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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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Ratings: 2258
Reviews: 1093
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%

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 BWED


4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into craft pint

A- Clear, dark amber (as promised) with a creamy light tan head. Hangs around at a 1/4." Some lacing accumulates.

S- Strong caramel background, with a very pleasant floral, earthy hop aroma.

T- Smooth caramel malt. Clean subtle hop bittering balance.

M- Fairly light and clean. Slight bitterness in the finish.

O- Hopback gives this beer some great sttributes in the aroma, without overpowering the malt. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:00:02 | More by BWED
Photo of 57md


4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is burnt amber with orange and golden traces in the edges. There was a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is lightly hoppy. The flavor profile is a well blended mix of malt and mild hops. This is the baby brother of the mighty Nugget Nectar; not bad in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 05:15:20 | More by 57md
Photo of falloutsnow


3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: Bottled 2013-04-09
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Troegs' Hopback is a solid amber ale, balanced yet still showcasing the hops and malts in the beer. While certainly a good beer, I felt the creation was a bit lacking in one direction or another in both aroma and flavor, never quite earning it the high marks it would get if pushing the boundaries a bit further. One I'd try again, if it were locally available, but as it's not, I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out again.

Beer pours a 1.5cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of bubbles that are small in size. The foam eventually settles to a thick lacing atop the body of the beer, about 0.2cm in height. Lacing is present, but rather minimal, a few dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a transparent dark amber color out of the light, a brighter orange-brown when illuminated. Carbonation is visible through the body, rising up from the center of the glass

Aroma is generally sweet, with bright hops giving a floral and sweetened grapefruit edge, with a strong complement of rich, slightly dark bread and caramel-like malts. Generally very smooth and complementary to both hops and malts.

Front of palate finds sweet caramel malt and dark bread-like flavors tempered with slightly floral and citrus-like hops. Mid-palate is of rich, sweet caramel malt tempered by prominent floral and lightly citrusy hops with some pleasant spiciness and mild bitterness. Back of palate continues deep caramel and grainy malts with moderate hop bitterness and some notable floral, citrus, and light pine flavors. Aftertaste features more notable bitterness along with grapefruit-like flavors and subdued caramel malt.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that's easy on the palate and makes drinking this pleasant. Closes quite dry from the hops, with moderate to heavy stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 05:55:56 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Lonelyshadow

New York

3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein.

Appearance: Pours a thin white head with a nice amber body
Smell: A wonderful hoppy aroma mixed slightly with citrus notes
Taste: A very hoppy beer beginning with a slight citrus bite and ending with hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body
Overall: I enjoyed this beer and though it will not be my first pick, it has certainly earned a place on my fall back list.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:36:32 | More by Lonelyshadow
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Have been drinking this beer for a while and finally decided it was worth a full review. Drunk today on tap at the tasting room in snifters.
Glowing clear amber orange with a creamy head, streaky legs, and consistently evolving carbonation.
Smells of heavy hops and spice with just the necessary blend of grapefruit. Floral and grassy notes, with just enough pine, as well. These scents settle down as the beer sits, and more malts jump up, rounded with sweet caramel.
Hops charge in on the front of the flavor experience too, but there is balance from toasted sugar and oranges. Chewy malts in the middle close down around a bright note of the typical pine and grapefruit hops of an IPA. But it's always heavier, always just a bit darker, and rounded smooth with the amber core.
The body is fuller than expected. There's just the right amount of alcohol to let this burn into the tongue a bit. When colder, it helps along lots of different foods, even making spicy dishes a bit hotter while curiously helping douse thirst. At the end of the glass (at higher temperature), the fruity chewiness is almost the start of dessert.
Overall, this is my favorite year round brew from the Hershey boys. It's the combination of high points of different styles all poured into one glass that make it special--creamy, spicy, hoppy, deep, and just the balance of sweet and bitter. If you can't get to the brewery for the steady stream of scratch offerings, hopefully bottles of this widely distributed creature are in your neighborhood.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 02:02:07 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of NuclearSoAndSo


3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a one-finger off-white head with a light amber body.

Smell: Smells of spicy, floral hops with a hint of grapefruit peel.

