direwolf600 (37) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with a nice hoppy taste with a noticeably bitter finish. An overall balanced mix of sweet and bitter.
westknife (37) - USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, basically your average good ale, doesn’t really stand out from the pack but who cares
fdr137 (35) - , New York, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a nice golden amber, with no haze. An offwhite creamy head that lasted a fair while with good cling. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops. Flavor is a pretty balanced palate, a bit of malty up front with a nice hop kick, maybe some sweeter notes in the aftertaste. The hops are a little bitter but smooth out after a little while.
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. A very nice, hoppy amber ale. Hops are citrusy and nicely ballanced by the malt.
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel color with a pretty cream head. Smells mostly of hops and a little bit of something sweet. Taste is hoppy with very nice spicing. Kinda simple, but enjoyable.
Amber1 (32) - USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
very lively and fresh hop aroma on draft. orange to amber in color, it poured nicely, hope to try bottles someday.
dthmtldgn (32) - barrington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty good. has a kick though. very hoppy. probablyt will buy again, but would rathe get another example from this brewery first.
JFowler (30) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Beer Lover stated it most proper. "This beer falls into that very broad category in American craft brewing known as "Amber Ale." Troegs HopBack is brewed with pilsner and Munich malts, and is hopped with both Liberty and Nugget hop varieties. It is then dry hopped, which means the brew is strained through the Hop Back or hop strainer, which is packed with whole flower Nugget hops. This gives the beer a very vibrant hop aroma, as well as adding even more hop flavors to the Liberty and Nuggets that are used in the boil. Unlike many one dimensional hop blasts, this beer has a firm, smooth, malty back bone to match up to that big hop character. HopBack Amber Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with spicy and citric aromas, as well as some crisp, toasty malt character, with touches of estery ripe fruit. The palate is very firm, with lots of crisp, toasty malt flavor, slightly nutty malt flavor, under tones of estery fruit, and citric hop flavor. HopBack Amber Ale finishes with more malt and fruit up front, then ends with a very dry, zesty hop bite that lingers on the tongue. This is an outstanding amber ale that would match very well with a number of dishes due to the fact that it has both great malt and hop character. It comes in at 5.6% abv, allowing the drinker to enjoy a few, and a very respectable 55 IBU(bitterness units). That is plenty of hop bitterness, and it will please a hard core hop head, but is not so abusively hoppy that it could not be enjoyed by a novice to the style"
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color as the name suggests, has a carmel colored head. A hoppy beer, which isn’t exactly my thing, but its well balanced and a little sweet. A good ale.
jds170 (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from 3 Sons. Pours a clear amber with small off-white head. Bright citrus hop aroma backed by a little cereal malt. Predominantly hop-focused flavor, but balanced well by caramel malt. A shortly lingering bitterness. This could be a great session beer - I could drink this all day.