Hopback Amber Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #16
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,828
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
1,193
Ratings:
3,184
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Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
Notes: Standing 12 ft. tall at the center of the brew deck is our HopBack vessel; here, whole flower hops swirl in hot wort coaxing hop oil into aromas of grapefruit pith and pinesap. This bright hop nose is counterbalanced with malt tones of toffee and Caramel.

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Nugget, Crystal

55 IBU
Reviews: 1,193 | Ratings: 3,184 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Souraboutsours from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like IPAs and this is a step below them, really great malt characteristics with some good hop flavors layered on top. If you are someone skeptical about IPAs but enjoy ales, this would be a step in the right direction.

Dec 27, 2020
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izraelc from New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber. Bright hop aroma. Clean hop body. Mild and smooth. Slight bitter finish. A little bit of sweetness mixed in. Better than expected.

Nov 06, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep amber color with a fluffy 1 inch head. Malt and grain in the nose. Taste is well balanced, just the right amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, overall a very nice beer and pleasant change from IPA's.

Aug 22, 2020
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tasteless from Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious ! A super good balance of malt and hops. I'm a huge Mad Elf fan, ( a must try at Christmas time), but this Hopback Amber maybe the best Troegs beer I have tasted. At 6% it has a good kick, but not too potent to have a few. If you are a Avalanche or Fat Tire fan you will love this beer !

Jul 31, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful glass of beer. The color is a deep amber with glints of polished bronze when backlit showing steady streams of tiny bubbles making their way to the top through the crystal clear liquid. An off-white almost tan head rises 2 inches above the ale, streaks of lace cling to the glass.
Rich aroma full of malt sweetness and cooked grain, hints of apple, anise and a faint pine needle and wildflowers hop presence.
Up front flavor is sweet, as it should be, with lots of grain character; fruit on cereal and honey on rye toast. Then the hop bite kicks in, peppery and green grassy bitterness floats in on a medium bodied malt wave. Great complexity and balance, with the grain bill leading the way and the hop rate taking a back seat until the end when boil hops show their qualities.
The hopback adds some fresh hop aroma but this drinks like a HopBock to me. In reading the label it says Munich malt is used in this so I did taste a marzen/bock/German thing going on.
The finish is warm and mildly bitter, the sugars stripped away with the dry hoppy aftertaste.
Ive enjoyed Nugget Nectar on tap but never had this at a bar. If this bottle is any indication, it would be a beer that would keep me on a bar stool too long. This stuff is made for a cask.

Jun 16, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Freshest by 5/13/20...fuck

I really like these guys and wanna try everything they put out, and ambers are always so I have high hopes here

Pours a very dark amber with just a small off white cap that fades fast to a ring, leaves minimal lacing

The nose starts off with classic red malt, a bit of spice in there. Mild caramel and vanilla back up citrus notes

Wow, a lot more hop character than I'm used to for the style, I guess the name suggested that. It starts off with sharp citrus, not really any particular fruit but just general citrus. A touch of peppery spice comes in after the swallow, with sweet and mellow malt. Quite refreshing despite being past peak freshness

A light medium body with moderate carbonation, this is honestly a little watery, it just doesn't finish sharp enough

This wasn't my favorite from them, but I would chalk it up to freshness. I need to try this again, but it was still pretty good

Jun 12, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish amber with a finger's width off-white head. Smells great, primarily sweet hops. I like what they did with this one. Mixing the classic European style amber ale with a dash of an IPA. It's mildly bitter and fairly sweet. Leaves a neat flavor that lingers on the breath. Finishes clean, little lacing. 4 stars

Mar 31, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. Dark amber color with cream colored head. Smells of caramel malt with some fruity hops. Medium body. Tastes of caramel malt mixed with citrus and piney hops. Very nice!

Jan 18, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 12-oz. bottle resulted in a finger of off white creamy foam with long retention and rings of lace.
Deep copper-amber color, clear with fine bubbles rising.

Smells of caramel malt with some baked sugar, moderate floral hops and fresh baked Italian bread.

The taste features a rich malt backbone of toasted and caramel malt. Semi-sweet and mildly bitter, the hops are bold yet not overly bitter. Some baked pears and lemony citrus emerge as a piney resin taste builds. The finish last on as it drys a bit with hop bitterness rising to above average. The hop flavors linger a while.

Medium-light body with plenty of active carbonation, smooth on the palate with just a hint of alcohol.
Easy going down and sessionable, true to style in every way, maybe just a little high on hops.

Jan 07, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Freshest By 0 40 720"

Clear orangey-amber , with moderate off-white head with a slight tan tint. Leaves a ring, a few bubbles in the center, and 3/8" of thin, fine lacing.

Smell is light caramel, and a slight bready aroma. Not a lot there, but what is there is pleasant and inviting.

Taste is light caramel, toffee, and brown bread (think gingerbread, minus the ginger) - similar to the aroma, but a little less sweet. Some light pine+grapefruit pith flavor and bitterness, with the grapefruit flavor lingering past swallow, and actually getting stronger.

Feel is medium with fine, moderate carbonation throughout.

Overall, this is pleasant and easy-drinking. Nothing to get excited about, nor would I want it all of the time, but worth an occasional revisit.

Jan 05, 2020
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear amber/brown with a big, rocky cream head and lots of lacing.
Smell: Pine, bubblegum. Fruits like grapefruit, mango, and strawberry. Sweet and hoppy.
Taste: Clean and refreshing. Some light fruit sweetness up front with a piney, herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Some toasted caramel and biscuit malt flavor.
Feel: Thin- to medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation and a creamy texture.
Overall: This is a great, tasty, drinkable beer.

