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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Per Troegs website - serving temperature should be 50-55° F.

Added by Maestro on 09-29-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,151
Ratings:
3,029
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
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121
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Reviews: 1,151 | Ratings: 3,029
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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Photo of zshaft
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer seems like as weak version of the superior nugget nector. this is a good beer but lacks the hop punch I like in an american red. worth a try but not a go to.

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Photo of TheNightlyPint
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear deep copper with a nice white head. Not a particular strong nose, with mild malt and some hop presence. A solid malt backbone, with a hop presence that becomes more pronounced on the finish (queue the Connect4 commerical "Pretty sneaky, sis") I am impressed with this beer.

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Photo of bft1
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darker color than I expected. Fairly sweet, malty taste with so so mouthfeel. Not hoppy enough me. Tastes a little like a watered down Troeganator double bock stuff, which I don't like either. A bit surprised it's rated so high, but then again maybe I just don't dig this kind of ale.

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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 reds2harleys
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those brews that isn't going to blow you away but yet is one you can count on to be available and always very tasty and drinkable. Its one that is almost always in my fridge and never lets me down. Fine brew. Nice flavor, go's down easy.

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Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 01Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass. Consumed on 17Jul16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 1 minute. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are subtle in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and buttered bread combine with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, figs, and plums along with subtle floral and bitter hops.
TASTE: Strong flavors of floral hops, caramel, and sweet chocolate are the first to be detected. Mild buttered bread and subtle bitter hop flavors immediately follow. Mild fig and plum flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors push on, except for bitter hops, which grow more prevalent.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough. Finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: This was an amazing Amber. It was difficult to find any fault in this. If I had to nit pick, I would have said that the bitter hops could have been toned down.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with two fingers of lasting off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with oranges and honey. Interesting toasted honey malt taste well balanced with hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Not exactly how I remember this from back in the day, but still damn tasty.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/13/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/herbal/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 leantom
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Generic Troegs beer. Good, but there's a lot of room for improvement. Here goes:

A: Beautiful amber. Pours a massive head that leaves a lot of lacing. Perfectly clear. Only downside is that there's no body carbonation.

S: Mediocre. Smell some grassy and flowery hops, then some caramel malt and a tinge of honey. Scents are relatively faint, however, but are well balanced.

T: Grass and lemon from the hops. Has a nice caramel and honeyed malt backbone, however. Good.

F: Only downside. Like all other Troegs beers, the carbonation stinks. Very flat.

O: Good beer. Some good, some bad, but overall would drink again.

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Photo of twage04
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mild amber ale with low carbonation and a slightly creamy mouth feel. Pours a darkish orange, not the darkest amber I've seen. Hops are there but are in balance with the beer, very easy drinking. Malt is smooth, not too in your face.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a slight burnt red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had an ample amount of caramel malts backed up by a light cocoa maltiness. And then some citrusy bitter hops.
The taste was mainly sweet through the malts. The hops are somewhat bitter but are there for the balance.
The mouthfeel was mainly about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation finishes crisp and refined - nice.
Overall, another nice American Amber/Red ale that I love to come back to when visiting my parents in PA.

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

Pours amber/honey with a thin white head. Smells are of hops and malt. Tastes start with hops and have a strong hop finish. Medium carbonation. Complex beer.

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Photo of Lobina
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,151 ratings.
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