

Smell is very fruity! Citrus comes through over everything. Smells great!

Taste is all hops to begin, followed by fruit (grapefruit, I do believe), and then it ends with a nice caramel aftertaste. I like it!

The mouthfeel for this bad boy is awesome. Fills your mouth nicely.

A very drinkable beer, but the ABV is a little higher than I'd recommend for sessioning. Have 2, leave it at that.

I'd drink this again. You better believe it!

10-17-2006 03:54:21 | More by pavandal
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Edit (10/21/06): Poured from cask into a 20oz glass (previously mis-clicked "on tap")

A - Beautiful pure amber color with a 1-inch head that quickly melted away.

S - Blend of citrus with caramel malt and a little grassy hops...quite the blend of scents! Comes together nicely to form a toasty-hop aroma.

T - Malty with a light-to-medium hop presence, but not enough to bring about any bitterness. Grassy grapefruit dominated the aftertaste, but it finally finishes with a caramel twist.

M - Light carbonation and a medium body...finishes very clean and smooth.

D - This beer won Best Local Beer by a Philly magazine, and I'm quickly identifying it as one of my top everyday beers. It finishes so smoothly and pairs well with many food selections...the more I drink, the more I enjoy it. Definitely suggest picking some up if you have the opportunity.

10-13-2006 01:14:28 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of dickroop


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

The bottle's label has amber background and a promising portrait of green hop leaf. The ale pours a brassy bronze with a brown-cream head that quickly reduces to a ring, leaves a little lacing but not much.

The nose is promising, hops of a citrus and piney stripe, hints of lemon and the yeasty woods after rain as you tread on the spongy mat of needles.... (to that little hide-away under the pine tree (oh never mind)

First sip delivers a nice modest hop hit, some lovely lemony bitterness at the sides of the back of the tongue. Wow, a nice full-bodied amber brownness with a substantial hop payload, I like this. Mid-palate, there's a lot of grapefruity substance, and the finish is easy, a little bitter and a lot to like.

Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied, tingly but not tangy, a little chewy/sticky in the finish, but altogether pleasant and yummy.

Highly drinkable, I will add this to my "buy again" list especially when entertaining folks that need to ease into hop-appreciation. This is my first sampling of Troegs, and now I am very anxious to try their IPA/APA/PA offerings, especially ON-TAP. Recommended!

09-16-2006 21:57:20 | More by dickroop
Photo of Pinto21


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

poured a nice copper amber color into the pint glass. this one had less head than the few others I've had the past couple days. theres a little bit of lacing still left around.

smelled a bit of carmel malt with some citrus as well, a very pleasent smell.

a little bit of sweetness and carmel to start, then it goes into the hops. there still is a bit of malt sticking around.

a pretty good mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation in it, and ill probably follow this one up with an other.

09-15-2006 02:07:51 | More by Pinto21
Photo of shbobdb


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%


Now this is what I am talkin' about. The beer pours a wonderful amber and smells of nice, piney american hops. The robust amber malt compliments the resinous hop character with just a twing of citrus. The malts are slightly nutty, with a strong toasted biscuit character.


This beer manages to be a wonderful fall/summer transition beer. It has the wonderful hop character of a refreshing summer beer with the quenching malty goodness that the cooler weather of fall demands -- all while staying delicately balanced and easy drinker indeed! Not too heavy not too light, it is just right.

Thanks Muenchenerkindl! This was a real gem!

09-04-2006 17:56:02 | More by shbobdb
Photo of beerphan


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date on bottle, but the case was marked: best by nov 6, 06

Pours a medium dark amber with an one inch slightly off white head, which settled to an almost transparent film. Sporadic tight lacing. Very little carbonation present

Nose: Whiffing the bottle, i could of swore i can upon some apricot? That said, i got mostly piney hops with a hint of sweet caramel malt.

Taste: Wow, piney hops with floral notes, followed by a sweet smooth caramel malt kick. An almost unnoticeable hop bitterness is present. The blend of hops and malt here is just sweetness. A fantastic take on an amber ale. I say bravo. Bravo!

