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RATINGS: 1132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2004
Very nice looking maple syrup amber color with a golden luster, vibrant carbonation and a creamy head. There is a great hop aroma to this amber ale to go along with a faint malt sweetness. The feel is very smooth and creamy. There is a nice full carmel malt taste and a very nicely balanced hop flavor. Thanks to DocLock for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
Dark orange, clear with a very light off-white head that is completely gone after 30 seconds. Aroma is quite tempting for an amber ale. It's very sweet (malty honey, caramel, maple and the likes), but sure doesn't lack the hop counterpart (spruce, perfume). It tastes fresh, with a good cookie maltiness, slight notes of tobacco/smoke and a balancing spicy hops finish. Still quite sweet overall, but it works with me here. Mouthfeel is great, silky and creamy. Great april beer: Sugar Times as we say in Quebec. Very nice session ale, immensely quaffable, bad style executed well imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2004
Darker orange-amber color, starts malty light caramel then switches to a citrus hop taste. Flavors tend to travel to the back of the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2004
12oz Bottle no date Pours a clear amber with a thick white head. Malty caramel in the nose with fruity floral hops which even it out nicely. Mouthfeel is softlty carbonated and medium bodied. Flavor is slightly sweet and slightly grassy from hops. Overall a good brew. Thanks Bert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
The name says it all. Hoppy throughout finishing nicely with a kick of bitter hops. Also has a subtle citrus sweetness. A good brew. I have had a couple beers from troegs and all have been great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9687) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
I just got back from a tasting event at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA. I got to sample a freshly bottled one direct from the brewery in Harrisburg. This one pours deep amber in color, with an amazing hop aroma, with malt, grapefruit, and toffee overtones. Great head and lacing. The first taste is super hoppy, with a nice, slightly sweet malt flavor underneath. Finished very smooth, hoppy, malty, and crisp. To me, this was not an amber ale, but rather a great pale/IPA made with amber malts. I was so impressed that I took a case home with me. This one reminded me very much of Victory Hopdevil. I will do them side by side and report ASAP.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
Copper orange, thick webs of lacing. Sweet caramel malts, fruits, citrus, juicy hops (like orange juice, a little). Very smooth and creamy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Thanks to slob for this goodie! Bottle, pours a beautiful clear copper color with a creamy off-white head that lasts well. Aroma is a delicious balance of sweet caramelly malts with floral and citrus hops. Flavor is nicely balanced but not quite as full as I had expected from the aroma and it leaves a slight metallic taste in the finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel with creamy carbonation. Good session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Nicely balanced amber. unfortunately, there's a characteristic to this that leaves an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Something I've seen in a few of Troeg's offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Old tangerine-skin amber color, little visible carbonation, nice froth, but fading quickly. Aromas are slightly sweet but, much to my surprise, potent with Cascades. I should have read the label to expect this. The balance is quite reminiscent of one of my old standby NW brews, Deschutes Mirror Pond. Nice lacing. I really like this beer, but I might just be homesick for Montana. Better re-rate in the future, meantime I'll drink some more Troegs.

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