Taste: Tastes of bitter grapefruit upfront, finishing with a slight graininess.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, with a fair amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Overall: This beer is alright. In all honesty it's not exactly my cup of tea, but I can't say it's a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:46:50 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
Photo of dheacck11


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice dark copper/amber with a half finger of dense off white head fading rapidly. Scant lacing.

Nose is rather sweet, notes of caramel, orange, honey, and just a slight hint of bourbon.

Taste is equally sweet up front, big burst of caramelly malt, earthiness, and a bit more of the soft bourbon flavor. Maybe it's a peaty flavor I'm getting? Follows quickly by a blast of dry, bitter hops. Nice touches of stickiness and pine, but lingering dryness.

Feel is pretty medium full, if not totally full. Feels very thick in the mouth.

Nice beer. balance between the sweet and the bitter is a little too much of a stark contrast for my palate, but good flavors seperately.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:46:10 | More by dheacck11
Photo of MistahBeah


3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clwar amber with a creamy filmy head. Healthy dose of carbonation throughout. Good amount of lacing

Aroma: Dank hops and sweet caramel malts. Fruity. I smell mango and apricot. Oranges and maybe a whiff of sweet bananas. Floral grassy notes too

Taste: Sweet at first. Lots of sugary caramel and sweet fruits like apples, juicy melon, some citrusy oranges. Toasty bread malts. There's some grassy hop profile and some tart grapefruit but as it warms it stays sweet longer. The finish has a hint of pine and a touch of lemon. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body. Slightly carbonated. A little slick

Overall: This is a prime example of a beer becoming a totally different animal as it warms. When I first poured it from my fridge it had a huge hop flavor. As it got nearer to room temperature the hops gave way to sweet fruity malts. Another solid offering from Troegs

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:06:20 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange amber with 2 fingers of light foam that fell off quickly to some picturesque splotchy rings of lace. Nose is mild and cheerful with gentle citrus, floral hops and a generous, forward malt presence. The malt profile kept expanding as the beer warmed. Hearty bready biscuit, round and toasted, then honey toffee sweetness. It’s slightly whimsical how all that strong malt character gently kisses the bright grassy hops. Taste is perfection. Smooth, light, lively; moderate for all it’s malt backbone. Deeply flavorful. Succulent hops finish dry but not really too bitter with a slick mouth coating and a little pine. This is an enticing amber with plenty of character that you could happily drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:42:26 | More by utopiajane
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass. Clear darker amber with a medium-thin white head that fades a bit into a tight disc of foam on top of the beer. Smells of sweet caramel malts and floral/fruity hops. Slight hint of piney hop bitterness, but not much. As the head continues to diminish it leaves tons of lacing. Taste is lots of clean, bready crackery malts, with some sweet fruity hops and a tiny pinch of bitterness at the very end for a nice crisp finish. Awesomely drinkable, another winner from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:22:40 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of WissBrauSean


4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer cold and the glass instantly collected condensation from the humidity in my highrise cabin. It poured a crystal clear amber colour with a full one finger head that fell to a thick ring and full cap on top of the beer and leaves what looks like the view of all the heads and shoulders of a very crowded room of people. Weird!

Aromas of caramel malt and piney/citrusy hops are most noticeable at first and then as it warms some bread and tropical fruits pop up.

Balance is the name of the game with this beer! All through the sip the caramel malt character is present and so are the piney/citrusy hops which start off solid, fade a bit and then finish solid. A smooth breadiness as well as fruit like mango appear towards the middle of the sip and finally a mild bitter from the same hops finish the beer off with a hint of spice.

It's a pretty refreshing and smooth mouthfeel both mildly sweet and slightly hoppy dry and a thin to medium body. The finish is pretty neat and dry. A slight slick feeling on the tongue, but only very slight. Hop resins? I've read that the body on this beer is fuller on draught and would love to try it from the tap!

Overall I find this beer exceptional! I would recommend it as a crossover into hoppy beers as it is delightfully easy to drink and whets the hop appetite as well. A solid 4.25 is due for this beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:49:35 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of dar482

New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark amber color.

The aroma has big juicy hop aroma, sweet honey orange, mango, peach.

