Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleTröegs Hopback Amber Ale
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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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Ratings: 3,096 |  Reviews: 1,174
Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby/bronze in color with a light haze, a 1-finger head, and good tiered lacing. Poured on tap into a pint glass.

S: Buttery with a sweet milk/caramel malt undertone. A hint of nuts on the end.

T: At once both creamy and earthy. Prevailing flavors of toasted barley, creamy malts, and earthy hops. A touch of peanut flavor on the swallow with a fairly neutral aftertaste.

M: Creamy without being too smooth. Full-bodied, dry-finished, and sedimenty.

D: A good beer to have one or two of, but less than sessionable.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - A caramel colored amber with a thin spotty head, very little lacing

S - Very sweet with cascade hops

T - Sweet with good hop balance, not over malted, but close

M - Great carbonation with delicate flavor that separates itself during consumption

D - Very high drinkablity, but the brew has a sight sting on the back of my tongue once i set it down for a few minutes

A good beer, would recommend. Thanks Andy!

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Photo of socon67
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours lively with orange/amber color and plenty of carbonation. Very clear, and foams with a solid head.

S - Smells hoppy and sweet of fresh fruit. Hints of pineapple and grapfruit are present.

T - Tastes like a weaker version of Nugget Nectar. Now that is likely an unfair comparison for any beer, but while it is a nice mix of citrus, hops, and hearty grains; it isn't as good of their other widely popular beer.

M - Solid. A relatively smooth drinker with a kick. The raspy finish is pleasant. Not particularly noteworthy though.

O - Nothing worng with this at all. It is a great offering from Troegs. But if you like this, then you will probably love Nugget Nectar even more.

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Photo of uustal
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger off-white head. Not much lacing or retention. Aroma of hints of citrus and caramel malt. Nothing stands out too much. Sweet flavor profile. Sweet bread malt, caramel, hints of subdued dark fruits and amber creaminess. Hops are pushed aside, but hints of citrus and pine can be found deep in the beer. A bit of a toasted vibe as well. Refreshing and subtle, wish the flavor was a bit stronger.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 02/18/11. Pours a dark amber color with a thin ring of head. Aroma is of floral, spicy hops. Slightly bready as well as a caramel aroma. Taste is more of the floral hops, a lot of the floral hops. A bit bready with a metallic aftertaste. Rather heavy mouthfeel to this one. Overall this is a very floral, hoppy beer. Pretty good beer for being in a mix 12 pack. Certainly worth buying on its own.

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Photo of vande
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good! My first try and a lucky extra from a recent trade [thanks Chase2634]... A hoppy lookin' golden amber... Great nose... poured very smoothly with a little lacing left behind.. Great mouthfeel...Sweet..bready..malty..hoppy..a good mixture..Definitely one of the better hoppy ambers I've had!

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Had this on tap at Quality Meats in Manhattan this January. Looks great and smells good, but what impressed me was that I liked the sweetness so much. I don't usually go for too much sweet, but the kind of sweetness here has bread, some fruit, and is not in the least bit perfumey. Balance that with great hops and you have a beer that's fun to drink - not too bitter, not mild either. Definitely among my favorites. I look forward to trying it in a bottle, as well as giving the Nugget Nectar a try.

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Photo of WVRadar
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very clear deep amber, with about 1/2 inch head, which quickly dissipated. Very little lacing. Aroma and initial taste were above average, but I didn't care much for the finish. Mouthfeel was a little oily, with soft carbonation. Initial taste was better than the finish, one was enough for me.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan of Nugget Nectar and I've heard of this beer referred to as it's little brother (a spot on assessment, imo). Deep amber base with 1 to 1.5 fingers of off white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is very similar to NN with just a little less hop and fruit (citrus, apricots). Taste is fantastic, very similar to the smell. Mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on. If you love NN, but want something you can throw back more of, try this brew. Might be my new "always on hand" brew.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint

A - Pours a crystal clear amber. white to off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S - Caramel malts, some citric orange and tangerine. Sweet smelling

T - Not as bitter as I expected or citrusy. A bready sweet malt was the main flavour with some lemon and orange on the back. It tasted 'reversed' as what you'd expect from an amber

M - Slightly thin and sticky.

