Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,079
Reviews:
1,168
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
577
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Leoherrmann9
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpolewan
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frykid
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- consistently pours a dark amber with a thick, foamy, tan, 2 inch head. Moderate lacing
S -- Malt, cinnamon, copper
T -- CARAMEL! Surprisingly mild hop bitterness
F -- Smooth and creamy

81/100

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Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jan_acker
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MadMax29
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The look is a shade darker than what I would expect in a n amber. Nice froth on the minimal head and good lacing, but the malt and toasted coffee is too intense. All other aspects, mouth feel, aroma, etc., are blocked by the malt that lingers too long on the tongue.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa.

Lovely amber color. Creamy, dense head that lasts forever, and lacing everywhere.
Nice fresh hop aroma with roasty sweet notes.
Great hop bitterness up front that is not citrusy. More floral or grassy bitterness.
Finished with toasty malt.
Active carbonation on the tongue, smooth, yummy.
Quality brew.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

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Photo of nobledust
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lightman
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moodenba
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 cdman56
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lwcreasy
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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 jschwamb
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fitzjargon
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Fellysmarts
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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 CervezaNY
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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 torwart94
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,079 ratings.
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