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RATINGS: 1138   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Great beer, great flavor. Real nice citrus notes along with some maltiness. Although it is called "hopback" it is not overly hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a small off-white head. Clean hop aroma. Taste is citrusy hops, with a touch of sweetness and a very clean finish. Tastes just a few hops shy of an APA. Very drinkable amber ale... an excellent session brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2005
from the bottle . poured a nice amber with a off white head. aroma hops, and a small amout of malts, a touch of citrus like lemon, floral. flavor gotta like the hops nice and mild and the malts blend in there nicely.satisfied the hop craving.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (634) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 I find a big difference if the beer is fresh v.s. aged. At its best, this is a nicely hopped ale where the hops win the battle with the malt. Hopping is quite nicely done.

   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 (2736) - 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 (1286) - 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

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