Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 101
Gots: 401 | 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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Ratings: 2,846 | Reviews: 1,132
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Glennlawless
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Photo of Duff27
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (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.

Photo of domtronzero
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of shortbus7
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Photo of muttyd
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Vaison
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of saradad
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of DeepSix
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of MP72
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of eriktoyra
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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