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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: 1,162 | Ratings: 3,058
Photo of dheacck11
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice dark copper/amber with a half finger of dense off white head fading rapidly. Scant lacing.

Nose is rather sweet, notes of caramel, orange, honey, and just a slight hint of bourbon.

Taste is equally sweet up front, big burst of caramelly malt, earthiness, and a bit more of the soft bourbon flavor. Maybe it's a peaty flavor I'm getting? Follows quickly by a blast of dry, bitter hops. Nice touches of stickiness and pine, but lingering dryness.

Feel is pretty medium full, if not totally full. Feels very thick in the mouth.

Nice beer. balance between the sweet and the bitter is a little too much of a stark contrast for my palate, but good flavors seperately.

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

Appearance: Clwar amber with a creamy filmy head. Healthy dose of carbonation throughout. Good amount of lacing

Aroma: Dank hops and sweet caramel malts. Fruity. I smell mango and apricot. Oranges and maybe a whiff of sweet bananas. Floral grassy notes too

Taste: Sweet at first. Lots of sugary caramel and sweet fruits like apples, juicy melon, some citrusy oranges. Toasty bread malts. There's some grassy hop profile and some tart grapefruit but as it warms it stays sweet longer. The finish has a hint of pine and a touch of lemon. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body. Slightly carbonated. A little slick

Overall: This is a prime example of a beer becoming a totally different animal as it warms. When I first poured it from my fridge it had a huge hop flavor. As it got nearer to room temperature the hops gave way to sweet fruity malts. Another solid offering from Troegs

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Photo of utopiajane
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange amber with 2 fingers of light foam that fell off quickly to some picturesque splotchy rings of lace. Nose is mild and cheerful with gentle citrus, floral hops and a generous, forward malt presence. The malt profile kept expanding as the beer warmed. Hearty bready biscuit, round and toasted, then honey toffee sweetness. It’s slightly whimsical how all that strong malt character gently kisses the bright grassy hops. Taste is perfection. Smooth, light, lively; moderate for all it’s malt backbone. Deeply flavorful. Succulent hops finish dry but not really too bitter with a slick mouth coating and a little pine. This is an enticing amber with plenty of character that you could happily drink all day.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass. Clear darker amber with a medium-thin white head that fades a bit into a tight disc of foam on top of the beer. Smells of sweet caramel malts and floral/fruity hops. Slight hint of piney hop bitterness, but not much. As the head continues to diminish it leaves tons of lacing. Taste is lots of clean, bready crackery malts, with some sweet fruity hops and a tiny pinch of bitterness at the very end for a nice crisp finish. Awesomely drinkable, another winner from Troegs.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer cold and the glass instantly collected condensation from the humidity in my highrise cabin. It poured a crystal clear amber colour with a full one finger head that fell to a thick ring and full cap on top of the beer and leaves what looks like the view of all the heads and shoulders of a very crowded room of people. Weird!

Aromas of caramel malt and piney/citrusy hops are most noticeable at first and then as it warms some bread and tropical fruits pop up.

Balance is the name of the game with this beer! All through the sip the caramel malt character is present and so are the piney/citrusy hops which start off solid, fade a bit and then finish solid. A smooth breadiness as well as fruit like mango appear towards the middle of the sip and finally a mild bitter from the same hops finish the beer off with a hint of spice.

It's a pretty refreshing and smooth mouthfeel both mildly sweet and slightly hoppy dry and a thin to medium body. The finish is pretty neat and dry. A slight slick feeling on the tongue, but only very slight. Hop resins? I've read that the body on this beer is fuller on draught and would love to try it from the tap!

Overall I find this beer exceptional! I would recommend it as a crossover into hoppy beers as it is delightfully easy to drink and whets the hop appetite as well. A solid 4.25 is due for this beer!

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Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a dark amber color.

The aroma has big juicy hop aroma, sweet honey orange, mango, peach.

The flavor follows with those tropical fruits and a smooth crystal malt flavor, then a light hop bitterness. It tastes like a laid back Nugget Nectar, which makes sense as this is the base beer where they then hop the beer crazy to get Nugget. Less crystal malt sweetness from the beer and the bitterness comes through more. It's crazy to say, but from the many times I've had Nugget, but I prefer this smooth flavor, less sweetness, and the wonderful hops.

What a fantastic drinkable beer. Great flavor with hops and the crystal malt sweetness.

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

First had: ?
Recent tasting from a bottle; fresh, per the bottle date.

Very nice and simple amber ale. Brownish amber in color, with a somewhat aggressive pour giving a large, healthy white head that retained nicely. Caramel malts in the nose, with a good dose of crisp piney/citrusy hops. Taste was similar, more complex than your typical amber ale, even if nothing surprising going on; bready malts, caramel, nice hop bite with notes of pine and citrus pith, for a good sense of balance. Light-medium body, crisp and enjoyable, and about as spot-on for the style as you can get.

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Photo of lsummers
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper but still thick enough to not be clearly seen through. One finger slightly tan head that is fairly frothy. Dissipates with some good lacing.

Smells of malty, creamy, caramel sweetness with some of that citric piney hop note mixed in.

Taste is malty and hoppy right away. It's really balanced with more of the caramel and molasses creamy malt notes coming through than hop bitterness. It melds well with the tropical piney hops. The sweet caramel malts really do shine in this beer and help it to be really unique. It's fairly hoppy but not over bitter in any way.

Mouthfeel is zingy and smooth. Possibly even a tough light in body but I don't mind. This is quite drinkable.

Overall, it's a great example of a red ale. The hops could throw some off but could be a gateway for hoppier styles as well. It's fairly balanced in my opinion and isn't just a sweet malt bomb.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopback Amber Ale pours a clear bronze color with a moderate sized creamy head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is fruity with some tropical fruit notes, caramel, and hoppy orange citrus mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is well balanced, but leans toward the malt. Caramel, bread, tropical fruit are followed by some spice. It finishes mildly bitter with a flavor of pine and citrus. Once gone the caramel malt and bread lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that would go great with a meal or to drink on a snowy winters night.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This always felt a bit like a baby Nugget Nectar, with the balance swinging more towards malt than hops- the opposite of Nugget Nectar. There's a wonderfully toasty malt backbone, with just enough hops- slightly fruity, a good amount of pine and grass.

This one seems to be forgotten- it shouldn't be. Great stuff.

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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 dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Light amber with an off-white head. Initial impression is citrus and pine resin, with some earthy and herbal undertones, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel;medium carbonation. A good, serviceable amber ale.

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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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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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