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: 1,166 | Ratings: 3,073
Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: dark copper, not really ambery. big bubbly head fed by some very fine carbonation bubbles.

S: very light nose. caramel, toasted bread. a touch of sourness.

T: same caramel sweetness sensed in the nose. a touch of roast. this time a decent bitterness comes through for balance. good, but nothing outstanding.

M: soft/moderate carbonation. could be a little harder. light/medium body.

D: very drinkable. hard to tell this is a 6%'er. could easily drink quite a few of these. with amber's being all over the road i would say this is a very drinkable, middle of the road version.

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Photo of DEdesings57
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date: 03-17-16

A: Amazing color and head. Great looking amber beer.

S: Dominated by caramel malts and toasted bread with nutty nutty undertones and a mild floral and citrus background.

T: just like the smell. Heavy on the malts but enough bitterness and dryness to keeps you aware of the hops. A malty caramel aftertaste with a dry finish.

F: On the lighter side of med, easy drinking.

O: Solid brew for sure if you like red Ales. I personally dont unless their are real hoppy.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby/bronze in color with a light haze, a 1-finger head, and good tiered lacing. Poured on tap into a pint glass.

S: Buttery with a sweet milk/caramel malt undertone. A hint of nuts on the end.

T: At once both creamy and earthy. Prevailing flavors of toasted barley, creamy malts, and earthy hops. A touch of peanut flavor on the swallow with a fairly neutral aftertaste.

M: Creamy without being too smooth. Full-bodied, dry-finished, and sedimenty.

D: A good beer to have one or two of, but less than sessionable.

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Photo of Lonelyshadow
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein.

Appearance: Pours a thin white head with a nice amber body
Smell: A wonderful hoppy aroma mixed slightly with citrus notes
Taste: A very hoppy beer beginning with a slight citrus bite and ending with hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body
Overall: I enjoyed this beer and though it will not be my first pick, it has certainly earned a place on my fall back list.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber color with a nice one and a half finger head that gives way to some lacing. The smell is of malt with some citrus hops to it. The taste is of citrus hops in the back end with malt up front. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is a slightly above average it has a good hop taste that is balanced out with malt.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a typical amber ale...amber in color (obviously) with a cream colored head, goes down to a small ring of foam and leaves some thin lacing. Smell is pretty faint, some hints of toasted biscuits and caramel. Taste has a lot of hoppy bitterness backed up by caramel nuttiness, and sweet malt flavors, nicely balanced. Feel is unpleasant, as I find most Troeg's beer to be. This felt heavy and stale, undercarbonated, and was just generally tough to finish. Still, I found this a lot more interesting and pleasant than Troeg's Nugget Nectar, and certainly a much more balanced example of a hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fellow BA JayT for bringing me some brews. This one was a true clear light amber, but even when I poured it myself, the small 1/2 inch head left quickly. Aroma is interesting...very strong, more grapefruit than grassy hops. Tastewise, I am picking up on strong grapefruit smelling hops, that have an interesting hay-like quality as well. Mouhhfeel is medium, carbonation is low. Alcohol would like to hide, but I can tell this one isn't a session beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a short, white head. The color was reddish amber. It has a citrusy hop smell with a bit of pine. The taste was mild compared to Nugget Nectar, basically a toned down version. I rather enjoyed this amber ale much more than the imperial version. I could see myself tipping a few of these in a sitting, only two tonight though.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the oppotunity.

Pours a beautiful clear copper amber. A 3 finger frothy tan head falls after a decent length of time.

A bit slap of citrus hops when first poured. After the head settles down the aroma mellows into citrus hops with a bit of pine. A bit of caramel malts.

Flavor is a low in the malt section. This allows the hop bitterness to take more of a leading role. Citrus and a mellow bitter finish.

A little watery, but carbonation is good.

