In this beer blog, we are going to get into the first review on this blog on a Troegs Craft Brewery brew. The beer that will be reviewed is Hop Back Amber Ale. Troegs Craft Brewery was founded by brothers, who are John and Chris Trogner in 1996 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They sold their first keg in 1997. They later moved their brewery to Hershey, Pennsylvania in 2011. They brew several different beer styles and won several different awards. Let us get into the beer.
It has a clear amber color without a head on the beer. The smell has a malty to caramel with a touch of citrus. The taste of this well balance beer is malty and caramel to citrus notes. There is no aftertaste to this hoppy amber ale. It is drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Each batch of HopBack Amber Ale flows through a bed of whole flower hops creating a fresh aroma, spicy taste and rich caramel note that defines our signature beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.troegs.com):
Tröegs HopBack Amber AleAlcohol by Volume: 6.0%Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 55Color (SRM): AmberAvailability: Year RoundMalts: Pilsner, Munich, CrystalHops: Cascade, Williamette, NuggetHopBack Hops: Nugget, CrystalYeast: Ale
Tröegs 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 a rich caramel note that defines our signature Amber Ale.
Deep amber in color under a huge creamy head. HopBack Amber Ales aroma is very apparent, bold and spicy with a slight floral character. Balanced with caramel malt, this well-rounded amber ale has an up-front floral spice that builds with a flush of sweetness.
Big, robust flavors like red meats and strong cheeses. The assertive flavors of our HopBack will hold up against strong cheeses like Stilton and Smoked Cheddar.
Serving Suggestions: Temp: 50-55° F Glassware: Bavarian Tumbler or Pint Glass
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In closing, I really enjoyed this brew. This is a great hoppy amber ale. I had a few brews from this brewery. I have enjoyed them. I love the hop touch and malt that kicks off the caramel notes. It has a nice balance from the hops and caramel notes. I wish I could get their beers in the Chicago market. It is drinkable and has a ton going in it. It was a pretty enjoyable beer. I am happy that I was able to try. I also thanks to my friend, who is Matt, from Maryland for sending me the beers. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser