Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale
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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,158
Ratings:
3,043
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
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123
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Reviews: 1,158 | Ratings: 3,043
Photo of twosheds
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with tan head

Fairly hoppy with a slight brown sugar caramel smell.

Citrusy and floral hops with a nice balanced malt flavor.

Not too bad, but I would prefer less citrus hops.

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Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer in the glass. Deep rich copper color, small head, great carbonation. Aromas of caramel and distinct bitterness. Spicy, clean taste. Malt - forward (seems appropriate), with nice balance through the bittering hops. Medium mouth, bit of that spicy aftertaste. Mmmm. About 2 weeks old. Not super hoppy if that's your thing, but a great option for something different. Well-crafted amber.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber copper color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of caramels, spices and herbal hops.
Flavor of caramels, spices, toasted malts, tea leaves, fresh floral, earthy and herbal tangy hops (did I miss something?), mild citrusy, American yeast, lemon and pine. Dry aftertaste with a long bitter and toasted feeling.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Interesting take on Amber ale focusing on English hops, but with American boldness (55 IBUs) on a malty base (not in excess).

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Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 8/15/14. Clear amber pour with just a hint of dark ruby. Very nice head with exceptional lacing and very good retention. Nice light nose of blended hops, mostly pine with herbal notes, over a somewhat dominate caramel base. As it warms, light spicy hop notes are present. Light medium bodied with a nice slightly oily texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. Very well balanced flavor profile with a bit of complexity and quite good intensity for an amber ale. It begins with a blend of hop flavor that transitions to mostly pine as the bitterness begins to creep in. Beneath all of this, is a good caramel backbone that takes center stage as the mild bitterness releases into the finish. The finish is slightly sweet over a mild pine oriented bitterness with a touch of pepper like spice.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours amber with a solid white head.

smells like caramel malt. nice combination of sweetness and roasted malt. some hops in there as well.

tastes like roasted caramel malt with sweet hops. so delicious. just a fantastic amber ale, one of my favorite beers ever. somehow even better on draft, so creamy and smooth. goes down smooth, easy drinker. nice hop bitterness as well. has great balance.

overall this is one of my favorite beers. great for all occasions and fits with many different foods. great with a burger, steak, barbecue. (side note: this is the beer i use for my baby back rib marinade recipe, so damn good). easy to get here, every store sells it. so this is always stocked in my fridge.

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Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): Copper color with a finger of off white head

Smell (4.25): Toasted and caramel malts with slight undertones of earthy/spicy and citrus hops

Taste (4.25): Caramel malts upfront that fades into spicy citrus hops

Mouthfeel (3.75): Light medium body; As someone else mentioned, the bitterness doesn't exactly match the other aspects of the beer. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation?

Overall (4.1): Its a good beer, but nothing more than that. Considering that its available just about everywhere local to me, this would be a solid go to. Nice balance between malts and hops. Can't go wrong with that!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2%

A: Pours a clear a copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduce to a medium sized patch of thick film made up of larger bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel + toasted malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, piney, herbal, and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts and toasted malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, piney, herbal, and grassy hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present in the finish and linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very enjoyable but quite hoppy amber ale - as a fan of hoppy beers I really enjoyed this take on the style. Nice complexity of flavors and aromas that is easy to drink. Definitely worth picking up if Troegs is available in your area.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pure refreshment here. This brew is great for any occasion. May it be watching sports, the beach, after cutting the grass. With its sweet caramel aroma and balanced spicy,herbal hop flavor and a modest amount of bitterness. This can be an everyday beverage.

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Another great beer from Troegs. Smell is kind of flowery and malty. the flavor balances well with sweet maltiness and hops. I geta little lemon and some pine hop flavor. The carbonation is medium and this is a relatively lighter beer than I would have expected. Finishes nice and is very well balanced. One of the better balances I have had !!!!!!!!

