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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 | 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

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Reviews: 1,151 | Ratings: 3,029
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a burnt orange color. a bit hazy. small tannish head that slowly fades

Smell: a wide variety depending on temp and the likes. notes of earthiness, or citrus, caramel malts, and bread. the hops aren't quite as noticeable in the scent though

Taste: pretty complex blend. caramel malts, some toasty bread, citrus hops, some earthiness, and a stronger spiciness.

Mouthfeel: a little heavier than i'd prefer for this type. and a bit sticky. i would prefer a bit more sessionable and crisp

Overall: a solid offering and a good start to checking out a different brewery. tasty and well crafted. hope to get my hands on some more Troegs while on the east coast. Wish Nugget nectar was available too.

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Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy one inch light khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Aroma is initially woody and earthy, with caramel malt sweetness, pine, and hints of citrus adding complexity.

Flavor reveals stronger citrus character underlying a fairly sweet, caramelly, bready, toasted malt backbone. The finish is slightly bitter, peppery, and fairly dry. Tangerine, pineapple, mango, and lime emerge. There's a bit of earthiness present.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of astringency at the finish.

Good balance of flavoring hop and malt character for the style. Avoids being cloyingly sweet and overly bitter.

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Photo of migwell
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'Note its characteristics.' Well, sorry if I lack the palate and refinement to comment in the prescribed fashion on a good beer here, ('...white grape, black tea, lychee and bubblegum. bitter rye and tropical fruit flavors. the palate is smooth and sticky with a jelly texture...') but I leave the parsing of taste to the more 'refined' beer snobs. Myself, I like to drink beer, and good beer at that.

Of which, this is one. A real desert island beer, satisfying, not cloying after a few, but holding its own. Clean, clear, and refreshing... 'clear', that is, if you like dark meat.

Troeg's is quite the brewery, and they're on the right track with this one!

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many red ales but with a name like HopBack, this had to be tried!

Deep, clear amber with a soapy head that dropped to a cover, then a ring leaving splotchy lace.

Hops on the nose...yup...hops. Anyone know a way to amp up ones smelling ability?

Taste was nice and hoppy from the get go, a bit like an APA here. Some malt through the middle with more hops bringing up the rear and lingering for a while.

Mouthfeel is somewhere north of thin with soft carbonation. Nice.

Really enjoyed this and, at 6%, one can have a few and not be debilitated the next morning. Cheers!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 012113

A: Pours a copper/amber color with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that retains for a while and leaves decent lacing

S: A very nice balance between malts and hops. Get some lighter caramel malts and an earthy/spicy and floral hoppiness

T: Again, very nicely balanced between malts and hops. Earthy and floral hops lead to sweet caramel malts. Finishes lightly sweet

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and lightly rich

O: A nice amber with great balance. Plenty of flavor as well as ease of drinkability. One of the better year-round ambers out there

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized wine glass here at Croxley's Ale house.

Appearance: A real nice darker amber, heavy bubbles on the body. Head (off-white)is pretty strong on the pour but then again it's off the tap coming just a notch over a finger length.

Smell: light hops, comes off almost like the wet hip infusion type of scent.

Taste: Very rich hops, slight citrus to it that makes it feel bitter but then also sour. Strong in flavor but not in alcohol, which makes this easy to repeat over and over.

Mouth: a slight dryness to it but still sticking that grazes the surface if quality to an IPA. Medium to heavy, toasty and smooth.

Overall: This brew is an easy to go to if its a available by you. Might seem strong but it's the hops that seem a bit too much, my opinion it's just fine. Salud.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the first craft beers I tried way back yonder. First time I've had it in quite some time, Looks like it says bottled 12/1/12. Anyways, poured into a Tröegs pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber. One finger of beige head. Pretty good retention and some nice lacing here and there.

Aroma: Spicy, floral hop notes, hints of orange peel. Toasted and caramel malt.

Taste: Nice little floral hop spiciness leads off. Toasted, bready caramel malt creaminess bats clean up. End of the lineup brings some of that dry, spicy hoppiness back in mixed with a little citrus zest. Fine, well-crafted and balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a tight carbonation. That hop bite tingles the tongue a little but is kept in check with smooth malt balance. Somewhat of a dry finish. Could knock back a few of these...

Still a solid reliable beer. A good starting point. if you wanna get someone into craft. Worked for me.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts and citrus aromas.

Taste: More toasted than caramel malts in the palate. Citrus hops are mildly in the rear.