Have to admit, it tastes like the little brother of Nugget Nectar. Not really enough malt to balance the hops, thinner body. All in all I prefer the older, more mature brother.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug

A- One finger head, nice lacing, moderate carbonation, dark Amber, bronze body, very clear.
S- Hints of hops, malts and spice are present, caramel as well, overall smell is muted.
T- Malts and spice are very evident, slight hops. I expected the hops to be more present, slightly disappointed with the taste.
M- Medium mouthfeel, light on the body, sticky as well.
O- Was a little disappointed with this brew, I have yet to try Nugget Nectar, I have heard so many good things from Troegs, and I must say I was disappointed with my first beer from them, very easy drinkability, but nothing really special about this beer.

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Photo of MadMax29
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Px2GrafX
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a yellow label and a white circle, a large hop graphic and the troegs logo aross the two. nothing really special about the bottle, label, copy or graphics. there is no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a clear red-orange with orange amber highlights in a pint glass. lotsa little bubbles rising up through the brew. head is an off-white light 1 inch that dropped to a thin cap quickly.

smell: piney hop aroma. light sweet caramelly fruit aromas in the back as well. earthy bean-like flavors as the beer warms.

taste: spicey pine and hop flavors. hops are complimented by toasted wheat bread flavors. medium bitterness. i don't notice the sweet malts that i associate with a typical american amber. finishes lightly bitter and dry.

mouthfeel: nice medium and tongue prickling carbonation. light body but an average swallow. not great but not bad for this style.

drinkability: only somewhat drinkable. alcohol is well masked, and carbonation is good, but the finish doesn't keep me sipping like it should. swallows a little harsh as well.

overall: i really wanted to like this amber, as it gets very good reviews on here, but i was a little disappointed. taste reminds me of a lager/ale/ipa instead of an amber. a decent beer, but falls even outside a "catch all" style like this.

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Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK beer, not their best... not their worst. Typically pick this up in their mix pack case but wanted to give it a try on tap to determine if there was any real different in taste & mouthfeel.

Decent amount of Hops but overall I was underwhelmed both in bottle & tap form.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a deep red with a gold tint. The head is two fingers and is a slightly foamy white.

The smell is a bit fruity with a little floral hints. A light caramel and some good hop flavor as well

The taste has a light bitterness, malty with a nice hop finish.

This beer is a great drinkable beer. Is well balanced and goes down easy.

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Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to weeare138 from the bottle . poured a nice amber with a off white head. aroma hops, and a small amout of malts, a touch of citrus like lemon, floral. flavor gotta like the hops nice and mild and the malts blend in there nicely.satisfied the hop craving.

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Photo of jimlin
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While not an experienced reviewer (I won't try to go into all the descriptive comparisons that others know better than I), I can say, I expected a bit more hoppy bite from the name alone.

I first had one on tap last week, but it was following a Founders Red Rye PA, so I didn't want to go on that impression. I picked up a six tonight as I stopped to get some DME and hop pellets for this weekend's homebrew.

I love the color. A beautiful red/amber that really catches the eye. The head seems nice, but dissipated quickly. However, the issue is, something is just a bit "off" in the taste. There's almost a "metallic" flavor I can't get by. I thought perhaps it was in my head, but just into the second bottle (poured into a pint glass) proves to have this flavor consistent with the first. Can anyone explain what I am tasting? I taste the metallic flavor in the finish. I'll finish the 6 this weekend, but I won't buy it again.

It goes down easily enough, and if it weren't for this lingering metallic flavoring, I'd love this beer.

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Photo of mickyge
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice red color easy to gulp. Not a bad ale, more sweet then bitter. Tastes a bit thin but I usually drink DPA's so maybe I was expecting more. I was expecting more of a Nugget Nectar pop. I think it would be a good ale if you wanted to pound a few.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper with a good head that left a nice lacing down glass.

Smells very earthy, malt almost more prominent than bittered hops, bread yeast, amber malt and caramel.

Taste of amber malt, light pine hop flavor and a light citrus hop flavor. I thought with a name like hopback amber, this one would be a little more pronounced in the hop side, but not a bad beer. Good body for a 6 percent abv, light carbonation.

Drinkability is there, could be slightly more flavorful, but not overdone to tire your tastebuds.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks yet again to adamharbaugh!!!! I won't hold the excessive use of silent letters against you.

An amber ale that's amber colored. Uniquely awesome. Frothy head.

