Hopback Amber Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #18
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,588
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
1,183
Ratings:
3,151
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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
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Photo of good_to_sea
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

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Photo of RockHop
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.

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Photo of djembeist
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.

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Photo of Samlover55
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

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
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

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Photo of Jake-northrup
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!

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Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of craftaholic
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.

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Photo of nasal
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.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
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.
**

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
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.

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Photo of teromous
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.

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Photo of citizencane
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber-pink, almost a dark salmon color in flight glass. Smell is malt with faint hops. Taste is same, with tobacco and caramel notes balancing bitter hops, and some faint breadiness. Feel is light, crisp and refreshing, but not thin. A touch of dryness/ booziness. Not exceptional, but a good session beer:

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Photo of haines710
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the local grocery. I am a Troegs fan and was anxious to try this Amber. Poured into a pint glass. Nice head but not a strong aroma at all. I don't smell or taste any grapefruit. Very malty and toffee. I am enjoying it as it goes down smoothly. For me it is perfect for late night. Not my favorite beer but nice for something different.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer of a deep amber hue. I'm having a hard time pinning down the scent of this beer. I'm getting malt with a slight floral hop character. Wonderful flavor, quite complex. Certainly one of the best ambers I've had with a good mix of malt and hops with the sweetness tamed by the hops, very well balanced. Slight bitterness on the follow through.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is good stuff. A nicely balanced amber ale that blends a generous yet restrained hop profile with a well rounded, toffee forward bready and malty back end. Smooth drinking, this goes down a treat.

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Photo of DanJaffe
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer with a nice malty start and a great hoppy finish. Great on the nose, smelling rich and somewhat tart. One ofky go to's when I want a nice balanced beer.

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Photo of Climber32
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer is highly overrated. It is extremely syrupy for a red ale and the syrupy malt flavor overwhelms the entire flavor profile. It doesn't have a bad taste, but lacks the overall drink ability I expect from an American Red Ale. It has little to no carbonation and is overly dependent on malts for the overall flavor. I have a certain expectation for Amber Ales and this did not live up to that expectation.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some citrus hops.

Tastes of the citrus hops layered over a very nice malt base. Hops lead off with citrus and floral notes. This gives way to caramel malts with some toffee and toasted bread. Well balanced. Earthy hops add towards the end. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty amber that is balanced well.

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Photo of Holderness
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- consistently pours a dark amber with a thick, foamy, tan, 2 inch head. Moderate lacing
S -- Malt, cinnamon, copper
T -- CARAMEL! Surprisingly mild hop bitterness
F -- Smooth and creamy

81/100

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Photo of MadMax29
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The look is a shade darker than what I would expect in a n amber. Nice froth on the minimal head and good lacing, but the malt and toasted coffee is too intense. All other aspects, mouth feel, aroma, etc., are blocked by the malt that lingers too long on the tongue.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa.

Lovely amber color. Creamy, dense head that lasts forever, and lacing everywhere.
Nice fresh hop aroma with roasty sweet notes.
Great hop bitterness up front that is not citrusy. More floral or grassy bitterness.
Finished with toasty malt.
Active carbonation on the tongue, smooth, yummy.
Quality brew.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

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Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 3151 ratings