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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,102 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,102 |  Reviews: 1,174
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep amber hue. suspended bubbles, suspended solids. Thin collar, 1/16" thick.

S: Taste of fresh hops. Citrusy, resins. Refreshing. Invigorating. Fresh citrus hop meets malt in a very bold way.

T: Has that fresh hop & amber goodness. Malt, lemongrass. Quite bitter. Dry. Don't get me wrong, I like dry beer, but for this style it's just a hair too crisp and dry.

M : starts off malt-big, then thin, disappears all too quickly into an overly dry, lemon grass and grapefruit-skin abyss. I still feel that on a breath after a quaff. Very dry and piney.

I really like this brew as I do all fresh hop tasting varieties, but for the style, I was expecting much more malt and lingering sugars. I was not expecting this much of a fresh-hop style finish.

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3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber one finger head that does last long.

S-Great mix of malt and hops.

T-Starts with the malt profile of an Amber Ale but with a well balanced hop finish.

M-Light to medium bodied but low in carbonation.

O-Having this and SA Tasman Red IPA, this beer is able to balance the hops and malt well. They are not in conflict but rather work together.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a short head that recedes very quickly. Leaves a few spots of lacing. The color is somewhere between dark orange and brown. Aroma is kind of dull. There are some nice floral notes, and some pleasant caramel, but it is kind of just dull and unremarkable. The caramel is much nicer in the flavor, with a bit of nice spicy hop profile. There is also a nice mild grapefruit citrus note. Mouthfeel is medium-light and is a bit light on carbonation. I do really like this beer. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing super special.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a beer of dark, reddish amber. It holds a one finger tan head that recedes quickly. This leaves big bubbles around the glass that appear sticky and spotty. The beer is highly translucent, with no sediment or haze, and the carbonation appears average. The aroma opens with raw honey earthiness. Malts are pale with a light toast, becoming more molasses-like with warmth. The hops are piney, and hide a dirty mineral quality. There are some spic plastic phenols on the back, with some lemon freshness. As we sip, spicy and seedy malts balance immediately with earthy, mineral hops. The grain predominates through the middle. It is simple, and a bit steely and corny. The finish is with those plastics from the nose, and booze. There is a faint cutting sweetness from bitter pineapple, affording a final freshness. The aftertaste breathes of earth and flowers, hop bitterness, spice of alcohols, and steely yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There beer is thickly coating, with a final dryness and grit to the hard palate. There is nice froth and cream with each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily, and is refreshing.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was how malty, strong, and filling it was. The end of the flavoring, however, became a bit muddled, making the finish bite more than desired. The hops could have been more forward, which could have balanced the deepness of the malts and the bittering phenols.

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,102 ratings
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