Beer #110 Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale

Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale

Name: Hopback Amber Ale

Style:  American Amber / Red Ale

Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

ABV: 6.0% Abv

How served: 12oz capped bottle poured into a Taco Mac pint glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: Grilled salmon marinated in a teriyaki sauce.  Very good pairing between the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce and the sweet malt of this red ale and the little bit of bitterness you got from the hops did not overpower the salmon.

Tasted on:  Monday May 17th, 2010. 

Note: This beer had a very pleasant malt sweetness up front and only a mild hop presence. From the nose you might have expected a bit more hop kick to this brew. This was a very refreshing brew and if not for the 6% abv it would be a perfect session beer to have during the hot Florida summer.

 On the Label:   Each batch of HopBack Amber Ale flows through a bed of whole flower hops creating a fresh aroma, spicy taste and a rich caramel not that defines our signature beer.  We invite you to come visit and tour our brewery on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.  Cheers, Chris & John

 From their 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.

TASTING NOTES

Deep amber in color under a huge creamy head. The aroma 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.

FOOD COMPLIMENTS

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

Alcohol by Volume: 6%

Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 55

Color (SRM): Amber

Availability: Year Round

Malts: Pilsner, Munich

Hops: Cascade, Williamette, Nugget

HopBack Hops: Whole Leaf Nugget, Mt Hood

Yeast: Ale

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