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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,536 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,536
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 85
Gots: 203 | FT: 2
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 bruachan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of the first beers i review so i'll give it another go 'round

a tall merengue head leaves fine frosty lacing and drops into a nice copper liquid. i smell hops of the musty and dry vegetation variety. slightly floral with a little honeydew sweetness

the aroma is where the hops really shine. the flavor is a little more balanced: tea-like hops with a suggestion of mint. mild bitterness. i dig that it's not a glassfull of citrus hops; a little noble character

bruachan, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of jahred
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear reddish brown color, with a very large, thick, foamy white head that caught me off-guard while I was pouring. A nice grassy hop scent comes off the top of my glass.

The flavor is more hoppy than anything else, but it's not bitter. This is the definition of a flavorful, American, well-balanced beer. Sweet, nutty caramel flavors mingle with oily, thick, rich grassy hops. This is dangerously easy to drink. A hoppy beer for those who are not hop-heads - I'm gonna have another one of these with my Mexican-food dinner.

I needs to gets me some more Troeg's beers!

jahred, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of Zraly
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Good head retention and the carbonation allows this to be approachable and pleasant on the palate.

Subtle hints of citrusy hops in the nose backed by a smooth malt flavor. The finish is dry with a fresh, pine-like hop note with a slight biscuity malt afterglow. My personal preference is to have a maltier amber, as opposed to the hop punch that this ale carries, but this is a nice departure from my usual expectations. Exhibits exceptional balance on the palate. Crisp, refreshing and highly drinkable.

I found that this works quite nicely as a beer to use in beer batter for fish n' chips. Add a dash of this to a creole mayo to accompany your fish n' chips. Of course, you might as well drink one of these while frying your fish. And what better to pair with said fish!

Zraly, May 26, 2006
Photo of OnThenIn
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice two finger off white head. It is a very clear nice amber color. There is some serious lacing on this beer.

Smell: There is a solid citrus smell that dominates the smell. There is also a good bit of sweet malt smell.

Taste: There is definitely a bitter finish and some nice citrus flavor. This was well balanced with the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: This is wow smooth and creamy. It is light bodied. Carbonation is good to a little low.

Drinkability: I really really enjoy this beer and it really is drinkable. I got a single of this, but from now on I am going to look out for sixers of this beauty. It reminds a lot of a simpler nugget nectar.

OnThenIn, May 16, 2009
Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red-amber. One-finger quickly dissipating head.

S: Initially citrus aromas, with caramel undertones.

T: Caramel backbone with distinct citrus hop notes, but everything is very well integrated and balanced.

M: This is surprisingly mellow and smooth. I was expecting more bitterness given how pronounced the hops are, but like the taste, everything is extremely balanced. Very enjoyable to sip.

O: This is a very nice beer. Nothing is overpowering, and between the caramel malt but distinct but not overpowering hops, this has something everyone can enjoy.

ONUMello, May 20, 2011
Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to captinredbeard for throwing a dog an extra bone. Reviewing from notes taken 2 nights ago. Poured into my Bull Frog pint glass.

A- pours a deep copper/caramel color. Ruby highlights appear when held up to the light. A finger and a 1/2 of a tan head that retains nicely. Not much lacing. It left a couple of rings.

A- caramel, brown sugar, and molasses are up front. There is a earthy pine hop that perpetrated on the malts. A really fragrant brew.

T- a big burst of solid caramel malts lead the way. Just when I think the malts are gonna be in control. BAM the hops jump out from behind the corner. A nice sappy pine flavor. The malts are definitely the backbone, but the hops are intrgrated into the brew very nicely. it keeps the beer from becoming to sweet.

M- just a little to thin in body. It's nicely carbonated. Has a decent finish that leaves a little bit of the sweetness from the malts linger for a bit. Not overly sweet, but the pine from the hops fade.

D- really good. I could see this being a staple brew for me if it were available. My only real knock is the aforementioned mouthfeel. It's just really really thin.

urwithdave, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber under a huge creamy head. The aroma is bold and spicy with a floral character. The first sip is well-rounded with an up-front floral spice and a building flush of sweet caramel malt. A moderate bitterness sneaks out between the balanced flavors and levels off at a crisp finish. Easy drinking and tasty.

beernut7, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass a lovely deep dark reddish amber with a two finger high tan/white head

Hop blast, grassy, floral, spicy. Some grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet malt in the background

sweet caramel maltiness mingles wonderfully with the spicy hops. This is a great tasting beer

FIne bubbled carbonation is fairly prominent in this medium bodied brew

A great beer. Despite having a huge blast of hops, this beer mellows out wonderfully. Totally stoked that I can pick up a sixer of this just down the block

DaggerEyes, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of lionking
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Appearance.One to two finger head with moderate bubble action in the glass. Coppery color.

Smell. Strong smell of pine needles and hops.

Taste. Piney, hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability. Solid, hoppy ale.

lionking, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of dbatch
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got me a sixer at my local establishment. Poured into a pint glass, pours a lovely amber/orange color, with about a quarter inch of head and a very nice amount of lacing.

Aroma of malt and hops, followed by a sweet citrus aroma. Taste is just as the label says - you get the hops up front, followed by the malty amber taste behind it. Also noted a citrus flavor mixed with the malt as well.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great, almost leaves a little alcohol flavor at the end and a little carbonated. If it was a work night, I can see the whole sixer gone, the 6% is nicely hidden.

dbatch, May 29, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another 2006 Super Bowl beer, sent by BitterBrian, thanks!

