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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Draft at Churchkey, but this was a cask dry-hopped with palisades hops. Light brown iced tea color. No head (probably due to the cask). Smells faintly resiny but also has some honey and sweetness. Very thin palette, piney hops and some floral/grassy notes on the back palette. Pretty good, but I wouldn’t necessarily say what I experienced is indicative of all of Hopback.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Clear amber pour with medium carbonation and a half finger off white head. Aroma is toasty malt with some citrus, some grain, and caramel. Some slight flowery notes come in near the end of the sniff. Flavor is caramel malt with a balancing nondescript hop bitterness that provides nice balance. Palate is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a clean smacking finish. Very well put together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
12oz. Pours a clear amber with a thin, white head that has some okay retention and no lacing. Aroma is caramel, floral hops. Taste is nice caramel malt, some lemon, dry hops, a bit earthy, toast, biscuit. Not bad. Nice bittering hops throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle. A very nice, hoppy amber ale. Hops are citrusy and nicely ballanced by the malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2005
12oz bottle. Clear amber body, long-lasting foamy white head. Mostly crystal-sweet aroma with light-peppery, grapefruit rind hops. Nice aroma but not that interesting. The flavor has dry toffee malt with balancing stemmy bitterness and light tart lime flavor hops. Dunno about this one. The stemmy, resinous lime hops don’t appeal to my tastes and I also dislike the toffee flavors. +1 on the hop belch however, this stuff sticks with you.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CStar17 (14) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Crystal clear appearence. The head disappeared quickly. Extremely smooth, not very complex in flavor but tastey nonetheless. I was expecting a little more spice. Kind of standard in many ways, but still worth a whack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Nice amber color. Strong resiny aroma, but the mouthfeel is too thin, poor malt. Of course, strong ending resiny bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Not bad. Decent amber, but not really hoppy. A bit on the sweet side. I keep waiting for Troegs to get a bit better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. A decent amber ale. Lots of hop in the aroma and again on the palate. Some grapefruit and pine flavours come thorugh, with some slightly sweet caramelly malt notes. Perhaps this was a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 This is an update of a very old review that I am deleting in favor of this writeup. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of oranges with a bit of caramel along with a few pine notes. The flavor is weak caramel followed by some citrusy hops, however, the flavor lacks any real depth and seems to evaporate on the palate, leaving behind a bitter and mostly tasteless finish. Disappointing.

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