HopBack

Pennsylvania
United States
HopBack Troegs Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

HopBack Amber Ale 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 our signature Amber Ale.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
55
Served at: 
50° - 55° F
Hops: 
Crystal, Munich, Pilsner
Malts: 
Cascade, Nugget, Willamette, Crystal
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The initial aroma is of caramel and toasty malt, followed by woody, earthy hops that have a pithy character. Moderate strawberry esters have an overripe fruitiness, with a low-level sour/sulfury quality that is distracting. The flavor starts off with moderately toasted caramelly malts that are quickly overtaken by an earthy, vinous bitterness that lingers through the finish to the aftertaste. Esters are reminiscent of bruised fruit, with an overripe aspect. The alcohol presence is closer to the forefront than expected for the style. The impression swings from light malt to an overriding hop flavor and bitterness that is not as engaging as in the best examples.

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Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
80
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
31/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
8/ 10
Overall Impression: 
16/ 20
The pieces are there, but somewhat muddled. The caramel malt dominated until bludgeoned into submission with bitter hopping. There was a bit of a sulfuric quality, which didn't wholly detract from the beer but seemed a bit out of place.