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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.

Added by Maestro on 09-29-2002

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Reviews: 1,147 | Ratings: 3,005
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, copper beauty with a moderate head that rapdily dissipates to a stubborn thin film on the surface.

The smell is a nice balance of floral, citrus and bready notes, with a bit of caramel hanging out in the background.

The flavor is restrained...perhaps a bit too restrained. The bread and light sweetness from the malt come through nicely, but the hops manifest themselves a bit too simply. There's a very nice earthy bitterness throughout with a bit of citrus peel, but the floral and fruit characteristics are more muted than the smell would suggest.

That said, overall this is a nice, quaffable entry that would make a great session beer when the outside temperatures come back to sanity in the spring.

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Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear amber color with a 1/2" tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin cap that lasted a long time. OK lacing down the glass.

S= Sweet/caramel maltiness evident but thin. Hops were of the floral and sweeter smelling variety, and also muted.

T= Pretty malt dominant, with the balance leaning toward caramel sweetness and malt depth. The hops were lightly citrusy and floral. Finish was dry and a tad astringent.

MF= Lightish body with low/medium carbonation level.

D= Very sessionable in the sense that the ABV and flavor profile were not over the top. That being said, a beer called "Hopback" should have a bit more pronounced hop character. Especially in the hop flavor department. The astringency issue was distracting also. Not a bad beer, but it could be made better for sure.

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Photo of a74gent
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew. Received in a trade; although I can buy it here I've never had it before.

Nice hopiness with a stiff malty backbone. Color is a nice amber with some lacing and foam.

The mouthfeel is full with a distinct bit of malt. Nice, nice balance.

This one drinks nicely. One after another would bve possible for a hop/amber lover. Not a great beer, but a good one all around.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a bright amber clear color. Nice bone white head with moderate lacing. Sticky and small lined lacing what has tiny bubbles running throughout.

S- Citrus notes of grapefruit and pine. Some lemony and earthy malt tones as well. Picking up on a candy like caramel smell as well.

T- Very nice balance of hops and malt. Fruity and earthy front with a moderate alcohol astringency that follows. Finishes clean with a nice malty backdrop.

M/D- Nice clean finish and very drinkable.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopback contains several shades of reds and yellow that combine to the color of a sunset! Sticky head to boot. Aroma is fresh, fresh hops. Mainly citrus and wet grassy flavors from the hops. Some caramel and soggy wood (not in a bad way, more an earthy character) aromas as well. Well balanced flavors all around. Besides a slightly higher than normal ABV for such use, I would consider this a great session beer.

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Photo of hu5om
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to BigTomZ for the excellent extra!
a- a rich burgundy, clear, slight ring of foam that persisted decently.

s- caramel with faint ginger, citrus, and toffee

t- caramel and malty ginger, finished off with a light citrus finish and that lingering toffee.

m- smooth and well rounded overall. pleasant with moderate carbonation

d- full disclosure: not a big amber fan. this one was pretty solid though. I could drink a few of these pretty easily. Excited to try a few more troegs brews.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours perfectly clear amber with a sizeable pale yellow head that lasts. Fruity, grassy hops are dominant over faint malt in the smell. A bit of bubblegum. The taste has some grapefruity bitterness. Citric notes and earthiness dominate faint biscuity malt. Nice medium body and good carbonation. Pretty decent, but there's not a lot of real amber ale character as the caramel malts aren't very assertive; essentially just another IPA.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich amber with a small finger or so of light head.

Clear hoppiness in the nose along with some caramel maltiness and slight yeasty aroma as well. Smells nice and sweet and the hops give it a nice citrus touch.

The taste is a little more on the malt and yeast side. I get a hint of the spiciness the label talks about but nothing profound. The hops are more subdued in the taste than the nose. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

It has a nice smoothness across the tongue with a hint off resinous character coating the tongue. A nice beer to stake your name on.. oh wait, they do!

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Photo of cpone
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper color, head recedes fairly quickly and leaves some lacing. Great smell - robust spice, good hops and some citrus. I felt the taste didn't quite live up to the aroma. Those flavors were there, but much more subdued than the smell suggests. Mouthfeel was ok, but a little thin.

Overall a very drinkable beer, but just didn't have the flavor i was expecting.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep amber hue. suspended bubbles, suspended solids. Thin collar, 1/16" thick.

S: Taste of fresh hops. Citrusy, resins. Refreshing. Invigorating. Fresh citrus hop meets malt in a very bold way.

T: Has that fresh hop & amber goodness. Malt, lemongrass. Quite bitter. Dry. Don't get me wrong, I like dry beer, but for this style it's just a hair too crisp and dry.

M : starts off malt-big, then thin, disappears all too quickly into an overly dry, lemon grass and grapefruit-skin abyss. I still feel that on a breath after a quaff. Very dry and piney.

I really like this brew as I do all fresh hop tasting varieties, but for the style, I was expecting much more malt and lingering sugars. I was not expecting this much of a fresh-hop style finish.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby orange with a fizzy head that disappears quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is strong with pungent caramel malt. Taste is a balance of pure hop flavor with the sweet, biscuity malt behind it. The balance is very nice with just enough bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is the same as their Dopplebock, but more appropriate for this kind of style and makes it very drinkable. This stuff just started getting distributed around here and I was excited to see it but it's not as overwhelmingly amazing as I had anticipated. This particular beer was really nice on tap and I think they need to change their water treatment when dealing with different styles but this one is overall very pleasant and sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes--
Beer # 6 in my Blind Beer BIF. Thanks Neorunner!

