Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale
BA SCORE
3.97/5
3,096 Ratings
Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#4,217
Reviews:
1,174
Ratings:
3,096
pDev:
10.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
585
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,096 |  Reviews: 1,174
Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well-hopped, aggressive attack of malts and carbonation on palate. Fine cooper amber colour. Light, good as IPA! Some pine aroma. Mid-sip sour grapefruit citrus, spices and nuttyness. Refreshing on hot day. Unique and very drinkable. Recommend you try and can convert beer drinkers to the craft world.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a clear amber with golden hues body.

S: nice hop aroma with floral, earthy and some grapefruit and orange peel fruit notes.

T: hops up front provide a nice bitter presence beginning floral and moving to grassy in the finish. the caramel malts are fairly well represented. some orange peel and grapefruit notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not bad. amber beers are usually blah. adding hops to beers make them better obviously if done right. nice beer.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -37%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/20/15.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, floral, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of malt and hops in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer reminds me of when an old girlfriend dragged me to the movies to see black swan. like, a night at the movies, fine. a beer, okay. but then everything took me by surprise. like wow, mila kunis is really hot, the story line isnt that bad, the dancing is incredible, and the ending is a shocker. i left that theater very impressed, and much more stoked than i ever thought id be. this beer is the exact same thing. okay, another amber ale, here goes nothing. nope, behind its red malty opaque body and creamy two inch tan head lies a great many surprised. starting with the aroma, which is superior to almost everything ive ever had labeled amber. there is that familar malt profile sure, but there is a powerful hop presence not usually seen in this style. it plays off the sweeter malts perfectly and creates a very enticing scent. the flavor is also surprisingly robust on the hop front. very bitter in the finish, with caramel and pine notes going back and forth. the finish is also super clean, which makes this an easy drinker with very little residual sugars. to me, this is how all american ambers should taste, it sets a very high bar. excellent carbonation and a fine medium body. now if i could just get mila kunis to serve it to me...

edit: consistency and perhaps freshness is an issue in new york state. some bottles have a sort of blah red mat thing going on, others are like a slice of cold fresh ripe pink grapefruit. its insane how different each can be, so if you get an average one, keep on trying. even in the same pack, its insane. when they are good, they are great!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a clean crisp looking amber color with a thin cream colored head. The smell of the beer is hoppy and slightly sweet. It's a good mix of citrus and sugar. The taste is about half the hoppiness of the Nugget Nectar. This is a more standard drinking beer for a more common drinker. Regardless it's still got a good flavor to it and it's a quality Amber Ale for sure. The mouthfeel is carbonated, and medium bodied. Overall I'd prefer the Nugget Nectar but this is a pretty decent alternative.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer.. I love me some hoppy American Amber's and this is one of the hoppiest. Nice reddish brown color to the pour, tons of head and lacing. Smell is full of citrus hops. Taste is very hoppy but with a nice caramel malty tone. This is a small notch below Ithaca Cascazilla and CBH Abijah Rowe IPA as my favorite beer of all time. Too bad there was only 3 in my variety pack.. it's a kick ass beer. I wish the package store had Nugget Nectar cuz it just sounds like a bad ass version of this one. Awesome mouthfeel and drinkability... fantastic beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber in color. Pours with a medium-sized head that quickly dies down into lacy patterns. Moderate carbonation; swirling the glass produces a little bit of head.
S: Hop aromas dominate the smell
T: Strong flavor with lots of hops and pine oils, less in the way of caramel malts. Bitter finish.
M: Medium-bodied taste
D: Relatively easy to drink, especially if you like hoppy beers

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An insanely good beer, and well-deserved while visiting Betty's in Columbus over the ROTR weekend.

This beer is Amber-done-right. A deeply.. well, amber colored beer takes on darker tones than most. A lightly tanned head form a 1" barrier on the beer and remains for the session while leaving great lacing all the way through.

A great blend of bold toasty malts swirl with resiny pine and citrus hops for a hypnotizing aroma. Lightly fruity, cramelly, and nutty to the nose. This beer is quite complex and bold.

