Niko100 (1788) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber/copper color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, hops, and citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Pretty good.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy, amber-orange with a short tan head.
Scent is floral/grassy hop.
Taste is caramel malt, citrus, florals....
Smooth mix of sweet and bitter.
Very solid, though closer to a mild IPA than an Amber.
shrubber85 (6808) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange peel, light white pepper, and caramel malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Very nice.
pinkie (402) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange amber with 2 fingers of light foam that fell off quickly to some picturesque splotchy rings of lace. Nose is mild and cheerful with gentle citrus, floral hops and a generous, forward malt presence. The malt profile kept expanding as the beer warmed. Hearty bready biscuit, round and toasted, then honey toffee sweetness. It’s slightly whimsical how all that strong malt character gently kisses the bright grassy hops. Taste is perfection. Smooth, light, lively; moderate for all it’s malt backbone. Deeply flavorful. Succulent hops finish dry but not really too bitter with a slick mouth coating and a little pine. This is an enticing amber with plenty of character that you could happily drink all day.
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a uncarbonated transparent golden orange brown colored body. The mild aroma was wheat dough and woody. The crisp mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of wheat sweet hops malt and bread dough. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
Kuzo (115) - 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 (401) - 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 (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 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 (247) - 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.
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Chad9976 (1067) - 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.