Mouthfeel: chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of a dry finish, and easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid amber. Got to love their spring lineup beers.

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Photo of david_alien
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into "pint" tumbler, decent 1 inch white head that hangs around for awhile before leaving behind a bit of nice sticky lace. Color is a rich copper, a lovely looking beer.

Smell was slight and more malt forward than I expected, sharpened by the obvious hop presence. Taste is where this beer shines, nice hop bite and floral notes, very fresh tasting and finishing dry. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice carbonation that seem appropriate for this beer. A great tasting beer, will be having more by Tröegs.

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Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a deep amber in color getting fairly close to orange. It develops a good off-white head, which rises to a little over one finger in height. Retention is good and it leaves equally good lacing in patches on the glass.
There's a nice balance of mostly piney and floral hops and caramel malts, giving it a good mingling of a fresh sort of bitterness and just a touch of sweetness to balance.
This is a strong, flavorful beer for an often underdone style. Say what you will about Troeg's (I've never had one I didn't like), but they know how to do an amber (or red, if you prefer). Malts bring a fantastic balance to the big hops presence, perhaps a touch more than in the aroma. There's a bit of zest as well in each sip.
This is a very nicely carbonated, smooth-flowing beer with a good, crisp bite to it. The body is medium but there's a brightness and a sort of cleanness to it as well, and a sort of stickier (think hop resin) feel to it that really works in this case.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure amber in color. A smaller white head sits on top and leaves lacing.
Aroma is hoppy and malty. I think more hoppy then your average amber and with a light citrus bouquet. Malts have your standard caramel smell.
Taste is not as hoppy as the nose. more restraint. Taste is more malty and lightly doughy. A well balanced brew here. But also has a husky and course feel.
This beer is easy drinking and quite flavorful.

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Photo of dougfur
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best straight-up amber ales out there, hands down. The color is perfect, the malt profile is perfect, the hops could be just a touch stronger in my mind, but that might just be my DIPA-ish tendencies. It won't blow your mind, but if you appreciate ambers, you will love this!

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a .5l tall beer glass cylinder.

A: pours a coppery amber with a less then a finger of slightly off white but lasting head. Decent retention along with great stained glass lacing.

S: the nose is great on this one... Citrus hops with a pine accents along with sweet bread and toasty malt. Slightly sweeter, breadier than Dales Pale Ale. Reminds me of original Red Tail Ale - my first taste of micro.

T: malt sweetness, caramel, with citrus, hop flavor, grapefruit rind, lemon/orange peel, a bit of pine tang... Bready slightly toasty. Nice balance. the hops and grains/malts work together well. But - just slightly sweeter tasting than Dales Pale Ale which still is my preference in this style.

M: medium bodied with a little too much sweetness, moderate carbonation, drinkable mouthfeel, grainy, bitter finish. Not quite as refreshing as Dales Pale Ale.

O: True to its name, this is a very hoppy amber ale, balanced with sweetness and breadiness. Very drinkable, and sessionable. Recommended.

Brewery says it's their signature beer.

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

2 month old bottle.

Pours out a clear amber with a thick slightly off-white head. Retains and laces nicely.

Honey sweetness and orange hops pop out. More malty aromas keep coming with caramel and toffee.

Hops are definitely in there providing some citrus orange and grapefruit and piney flavors with a medium bitterness that takes hold for a couple seconds. Malty sweetness. Some spice.

Easily the best amber ale I've had yet. Lots of hops set this off right.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown to amber color with a good finger or two of head initially. Head scales back to a nice thin layer on top of this brew. Good lacing. Smells of piney hops. Flavor is more of the same piney hops but then is well balanced with a dark per malt sweetness. Bitter to start but sweet to finish.

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Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful honey color into a pint glass. 1/2 finger head.

Good aroma of citrus and pine from the head.

The mouth feel was smooth, with a slight tang, tasted on the back
of my tongue.

The taste was very piney, with citrus. The bitterness in this
beer works well in the general taste balance. Good hop presence.

Overall, an excellent solid beer. Oddly, even though it
is an American Amber- it tastes somewhat like an IPA.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: pours a very clean ruby amber with a little less then a finger of slightly off white head... Decent retention along with some spots of lacing.