The flavor follows with those tropical fruits and a smooth crystal malt flavor, then a light hop bitterness. It tastes like a laid back Nugget Nectar, which makes sense as this is the base beer where they then hop the beer crazy to get Nugget. Less crystal malt sweetness from the beer and the bitterness comes through more. It's crazy to say, but from the many times I've had Nugget, but I prefer this smooth flavor, less sweetness, and the wonderful hops.

What a fantastic drinkable beer. Great flavor with hops and the crystal malt sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 08:22:17 | More by dar482
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ?
Recent tasting from a bottle; fresh, per the bottle date.

Very nice and simple amber ale. Brownish amber in color, with a somewhat aggressive pour giving a large, healthy white head that retained nicely. Caramel malts in the nose, with a good dose of crisp piney/citrusy hops. Taste was similar, more complex than your typical amber ale, even if nothing surprising going on; bready malts, caramel, nice hop bite with notes of pine and citrus pith, for a good sense of balance. Light-medium body, crisp and enjoyable, and about as spot-on for the style as you can get.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 05:29:10 | More by Rifugium
Photo of lsummers


4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper but still thick enough to not be clearly seen through. One finger slightly tan head that is fairly frothy. Dissipates with some good lacing.

Smells of malty, creamy, caramel sweetness with some of that citric piney hop note mixed in.

Taste is malty and hoppy right away. It's really balanced with more of the caramel and molasses creamy malt notes coming through than hop bitterness. It melds well with the tropical piney hops. The sweet caramel malts really do shine in this beer and help it to be really unique. It's fairly hoppy but not over bitter in any way.

Mouthfeel is zingy and smooth. Possibly even a tough light in body but I don't mind. This is quite drinkable.

Overall, it's a great example of a red ale. The hops could throw some off but could be a gateway for hoppier styles as well. It's fairly balanced in my opinion and isn't just a sweet malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 05:11:59 | More by lsummers
Photo of WanderingFool


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopback Amber Ale pours a clear bronze color with a moderate sized creamy head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with some tropical fruit notes, caramel, and hoppy orange citrus mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is well balanced, but leans toward the malt. Caramel, bread, tropical fruit are followed by some spice. It finishes mildly bitter with a flavor of pine and citrus. Once gone the caramel malt and bread lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that would go great with a meal or to drink on a snowy winters night.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:35:22 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a burnt orange color. a bit hazy. small tannish head that slowly fades

Smell: a wide variety depending on temp and the likes. notes of earthiness, or citrus, caramel malts, and bread. the hops aren't quite as noticeable in the scent though

Taste: pretty complex blend. caramel malts, some toasty bread, citrus hops, some earthiness, and a stronger spiciness.

Mouthfeel: a little heavier than i'd prefer for this type. and a bit sticky. i would prefer a bit more sessionable and crisp

Overall: a solid offering and a good start to checking out a different brewery. tasty and well crafted. hope to get my hands on some more Troegs while on the east coast. Wish Nugget nectar was available too.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:34:19 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of barczar


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy one inch light khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Aroma is initially woody and earthy, with caramel malt sweetness, pine, and hints of citrus adding complexity.

Flavor reveals stronger citrus character underlying a fairly sweet, caramelly, bready, toasted malt backbone. The finish is slightly bitter, peppery, and fairly dry. Tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lime emerge. There's a bit of earthiness present.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of astringency at the finish.

Good balance of flavoring hop and malt character for the style. Avoids being cloyingly sweet and overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:31:35 | More by barczar
Photo of migwell


4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'Note its characteristics.' Well, sorry if I lack the palate and refinement to comment in the prescribed fashion on a good beer here, ('...white grape, black tea, lychee and bubblegum. bitter rye and tropical fruit flavors. the palate is smooth and sticky with a jelly texture...') but I leave the parsing of taste to the more 'refined' beer snobs. Myself, I like to drink beer, and good beer at that.

Of which, this is one. A real desert island beer, satisfying, not cloying after a few, but holding its own. Clean, clear, and refreshing... 'clear', that is, if you like dark meat.

Troeg's is quite the brewery, and they're on the right track with this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:47:49 | More by migwell
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many red ales but with a name like HopBack, this had to be tried!

