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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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478 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Subliminal64
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great colour. A little darker then "normal" beers.

Lots of carbonation. Some want it, others don't.

Fairly strong taste, very hoppy. Although the smell is not as strong.

Has won multiple awards and it shows.

Well worth a look. Don't let the basic can art discourage you.



Photo of JMScowcroft
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop City Brewing Co. - Barking Squirrel Lager, poured into a stein glass.

Look - Pours a clear deep amber with a massive soapy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Sweet and caramel malts in the face, hmm.. Not the kind of amber qualities I look for, to say the least, but it's not unbearably bad. Lager yeasts provide that familiar bite in the aroma here.

Taste - OK, at least there is a definite lager body here, not overly sweet but there is some cloying in the finish, most likely from the malts used.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, dry, and drinkable. No booziness. Light bodied. Low carbonation. Good job here.

Overall - Interesting style fusion, not sure how I feel bout it but it's nice to see more attempts at quality lagers striving for some differentiation in an ale-crowded market. I kinda sorta call BS on the hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a slight redish/amber tint to it, as expected, with strong carbonation and nicehead retention. Aroma is mostly of caramel malts, with a hint of sugar and a slight metallic note.
It's pretty smooth and tasty, with a fair amount of the crystal malts, and a slight bite of hops balancing it all out. Pretty drinkable. Not bad, and it's not what I usually expect out of a lager. I'd probably drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.