Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,118
Hads: 2,866
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 103
Gots: 418 | FT: 3
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Maestro on 09-29-2002

Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.
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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice ruby red color with a slight head that adds to this beautiful looking amber ale. There is a hoppy note to this beer but it isn't overpowering. Also present is a hint of fruitiness. This beer leaves you yearning for another sip. The hops are well-proportioned and leave a nice aftertaste in your mouth. I was pleased from my first sample of this beer. This is something I could enjoy any time of the year. Very well-rounded amber ale in short. (452 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Troegs delivery pours a golden to amber clear liquid with a nice white head. The lacing was thick and long lasting. The aroma was almost all hops with some citrus undercurrents. The taste was an explosion of hops. There is a definite lemon taste in there but it is a hint that is undetectable after the first beer. This beer has a thick viscuous feel in the mouth and is very bubbly feeling. It is a very easily consumed beer and begs for more than one. All in all, a really good entry from Troegs. (503 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big old hop in the nose with grapefruit notes. Creamy thick white head. The color is one of dark peach. Very attractive in the glass. Taste is sweet malty and grassy.. Very very smooth silky mouth. Smooth malty and a nice bitter finish. A wonderful session type of beer. (270 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, clear copper in color. Thick off-white head does a nice job of lacing the glass. Sweet aromas, mixed in with some fruity esters plus a bit of pine sap, make for a great smell. Flavor is very good, too. Very malty sweet and slightly balanced by a bittering hoppy influence. Nicely done. Finishes with a sweetly-bitter aftertaste, and not long-lasting. Good session beer. Drinkable, and not too excessive in anything it does.

Notes: I would called this an amber-IPA. I really like that. Hops are good. Troeg's scores another winner with me. (559 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pellucid bronze. Thick, solid, steadfast cream white head leaves sparse lace. Gentle light caramel with biscuit hints permeated by pungent, sweet grapefruit with a floral tinge. Devoid of yeast esters. Simple and inviting in aroma. Flavorwise, it's a facsimile of the aroma. Caramel malt with a bready pale malt foundation is the dominant malt character. Subtle, secondary, sweet cracker like presence. Pink grapefruit hop flavor, along with leafy, tea like hints. Moderate hop bitterness balances the soft male backbone. Lanky body with a lean, overly fluid mouthfeel. Underbaked, doughy biscuit presence augments as the beer breathes. Finishes clean, with fading hints of bread and marmalade. A tasty, simple, but unique amber in its pronounced hop flavor. Light on the palate and superbly drinkable. (802 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew came to me cold in a pint glass. There was a very small off white head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma is dominated by hops. Floral and citrus scents abound. No hint of malt scents. The brew is a rich amber color.
The first sip reveals the hoppiness of the brew not overwhelming bitterness, but a light flowery flavor that allows some mild hints of malt sweetness to come through. The finish is crisp and refreshing, and leaves a hoppy aftertaste in my mouth. Again not overly bitter just enough to know it is there.
I orderd a second pint so I must say it is very drinkable. The ABV of 6.0 makes it a little strong to be a session brew unless you arent driving anywhere later. Find it and enjoy! (708 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crisp, clear amber. There's a quick, moderate white head that settles quickly to coarse bubbles and spits of foam. There's spotty lacing.

The initial aroma is mildly fruity and lightly floral hops. There's also a mild malt presence. I also noted a slightly sour note, indistinct, and a tinge of mustiness, which I found a bit foreboding.

The first taste brought a gentle malt sweetness followed by just as gentle a hops fruitiness. There's a reasonable balance, with nothing jumping to the fore, and a nice presence, though with no assertiveness.

It's light bodied, with little texture and no real coating of the mouth or tongue. It does finish with a residual malt/hops legacy, again, in no way assertive.

This beer is just nice, which is not a death knell, but neither is it an energetic endorsement. It's gentle and balanced, with no outstanding characteristics, but that's not entirely a negative. The mellow balance lends to a drinkable mix of traits. The whole six will be drunk, and not grudgingly, but neither will it flow empty in one sitting. If you sense an ambivalence, you're perceptive, and I think that may stem from the fact that the name would lead you to expect a heavy hops dimension, but it by no means delivers on that allusion. This beer doesn't so much Hop, as it Skips. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color, with a nice slightly off-white head. Some lacing was formed during the drink. The aroma was floral and fruity. The bitterness is definitely detectable through the nose. The flavor is bold for an amber ale, as hops are abundant creating a great sweet / bitterness combo.

The bitterness pleasantly continues into the aftertaste on the tongue. Some fruit tones are also distinguisable. Medium body ale. Carbonation level was perfect. This is very drinkable as several can be consumed in a session without batting an eye. Kudos to the brewer on this one. Becoming a staple brew in my refridgerator. (620 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange amber with an off-white head which lasts. Aroma of sweet crystal malts and citrusy American hops. Flavor begins sweet and then is well balanced by the bitterness. Caramel/crystal malt flavors and then American hops bitterness. The flavor dries out into bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin, but the drinkability is good. (363 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs Hopback Amber Ale

A- deep dark ruby brown with a thick chunky head.
S- Big sweet caramel malt and bitter pine hops.
T- Heavy caramel sugary malt with heavy bitter pine hops.
M- Thick malty and bitter. Oily hops throughout.

