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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Maestro on 09-29-2002

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Reviews: 1,162 | Ratings: 3,059
Photo of sleazo
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am glad we can get Troegs here in NY now.

A_Pours a clear slightly red/chestnut brown with a one finger cap. settles into a decent looking slick and above average lacing.

S_Very floral and citric hops permeate the nose. A light caramel malt lingers in the background. A nice blend of hops and malt odours.

T_Hoppy upfront with those same grassy/citric hops. The follow through is where you get the sweetness from the malt with a twinge of sourness in the middle.

M_Slightly thick and syrupy but not too much with a medium carbonation.

D_A stellar brew and one I will be picking up at the corner store more often. This is a well rounded brew with complexity but one that does not overwhelm the senses.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hop Back Amber was the star of the Troegs sampler 12 pack. All of the Triegs had similar things going on, while being true to their style. The common thread in all of them was the smoothness. Absolutely no harshness in any of these beers. This made them all above average.

This particular one is the hoppiest of them (hence the name). I think this beer would especially appeal to someone who didn't want a hoppy beer that hit them in the face, but still wanted a lot more hops than normal.

I think the real craft in all their brews is this creaminess. Cudos. I will buy it again.

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Photo of showpe01
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance : very good.. nice amber color with a little bit of lace around the top

Smell: The smell of sweet delicious hops

Taste: Definite a fair amount of agressive hop balance well
to create a real drinking experience

Mouthfeel: Very good to the mouth . Not overwhelmed with hops.

drinkability: Very drinkable. I love Hops so i am in Heaven

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Photo of VTaler
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark Amber with nice ivory white head that leaves nice lacing and stays around for a bit
S - Smells like an IPA. Very hoppy smell. Somewhat of a sweet nutty smell
T - Kind of sweet but it balances out perfectly with the hops. The hops are there but not too overpowering. Nice caramel/nutty malt flavor
M - one of the best mouthfeels I've ever had in a beer. Low carbonation and cream.
D - very drinkable

Overall i loved this beer. I was very impressed. I will make this a go to beer.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this brew on tap in York PA. What a surprise; it poured an extremely bright red amber with little head but good lacing. The aroma was sweet malts with a hint of hops, great earthy smell. The taste was even better with a perfect balance of citrusy sweetness and a great hop selection- so satisfyingly good and it could be even better bottled. Mouthfeel was smooth with moderate carbonation. I'm a big American IPA fan and this brew can stand up to the best of them- good choice.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Pint glass with a Black Bear (WV) logo printed on it.

A: Deep amber with a decent head and quality retention. Medium amounts of carbonation.

S: Malts and sweet amber. Plenty of hops; mostly floral and seemingly fresh--from the hopback?

T: Slightly sweet and definite amber malt flavor. A nice, fresh hop taste.

M: Slight carbonation and little alcohol sensation--goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Glad I'll soon be moving out to VA and can get Troegs beers whenever I need them.

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Photo of WesWes
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is great! It has a nice light crystal malt scent, but the main feature here is the awesome floral hop aroma that is very pleasant. The taste is great as well. This beer has got some good hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. It also has a solid malt core which helps balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect. This is a med/full bodied amber ale with adequate carbonation. This is the best damn amber ale I've ever had. It has great hop flavor and a complex mouthfeel. I love it!

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clean translucent light amber color. White bubbly head on top about one finger width.

S- Aroma on this is delicious. I smell some berry like fruity and piny aromas that are so welcoming. Apricot or fig maybe .

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced and pleasing. There is a fruity bitterness mixed with some malty flavors here. The fruit taste is apricot/fig . Very very nice.

M- Not very carbonated but very refreshing and clean. light/medium body goes down very easy.

D- I'll be coming back to this one for sure. Next time i'll get a pack.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a BONUS beer from beast464, thanks a bunch!!! Another really attractive 12 oz bottle from Troeg's. Pictured on the label is a big mean hop with blue forest in the background - great colors and design. At the time of this posting, the label I have is newer than the one pictured on this website.

Appearance: Poured into my new, hi-tech Samuel Adam's pint at 40 degrees. Color is a rich dark brown/amber with a nice ½ tan head. Carbonation spews from the laser etched ring at the bottom of the pint.

Smell: Deliciously sweet & bready malts, with a trace of tangy hops.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced hoppy amber ale. The perfect amount of mixed hops and sweet malts with just the right amount of mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, wet with great carbonation.

Drinkability: Fantastic session beer. VERY easy to drink and very enjoyable. This is a delightful beer to drink in the spring on the back deck.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark reddish amber color.

Mouth watering cascade hops in the nose.

The taste is excellent. Imagine if all amber ales had this much body, personality, LIFE to them. The hops add so much zest to this beer. The carbonation and body are solid - not too upfront, but not watery, either. A great balance.

This beer goes down easy, much like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, just without that special extra "something." You could have many of these in a row. Definitely worth picking up a six-pack.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Blue & Gray Pub in Gettysburg, PA into a pint glass. This beer is a light copper color with a small tan head. The aroma is big on hops and citrus with a hint of pine. The flavor is full of hops and has that citrus finish. The brew is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A great ale.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying this beer for the second and time and its just as unique as I remember it! Pours a clear copper/amber color smells breads and happy and has decent lacing. Light to medium in body with good carbonation. Nice citric and floral hop taste up front. That's followed by a malty sweetness that lingers but after a hop bitterness makes itself present on the back of your tongue. The sweet and bitter tastes are perceived on the part of the tongue their supposed to but the way the flavors in this beer are layers confuses the tastebuds into dizzying dance of awesome!

