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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: 3,059
Photo of brewnut11
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice looking beer. Amber with a touch of red and a thin white head. Has a strong aroma of citiusy hops. It smells like they did use a hop back on this brew. A good balance between malt and hops, leaning toward the hop side. Being a hop head, the hop presence could be stonger. A good drinking beer for the summer, which is why I went for the half keg. Living 60 miles from Troegs I well aware of their beers and they are all pretty good.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a golden amber into a pils glass. Thin off-white head is a little soapy, leaving drapy lace down the glass.

Aroma - biscuity malt, standard grain and typical hop citrus blend together to make an appealing though distant nose. Fades a little too much after the head dies down, leaving behind just the grain and a whisper of malt.

Taste - somewhat grainy start, covered quickly by some piny hop and light biscuity malt flavors. The hops dry out on the swallow, turning astringent with a light roastiness sneaking in. A tinge of metal now and then, but good overall.

Mouthfeel - perky carbonation, fairly light to average body with some minor hop oiliness.

Drinkability - solid session amber, thanks to merlin48 for a fine bottle o' brew.

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Photo of maltedmilk
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper in my pint glass. It has a nice head that reduces quickly to a tiny wisp of white foam.

It smells delicious, caramel and some sweetness with some malt in the background.

The taste isn’t as intense as it smells. The sweetness is very subdued with a touch of bitterness mixed in.

The carbonation is good.

This beer is tasty and very thirst quenching.

Definitely recommended.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear amber with barely any head, but a very active life of carbonation. color glows beautifully in my glass. scent is explosively floral.. honey soaked hops. fruitier than it is buttery, aroma is light and inviting. flavor is very fresh and botanical in nature. a rye-ish maltish smoothness invades half of the flavor here. fruity sweet meets hop bitter in the finish with a rounded smoothness. light and bubbly. drinkably refreshing. a good example of a flavorful session beer, if not a little maniacal in its execution.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sample via Pezoids and Secret Santa '04. Many thanks.

Nice hoppy/malt mix. Hops are grassy and citrus. Malts are sweet and slightly roast.
Big full head that becomes rocky. Classic amber of orangy/brown/gold. Clear to slightly cloudy.
Taste like the aroma with a nice mix of hops and malt. Hops are pronounced in bitterness and dryness (which is long on the finish). Malt is balancing, but also offers taste qualities of sweetness up front and again a slight roast quality.
Moderate feel with a tinge of wateryness. Adequately soft carbonation.
A real solid everyday drinkable beer.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear, pure amber topped by an off-white, creamy head. Steady streams of carbonation evident.
Smell is subdued aromas of pine that intermingle with citrus and honey. Its subtle aromas force you to really stick your nose into the glass to get the most of it... and it's totally worth it.
Taste is sprucey and spicy up front, mixed with some honey-drizzled grapefruit that ends in a mouth-drying, bitter, grapefruit pith finish, yet a touch of sweetness lingers as well. Very well-balanced.
Mouth is remarkable. Really delicate feel on the tongue. Silky. Carbonation just tickles the tongue and never overwhelms.
Highly drinkable, ultra-tasty stuff. I'm glad Tröegs is somewhat local.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found my spring quencher for 2005.

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy two finger white head that leaves sheets of lace as it fades to thin white later atop the beer.

Smell is citrus pith and sweet malts in the finish.

Tasty caramel malt up front, zesty refreshing hops in the back.

Long dry finish, medium body, sticks to the tongue and roof of the mouth for short dry finish.

Very refreshing an exceedingly drinkable. I love this stuff.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. with no freshness date. The body is an orangey/amber with a 1 finger head that is off-white and leaves decent lacing. Very fruity in the nose - pineapple, grapefruit, and mangoes, along with some pine needles. The beer is fairly sweet on the palate, and the pine, grapefruit, and pineapple dominate, but there are traces of more fruits (mangoes, cherries?). The malts eventually contribute notes of biscuits and the bitterness from the hops gets more pronounced as it warms, as does the alcohol flavor. Very smooth with significant carbonation and a medium body that thickens as you near the end of the glass. Very tasty and not too bad on the wallet.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a coppery orange, somewhat cloudy. The head is a thick frothy off white that leaves a nice thick lace ringing the glass.

The aroma is a hoppy grapefruit flavor with a hint of grassiness. The taste is very smooth and not overly bitter, but has a nice hoppy taste with hints of citrus flavor. There is a very pleasant aftertaste. This is not one of the strong hopped up ales I have had, but a mild version of an IPA.

