Troegs HopBack Amber Ale

Give BloodTonight I donated blood to the Red Cross. I’m a regular donor. I feel like I have the red stuff that someone needs, so why not donate it? You get some snacks (mandatory) and a T-shirt (if you desire) out of out of the deal and I don’t ever feel woozy or sick afterward. Today I tried something new: a double red cell donation. This is different from a regular donation in that they take twice the red cells, but pump your blood plasma, blood platelets, and some saline back into you. It’s limited to men with certain blood types. The blood goes to cancer patients who need red blood cells very badly. PLUS, even though the needle is smaller, you get an upgraded bandage for some reason. Look how bad-ass I am with my red bandage!

Troegs HopBack Amber Ale

A few hours have gone by since I donated, so I’m OK to move onto some liquid deliciousness. Troegs HopBack Amber Ale is where it is at tonight.

It’s got a pretty sweet looking foam lacing on the glass, which is really getting me stoked to drink it. It smells grapefruity, and the bottle portrays hops, so I am worried that it will be overly bitter/hoppy.

Troegs HopBack Amber Ale

After the first sip, my worries have melted away. Sure, it starts grapefruity and bitter. Like my worries, the bitter melts into sweet caramel. Malty and smooth as it finishes. If I had more than one of these, I’d probably be on my second by now. Instead, I have to savor it. Good thing I suppose…it packs a sneaky 6% ABV which tastes more like 5 (or even less!).

Overall, it’s an extremely well balanced beer. Whether you like sweet beers or bitter beers, I think you’ll find something about this one that you’ll enjoy.
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I was trying to look mean in my bandage, but all I can think of when I see the picture is: “They’re always after me lucky charms!”. #fail

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.