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: 1,167 | Ratings: 3,078
Photo of citizencane
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-pink, almost a dark salmon color in flight glass. Smell is malt with faint hops. Taste is same, with tobacco and caramel notes balancing bitter hops, and some faint breadiness. Feel is light, crisp and refreshing, but not thin. Different from those of the style that of had, and tasty.

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Photo of haines710
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the local grocery. I am a Troegs fan and was anxious to try this Amber. Poured into a pint glass. Nice head but not a strong aroma at all. I don't smell or taste any grapefruit. Very malty and toffee. I am enjoying it as it goes down smoothly. For me it is perfect for late night. Not my favorite beer but nice for something different.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer of a deep amber hue. I'm having a hard time pinning down the scent of this beer. I'm getting malt with a slight floral hop character. Wonderful flavor, quite complex. Certainly one of the best ambers I've had with a good mix of malt and hops with the sweetness tamed by the hops, very well balanced. Slight bitterness on the follow through.

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

This is good stuff. A nicely balanced amber ale that blends a generous yet restrained hop profile with a well rounded, toffee forward bready and malty back end. Smooth drinking, this goes down a treat.

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Photo of DanJaffe
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer with a nice malty start and a great hoppy finish. Great on the nose, smelling rich and somewhat tart. One ofky go to's when I want a nice balanced beer.

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Photo of Climber32
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer is highly overrated. It is extremely syrupy for a red ale and the syrupy malt flavor overwhelms the entire flavor profile. It doesn't have a bad taste, but lacks the overall drink ability I expect from an American Red Ale. It has little to no carbonation and is overly dependent on malts for the overall flavor. I have a certain expectation for Amber Ales and this did not live up to that expectation.

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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 Holderness
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- consistently pours a dark amber with a thick, foamy, tan, 2 inch head. Moderate lacing
S -- Malt, cinnamon, copper
T -- CARAMEL! Surprisingly mild hop bitterness
F -- Smooth and creamy

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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 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Lovely amber color. Creamy, dense head that lasts forever, and lacing everywhere.
Nice fresh hop aroma with roasty sweet notes.
Great hop bitterness up front that is not citrusy. More floral or grassy bitterness.
Finished with toasty malt.
Active carbonation on the tongue, smooth, yummy.
Quality brew.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

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Photo of moodenba
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Troegs hopback amber ale chilled, poured into a newcastle half pint glass on Labor day weekend, 2016.

Fine looking beer -- deep amber color with long lasting head. Hoppy aroma. Taste of assertive hops with noticeable roasted malt body. The hoppy character is more traditional (not citrusy) than in most modern "craft" beers. The hops provide a sharp edge to the flavor that I like. This beer reminds me of the earliest bottled Anchor Steam beer (1970 vintage).

In the current brewing environment, we can all find a few beers that almost perfectly meet our taste preferences. We can only hope that our favorites find a market. Troegs Hopback is a beer that has just what I look for, malty body and traditional hop character with a modest alcohol content.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nicely-sized, off-white head rests on a dark amber liquid with signs of carbonation fluttering up. Retention is good, lacing is darn good for the style. Inviting, lively.

Malt is mostly assuming a grainy-sweet aroma. Citrus and floral hops are more of an attraction than the malt. And they are attractive. As the beer warms- more floral quality, along with a bit of caramel (which is nice in the balance.)

There is a slight malt backbone reminiscent of toast, grain, and sometimes white bread. Again, the hops are the star of the show. Floral and minor citrus flavors are clean and clear. Shining. These delicate impressions last throughout the whole palate, and into the aftertaste, which features a nice bitterness and those caramel tones (very minor) in cameo.

Medium body. Has a slight creaminess that really adds to the overall depth of the beer. Tastes clean.

Tasty, clear, concise execution of an Amber Ale that is hop-balanced. The hop aromas and flavors never diminish throughout the palate, or over the time needed to finish the beer. Yet the bitterness is never too much (or too little.) Very drinkable.

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

Chestnut brown in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige on top. I smell Amber malt with a sourdough bread note. The taste is initially grassy hops and then light bready malt at the back of the palate. The mouth is on the lighter, quaffable end, but not watery.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average amber ale. Typical smell of earthy toasty caramel malts. Taste is much the same wih a bit of spiciness. I expected a bit more of a hop presence with this one. nb

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Photo of Mollyellis
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as smooth as they come. The kind of beer you can throw by 6 and not know what has happened. I love this beer. It's amber - so not too dark not too late. It's not too adventurous but just easy and cool. Try this! Like a great outdoor BBQ kind of beer.

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Photo of lastmango
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice dark amber color with one finger white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma was of golden honey and floral hops. Tastes of honey and very well balanced hops. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice!

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Photo of kgammell1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is what you want to drink when it is early fall and football is back on T.V.

L - Dark, amber with a quickly disapating head.

S - Caramel, some spiciness and then loads of surprisingly bright hops.

T - Great stuff. Well balanced but with a nice dry finish that leaves you wanting more. I love the blend between an IPA and an Amber. Bitterness is intense but not unpleasant.

F - Medium carbonation and its sweet-dry balance makes it drinkable.

O- Great beer. One of the best I've had from Troegs. When football is on, I will grab some of this in an instant.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber red color with nice clarity and a minimal head/lacing.

S - Light toasted caramel malt aroma with some floral and pine.

T - Toasted caramel malt base throughout with some light citrus and floral popping at the very end to give a little bitterness over top of the malt.

M - Big medium body with an almost creamy mouthfeel.

O - Unobtrusive. Mild. Mundane.

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Photo of hman43
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours amber with a slightly off white head.

Smell: There are aromas of fruit, plums, bad roasted elements.

Taste: It has flavors of plums, roasted malts, fruit, and floral hops.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is the lighter side of moderate. It has a bitter finish.

Overall: An excellent tasting amber ale in which the plums add complexity and makes this outstanding.

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Photo of Obake21
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L = Clear amber and a large white hear
S = Slightly sweet malt refreshing hop scent.
T = Malt and mild hop flavor. Well balanced.
F = Good carbonation. Enough to cleanse the palate.
O = Very nice. Easy drinking.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a lager glass.

Clear, deep amber body with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. Excellent, bone-colored, foamy head.

Lots of hops in the nose but these are more subdued in the flavor where they are also dominated by sweet and medium roasted grains. Lightly bitter. Allowed to warm a while but still improved with further warming

Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A well-crafted, hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] Beer is a reddish amber color. It has 1 finger of pillowy white head on top. The head is clingy and sticks to the glass as it slowly recedes. The bottle clearly lists the ABV (6%) and the best by date (05/18/16).

S: [3.25] The nose is really weak - even though the beer has warmed. I get mild melon, caramel, pine and an earthy component.

T: [3.75] Nice toffee and caramel flavors up front. There is a lot of malt presence early. I am getting fruitiness like apple. Maybe a hint of citrus.

M: [3.75] Nice body - above medium feel. Good carbonation. The finish is really nice, not overly bitter.

O: [3.50] At 6% these have a lot of flavor. They are not a typical hop bomb. The flavors are more subdued but still bring lots of fruitiness with a nice dose of malt. The nose really seemed to be lacking which was the only ding on this otherwise really well made 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 Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber color, with a large off-white head.

Nose is full of sweat bread, caramel, and I also felt some honey, with some juicy-smelling fruits.

Taste is dominated by floral hops, with a distinct bitter aftertaste which did not necessarily do it for me. Mouthfeel is modest, with little carbonation. I was quite disappointed by this.

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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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