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 (4607) - 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. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
This is a tasty beer. I had the fortune to try a fresh one - bottled 6.13.03. Very nice looking amber with fluffy head and decent hop nose. RICH flavor with a good dose of hops. Crisp finish and enjoyable. beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Floral, hoppy aroma, with some caramel in the back. Beautiful clear amber, with a Big, dense white head. Great balance of hops and malt in the flavor, with crystal evident. Just right balance for an amber ale. This is not an IPA, nor is it advertised as one.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 like the pale ale in its hop presence, but rounded out nicely in taste and mouthfeel with malt. affordable, wonderfully drinkable, really is more of a pale ale to me Jaysus (17) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Recently had the cask version of this ale, and it was fantastic. Beautiful orange pour with a thick, light tan head that jest seemed as if it refused to let go of the glass (unreal lace). The hop profile hits the nose like a hammer, and the tongue like a pillow. Extremely drinkable, unfortuantley I had to limit myself as I was driving. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Although I don't understand the process, my mouth appreciates the HopBack Vessel and the whole flower hop method. Delicious and deeper than an IPA (which is what the brew smells like)...definitely multidimensional than the ordinary amber, tons-o-malt, ale. Spicy aroma of fresh floral/citrus hop blend. First sip has a quite dry palate. As I tasted more, it became more sticky and lasting. Perfectly done...I swear I tasted rye in the finish. wbickerton (9) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004 does not count
On tap and cask-conditioned. Dark-amber color that is clear with good effervescence. Large, creamy, off-white head that is fully lasting. Excellent lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a medium to strong herbal and evergreen scent and slight caramel notes as well. Excellent mix of sweetness and bitterness. Long finish that is evenly bitter and sweet. Excellent carbonation, body, and finish. bikenbob (2) - Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006 does not count
I personally think of Hopback as more of an IPA than an Amber. Big flavour and big IBU.