Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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: 3,109 |  Reviews: 1,175
Photo of Pleepleus
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was part of my Troegs sampler case which did not have a bad beer in it. Poured from bottle into pint glass, was light brown with gold hues, a small head that reduced to a minimal sheen with heavy lacing. Smelled like sweet malts and hops. It had a mild hoppy tastewith a sweet malty finish. This is a very pleasnt drinkable beer. I look forward to my next sampler case so I can drink 3 more of these.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the hand pump at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a slightly hazy amber with a fluffy off white head.

S-Sweet malt with moderate hops.

T-Sweet caramel malt combines with medium citrus hops.. Nice hop presence for a cask beer.

M-Medium bodied and creamy.

D-One of my favorite cask ales, along with Racer 5. Extremely sessionable in any version, but especially this one.


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

This is my second brew from Troegs, following a Dreamweaver wheat. Picked up a 12 pack of 3 assorted beers, trying one of each.
Pours a nice copper-amber color,malty reddish tones, nice foamy head leaves lots of lacing
Smells fresh,hoppy,pine-resin,yet balanced nicely with malt undertones. Almost a maple-like sugary sweetness,but cut with a citric hop spike. Hops working side by side with malt equals an excellently balanced aroma.
Carmelized brown maltiness up front,an array of maple,brown sugar, followed by a refreshing hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is upfront full on malts, then ends lighter,hoppy and ever-so-slightly bitter. Some toasted grains in the mix,overall well balanced. Not overly hoppy(if there is such a thing)not an overbearing malt sweetness. Each keeps the other in check.
Due to the extremely well balanced hoppiness,what could have been a sweet,unexciting brew becomes a lighter,brighter, easy-drinking amber ale. Highly enjoyable, will session this brew any day

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

Poured, this dark red/brown brew leaves one finger of head that retains itself rather well, leaving thick lacing as it disappears.

Smell is citrus and woody hops. A sweet smell is far in the background.

Taste is a moderate citrus hop complimented with a caramel malty sweetness. Very nice and easy going down, light to medium body and extremely smooth with it's medium-high carbonation.

Extremely drinkable and a good intro to hops for the hop fearing crowd. Would buy it again in a second.

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Photo of Stermax
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a medium golden-orange color with a large white head. The head faded moderately fast giving way to a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of some caramel and more citrus hop in nature. Mixed with the heavier aromas there are lighter biscuit and piney hop aromas as well.

Taste – The breadiness is the first to meet the tongue. There is a lighter caramel sweetness at first, that intensifies to the middle of the taste. When the caramel really comes into play nice citrus hop flavors meet the tongue. These soon take over the taste and mix with some good pine hop. At the very end there is still a very light caramel sweetness in the bready backbone, but the hops dominate the stage and leave a crisp bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Being on cask the carbonation was a bit on the lower side. This gave a very creamy body feeling on the tongue and really allowed, at first the sweet flavors to really be experienced, but later allowed for the smoother hop flavors to sit on the tongue and linger. It was very satisfying.

Overall – This is a very nice cask beer. The mouthfeel from the cask pour really accentuated some of the nice taste qualities of the beer. It was delicious.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - As the name suggests, pours a dark amber color with one finger of off white fluffy head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet, fruity malts, caramel malts, and a little bit of fruity hops.

t - Tastes of smooth caramel malts, bready malts, and fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very easy to drink amber ale. Lots of smooth malts going on here but not much hops. Have had many times and will definitely have again.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal, clear copper amber beneath a two-inch, frothy, off white head. Head has great retention, forms a bubbly layer on top and leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S- Smell is a nicely balanced between hops and malts. Pine, citrus and malty sweetness.

T- Tastes of bread and pretty well balanced. I think the name is totally misleading and is no where near as hoppy as one might think. This one is really all about the malt, with a healthy bitterness and snappy finish from the hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Brandon632
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PEIhop
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice amber color with a decent head.

The smell is good. It has a nice aroma of hops. The taste is good too. It is not quite as good as I was expecting from the flagship beer from Troegs, but it is good.

The mouthfeel is good, and it is very drinkable. Overall it is just a good solid beer.

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

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD (12/16/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a golden amber with one finger of an off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: The aroma is quite refreshing as it contains tropical and citrus hops along with some floral highlights and a hint of carmamel malt.

T: Tropical and citrus hops hit the palate first followed by some sweet caramel malt. The finish is a little bitter and floral.

M: Light to medium-bodied with crisp carbonation and no sense at all of any alcohol. Just a slight bitterness lingers.

D: Very drinkable and quite refreshing with a mild flavor profile that is balanced nicely.

Overall this is a very sessionable beer that is refreshing and flavorful at the same times. Another nice Amber by Troegs. Recommended.

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

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours an amber brown with an orange tint. Nice head forms on top leaving trails of sticky lace.

Fruity aroma with whiffs of cherries and malts.

This is one solid beer on all fronts. Big malty backbone with some caramel sweetness and light apple fruit flavors. A really nice and aggressive hop punch on the finish.

Hop flavors are intense, yet controlled with enjoyable citrus and pine blasts. I enjoyed this beer with some sharp cheese and crackers, providing a nice complement to each other.