Overall- Good malt hop balance. (263 characters)

Photo of pio
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

golden orange with an off white head that is not as big as i thought it should be but it had staying power leaving bits of spotty lace. scents are green leafy and with nectorines and a lemon zest. a bit of butter rounds it out. the flavor is nicely malted along with those hops. very floral and zippy with citrus. a bitter finish that seems to go on and on, lingering nicely on the palate. standard bubbly mouthfeel and very sessionable drinkability. (450 characters)

Photo of Gasp100
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True amber color, very clear with a nice head that faded fast with a lingering lace down the side of the glass. Smell was very hoppy with a hint of fruit. The taste was fantastic. Nice and mellow with just enough hops to keep your buds humming and excited. I want to say an almost "buttery" quality on the tail end. It just flowed nicely from the hops in the beginning, through the caramel taste in the middle to the smooth end. The mouthfeel was sweet but not overbearing, very clean and light. The drinkability was unsurpassed.... honestly. I don't know one person who couldn't sit down and drink a good number of these and still feel refreshed. I will definitely have to experience more from Troeg's. (703 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brassy-copper clear body, thin but steady dark bone head that lasts all the way to the final sip. Yeasty, hoppy aroma, faintly sweet.

Brisk and brash mouthfeel, full and rich, just shy of being chewy. Very cheery taste, sweet as a pale ale, hoppy as an IPA. Nutty and sour aftertaste.

Very glad finally to have tried this beer. Troegs is a favorite brewery, always interesting and usually on the good side of quirky. This is a very refreshing beer. (454 characters)

Photo of Edwin
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a true amber color, no other word to describe it. Head appears and fades fast with some lacing in there. Troegs beers typically have this effect forsome reason. Good looking beer to be sure.

Smell - A small grain scent with some sweet/fruitiness in there. Maybe a touch of honey flavor mixed within. Hoppy aroma definitely comes through.

Taste - Wow! What an interesting flavor the Two Brothers have gotten out of this beer. A sweet, fruity, caramel Amber Ale flavor with the greatest flavor of hops coming through. Not too ovrbearing one way or another. Two words: a triumph.

Mouthfeel - Feels pretty good. Only thing I may have liked would be just the slightest hint of more carbonation, but I am just being a little picky. Otherwise, very very good.

Drinkability - Excellent. If you like Amber Ale and hops, you really canno go wrong here. Great flavor and an easy beer to make friends with over the course of an evening. Your girlfriend will get jealous.

Comments: Excellent beer offering from Chris and John. This brewery is evolving into something very special. Pick up this or any one of their samplings soon! (1,150 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard 12 ounce brown bottle with a predominantly yellow label featuring a big hops cluster behind the name. No information about freshness or ingredients. I got this in Moscow thanks to a colleague who hand delivered it from the DC area.

Pours a lovely clear copper color under a small off-white head that lasts a long time and leaves a good scattering of lace dots on the glass. The nose is hoppy, but not as strong as many other IPAs. The mouth is prickly and slightly heavy, with just a touch of citrus sour. There's not much malt here, but the hops are quite tame, so it isn't missed. The hops are flowery, with a touch of grapefruit and grass. There's a good bitter aftertaste that makes you want more. This is a good brew, but I prefer my IPAs a little bit more aggressive. (785 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber under a huge creamy head. The aroma is bold and spicy with a floral character. The first sip is well-rounded with an up-front floral spice and a building flush of sweet caramel malt. A moderate bitterness sneaks out between the balanced flavors and levels off at a crisp finish. Easy drinking and tasty. (322 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color topped by a good sized whitish head. It eventually forms a nice crown after the head settles. Great lacing as the glass empties.

Smell: Wondrous balance atwixt hops and malt. The malt is obviously toasted caramel and the hops are an exquisite blend of bitter and aromatic florals.

Taste: Vaguely sweet and spicy. Nice toasted malt taste with a wee bit of bittering and a slightly salty taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some astringency.

Drinkability: This is purty good.. one could drink a few of these with no complaint. Might make a nice session beer. (654 characters)

Photo of soilguy
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer while taking a tour of the Troegs brewery in Harrisburg, PA. I found it so delicious, I kept going back to the taps to refill my glass. It has a perfect amber color topped by a substantial white head. A strongly floral hop aroma wafts from the glass without any prompting. The flavor is slightly of toasted malt at first, then the hops make a full frontal assault. It is a good clean bitterness. A slightly fruity note is detectable in the background. It has a nice mouthfeel, not too full for the style. I wish this beer was more available in my area. (570 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber color with a highly brown hue but lightly orange edges; also transparent yet still dark. Had a white foam head that was solid all the way through, like a tightly packed kitchen sponge, nice slow recede, too. Nice lacing as well as fair carbonation that was so miniscule it was hard to see in this very dark amber ale.

