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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

454 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 55 | 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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5/5  rDev +45.3%

Erin17, Jul 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

THEGENERALISMO, Dec 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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, Nov 22, 2012
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4.95/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a middle-atlantic resident, when I ask for a lager I get a Yuengling, but I wish I got a Hop City Barking Squirrel instead (this is close to a sin for a guy who lives close to PHL!). Love the dark brown color and pleasant hint of caramel oders of this beer. A definite must have for any fan of lager. My favorite part of the beer is the smooth robust finish. This is a must add to the list for any beer drinker. I've never heard of Hop City before and now I look forward to the next beer release from them (at least one that reaches Delaware!).

DNew15, Oct 13, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is poured you notice the burnt amber color right away. The head on the beer has great retention that remains throughout the entire drinking time. The smell has a great smell of malt, hops and a hint of sweet. The taste is a little hoppy but nothing to overpowering. The malt flavor lets a fantastic smoothness to the beer with some chocolate hints that set this over the top. The beer finishes very clean and leaves you ready for another taste. I was very impressed with this lager. I had this beer on a trip to Toronto and am very excited to see it now available in US!

Tybo, Sep 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Very easy drinking --- great season beer.

USBBeerGuy, Oct 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Tyler_V2, Oct 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barking Squirrel is a great amber lager from Ontario. It has an awesome rich burnt orange/ amber color with an incredible head. The two row malt they use allows the beer to keep its perfect head throughout the entire beer which I can very much appreciate. It uses three of the four noble hops so I can appreciate that as well since it really amps up the flavor of the amber lager. It sits at 24 BU's so it has a nice little kick but goes down so nicely. It has a full mouth and it has a nice roasted aroma. The mouth has a nice roasted caramel flavor with a medium body and a bit of tartness. I loved this beer.

Ipetitt, Sep 17, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is a delicious pint. I love the caramel malts in this, and the European Hops give it a nice blend. The colour is rich and vibrant for an amber lager; it is very appealing to the eye. The taste gets better with each sip and the aftertase is quite nice.

robinson1056, Sep 26, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the taste of this amber lager. It was full and robust, and had a slight hop after-taste but nothing too overwhelming. I really love the Squirrel character, and have seen him altered to meet the needs of several establishments. That's a really classy niche to be in. I just love the colour, the aroma, and the unique squirrel icon. The can is a great substitute for draught!

Mholyome, Sep 11, 2012
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4.52/5  rDev +31.4%

crazyozzie, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

reitzbrewing, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

CMM, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Matt2422, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

krykel, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

It's Good ya'all...

Kari-D, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

wrightst, Aug 10, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - This beer pours a dark honey colour with a nice creamy head. Beautiful lacing remains .

Smell - A nice mild scent of Hops and malt nothing to overpowering.

Taste - Crisp with a nice amount of bitter, Mild to Medium hops makes this very enjoyable and not over the top.

Mouthfeel - The beer has a nice full bodied creamy mouthfeel and great carbonation.

Overall - A great beer, just the right amount of bitter hops as not to be over the top.

Top_Jimmy, Feb 22, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Green Turtle in Aberdeen, MD.

A complex amber lager with a roasted, caramel flavor and medium bitterness. A slight Hop aftertaste and medium body. A roasted type aroma kind of earthy. The head was very white and the color was copper/orange.

Great with the amzing burgers that were served!A sessionable craft with the coolest tap marker; a Squirrel holding a Hop Cone!

TBone2, Sep 22, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise...a larger with real legs.

I would typically recommend it to those seeking out a more flavorful beer that can stand on its own vs. accompanying food. Two cans in and I found I wasn't hungry!

Looking forward to seeing other brands from them.

DaveGold, Nov 26, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nicely balanced brew! It served as a great companion with meals comoposed of comfort foods (e.g. roast beef, barbeque pork, etc.), while also being easy to quaff on its own. I'd be curious to know how it earned its name, since I've yet to try it with any squirrel meat ;)

Scooby-Brew, Sep 20, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first I questioned the appearance of can but after trying Barking Squirrel I enjoyed it as it was a beer that went down smooth. I find that some beers drink heavy and leave you feeling bloated, with Barking Squiirel I did not experience that. I found it to be similar to Creemore, another beer that I enjoy.

LDOBSON, Nov 21, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Malty interpretation of a amber lager. Really great beer for fall; competes well with 'Oktoberfest' craft beers. Easy drinking lager, with a great amber hue. Sesionability is high, demands more than one beer! Pair with roasted chicken and spicy stir fry.

phdoig, Sep 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer while recently in Toronto. A good clear, burnt orange color with a creamy two-finger head and nice retention throughout. I sensed roasted malts, floral hops and a light citrus in the aroma. The taste was satisfying, a caramel sweetness in the malts and a nice hop finish with a medium to light bitterness. While I generally lean to beers with a stronger hop characteristic, they seemed to be in the right balance here.

Overall, a very good amber lager that I would buy again. Looking forward to its arrival in the US, anxious to try Barking squirrel with a big fat T-bone steak!

SpeedwayGuy, Sep 21, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This is a great beer. Pours a rich amber-orange to a thick creamy foam. Scent is spice, autumn and hops. Taste is complex- citrus, spices, oranges, syrup or molasses...and more. Mouthfeel is just right and it leaves just the right amount of hoppy aftertaste. Overall a great beer worth more attention.

TAMU99, Oct 02, 2013
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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.