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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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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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Brenden

Ohio

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
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure amber in color. A smaller white head sits on top and leaves lacing.
Aroma is hoppy and malty. I think more hoppy then your average amber and with a light citrus bouquet. Malts have your standard caramel smell.
Taste is not as hoppy as the nose. more restraint. Taste is more malty and lightly doughy. A well balanced brew here. But also has a husky and course feel.
This beer is easy drinking and quite flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 13:27:37 | More by micromaniac129
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dougfur

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best straight-up amber ales out there, hands down. The color is perfect, the malt profile is perfect, the hops could be just a touch stronger in my mind, but that might just be my DIPA-ish tendencies. It won't blow your mind, but if you appreciate ambers, you will love this!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 19:43:42 | More by dougfur
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Act25

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5l tall beer glass cylinder.

A: pours a coppery amber with a less then a finger of slightly off white but lasting head. Decent retention along with great stained glass lacing.

S: the nose is great on this one... Citrus hops with a pine accents along with sweet bread and toasty malt. Slightly sweeter, breadier than Dales Pale Ale. Reminds me of original Red Tail Ale - my first taste of micro.

T: malt sweetness, caramel, with citrus, hop flavor, grapefruit rind, lemon/orange peel, a bit of pine tang... Bready slightly toasty. Nice balance. the hops and grains/malts work together well. But - just slightly sweeter tasting than Dales Pale Ale which still is my preference in this style.

M: medium bodied with a little too much sweetness, moderate carbonation, drinkable mouthfeel, grainy, bitter finish. Not quite as refreshing as Dales Pale Ale.

O: True to its name, this is a very hoppy amber ale, balanced with sweetness and breadiness. Very drinkable, and sessionable. Recommended.

Brewery says it's their signature beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:50:41 | More by Act25
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 month old bottle.

Pours out a clear amber with a thick slightly off-white head. Retains and laces nicely.

Honey sweetness and orange hops pop out. More malty aromas keep coming with caramel and toffee.

Hops are definitely in there providing some citrus orange and grapefruit and piney flavors with a medium bitterness that takes hold for a couple seconds. Malty sweetness. Some spice.

Easily the best amber ale I've had yet. Lots of hops set this off right.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 19:23:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown to amber color with a good finger or two of head initially. Head scales back to a nice thin layer on top of this brew. Good lacing. Smells of piney hops. Flavor is more of the same piney hops but then is well balanced with a dark per malt sweetness. Bitter to start but sweet to finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:02:41 | More by Oakenator
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful honey color into a pint glass. 1/2 finger head.

Good aroma of citrus and pine from the head.

The mouth feel was smooth, with a slight tang, tasted on the back
of my tongue.

The taste was very piney, with citrus. The bitterness in this
beer works well in the general taste balance. Good hop presence.

Overall, an excellent solid beer. Oddly, even though it
is an American Amber- it tastes somewhat like an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 18:37:58 | More by brureview
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: pours a very clean ruby amber with a little less then a finger of slightly off white head... Decent retention along with some spots of lacing.

S: the nose is mild on this one... Citrusy hops with a light piney accent along with some bready and lightly toasty malts... Doesn't smell a whole lot different then the pale ale to me, aside from a touch more sweetness to the malts

T: some nice light malt sweetness up front, caramel, blended with some nice citrusy hop flavor, mainly grapefruit and lemon/orange peel, there is a very faint kiss of pine in there as well... Bready slightly toasty malts. Nice balance. Really like the way the hops and the grains/malts work together here

M: on the light side of medium bodied with a touch of sweetness, moderate creamy carbonation give this brew a nice drinkable mouthfeel, grainy and a touch of bitterness on the finish.

O: this is a solid hoppy amber ale, nicley balanced with a hint of sweetness and breadiness. Nothing over the top, just a tasty drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:30:06 | More by PeterIngemi
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer reminds me of when an old girlfriend dragged me to the movies to see black swan. like, a night at the movies, fine. a beer, okay. but then everything took me by surprise. like wow, mila kunis is really hot, the story line isnt that bad, the dancing is incredible, and the ending is a shocker. i left that theater very impressed, and much more stoked than i ever thought id be. this beer is the exact same thing. okay, another amber ale, here goes nothing. nope, behind its red malty opaque body and creamy two inch tan head lies a great many surprised. starting with the aroma, which is superior to almost everything ive ever had labeled amber. there is that familar malt profile sure, but there is a powerful hop presence not usually seen in this style. it plays off the sweeter malts perfectly and creates a very enticing scent. the flavor is also surprisingly robust on the hop front. very bitter in the finish, with caramel and pine notes going back and forth. the finish is also super clean, which makes this an easy drinker with very little residual sugars. to me, this is how all american ambers should taste, it sets a very high bar. excellent carbonation and a fine medium body. now if i could just get mila kunis to serve it to me...

edit: consistency and perhaps freshness is an issue in new york state. some bottles have a sort of blah red mat thing going on, others are like a slice of cold fresh ripe pink grapefruit. its insane how different each can be, so if you get an average one, keep on trying. even in the same pack, its insane. when they are good, they are great!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 18:46:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an amber chestnut hue, head is pretty compact but has really good lacing and film. Pretty good-looking.