Smelled of beautiful hops and resplendent fruit with a citric and vinegar edge, but nice nonetheless. Grapefruit scent slowly arises with warmth, but it did all seem a bit thin-bodied and simple but undoubtedly solid. Where’s the roasty and/or malty presence of most amber ales?

Taste was very juicy, as the watery mouthfeel helped the light and fruity first flavor. Bitterness built up at a moderate pace to the finish. Also had some flavors that seemed like a rough vinegar, a product of the hops I’ve tasted before in other brews with raw hops. Some fruitiness underneath the strong roasty bitterness that predominated the palette - a nice balancing act. A light oiliness partway through reminds me of the true hop and care put in this brew. The thinner consistency of mouthfeel also kept the earthy, barky bitterness from overpowering my tongue; thus, it had a wonderful long finish in that it very much had a strong present bitter without destroying your tastebuds, though this has much less malt presence than other ambers.

Wow, this beer should be better known. Like most good American ambers this is yet another unique turn on a widely varying style, leaning to what a pale ale or IPA might be but undeniably still an amber. (1,578 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a deep rich copper, rather dark, with excellent clarity. Huge fluffy white head rides high in the glass. Aroma was hoppy, and that basically sums it up. Very very explosive hoppy aroma, extremely fresh, ripe and lively. Perhaps a small whiff of caramel on the nose, but hops dominate.

Taste was very full flavored with a surprisingly strong malt profile. Thick caramel malts offer a sturdy foundation with some mild flavor of toasted grains and even a touch of alcohol. I was surprised at the malt characteristic of this beer, a rather sweet foundation I thought. Then along came the hops. Explosive hop flavors and tons of them. Again, very fresh, very oily and extremely abundant. Citrusy, juicy and floral all at the same time. A hop head's dream. Surprisingly however, a did not find the beer all that bitter. Hop FLAVOR was off the charts, very true, but overall, I actually thought the beer a bit on the malt-sweet side of the spectrum, not really bitter. To me, there is a definite difference between hop flavors and the actual bitterness hops provide. Thrown in for good measure was some smooth fruitiness. In terms of hop flavor and aroma, one of the most forward ales I have ever tasted. Finished very smooth and a little malty.

Yet another kick ass brew from one of my favorite brewers. I have heard comparisons to Hop Devil. I can see it to a point. The Devil, to me is more bitter overall, while the Hopback is more hop-flavor explosive. It would be interesting to do a head to head comparison. (1,523 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I heard a few comparisons to Hop Devil. So I picked this one up. Pours a deep amber, almost ruby color with a fairly thin white head. Aroma is mainly of strong floral hops with a malty background. Theres some apricots in there somewhere. Taste is dominated by bitter hops, mainly floral. This is no doubt a "hop head" beer. The finish is also pretty much straight bitter hops, with a slight taste of malt. This is plain old hoppy, with some good citrous notes but mainly floral. There is a malty body but it's not really represented in the taste, perhaps only in the finish, This is a steal at 6.99 a sixer. Mouthfeel is dry & bitter. Not all that drinkable for an IPA (this is no red ale), but still pretty drinkable.

Thanks BA forum for pointing out this as mega hoppy beer. (785 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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? (2,181 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color, decent, off-white head: all is in order...

But the olfactory senses are most pleased by what pours out of this bottle...hops stand up, bright and tall, citric, spicy, warm, but refreshing, a beautiful hop bouquet, a pleasure to enter the nose.

Great, big, buzzing hops are the first order, but they fade fast, and mellow out.
Body is light, finish is fast, but each subsequent sip returns the hoppy, fruity sensation anew.

A great candidate for a session brew, easily consumed, but a reminder is always around the corner of how good a beer can taste. Well done, Troegs! (598 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish dark amber color with a tall creamy light tan colored head that slowly fades into a solid patch of lace. Nose is sweet caramel malts blended with some floral and grassy hops. Medium in body with a slightly buttery texture. Taste is sweet malts up front perfectly balanced by the following bitter hops with notes of acidic citrus. A dry bitterness remains on the tongue in a lasting aftertaste. This is a very nice amber ale and would make a great session beer. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample! (516 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears amber with a copper tint and a huge billowing head with trickled lace surrounding my pint. This is one balanced brew in my opinion the aroma is balanced between sweet caramel malt and floral eathy pine scented hops, so balanced it's just about the perfect beer. This is one reason why Troegs has done what it has, and with it's oatmeal stout truly one PA's finest micros out there I must say. The taste is also truly balanced with a trace of the hops adding a bittering quality with the malt waves following blending perfectly to form a hopback amber ale. Medium to light bodied very good beer with no off tones to it everything here is like butter, what can I say. The drinkability level is unlike any other amber ale out there it's perfect, I love this beer. (768 characters)

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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