Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +25.3%
This is the only selection I have given a perfect five. This is justified. Hopback is my favorite selection from Troegs. I had the opportunity to have the beer served on-cask. It blew me away. The nose was amazing, in that the hops were present and similar to the bottle or draught version, but they were subdued. The head was light and fluffy and lasted the entire duration of the pint. As this was a cask-conditioned ale, the carbonation was very low, allowing for all the flavor to present itself to the drinker. All the flavors of the Hopback were present but just more balanced. The beer was very smooth in my mouth and actually made me understand the purpose of cask ale. Props to Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA for taking care of this cask and serving it properly in an Imperial Pint.
04-28-2004 13:00:28 | More by Maestro
4.97/5 rDev +24.6%
Thanks goes to NJ State Trooper Pete Mosteller for this bottle.
Poured a nice clear copper with a large white head. This subsides to a good layer of white foam that leaves ample lacing.
The aroma has all kinds of things going on. I get notes of pine, some earthiness, and lemon zest. It has a very "clean" aroma that I can't quite find the words for.
The taste is very nicely balanced. There are small touches of toasted malt, but hops dominate here. The lemon character is definitely here, but what I really notice is tropical fruit. It is very soft on the palate and finishes clean. This beer is extremely refreshing and easy to drink.
This was an awesome brew. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and delicious. I sure wish I had more than one bottle! I will drink this again, and hopefully soon
10-05-2007 19:25:23 | More by BeerLover48Fan
4.95/5 rDev +24.1%
Copper colored with a tan head. Good lace and carbonation. Huge grapefruity citrus aroma ! Awesome hop flavor but with good balance (obviously leans hoppy). Light bodied and creamy. This should be ranked up there with the best West-coast American Amber Ales !!
Seemed very similar to Troegs ESB...
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Bottled 12/02/02 Tasted 12/15/02 Freshest by 05/02/03 (on case box)
12-16-2002 11:25:38 | More by RBorsato
4.88/5 rDev +22.3%
This beer's appearance was completely clear and see-through with a vibrant color, and a solid head. The aroma was floral and grassy. The taste is obviously very "hoppy" with a sharp and bitter taste to it--though not at all imbalanced. The mouth-feel was crisp and very clean.
Serving type: 1/2 pint glass
11-23-2008 04:51:56 | More by MacMan1980
4.85/5 rDev +21.6%
I am NorCal born, NorCal raisbut this Pa brewery is awesome. I love the quality, consistency, and drinkability of all of their beers.
The Hopback Ambber is a great all season beer that especially shines in summer. We were a Sierra Nevada House before and now share time with the Hopback. For me any time you can replace a exceptional beer with one from a regional brewery, it deserves high praise.
On tap, head, nose and appearance are all fantastic.
07-23-2011 01:10:41 | More by traillme
4.85/5 rDev +21.6%
A - Pours an impressive red-amber color. No head on the pour but a quick swirl of the glass produces a layer of creamy off-white head.
S - Smells great! Hoppy and full of complex citrus tones including lemon and even grapefruit.
T - A sweet citrusy taste for this amber ale. The smell of grapefruit carriers over to taste and the brew is still as bitter as you could want given the HopBack name.
M - Mouthfeel is interesting on this one. Given the complex taste I would expect the mouthfeel too be as well, but I was wrong. Instead, the sweet citrus and hop flavor inundates your whole mouth instead of (maybe) front or back for instance. Almost like you really are drinking some type of fruity beverage. But don't be afraid! This isn't your girlfriend's Smirnoff Ice!
D - Great beer, I could drink it all night, and I will. Every sip leaves me wanting more and I can clearly see why it flies off the shelves at work. Truly recommend this to any veteran beer drinker and to someone who may not know they like beer yet or what type of beer they're into yet.
07-12-2009 05:04:01 | More by cgraham5
4.85/5 rDev +21.6%
My first cask conditioned beer, served up at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium.
A: Very different from either the tap or bottle versions of this one. Hazy amber/golden in appearance with a big creamy white head that lasted nearly to the end of the beer. Lacing was sticky and heavy. Fantastic.
S: Strong floral hop aroma with nice hints of lemon and spice.
T: Oh so smooth hop flavors right up front, balances with a darkly sweet malt taste that doesn't overpower. Tastes linger on the palate for quite some time.
M: Smooth and rich, creamy and mouth coating. The seemingly lower levels of carbonation let this beer travel all around and carry the flavors quite well.
D&N: Beer Nirvana. One of the finest brews I've had the pleasure of tasting. Rich and full of character, this beer in a cask conditioned incarnation is one I'll look forward to having again. If you ever see this in a cask, try it.
