Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
1,159
Ratings:
3,044
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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123
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Reviews: 1,159 | Ratings: 3,044
Photo of BrokenEdge
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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 reds2harleys
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

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 -3.2%
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 +2%
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 -14.4%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of twage04
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mild amber ale with low carbonation and a slightly creamy mouth feel. Pours a darkish orange, not the darkest amber I've seen. Hops are there but are in balance with the beer, very easy drinking. Malt is smooth, not too in your face.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a slight burnt red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had an ample amount of caramel malts backed up by a light cocoa maltiness. And then some citrusy bitter hops.
The taste was mainly sweet through the malts. The hops are somewhat bitter but are there for the balance.
The mouthfeel was mainly about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation finishes crisp and refined - nice.
Overall, another nice American Amber/Red ale that I love to come back to when visiting my parents in PA.

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Photo of tedvr
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/honey with a thin white head. Smells are of hops and malt. Tastes start with hops and have a strong hop finish. Medium carbonation. Complex beer.

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Photo of Lobina
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle overlooking Cape Cod Bay in Fleetwell. This was the perfect beer for a perfect day. Wanted more and hope to try others from this brewery.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is Troegs signature beer no doubt, and it should be. Pours a pretty deep amber tone with medium head. Has a piney hop aroma. A definite caramel first taste and leaves a citrus floral hop flavor lingering. A very interesting balance for sure. This ale is worthy of praise

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Blue & Gray Pub in Gettysburg, PA into a pint glass. This beer is a light copper color with a small tan head. The aroma is big on hops and citrus with a hint of pine. The flavor is full of hops and has that citrus finish. The brew is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A great ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/20/15.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, floral, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of malt and hops in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice amber with a decent white frothy head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

A nice bouquet of floral and citrus hops. Some slight caramel malts in the background.

Taste is a nice balance of citrus and resinous hops with malty sweetness. Big pine and bitter citrus balanced by caramel and toffee with some bready malts.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Game On. As good as I remembered from many years back. I'd stock this in my fridge if available on the West Coast. Love a good amber, and this definitely meets the criteria!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lighter amber pour. Smell is sweet malty and hoppy beauty. Slight fruitty scent that seems like strawberry preserves. Taste is malty sweet with that strawberry like flavor peeking through followed by some nice hops bitterness. Really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leinenkugel's pub glass with laser engraving on the bottom.

Look: Quite beautiful deep amber coloration with a foamy white head. Carbonation looked quite nice. Pretty much see-thru with little to no sediment.

Smell: Hop was the star of the smell with a hint of sweet berry in there as well.

Taste: I know that the beer is called "Hopback," but I found it just a tad too hoppy for the balance. Has a malty sweetness but the hops train wreck the taste to being an "A" type beer for me. I've seen other reviews that say they feel it's overMALTY... Guess its all in the eye of the beholder.

Mouthfeel: Found it quite creamy but a little off for the hoppy side of the beer. It was like the beer didn't know if it wants to be malty or hoppy.

All in all, this is a solid beer but I feel like something is a little lost in translation.

Here is a link to my video review of this beer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G-C6wCpYFY

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade recently. Poured from a 12oz bottle. I was immediately surprised by the hops in this beer. Very solid Malts. This is the second beer I've tried from Troegs, and have been quite impressed. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised with this beer. Nice balance of malts and hops (although more malty then hoppy). Tasted even better as it warmed a little. Extremely easy drinking beer. Tasted great......;)

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

I had this on tap at a restaurant in a pint glass. The color was a pleasant amber-red with a thin, milky-white head and lacing. The head would have been better if poured from a bottle. The smell is hoppy citrus and pine with a hint of sweet fruit. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops. There is some fruity caramel sweetness followed by the hoppy bitterness. Because it was served on draft, it was probably too cold. If it were warmer, then the taste may have been more complex. This is a fairly light, medium-carbonated ale. Overall, it was quite good, as expected from a Troegs offering. I'd like to try it from the bottle at little warmer temperature.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review date 5-1-15. Threshold glass. Bottle date 3-4-15.

Appearance: Pours a deep orange-red/copper with 1 finger rocky, khakhi head. Slow, lazy but abundant carbonation. Excellent lacing and retains a thin skim of foam.

Aroma: Pretty darn hoppy. A fruity, resinous hoppiness. Strawberry? Sweetness throughout. Jammy.

Taste: Malty & bitter arrival. Bitter mid-palate to finish transition with a lingering, slightly medicinal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Good malty richness. Active, lively carbonation. Fairly clean finish for an ale.

Overall: Truly, a watered-down version of Nugget Nectar - but that's not a bad thing. Much more drinkable than Nugget Nectar, but not something I would drink often. Don't know why I gave this an A before. It is unpleasantly hoppy. Not getting this again for a long, long time.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: its an extremely clear, rich amber color with some very faint ruby red & purple (very faint purple) notes. 2 finger frothy white head thats leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass

s: sweet caramel malt, dry bready crackers, strawberries, a hint of sweet berries, some of the cardboard-y yeast you sometimes get in an amber. finishes with a juicy herbal bitter hop smell

t: right off the bat is some sweet, syrupy caramel and a piney bitterness. some of those juicy sweet berries follow the pine and help to move the flavor along nicely. there is also a little graininess in the flavor here, along with a nice dry bready cracker flavor. with all these, its still not heavy at all

m: medium/medium-light. carbonation is average, and helps to harmonize the sweetness

o: i hadn't heard much about this before picking it up, but i'm glad i did. its an extremely! smooth drinker, with a nice balance of flavors and a great mouthfeel. though, it is not extremely hoppy (if you were expecting it to be because of the name) and definitely lets the malts do the talking in here

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Otto's Pub and Brewery in a pint glass.

L: This one poors a dark amber color, mostly clear with a thick creamy white head that was slow to settle. Generous lacing on the glass.

S: Floral and piney hops on the nose predominate with a sweet bready aroma in the background.

T/F: Very tasty and somewhat hoppy amber ale, just as the name implies. It's hoppy enough to be a pale ale but very well balanced with the malty sweetness of the amber. It works very nicely together and makes an easy drinking brew. Moderate carbonation and light on the mouthfeel.

O: A great beer with moderate hops... could be something of a 'gateway' brew into hoppier stuff for the uninitiated as the bready/malt sweetness brings it back into the 'safe' zone. An easy drinking session beer, and another solid brew from Troeg's.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer. It poured an an amber color with an off white head. The smell was hoppy and malty with some sweetness to it. The taste was a great balance of hops and malts, it had a little bit of a hop character and a sweet malty finish. The overall taste and feel on this beer was a good one. Troegs always puts out decent beers!

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Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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