Some noted flavors are caramel, toffee, citric and floral hops. Great beer with some serious drinkability. Awesome dizzying amount of balance as well.

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Photo of gameface23
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a light tan head. I compared it to a glass of Nugget Nectar and it was nearly identical in color.

S: Pine and citrus (grapefruit) hops, and a minimal amount of caramel malt.

T: Pine hops dominate with citrus hops and caramel malt playing minor roles.

M: Smooth and creamy

D: This is a great session beer.

I am happy that Hopback was flavorful and extremely drinkable, because I need something to tide me over until Nugget Nectar is released again.

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. (This will be similar to my review in bottle but with appropriate changes.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear reddish copper color with a ½" light beige head that soon recedes leaving patches of foam, sheets of foam on the side of the glass and a ring of foam around the glass. Sipping leaves lines of foam and lots of finely speckled lacing. The foam persists throughout the entire beer and so does the lacing.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and well integrated with both floral, citric hops and malt. There is a definite grapefruit and spicy presence layered over and supported by a rich caramel malt aroma.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much predicted by the nose with citric hops that come through strongly but are balanced and modulated by sweet almost dark flavored caramel malt. There is also some spicy hop character that shows up in the flavor along with some floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft silky feel from the light but persistent carbonation. The long finish starts in the mix of malt and citrus, gradually fading with the malt disappearing first, then the bitterness is gone and the long tail off in spicy dryness.

Drinkability: On cask this is actually smoother and the flavors better integrated than when having it from the bottle. I could easily have more than one a night and I'll return to this one on cask. For those who like hops but want some softening provided by the malt this beer is a good choice. Every time I drink one of these beer is always gone before I want it to be.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown ale with a foamy head. Aromas of light citrus, caramel and bread. Creamy, fruit-mostly apple-flavor up front and mild citrus bitterness in the aftertaste. It's perfectly balanced between creamy and thin. This is a great beer! It's very unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of dmarch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It says amber ale, but I say it's an ipa. Possibly at the level of hopdevil in my mind. Pours clear amber in color with a well retained head. Hops are spicy and citrusy and the malts do well in adding balance to this brew. I'm glad I live in the Philly area or else I may have never heard of troegs.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one class beer! This beer from Troegs poured a dark amber colour with a nice-sized, white head. The aromas were of hops, with some faint malts in the background. This was similar to their pale ale but it was much hoppier, less fruity and less malty. The mouthfeel was chewy and great and the drinkability was great too.

Troegs seems to be a very good brewery!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with lots of bubbles. Two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a good few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit and earthy hops. Some caramel malt. Very nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and a well-rounded hop bitterness. Nice earthy hop flavor. The malt comes through in the finish too. Some spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Creamy and refreshing. Nice soft carbonation.

O: Looks great, smells great. I love the subtle earthy hop flavor, and the malt does not take a back seat. Very smooth and drinkable too. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found my spring quencher for 2005.

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy two finger white head that leaves sheets of lace as it fades to thin white later atop the beer.

Smell is citrus pith and sweet malts in the finish.

Tasty caramel malt up front, zesty refreshing hops in the back.

Long dry finish, medium body, sticks to the tongue and roof of the mouth for short dry finish.

Very refreshing an exceedingly drinkable. I love this stuff.

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Photo of pbr85
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, this is one of the first craft beers I ever had, and I hated it so much. I had a Troegenator too, and thats what really got me into craft beer. I thought this beer tasted to "piney" and was completely turned off by the hops, but now I love hops and am ready to try this again. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Got this out of the Troegs Dozen mixpack, which inexplicably had 6 Dreamwheavers instead of the Pale Ales...hope the DW is good.
A: Pours a nice amber orange color with a big, frothy off white head with huge bubbles. Lacing is prety good.
S: Sourdough malts, piney hops, rose petals...I can already see that my first impression of this beer was way off.
T: Wow, I can't believe I used to think this was hoppy, when it is actually a very well balanced beer. Sour malty flavor , slight sticky/piney hop bite, nice clean finish with some orange in the background...excellent.
M: Nice carbonation, nice and slick on the tongue.
D: Wow, I'm in love with another Troegs brewery. They are certainly one of the most underated breweries in the country. Definitely pick up a 6er of this if you haven't had it.

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Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Natural510
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-red amber. Not as much head as I would like, but what is there looks okay and laces nicely.
The scent is inviting; very sweet nose ala caramel toffee candy balanced by some oily pinecone hops. I've never smelled a beer quite like it...almost thought I left some ice cream or cake sitting out on the desk.
Sweet, toasted caramel malts with a candy-like finish meet apparent but understated floral hops in this well-balanced brew. The dry, forest-like hop finish found in your typical American craft ale is there, as is the breaded nature of the amber, yet both are residual and play in the background where they belong.
Very crisp, and not too bitter or watery in the finish.
This is great; not at all what I expected. Unique smell & taste which I haven't found in what has quickly become a style which many of the choices are derivative of each other. Complex and well-balanced at the same time.
Troegs is quickly becoming one of my favorite American breweries.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lighter amber pour. Smell is sweet malty and hoppy beauty. Slight fruitty scent that seems like strawberry preserves. Taste is malty sweet with that strawberry like flavor peeking through followed by some nice hops bitterness. Really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Dodt
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

decide to that i need to try more from the good people at troegs
yet another review from the mixed six
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance as the name implies it is a wonderful amber colored with a nice head
smell nice and hoppy with some citrus

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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