Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 88 | 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:
Beer added by: Viggo on 11-16-2009

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
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Ratings: 515 | Reviews: 133
Photo of user785335
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prefer ales, but this was a very nice lager. Very drinkable.

Photo of BellsFan
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't get the subtle hop aroma or flavor.

Photo of EChamp06
4.94/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer! One of my favourites!

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy amber color with some wild activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of caramel, grains, nuts, citrus, floral and herbal spices. Nice butter and bread nose. Well balanced flavors between sweet toffee and sharp lemon. Slightly grassy and earthy.

Slick medium body with champagne like carbonation. Well intensified and moderately long finish, ending with a slightly bitter, while fresh, hoppy saaz with a sweet grassy feel.

Overall a solid craft with balanced, refreshing, and pleasant flavors that are accessible.

Photo of Tcoops
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good beer to have if you want to just chill and have a few without getting too tipsy. It is smooth and a little sweet. I would recommend this to a friend.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Squirrels can get downright mean at times, man... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, mild greens (tending toward some decent dankness), and caramel. The taste holds notes of bread, very light candied orange peel, watered-down caramel, and a touch of walnut. There's a kind of kvass character kicking around here (the usual supermarket kind, not the overtly traditional kind, mind you). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, while not bad, this beer really didn't do anything for me. The nuttiness seemed out of place, and the rest of the flavors never fully coalesce into any cohesive expression of anything.

Photo of Skav
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice caramel hint, solid Amber

Photo of Bunman3
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This really does not do much for me. There are so many other lagers in this style that look, smell and taste much better. I find Barking Squirrel to be a bit thin, metallic, and off-putting. It's far from the worst beer I've tried, but it seems like it is trying too hard to be craft brew.

Photo of kevinlater
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic pint. "A21512 10:58" printed on the bottom of the can. i'm guessing that has something to do with january. served to myself on april 8, 2015

a: transparent copper/burnt orange with three fingers of fluffy off-white head

s: sweet biscuity caramel, grains, raisins, with grassy, herbal, tea-like hops. slight metallic note

t: follows the nose, including the metallic note. tasty though. good bitterness at the end

m: light but not watery with medium carbonation. perfect for the style

o: an unspectacular but still solid amber lager

Photo of PorterPro125
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 16 oz. Draught

Bought at The River Restaurant in Woodstock, New Brunswick.

A- Dark orange/copper pour with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head. Slight lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet caramel and malt upfront that is contrasted nicely with a soft hop bitterness. Hops are not overpowering and pretty minuscule compared to the lagery sweetness.

T- Malt, caramel, a bit of grassy notes and some soft, earth hops to finish off.

M- Medium Body and medium-high carbonation. Not overly aggressive but plenty of bubbles to go around.

O- Great lager to sip on while munching on a steak. Typical lager sweetness (without the corny notes of an adjunct) nicely balanced with a bit of hops. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of SSS
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

S-Typical lager aroma, sweet and light
A-Dark orange, clear appearance with an off white head that lingers for a while
T-Sweet subtle flavour, clean and smooth. There is a corn type aftertaste that is apparent, and somewhat generic
M-Light to moderate carbonation which is really nice and add to the smoothness.
O-Very drinkable pub type brew. Nice on a hot day after cutting the lawn.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft, tried while in Ottawa.
Pours clear, dark orange-brown with a thin, tan head. Foam settles to a floating cap, thin spider web of lace.
Smell is pretty average, malt grain, caramel.
Taste is much the same, toast grain, a bit of grassy, earthy hoppiness at the end.
This beer has an average level of carbonation, slightly crisp mouth feel, not too heavy, easy to drink.
Overall, this is a decent beer, slightly above average, drinkable.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This one pours a hazy dark amber/coppery color that appears to be finely carbonated at least at the bottom of the glass, before the bubbles rapidly start rising in an aggressive manner. The head starts out about a half finger thick before dissipating into a cloud like patch. Lacing is alright too, with a lot of foam clinging to the glass, before most of it slides back into the liquid itself. Good overall!

S- Very nice balance of aromas between sweet and bittering hops. Caramel/toffee is upfront, along with clean, yet distinct malt sweetness. The finish has some bitterness but it doesn't overpower.

T- Great tasting lager overall! Well balanced flavors that range between grainy barley, to toasted sweet caramel like malts, a touch of baking spice, and hints of buttery fresh bread, finishing with just the right amount of cleansing leafy, oily hop cone! I'm quite impressed with the richness of the flavors here!

M/O- This is an incredibly drinkable beer! Solid medium body and plenty of carbonation that while not palate scrubbing, is quite cleansing and allows the flavors to burst nicely on the palate. I could quite easily enjoy several of these brews throughout an's an ideal example of what a good amber lager should be and will seek this out in the future!

Photo of brettbito
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a quite refreshing lager. Very drinkable, hops were not overpowering.

Photo of Logan12321
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great look, pours nicely leaving a 1/4" head on the top for around a minute. Good smell, the taste doesn't really pop out until the end, there's a nic finish to it. Very easy to drink, refreshing, when served cold.

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mighty fine beer, I can get into it.

Photo of Sathanas
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty dark amber beer with a roasty, toffe like and slightly hoppy taste.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed this Hop City offering. Would have no problem having this as a regular beer.

Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops and caramel malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Nice session brew.

Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%

Nose: initially some graham cracker and hop spice joined by rich malt and grain aromas. Pours brilliant chestnut tinted dark amber to burnt umber under a 1” frothy off-white foam cap that produces clingy lace. A big malt palate hints of movie theater popcorn butter that is quickly replaced by malt and grain spiciness with traces of anise and a light tart touch. After a few sips the popcorn butter becomes more toffee-like. It drinks very creamy and satiating with medium carbonation.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

In the wide world of lagers most are of the same ilk, very refreshing to see lagers of another color. Barking Squirrel is an interesting beast, on one side it retains all of the true lager qualities but the other side shows some rawness but stays clean. Another factor that makes this a good thing is that the brand is owned by Moosehead Brewery which is independently own. Oh yeah, we almost forgot … tallboy cans rule.

STYLE: American Amber Lager
ABV: 5.0%

LOOK: Clear copper hue, head shows off

SMELL: Biscuity, husky, clean, spicy woody hop, leather, faint caramel

TASTE: Very biscuity, clean, moderate sized body, light hop character, dried grass, toasty, mildly citrus, walnuts, very dry finish

Photo of USBBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

Very easy drinking --- great season beer.

Photo of Tyler_V2
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty with a caramel taste. Not uncommon for an amber lager, but it's definitely done right in this brew.

Photo of Kari-D
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

It's Good ya'all...

Photo of Samp01
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark burnt orange amber with a medium lasting beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted malt and grains, grass, yeast and fruity notes mild hops bitterness. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a nice toasted malt grains flavor, fruity with mild bitterness, some nutty lingering flavors on the end. A fairly good tasting and refreshing brew.

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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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