Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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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 378 ratings.