Handle (10) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Loads of gratefruit and orange even. I really think this is a FANTASTIC beer! It is the prefect beer to bring over to a friends house to have a good time. Just bring more that one six pack...ah, make that a case. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
This beer falls into that very broad category in American craft brewing known as "Amber Ale." Troegs HopBack is brewed with pilsner and Munich malts, and is hopped with both Liberty and Nugget hop varieties. It is then dry hopped, which means the brew is strained through the Hop Back or hop strainer, which is packed with whole flower Nugget hops. This gives the beer a very vibrant hop aroma, as well as adding even more hop flavors to the Liberty and Nuggets that are used in the boil. Unlike many one dimensional hop blasts, this beer has a firm, smooth, malty back bone to match up to that big hop character.
HopBack Amber Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with spicy and citric aromas, as well as some crisp, toasty malt character, with touches of estery ripe fruit. The palate is very firm, with lots of crisp, toasty malt flavor, slightly nutty malt flavor, under tones of estery fruit, and citric hop flavor. HopBack Amber Ale finishes with more malt and fruit up front, then ends with a very dry, zesty hop bite that lingers on the tongue.
This is an outstanding amber ale that would match very well with a number of dishes due to the fact that it has both great malt and hop character. It comes in at 5.6% abv, allowing the drinker to enjoy a few, and a very respectable 55 IBU(bitterness units). That is plenty of hop bitterness, and it will please a hard core hop head, but is not so abusively hoppy that it could not be enjoyed by a novice to the style. RyanTHC (38) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2006
I’ve only had 6 of the Troegs brews but out of all those, this one took the cake by far. It’s taste is simply exquisite. Good head. Good smell. I have to admit it’s a bit on the hoppy side yet still not overpowering. A little bitter. Medium-to heavy fruityness. Its a good brew to take with meals. All in all, I’d say theres no mans glass this beer isn’t good enough to fill! KUEric (975) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2006
12 oz bottle: Pours a slighly browner amber color (more brown than many other amber ales Ive had) with a big fluffy off-white/tannish head. A little bit of nice carbonations slowly dancing its way to the top. The aroma is of bread, light hints of cinamon, crackers, floral hops, some citrus. The flavor is quite lovely. A velvety mouthfeel that is very easy to drink. The flavors are of hops, caramel malts, floral, light citrus, fruity notes, and pure enjoyment. Its not amazingly complex or heavy or big in taste, but it is very good. bigboob (9) - Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007 does not count
From a 12 oz bottle to a shaker the brew exhibited a light amber- orange color with a frothy tan head. A definite NW US hop aroma is present (cascade? centennial?). The first taste results in a medium bodied beverage with a creamy texture. A very hoppy taste with a finish that is long and gently diminishing. The head has shown a lasting ability with nice lacing down to the end. As a self-proclaimed "hophead", I must say that this is an excellent introduction to more seriously hopped brews.
Bear53 (7) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007 does not count
Bottle. This beer pours very nicely to a medium cream head. Has citrus and flowery notes with a hint of clove and is copper-amber in color - just beautiful. Well balanced malt and hop flavors but not too hoppy which I feel overwhelms some other ales which boast the hops in their brews. Lovely mouthfeel and finishes smooth and clean. Also I prefer the lower alchol content this amber ale compared to other high hop ales. Highly recommended. BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
This was an extra in a rescent trade. I ve had nugget nectar many times befoe and I have passed this one up on my travels. I finally tried this beer and boy I was missing out. Very great nose thats citrusy and piney, but really well balanced. a very refreshing beer for the summer months ahead.
Patchez (20) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
This beer is one of my new "goto’s". If I’m standing at the distributor and can’t pick between two or three beers, i’ll just grab a case of this. Can’t go wrong. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Pours a clear orange amber with 2 fingers of light foam that fell off quickly to some picturesque splotchy rings of lace. Nose is mild and cheerful with gentle citrus, floral hops and a generous, forward malt presence. The malt profile kept expanding as the beer warmed. Hearty bready biscuit, round and toasted, then honey toffee sweetness. It’s slightly whimsical how all that strong malt character gently kisses the bright grassy hops. Taste is perfection. Smooth, light, lively; moderate for all it’s malt backbone. Deeply flavorful. Succulent hops finish dry but not really too bitter with a slick mouth coating and a little pine. This is an enticing amber with plenty of character that you could happily drink all day. ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 7, 2014
One of the better amber’s I’ve had. Light red. caramel with some subtle spicing and a good amount of bittering hops. Tried at the DC Drink the District Derby Days with Matt and Justin.