Hopback Amber Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #17
Ranked #6,760
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Hopback Amber AleHopback Amber Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 1,183 | Ratings: 3,152
Photo of moodenba
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Troegs hopback amber ale chilled, poured into a newcastle half pint glass on Labor day weekend, 2016.

Fine looking beer -- deep amber color with long lasting head. Hoppy aroma. Taste of assertive hops with noticeable roasted malt body. The hoppy character is more traditional (not citrusy) than in most modern "craft" beers. The hops provide a sharp edge to the flavor that I like. This beer reminds me of the earliest bottled Anchor Steam beer (1970 vintage).

In the current brewing environment, we can all find a few beers that almost perfectly meet our taste preferences. We can only hope that our favorites find a market. Troegs Hopback is a beer that has just what I look for, malty body and traditional hop character with a modest alcohol content.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nicely-sized, off-white head rests on a dark amber liquid with signs of carbonation fluttering up. Retention is good, lacing is darn good for the style. Inviting, lively.

Malt is mostly assuming a grainy-sweet aroma. Citrus and floral hops are more of an attraction than the malt. And they are attractive. As the beer warms- more floral quality, along with a bit of caramel (which is nice in the balance.)

There is a slight malt backbone reminiscent of toast, grain, and sometimes white bread. Again, the hops are the star of the show. Floral and minor citrus flavors are clean and clear. Shining. These delicate impressions last throughout the whole palate, and into the aftertaste, which features a nice bitterness and those caramel tones (very minor) in cameo.

Medium body. Has a slight creaminess that really adds to the overall depth of the beer. Tastes clean.

Tasty, clear, concise execution of an Amber Ale that is hop-balanced. The hop aromas and flavors never diminish throughout the palate, or over the time needed to finish the beer. Yet the bitterness is never too much (or too little.) Very drinkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut brown in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige on top. I smell Amber malt with a sourdough bread note. The taste is initially grassy hops and then light bready malt at the back of the palate. The mouth is on the lighter, quaffable end, but not watery.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average amber ale. Typical smell of earthy toasty caramel malts. Taste is much the same wih a bit of spiciness. I expected a bit more of a hop presence with this one. nb

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Photo of Mollyellis
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as smooth as they come. The kind of beer you can throw by 6 and not know what has happened. I love this beer. It's amber - so not too dark not too late. It's not too adventurous but just easy and cool. Try this! Like a great outdoor BBQ kind of beer.

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Photo of lastmango
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice dark amber color with one finger white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma was of golden honey and floral hops. Tastes of honey and very well balanced hops. Medium body and carbonation. Very nice!

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Photo of kgammell1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is what you want to drink when it is early fall and football is back on T.V.

L - Dark, amber with a quickly disapating head.

S - Caramel, some spiciness and then loads of surprisingly bright hops.

T - Great stuff. Well balanced but with a nice dry finish that leaves you wanting more. I love the blend between an IPA and an Amber. Bitterness is intense but not unpleasant.

F - Medium carbonation and its sweet-dry balance makes it drinkable.

O- Great beer. One of the best I've had from Troegs. When football is on, I will grab some of this in an instant.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber red color with nice clarity and a minimal head/lacing.

S - Light toasted caramel malt aroma with some floral and pine.

T - Toasted caramel malt base throughout with some light citrus and floral popping at the very end to give a little bitterness over top of the malt.

M - Big medium body with an almost creamy mouthfeel.

O - Unobtrusive. Mild. Mundane.

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Photo of hman43
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours amber with a slightly off white head.

Smell: There are aromas of fruit, plums, bad roasted elements.

Taste: It has flavors of plums, roasted malts, fruit, and floral hops.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is the lighter side of moderate. It has a bitter finish.

Overall: An excellent tasting amber ale in which the plums add complexity and makes this outstanding.

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Photo of Obake21
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L = Clear amber and a large white hear
S = Slightly sweet malt refreshing hop scent.
T = Malt and mild hop flavor. Well balanced.
F = Good carbonation. Enough to cleanse the palate.
O = Very nice. Easy drinking.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a lager glass.

Clear, deep amber body with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. Excellent, bone-colored, foamy head.

Lots of hops in the nose but these are more subdued in the flavor where they are also dominated by sweet and medium roasted grains. Lightly bitter. Allowed to warm a while but still improved with further warming

Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A well-crafted, hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] Beer is a reddish amber color. It has 1 finger of pillowy white head on top. The head is clingy and sticks to the glass as it slowly recedes. The bottle clearly lists the ABV (6%) and the best by date (05/18/16).

S: [3.25] The nose is really weak - even though the beer has warmed. I get mild melon, caramel, pine and an earthy component.

