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Troegs HopBack Amber gets its unique name and taste from the HopBack Vessel in our brewhouse. Packed full of whole flower hops, each batch circulates through the vessel, creating a fresh hoppy aroma, spicy taste and rich caramel note that defines this signature amber ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Spicy pine, cinnamon and wood aroma, with a slightly thick palate and a rich flavor of cedar with a lot of malt character. Finishes a little low-key, losing flavor at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Although I don't understand the process, my mouth appreciates the HopBack Vessel and the whole flower hop method. Delicious and deeper than an IPA (which is what the brew smells like)...definitely multidimensional than the ordinary amber, tons-o-malt, ale. Spicy aroma of fresh floral/citrus hop blend. First sip has a quite dry palate. As I tasted more, it became more sticky and lasting. Perfectly done...I swear I tasted rye in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Brilliant coppery peach. Fat, sticky, rocky off-white head. Sweet pine cone aromas adorned with a lush glazed malt base. Lemon oil, toasted nuts, graham, and jellied fruit whispers. Soft mouthfeel. Amply fluffy, creamy carbonation. Explosively jellyish right away with light acididity leaving a trail of piny hops and softly sweet malts. Hops become more peppery than piney at mid-stage and the malt toastiness fades into a rounded, flavorsome blend of passion fruit and spicy anise. Immensely minerally, round, bready finish with honeysuckle, jellied fruits, citrus, and hop leaf snippets. Pine notes and glazed, bready malts coat the tongue as they linger well past the finish. Impeccably balanced with a creamy palate, lovely foam retention, and delectable spicy hop/bready malt tandem. Absolutely luxurious. Thanks, boto!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jaysus (17) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Recently had the cask version of this ale, and it was fantastic. Beautiful orange pour with a thick, light tan head that jest seemed as if it refused to let go of the glass (unreal lace). The hop profile hits the nose like a hammer, and the tongue like a pillow. Extremely drinkable, unfortuantley I had to limit myself as I was driving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Pours a pale but somewhat amber color, head is ok,Aroma is malt and some hops. Tastes of malt and spicy hops, but not as hoppy as I hoped for. Body can be a little thin too.Overall, this decent stuff but not as good as their Oatmeal Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Great color and clarity. The fluffy,orange-white head is very complementary to the clear,orange-gold colored body.The nose is bursting with the smell of...Pale Ale. Hmm...now for a sip. This is very borderline Amber/pale with very distinguishable qualities of both. Great balance between the citrus taste of the hops and carmel malt aftertaste. Muy refreshing!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philijams (5) - USA - JAN 25, 2004 does not count
Comparatively kind of neutral in aroma and flavor. Nice carmel color. Wouldn't drink too many as taste becomes tedious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Poured a nice golden amber, with a nice thick white head. Aroma is of light malts and hops, with a dash of lemon zest. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but slightly creamy. Nice bitter finish. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 i love this beer from my favorite brewer to date! smooth spicey, sugary aroma. has the appearance of clear copper brew with off white head and lots of lacing. a great balance of hops and malt and caramel. i love hoppy brews and this one has the right balance for my taste. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BEER!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Poured an amber (surprise) color with a small off white head, and no real lacing to speak of. Citrusy hop aroma. Resiny hop aste with a slight malt sweetness, enjoyable. It did however have a less than desirable mouthfeel.

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