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RATINGS: 1114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Served ice cold draught at the Atherton Inn in State College, Pennsylvania. I had to down this pint in five minutes before heading out to a wedding. Hey, we all know that a little nip helps any wedding move along. The pint glass was also frosted. I’m sure that some flavors were lost due to the cold, but I still sensed that this was indeed a tasty brew. The hops (as the name suggests) were very strong. Before coming to ratebeer, I thought for sure that this was an IPA - goes to show what I know. The bitter hops, which were quite fruity and pleasant, were well-balanced by the sweet malt. Felt a little syrupy on the tongue but that may have been due to the extreme chill this was served under. All in all, another beer Pennsylvania should be proud of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2595) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Really nice hops and lemon aroma, good looks (very red), great frothy head. Flavor is a bit too dependent on hops, though, and doesn’t finish quite as nicely as I would have expected from this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Thanks Santa! Pours a clear amber color, small vanilla white head. Aroma is of wonderful citrusy hops, lemons and oranges. Bready malt as well. Flavor is sweet hops, just loaded, A little bit of caramel malt balances the brew out quite nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Draft at The Office in Morristown, NJ: Poured a amber/copper color with a diminishing off white head. Aromas were piney hops and some caramel notes. Flavor was generally roasted malt and caramel, decent amount of hops as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - JUL 20, 2005
amber color w/ quickly disappearing biege head. huge floral aroma of hops. hoppy but well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 this amber ale has the strongest hop flavor i’ve ever tasted forit’s style. feels more like an ipa than anything else

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Chewy caramel accented by a citrusy orange. Sweet base, but it’s subdued by a roasty edge. Not as "hoppy" as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Spicy delicious aroma. Nice golden brown amber color. Spicy citrus cake flavor with beautiful hops and a very nice malt balance. Very hoppy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Solid hops with apricot and citrus flavors. Hint of alcohol flavor a bit distracting, but cuts right through spicy food. Almost grapefruity bite at the tip of the tongue. Nice to look at, a bright amber color with decent light head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Sampled from 12 oz bottle at the Mondial. Moderately clear, bright amber with a touch of lasting head...Cascade hops dominate the nose but there are also big handfuls of just-ripe blueberries and light bready yeast...beautifully creamy body, sweet and fruity with no alcohol presence, lots of caramel and a hint of tar and cigar smoke to finish. Quite nice.

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