05-28-2004 07:33:52 | More by JackTheRipper
4.85/5 rDev +21.6%
Thanks for the bottle, Jim and Allie!
Brilliantly clear copper, very shiny. Full, creamy bubbled cap of ivory foam. Excellent lacing and retention. Sheets of foam stick to the glass in layers. Really impressive, very few beers lace the glass like this. Very balanced aroma, equal parts toasty malt and piney, floral hops. Mild pear esters, but very clean otherwise. Very fresh hop scent. Very nice. The first sip reveals a gem of a session brew. Full flavored toasty malt, not too much, but just enough to keep your tastebuds content. Medium to full bodied, a little rough feeling on the palate, with sturdy, brisk carbonation. Excellent, milder ale fruitiness, appley and floral, moving seamlessly into a fresh, clean hop finish. Moderate bitterness, with a punchy pine flavor. Hints of woodiness and floral notes. A little rough edged, a little different, not your average cascade hop finish. Plenty of delicious hop flavor, but you can taste a bit of rougher flavored bittering hops in the background. I wonder what they use? If I ventured a guess, I'd say there's some noble hops here, or perhaps a US grown derivative. Tiny, tiny bit of alcohol is present, but goes away after my palate adjusts after a couple sips. Malt maintains balance, toasty with a little bit of grain, drying out in the aftertaste. Gentle, but assertive enough to hold your attention. I wish I had another.
Troegs' brews impress once again. Really, really nice stuff. If I were to choose a favorite beer that I drank exclusively, this would be a top contender. I'd definitely want it to come with me in the "shipwrecked on a deserted island" scenario. I'd love to try it cask conditioned, and I'll be sure to grab a case of bottles next time I'm in PA or NJ. I'm a sucker for great session beers, I've had hundreds, and this is a stand out.
12-06-2005 07:28:39 | More by UnionMade
4.83/5 rDev +21.1%
pours an awesome looking amber colour with a nice sized creamy head. damn near perfect looking for an ale. a distinct hop smell instantly hits you nose along with sweet caramel and slight fruit notes as well as hints of spice. this is a medium bodied brew that is just full of flavour and a joy to drink. very crisp and refreshing. the flavour is more malty and caramel based than you would expect from the smell, which, as mentioned, is quite hopped. hop presence is certainly here, just more subdued than one would anticipate. the finish is nice and smooth with a bit of a creamy, cap'n crunch cereal bite. this was really just a pleasure to drink and a great choice for a session ale. an awesome brew from troegs.
01-21-2004 21:24:55 | More by SixpointJMH
4.83/5 rDev +21.1%
Initial pour was an excellent color with fantastic aroma. The taste was exceptionally smooth. It was not too heavy and this could become a fantastic session beer. The "hoppiness" was not overpowering and Troegs really got this one right. Fantastic...
08-30-2009 03:08:37 | More by drawbackwards
4.8/5 rDev +20.3%
poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear amberish red color with white heading.Hardly any lacing.
Smell is citrus off the bat ,then a toasted maltiness takes over.
Taste is sweet,with some fruitiness to it.
Mouth is very smooth,medium bodied and good carbonation.
Drink is very high I could definelty have some more of these.
03-25-2009 01:22:58 | More by TheFightfan1
4.8/5 rDev +20.3%
Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big Thank you goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light brownish orange color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is loaded with hops as the name suggests, along with citrus and caramel sweetness.
T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops burst and a heavy citrus and caramel sweetness. I know that isnt much analysis, but its as simple as that. It just tastes great.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, similar to Nugget Nectar the only thing keeping this beer from being an American IPA is the fact that Troegs doesnt call it an IPA. That being said, this is an excellent beer and I could see myself drinking a whole lot of it in an evening, if only Troegs were available this far in the Northeast. HINT-HINT!
05-27-2007 03:57:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.78/5 rDev +19.8%
I know that some may argue with me, but Troegs Hopback Amber Ale is one of the finest American beers that I've had the pleasure of drinking in quite awhile.
Perhaps, this is the kind of beer that one needs to drink on-tap rather than from a bottle.
It combined three characteristics that I enjoy in a beer: hoppy, sweet and low-to-moderate carbonation.
The mouthfeel was excellent and struck me in a positive way immediately. The taste made my tastebuds stand-up and take notice.
It was served very cold, which may have helped its consistency remain strong until the bottom of the pint glass.
It is not my favorite from Troegs (Nugget Nectar is), but is very pleasing nonetheless.
11-06-2008 19:19:26 | More by WayneRooneyFan
Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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