D - good enough to drink but the malts might wear on you after a while

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a while ago at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.

A: Shiny amber with a small ring of head, some lacing that falls. A very 'clean' look.

S: Nice dry hopped aroma with crisp hops and sugary yet savory bread like malts. Some citrus orange notes.

T: A bitter feeling beer with a definite lemon twist. Malt is almost covered up by the bitters to me, though some sugar and dry biscuit flavors are there.

M: Lighter in feel with ample carbonation and of course a very bitter feel overall.

D: Ok.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clean translucent light amber color. White bubbly head on top about one finger width.

S- Aroma on this is delicious. I smell some berry like fruity and piny aromas that are so welcoming. Apricot or fig maybe .

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced and pleasing. There is a fruity bitterness mixed with some malty flavors here. The fruit taste is apricot/fig . Very very nice.

M- Not very carbonated but very refreshing and clean. light/medium body goes down very easy.

D- I'll be coming back to this one for sure. Next time i'll get a pack.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Many thanks to StormKing47 for sending me not only this beer but a t-shirt with the logo as well.

A: Pours a dark almost woody-brown type of amber with a large, thick, light tan head that faded into a thick film that left a great web of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet fruity hop notes of perfumey tangerines and grapefruits with hints of spearmint and a sort of fresh green leafy type scent. Very hoppy and enticing.
T: Leafy hop flavors carry through to the taste with a good dose of sweet malt to balance. Aftertaste is sweet and juicy with a touch of mint bubblegum mixed with a clementine citrus. The only problem I have with this is that the flavors are a bit sharp, or at least a little rough around the edges.
M: The body is on the slicker, thinner side of medium, with sharp yet low carbonation. I get perhaps just the slightest suggestion of alcohol in the finish.
D: A super hopped amber ale. I like it, maybe even more than Nugget Nectar. Well, maybe not, but this is a pretty good drinking beer that I must thank Josh again for getting me!

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a nice carbonated fizz. pale white 1 finger head with decent lacing that holds for a few minutes and recedes slowly. nice tan orange color.

S- smell is a floral citrus. very pleasant with hops not overpowering.

T- light citrus and hops flavor but it does not have as much flavor as the aroma would have you believe. it goes down as smooth as a watered down beer but without the watery feel. I just wish there had been a touch more bitter to it.

M- Very smooth medium body. Glides along the tongue as if it is in a rush to get to the back of your throat.

D- Very drinkable. Has a good flavor with the drinkability of a light lager. I would recommend this one.

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

Thanks to Keef for this as an extra!
Bottled: 12/22/10
Poured to NB globe.

A: Burnt orange ale with little head development. Thin, translucent film of yellowed white foam. No evidence of carbonation. Spotty lacing.

S: Malty, woody backbone with earthy hops in there. The nose is non-intrusive, good for an amber.

T: Good caramel malts meld into this beer allowing for a heavier amber flavor. I really like this, but feel like it's a one at a time beer. Premium for the beer. Sweet and malty.

M: Sweet, creamy mouthfeel. Exceptional. Leaves the mouth slightly dry. Medium-heavy body with lower carbonation. Good.

D: As stated above, this beer is too much to drink too many. Just too heavy for sessionability.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown translucent color with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: Slight hoppiness comes through, not too much of a scent though.

T: Reasonably hoppy with a crisp, dry flavor. A bit of spices and there is a very slight aftertaste of alcohol, very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

D: Pretty good session beer, I could see myself drinking a couple in a row without getting tired of the flavors.

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Photo of pburland23
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours an orangey amber with a huge amount of billowing off-white head that slowly receded into some moderate lacing.

Aroma features floral hops that aren't overwhelming. HopBack is not a hop bomb in the least. The taste is also spicy and hoppy with some caramel malt that provides a nice balance to the hops.

The beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. The drinkability is quite enjoyable. At 6%, I can see HopBack as sessionable.

In the end, HopBack is almost Nugget Nectar light. This isn't to diminish HopBack, it's a nice tasting, well balanced beer that can be enjoyed year round.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy tea-brown with good carbonation. The bubbles seem to jump and flip to the top of the glass. An average finger-length frothy head. Average lacing. A slight orange tint to the brown as well.

