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Monday, May 5, 2008

Troegs Hop Back

Troegs Hop Back Amber Ale:

Listed as an amber ale, I think of Hop Back as an IPA by virtue of its crispness and hoppy bite. Actually, it doesn't bite so much as nibble gently. But the hops are most definitely present and as alive as any flavor in any amber ale I'v ever tasted.

There are spicy things going on during the entire tasting process here, though I can't put my finger on them. The gentle sweetness at the end allows the interesting finish that constantly keeps the drinker's eyebrows raised in pleasant surprise. Just this side of mild, its crazy Uncle Nugget Nectar lays in waiting, chained up in the attic.

If you were at Hopstown University, prepare to be educated by graduating from pale ales to IPAs, or in this case, amber ales that happen to be hoppy. Perhaps then this ale is the missing link! Either way, it's versatile (bottle or glass or draft) and mellow and very drinkable at 6% abv. The first one goes down really fast, so watch it. If you've mastered the pale ale and are looking for some adventure, this brew is perfect. Embrace Hop Back and you will be lurking in dark corners in search of more. Hop Back is soooo close to Victory's Hop Devil. Sooooo close...

Troegs Hop Back Amber Ale:

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: 1.0
Style: .90
Personal Preference: 1.0

Total Score: 3.9 Flags

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