billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
CStar17 (14) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber color. Strong resiny aroma, but the mouthfeel is too thin, poor malt. Of course, strong ending resiny bitterness.
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Decent amber, but not really hoppy. A bit on the sweet side. I keep waiting for Troegs to get a bit better.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
beerbill (3267) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.