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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8812) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Cask version at Fat Head’s in Pittsburgh. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Thin and foamy lacing. The aroma is outstanding: Citrus hops, malt, caramel and fruit. Very smooth body, with a strong floral hops flavor, followed by malt and spice. The finish is slick and earthy hops and malt. This beer is definitely enjoyable on the cask, I’d like to try the bottled version too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Deep amber coloured brew with a thick white head. Aroma is great... bright juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit and lots of spicy sweetness. A lovely caramel/cookie dough malt base with a hint of toast as well. Excellent balance. Tasty sweet citrus hops over a fresh biscuity malt base. Moderate bitterness, but loads of hop flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8295) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Spicy pine, cinnamon and wood aroma, with a slightly thick palate and a rich flavor of cedar with a lot of malt character. Finishes a little low-key, losing flavor at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Floral, spicy and citrusy hops proliferate atop and within biscuity cereals, leading this impressive Amber Ale to a balanced wooden hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam slowly disappears into the clear amber.
-Now this is an attractive nose for what is usually a mailed-in style. Bravo!
-Light caramelization accompanies the biscuity character, but doesn’t really bother.
-The mouthfeel is lean and quenching.
-The chosen hops and grain bill are really harmonious, which I find is not often the case in this often neglected, brew-by-numbers Amber Ales.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
2009-10-09. Dark amber body, small foamy beige head fades. Mild aroma of green leafy hops, touch of caramel malt. Flavour is lightly bitter, mild green leafy hops over smooth but modest sweet caramel malt, light toasty touches to the malt. Average plus palate is lightly carbonated. Decent, pleasantly quaffable but a touch muted overall. I suspect it has a bit more zip closer to the bottling date, but there is no best before on the bottle. Bottle from Premier Gourmet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8098) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
I just got back from a tasting event at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA. I got to sample a freshly bottled one direct from the brewery in Harrisburg. This one pours deep amber in color, with an amazing hop aroma, with malt, grapefruit, and toffee overtones. Great head and lacing. The first taste is super hoppy, with a nice, slightly sweet malt flavor underneath. Finished very smooth, hoppy, malty, and crisp. To me, this was not an amber ale, but rather a great pale/IPA made with amber malts. I was so impressed that I took a case home with me. This one reminded me very much of Victory Hopdevil. I will do them side by side and report ASAP.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to beerbill. Pours with a clear amber body and an off-white ring. Aroma is hoppy with caramel, and light tea notes. Taste is caramel, hoppy and pine. Creamy carbonation and light bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7227) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2011
12oz bottle from the troegs Anthology variety 12-pack. Clear ambery-red color, minimal head and lacing. Spicy hop aroma, but not too strong. Sharpish carbonation, but good texture. Decent amber, but if this is as good as they get, then I guess I don’t really find the style to be too interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottled. Poured clear, deep amber with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma had some juicy light-medium skinned fruits, grapefruit, and caramel.. well-hopped with sufficient maltage to back it up.. nice! The flavor had a bunch of fruit and caramel at the core with juicy grapefruit and some spicy bitterness around.. bright and lightly-toasted.. tasty! Light-medium bodied with a thicker middle and a short, grainy bitter finish.. a bit tacky at times, and the slightest bit stale. Still a solid beer overall.

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