Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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Reviews by morimech:
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Attractive enough as is pours a clear amber with a steady two fingers of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.
Clean lager aroma that is a balance of pale malt and German hops. A little bready and cracker-like with spicy, peppery hops.
The flavor is also balanced and clean tasting. Not the most exciting beer but I guess it is not this beers purpose. Just a little more bready and caramel malt than a pilsner. Some hop flavor but I would of liked some more to excite the palate more. Could of used a little more bitterness as well. Finishes semi-sweet.
Body is on the lighter side but feels weighty enough for a 5% ABV lager. Is nicely carbonated. Lively without being harsh.
Good for what it is. A simple easy drinking beer. I would prefer Boston Lager being at the same price point. I see this comes in cans as well. Why did they send us bottles then? Seems like a stupid idea.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2012 16:33:28 | More by morimech
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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