Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,118
Hads: 2,863
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 102
Gots: 418 | FT: 3
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of shortbus7
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Hopback is a crisp, lager-like amber ale. Needs more hops.

A: dark amber colour and a 3mm head that fades to crappy lacing. 3.5

S: mix of Maltiness and some hoppiness on top. 4

T: crisp lager-like flavour with very mild hops coming through. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. 3.5

M: fizzy. 3.5

O: not especially interesting. I wanted more hops. 3.5 (358 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/copper body with a thin white head. Poured into a pint glass so some of that lack of head retention is my own fault.

S - Caramel malts, some citrus hops, bread/toffee and some earthiness.

T - Follows the nose. Big malt profile balanced by a spicy/citrus hop finish. Absolutely no trace of alcohol. Extremely "sessionable."

M - Slightly chewy, medium carbonation and thicker than average body.

D - Excellent! 6 pack at only $9 makes this a solid go-to beer for me. (477 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber color; low-to-medium carbonation, but that might have been the restaurant we were at--they had just changed the kegs.
S: medium, sweet-smelling floral character
T: craft-ale sweetness, with little bitterness; a slightly metallic character I attribute to the restaurant (see above)..
M: good body, although nothing sensationsl
D: Despite the name, this beer is not in the hops war, so it's ideal for sharing with a group with wide tastes. I think that lends the beer good ratings for drinkability. (511 characters)

Photo of Vaison
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Smooth amber in color with absolutely no head present. Smelled nice with a very sweet floral presence and a burned caramel malt. The floral and hops are immediately present upon drinking and the malt hides underneath. It has a bitter finish that stays on the palate for a while. It has a very smooth feel and carbonation is light. It is a very easy drink but the bitterness at the end and lingering aftertaste leave me wanting something different. (488 characters)

Photo of saradad
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz glass. Good head retention that fades to nice lacing down to the last swallow. Nice nutty brown color, with visible carbonation. Not much malt smell but a citrusy hops aroma is apparent, but there's a bready malt taste that's quickly run off by the citrusy hops with a dry yet sweet somewhat fruity finish. A good beer all around. Ciao! (356 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a finger of off white head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Citrus peel hops dominate the smell. I am getting some sweet malt, but it is overpowered.

Taste: Malt up front, but it's hardly sweet at all. I am getting a bready note from the grain. The finish is extremely bitter from the hops and reminds me of citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but doesn't quite work for me. I would have liked the body to be a bit thicker and more malt in the finish. (647 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Becoming a fan of most Troegs beers, so here's another review down the tube.

A: Pours a nice lookin 1 finger head that slowly subsides. It's got a very clear amber toasty brown color.

N: Some crisp ale aroma, perhaps from the types of malts. A slight sweet malt aroma follows through. A very light musty hop aroma is there, but is it really? A very slight toasty aroma also is, um, there.

T: Starts with a sweet malt like taste. Mostly earthy toasty malts, some crystal malts. A slight sweet fruity flavor from the yeast comes through. More bitter flavors, but not much on the hop side. Bottled on 9/16/09 so its not too fresh, but not too old, but the hop flavor isn't really there. A little sweet syrupy fruit flavors as well.

M: Medium body, slightly spicy hops and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter but with out hop flavor. Must have been mostly early bittering hops. I do get some spicy warming hop flavor but not much. Also some earthy hop flavors that seem to linger for a slight bit. It's also slightly dry and some light lingering toasty earthy flavors.

Final thoughts: Overall a meh beer. It's got some crisp clean flavors and is pretty refreshing, but not much on the hop end considering its called "hop back". It's semi bland for an amber ale too. Oh well. This is probably the first Troegs I haven't been impressed with, bit it also could be because its 2 months old, needs to be fresh. I'll look out for a fresh one next time. Or again, this could be a factor of the fact that red/amber ales are usually not my cup of t... ummm, beer. (1,568 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep amber color as would be expected with about an inch of head. Scents of sweetness at first and a bit of fruitiness. Pine-like and citrus flavors out front and lots of sweet caramel, spices help round out with the malts. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than most amber's. Very drinkable and refreshing. (346 characters)

Photo of DeepSix
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber coloring, not much head retention, a bit of lace on the glass

A very hoppy smell for an amber, when I first smelled it, I thought it was an IPA

Like the smell it tasted hoppy enough to be an IPA, but could see why its an amber still. Mouthfeel even got the feel of IPA, but they're both kinda thick like that, you'd expect a little thinner from a amber.

Pretty nice beer, I like hops and this delivers, especially for a amber. Could drink this all night probably, haven't caught on tap or even in bottles though. (528 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 8, 2011.

A: Very dark, clear amber with a thin head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing.

S: Caramel with faint, piney hops.

T: Caramel maltiness with some fruity and faintly piney hops and a quick, mild bitterness on the aftertaste. The hops are pretty subdued and very well integrated with the malt. The flavors meld nicely, but the beer is still fairly sweet, especially as it warms. The hops are far less prominent than the name and label art suggest.

M: Creamy, with nicely prickly carbonation.

O: The sweetness impedes drinkabilty, although the maltiness pairs well with spicy food. I would be interested in trying this beer when fresher, even though I wouldn't expect a beer billed as an amber ale to pass its prime in slightly over than a month. (786 characters)

Photo of earthboundagain
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A peachy orange with a light brown head. The head doesn't last and the lacing is minimal.

The nose is of a malt backbone with lots of hops added.

A strong malt backbone that is almost overpowered bye the hops.

The body is full and the beer is a tad bit sticky, while not a session brew it is not super hard to drink either. (329 characters)

Photo of bkilpatr
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/11/08.

