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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

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Ratings: 2263
Reviews: 1094
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%


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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keeganfrank

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown ale with a foamy head. Aromas of light citrus, caramel and bread. Creamy, fruit-mostly apple-flavor up front and mild citrus bitterness in the aftertaste. It's perfectly balanced between creamy and thin. This is a great beer! It's very unique and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:34:44 | More by keeganfrank
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WesWes

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is great! It has a nice light crystal malt scent, but the main feature here is the awesome floral hop aroma that is very pleasant. The taste is great as well. This beer has got some good hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. It also has a solid malt core which helps balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect. This is a med/full bodied amber ale with adequate carbonation. This is the best damn amber ale I've ever had. It has great hop flavor and a complex mouthfeel. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 00:57:57 | More by WesWes
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found my spring quencher for 2005.

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy two finger white head that leaves sheets of lace as it fades to thin white later atop the beer.

Smell is citrus pith and sweet malts in the finish.

Tasty caramel malt up front, zesty refreshing hops in the back.

Long dry finish, medium body, sticks to the tongue and roof of the mouth for short dry finish.

Very refreshing an exceedingly drinkable. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 01:55:13 | More by Citadel82
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear amber with barely any head, but a very active life of carbonation. color glows beautifully in my glass. scent is explosively floral.. honey soaked hops. fruitier than it is buttery, aroma is light and inviting. flavor is very fresh and botanical in nature. a rye-ish maltish smoothness invades half of the flavor here. fruity sweet meets hop bitter in the finish with a rounded smoothness. light and bubbly. drinkably refreshing. a good example of a flavorful session beer, if not a little maniacal in its execution.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 21:40:54 | More by goodbyeohio
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showpe01

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance : very good.. nice amber color with a little bit of lace around the top

Smell: The smell of sweet delicious hops

Taste: Definite a fair amount of agressive hop balance well
to create a real drinking experience

Mouthfeel: Very good to the mouth . Not overwhelmed with hops.

drinkability: Very drinkable. I love Hops so i am in Heaven

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2007 03:12:51 | More by showpe01
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sleazo

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am glad we can get Troegs here in NY now.

A_Pours a clear slightly red/chestnut brown with a one finger cap. settles into a decent looking slick and above average lacing.

S_Very floral and citric hops permeate the nose. A light caramel malt lingers in the background. A nice blend of hops and malt odours.

T_Hoppy upfront with those same grassy/citric hops. The follow through is where you get the sweetness from the malt with a twinge of sourness in the middle.

M_Slightly thick and syrupy but not too much with a medium carbonation.

D_A stellar brew and one I will be picking up at the corner store more often. This is a well rounded brew with complexity but one that does not overwhelm the senses.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:06:46 | More by sleazo
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a BONUS beer from beast464, thanks a bunch!!! Another really attractive 12 oz bottle from Troeg's. Pictured on the label is a big mean hop with blue forest in the background - great colors and design. At the time of this posting, the label I have is newer than the one pictured on this website.

Appearance: Poured into my new, hi-tech Samuel Adam's pint at 40 degrees. Color is a rich dark brown/amber with a nice ½ tan head. Carbonation spews from the laser etched ring at the bottom of the pint.

Smell: Deliciously sweet & bready malts, with a trace of tangy hops.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced hoppy amber ale. The perfect amount of mixed hops and sweet malts with just the right amount of mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, wet with great carbonation.

Drinkability: Fantastic session beer. VERY easy to drink and very enjoyable. This is a delightful beer to drink in the spring on the back deck.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 23:26:53 | More by beachbum1975
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Pint glass with a Black Bear (WV) logo printed on it.

A: Deep amber with a decent head and quality retention. Medium amounts of carbonation.

S: Malts and sweet amber. Plenty of hops; mostly floral and seemingly fresh--from the hopback?

T: Slightly sweet and definite amber malt flavor. A nice, fresh hop taste.