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Photo of mthomp081
3.9/5  rDev -3%

A - Thick creamy head, really nice lacing, amber colored

S - floral hops, sweet malts

T - mild forward hops, sweet balanced malts

M - medium bodied, light on the palette

O - nice balance between the hops and the malts, floral and mild, tasty

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Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a nice head stand. good lacing and retention

S: Nice balance of hops and malt. Floral citrus hops with a bit of grapefruit and apricot. Very , nice caramel and toffee malt aroma. some cracker notes in the background.

T: Perfectly balanced beer. Floral hops with grapefruit and a bit of pine. Nice sweet malty caramel. A bit of lemon citrus midway through. Starts as a sweet caramel malty flavor and transforms into a bitter hop finish. Nice bready and semi bitter dry finish.

M: Medium body, slightly slick on the palate. Medium carbonation.

O: This is a VERY well done amber ale. It hits on all points. Great balance, nice hop flavor and aroma, great malty backbone, and nice finish. The complexity is evident as the flavors slowly mutate throughout the sip. You can literally feel and taste the beer change changing character as you swallow. Pretty neat trick.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 020714 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma weak but shows hoppy spiceness
Head average (3.5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer.
Lacing OK – partial reticulum of large holes and small bubbles
Body medium amber, slight chill haze
Flavor begins with slightly bitter hoppiness followed by malt ending with bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very good amber ale which starts and ends with hoppy bitterness with a hit of malt in the middle – the hoppiness sets it apart from most amber/reds and raises the flavor profile.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DCA airport.

The beer is transparent with a bronze / golden body and a half inch of white head. The aroma brings piney hops, bready malts. Good flavor, with a mild sweetness to balance the robust pine component. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. A solid beer from a fresh keg. Tasty.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a. Dark golden color. Head 2 fingers, lasted, with lacing.

s. Sell is slightly sweet, but hoppy at the same time.

t. ouches of sweetness, some bitter hop up front.

m. Very smooth, perfectly carbonated.

o. Outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer. Would revisit this beer time and time again. Well balanced and more complex than I would have guessed.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle dated 2/7/2014

A: Pours a light amber color. ive seen many beers this color and even darker classified as IPA. Really good 2" head that settles to about 1/4 inch and stays. Good lacing. Appearance is the best part of this beer.

S: Mostly caramel malt and some pine. Maybe a hint of citrus. Its not very complex or super inviting, really.

T: Mostly caramel/bread with pine. Kind of has an off bitterness that doesnt seem balanced or the kind of bitterness I like in a hoppy beer (I love bitterness in hoppy beers, btw). Bitterness stays on my tongue after each sip.

M: Light-Medium body. Kind of a harsh carbonation.

O: Meh. Probably wouldnt have again.

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Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color, unsurprisingly. Two finger head shows good retention. Streaks of lace cascade down the glass in its wake. Cascade mainly comes through in the aroma, which is citrus and grapefruit forward. Quite hoppy as American ambers tend to be. Malt includes Munich and Crystal, and this comes through with more of a caramel maltiness than in an APA.

Hop-forward flavor profile with a touch of underlying malt sweetness. Very nice balance between citric hop flavors and malt backbone. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with minimal harshness or prickliness. At 6% ABV, there is no trace of alcohol on the palate. While hardly a "session" ale, more than one glass is not out of the question, and it's certainly enjoyable enough to warrant seconds.

This could qualify as an "dark-ish" IPA based on the flavor profile. Not unlike another PA hoppy amber: Victory HopDevil (which is classified as an IPA). Some may liken it to Nugget Nectar's little brother, but it's a far cry from that beer. Still, this is a really good hoppy amber, especially fresh and on tap.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, well... amber hue... We all figured that one, though. The head is dense, off-white, and two fingers in stature, but fades down to about a 1/2" leaving some nice lacing behind. Head retention seems to be very solid.

S: A strong caramel malt presence balanced perfectly by some piney hops and a hint of citrus. A little bit of breadiness and earthiness underneath. The aroma is complex, but not very strong, so you can't be shy with your sniffer here.