Pours a burnt amber color with a generous three finger soft beige head. The head dropped down slowly leaving behind decent amounts of lacing. Aromas are mostly grassy hops and caramel malts.

Taste is similar to the smell but less hops. Starts with some sweet caramel malt and a biscuit taste. Finishes with some bitter hops and a grapefruit flavor. There is also a somewhat metallic flavor that I get underneath everything else. Without this the taste score would be a bit higher.

Feel is pretty good. Decent amount of carbonation, and light-medium body. Kinda slick and oily from the hops. Drinkability is pretty good. The hops and malts are nicely balanced. I could easily drink a few of these.

Pretty good, one of the hoppier amber ales I've had. (809 characters)

Photo of MP72
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a nice dark amber with a beautiful offwhite head.

Smell was of hops and malt sweetness.
Taste was good with a prominant hop character and a little sweet.
Mouthfeel of a typical red ale with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability was on the low end for me it was a bit too sweet even my wife didnt want another.
Onto something else.

Worth a try and dead on for the style. (375 characters)

Photo of eriktoyra
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber colored and slightly hazed liquid into the glass. A small grey colored head quickly dissolves leaving very little lacings.

S: Smells oranges, red grapefruit, asparagus, hints of alcohol and wheat and honey cookies.

T: Tastes oranges, lots of honey, American hops and pale ale malts. The aftertaste is mild grapefruit.

M: Medium carbonation. Very high drinkability. Feels smooth and well balanced. The alcohol is present, but only slightly.

O: A nice IPA which I would buy again if the opportunity comes. (533 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Al's. Advertised as 3x palisades.

A: The ale is a darker color, more brown than not, that clings to its translucency. The color is much darker than Hopback. A small head, less than a finger, comes along for the ride.

S: The nose has a bit of hops, zesty and citrusy, but for the most part sticks with the caramel malt base. No sign of the rich Hopback aroma.

T: The amber ale is malt-driven, with caramel and toffee taking turns in the lead. The cask has mellowed out any hops, leaving a smooth flavor behind that trends towards the English end of the spectrum. The hops, unfortunately, aren't the main attraction. A good cask ale that reminds me of a few English pints that I've had.

M: The mouthfeel is malty with just a little bit of citrusy hops. Perhaps this beer has been on cask just a little too long.

D: The drinkability is high, as the cask softens the rough edges. Glad to have had it in this fashion. (928 characters)

Photo of Cyrion
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a bottle. Date unknown.

Appearance: A dark yellowish gold with a frothy, 2" yellow head. Translucent with a few tiny bubbles moving up the glass. Decent rings. Looks promising.

Aroma: Some malty caramel and a vague whiff of pine hops. The scent does not give away many secrets.

Taste: Sweet malt, which is quickly followed by hops. I detected pine, although many reviewers mentioned citrus. I simply cannot taste citrus here. The pine settled snugly in the back of the palate and remained there until the glass was empty.

Body: Moderate, very typical of an amber ale. A good feeling, with appropriate dryness for a 6% beer.

Overall: A change for those burnt out by IPAs. Provides the hops you seek while softening the sharp, piney edges and providing a tease of malt. Hops contribution falls somewhere between an IPA and a lighter pale ale. Pretty good beer. (898 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped into a bar and had a pint. It was probably served a little too cold for my liking.

A: Amber in color. Good carbonation. Nice head.

S: For a name like hopback, I didn't get a real dose of hops so I was disappointed. I picked up more malty notes like caramel, almost a bready, borderline chocolate aroma.

T: Like smell, I picked up more malty taste than hop flavor. Nice caramel notes, but was still expecting more hop kick.

M: Nice solid, almost creamy feel. Good backbone.

D: Decent beer. Not one of my favs from Troegs, but good nonetheless. An above average beer to have now & again. (598 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber in color. Forms a respectable inch of light yellow-tan head. Decent retention, weak lacing.

S: Light aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. A little pine as well.

T: Assertive caramel malt with some grapefruit bitterness, then a creamy maltiness comes through on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Slick in the mouth.

D: A decent beer, but overall unexciting. (405 characters)

Photo of 69davis
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is a clear dark red, with little carbonation. Left a half-inch head in the glass.

Smell is malty and not overpowering. Really need to stick your nose in there to get anything. Taste is nice: sticky caramel, just a hint of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is where this beer disappointed me. Again, very little carbonation, which I was hoping for. A very smooth and creamy feel to it, which is nice, but not what I was looking for in this style. However, those qualities make it highly drinkable, and I would be more than happy to drink a few of these at a time.

Notes: reminded my of an ESB not an amber. A decent, highly drinkable beer, but could use a little oomph from more hops and carbonation. FWIW, my wife had one and loved it! (788 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pours a nice caramelly amber, though just a thin line of head that dissipates to small islands of foam on top.

Nose is fresh floral, pineapple, pine resin hops. Some caramel malts coming in behind them.

Taste is far more malt forward than the nose or my expectations would have told me. Heavy pale and caramel malts form the base and the lemon, pine, grassy hops are present in the finish. Breadyness in there, hops fade even more as the bottle progresses... hmmm.

Nice prickly carbonation. This could have been a stellar brew but for something called HOPback I would have gone with a few more hops, the malt seems to take over this one. (647 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance- amber to copper brown with a thin white head and a low amount of carbonation

Smell- is strong malt up front with slight hops mixed in for sure, sugar and molasses strong in smell,

Taste- nice balanced finish, good mix of malt and hop finish, starts much sweeter and maltier up front and alot more bitter on the finish nice mix,

Mouthfeel- soft and crisp and noticable carbonation on the palate

drinkability- highly drinkable beer, would be a good session option that with each sip would leave you craving more, i would say this is an amazing beer but definitely solid choice, (591 characters)

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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