Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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Reviews by undeadozzy:
3.6/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A - Poured vigorously from the can. Looks awesome! So much head and no bubbly soda look. Looks great so far! Deep amber color is making my mouth water already.
S - And here we go! Sniffing...smelling...not getting anything? Wow, I don't know if it was a bad can or something, but it doesn't really smell like anything...
T - Beautiful taste for a beer I thought was gonna be bad because it was only $6.99! Has a rich amber lager taste with a nice hoppy bite! The hops! Pretty intense for a beer that's relatively far away from IPAs on the beer scale.
M - Smooth and velvety. The head adds great texture to it, but other than that, just kinda average.
O - Not bad! Very good beer for the money! Can't wait to see what Hop City has up its sleeve next!
Serving type: can
12-25-2012 02:37:08 | More by undeadozzy
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3.63/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hop City Brewing Co. is located in Brampton, Ontario and launched its first beer, Barking Squirrel Lager in October 2009. Since then, the brewery has followed on with its Lawn Chair Classic Weiss, Happy Hour Premium Ale, and Mr. Huff Persuasion Pilsner. Apparently, Hop City Brewing is owned by St. John based Moosehead Breweries Limited.
On this occasion we decided to try their flagship Barking Squirrel Lager ("BSL") in a 473 ml can purchased from the LCBO, with a December 2011 production date. BSL was 5.0% alcohol by volume.
BSL poured a deep amber colour with about 1.5" of pale orange coloured head...an attractive looking beer. The head dissipated within a few minutes, resolving itself into a collar and thin film that left some modest spotting and lacing down the glass. Some small, slow rising bubbles were visible in the beer. Its aroma was fairly straightforward, hops and caramel malts. Given the brewer's name I was expecting something with a hop heavy taste, but was pleasantly surprised by the balance between the hop flavour and sweet caramel malts. A faint lemon taste was also detectable. BSL had a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingered for a few seconds after each mouthful, but nothing overpowering nor too long lasting. The carbonation was perhaps a bit on the conservative side contributing to a smooth mouth feel, and I would describe BSL as light to medium bodied. Overall, a solid, straightforward brew that is good enough that I'd like to sample Hop City's Lawn Chair Classic Weiss. At $2.65 per can, BSL represents decent value for money.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 22:21:03 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I've heard of a barking spider, but not a barking squirrel. Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but if that were the case, why isn't the beaver being used instead? It comes from a 16 ounce can, and was used to wash down dinner. On to the beer:
Orange amber colored and topped with a thick two finger head that's rocky in texture. Its retention is good, and it whips some lacing around the glass. The aroma has toasted grain, a dash of caramel, a kiss of toffee, and a little mustiness.
A malt forward beer, this amber lager is like a lighter Oktoberfesbier. That Munich malt creates a sweet base and allows snaps of grass and zests of hops to stick to its base. It's a medium bodied beer with a modest spring of carbonation.
Solid as a rock. Considering that it is an import, I was surprised the pint was just $1.99.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 03:42:48 | More by DoubleJ
3.41/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Into a pint glass and a pilsener glass (not much different in either one).
A: somewhat clear amber/red colored body, one finger white foamy head that dies within about a minute and leaves some super light cling lacing
S: nutty caramel malts in front
T: mainly sweet through the malts, slightly nutty aftertaste, quick dry finish
M: sits about a medium on the body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is smooth and ends up rolling nicely around the tongue and mouth
O: nothing spectacular, but nothing bad, worthy of coming back and probably even better with food
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 23:18:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Had this on tap at Jack Astor's.
Nice looking reddish amber body but no head, not sure if that's due to the pour or the beer itself. Caramel sweetness mixed with a strong malty nuttiness. Flavor isn't actually bad and a decent choice among BMC lagers.
Serving type: on-tap
03-31-2014 11:06:21 | More by papat444
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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