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.


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.


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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Beer # 85 Tröegs Nugget Nectar


Tröegs Nugget Nectar

Name: Nugget Nectar

Style: Imperial Amber

Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region:  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

ABV: 7.50% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Gruut glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Homemade pizza with pepperoni, anchovies, green olives and garlic.  Great pizza & great pairing!!!!  

Tasted on:  Friday March 12th, 2010. 

Note:  Bottled on 01/04/10 Track # 091214.  I could drink this beer 6 days a week (I need to have some variety, so I will not drink this 7 days a week).  As for the 93ish IBU’s of this beer, it doesn’t hit you like an extreme hop bomb.  You know the hops are there, but it’s not in your face and very very drinkable.  The dichotomy of this beer is such that…If you don’t like hoppy beers or if you do like a hoppy beer, well this one is for you.  Too bad this is not a regular beer in S Florida. 

On the Label: Hopheads Nirvana.  Experience a heady Trifecta of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops.  93ish I.B.U.’s.  

From their website:

Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%

Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 93ish

Color (SRM): Straw/ Orange

 Availability: Seasonal

Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich

Hops: Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade

HopBack Hops: Whole leaf Nugget

Dry Hops: Nugget, Warrior

Yeast: Ale

 Seasonal Brew (February)


Squeeze those hops for all they’re worth and prepare to pucker up: Nugget Nectar Ale, will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior and Tomahawk hops. Starting with the same base ingredients of our flagship HopBack Amber Ale, Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience.


Cheese (Sharp, Blue, and Cheddar); Meat (Beef and Poultry)

Serving Suggestions:
Temp: 45-50° F  Glassware:  Pint Glass

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Beer #43 Tröegs Mad Elf

Tröegs Mad Elf Ale

Name: Tröegs Mad Elf

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

ABV: 11.0%

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a vintage Abbaye de Leffe chalice.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: my favorite, assorted cheese and hard salami & bread.

Tasted on: Monday December 07, 2009

Note: This was a 2008 vintage bottle.  Either this beer or I had multiple personalities tonight. Each sip I tasted something else.  I first liked this beer, and then loved it, then it was Ok, then it was good but maybe too sweet, then I just loved it again.  Try it yourself and find out, because I am!  I couldn’t believe after I finished the bottle that it was 11.0% ABV, it drank like it was 5-7%.

From their website:

Seasonal Release: (Mid October – December)

Hop Bitterness (IBU’s):15

Color: Ruby Red

Malts: Pilsner, Munich & Chocolate

Hops: Saaz & Hallertau

Yeast: Belgian Spicy Yeast

JuJu: Pennsylvania Honey & Sweet and Sour Cherries

The Mad Elf, a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf, a jolly and delicious beer for the Holidays.

Serving Suggestions:
Temp:  50-55 ° F  Glassware:  Chalice or Tulip Shaped

This is the 12th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 17 more beers until Christmas!

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