T: [3.75] Nice toffee and caramel flavors up front. There is a lot of malt presence early. I am getting fruitiness like apple. Maybe a hint of citrus.

M: [3.75] Nice body - above medium feel. Good carbonation. The finish is really nice, not overly bitter.

O: [3.50] At 6% these have a lot of flavor. They are not a typical hop bomb. The flavors are more subdued but still bring lots of fruitiness with a nice dose of malt. The nose really seemed to be lacking which was the only ding on this otherwise really well made beer.

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Photo of mickyge
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice red color easy to gulp. Not a bad ale, more sweet then bitter. Tastes a bit thin but I usually drink DPA's so maybe I was expecting more. I was expecting more of a Nugget Nectar pop. I think it would be a good ale if you wanted to pound a few.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber color, with a large off-white head.

Nose is full of sweat bread, caramel, and I also felt some honey, with some juicy-smelling fruits.

Taste is dominated by floral hops, with a distinct bitter aftertaste which did not necessarily do it for me. Mouthfeel is modest, with little carbonation. I was quite disappointed by this.

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Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, redish-brown with a thick, creaming head that lingers. Lots of lacing. As expected, this one is heavy on the hops. The bitterness overshadows the malt and lingers on the palate for an extended time. It's full-flavored and enjoyable. Good beer! I'll have another.

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Photo of zshaft
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this beer seems like as weak version of the superior nugget nector. this is a good beer but lacks the hop punch I like in an american red. worth a try but not a go to.

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Photo of TheNightlyPint
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear deep copper with a nice white head. Not a particular strong nose, with mild malt and some hop presence. A solid malt backbone, with a hop presence that becomes more pronounced on the finish (queue the Connect4 commerical "Pretty sneaky, sis") I am impressed with this beer.

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Photo of bft1
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darker color than I expected. Fairly sweet, malty taste with so so mouthfeel. Not hoppy enough me. Tastes a little like a watered down Troeganator double bock stuff, which I don't like either. A bit surprised it's rated so high, but then again maybe I just don't dig this kind of ale.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a typical amber ale...amber in color (obviously) with a cream colored head, goes down to a small ring of foam and leaves some thin lacing. Smell is pretty faint, some hints of toasted biscuits and caramel. Taste has a lot of hoppy bitterness backed up by caramel nuttiness, and sweet malt flavors, nicely balanced. Feel is unpleasant, as I find most Troeg's beer to be. This felt heavy and stale, undercarbonated, and was just generally tough to finish. Still, I found this a lot more interesting and pleasant than Troeg's Nugget Nectar, and certainly a much more balanced example of a hoppy amber ale.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those brews that isn't going to blow you away but yet is one you can count on to be available and always very tasty and drinkable. Its one that is almost always in my fridge and never lets me down. Fine brew. Nice flavor, go's down easy.

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Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 50°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 01Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass. Consumed on 17Jul16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that halves itself after 1 minute. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are subtle in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and buttered bread combine with mild aromas of sweet chocolate, figs, and plums along with subtle floral and bitter hops.
TASTE: Strong flavors of floral hops, caramel, and sweet chocolate are the first to be detected. Mild buttered bread and subtle bitter hop flavors immediately follow. Mild fig and plum flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors push on, except for bitter hops, which grow more prevalent.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough. Finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: This was an amazing Amber. It was difficult to find any fault in this. If I had to nit pick, I would have said that the bitter hops could have been toned down.

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Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with two fingers of lasting off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with oranges and honey. Interesting toasted honey malt taste well balanced with hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Not exactly how I remember this from back in the day, but still damn tasty.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/13/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/herbal/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DEdesings57
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date: 03-17-16

A: Amazing color and head. Great looking amber beer.

S: Dominated by caramel malts and toasted bread with nutty nutty undertones and a mild floral and citrus background.

T: just like the smell. Heavy on the malts but enough bitterness and dryness to keeps you aware of the hops. A malty caramel aftertaste with a dry finish.

F: On the lighter side of med, easy drinking.

O: Solid brew for sure if you like red Ales. I personally dont unless their are real hoppy.

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Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Generic Troegs beer. Good, but there's a lot of room for improvement. Here goes:

A: Beautiful amber. Pours a massive head that leaves a lot of lacing. Perfectly clear. Only downside is that there's no body carbonation.

S: Mediocre. Smell some grassy and flowery hops, then some caramel malt and a tinge of honey. Scents are relatively faint, however, but are well balanced.

T: Grass and lemon from the hops. Has a nice caramel and honeyed malt backbone, however. Good.

F: Only downside. Like all other Troegs beers, the carbonation stinks. Very flat.

O: Good beer. Some good, some bad, but overall would drink again.

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