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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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1,138 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,138
Hads: 2,958
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 117
Gots: 490 | FT: 3
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,138 | Hads: 2,958
Photo of JPowell712
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer. It poured an an amber color with an off white head. The smell was hoppy and malty with some sweetness to it. The taste was a great balance of hops and malts, it had a little bit of a hop character and a sweet malty finish. The overall taste and feel on this beer was a good one. Troegs always puts out decent beers!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

HopBack is a satisfying amber ale that will forever live in the shadow of Troegs' superior Nugget Nectar.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Cool label art. Branded pry-off cap. Cost was $2.09 USD at a New York, NY bottle shop.

6% ABV. "Amber ale."

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour head. Soft-looking. Creamy. Has an even consistency. Retention is excellent - ~8+ minutes. Leaves a light coat of soft lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper colour of good vibrance. Suggests a caramel-laden brew with an apt amber malt backbone. Clean, with no visible yeast particles.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a classic looking appearance for an amber ale, and boasts an impressive head. Not unique or special, but right on the money for the style.

AROMA: Toasted amber malts join an apt caramel malt presence and a piney herbal hop profile to create a rather inviting amber ale aroma of mild intensity. A bit bready, slightly spicy, and seemingly well-balanced. It's not as hop-forward as Nugget Nectar, giving it a bit more of a malt emphasis.

Certainly appealing for an amber, with no off-notes or inappropriate yeast character. Its ABV is well-disguised.

TASTE: It's more malty than hoppy, with toasty amber malts and a bit too much caramalt coming through clearly, lending it a bit too much sweetness. The hop profile isn't quite tailored to the malt backbone, bringing notes of resinous pine and herb that just don't quite click into the build like they should. More of an oily resinous hop character with brighter tones of citrus and floral character would better suit this beer.

Its underhopping and overmalting throw off the balance, but it still has plenty of cohesion and complexity for an amber, beating out widespread favourities like New Belgium's Fat Tire in my book. More subtlety of execution, depth of flavour, and intricacy would improve it. As it warms, a kiss of spice emerges - maybe from rye malt (or just the yeast). Not a gestalt beer, but certainly enjoyable.

TEXTURE: Slight overcarbonation is noticeable. Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and aptly thick on the palate. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, and fails to accentuate specific notes. It does dry in the late second act, bringing out a bit of that subtle spice. Overall presence on the palate is decent. Some drinkers might find it a biteen rough or scratchy about the climax.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Not quite the mind-blowing amber ale I hoped for having loved Nugget Nectar, but worth trying for what it is. I wouldn't shell out $2+ per bottle again, but this is a relatively complex amber ale which I'd easily reach for over New Belgium's Fat Tire or other beers of that ilk. Highly drinkable, and worth trying in spite of its shortcomings.

High C+ (3.25)

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Photo of EvoRich
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a clear copper/amber color with a white, fluffy head.

Smell: Citrus hops, some piney and floral notes.

Taste: Citrus hops. Not as strong in the flavor as it is in the aroma. A good balance between hops and malts.

Feel: Light bodied and refreshing.

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Photo of mnrider
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep amber with one finger of tan head. Good retention with only a little of lacing.

S: Toasted malts. Pine. Resin. Sweet fruits and nuts.

T/M: Hops, Citrus. Pine. Herbal. Malts, Toasted. Caramel. Sweet. Fruits. Well balanced and creamy. Bitter. The finish is nutty but mostly bitter with a linger of hop resin.

O: Very good Amber Ale. Nice and hoppy with a strong malt presence which pushes the balance slightly to one side. An excellent example of the style.

Cheers!!

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Photo of kkleu357
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the ABE airport. It’s pretty good. darker amber body. Light fruity sweet aroma. Taste was similar. More sweet tastes than fruitiness. It’s kind of like a baby Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: very well balanced; roasted grain, toffee, pine, a touch of citrus, a little spice;

T: roasted grain and a little nutty up front; earthy hop character comes in mid-palate; light to medium bitterness from mid-palate; long finish; until the finish, it's well balanced;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: lacks the characteristic caramel note often found in ambers, but that's fine with me; I also really like the higher than usual bitterness at the end;

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Perfectly clear amber body. Small white head leaves moderate lacing.
S-Fruity esters. Biscuit, caramel, earthy hops.
T-Lots of malt. Caramel, toffee sweetness. Some spicy hop bitterness cuts it off.
M-Medium body, medium carb.
O-This is a fine brew definitely worth trying if to haven't had the pleasure but this isn't your normal amber.