A deep and clear amber pour starts this bad boy off, fluffy ivory head that poops out just a bit too quick.

TONS of floral hops in the sniff, really surprising for an amber ale. And the hops politely dominate the taste, I get it – this a amber / APA cross. Tasty lil’ brew that packs a hop kickin’ finish. I’ll have another….wait, I only have one…dammit.

Vancer, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Troegs brewery courtesy of ViciousKnish.

Appearance: crystal clear copper hue, slight off-white head

Smell: Fresh hops as expected, not overwhelming but a definite presence.

Taste: Light malt sweetness, back with a bit of bitterness from the Nugget & Cascade.

Overall: Even though this beer wouldn't be classified as sessionable, I would drink this beer over and over again. It's light enough to do that, yet loaded with enough flavor to really make this an attractive brew.

DoctorB2B, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle.

One of the prettiest looking pours i have seen.
A deep red color and a gorgeous thick and creamy head that is very lacey.

Has a hoppy floral smell to it.

Not overwhelming hoppy as far as taste. It is very very smooth drinking with a slight caramel flavor to it and very subtle spiceyness.

This is a very tasty and very drinkable brew.

This is my first sample of anything from Troegs but i really like the mouthfeel and flavor and the way it finishes.

BigMike, May 23, 2008
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours with a nice one inch head that sticks around for a while with somelacing. amber ale? looks a bit pale to me.

s: a very fresh and inviting hop aroma that lasts for most of the session.

t: nugget nectar jr! what a pleasant surprise. almost as hoppy and refreshing as the sr., though it has a bit of an off-putting sourness to the finish. however, it is very tasty all in all.

m: left a little to be desired, felt a bit thin, not enough body, though it was very well carbonated.

d: i immediately opened another one. nuff said.

DIM, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdmek9 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

A: About a finger frothy and creamy off-white head over a delicious looking amber. Some retention and sticky web lacing to boot.
S: Big pine and florals on the nose. A bready, caramel malt aroma in the back to balance. The aromas are hop dominated, though.
T: Wow...herbals, floral perfume notes delight the palate. The greatest part of this beer is the balance. Caramel malt sweetness tones down the hops just slightly. Pine hop notes and a backdrop of bittersweet citrus rind.
M: Medium body, great residuals and low to medium carbonation.
D: This is a great beer. I look forward to having my other bottle!

washburnkid, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew right here. Pours nice amber color with a decent amount of head and while there is not much to say for the lacing down the glass, it still has some nice hop flavors. Starts a little bitter and a touch dry but rounds out pretty nice. Hop flavor is prominent but not at all overpowering which I like in this kiind of brew. This is for sure something I would be drinking on a beach in the summer. Light citrus flavors are also present but again very well balanced. So if you light a medium bodied hoppy (but not over hopped) brew, this one is just what youve been looking for.

Rhynes2, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. No indication of freshness on the label.
A: Deep amber color, darker towards the top. There’s a ½ inch of tan head, quite creamy. Not much carbonation.
S: Hoppy and sweet most of all, with some more spicy hop notes underneath. The prevailing hop scents are rather earthy, with hints of malt tagging along.
T: Lemony zest with tingling hops lead the way. A bit of sweetness comes in underneath in the middle, with the hops still going. Both these tastes continue to the finish which fades into a creamy mixture of hops and malts. Interesting combination.
M: Tingly but smooth Intriguing but not overly bitter.
D: Pretty good. I think this beer combines some flavors and feelings in an interesting way that makes me want to explore it (i.e. drink it) more.
Overall, an excellent and unique amber ale. Highly recommended.

LeftyBWS, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. "best before" date of 012209 is very faint and almost smudged...

deep classic amber. clear. great fluffy off-white head fades to thin layer, then wisps. moderate, delicate lacing, especially the bottom half of the glass.

smells of fresh citrus zest and pine, more citrus fruit flesh and other tropical fruits. underlying caramel maltiness, but faint.

more fresh citrusy and piney hop flavors, resinous with moderate yet snappy bitterness and more sweet caramel malts underneath. finishes with a return to fresh hops and resins, just not as pronounced as NN.

quite smooth throughout. not thin. moderate, crisp carbonation.

hops can get resinous with just a tad less malt to back it up than i hoped, so not quite a 4.5 in overall drinkability.

tai4ji2x, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of brewnut11
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice looking beer. Amber with a touch of red and a thin white head. Has a strong aroma of citiusy hops. It smells like they did use a hop back on this brew. A good balance between malt and hops, leaning toward the hop side. Being a hop head, the hop presence could be stonger. A good drinking beer for the summer, which is why I went for the half keg. Living 60 miles from Troegs I well aware of their beers and they are all pretty good.

brewnut11, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of microbrewlover
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep copper color with about 1 finger of head and lacing which stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is of strong floral hops, pine resin, carmel and possibly apples.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly chewy.

When drinking, first the malt hits; then the taste of citrus, pine, carmel then the hop oil hits the tongue; a very well balanced taste.

Overall the beer is very well balanced with malt, citrus, carmel and hops. It is also aptly named, "hopback" since the hop do appear on the back end and linger on the palate.

microbrewlover, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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

BEERMILER12, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of BWED
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

BWED, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of JeffDam
4/5  rDev +0.3%

JeffDam, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +0.3%

TimBeaulieu, Mar 09, 2014
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,536 ratings.