6ROW (471) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
brown pour with small light brown head light molasses aroma with nutty taste and short bitter finish. acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Amber hue with tan creamy head, decent lacing, sweet smell, not much spice and very faint hop, carmel aftertaste, nice balance, relatively light body but that seems to be Troegs characteristic, but this is refreshing one. jb (3250) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Very filtered looking. Dark orange, some head. Pure hops nose. Smell like hops but I guess on the piney side of citrus. Decent mouthfeel, silky, somewhat try, decent balance between the malt and hops. Not sure about the high average rating. This is a decent honest beer but not a lot special going on here. jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
2009-10-09. Dark amber body, small foamy beige head fades. Mild aroma of green leafy hops, touch of caramel malt. Flavour is lightly bitter, mild green leafy hops over smooth but modest sweet caramel malt, light toasty touches to the malt. Average plus palate is lightly carbonated. Decent, pleasantly quaffable but a touch muted overall. I suspect it has a bit more zip closer to the bottling date, but there is no best before on the bottle. Bottle from Premier Gourmet Borresteijn (7036) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2011
35cl Bottle, thanks Harmen&Kevin! Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of floral hops, light sweet malts, caramel. Flavour is sweet, caramel, floral, light bitter finish. Light bodied. Nice.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served on cask into a nonic pint at Al’s of Hampden. This version has 3x palisade hops.
A - Pours dark amber with a small one finger head, dissipating to a light film of head, leaving faint rings of lacing down the glass.
S - If you think the normal version of hopback is hoppy then you aint seen nothing yet. This one is HOPPY, like the normal version but on hoppy steroids. Huge amounts of grassy, piney, citrus hops. A touch of sweetness from the malt is a welcome addition and helps add some contrast to the nose.
T - An absolute wall of grassy hops up front giving way quickly to a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of dryness from the yeast. Finish is plenty of hop bitterness that lingers for only a short time because it is washed away by the thin, watery, feel. Very nice flavors but the thin finish ruins it a bit. If it wasn’t so thin I would say this is the best hopback I have ever had but I just can’t do that with how it is.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel was a bit on the watery side which I didn’t like too much. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish but it does not linger on the pallet for very long.
D - Fairly high. I love the normal version of hopback, and I have had this on cask a few times before, but the watery feel brought this one down a notch. I still think it is the best cask hopback I have ever had. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2011
On tap at Matchbox, Rockville. May not have been super fresh, the hops just weren’t there as much as I expected. It’s smooth enough, refreshing, but the hop kick seemed to be missing. Stay tuned, will try again... Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Draft. Amber pour with nice head. Caramel, citrus, nice balanced bitterness, hop. Overall a nice balanced beer but a bit body would make this a great beer. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2012
12oz bottle, dark amber color, with a beige head, nice bready, grainy toasty, caramel malt nose, with some mild floral leafy hop accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a fruity, flowery citrus, piney, leafy hop character, with a light caramel, toasted malty backbone, leading towards a lingering fruity, leafy hop bittering finish. rxeight (3080) - Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bready with a bit of carmel. Hoppy finish on the back end. Decent stuff. Refreshing.