Smell - A dark malt with little signs of hop presence. Floral notes with caramel hints and a slight lemon twist.

Taste - Another good tasting brew from Troegs. Quite a delicious red ale, but definitely not the best I've ever had. Sweet malts accompanied by a strong toffee and caramel presence. As with the smell, not a strong hop presence in this one. Slight floral notes here and there. A slight red grapefruit taste that adds the only bitterness associated with this ale. Perhaps a lemon taste as I continue to drink.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite drinkable. I thought there would be more floral and amber-type notes associated with the taste, so I was a little disappointed in that aspect. Tastes more like a pale ale than an amber lager.

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Photo of Dodt
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

decide to that i need to try more from the good people at troegs
yet another review from the mixed six
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance as the name implies it is a wonderful amber colored with a nice head
smell nice and hoppy with some citrus

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark amber color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops with sweet fruity esters and hints of malt.
Taste is predominantly malty. The malts make their presence felt upfront, followed by sweetness coming through and finishing with a mild bitterness from the hops. This is a very well balanced and refreshing ale.
Very drinkable beer, has all the makings for a perfect sessions beer. Great lacing along the insides of the glass as well.
All in all, a good ale from Troegs. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. 12/22/2010 bottling date, so about 50 days old.

A - Great deep amber color with half a finger of off-white head. Not a ton of carbonation going on. Very nice retention and lacing.

S - Hoppy citrus and a bit of caramel sweetness. A bit muted, but the aromas are very appealing. It's like Nugget Nectar, just turned down a notch or two.

T - Citrus hops up front, briefly. Then caramel malt sweetness. Grainy, perhaps a bit toasted bready, in the finish. Again, the parallels to NN are clear, as my notes to this brew are almost identical to the notes for NN.

M - Medium body with little carbonation. Throughout it's a bit wet, but the finish is nicely dry

D - Very easy to down and extremely refreshing. This beer is so easy to drink, I just want more and more. Could use some more hop, but it's definitely a great alternative to it's brother Nugget Nectar. If you spend your time wishing you could find NN, just try the Hopback, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at some random sports bar.

Beautiful and clear reddish loveliness. Like a sunset.

Good. Clean and hoppy.

Very tasty. Nice balance. Hoppy finish with some malts along the way.

Smooth with a small hint of carbonation. Very nice finish.

Very easy to drink. Through my many travels, I have to say that the great state of Pennsylvania has some of the finest craft breweries in the States, hands down. Maybe it is something in the water, but the folks of PA know how to make some fine beer. Cheers to Troegs.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A true amber (orange/brown) clear color looking body, with a simple one finger off white head. The head has those nice little pinhead sized bubbles which I am fond of so much. Not really any visible carbonation coming up from the bottom.

Smell is a simple good orange fruit. Not really much of anything else though, and not hoppy. Just kind of a weak tangerine smell.

Upon taste though body is very wet, but still flavorful of orange character. Not much of anything else, but it's quite good. No malt presence, but soft yet wet almost watery feel. No grain components to come out of it.

This is however, very easy drinking, and enjoyable for good drinkability

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Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: dark copper, not really ambery. big bubbly head fed by some very fine carbonation bubbles.

S: very light nose. caramel, toasted bread. a touch of sourness.

T: same caramel sweetness sensed in the nose. a touch of roast. this time a decent bitterness comes through for balance. good, but nothing outstanding.

M: soft/moderate carbonation. could be a little harder. light/medium body.

D: very drinkable. hard to tell this is a 6%'er. could easily drink quite a few of these. with amber's being all over the road i would say this is a very drinkable, middle of the road version.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours deep amber with nice medium head.

S- very sweet, can't get too much scent. Light hops.

T- sweet with hop taste. Grapefruit and sweet flowers.

M- medium carbonation that feels good on the tongue. A little bite at the end that has a bitter lingering.

D- very drinkable. Sweet andhoppy. Nice mouthfeel and good taste makes for a very drinkable beer

Edit- had another one and smelled awesome, same as described earlier but more prominent

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80.7% out of 100 with 3,096 ratings
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