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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barking Squirrel is a 5% ABV amber lager with a distinct rich burnt orange colour and subtle noble hop aroma. Its medium body, pleasant hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness makes it smooth and drinkable with a slight hop aftertaste.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: Viggo on 11-16-2009)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gave me two fingers of head that laced quite well but sadly didn't stick around for very long. Carbonation from the body looks a bit odd, like some bubbles are smaller then the others. Have almost a cherry oak colour to it.

Smell: Some grassy hops and a light caramel malt with a bit of a strange funk to it, almost like a sour fruit touch. Warming seems to bring the hops out more and more and minimize the other smells.

Taste: Not a lot really to say here, the hops make fair strong appearance in the background throughout the beer, which is fine save that I'd expect it more from a pale ale then a lager. Light caramel malt starts us out, as a nutty taste makes a brief appearance to be followed by a somewhat acidic note as the beer seems to give up and let the hops just ride it out. Does some good and some bad.

Mouthfeel: The prevalent hop note throughout the beer hurts it's transitioning. The carbonation is quite good, helping out the entire beer. The aftertaste is in a strange happy medium where I wouldn't want it gone, but it doesn't quite mesh with me as it currently stands.

Drinkability: It got down pretty fast, but it seems a bit too unrefined enough for an all night brew or an occasional drinker. It's not quite refreshing enough to be a summer drinker, but with a light meal this beer I think would excel.

Final Thoughts: It's alright, better then average but nothing to write home about. I guess if you were looking for a "Pale Lager" this would be a good example. I kinda like my amber lagers to be a bit more maltier like Creemore Springs.

Serving type: can

12-28-2011 06:12:31 | More by TheHammer
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Pours a deep reddish amber color with a huge off white head that persists for a while. Aromas of bready pilsner malt with hints of caramel or burnt sugar. Rich bready maltiness with a fair bit of melanoid and spicy hop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice malty rich lager, I enjoyed this.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Hop City Brewing Co's Barking Squirrel Lager last week for $1.69 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've never heard of this brewery before, but I thought I would give them a try and i figured I would start off with their Lager, so lets see how it goes. No visible Bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name, but the hop on the label makes me think this beer might be a little hoppy, it's eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of a copper color when held to the light and it had a finger and a half worth of bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with the a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show and they impart a grainy, toasted, caramel malt and very light sweet malt aromas with the toasted and caramel malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some clean lager yeast aroma with a very slight nutty aroma with no hop presence. This beer had a nice aroma, but I was hoping there would be a little bit of hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some of that clean lager yeast followed by a very slight nutty flavor. On the finish there's no hop presence with no bitterness and it had a clean malty aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Lager, but I think a little hops would have provided some nice balance to this beer.

M- Smooth, clean, fairly crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of a Amber Lager, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the still, but I still wish it had just a little bit of hops to provide some balance to this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, fairly crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think I would start to get bored with it after a couple, but if I wasn't concerned with taste I'm sure I could drink more than a few of them. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was and the mouthfeel, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was that there wasn't any hop flavors and aromas, I think a little hops would help this beer out a little and provide a little bit of balance to it. I might by this beer when looking for a nice Amber Lager, but it isn't something I just have to keep stocked in my fridge, but I do recommend it if you enjoy the style. All in all I thought this beer was nice, but there's a little room for improvement and I think with just a little work this could be a pretty tasty and memorable Amber Lager. This made for a decent first impression for Hop City and I'm interested in trying more of their beers. I think it's one of the better Amber Lagers I've had. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

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12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Amber body with a finger of off-white head leaving moderate lacing.

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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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