M: Slight carbonation and little alcohol sensation--goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Glad I'll soon be moving out to VA and can get Troegs beers whenever I need them.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:04:21 | More by Thorpe429
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a mixed 12 pack, excellent pour, foam, color and consistency. Very well balanced, pours a syrupy red/amber in color, almost more like and IPA than a red ale, hops are very present and extremely well flavored. Malt presence there as well, slight bitterness in the finish as well.

Glad I tried this, my favorite beer I have had from Troegs....well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:50:24 | More by Pittsburgh
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Brianjames16

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clean translucent light amber color. White bubbly head on top about one finger width.

S- Aroma on this is delicious. I smell some berry like fruity and piny aromas that are so welcoming. Apricot or fig maybe .

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced and pleasing. There is a fruity bitterness mixed with some malty flavors here. The fruit taste is apricot/fig . Very very nice.

M- Not very carbonated but very refreshing and clean. light/medium body goes down very easy.

D- I'll be coming back to this one for sure. Next time i'll get a pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:10:21 | More by Brianjames16
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It says amber ale, but I say it's an ipa. Possibly at the level of hopdevil in my mind. Pours clear amber in color with a well retained head. Hops are spicy and citrusy and the malts do well in adding balance to this brew. I'm glad I live in the Philly area or else I may have never heard of troegs.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 11:50:23 | More by dmarch
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one class beer! This beer from Troegs poured a dark amber colour with a nice-sized, white head. The aromas were of hops, with some faint malts in the background. This was similar to their pale ale but it was much hoppier, less fruity and less malty. The mouthfeel was chewy and great and the drinkability was great too.

Troegs seems to be a very good brewery!
-F

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 13:29:44 | More by francisweizen
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark reddish amber color.

Mouth watering cascade hops in the nose.

The taste is excellent. Imagine if all amber ales had this much body, personality, LIFE to them. The hops add so much zest to this beer. The carbonation and body are solid - not too upfront, but not watery, either. A great balance.

This beer goes down easy, much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, just without that special extra "something." You could have many of these in a row. Definitely worth picking up a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 22:43:42 | More by chOAKbarrell
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pbr85

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, this is one of the first craft beers I ever had, and I hated it so much. I had a Troegenator too, and thats what really got me into craft beer. I thought this beer tasted to "piney" and was completely turned off by the hops, but now I love hops and am ready to try this again. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Got this out of the Troegs Dozen mixpack, which inexplicably had 6 Dreamwheavers instead of the Pale Ales...hope the DW is good.
A: Pours a nice amber orange color with a big, frothy off white head with huge bubbles. Lacing is prety good.
S: Sourdough malts, piney hops, rose petals...I can already see that my first impression of this beer was way off.
T: Wow, I can't believe I used to think this was hoppy, when it is actually a very well balanced beer. Sour malty flavor , slight sticky/piney hop bite, nice clean finish with some orange in the background...excellent.
M: Nice carbonation, nice and slick on the tongue.
D: Wow, I'm in love with another Troegs brewery. They are certainly one of the most underated breweries in the country. Definitely pick up a 6er of this if you haven't had it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 02:14:01 | More by pbr85
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gameface23

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a light tan head. I compared it to a glass of Nugget Nectar and it was nearly identical in color.

S: Pine and citrus (grapefruit) hops, and a minimal amount of caramel malt.

T: Pine hops dominate with citrus hops and caramel malt playing minor roles.

M: Smooth and creamy

D: This is a great session beer.