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

this beer reminds me of when an old girlfriend dragged me to the movies to see black swan. like, a night at the movies, fine. a beer, okay. but then everything took me by surprise. like wow, mila kunis is really hot, the story line isnt that bad, the dancing is incredible, and the ending is a shocker. i left that theater very impressed, and much more stoked than i ever thought id be. this beer is the exact same thing. okay, another amber ale, here goes nothing. nope, behind its red malty opaque body and creamy two inch tan head lies a great many surprised. starting with the aroma, which is superior to almost everything ive ever had labeled amber. there is that familar malt profile sure, but there is a powerful hop presence not usually seen in this style. it plays off the sweeter malts perfectly and creates a very enticing scent. the flavor is also surprisingly robust on the hop front. very bitter in the finish, with caramel and pine notes going back and forth. the finish is also super clean, which makes this an easy drinker with very little residual sugars. to me, this is how all american ambers should taste, it sets a very high bar. excellent carbonation and a fine medium body. now if i could just get mila kunis to serve it to me...

edit: consistency and perhaps freshness is an issue in new york state. some bottles have a sort of blah red mat thing going on, others are like a slice of cold fresh ripe pink grapefruit. its insane how different each can be, so if you get an average one, keep on trying. even in the same pack, its insane. when they are good, they are great!

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Photo of Bone53
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): Copper color with a finger of off white head

Smell (4.25): Toasted and caramel malts with slight undertones of earthy/spicy and citrus hops

Taste (4.25): Caramel malts upfront that fades into spicy citrus hops

Mouthfeel (3.75): Light medium body; As someone else mentioned, the bitterness doesn't exactly match the other aspects of the beer. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation?

Overall (4.1): Its a good beer, but nothing more than that. Considering that its available just about everywhere local to me, this would be a solid go to. Nice balance between malts and hops. Can't go wrong with that!

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Crisp amber red pour with a great head of wheat-hued froth that sticks and laces nicely. A veil of head remains until the last sip.

Aroma is a nice mix of scorched caramel, amber malts, with citrus and floral hops bringing in the rear.

Flavor is very well balanced and has the malty sweetness and caramel notes of an Amber Ale. It is well hopped and full of citrussy vibrance and light floral bitterness. Comlex for the style.

Body is medium, creamy, and uber easy to drink. Great session beer that will certainly keep you interested.

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Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A very nice one finger head, that is frothy and creamy. The color of the beer is a dark mahogany color with rusty copper hues. the clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with some floaters. The head has decent retention with a little lacing on the glass. There is a nice steady carbonation stream in the beer.

Nose: The first thing that strikes my nose is a rich pine and floral note from the hops. There is a mellow roast note that has some caramelization and bready notes.The yeast lends to an alcohol note and there are notes of toffees.

Taste: A very balance hoppy red ale. The hopes is pine, floral, and some grapefruit. The malt is bready, biscuit, and caramel. There are notes of yeast, phenols, pepper, toffee, and subtle sweetness on the end.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly astringent, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer has wonderful flavors balanced and very easy to drink. I really enjoy drinking this beer.

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

A local favorite that I've enjoyed many times. It's about time I sat down and reviewed it.

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into my DFH Off-Centered pint glass, the beer is a clear, vibrant amber color with just shy of an inch worth of muddy white head. The retention is good, but the lacing leaves a little to be desired.

Smell: Some very nice hops going on here. It actually reminds me a bit of a toned-down Nugget Nectar. The hops are citrusy, and they are balanced with a subtle malt backbone. Simple, but sometimes less is more.

Taste: I will admit, I am drinking this at a temperature that is colder than what Troegs recommends. Call me impatient. With that in mind, I can understand why the flavors seem a bit muted. There's still a definite hoppy bite to it, but the malt is much stronger than what the nose would indicate. The end result is a nice, refreshing, balanced beer that is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good, texture is smooth, and it has an easy drinking medium body to it. Pretty standard for the style.

Drinkability: A good quality, sessionable, easy drinking beer from Troegs. It's one that I've enjoyed plenty in the past, and will continue to do so as long as they continue to brew it. If you are looking for a good tasting, simple brew to relax and end a night with, this one should fit the bill. Cheers!

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Photo of BoozyBear
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured a copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing.

Good citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation.

Moderate well balanced hoppy flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good brew and one fo my top rated active bottled beers for the Amber style.

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Photo of hopley
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from Leftmindedrighty in a trade. He sent me three of these bad boys and this is my second. I really enjoyed this beer as I have the rest of Tröegs offerings. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass while watching LSU vs. Arkansas.

Appearance- Pours a burnt orange with hints of yellow and a nice one finger white head. Leaves a awesome cap and collar that lasts the entire beer. Leaves quite a bit of random lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell- Quite a bit of hop from the start with flecks of pine and subtle citrus. After it warms a bit the hops really settle down and the beer leans more towards brown sugar and toffee.
Taste- From the start this beer is superbly balanced. I’m definitely not a hop hater but I’m not a hop head either. This beer is exactly what I love. Nice fresh floral hops start with a bit of raw pine and a touch of grass. From here the malt takes the reins and a terrific brown sugar/caramel sweetness cuts through the bitterness and leans towards the aforementioned balance. Finishes with a lingering lemon sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Nice and full with a thick feel and tiny carbonation.
Drinkability- Balance? Check! Good ABV? Check! Flavorful? Check! This is exactly what I look for when wanting to swill some terrific beer while watching football. I really enjoyed this beer a lot and can’t wait to finish the last one. Big thanks to Leftmindedrighty!

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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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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3,109 ratings
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