Mouth is light on carbonation, but the sweet malt makes for a smooth ride.

A very drinkable ale, sure to satify all but the most diehard hophead. I like it, and will again.

08-25-2006 00:12:08 | More by beerphan
Photo of jackorain


4.35/5  rDev +9%

A-Poured a coppery amber clear in a pint glass. 1 1/2 inch head, tan and sudsy. Good retention and good lacing.

S-Great big hops, herbal and floral I' say there is is also some citrus in there. Malt and bread come throgh once past the hops. Real nice aroma.

T-Herbal and floral hops again with some citrus. Very well balanced out by a really nice malty sweetness. Carmel note on the finsh.

M-mediuim body, although little watery at times. nice carbonation though

D-Excellent, I could make this may regular fall back.

08-24-2006 20:57:17 | More by jackorain
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy frothy head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell had a sweet upfront citrus aroma accompanied by a very good doughy malt aroma.

The taste was solid and malty with an excellent sweet orangy hop element. Mild pepper and grapefruit as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a little bit of sweetness.

Overall a very unique American Amber. Very quaffable amber ale that would appeal to my fellow hop heads.

08-21-2006 01:12:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of expatsteve


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

The first time I had this was off the hand-pump at Zeno's in State College, from a fairly fresh keg to boot. That beer was amazing, and the equal of other cask favorites - think Bell's Two Hearted, albeit different in style. This review is written from a bottle split with Golden2wenty1 in the lead up to Wheat Night One.

Appearance: Caramel amber with honey highlight. Great visibility and good under light - shimmers and plays off the windows behind really nicely. Brief 1/3 inch head, which subsides to little if any suds. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Orange, caramel, cocoa and pine - nice, uncomplicated and balanced.

Taste: Cocoas and caramel malts, some honey, balanced with metallic pepper and grapefruit hops. A study in understated balance - eminently drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Great - crisp, hops finish matches well with the smooth front and middle palates. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Superb. Not particularly complex or mindblowing, just exceptionally balanced. Probably would be my session beer of choice if I were living in Pennsylvania.

08-19-2006 15:31:25 | More by expatsteve
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Clear amber with nice offwhite head. Nose is hugely hoppy, fresh, grassy, floral, mildly citrus hops. Faint caramel malt backing. Taste is initially hoppy. Huge hop flavor, the nose echoed almost perfectly except the malts are quite substantial, and balance wonderfully. Plenty of caramel, oily hops, turning a spicy green through the finish. Mouthfeel is spot on, moderate carbonation with medium body and drinkability fantastic. Very nice beer, though on days when i want something drier, i wouldn't choose this.

08-14-2006 03:48:17 | More by numenor1
Photo of dirtylou


4/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz single, gifted to me by expatsteve, preciate it

appearance: pours into a mash house pint glass...distinctly clear amber body, light foamy beige head with very little retention and some slight lacing...nice looking brew

smell: big and juicy citrus hop bite, big pine presence, green hop leaf, mildly spiced, light toasted malt, smooth caramel, very floral...just the hop bomb i expected from troegs

taste: fresh green hops...big citrus flavour dominated by a bitter grapefruit taste, orange, touch of lemon...big pine feel. toasted malt backbone, syrupy caramel feel. Its another one of those "cheating" ambers, that sticks out because of hop domination, but i like it

mouthfeel: medium body, actually rather syrupy for the style, strong hop bitterness

drinkability: good

08-08-2006 23:58:59 | More by dirtylou
Photo of

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

12oz. bottle. Poured a dark gold/amber color. Very clear. Developed a large off white head. Aroma was earthy, with the hops coming through as a pine/grass scent. Flavor was much more malty than aroma suggested, with a nice balance of the hops throughout. Finish is "piney". Beer was medium in body, with fairly high carbonation and slightly drying. Overall, a pretty good beer, kinda a light version of Nugget Nectar (much better, unfortunately not available year round).

