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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | 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 ghisty:
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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance:
pours a reddish amber, small head but it was a bit warm, low carb, but thats fine by me. laces just a touch. very red for an amber. almost mahogany.despite lack of ehad it retains its carb reasonably for the small amount there is to begin with.

smell:
very malted. but also heavy on hops. a bit smoky. a bit sharp on the nose, but pleasant and not at all offending, the grains involved become more present as the pint gets low.bitter smelling, and intruiging at the same time.

taste:
full bodied, has a very present malt as with the nose, and the hops really shine,
alot sharper than expected from the amount of carb, levels out to a medium malty
with some nice hints of roasted grain and maybe even a nutty flavour in there someplace .alot sharper and hoppy than most ambers ive had.
finish is malty as hell, maybe a bit dry, definatly session worthy.

mouthfeel:
sharp at first , levels out nicely, finish is somewhat dry, leaves a thin malty bit behind
mouthfeel is always hard to describe but even more so with this lager.

overall:
this lager has alot of the traits of an english ale, but with alot more hops, and a sharper malt, tried it on a risk, not dissapointed at all, as far a craft beers go this one isnt bad at all, if anything the only thing id say lacks is the amount of head.
taste is great, very hoppy. very bright. its different, if you want something not the norm esspecially where lager is concerned, give it a try. I will be buying it again. its not a game changer, but it has things about it I cant help but like.

**something odd.. i always pour out beer into a glass.. but i drank a few of these from the bottle out ice fishing..seems to taste better direct from bottle..maybe it was just the environment tho.**

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 20:22:01 | More by ghisty
More User Reviews:
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can poured into a tall pils glass.

A- I like the cartoonish can art. A normal pour created a 2-finger, khaki head. The body is a clean, copper with moderate-heavy carbonation. The head settles in at 1/4-finger and the lacing is abundant.

S- Very "beery." Doughy malts and lighter, spicy hops. Hints of caramel, especially after it warms a bit.

T- Caramel-like malts dominate at first. Hops are lightly spicy through the middle and the finish is doughy/bready. Maybe a little nutty and buttery with warmth.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lightest hop bite. Pretty good for the style and strength of this brew.

O- A nicely balanced amber lager. No frills, but nothing off-putting either. My wife returned to the cottage with this one from the LCBO. It was a nice surprise and didn't seem too expensive compared to the "domestics." I'd buy it again the next time through CAN.

Serving type: can

07-28-2014 01:25:50 | More by GRPunk
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rabbitguy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-27-2014 18:48:10 | More by rabbitguy
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flashyace


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-26-2014 22:40:55 | More by flashyace
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-26-2014 00:21:38 | More by andrenaline
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herrlybird

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-23-2014 03:52:58 | More by herrlybird
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Barnsley

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-19-2014 19:58:49 | More by Barnsley
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Snooty Fox.
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2014 02:31:49 | More by johnnnniee
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-16-2014 20:06:08 | More by pat_usher
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 02:49:57 | More by StoutHunter
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dryndantheman

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-15-2014 21:29:13 | More by dryndantheman
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Devon_

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-15-2014 13:13:04 | More by Devon_
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Anjali_harvie


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-14-2014 22:03:52 | More by Anjali_harvie
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drennie321

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-14-2014 00:17:11 | More by drennie321
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hipHOPSanonymous


3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-13-2014 21:11:04 | More by hipHOPSanonymous
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DMBfanCoop1258


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-12-2014 19:53:42 | More by DMBfanCoop1258
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brigstew


4/5  rDev +16.6%

07-09-2014 00:15:18 | More by brigstew
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dwxr

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-09-2014 00:14:39 | More by dwxr
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Boooreen


3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-06-2014 23:29:34 | More by Boooreen
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MrGumbo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-06-2014 19:31:37 | More by MrGumbo
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MasterOfArgos39

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

07-06-2014 04:53:25 | More by MasterOfArgos39
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psdriscoll

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-05-2014 20:48:29 | More by psdriscoll
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Erin17


5/5  rDev +45.8%

07-04-2014 00:54:22 | More by Erin17
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-30-2014 21:06:41 | More by tbeer40
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Phocion

Minnesota

2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Notes from phone, May 18, 2014.

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

Aroma is toffee and caramel malts. Buttered biscuit and slightly roasted. Subtle grassy/floral noble hoppiness.

Lightly roasted caramel and grassy flavor. A bit of sourdough bread with a very dry finish.

Slick, oily, and thin mouthfeel, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, this is a malt bomb with a slight hint of diacetyl. Bland. Sub-par mouthfeel. Very unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 16:46:32 | More by Phocion
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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.