Flavors alternate between the malts (toffee, toast, melanoidin, sun-kist caramel notes) and hops (grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh grasses and herbs). Throw in a light estery (fresh apples, berries, and plubs) and we have a remarkably complex beer for an Amber.

Full and creamy to the mouth up front. But the beer releases into an easy drinking and balanced beer. No sweetness like the caramel noted in the aroma and taste. Rather a bready, bitter, and lightly minty alcohol note in the finish with a long, clean, and lingering aftertaste.

This beer reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar. Yea, it's that good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

HopBack is a satisfying amber ale that will forever live in the shadow of Troegs' superior Nugget Nectar.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Cool label art. Branded pry-off cap. Cost was $2.09 USD at a New York, NY bottle shop.

6% ABV. "Amber ale."

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour head. Soft-looking. Creamy. Has an even consistency. Retention is excellent - ~8+ minutes. Leaves a light coat of soft lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper colour of good vibrance. Suggests a caramel-laden brew with an apt amber malt backbone. Clean, with no visible yeast particles.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a classic looking appearance for an amber ale, and boasts an impressive head. Not unique or special, but right on the money for the style.

AROMA: Toasted amber malts join an apt caramel malt presence and a piney herbal hop profile to create a rather inviting amber ale aroma of mild intensity. A bit bready, slightly spicy, and seemingly well-balanced. It's not as hop-forward as Nugget Nectar, giving it a bit more of a malt emphasis.

Certainly appealing for an amber, with no off-notes or inappropriate yeast character. Its ABV is well-disguised.

TASTE: It's more malty than hoppy, with toasty amber malts and a bit too much caramalt coming through clearly, lending it a bit too much sweetness. The hop profile isn't quite tailored to the malt backbone, bringing notes of resinous pine and herb that just don't quite click into the build like they should. More of an oily resinous hop character with brighter tones of citrus and floral character would better suit this beer.

Its underhopping and overmalting throw off the balance, but it still has plenty of cohesion and complexity for an amber, beating out widespread favourities like New Belgium's Fat Tire in my book. More subtlety of execution, depth of flavour, and intricacy would improve it. As it warms, a kiss of spice emerges - maybe from rye malt (or just the yeast). Not a gestalt beer, but certainly enjoyable.

TEXTURE: Slight overcarbonation is noticeable. Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and aptly thick on the palate. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, and fails to accentuate specific notes. It does dry in the late second act, bringing out a bit of that subtle spice. Overall presence on the palate is decent. Some drinkers might find it a biteen rough or scratchy about the climax.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Not quite the mind-blowing amber ale I hoped for having loved Nugget Nectar, but worth trying for what it is. I wouldn't shell out $2+ per bottle again, but this is a relatively complex amber ale which I'd easily reach for over New Belgium's Fat Tire or other beers of that ilk. Highly drinkable, and worth trying in spite of its shortcomings.

High C+ (3.25)

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves sporadic lacing

Smell: Bursts out with a pine cone nose but there is plenty of caramel malt in the background, too

Taste: It has that caramel amber flavor going on up front with lots of piney bitterness arriving by mid-palate; nicely balanced right through to the bitter tea-bag hoppy finish, though their are plenty of amber ale elements in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, a fine effort that shows that an amber ale doesn't have to be boring

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a finger of off white head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Citrus peel hops dominate the smell. I am getting some sweet malt, but it is overpowered.

Taste: Malt up front, but it's hardly sweet at all. I am getting a bready note from the grain. The finish is extremely bitter from the hops and reminds me of citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with lots of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but doesn't quite work for me. I would have liked the body to be a bit thicker and more malt in the finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a foamy, off-white, three finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt goodness and hints of grassy hops.

T - It had a very strong roasted malt taste with a pretty big dose of bitter hops.

M - A crisp and sharp ale with a dry finish. It was medium-bodied.

D - This is one of the finest amber ales around. ANother strong offering from Troegs.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Steph: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy white head with some good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is dominating. Taste is a mix between light caramel malt with some bitter hops at the end. Body is about average with some great carbonation. With the level of hops that can be found in this beer it is almost leaning toward an IPA. Very good session beer overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,096 ratings
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