Smell has a really fragrant roasty hop character, nice and crisp. Plenty of malt character, really firm. Bready biscuity malt. Hop character is dry, moderately bitter, nicely put together.

Taste is lively, fresh bready malt, with plenty of hop bitterness. Malt is roasty, large and flavours has some peppery floral subtleties, a rich caramel note, and has a depth of complexity that is quite refreshing. Finish is dry, bittersweet, with a nice peppery toastiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate in body, alcohol level works well, carbonation is moderate with good rolling crispness, it is refreshing, a bit on the bitter side to be really sessionable but it drinks very nicely. Good mouthcoating feel to it, highly refreshing

Hope to have this again, it was a real pleasure. One of the better ambers I've tried. More hops than usual, and a bit more IPA hoppy pine-ness pervades this beer, but with the plentiful roast malt the balance is quite good, seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:33:51 | More by mick303
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange/amber coloration. Good head that laces nicely on the glass.

S - Caramel, brown sugar malts; pine; citrus.

T - Pine, citrus, caramel/brown sugar malts. Hoppy tang on the afterbite. Overall, each sip has a very comfortable, wintry, roasted overtone which is nice.

M - Medium bodied but resinous. Almost a little sappy. I like that about Troeg's.

D - A good beer. Never had this before and I would get it again. A well crafted East Coast IPA. I think I prefer it to Smuttynose and Dogfish Head's IPAs, in fact.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 04:10:27 | More by jmerloni
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MadScientist

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light copper with good clarity and a persistant light tan head. The head is thin and leaves a bit of lacing the glass.

S: A moderately-strong hops aroma of oranges, lemon zest and a bit of pine. A moderately-light caramel malt sweetness. Light fruity esters.

T: A moderately-strong hops bitterness and moderate citrus hops flavor. The malt is mostly caramel, but not that sweet, with some dry graininess. The balance is firmly bitter. the finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An aggressively hopped American Amber with citrus hops aromas and flavors. A great beer.
Bottled on 092612

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:21:35 | More by MadScientist
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark gold with a thin cream colored head

S-creamy citrusy and hoppy. Medium strength. Okay.

T-actually a pretty good brew. Comes in with a nicely creamy and citrusy hop flavor of higher quality. It takes sometime but a beautiful citrus bitterness comes to bite the tongue just slightly. Has somewhat of a biscuit flavor in the after-taste along with the hops and citrus. This is pretty orange forward.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-I like this beer. It's an IPA. There's no amber/red to it...not in the taste, nose, or even color. It's enjoyable and refreshing though...a nice easy drinking midday ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 17:53:25 | More by AdamBear
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tastybeerinmybelly

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger head. Not much smell on this one, but plenty of tastiness... It has a nice hop presence that is balanced with a good malt backbone. Just the right amount of carbonation helps this one go down nice and easy. I think I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:31:07 | More by tastybeerinmybelly
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Hopback has a subtle amber color and has no cloudiness at all. It poured with a 1/2 inch head and leaves a below average lacing on the glass.

The beer smells like malt primarily and has a very slight hop or citrus scent. It is a very weak and one-sided scent, mainly caramel or toffee.

The flavor is very good. The caramel-flavored malt is balanced with a nice combination of lemon citrus and piney hops. Not too many spices are present but the combination and balance of the other flavors are very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice; not too carbonated but enough carbonation to keep you thirsty and to let the flavor settle on the tongue. Very easy to drink, although I would not describe the beer as crisp.

Overall the beer is good. The scent of the brew is really the only average characteristic of the beer. Worth a try as an easy to drink, low ABV (6%) IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:03:36 | More by PhantasIPA
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AC-Mivsek

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark copper/amber with small white head.

S- Floral and citrusy hops. Slight sweetness to it as well.

T- Piney hops stand out quite a bit. Sweet caramel and malt aftertaste which balances it very well.

M- Medium body, very drinkable yet not the most sessionable.

O- Excellent beer. My current favorite amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:13:32 | More by AC-Mivsek
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argock

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 20 oz dimpled clear glass stein at Porter's (Boston, MA).

A: Auburn with frothy, foamy 1-2 finger oatmeal colored head with good retention and solid lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hops with with solid caramel toffee component. There is a subtle infusion of resin in the nose as well.