S: the nose is mild on this one... Citrusy hops with a light piney accent along with some bready and lightly toasty malts... Doesn't smell a whole lot different then the pale ale to me, aside from a touch more sweetness to the malts

T: some nice light malt sweetness up front, caramel, blended with some nice citrusy hop flavor, mainly grapefruit and lemon/orange peel, there is a very faint kiss of pine in there as well... Bready slightly toasty malts. Nice balance. Really like the way the hops and the grains/malts work together here

M: on the light side of medium bodied with a touch of sweetness, moderate creamy carbonation give this brew a nice drinkable mouthfeel, grainy and a touch of bitterness on the finish.

O: this is a solid hoppy amber ale, nicley balanced with a hint of sweetness and breadiness. Nothing over the top, just a tasty drinkable brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of mick303
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours an amber chestnut hue, head is pretty compact but has really good lacing and film. Pretty good-looking.

Smell has a really fragrant roasty hop character, nice and crisp. Plenty of malt character, really firm. Bready biscuity malt. Hop character is dry, moderately bitter, nicely put together.

Taste is lively, fresh bready malt, with plenty of hop bitterness. Malt is roasty, large and flavours has some peppery floral subtleties, a rich caramel note, and has a depth of complexity that is quite refreshing. Finish is dry, bittersweet, with a nice peppery toastiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate in body, alcohol level works well, carbonation is moderate with good rolling crispness, it is refreshing, a bit on the bitter side to be really sessionable but it drinks very nicely. Good mouthcoating feel to it, highly refreshing

Hope to have this again, it was a real pleasure. One of the better ambers I've tried. More hops than usual, and a bit more IPA hoppy pine-ness pervades this beer, but with the plentiful roast malt the balance is quite good, seek this out.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange/amber coloration. Good head that laces nicely on the glass.

S - Caramel, brown sugar malts; pine; citrus.

T - Pine, citrus, caramel/brown sugar malts. Hoppy tang on the afterbite. Overall, each sip has a very comfortable, wintry, roasted overtone which is nice.

M - Medium bodied but resinous. Almost a little sappy. I like that about Troeg's.

D - A good beer. Never had this before and I would get it again. A well crafted East Coast IPA. I think I prefer it to Smuttynose and Dogfish Head's IPAs, in fact.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light copper with good clarity and a persistant light tan head. The head is thin and leaves a bit of lacing the glass.

S: A moderately-strong hops aroma of oranges, lemon zest and a bit of pine. A moderately-light caramel malt sweetness. Light fruity esters.

T: A moderately-strong hops bitterness and moderate citrus hops flavor. The malt is mostly caramel, but not that sweet, with some dry graininess. The balance is firmly bitter. the finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation.

O: An aggressively hopped American Amber with citrus hops aromas and flavors. A great beer.
Bottled on 092612

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Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy dark gold with a thin cream colored head

S-creamy citrusy and hoppy. Medium strength. Okay.

T-actually a pretty good brew. Comes in with a nicely creamy and citrusy hop flavor of higher quality. It takes sometime but a beautiful citrus bitterness comes to bite the tongue just slightly. Has somewhat of a biscuit flavor in the after-taste along with the hops and citrus. This is pretty orange forward.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-I like this beer. It's an IPA. There's no amber/red to it...not in the taste, nose, or even color. It's enjoyable and refreshing though...a nice easy drinking midday ale.

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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger head. Not much smell on this one, but plenty of tastiness... It has a nice hop presence that is balanced with a good malt backbone. Just the right amount of carbonation helps this one go down nice and easy. I think I'll have another!

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Hopback has a subtle amber color and has no cloudiness at all. It poured with a 1/2 inch head and leaves a below average lacing on the glass.

The beer smells like malt primarily and has a very slight hop or citrus scent. It is a very weak and one-sided scent, mainly caramel or toffee.

The flavor is very good. The caramel-flavored malt is balanced with a nice combination of lemon citrus and piney hops. Not too many spices are present but the combination and balance of the other flavors are very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice; not too carbonated but enough carbonation to keep you thirsty and to let the flavor settle on the tongue. Very easy to drink, although I would not describe the beer as crisp.

Overall the beer is good. The scent of the brew is really the only average characteristic of the beer. Worth a try as an easy to drink, low ABV (6%) IPA.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours dark copper/amber with small white head.

S- Malt heavy, caramel, hints floral and pine hops.

T- Piney hops stand out quite a bit. Sweet caramel and malt aftertaste which balances it very well.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and very refreshing.

O- Excellent beer all around. My current favorite amber ale.

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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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