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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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Ratings: 2,761
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 96
Gots: 326 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Photo of WanderingFool
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopback Amber Ale pours a clear bronze color with a moderate sized creamy head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with some tropical fruit notes, caramel, and hoppy orange citrus mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is well balanced, but leans toward the malt. Caramel, bread, tropical fruit are followed by some spice. It finishes mildly bitter with a flavor of pine and citrus. Once gone the caramel malt and bread lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that would go great with a meal or to drink on a snowy winters night.

Photo of KenOnBass
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown and looks pretty cool although there is no head to this beer, but that is the only complaint.

This beer smells very good and is best described as sweet.

Perfect amount of hops for an amber ale. Not too hoppy.

Mouthfeel is great and is a great beer to enjoy at any time. I think I'm adding this to my rotation of regulars.

The only real complaint was that there was no head, but if it's tastes pretty good, then who cares.

Photo of BDIMike
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. There is little to no carbonation and a very thin white head, however it has nice retention and lacing.
Smell is awesome for an amber. The base of the beer takes on the smell of the sweet caramel malts. But there is an awesome hop smell that takes over the entire beer.
Taste picks up where the smell left off. The hops are a great shot of citrus, but the caramel malts come through very nicely.
Mouthfeel is good for an amber ale. Very nice thickness, but smooth going down.
Drinkability is great. This amber ale is one of the better I have ever had. A ton of taste, but smooth and easy going down. Great selection if you like ambers.

Photo of jjboesen
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Hopback pours from the bottle with a huge head that slowly sinks into a translucent cap atop a clear golden body that emits just enough light to reflect the small groups of carbonation bubbles that Pop Pop Pop their way to the surface. The nose detects fresh butter amid a faraway forest of pine. Meanwhile, the palate gets a little bit a spice with the hops, followed by a sweet malt finish with some caramel notes.

I found a sooth mouthfeel that was a perfect balance from first sip to final gulp. Hopback is a perfect sessional beer for any season. As I point out in my other reveiws: Troegs is one fine brewery. Keep up the good work - and the great brews.

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright amber with thin off-white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma that seems to be a mix of spicy noble hops and some type of citrus. Strong caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Dried-out caramel and biscuit malt backbone with laeyrs of hop goodness on top - citrusy, floral and spicy. Ends lightly bitter.

Feel: Pretty smooth medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall: Certainly one of the better Amber Ales out, and flat out perfect as a great, everyday ale.

Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about an inch of very frothy dirty tan colored foam. quickly falling to a thin yet sticky layer on top of a clear, nice amber colored beer.

S - abundant amount of caramel malt sweetness, fighting again some sweetened citrus and slightly floral hops.

T - nice punch of citrus and sweet hops, much like juicy fruit or candied tangerines. balanced by a solid amount of biscuity and caramel malt. insanely balanced for the style.

M - comes off a bit watery and makes the nice flavor profile seem a bit muted and cut short. finishes with a light lingering grassy bitterness.

D - great balance and a light body makes this quite drinkable and slightly dangerous even at 6%. i like it, dont love it. for the style though, its a nice tease for hop heads.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a brown hue topped by a quickly fading light tan head. Nose has some caramelized British malts and some fruity aromatic qualities of mild American hops and a nutty hint as well. Slightly over carbonated. The flavor has a light fruity hop touch upfront with dried orange peel followed by a nutty character. The finish has a dark toastiness and a prolonged bitterness. Pretty good American Amber.

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours rust colored, medium amber. Starts with one finger white foam. Laces.

Smells of sweet malt, w some caramel notes.

Taste is similar, a malty ale with some caramel noted followed by a wall of hop at the finish. Buried spice, maybe nutmeg cinnamon or black pepper? Little bite.

Good close, stiff but tasty. Quite drinkable. Reminds me of Magic Hat's Roxxy Rolles.

Photo of endincolorado
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear, red-amber. Nice, bubbly cream-colored head that settles slowly.

Smell- Light, crisp hops give off a slight pine aroma. Light grain. Nice toasty malt.

Taste- Clean, almost grassy hops. Citrus-- maybe some orange rind. Nice, toasty pale malts to balance well. Very refreshing. Clean flavors all around. Nice, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel- satisfying. Light-medium body, excellent carbonation.

Drinkability- Really, a refreshing brew. Awesome with grilled hamburgers and salad.

Photo of JG-90
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Troegs Hopback is a copper brown color with hints of gold and red. Has an average sized thick tan head with okay retention and moderate lacing. Aroma has a bit of sweetness and pine, with light caramel malts, not too much overall aroma here.

