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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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1,136 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,136
Hads: 2,955
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 116
Gots: 487 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Reviews: 1,136 | Hads: 2,955
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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Photo of vandemonian
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of muttyd
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Vaison
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of saradad
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.