emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nut brown color with a slightly off white, almost almond head. good lacing and nice nutty aroma. solid hop profile but not overpowering for the style. very drinkable
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Troeg’s HopBack Amber Ale is a good hoppy, yet balanced, amber ale with a white head.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12 oz bottle. Taste of malt and hops. Taste of caramel. The bottle indicates that there is spice in here, if so it was not very prevalent. A pretty good beer, but in my opinion it is a bit overrated.
dancatts (91) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Troegs doesn’t disappoint with lovers of light hoppy beers with this one. Nice light start with a very hoppy aftertaste. Light color and texture give away later to a good strong aftertaste that leaves you craving more.
phillybass (90) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An easy drinking amber ale with good malt and a slightly stronger hop note than usual. One of my favorite session beers.
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SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hop aroma was stronger than the hop taste. * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark amber, with ample head. Rich heavy flavor with the hops coming through strongly. Great beer.
lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is quite hoppy, seems to be a touch of malt. Beer is clear, with a small head a few minutes after pouring. Good color for an amber. Flavor is quite hoppy, a good amount of bitterness, all well balanced with the malt flavor. Like an amber IPA.
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice amber pour. Balanced; not heavy on the hop aroma or flavor. Probably unfair to review this one after Alpha King. Nice caramel malt. Slightly hoppy finish. I liked it and will seek it out again though...
jobrewmeister (81) - - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red color with a half finger off-white head with pretty good retention. Smells very earthy, malt almost more prominent than bittered hops, bread yeast, amber malt and caramel. Taste of amber malt, light pine hop flavor and a light citrus hop flavor.