For those of you who read this, you know that I’m not the biggest fan on ambers. They’re okay, but I find them a little bit plain. There’s not much to them. So, this was a selection that I wasn’t thrilled about. But, I figured I’d give it a shot.
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Trivia: According to the Troegs website, “Tröegs Brewery’s Flagship beer, HopBack Amber Ale derives its name from a vessel in the brewhouse called a hopback. As the ‘wort’ is being transferred from the brewhouse to fermentation it passes through the hopback vessel. Packed full of fresh whole flower hops, the wort slowly circulates through this vessel extracting the essence of the aromatic hops. This vessel adds more time and more hop character that creates a fresh, spicy taste and rich caramel note that defines this signature ale.”
Random: This tasting area was awesome. $9 for 9 samples. Can’t beat that.
This poured with a one finger white head with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The body is a clear, warm, brown color. There isn’t a lot of visible carbonation. On the nose, I get some hops but also a hint of caramel malt. The taste was definitely maltier than the nose with a decent amount of hops. I think it could have been a little better balanced, but was still pretty boring. The carbonation was perfect for the brew. The finish lingered and is hoppier than expected. This was an okay brew, nothing that I would seek out again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0