Hopback Amber Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #18
Ranked #12,788
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Sep 01, 2023
Sep 29, 2002
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: 3.94 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
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 New Jersey

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 Maine

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
Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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