T: While this beer is not blow-you-away good, it is extraordinarily drinkable on-tap. Blast of orange and grapefruit citrus with pine and resin hoppiness up front with a medium-strength caramel toffee and lightly roasted malt presence. Very well-balanced-- hoppy, malty, bitter, and superb body and feel.

M: The carbonation gives this a creamy feel overal, but the finish is very dry, more dry than the bottled version which enhance the drinkability substantially. It is a very good beer in the bottle, but even better on-tap.

O: I was really impressed with the beer on-tap: while it isn't different it is a better version of the bottled version I know well (I probably buy 1.5-2 cases total per year). The feel is superior to most any amber ale you could pick up, and the hoppiness stresses the resinous and pine character over the citrus qualities, although both are there. It's a great beer either way.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 03:50:16 | More by argock
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seemed like a good choice for a Sunday afternoon. This looks like a malt/hoppy beer.

The smell offers a generous amount of maltiness and good hop presence.

The flavor is consistent with the smell. I get a good amount of malt. The hops come out more prominently. You get some bitterness at this point.

All around this is a good beer. I like the way it comes forward. Good job by Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:48:58 | More by ummswimmin
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rangerred

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Poured a clear clear dark amber with a one finger off-white head.

Aroma of piny hops with a little bit of fruit, along with a decent dose of malt.

Flavor had pine and citrus up front from the hops, followed by a moderate bitterness and plenty of malt to balance out the hops. Caramel and roasted malt nicely complimented the fruitiness and bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel was a little thin which detracts from the beer quite a bit.

Overall, a delicious amber that is somewhat hampered by mouthfeel. It seems like everything is there then all of a sudden, mouthfeel just drops off into a watery nothingness. That aside, I would most definitely seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 01:07:42 | More by rangerred
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to spend some time with my parents in PA. I'm glad I'm finally getting around to reviewing one off my hads list:

In a pint glass:

A: hazy red colored body. A fair amount of sediment floats around. A two finger white foamy head appears and lasts for twenty seconds before it dies. Minimal amount of lacing forms and slides into the body as the beer goes down. Some light carbonation is seen rising.

S: pine and citrus hops combined nicely with a toffee/caramel/bready maltiness.

T: same flavors from the smell but with a dryer sort of character to it.

M: medium with a good balance between wet and dry on the tongue yet still has a slightly dry finish. I would say this is a fairly drinkable beer.

O: well, this was definitely better than what I posted in my "hads" list. I would definitely have this again and am wishing Troeg's would send to New England. Until then, I just need to visit my parents more until I can get this in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 16:40:27 | More by BeerKangaroo
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billsmorrison

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

overall one of my favorites, from the front of the pallet to the back This one is exceptional on every level. if your just getting into beer this I'd a good one to try if you're not sure about hops yet in your pallets specific journey, this amber encapsulates in my opinion one of the best balances between residual sugars and hop complexion. never had an amber now is the tome for this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 16:05:34 | More by billsmorrison
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nickfl

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A moderate,mhoppy aroma of pine and citrus with some toffee and bready malt.

T - Light, toasty bread up front with some pine. A touch of sweaty hops in the middle and a finish of dry malt and lingering toasty character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, the hop aroma is nice but doesn't quite come out as well in the flavor profile. The malt is a little too dry for my taste but not overly harsh.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:02:42 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a clear amber with golden hues body.

S: nice hop aroma with floral, earthy and some grapefruit and orange peel fruit notes.

T: hops up front provide a nice bitter presence beginning floral and moving to grassy in the finish. the caramel malts are fairly well represented. some orange peel and grapefruit notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not bad. amber beers are usually blah. adding hops to beers make them better obviously if done right. nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:00:45 | More by kylehay2004
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber color, produces a thin white head, spotty lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malt, bready and a bit nutty, balanced by citric, piney hops.

T- Hops are definitely more forward than on the nose, starts out with a lot of citric, piney, slightly herbal hops which are more bitter than I was expecting. Beneath the bitterness is a nice sweet caramel malt backbone with some toffee and grain.

M- Medium-bodied, very smooth with moderate carbonation.

O- A really nice amber ale, extremely drinkable, I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:53:30 | More by WillCarrera
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On drinkability this beer gets a 5...

it poured a dark amber... fairly clear when held to the light...had a white oily head... like my friend Steve at the beach.

Smell was good... hoppy, floral... good for a non-IPA

I think I tasted some malt... but definitely hoppy, spicy... with a great finish...

The mouthfeel was tingly with carbonation... sticks well after the swallow... i'm friends with beer, I like when beer sticks around a little bit.

well done Troegs..

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 19:55:14 | More by klkatz
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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