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Photo of twosheds
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with tan head

Fairly hoppy with a slight brown sugar caramel smell.

Citrusy and floral hops with a nice balanced malt flavor.

Not too bad, but I would prefer less citrus hops.

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Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer in the glass. Deep rich copper color, small head, great carbonation. Aromas of caramel and distinct bitterness. Spicy, clean taste. Malt - forward (seems appropriate), with nice balance through the bittering hops. Medium mouth, bit of that spicy aftertaste. Mmmm. About 2 weeks old. Not super hoppy if that's your thing, but a great option for something different. Well-crafted amber.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber copper color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of caramels, spices and herbal hops.
Flavor of caramels, spices, toasted malts, tea leaves, fresh floral, earthy and herbal tangy hops (did I miss something?), mild citrusy, American yeast, lemon and pine. Dry aftertaste with a long bitter and toasted feeling.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Interesting take on Amber ale focusing on English hops, but with American boldness (55 IBUs) on a malty base (not in excess).

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Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 8/15/14. Clear amber pour with just a hint of dark ruby. Very nice head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Nice light nose of blended hops, mostly pine with herbal notes, over a somewhat dominate caramel base. As it warms, light spicy hop notes are present. Light medium bodied with a nice slightly oily texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Very well balanced flavor profile with a bit of complexity and quite good intensity for an amber ale. It begins with a blend of hop flavor that transitions to mostly pine as the bitterness begins to creep in. Beneath all of this, is a good caramel backbone that takes center stage as the mild bitterness releases into the finish. The finish is slightly sweet over a mild pine oriented bitterness with a touch of pepper like spice.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours amber with a solid white head.

smells like caramel malt. nice combination of sweetness and roasted malt. some hops in there as well.

tastes like roasted caramel malt with sweet hops. so delicious. just a fantastic amber ale, one of my favorite beers ever. somehow even better on draft, so creamy and smooth. goes down smooth, easy drinker. nice hop bitterness as well. has great balance.

overall this is one of my favorite beers. great for all occasions and fits with many different foods. great with a burger, steak, barbecue. (side note: this is the beer i use for my baby back rib marinade recipe, so damn good). easy to get here, every store sells it. so this is always stocked in my fridge.

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Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): Copper color with a finger of off white head

Smell (4.25): Toasted and caramel malts with slight undertones of earthy/spicy and citrus hops

Taste (4.25): Caramel malts upfront that fades into spicy citrus hops

Mouthfeel (3.75): Light medium body; As someone else mentioned, the bitterness doesn't exactly match the other aspects of the beer. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation?

Overall (4.1): Its a good beer, but nothing more than that. Considering that its available just about everywhere local to me, this would be a solid go to. Nice balance between malts and hops. Can't go wrong with that!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2%

A: Pours a clear a copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduce to a medium sized patch of thick film made up of larger bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel + toasted malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, piney, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts and toasted malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, piney, herbal, and grassy hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present in the finish and linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very enjoyable but quite hoppy amber ale - as a fan of hoppy beers I really enjoyed this take on the style. Nice complexity of flavors and aromas that is easy to drink. Definitely worth picking up if Troegs is available in your area.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pure refreshment here. This brew is great for any occasion. May it be watching sports, the beach, after cutting the grass. With its sweet caramel aroma and balanced spicy,herbal hop flavor and a modest amount of bitterness. This can be an everyday beverage.

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Another great beer from Troegs. Smell is kind of flowery and malty. the flavor balances well with sweet maltiness and hops. I geta little lemon and some pine hop flavor. The carbonation is medium and this is a relatively lighter beer than I would have expected. Finishes nice and is very well balanced. One of the better balances I have had !!!!!!!!

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Photo of mthomp081
3.9/5  rDev -3%

A - Thick creamy head, really nice lacing, amber colored

S - floral hops, sweet malts

T - mild forward hops, sweet balanced malts

M - medium bodied, light on the palette

O - nice balance between the hops and the malts, floral and mild, tasty

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Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a nice head stand. good lacing and retention

S: Nice balance of hops and malt. Floral citrus hops with a bit of grapefruit and apricot. Very , nice caramel and toffee malt aroma. some cracker notes in the background.

