Hopback Amber Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #16
Ranked #7,888
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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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TheSarge from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a standard pint glass, and it makes an okay half finger thick foam cranium, with a mildly hazy dark copper colored body.

The aroma is of fig, grapefruit, metallic hops, and sweet caramel.

The taste pretty muck shares the traits of the aroma, except it adds an oak vanilla flavor to it as well.

Feels full in body, lightly carbonated, a little oily slick, and slightly warm in the end.

Mar 28, 2012
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Lobina from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle overlooking Cape Cod Bay in Fleetwell. This was the perfect beer for a perfect day. Wanted more and hope to try others from this brewery.

Oct 15, 2015
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budsboy from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep and rich amber with a frothy eggshell head that clings. Lots of little bubble trails in there. Nice.

Very aromatic, IPA-like. Hops upfront and mellow sweet malt. Hints of fruit, wood and pine. Very inviting.

That big aroma doesn't translate to the taste as expected. Sure, it's hoppy, just much more subdued than what was promised by my nose. Warm, rich and malty with a pleasant and growing bitterness toward the end. Nicely done, indeed.

Medium bodied, slightly oily on the lips, but still maintains a jaunty carbonation.

Again, another easy-to-drink Troeg. Mellow, if not on the hoppy side, and may very well be a top American amber. Very well crafted. Try some.

Aug 06, 2005
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Burt from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Nov 15, 2011
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rdub from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Home Delivery in State College PA. Poured into a pint glass. Moderate head stayed awhile and had a bit of lacing about halfway through. Nice hoppy flavor and amber color. I thought the mouthfeel was good with a smooth drinkability. All in all a nice offering from a cool Pennsylvania brewery.

Jan 06, 2009
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vtblackdog from Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a clear darkish amber and one finger head that falls quickly.

Smell has strong caramel notes upfront. The hops are much weaker than expected.

The taste is more malty than anything else. For some reason I expected some degree of hoppiness, but I'm not getting much hop at all.

Medium carbonation on the mouthfeel and a bit creamy.

Overall a drinkable beer but I was expecting it to be a bit more crisp and tasty.

Apr 15, 2011
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ditch from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Troegs experience. And it is a pleasant one!

Poured a nice amber with a good head that fades relatively quickly. Lacing does about the same. Doesn't linger to long to the side of the glass.

Smells of grapefruit with a bit of a peppery background.

Tastes of grapefruit and.... well predominately grapefruit, a little grainy, but not bready. Very easy drinking. Nothing too spectacular here, but a great drink none the less.

I'm gonna have to give it the two thumbs of approval! For an amber ale that is definitely american it has a bit more hop flavor than i expected. Nicely done. Will definitely drink again!

Aug 24, 2009
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afksports from New York

5/5  rDev +25.6%

Nov 14, 2011
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wiscokid920 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Sep 06, 2014
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Njstoutlover23 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Apr 28, 2012
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Drypaint from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 24, 2012
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philaduffia from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

May 11, 2013
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Fejj from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Feb 16, 2014
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mhuber from New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, redish-brown with a thick, creaming head that lingers. Lots of lacing. As expected, this one is heavy on the hops. The bitterness overshadows the malt and lingers on the palate for an extended time. It's full-flavored and enjoyable. Good beer! I'll have another.

Mar 12, 2016
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yelterdow from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. Bottled on 6/25/08, enjoyed on a warm summer's evening.

Appearance- Rich, caramel orange color with a creamy, solid three finger head that leans slightly into the off-white/bone category. It's gorgeous after the full pour... especially the shape and structure of the crown as it sits after a few minutes. Gooey lacing drapes the inside of the glass.

Smell- Floral and spicy, with some resinous notes and pine tar. Then the sweetness from the caramel malt rounds out the aroma, whetting the appetite for a mouthful of hoppy goodness.

Taste- A firm grip of the tongue right away lets me know there's some big flavor on the way. The rich, sweet maltiness is balanced by spicy, crisp hops with floral and piney attributes. The finishing bitterness lingers awhile, begging for a hangar steak or Bubba burger to cut the hops. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The carbonation is tight and active, becoming better with a few swishes in the mouth. A bigger amber ale with some serious character... not recommended as a session beer but strongly suggested with food or just to admire a well balanced, bold example of this style.

Aug 18, 2008
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StonyB from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle purchased at Andy's Corner Bar. Bright yellow label with a bold green hop flower in the middle. 6% ABV listed, but a freshness date is not.

Appearance - Large head of creamy foam, stubbornly slow in dissipating. An attractive deep copper-bronze color. Clear.

Smell - Piney hops up front. A slightly sour aroma follows. Not off-putting, but not enticing.

Taste - Nice balance of citrus and piney hops with a solid malty base. A little tangerine and toffee pop up as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Neither thick nor thin, the texture of the beer coats the mouth in a favorable way. Though there is not a pronounced alcohol taste, there is some unexpected warming, as if the ABV were higher.

Drinkability - With the nice hop yin and malt yang, and a moderate ABV, this certainly is a a very appropriate beer for sessions. Easy to drink, but with enough complexity to hold one's interest sip after sip.

Troegs is justifiably proud in calling this their signature beer. Well-crafted, interesting, refreshing and tasty. Definitely recommended.

Jun 29, 2007
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pwoods from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks NJpadreFan for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. Bottled 9/24/07

A: Pours a deep rusty color with good visibility. About 1 fingers worth of pearly white head dies to a thick pillowy skim. Head holds tight and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Hops come in floral and citrus-y. Malts are slightly sweet. Not too much.

T/M: I love hoppy ambers. Great amber ale tastes with an added zip of citrus hops. Nicely controlled bitterness, only fully coming through toward the end. Malts keep things in check. Mouthfeel is a pretty light but nothing too bad.

D: Tasty, sessionable. As simple as that.

Dec 16, 2007
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LtCracker20 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes. Consumed on vacation with the wife last summer.

A- Pours a crystal clear deep amber brown with a 2 finger off white head. Shows some decent retention and nice sticky lace.

S- Caramel malt aroma up front, earthy and musty after that. Little bit of floral hop aroma in there as well.

T- Caramel and earthy malts up front. Slight citrus hop bite in the back. That citrus flavor stays around for a while. Very good. Can't figure out what exactly it is, but it's nice.

MF- Nice medium to moderate body. Good carbonation levels that keep the flavors coming.

D-Not a huge fan of amber ales, but I think Troegs made one I would drink more often if available in CT. Enjoyed this one a quite bit.

Feb 05, 2011
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ridgeline23 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Apr 29, 2012
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cetherid from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


Pour is a nice dark amber color. A little transparent but A nice looking ale. About 1 fingers worth of off-white head.


Some sweet malts and nice floral hops. nothing really "wow" but decent smelling. Perhaps a slight caramel or honey smell.


same as nose. A little malt dominant. Again i get some sweet caramel like malts in there. A slight bitterness in there but the malts smooth it out. A very good tasting beer.


a little thin but great carbonation. A very smooth drinking and sessionable beer.


pretty good, however this beer is hard to get in Indiana. I had my aunt bring it from PA. Very drinkable and sessionable however.

Jan 11, 2011
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ADTaber from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jun 23, 2013
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highlander322 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Jun 21, 2013
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jjd315 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2012
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Birdmarg741 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

May 22, 2013
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Tconroy from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

May 08, 2014
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