Feb 20, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date found

Appearance - Pours clear and pure copper in color with a sandstone colored, finger width head. Good retention before dying down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - The aroma is slightly hoppier than it is malty; citrusy, slightly spicy character backed by an underlying caramel sweetness.

Taste - More malty on the tongue. Caramel and toffee sweetness that's counterbalanced by hoppy notes of citrus, lesser spice and a touch of floral character. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair carbonation. Drinks okay; somewhat dry upfront and through to the finish. definitely not the smoothest amber on the market.

Overall - Pretty decent hoppy amber. They tend to oversell the amount of hoppiness on the label, but if you ignore that little salesmanship, you'll find a nicely flavored, fairly balanced brew with fair drinkability.

Jan 24, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish amber color with zero head and little carbonation, giving this a somewhat thin syrupy feel. Standard amber ale and drinkable enough. Hops add little but a resinous slight bitter finish.

Jan 01, 2019
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djembeist from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer. It pours a reddish amber color with a light cream head that dissipated quickly with some light lacing on the glass. It smelled of burnt sugar and resin. The taste was a little sweet at first and then the resin kicks in with a nice punch. My only negative thought is the weird metallic aftertaste. The beer is deceptively light which is kind of nice.

Dec 27, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into hop rastal glass
BB 1/3/19
Pours a reddish amber, with thin white head
Big chewy caramel on the aroma, along with some resin
Taste unfortunately does not follow nose, as the chewy caramel is almost nonexistent, with a resinous finish
Feel is light bodied,  low carb
Overall this is a surprisingly poor beer from Troegs

Dec 23, 2018
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Spiceepicklez from New York

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what a great simple amber ale should be. A nice deep reddish brown with a strong head retention and a little fizz. A great clean wheat and barely smell, with a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor of caramel and toffee and hay. Wonderfully balanced. Great everyday drinker and what a beer should be

Oct 16, 2018
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Jake-northrup from New York

4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a fantastic brew! Pours a lightly hazy Amber with a big, milky white head. The aromatic is beautiful, fresh fruit and hops jump out of the glass. On the taste, there's quite a bit of caramel and biscuity malt notes. As the beer warms, it becomes a whole different beast. Fruit and spice begin to show up on the palate. The body has a nice richness and the hops help to cut the backend and clear the palate. Great, great beer!

Jan 20, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear brilliant amber color with a modest bubbly head that soon dissipates.
Aromas of amber malts, toasted bread, caramel and biscuit. A moderate amount of citrus hops adds spice.
Very smooth and clean at first. The body is seemingly thin and with a gentle carbonation. At first it seems this is no more than a simple session brew. However, into the drink, this beer transforms itself and flavors become unlocked. The malt texture becomes fuller and provides flavors of bread, biscuits and caramel. The flavors elevate the body up to medium status. The citrus and pine hops also become more assertive and add a moderate spice, prickle and bitterness.
A solid amber ale I could see myself drinking more of.

Jan 04, 2018
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craftaholic from New York

3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Quite odd blend of flavors. Has a thick malt presence but finished with grapefruit? Sticky toffee and resinous sap like someone spilled a West coast IPA into a lager.

Aug 16, 2017
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nasal from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As beer warms up, the caramel flavors come out, balancing the crisp and slightly bitter hops. A truly interesting and worthwhile amber - without question one of my favorites.

Aug 12, 2017
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YoungMtn52 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this one in a mixed six pack at Fairway. Shows a nice brassy color with mild carbonation. Has a clean, crisp taste powered by whole flower hops with aromas of grapefruit pith and pinesap. I will get this one again.

Jul 29, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.47/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

**
12/31/12
bottle to pint glass.

Sampling of 4 troegs beers on New Years Eve.

AROMA: Floral Aroma, hops also.
LOOK: Dark Yellow
TASTE: Slight staleness. Pine, Slight citrus.
FEEL: Medium Body, flat.

Not in the class of the Java Stout or the Troegenator.
**

Jul 08, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a gentle dark amber color with a nice level foamy one finger head with an adequate foamy lacing sticking finely to the sides of the glass. The smell had a decent amount of caramel malts up front and lets a gentle amount of bitter citrus hops coming in slightly as the beer warmed. The taste was bitter and sweet ranging at somewhat different times but ends up combining more as the beer warmed. The aftertaste was really nice as it was pure bittersweetness altogether. The finish was somewhat dry but still had a nice backing by the hops and malts. On the palate, it sat about a medium in body and had a decent sessionable quality to it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Amber well worthy of having again.

Jun 22, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look - Pours a hazy dark copper color, two fingers of bubbly white head, spiderweb lacing.
Aroma - Sweet and sour, earth, caramel.
Taste - Zesty hops, bitter pine, sticky, bitter citrus rind, toasted malt, hoppy and light caramel aftertaste.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry.

Overall - Not bad, leans more toward an IPA.

Jun 06, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The right side of the label says: "FRESHEST BY 062317 170222-209 06:06"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a deep bronze color with excellent clarity. The head is short and creamy textured with an eggshell white color. It doesn't retain much of a head and it leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: I get a light flowery aroma that reminds me of soap.

Taste: The flavor profile reflects the aroma precisely with a flowery soap-like character. There isn't a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: There is a light bitterness that lingers from start to finish and it has decent carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't getting any malt character from the beer at any point and the hops weren't all that impressive either. It was just a floral soap-like beer. The overall drinking experience floats at that point just below average. I won't be looking for it again and I don't recommend it unless there is nothing else available.

May 13, 2017
Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 3184 ratings