Deep, clear amber with a soapy head that dropped to a cover, then a ring leaving splotchy lace.

Hops on the nose...yup...hops. Anyone know a way to amp up ones smelling ability?

Taste was nice and hoppy from the get go, a bit like an APA here. Some malt through the middle with more hops bringing up the rear and lingering for a while.

Mouthfeel is somewhere north of thin with soft carbonation. Nice.

Really enjoyed this and, at 6%, one can have a few and not be debilitated the next morning. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:04:46 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 012113

A: Pours a copper/amber color with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that retains for a while and leaves decent lacing

S: A very nice balance between malts and hops. Get some lighter caramel malts and an earthy/spicy and floral hoppiness

T: Again, very nicely balanced between malts and hops. Earthy and floral hops lead to sweet caramel malts. Finishes lightly sweet

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and lightly rich

O: A nice amber with great balance. Plenty of flavor as well as ease of drinkability. One of the better year-round ambers out there

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:58:28 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass here at Croxley's Ale house.

Appearance: A real nice darker amber, heavy bubbles on the body. Head (off-white)is pretty strong on the pour but then again it's off the tap coming just a notch over a finger length.

Smell: light hops, comes off almost like the wet hip infusion type of scent.

Taste: Very rich hops, slight citrus to it that makes it feel bitter but then also sour. Strong in flavor but not in alcohol, which makes this easy to repeat over and over.

Mouth: a slight dryness to it but still sticking that grazes the surface if quality to an IPA. Medium to heavy, toasty and smooth.

Overall: This brew is an easy to go to if its a available by you. Might seem strong but it's the hops that seem a bit too much, my opinion it's just fine. Salud.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 06:24:56 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the first craft beers I tried way back yonder. First time I've had it in quite some time, Looks like it says bottled 12/1/12. Anyways, poured into a Tröegs pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber. One finger of beige head. Pretty good retention and some nice lacing here and there.

Aroma: Spicy, floral hop notes, hints of orange peel. Toasted and caramel malt.

Taste: Nice little floral hop spiciness leads off. Toasted, bready caramel malt creaminess bats clean up. End of the lineup brings some of that dry, spicy hoppiness back in mixed with a little citrus zest. Fine, well-crafted and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a tight carbonation. That hop bite tingles the tongue a little but is kept in check with smooth malt balance. Somewhat of a dry finish. Could knock back a few of these...

Still a solid reliable beer. A good starting point. if you wanna get someone into craft. Worked for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:47:32 | More by nimrod979
Photo of Flounder57


3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts and citrus aromas.

Taste: More toasted than caramel malts in the palate. Citrus hops are mildly in the rear.

Mouthfeel: chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of a dry finish, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid amber. Got to love their spring lineup beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 04:10:01 | More by Flounder57
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into "pint" tumbler, decent 1 inch white head that hangs around for awhile before leaving behind a bit of nice sticky lace. Color is a rich copper, a lovely looking beer.

Smell was slight and more malt forward than I expected, sharpened by the obvious hop presence. Taste is where this beer shines, nice hop bite and floral notes, very fresh tasting and finishing dry. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice carbonation that seem appropriate for this beer. A great tasting beer, will be having more by Tröegs.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 20:09:06 | More by david_alien
Photo of Brenden


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a deep amber in color getting fairly close to orange. It develops a good off-white head, which rises to a little over one finger in height. Retention is good and it leaves equally good lacing in patches on the glass.
There's a nice balance of mostly piney and floral hops and caramel malts, giving it a good mingling of a fresh sort of bitterness and just a touch of sweetness to balance.
This is a strong, flavorful beer for an often underdone style. Say what you will about Troeg's (I've never had one I didn't like), but they know how to do an amber (or red, if you prefer). Malts bring a fantastic balance to the big hops presence, perhaps a touch more than in the aroma. There's a bit of zest as well in each sip.
This is a very nicely carbonated, smooth-flowing beer with a good, crisp bite to it. The body is medium but there's a brightness and a sort of cleanness to it as well, and a sort of stickier (think hop resin) feel to it that really works in this case.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:46:02 | More by Brenden
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,258 ratings.