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

A beauty to look at - nice warm cherry amber color with a cream colored head of loose lace that clung very nicely. Nose was nicely hopped, with a faint smoke wisp detectable.

Nice and sweet on the tongue, with some caramel and wonderful cherry essences, the hops peak nicely then slowly fade away on the swallow - very enjoyable. This has a nice body, very even & smooth, very drinkable. A very enjoyable beer that would probably be a good summer evening drink or a nice session beer.

Note - was able to retry this one freshly tapped (within 7 days) and it was noticably better, which is saying something for a beer this good. Don't be afraid to ask how long the barrel has been tapped, it made a noticable difference in the fruit undercurrants of this.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours a very clear orange-amber. The offwhite head starts as around 1 finger, but soon disapates. No retention and no lacing.
Smell is fruity (oranges, peaches, and apples). Slight caramel and biscuity malt.
Taste is very much like smell. Very fruity, some spicy hop notes.
This is exactly what I expect from an amber ale. A very good example.

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Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to merlin48 for this beer. Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of hops - lots of different types, but they aren't too much, as they would be in a double IPA. The flavor has a lot of hop flavor in it, mostly covering up the malts. But again, the hops aren't too strong, just well proportioned. Moderate in body and the drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to merlin48 for this beer. This one pours a nice deep amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is caramel, slightly buttery and citrusy hops. I think it smells really nice. The flavor is right there with the nose. The hop is a little more floral and spicey on the taste and the caramel is more strong on the finish. I like it. The feel is thick, with a moderate carb. Overall, I think this is a well built beer. I like the flavor a lot. The hops are really nice with the sweet and slightly butteryness underneath.

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Photo of twilight
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yum city.

Pours a deep clear red into the glass with a nice head which dissipates but leaves beautiful lacing on the sides even without having lifted the glass to have a sip. Hops dominate the nose and taste. I feel like they must use cascade judgung from the scent. Smells almost like Sierra Nevada, but less so. Taste is a nice balance of malt with the hops being the highlight, giving way to a clean aftertaste of very very slight hops. A good red ale.

I think this style is underrated, even by myself. I mean, I don't ever buy them, but they're good beers to have around when you just want to kick it with a beer without having to review, or dig into your cellar. Hats off to Troegs for making an extremely drinkable brew.

Thanks to francis and ericaweizen for the sample.

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Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-copper beer with a very small, fully-diminishing, thin-feeling head and average lacing.

Smell: Pleasant flowery, citrusy hops over a nice bready malt backbone.

Taste: Very nice. More malty than the smell led me to think it would be. Excellent balance. Citrusy and nutty, bitter but not overkill. The finish is average in duration and a caramel-like sweetness comes out as it fades.

Mouthfeel: Good. Thin body, watery texture, slightly astringent on the finish.
Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer. Easily sessionable.

There isn’t anything all that special about this beer, but it’s just a well-balanced tasty beverage that I would recommend trying.

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Photo of Starchild
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light amber color with a great head. Aroma is a near perfect balance of hops, spicyness, and malt. Sweet caramel sented malt and raw earth create a perfume like aroma. Its got a lot of taste, yet is especially easy to drink. The flavor lingers in your mouth for the perfect about of time. The hops have some zest, but is quicky put in check by the malt.

A real stand out beer in a style with 95% boring beers.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I've had this brew many times for the past 3 years, and I am just now reviewing it. I have had it in bottle and on tap, and I must say that I prefer on tap a little bit, but a great hoppy brew regardless!

Pouring into my pint glass, it pours an amber color with reddish highlights; minimal head w/ slight edge lacing and very clean. However, nothing exciting really. Aroma is mainly of HOPS HOPS HOPS!!! Some vanilla malts come through a bit as well, and maybe some type of citrus fruit (lemons maybe?). However, the hops takes over for the most part. Bitter hops and a slight grape sweetness is the highlight of the sip. Grapefruits or lemons also come through; overall, very citrussy and piney. Feel is nice. Very carbonated throughout, but due to its light-to-medium body, i found it a slight bit creamy and smooth. Little alcohol burn and a slight pine aftertaste finish this one up. Overall, not the most complex of Troegs brews, but very fun, easy, and pleasant to drink!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fellow BA JayT for bringing me some brews. This one was a true clear light amber, but even when I poured it myself, the small 1/2 inch head left quickly. Aroma is interesting...very strong, more grapefruit than grassy hops. Tastewise, I am picking up on strong grapefruit smelling hops, that have an interesting hay-like quality as well. Mouhhfeel is medium, carbonation is low. Alcohol would like to hide, but I can tell this one isn't a session beer.