Smell is just so-so to me. Kind of a vineagar background under some malts.

Taste of tea leaves and caramel. It's nice but I like 'em a little on the trashy side. Oh wait, I mean it's nice but I like 'em a little more agressive in the flavor department. The hops are way too laid back.

No problems enjoying the rest of this.

Overall: next

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a beer of dark, reddish amber. It holds a one finger tan head that recedes quickly. This leaves big bubbles around the glass that appear sticky and spotty. The beer is highly translucent, with no sediment or haze, and the carbonation appears average. The aroma opens with raw honey earthiness. Malts are pale with a light toast, becoming more molasses-like with warmth. The hops are piney, and hide a dirty mineral quality. There are some spic plastic phenols on the back, with some lemon freshness. As we sip, spicy and seedy malts balance immediately with earthy, mineral hops. The grain predominates through the middle. It is simple, and a bit steely and corny. The finish is with those plastics from the nose, and booze. There is a faint cutting sweetness from bitter pineapple, affording a final freshness. The aftertaste breathes of earth and flowers, hop bitterness, spice of alcohols, and steely yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There beer is thickly coating, with a final dryness and grit to the hard palate. There is nice froth and cream with each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily, and is refreshing.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was how malty, strong, and filling it was. The end of the flavoring, however, became a bit muddled, making the finish bite more than desired. The hops could have been more forward, which could have balanced the deepness of the malts and the bittering phenols.

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Photo of jman892
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark but clear amber, with a foamy 2 finger head. Nice intricate lacing remains

S - Caramel malts with just a hint of citrus fruit in the background

T - Hoppy with a bit of caramel sweetness, also notice an orange rind taste in there to mix it up

M - Moderate carbonation, pretty well balanced, which makes this a pretty drinkable brew

O - The red headed step child to Nugget Nectar. Solid beer that will do, is nice to find in a mixed 12 pack once or twice a year

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Photo of grannaniwa
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, as promised. Nice head, not a lot of nose. Maybe malty aromas? A very small touch of hop aromas if I focus.

Very round and full flavor. Slightly high alcohol feels like it comes through on the mouthfeel. Tons of malt character, and a sweet and bitter taste left after swallow. This is a much bigger beer than I remembered from the first time I drank it, when I would have put it closer to the Sam Adams Boston Ale. That first time was also from a bottle, not a glass, so that may have affected the experience.

I think with this balance of flavors, I would actually prefer a more easy-going beer for casual drinking. At this intensity, it isn’t a perfect match for me.

"55 IBUs. Malts: Pilsner, Munich. Hops: Cascade, Williamette, Nugget. HopBack Hops: Whole Leaf Nugget, Mt Hood. Yeast: Ale. Each batch of HopBack Amber Ale flows through a bed of whole flower hops creating a fresh aroma, spicy taste, and rich caramel note that defines our signature beer.”

Overall: B+, would be happy to try again

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is an amber color with a slightly tan two inch head. Frothy and great head retention with a thin layer sitting on top of the beer. A lot of soapy scattered lacing is left clinging to the sides of my glass as the head subsides.

Good aroma of citrus with the likes of mango being more prominent. Following is papaya and pineapple. Caramel malts with toffee and a slight toasty bread/biscuit aroma is also detected

Caramel and toffee are present right away with a little bit of citrus tangerine flavor. Toasty bread and biscuit comes following with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a little less then average carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but my complaint is it lacked body and more flavor.

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Photo of Cresant
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. No date listed. The amber body was clear and it left a delicate lace down the glass.

Smell was citrusy hops and fresh grains. Very aromatic.

Taste was sweet caramel malts and understated hops. The finish was a mildly bitter lingering aftertaste. Well done.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and medium in the carbonation. Solid and pleasant.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not usually a really hoppy fellow, but this is a good beer.
Light brown with creamy colored foam. Nice lace.
Smell is sweet and fruity with just a touch of alcohol.
I was expecting bitter and sharp, but was quite impressed. There is a strong two or three hop profile that is very nicely balanced. It imparts the tangy bitterness of hops without being too much.
Pleasantly surprised.
Good beer.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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