Taste starts with sweet and floral, then caramel malt, then tart citrus, with a clean crisp piney, floral, caramel finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side, a bit of creaminess and high carbonation. This amber ale is a flavorful, crisp,easy to drink beer.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orangish-red. Very little head but it retains nicely leaving decent lacing.
The aroma is pretty subdued. Some mild malt character, some nuttiness and caramel. Some piney hops as well.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. Very well balanced. The hops dominate at first but it lets way to some rich malty flavors with a hint of nuttiness.
The mouthfeel is very light, not really to my liking but not exactly unpleasant either. Some mild carbonation and a slight bitterness on the palate after drinking.
Overall this is a well above average beer. It is tasty and light and I could see myself enjoying several bottles of this in a single sitting.

Photo of currysage1
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light chestnut brown topped with a rocky cream colored head. Great lacing and a head that sticks around.

Smell is of citrus, namely kumquat, bitter yet sweet, they compliment each other. Some sharp ginger, medium malt, hop is present and West Coast.

Taste is beautifully balanced, sweet malt battles the harsh hop oils, this is a very tasty brew. Some orange oil in the flavor. Maybe just a little too hop forward though for an amber or a red ale.

Feel is quite substantial for a red or amber, actually taking it down a point. Although the carbonation helps bring the score up for clearing the palate.

Taste is firstly of clean pine hops,

Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a bartender at my local pub that knows how to draft a brew and he did this nicely.

A- great amber ale color with a head that does not quite make a full finger. Great lacing on the pint glass, however.

S- that average head packs a lot of hoppy citus, grapefruit aroma. The aroma really filled the glass as I emptied the beer.


M- A nice hoppy finish with a full complex feel and taste. No alcohol burn.

O- I'm ready for more. I love a 6.0 that drinks like 4.5.

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Many thanks to StormKing47 for sending me not only this beer but a t-shirt with the logo as well.

A: Pours a dark almost woody-brown type of amber with a large, thick, light tan head that faded into a thick film that left a great web of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet fruity hop notes of perfumey tangerines and grapefruits with hints of spearmint and a sort of fresh green leafy type scent. Very hoppy and enticing.
T: Leafy hop flavors carry through to the taste with a good dose of sweet malt to balance. Aftertaste is sweet and juicy with a touch of mint bubblegum mixed with a clementine citrus. The only problem I have with this is that the flavors are a bit sharp, or at least a little rough around the edges.
M: The body is on the slicker, thinner side of medium, with sharp yet low carbonation. I get perhaps just the slightest suggestion of alcohol in the finish.
D: A super hopped amber ale. I like it, maybe even more than Nugget Nectar. Well, maybe not, but this is a pretty good drinking beer that I must thank Josh again for getting me!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to aglose45 for this beer. 12oz.

A: Nice orange/amber color, white head of about 1/2 an inch that recedes into an island in the middle and some clumps of bubbles towards the outside of the beer. Excellent clarity. Very inviting.

S: Caramel malts, maybe a little bit of a biscuit note in the nose and then a big hop profile. Some grapefruit and other citrus notes, and an even more noticeable pine profile as it warms mixes nicely with the malt profile as well. Pretty nice here as well.

T: Nice caramel/grainy malt profile is the initial flavor, followed by a fairly pronounced bitterness but not incredibly overpowering there. Nice transition between the sweet caramel to the bitter hops. The bitterness is a little on the soapy/pine side for me, but isn't bad. Clean hops though nice citrus and as it warms it leans towards pine. Flavor lingers in my mouth for quite a while.

M: Thinner than I had expected, a little more body would help this one out.

D: Easy to drink, very easy to drink. I don't know about a session, but I could definitely drink more than one of these. I think a little more body would really do this beer a favor, and maybe make that malt backbone just a touch more pronounced. By no means is it too hoppy, not even close, but it would definitely benefit from a little stronger malt presence. Great beer though.

Thanks Adam!

Photo of jslot38
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark amber with ruby red and cherry wood accents. Head was massive upon pouring. Colour is a creamy off white. Lacing is very impressive, formed some great sheets on my glass.

Smell: Aroma is full of hops, both pine, grass, and citrus move through the nose. Very pungent.

Taste: From the smell this has a better malt profile than I expected. The hops, which are mostly pine creep through the bread and caramel malts. Although, I give it a 3.5 because the flavour is not very strong, while it is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The hops put the slickness to this beer.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable for a big ol' IPA. Nice level of alcohol, and has no abbrassive factors.

