Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.08/5 rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real big fluffy white head with lots of staying power, big in size at about three fingers and not going anywhere. Collapses very slowly with pock marked peaks and valleys. Body is a very clear and bronze amber color, with little noticeable rising carbonation. What does show goes up really small and very slowly. Real nice looking.
Nose is clean, light malt caramel, a sense of slight sticky yeast. Quite nice and simple and pleasurable. Some light grass sharp hops just hide in the back.
Very light bodied caramel on the palate. Hits with a good malt backbone with a very light feel but not too wet. Hints of light brown sugar, and almost Marzen like appeal. A good brown bread toasty finish too, with just a little bit of mild hop bitterness that isn't very distinguishable.
It's not very complex, but it's stupid easy drinking, in fact VERY easy drinking. Quite enjoyable a good amber lager worth exploring again.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2013 19:46:09 | More by smakawhat
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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
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bright, medium amber, offwhite head w/decent retention, lots of carbonation visible
Leafy noble hop aroma (Saaz?) with noticeable caramel / toffee sweetness
Surprisingly dry, hop-forward with the caramel malt coming through more as a very subtle bitter, blackstrap molasses taste rather than the sweetness expected from the aroma. Not a lot of complexity. Halfway into the can a very slight sweetness is in there if you look for it.
Very prickly mouthfeel owing to high carbonation, though slightly thicker and more dextrinous than a typical lager.
Not bad, but a little disappointing. The can promises "subtle hop aroma and flavour ... perfectly balanced by roasty toasty caramel malts" but the impression is more of a dry, pilsner-like lager with very subtle nutty/roasted notes. Comparable in style and overall balance to Creemore lager but not as good to my tastes. Worth trying if you're fan of noble-hoppy lagers, but nothing special.
Serving type: can
05-26-2014 20:30:05 | More by EvanHarper
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.