Pours a coppery amber color.. Slightly orange. Clear with a 2 finger head that dissipated to a frothy cap.

Smells of citrusy fruits... like tangerines. Some sweet caramel and bready malts.

Big malts on the taste. Citrus notes (grapefruit, tangerines). Dry finish. A whole cone hop note reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale ale...

Body is shy of medium. Good carbonation.

Something on the finish is hinting towards a little astringency. I honestly thought this was some sort of pale ale... Glad to see it is just a hopped up amber!

This is hoppier and more bitter than most other ambers, but it works pretty well. This is a pretty enjoyable and drinkable brew. I would have guessed

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Photo of engagechad
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at capital ale house - pint

Pours a hazy burnt orangy brown with decent head.

Smells weakly hoppy but its okay. Malts are there in the nose but not prevalent.

Taste is drinkable but there is a stank there that I didn't find with the bottle. I usually really like the tap versions better.

Overall this is a solid beer but on tap it's a bit.. dirtier..?

I'm not much for adjectives..

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Photo of cichief
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly cloudy, light amber in color, with a thin, cream colored head. It smell of hops. The hops are full throughout the taste and stronger in the aftertaste, but still balanced with the malt. The beer was not overly carbonated and lingered on the tongue. I could drink this beer anytime.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pretty crystal clear darker amber with a thick foamy head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S - Fruity hops hit you first. Citrus, punchy, but clean and refreshing. There's an underlying sweetness that brings it all together.

T/M - Tastes like a mellow IPA. Juicy, but a little pointlessly bitter. All of those flavors in the smell don't seem to come out quite so nicely. The taste is honestly just average. That said, it feels nice in your mouth. Full but clean.

D - Something you could drink without thinking about.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a small white head. Good lace, not a lot of retention.

S: Piney and citrus hops dominate (mostly pine)with a hint of caramel malty backbone.

T: Much more malt in the taste. Hops remain more pine that citrus. Bitterness is there. Overall, I feel that the taste is a little unbalanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, medium to carbonation. Drinkability is OK, nothing great. A little disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a while ago at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

A: Shiny amber with a small ring of head, some lacing that falls. A very 'clean' look.

S: Nice dry hopped aroma with crisp hops and sugary yet savory bread like malts. Some citrus orange notes.

T: A bitter feeling beer with a definite lemon twist. Malt is almost covered up by the bitters to me, though some sugar and dry biscuit flavors are there.

M: Lighter in feel with ample carbonation and of course a very bitter feel overall.

D: Ok.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A - one finger head, amberish color. good looking.

S - some caramel and some mellow citrus. piney too.

T - starts with caramel, and finishes smooth with very mild citrus and pine. this is real well balanced.

M - very carbonated, medium feel.

Overall, This is a super well balanced beer....very mildley hopped, and balanced perfect with sweet malt...not overly bitter, not overly sweet, just an awesome amber.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with Ughsmash- thanks!

A: pours a nice clear copper color with a fluffy white head, leaves pillowy lacing

S: lots of caramel malts, some hops that have faded (bottled in 9/09), the malt presence has taken over but still has an interesting aroma

T: bready malts, caramel, earthy hops, some traces of citrus

MF: nice creamy and crisp mouthfeel, very nice

D: quite tastey and drinkable, just need to try it fresh

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Duff27
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- One fingered head on top of dark amber/light red beer that is barely see-thru...able (word?). Some lacing is apparent.

S- Lemon zest. Whiffs of hops.

T- Caramel malt notes up front. Bready. Very quaffable.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Ambers have never been my favorite style but this takes the cake as far as the best tasting one I've had. I'd be willing to put a few of these back as they are nicely balanced and not too high in ABV. First Troegs beer as well. Hats off to them.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

A - Clear amber copper with an average-sized, long-lasting whitish head.

S - Caramel, spicy/earthy hops, subtle fruity (apple-ish) esters, but otherwise clean.

F/M - Caramel and toasty malts. Spicy, earthy and piney hops with a moderate bitterness. Med/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light sweetnes with a clean finish, and a light lingering aftertaste of spicy hops and caramel.

D - Clean and well balanced, this beer has pretty good drinkability and doesn't display the sweet, cloying mouthfeel that is found in many beers within this style.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pretty, clear amber with three fingers of creamy light tan head that settles to a single layer in minutes and leaves a small trace on the glass.

S- Tons of citrusy hops up front. I mean, tons. If you let it warm you can pick out some grain husk, a hint of caramel malt, maybe some faint cherry-like fruitiness.

T- First taste on the tongue is light malt, followed quickly by a much more muted version of the same hops just smelled. Some hints of bread and caramel, with a citrusy finish... and that's about it. It's good, and hits the style guidelines fairly well.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and some faint astringency left in the finish. decent, but not to style.

D- It's a good beer, and would be a good standby or introduction to craft beer with your bmc buddies.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy amber. Good color - dark gold to copper and a nice thick foam cap and lacing. Lots of hops and a light toasty edge, with some malt coming through in the nose. Flavour is a bit light as is the body - dare I say on the watery side. Nice toasty flavours and a quick hit of hops that don't stick around. Some malt, citrus/pine hops grain and a faint fruitiness. Easy drinking, but the aroma makes promises that are never delivered.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear amber color with a thin off white head.

S: Slight sweetness with barley and the hops are in there somewhere.

T: The beer is very slightly spicy, with decent amounts of hops, not as much as I wanted but there. The malt is also there towards the end.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: This is a good everyday beer. Refreshing with a good taste.

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