T: Lots of bready malts along with some caramel malt sweetness. Hops provide a nice wave of bitterness while adding heap of piney flavor and some citrus notes. The aftertaste is extremely nutty with a lot of lingering bitterness.

M: Full-body with excellent creaminess, but doesn't fall into the "heavy" category. This one could definitely be sessioned, albeit slowly...

O: Troegs delivers another solid beer with HopBack Amber Ale. While it's not outstanding to me, this one is complex and offers a lot to be enjoyed while sitting pretty with a very sessionable 6% ABV. I wouldn't buy this in excess for the sake of its enjoyment, but I'd definitely snag a 6-pack for game day with friends.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into New Belgium globe

A- Pours clear golden amber with a 3-finger off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Mild, resiny hop aroma with a touch of caramel malt.

T-Light citrus hops flavor, a touch resiny, with some caramel at the back.

M-Medium body, a touch oily. Great carbonation.

O-I love this beer, perfect balance of hops and malt with caramel, yummy!

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours an unsurprising amber gold wwith about a finger and a half of head than it dense and firm. The head breaks leaving wisps of foam and fantastic lacing in its stead. The aroma of this beer is mild, very mild. I pick up pine hops and malts but it is not aggressive. The taste is caramel and malt up front with a bold hops finish. The feel is medium carbonation and body.

A nice and enjoyable beer. My first from Tröegs and I hope after trying this one, not my last. I particularly enjoyed the way the hops stayed at the back of this beer, until the finish.

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Photo of edfish
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass.
A darker amber hue to it
Has a great head in a pint glass
Thick lacing
Wonderful citrus/pine smell
Taste is same as smell, lingers on the ides of your tounge nice and hoppy
rich and full mouthfeel ..feels good and bitey on the tounge
overall this amber ale is for the hop lover and is quite good has a dry finish that is smooth and makes you want another sip!!

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a rich, clear, deep amber (almost ruby) with a slightly foamy off-white head. Great retention and nice lacing

S- a great blend of caramel malt and flowery hops

T- taste evens better than it smells. The hops and malt balance off of each other to wonderful effect. There's a delicious hops blast on the finish

M-not as full-bodied as an IPA with a similar flavor profile. Makes it easy to drink.

O-this is a great Amber ale.

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Photo of SaintM
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a sampler pack from the local large discount liquor store. This was the second beer I tried out of the 12 pack. Needless to say I was impressed. Unlike its lighter brother pale ale the amber has a very pleasant finish that all around earns high marks.

The beer poured a rich copper with impressive depth and tone. The head was 2 fingers that dissipated fairly quick with quite heavy lacing. The smell is not very pungent and I seem to catch earthy layers of some type of wood.

On to the best part of all beer reviews, the taste. This brew has subtle overtones that come in waves of flavor. It was very pleasing in the mouth and finish. Overall a solid beer that I would not hesitate to enjoy again.

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Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark, healthy looking amber, as the name suggests. Two fingers of nice thick white head form, but dissipate quickly, leaving a thin lacing that grabs the glass.

Smell is modest- malt, great hops for an amber ale .

Mouth feel is exceptional! This beer is smooth, silky, creamy. Not expected, and awesome. Warmness from the spicy hops tops it off perfectly.

Taste is great- warm, malty sweetness from the caramel malt is balanced off beautifully by the hops, but its not overpowered of bitter. Finish is smooth.

I really like this beer.

Serving type: 1/6th Keg!!

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

At first sip was intrigued to feel the hit of hops mostly in the aftertaste, the back of the palate. Not disappointed at lack of sweetness which accompanies many amber or hoppy blends. Mostly disappointed that with additional sipping, what started as a hint of charcoal next began to produce more of a chalky texture effect. This was the most pronounced impression it made on me and unfortunately, if a beer doesn't finish well with me, it doesn't make me want to start over with another one.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a pretty long time, and left a little coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong influence of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex amber ale, but with a strong bitterness from the hops. There is a nice after-taste with a hint of bitterness from the hops, which lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex amber ale.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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