I am happy that Hopback was flavorful and extremely drinkable, because I need something to tide me over until Nugget Nectar is released again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 13:46:34 | More by gameface23
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Natural510

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-red amber. Not as much head as I would like, but what is there looks okay and laces nicely.
The scent is inviting; very sweet nose ala caramel toffee candy balanced by some oily pinecone hops. I've never smelled a beer quite like it...almost thought I left some ice cream or cake sitting out on the desk.
Sweet, toasted caramel malts with a candy-like finish meet apparent but understated floral hops in this well-balanced brew. The dry, forest-like hop finish found in your typical American craft ale is there, as is the breaded nature of the amber, yet both are residual and play in the background where they belong.
Very crisp, and not too bitter or watery in the finish.
This is great; not at all what I expected. Unique smell & taste which I haven't found in what has quickly become a style which many of the choices are derivative of each other. Complex and well-balanced at the same time.
Troegs is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:25:19 | More by Natural510
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (This will be similar to my review in bottle but with appropriate changes.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear reddish copper color with a ½" light beige head that soon recedes leaving patches of foam, sheets of foam on the side of the glass and a ring of foam around the glass. Sipping leaves lines of foam and lots of finely speckled lacing. The foam persists throughout the entire beer and so does the lacing.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and well integrated with both floral, citric hops and malt. There is a definite grapefruit and spicy presence layered over and supported by a rich caramel malt aroma.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much predicted by the nose with citric hops that come through strongly but are balanced and modulated by sweet almost dark flavored caramel malt. There is also some spicy hop character that shows up in the flavor along with some floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft silky feel from the light but persistent carbonation. The long finish starts in the mix of malt and citrus, gradually fading with the malt disappearing first, then the bitterness is gone and the long tail off in spicy dryness.

Drinkability: On cask this is actually smoother and the flavors better integrated than when having it from the bottle. I could easily have more than one a night and I'll return to this one on cask. For those who like hops but want some softening provided by the malt this beer is a good choice. Every time I drink one of these beer is always gone before I want it to be.

Serving type: cask

12-31-2009 02:23:01 | More by drtth
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BigDoug

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A perfect pour yields a beautiful 1 and a half inch off white head. Sticks around forever and a day. Leaves superior lacing everywhere. Color is a brilliant ambe. With crystal clarity. Very nice looking beer here.

Smell is subtle citrusy and piney hops. Light fruity esters in the backround. Very clean hoppy smell just not a very strong aroma.

The taste is great! As this beer warms a bit, the flavor really explodes out of it. Delicious fresh hop flavor and a nice malt taste midway following up with a killer refreshingly clean bitterness. Just almost perfect tasting. Love every sip more and more.

Mouthfeel is very good. Smooth, medium bodied, slightly chewy, creamy carbonation. The carbonation is spot on. Very nice feel to this beer.

Drinkability is amazing with this. This first one went down almost too fast! Alcohol is nonexistent. Super easy to drink. Drinks like a great pale ale with a pinch more malt. Which this beer basically is. Great buy for $9.79 a sixer! Always was a favorite of mine from Troegs. Only thing better than this one from Troegs is it's bigger brother Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:15:13 | More by BigDoug
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

decide to that i need to try more from the good people at troegs
yet another review from the mixed six
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance as the name implies it is a wonderful amber colored with a nice head
smell nice and hoppy with some citrus

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 04:24:03 | More by Dodt
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with lots of bubbles. Two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a good few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit and earthy hops. Some caramel malt. Very nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and a well-rounded hop bitterness. Nice earthy hop flavor. The malt comes through in the finish too. Some spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Creamy and refreshing. Nice soft carbonation.

O: Looks great, smells great. I love the subtle earthy hop flavor, and the malt does not take a back seat. Very smooth and drinkable too. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:45:54 | More by SolipsismalCat
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this beer for the second and time and its just as unique as I remember it! Pours a clear copper/amber color smells breads and happy and has decent lacing. Light to medium in body with good carbonation. Nice citric and floral hop taste up front. That's followed by a malty sweetness that lingers but after a hop bitterness makes itself present on the back of your tongue. The sweet and bitter tastes are perceived on the part of the tongue their supposed to but the way the flavors in this beer are layers confuses the tastebuds into dizzying dance of awesome!

Some noted flavors are caramel, toffee, citric and floral hops. Great beer with some serious drinkability. Awesome dizzying amount of balance as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 02:31:47 | More by jtierney89
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AC-Mivsek

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark copper/amber with small white head.

