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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Anthology Sampler Case

A - Cool bottle and cap, amber color with small amount of lacing with a moderate lasting foam head

S - Pine tree smell.

T - Nice natural feel with low carbonation, good flavor, not over hoppy.

M - A somewhat thick feel, with small amount of tangy bitterness

O - Worth a try, not exactly my style but good quality and wouldn't turn down.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Photo of grannaniwa
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, as promised. Nice head, not a lot of nose. Maybe malty aromas? A very small touch of hop aromas if I focus.

Very round and full flavor. Slightly high alcohol feels like it comes through on the mouthfeel. Tons of malt character, and a sweet and bitter taste left after swallow. This is a much bigger beer than I remembered from the first time I drank it, when I would have put it closer to the Sam Adams Boston Ale. That first time was also from a bottle, not a glass, so that may have affected the experience.

I think with this balance of flavors, I would actually prefer a more easy-going beer for casual drinking. At this intensity, it isn’t a perfect match for me.

"55 IBUs. Malts: Pilsner, Munich. Hops: Cascade, Williamette, Nugget. HopBack Hops: Whole Leaf Nugget, Mt Hood. Yeast: Ale. Each batch of HopBack Amber Ale flows through a bed of whole flower hops creating a fresh aroma, spicy taste, and rich caramel note that defines our signature beer.”

Overall: B+, would be happy to try again

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: Pours a pristine carmel to burnt reddish brown. A thin, tan head reisdes for a nice duration. Some lasting lacing as well.
S: nice blend of malts and pines notes here, neither over-powering the other.
T: starts off sweet with toffee and carmel notes, but finishes dry with a nice piney and slightly spicy finsh. Pleasant, I gotta say.
M: Creamy, deceptivley thick, but not filling. Great hang.
O: Very pleased with this brew. Great balance, great flavor. At 6%, it packs a bit of a punch, but its so tasty, you could have a few.

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a perfect amber color. with a 0.5 inch off-white head that struggles to stay up and has some nice dense bubbles. There are some thicker ones spread around as well. The head slowly recedes to a nice thin mat.

Grainy malty aroma comes up quick with some nice fresh baked bread notes and some slight citrusy hops. There is a hint of grassy hop on the back end that gives the beer some attractiveness.

The taste is another story. Tons of grainy malt and bread notes are quickly overtaken by some delicious and grassy earth tone hops. Citrus notes and dank pine. Slight notes of cannabis are perceived as well. Very delicious. Especially when these fresh grassy and citrusy hop notes are followed once again by some nice grain and bread-like notes. Amazing. Great earthy and dry bitter finish. As the beer warms there is a very nice spice to it. I can tell the hops play a bit into this with the pine notes getting a bit more lively. There is also a nice caramel and slightly sweet malt flavor that livens up. Very good stuff.

One of the top Amber Ales out there. Very close to Hop Head Red but different.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from my trade with Hudak, thanks man! Poured to pint glass the beer is a brilliant clear amber color. Nice 2 finger head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is a mix of caramel sweetness and fruity hop character. Apples and pears are in the mix along with a hint of citrus tone. The flavor follows suit and is a very enjoyable blend of caramel malt sweetness and fruity hop flavors, same as found in the nose. Medium bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean with a lingering fruity hop resin on the tongue. Very nice. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic beer, well representing the style in a hop-forward fashion. Highly recommended.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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