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HopBack Amber Ale by Troegs Brewing Company
Tonight’s beer is one that really got me addicted to craft brew. I first had it from my local beer store via a six pack and was like wow…this is so much better than the stuff I was drinking at the time…mostly Miller Lite and other various macro brews. I remember being in Hershey, Pennsylvania attending a Rush concert (my favorite band BTW…front row tickets…rocking with Geddy, Alex & Neil), I realized that Harrisburg was a hop, skip, and a jump from Hershey so off to Troegs I went to get myself a growler (my first of many) of that awesome, fresh brew and a case of that same beer. What beer is that you ask? I think the post title may have given it away but just in case it didn’t…HopBack Amber Ale is beer #243.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is where Troegs Brewing Company brews this American Amber Ale or Red Ale is brewed. It has an ABV of 6%.
HopBack Amber Ale is a clear amber in color. The head was small and white. The nose is awesome…sweet caramel malts, hoppy citrus grapefruity thing, some grass, a bit of floral and bread. It smelled like a subdued Nugget Nectar, also by Troegs and my favorite by them. It was also very similar in taste to Nugget Nectar with some nice bread flavors mixed with the hops, where more of the pine came through than the grapefruit. The sweet caramel malts were a bit stronger here and tended to dominate the the hops…until the end of the sip. Then the nice bitterness and pine flavors took over well into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a nice coating, creamy sensation and a decent amount of carbonation. It seemed stronger than the ABV suggested but I did finish it kind of quickly so maybe that had something to do with it.
An excellent brew from Troegs. It is like Nugget Nectar-lite…and that is a good thing. Yum!
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Boaks Double BW by Boak Beverage
When it rains…it pours, and pours, and pours for what seems like ages now. I haven’t seen the sun since Saturday and boy is it depressing and so was beer #171, Boaks Double BW by Boak Beverage from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. This Witbier had an ABV of 4.5% and a supposed Asian flair…at least that is what the Boak Beverage website said. It describes this as a Belgian Wheat beer with an Asian flair…what?
What it did have was a pale yellow or golden color with a minimal white head. The nose was wheat, faint lemon, and something spicy which I would say is more than likely the Belgian style yeast. It didn’t smell all that bad. The taste was kind of sweet up front and then got spicy and had a kind of lemon zest like taste finishing up a bit dry. It had a light body and was crisp with a decent amount of carbonation. I nursed this as I wasn’t really digging the flavors.
This wasn’t my thing. I still don’t have any idea what the Asian flair is or was in this. I didn’t get anything Asian in this at all. I think I’m going to the fridge and pop open a Troegs Nugget Nectar…that always seems to brighten my day.
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Nugget Nectar by Troegs Brewing Company
This is my favorite time of the year…for beer releases anyways. This is the time I get to grab a case or two of beer #81. Happy times!
Beer #81 is Nugget Nectar by Troegs Brewing Company. Brewed in the style of an American Amber/Red Ale, this beer has an ABV of 7.5%.
It had a lovely copper color with a very nice off-white fluffy head. The nose had nice aromas of grapefruit (and other citrus), pine, some floral notes, and sweet caramel malts. It smelled very much like a DIPA but not as intense in the hop department. It tasted just as good as it smelled with the pine, floral, & citrus elements of the hops mixing with sweet malts to just about perfection. It had a nice grapefruit hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel was excellent, with a slightly thick body that coats the mouth and is oh so creamy. With the alcohol hidden really well, great taste, creaminess, and low on the bitterness chart, this is really super easy to drink.
For me, this is one of those perfectly balanced beers. Nothing is overpowering. It kind of reminds me of a DIPA without the massive bitterness. It has been one of my favorites since I first had it two years ago and still remains so. In my humble opinion, it is the finest beer Troegs brews. I sometimes wish Troegs brewed this all year long but in a way I’m glad they don’t because it gives me something to look forward to in the hellish month of February.
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