Hopback Amber Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
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From:
Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #16
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,926
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Reviews:
1,194
Ratings:
1,994
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
Sep 29, 2002
Wants:
  144
Gots:
  615
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
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Rated: 4 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.34 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1237877

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look: Clear golden amber or brown. Impressive look in the glass. A big full creamy long-lasting head.

Smell: Hoppy some pine and grapefruit, pleasant bouquet

Taste: Sharp, Clean, refreshing. a less than IPA herbal hop bitterness on the finish as expected. Caramel, malt some coffee. Very slight sweetness.

Feel: I get a medium to almost full-bodied beer, very good carbonation, chewy creamy texture.

Overall: I am primarily an IPA drinker but recently my Daughter and I took a day trip to Troegs brewery since we live about an hour away and I decided to experience as many non-IPA as I could and this was a very good choice. I still get enough hops to keep me happy but there are other tastes and textures that broaden my experience, This is a good refreshing beer.

BTW if you get the chance do the Troegs brewery tour and have lunch there. It was a magnig=ficant experience and I will be going back, and back, back and back...
Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by wmnaylor from New York

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Souraboutsours from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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
 
Rated: 3 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Dec 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.3 by pidus from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by LarryV from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Reviewed by tasteless from Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Rated by chrisfy from Delaware

2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Bland taste but nice color.
Jul 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.8 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Jun 11, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
smooth ale just hoppy enough to give it taste - malty after taste
Jun 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.91 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by shreead from Pennsylvania

May 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Apr 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by Sympathia

Apr 22, 2020
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Rated by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mahogany in color with tannish cream head and lace. An amber with the mouthful and the drying finish of a soft IPA. Very nice package for 6%.
Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Danzifer from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -1%
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
 
Rated: 2.96 by sentrytec from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania

Mar 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Feb 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from Washington

Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Reviewed by Amendm from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.59 by O-Meg from New York

Nov 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.43 by Arg914 from New York

Nov 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.82 by Beer21 from Florida

Sep 21, 2019
 
Rated: 2.88 by SpectrePLUS from Virginia

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.7 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by Scottso67 from New York

May 01, 2019
Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 3188 ratings