Kuzo (114) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sweet malty base with a grapefruit hops bite. Very well balanced. Refreshing with a nice dry finish.
jflopsu (92) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 Pours amber in color. Instant and lingering hoppy taste. Aroma is light floral hops with some pine.
BVery (4263) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Lizardville Rocky River. Clear amber pour with a white head. Dusty/earthy malts with a little bit of grapefruit hop. Hops taste a little aged - might be an older bottle.
Alpha10 (104) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013/02/17 - Pours a clear amber color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is citrus (grapefruit), floral and hops. Taste is toasted malts up front with a mildly hoppy, slightly dry/bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (887) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Though Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale rates pretty highly, I have to say it’s only a good beer. It’s pretty much the epitome of the amber ale style in that it’s pretty hoppy but uses earthy/spicy hops rather than citrus or pine.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark amber/copper hue, transparent but not much visible carbonation. Forms a small, white, frothy head which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Light caramel malty scent and mild spicy hop fragrance.
Taste: Mellow caramel sweetness up front followed by significant bitterness through the middle. A definite spice character from the nugget hops with just a hint of citrus peel. It’s a bit dry, but not cloying so, in fact it’s well contained and balanced making it a drinker-friendly palate. There’s more malt and hop character than a pale ale, but there’s nothing about this beer that makes it stand out among countless other beers of the style.
Drinkability: With a medium body and a mouthfeel that’s lively, but contained, Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale is no challenge to drink at all. I was a bit surprised to find out it’s 6% ABV, but at least it’s efficient for that weight as it’s not filling or disproportionately heavy.
vmilaxer29 (360) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear red with a foamy tan head. Smells citrusy, a bit like pine and grapefruit. Taste is mildly sweet, moderately hop bitter. Crisp and refreshing.
Beerathon (596) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good amber because of the bountiful hops. Lots of earthy undertones. This is the type of beer that can turn lager drinkers into craft fans.
samsmith33 (188) - - DEC 31, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Floral aroma...hops also. Dark yellow color. Slight staleness. Pine. Hops. Not in the class of the previous two.
CamdenD (979) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable amber -- pretty much a slightly darker IPA. Hop aroma and the ’caramel’ in the description is not terribly strong. Good beer.
SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. clear amber beer with a large, fluffy, beige head. hoppy, earthy nose but retains balance relative to an amber style beer. a medium to full body that is kind of syrupy. flavor blends rich crystal malt and earthy notes with a punchy hop addition. cakey, chalky finish, but refreshing. it pushes the hop limit of an amber ale, but the fat maltiness provides proper balance. nice job. this a great flagship.