Photo of lsummers
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper but still thick enough to not be clearly seen through. One finger slightly tan head that is fairly frothy. Dissipates with some good lacing.

Smells of malty, creamy, caramel sweetness with some of that citric piney hop note mixed in.

Taste is malty and hoppy right away. It's really balanced with more of the caramel and molasses creamy malt notes coming through than hop bitterness. It melds well with the tropical piney hops. The sweet caramel malts really do shine in this beer and help it to be really unique. It's fairly hoppy but not over bitter in any way.

Mouthfeel is zingy and smooth. Possibly even a tough light in body but I don't mind. This is quite drinkable.

Overall, it's a great example of a red ale. The hops could throw some off but could be a gateway for hoppier styles as well. It's fairly balanced in my opinion and isn't just a sweet malt bomb.

Photo of cetherid
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


Pour is a nice dark amber color. A little transparent but A nice looking ale. About 1 fingers worth of off-white head.


Some sweet malts and nice floral hops. nothing really "wow" but decent smelling. Perhaps a slight caramel or honey smell.


same as nose. A little malt dominant. Again i get some sweet caramel like malts in there. A slight bitterness in there but the malts smooth it out. A very good tasting beer.


a little thin but great carbonation. A very smooth drinking and sessionable beer.


pretty good, however this beer is hard to get in Indiana. I had my aunt bring it from PA. Very drinkable and sessionable however.

Photo of loudidonato
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about two fingers of tight off white head. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, bread, pine, fruity hops leading to notes of grapefruit and light citrus. Medium in both body and carbonation. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle with unreadable inkjet on the shoulder

Pours caramel brown with a finger of light tan foam and very good clarity. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, especially for a (wait a minute, lemmie check the label again as I thought this was an amber) wait a minute...it is an amber ale. Well, it's a catch-all style...so this (hoppy) baby fits right in!

Tasted blind I would have thought this to be a pale ale...but it's much too dark. Entry and midtaste feature a nicely balanced malt profile with a slightly thin mouthfeel.The finish, however, steals the show for the hops take center stage...in a serious way. Oh no...this isn't DFH 90 Min or Stone's Ruination...but for an amber it has a hop profile that'll wake you up.

All in all a very nice sessionable offering that I have to thank froggyfrog for!

Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Phyrst. This beer is a very nice copper color with a medium sized white head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is dominated by spicy hops. Taste is very hoppy as well. There is a nice malt backbone but the hops hit almost immediately and persist through to the finish. Very nice medium to thick mouthful and quite drinkable as well.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" white head that didn't last terribly long & left just a little lacing. Deep amber body.

S: Citric and floral hops with a good amount of caramel malt present as well.

T: In ways, quite a bit like the Troegs Pale Ale - plenty hoppy (almost enough for an IPA), but there's much more of a toasted malt presence here.

M: Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Smooth all the way through to the delicious (and lasting) hoppy aftertaste.

D: Darn good & also sessionable. With plenty of malt and hop flavor, there's something to enjoy for people on both sides of the spectrum.

Photo of atpben
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Richmond Downtown Capital Ale House. My first troegs beer. Poured into a pint glass. Had a dark amber color with a thick and creamy off-white head. Lots of hops and citrus in the aroma. Taste had some caramel and strong hop presence. The beer had a bitter finish. I thought a little too bitter for an amber. I still enjoyed this beer. Can't wait to try the nugget nectar.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich apricot with a large cap of foam that is the color of light brown sugar and that leaves abundant lace as it slowly deflates. The nose is more akin to an APA than an amber ale due to the impressive hoppiness. There is enough malt to keep the hops honest though.

Hopback Amber is good beer (Troegs hasn't disappointed me yet). This is a classic amber ale, but is bolder, hoppier and more full than most. Thanks to a prodigious malt backbone, the hops aren't quite as boisterous as they were in the nose. When the actual drinking gets underway, their citrus peel and pine deliciousness is reined in to some extent. There's no mistaking it for an APA now.

The body is definitely full for the style with a sweet stickiness that most beer of this style doesn't achieve. As a result, there's flavor to burn. It might be a bit too big to be sessionable, but one or two should go down rather easily.

Troegs doesn't brew bad beer. Hopback Amber is a wonderful ale that keeps these guys solidly in my top dozen American breweries. The first of many from blitheringidiot. Thanks man.

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,761 ratings.