RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2004
This beer pours a light ambery color with a thin white head which dissipated very quickly and little to zero lacing to speak of. The aroma is strong out of the bottle but very light on the nose...sweet and caramelly with malt, and a hint of pine cone and twigs. Very light and almost non-apparent as it warms (though I guess we could blame that on olfactory saturation :) ). The flavor is very light, with malts and caramels pretty much dominating, and a good hint of tickling carbonation. Sweet, very little bittering hop presence, save for the finish. Some fruity nectar in the finish. Medium to light bodied mouthfeel...i mean i did enjoy this beer...but I didn’t find anything about it which really stood out. It’s a solid beer, but a questionable amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Rich amber pour that appeared only lightly filtered at first but which cleared to support a fluffy golden head. Solid aroma of hops and malt that reminded me of Arrogant Bastard Ale. Some fruity notes in the aroma as well. Satisfying hoppy flavor with a good balance of bitterness and sweet citrus accents. Overall a very refreshing beer. I have to agree with those who think this is more of an IPA because it certainly has all the characteristics of a one - and a good one at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Secret Santa beer #4, sent by Jason (Dorwart). Ever notice that many of the top Ambers on the site stretch the style’s limits? This one is no different. Amber/dark orange body, thin clumping off-white head. Cerealy aroma with light caramel and earthy hops. Flavor reminded me of many American Strong Ales but with less emphasis on alcohol; sweet cereals and caramel played off the earthy, somewhat piney hops. I’ve had beers just like this that were classified as IPAs. That said, there are so many beers out there just like this one. I like a maltier Amber Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2795) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Amber, no head. Lovely hop/citrus scent. Flavor is... malty, hoppy, and kinda sweet. Decent, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a good amber color, with a decent head that had some retention. Decent lacing was seen when drinking this brew. The aroma is dominated almost exclusively by hops, mainly citrus with other smells present. The malt smell rounds out the aroma for an overall great smell. The taste stays true to the name as the citrus hops are taking over with the malts still making themselves known. Clean aftertaste with a slight bitterness and a good mouthfeel. Very easy drinking as I am on schedule to finish this 6 pack tonight. Another great beer by Tröegs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
A brilliant copper/amber color with a lasting, off-white head. Aroma is spicy hops, malt sugar, and toffee. Flavor is well-integrated hops into a slightly sweet, malt sugar, and caramel malt base. This is one of my favorite ambers I have ever had. I could really session this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Whew, what a scent! First thing that hits you, very aromatic. The process (hop back vessel) gives exactly what they wanted. Good initail head that fades slowly to a lace on the glass. Flavor is like it smells, but not as strong. Very flavorful, but not something I could drink more than one at a time. Not exactly my thing but I can imagine a good following for this flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle. From Sampler. This one pours a large off-white head with excellent lacing and a nice clear amber color. Nose of caramel malt and baking cookies with light earthy hops (english hop?). Toffee and honey flavor make this one not much different than the Troeg’s Pale Ale. Some darker malts in this one, but an ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3058) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottled. I finally got back to my beer after a few days of gastritis (caused, no doubt, by the pitcher of swill from my previous rating). And found this beer, from my trade with DocLock, to be a nice mellow transition back to real beers. Pours a big country cream head over a pretty amber body; the head turns rocky as it starts to fade. The hops are clearly of an American IPA mode, piney more than citrusey. The bitterness is pleasing more than bitter for its own sake, and matches up well with a smooth caramel malt. Kudos.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Cask @ Andy’s. Poured clear gold with a fluffy head from the hand pump. How is this not an IPA? Nice floral aroma with caramel and malt. Taste has an initial hop bite which is almost completely smothered in malty goodness. Not terribly sweet but a really well made beer.

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