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Photo of oracle
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle servered in a tall pilsner style glass

This beer poured a pretty medium amber/red with very little lacing despite vigorous pour.

Smell was extremely hoppy, much more so than I expected with a red ale, even one named "hopback". Smelled more like an IPA.

This was may have been the first beer I've had the smell hoppier than it tasted. There was a significant hop bite to it, but nearly so much as in the smell. Really, not even as hoppy as many pale ales. Taste was outstanding, mildly hoppy and bitter, crisp and very delicious.

An excellent by itself or with food.

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Photo of TheDeuce
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the Troeg's Brewer's Dozen Variety Pack

Appearance- Poured into a pilsner glass...a nice amber red color with a large head that overflowed the glass at first and then settles down.

Smell-sweet wiffs of flavorful hops, sweet malt, a little bit of berry and a lot of grain. Very aromatic.

Taste- hops hit you immediately while the sweet malt puncuates the senses, character is well balanced, medium bodied mouthfeel, layered taste moves between hopes, fruit, and sweet malt, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel-not too heavy or too light, nice balance of hops, malt, and other layered flavors.

Drinkability-easy to drink, very nice flavor and charactar, flawless.

Overall-Spectacular, the first beer I've ever given a flawless rating to. I'm absolutely floored, great work.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a foamy, 2-finger beige head that drops to a light collar, but stays until the glass is done. Very nice lacing as well. Smells very fresh and clean, very hoppy. Has hints grass, floral, and spicy hops. They all combine very well for a great smell. Honestly I wish I could have this smell in a Glade "plug-it-in". Tastes wonderful. Absolutly superb. A nice caramel hops flavor up front with light hops in the back. So, obviously, the name HopBack makes sense. Finishes with a nice malt flavor, caramel and hops abound. The malts and hops blean beautifully to create a complex and fabulously drinkable beer. Well done. This is the third of my Troeg's sample pack, and so far, the best. Try this and you will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich apricot with a large cap of foam that is the color of light brown sugar and that leaves abundant lace as it slowly deflates. The nose is more akin to an APA than an amber ale due to the impressive hoppiness. There is enough malt to keep the hops honest though.

Hopback Amber is good beer (Troegs hasn't disappointed me yet). This is a classic amber ale, but is bolder, hoppier and more full than most. Thanks to a prodigious malt backbone, the hops aren't quite as boisterous as they were in the nose. When the actual drinking gets underway, their citrus peel and pine deliciousness is reined in to some extent. There's no mistaking it for an APA now.

The body is definitely full for the style with a sweet stickiness that most beer of this style doesn't achieve. As a result, there's flavor to burn. It might be a bit too big to be sessionable, but one or two should go down rather easily.

Troegs doesn't brew bad beer. Hopback Amber is a wonderful ale that keeps these guys solidly in my top dozen American breweries. The first of many from blitheringidiot. Thanks man.

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

Pours ambery reddish color with a light beige head. Subtle, piney floral hop aroma and some malt sweetness present, too. Botanical and malty sweet up front, then dryness from the hops, and finishing with a faint, lingering sweetness, rather like sweetened tea. Slightly astringent, and a mild metallic oxidized flavor in the background, but easy to drink. I must admit that I was a little disappointed when Troegs decided to part ways with their ESB in order to make this beer, but it's a worthy substitute. I didn't really like the cask-conditioned version of this beer, but the bottle is enjoyable.

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Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Troeg's offering...thanks to Ted for bringing it back from his recent trip to PA. Appearance is excellent...a medium amber, chunky head and great lacing. Smell is a pleasant blend of malts and fruity hops. Taste is a palate's delight...starts lightly sweet on the front...lessens on the mid palate and finishes with just the right amount of hop finish. Moouthfeel is moist and smooth throughout and not overly oily or dry on the finish. Very easy on the drinkability scale, defintely could have another. I have three others from Troeg's to try and if they are anything like this offering, I may take a trip to PA myself. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drifter29
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purchased a 1/4 keg for my home tap system based on my fondness for other Troegs brews and was not disappointed by this tasty amber ale. Pours a clear amber with good carbonation - firm, creamy head starts off 1/2" thick but settles to a lacey film for the duration. Initial aroma is sweet and mildly herbal. Drinkability is great for a 6.0 abv - a sweet beginning becomes a slightly bitter, hoppy full flavor with a long lasting hop aftertaste. I highly recommend this to anyone who fancies amber or pale ales.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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