T: Perfectly balanced beer. Floral hops with grapefruit and a bit of pine. Nice sweet malty caramel. A bit of lemon citrus midway through. Starts as a sweet caramel malty flavor and transforms into a bitter hop finish. Nice bready and semi bitter dry finish.

M: Medium body, slightly slick on the palate. Medium carbonation.

O: This is a VERY well done amber ale. It hits on all points. Great balance, nice hop flavor and aroma, great malty backbone, and nice finish. The complexity is evident as the flavors slowly mutate throughout the sip. You can literally feel and taste the beer change changing character as you swallow. Pretty neat trick.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 020714 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma weak but shows hoppy spiceness
Head average (3.5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer.
Lacing OK – partial reticulum of large holes and small bubbles
Body medium amber, slight chill haze
Flavor begins with slightly bitter hoppiness followed by malt ending with bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very good amber ale which starts and ends with hoppy bitterness with a hit of malt in the middle – the hoppiness sets it apart from most amber/reds and raises the flavor profile.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DCA airport.

The beer is transparent with a bronze / golden body and a half inch of white head. The aroma brings piney hops, bready malts. Good flavor, with a mild sweetness to balance the robust pine component. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. A solid beer from a fresh keg. Tasty.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a. Dark golden color. Head 2 fingers, lasted, with lacing.

s. Sell is slightly sweet, but hoppy at the same time.

t. ouches of sweetness, some bitter hop up front.

m. Very smooth, perfectly carbonated.

o. Outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer. Would revisit this beer time and time again. Well balanced and more complex than I would have guessed.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle dated 2/7/2014

A: Pours a light amber color. ive seen many beers this color and even darker classified as IPA. Really good 2" head that settles to about 1/4 inch and stays. Good lacing. Appearance is the best part of this beer.

S: Mostly caramel malt and some pine. Maybe a hint of citrus. Its not very complex or super inviting, really.

T: Mostly caramel/bread with pine. Kind of has an off bitterness that doesnt seem balanced or the kind of bitterness I like in a hoppy beer (I love bitterness in hoppy beers, btw). Bitterness stays on my tongue after each sip.

M: Light-Medium body. Kind of a harsh carbonation.

O: Meh. Probably wouldnt have again.

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Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color, unsurprisingly. Two finger head shows good retention. Streaks of lace cascade down the glass in its wake. Cascade mainly comes through in the aroma, which is citrus and grapefruit forward. Quite hoppy as American ambers tend to be. Malt includes Munich and Crystal, and this comes through with more of a caramel maltiness than in an APA.

Hop-forward flavor profile with a touch of underlying malt sweetness. Very nice balance between citric hop flavors and malt backbone. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with minimal harshness or prickliness. At 6% ABV, there is no trace of alcohol on the palate. While hardly a "session" ale, more than one glass is not out of the question, and it's certainly enjoyable enough to warrant seconds.

This could qualify as an "dark-ish" IPA based on the flavor profile. Not unlike another PA hoppy amber: Victory HopDevil (which is classified as an IPA). Some may liken it to Nugget Nectar's little brother, but it's a far cry from that beer. Still, this is a really good hoppy amber, especially fresh and on tap.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, well... amber hue... We all figured that one, though. The head is dense, off-white, and two fingers in stature, but fades down to about a 1/2" leaving some nice lacing behind. Head retention seems to be very solid.

S: A strong caramel malt presence balanced perfectly by some piney hops and a hint of citrus. A little bit of breadiness and earthiness underneath. The aroma is complex, but not very strong, so you can't be shy with your sniffer here.

T: Lots of bready malts along with some caramel malt sweetness. Hops provide a nice wave of bitterness while adding heap of piney flavor and some citrus notes. The aftertaste is extremely nutty with a lot of lingering bitterness.

M: Full-body with excellent creaminess, but doesn't fall into the "heavy" category. This one could definitely be sessioned, albeit slowly...

O: Troegs delivers another solid beer with HopBack Amber Ale. While it's not outstanding to me, this one is complex and offers a lot to be enjoyed while sitting pretty with a very sessionable 6% ABV. I wouldn't buy this in excess for the sake of its enjoyment, but I'd definitely snag a 6-pack for game day with friends.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A- Pours clear golden amber with a 3-finger off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Mild, resiny hop aroma with a touch of caramel malt.

T-Light citrus hops flavor, a touch resiny, with some caramel at the back.

M-Medium body, a touch oily. Great carbonation.

O-I love this beer, perfect balance of hops and malt with caramel, yummy!

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.