07-31-2006 15:30:52 | More by
Photo of villainchiwwin


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

light ruby hue with amber toward bottom of glass. poured with a nice off-white head, left good lacing.

caramel nose blended with floral hops and some pine.

spicy, earthy malt taste from the start with sharp lemon, pine, floral spicier hop zing right on its heels and some oily hops pulling through, smone nutty bitterness and caramel that complements rather than jars as hops mellow on palate. well-carbonated with smoothness, spicy dry finish, and medium body.

tasty, quite drinkable, and hybrid-like brew.

07-24-2006 21:37:37 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Lugged back from PA by expatsteve - thanks again.

Pour: an attractive strawberry amber, crystal clear, under an inch of soapy tan cream.

Nose: bright, floral hops over molasses/caramel/vanilla malt with a musty biscuit crunch

Taste: a floral/pine hops bitterness on the forepalate succumbs to vanilla-caramel malts and a light, sweet apricot/mango fruitiness rounding off the hops bite.

Feel: light, crisp ale body with steady, middle-of-the-road carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Highly drinkable amber ale, impeccably balanced with plenty of hop, malt, and fruit flavors going on. A quality beer from an often-boring style.

07-22-2006 21:33:27 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to my pint glass. Nice deep rich amber color with good carbonation. The head is a thick rocky 2 finger off white wonder, that makes me want to eat if with a fork. It fades slowly to a very nice lace.

The smell is slightly sweet, good malt coming up through generous portions on hops.

The taste really got me. This is a very well balanced beer, Lots of mildly sweet malt squaring of against a truly great tasting hops with several flowery notes. Quite complex in the taste arena, as I was prepared for something much more pedestrian. The finish has a very unique creamy and fruity taste, not unlike the good parts of a cream sickle. Maybe ever a note or two of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is very good, smooth and creamy, with the right bite and carbonation two really send you taste buds to happy land.

The drinkability of this beer is as good as it can be, truly exceptional I will be getting more of this.

Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

07-18-2006 03:58:08 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Clear light auburn with a thick, creamy, beige head. Steady small carbonation. Bristlecone pine and caramel dominate the spicy and leafy aroma. Very hoppy. Front is hoppy as can be but this mellows away to reveal a nice, moderately hopped middle and finish with wonderful caramel flavors. Still, hops dominate and offer a multitude of hop flavors including luscious juicy fruits, spicy mountain brush, pine, bright floral and grass notes. Body is light to medium. Drinkability is very high.

07-17-2006 15:16:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. bottle. No best by date.


As the name implies, it pours a nice crystal clear amber adorned by a quarter inch of foamy tan head.


Lightly toasted malts accompanied by what smells like citrus Saaz hops.


Nice sweet malt backbone cut through by a pleasantly mild citrus/pine hop presence that carries through to a dry bitter finish. Another excellent offering from Troegs. Highly drinkable and affordable.

07-11-2006 20:36:25 | More by cbl2
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a medium dark amber with very little head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed. Fairly faint smell but traces of malt rather than hops. The taste is quite good- maybe a little too much carbonation at the front of the palate, but quickly some pleasant not too sharp bitterness from the hops and immediately a transition into a sweet malt flavor followed by a some lingering hop taste. The mouthfeel starts a little slick, but quickly drys out and ends up quite refreshing. Hoppier and maltier than many ambers, but eminently drinkable.

07-10-2006 00:46:21 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Clear liquid, dark orange-red color, thick white head.

The beer smelled like an IPA mostly, nice pine needle hops aroma. The taste was really good, not intensely bitter but well balanced between malt and hops. Kind of like an imperial kolsch (my new term), a well balanced beer with good hops flavor whithout the tart after-taste. But this is loads richer than a kolsch.

My first Troegs was a good one.

07-09-2006 22:17:41 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of bigdeuce


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Here's another incredible brew by Troegs. This is an odd beer to categorize, as it tastes like a red amber, but is extremely hoppy. I'd just call it a Red APA. Quite similar to their Pale Ale, a little bolder and aggressively hoppy. Malts and hops are the dominance, and again, in true Troeg's fashion, an incredibly dry, smooth drinkability, with no after taste whatsoever. It is a very interesting beer and highly recommended.

06-16-2006 19:04:12 | More by bigdeuce
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