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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - As the name suggests, pours a dark amber color with one finger of off white fluffy head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet, fruity malts, caramel malts, and a little bit of fruity hops.

t - Tastes of smooth caramel malts, bready malts, and fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very easy to drink amber ale. Lots of smooth malts going on here but not much hops. Have had many times and will definitely have again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a nonic pint at Al's of Hampden. This version has 3x palisade hops.

A - Pours dark amber with a small one finger head, dissipating to a light film of head, leaving faint rings of lacing down the glass.

S - If you think the normal version of hopback is hoppy then you aint seen nothing yet. This one is HOPPY, like the normal version but on hoppy steroids. Huge amounts of grassy, piney, citrus hops. A touch of sweetness from the malt is a welcome addition and helps add some contrast to the nose.

T - An absolute wall of grassy hops up front giving way quickly to a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of dryness from the yeast. Finish is plenty of hop bitterness that lingers for only a short time because it is washed away by the thin, watery, feel. Very nice flavors but the thin finish ruins it a bit. If it wasn't so thin I would say this is the best hopback I have ever had but I just can't do that with how it is.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel was a bit on the watery side which I didn't like too much. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish but it does not linger on the pallet for very long.

D - Fairly high. I love the normal version of hopback, and I have had this on cask a few times before, but the watery feel brought this one down a notch. I still think it is the best cask hopback I have ever had.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How odd that I have never reviewed this beer before and now I am transcribing undated notes that are most likely from one of the GEN Sutter Inn's Cask Nights. Onward!

A beautiful cap of a finger of thick ecru head floated atop the beer following its pull from an engine. The beer itself was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was spicy with hops, much more so than in its bottle or draft forms. Mouthfeel was phenomenal - silky smooth and with a slight hops bite on the tongue, giving 'way on the finish to a great caramel sweetness. I never seem to get this level of taste anywhere but from cask beers. Finish was smooth, tasty with a wash of simultaneous bitter and sweet that lingered. Drinkability - out of this world!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears amber with a copper tint and a huge billowing head with trickled lace surrounding my pint. This is one balanced brew in my opinion the aroma is balanced between sweet caramel malt and floral eathy pine scented hops, so balanced it's just about the perfect beer. This is one reason why Troegs has done what it has, and with it's oatmeal stout truly one PA's finest micros out there I must say. The taste is also truly balanced with a trace of the hops adding a bittering quality with the malt waves following blending perfectly to form a hopback amber ale. Medium to light bodied very good beer with no off tones to it everything here is like butter, what can I say. The drinkability level is unlike any other amber ale out there it's perfect, I love this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with slightly orangish stained head that is initially more than 1 finger but receeds leaving minor lacing on the glass. Nose is full of citrus and sweet hops and some malt in the background. Taste has hop bitterness that drags from the front to the finish, but inbetween there is some malt sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is medium on this one, definately has a clingy aftertaste but an enjoyable one at that. Carbination seems a bit low.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

A - Good looking creamy head, resembling raw bread dough. Tall sticky head atop this perfectly clear deep amber body.

S - Aroma of sweet, fresh hops. Floral and crisp, green hop scents. Some mildly sweet grass as well.

T - Well balanced hop character here. A little spiced, bitter, sweet, fresh. A touch of mildly sweet malt thrown in the background.

M - Easy drinker. Lighter amber brew with a proper touch and finish.

O - A pleasant amber hopped ale. Nice for a few bottles.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a sizable amount of dense, foamy off white head that has great retention. The nose has floral, hoppy aromas with some faint caramel notes. The taste is sweet caramel up front with floral, pineapple-like hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and easily drinkable.

The sweetness becomes a little much by the end of the bottle, but the hops are intense and add some bitterness as well as some complexity that keeps you interested. I've had this before and try to get more any time I'm in PA.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear red hued brown. Minimal head. Nose is like vibrant cherries, but not extremely pungent really. Flavor is nice and woody in a milder way. Hops are present in a leafy and slightly almost smoked way. Medium level sweet edge to it. Very smooth and consistent flavor. Feel has a fairly full level of carbonation sending tiny bubbles over my tongue. Liquid has a good body. Overall very drinkable. Extremely smooth and even, though the sweet kick on the tail end seems slightly out of place.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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