Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
1,155 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,155 | Ratings: 3,038
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.

 658 characters

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.

 432 characters

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.

 759 characters

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.

 361 characters

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.

 434 characters

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.

 551 characters

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.

 789 characters

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.

 679 characters

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.

 413 characters

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!

 987 characters

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.

 462 characters

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.

 590 characters

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.

 771 characters

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.

 758 characters

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.

 1,086 characters

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.

 600 characters

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.

 649 characters

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.

 511 characters

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

On tap and cask-conditioned. Dark-amber color that is clear with good effervescence. Large, creamy, off-white head that is fully lasting. Excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a medium to strong herbal and evergreen scent and slight caramel notes as well. Excellent mix of sweetness and bitterness. Long finish that is evenly bitter and sweet. Excellent carbonation, body, and finish.

 384 characters

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

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Pours a rich almond amber, clear, tan head, fair retention and leaving a tiny bubble, broken up film and classy lacing. Nice resiny hop nose. Medium bodied. Malty base. Almost creamy mouthfeel. What hits you with this one is the well developed and complex hop notes, flavors and smells. Nicely rounded brew all together. Well done and worth seeking out.

 396 characters

Photo of ramrod666
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

saw this an cask at the sharp edge emporium in pittsburgh and told the bar-keep to pull me pint. little did i know, this would take some time. about ten minutes to be exact. i waited patiently as he readied the pint. he told me that it had not been pouring well but, the taste was fine. i said ok. the appearence was a creamy amber with a mountainous head that you could cut with a knife. the smell was much more raw than that of the bottle or an tap samples. a very hoppy nose with a sweet malty, earthy back. taste was creamy, hoppy floral but, more subdued than i had expected. the malts in this ale seemed to come through more on cask. mothfeel was almost free of carbonation and heavier than other serving types i've tried. the lack of carbonation kind of threw me at first. it seemed to take away the bite from the hops but, delicicous nonetheless. i don't know if i would have more than one or two on cask at any given time (price-$6 a draft) and the lack of carbonation lowered my drinkability slightly. very much enjoyed.

 1,030 characters

Photo of jahred
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear reddish brown color, with a very large, thick, foamy white head that caught me off-guard while I was pouring. A nice grassy hop scent comes off the top of my glass.

The flavor is more hoppy than anything else, but it's not bitter. This is the definition of a flavorful, American, well-balanced beer. Sweet, nutty caramel flavors mingle with oily, thick, rich grassy hops. This is dangerously easy to drink. A hoppy beer for those who are not hop-heads - I'm gonna have another one of these with my Mexican-food dinner.

I needs to gets me some more Troeg's beers!

 591 characters

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of hops, but has a rich caramel background to it. Balanced just slightly on the hoppy side. The taste starts out a bit malty with some sweetness. Hops are really king here, and there's lots of em! Many layers of fresh hops leave a little room for a slightly malty finish. The mouthfeel is heavy, yet very smooth. Much more full of a body as compared to any other amber ale. The drinkability is also very good as well. The 6% is masked nicely. A great amber brew!

 632 characters

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

What a great beer!

I was hesitant to pick this up after seeing that it was an amber ale. I'm not big on ambers, yet I had a hunch that this would be hoppy like an IPA which would definately please my wife, so I picked up a 6 on a whim.

I was not disappointed in the least.

This beer poured a nice copper color, with a pillowy 2 inch head. There was excellant lacing againt the glass the whole way down. Beautiful.

The nose was quite nice, exuding a sweet hoppy aroma. Taste was much the same. Sweet up front, good carbonation, thick mouthfeel, and a nice, crisp, slightly dry finish. This beer is big on hops, and it comes through in the flavor: Big, bold, fresh green hoppy flavors abound.

This beer is a winner, and will stay stocked in my fridge from here on out!

 781 characters

Photo of rabidawg
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chestnut with a slight ruddy hue. Appears quite carbonated. An aggressive pour yields a large, white, creamy head that settled to a small cap. Sheets of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful fresh hops aroma, with notes of evergreen and citrus. Decent maltiness pushes through, with a slight sweetness and lots of bready, toasty smells.

Taste: Slightly more carbonated than I prefer, lending a slightly spritzy mouth that leans toward thin. Initially slightly sweet. Toasty, husky, and slightly grainy in the middle. Finishes dry and with a nice hop bitterness, attacking the back of the tongue. Hops coat the inside of your mouth and don't let go. Very nice.

 669 characters

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.