S- Floral and citrusy hops. Slight sweetness to it as well.

T- Piney hops stand out quite a bit. Sweet caramel and malt aftertaste which balances it very well.

M- Medium body, very drinkable yet not the most sessionable.

O- Excellent beer. My current favorite amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:13:32 | More by AC-Mivsek
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 ounce (355ml) bottle with a yellowy-orange colored label that has a picture of a large green hop behind the words, Tröegs Independent Craft Brewery – HopBack Amber Ale. No strength or freshness date. There is an invitation to visit the Brewery on Saturdays at 2:00pm on the neck label; as there were on the 3 other Tröeg beers that I tried tonight – Damn! I thought was special.

Appearance: A gorgeous looking amber-copper color that really does look quite marvelous. The head suffers any staying power, as with the other Tröegs beers that I have had so far, so this is now no surprise at all and to be expected – it is still however a disappointment. Some lacing however, that is off-white in color, and rather thick in nature. Good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide, aid the beers carbonation.

Nose: Hops, hops, hops & hops mixed with a light malt and caramel. Not overpowering but confidently strong in nature. But the hops definitely take the Gold Medal in the nose stakes, oh and the Silver too, and wait, they get the Bronze as well. And the Runners Up medal goes to “Ho…….

Taste: Well I can honestly say that I have never had a Hoppy Amber Ale before, or even any Amber Ale that is this refreshing or bitter. I don’t really give a shit about style definitions, so I am not sure why I mentioned that. But this beer tastes so damn good, I could forgive any style detour, regardless of how bad it was or even whatever style it is supposed to emulate. It gets almost perfect marks from me. A great mix of fresh hops and smooth malts – nearly perfect.

Mouthfeel: Solid, the carbonation, hops and smooth malts give a lively dimension to this beer – most certainly a Vertebrate Beer!

Drinkability: I just love the fresh aspect of each and every mouthfeel; the pungent, yet balanced hop bitterness, often partially balanced by a smooth malt dimension. A marvelous spritzy mouthfeel and floral aromas. Wow! This is a Very *Seriously* Drinkable Ale.

Overall: Just right- a very tasty example of a......erm, well, whatever it’s supposed to be!?

Top Marks for this choice Francisweizen - Nice One!!!
BTW, does this come in Bombers?

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 06:11:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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joshlara

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer replaced their ESB. I was bummed out about that decision as I thought their ESB was well made and quite tasty. Hopefully they will reintroduce it sometime in the future. This beer helped alleviate any residual sadness that might have occurred.

Appearance: Pours a clear crisp orange amber color, maybe burnt sienna?, slight off white head that fades into a very sticky thin lace.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by a floral hop presence. Has more of a grapefruit resiny attribute than a normal pale ale has. There is also a hint of a biscuit malt presence that helps balance it out.

Taste: The flavor begins with a malt push, biscuit, caramel, and butterscotch are noticed. The floral hops peak through in the middle and finishes with a citrus hop bitterness. At first I thought the flavors were too distinct, big malt and then big hops. Either go one way or the other but after having this beer a few more times over a span of a couple of months I think it is a great blending of flavors. Extremely well balanced. Very smooth and hugely drinkable. A heavier session beer if you will. A must have in anyone's beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 04:43:51 | More by joshlara
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a foamy, 2-finger beige head that drops to a light collar, but stays until the glass is done. Very nice lacing as well. Smells very fresh and clean, very hoppy. Has hints grass, floral, and spicy hops. They all combine very well for a great smell. Honestly I wish I could have this smell in a Glade "plug-it-in". Tastes wonderful. Absolutly superb. A nice caramel hops flavor up front with light hops in the back. So, obviously, the name HopBack makes sense. Finishes with a nice malt flavor, caramel and hops abound. The malts and hops blean beautifully to create a complex and fabulously drinkable beer. Well done. This is the third of my Troeg's sample pack, and so far, the best. Try this and you will not be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 01:07:18 | More by santoslhalper
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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