Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ghisty:
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.**
02-15-2013 20:22:01 | More by ghisty
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3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
On tap at the Snooty Fox in Hamilton.
Poured a pale amber-golden hue. About a half inch of foamy white head, decent lacing and retention.
Nose is caramel, slightly off hops, malt.
Not bad, certainly drinkable. A decent blend of malt and caramel, with a fruity hop finish. Not exactly the flavor I was looking for, but it did alright. Thin, a touch watery, but with average carbonation to prevent the beer from feeling syrupy.
I could certainly have a few of these in an evening, although there wasn't much going for it that I haven't seen in other Ontario red lagers (Creemore, for example). Wasn't bad, but by the end I was enviously eyeing my brother's Hoegaarden bucket. Next time...
10-02-2010 22:14:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.2/5 rDev +22.4%
Poured from a can, this beer is a very nice, rich, golden colour; slightly more amber/red in colour than a standard lager. Very light, refreshing, lager taste with a tad more hop taste (but not much) than most lagers. A little too carbonated than most beers, but a clean taste and a little bitter aftertaste.
Would I buy it again? Yes, and have numerous times.
11-25-2012 05:48:29 | More by NilocRellim
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
Appearance: light amber, caramel colour; big thick head that lasts; clear
Aroma: minimal, some sweet fruit (orange); hint of caramel
Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth with slight creaminess, not usual crispness of a lager; mild carbonation which is surprising; clean taste with hint of a bitter finish, like citrus peel; some caramel again; not overly sweet, but could see it getting overwhelming after a few; flavour lingers
Overall: more complex than the average lager, but lacking some hop balance and as a result gets tired
03-25-2012 15:27:36 | More by BGDrock
4.1/5 rDev +19.5%
473ml can, a new arrival in Alberta, and thanks to Sherbrooke (and the rep, mea culpa) for the sample. A suspicious-looking cartoon squirrel amusingly espies a rather large hop cone on the label, leading me to idly wonder at its fate is this particular offering.
This beer pours a clear, copper-amber colour, with three tumultuously foamy fingers of tight eggshell white head, which leaves a decent layered watermark of lace rings around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells of crisp biscuity, grainy malt, a tad toasted, with a bit of nutty caramel, and zesty lemony, leafy, grassy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel and sourdough malt, more semi-sweet lemon, some oily nuttiness, a slight mineral/metallic undertone, and a sturdy grassy, hay-like hop bitterness.
The bubbles are even, supportive, and just plain nice (sorry, I'm in an increasingly good mood now), the body a decent medium weight, and smooth in the same vein. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt and lingering hops holding up their respective ends of the bargain.
Wow - one endearingly tasty amber lager - big toasty malts, and well balanced sassy pilsener-esque hops. This was a universal hit with the Sherbrooke staff earlier today, and it's clear why - this is a heady competitor to Creemore in the 'good craft lager not from Alberta' customer sweepstakes. Really, a damned fine tipple, in a style so under serviced by Canadian brewers lo these many years.
09-07-2012 02:51:03 | More by biboergosum
3.3/5 rDev -3.8%
Enjoyed on-tap at Shauey's, near the airport. Served way too cold, but fresh, the brewers are former homebrewers with a sugardaddy grant from Moosewood, who will of course help to distribute them. The smell is mildly cheesy. Pours dark yellow, with an eighth inch of white foam and lace lines own my glass. Average mouthfeel(though above average carbonation), this is in the style of a helles lager, though not the best interprestation. Good drinkability.
06-13-2010 21:50:18 | More by Sammy
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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