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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Barking Squirrel LagerBarking Squirrel Lager

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-25-2014 03:17:18 | More by CRObighit2
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-18-2014 08:32:50 | More by DreamDeath
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Magibeg

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-17-2014 20:46:53 | More by Magibeg
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Kerne

Florida

3/5  rDev -12.5%

05-16-2014 21:37:45 | More by Kerne
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Coronaeus

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-15-2014 18:33:12 | More by Coronaeus
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-13-2014 01:35:03 | More by Socialiste
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

05-11-2014 20:01:39 | More by sanitarium16
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-07-2014 04:38:23 | More by AugustusRex
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Valentno7

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-04-2014 22:36:12 | More by Valentno7
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metter98

New York

3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill, Toms River, NJ

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose—caramel malt extracts seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by flavors of caramel malt extracts. No hops are perceptible, although there are enough hops to subdue most of the sweetness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink but doesn’t have much in the way of dominant flavors. It would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 17:58:58 | More by metter98
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tpacek

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-30-2014 21:03:57 | More by tpacek
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-30-2014 12:27:42 | More by Azpittil57
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Belittle

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.7%

04-29-2014 16:26:56 | More by Belittle
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Brody1714

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-29-2014 08:52:56 | More by Brody1714
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patre_tim

China

3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper filtered colour with a 4 finger slight brown colour foamy head. Good carbonation.

S: Malt, childrens’ aspirin, vitamin c orange flavoured tablet, some citrus hop.

T: Malt, dark Munich dunkel type malt, some slightly sour asprin or vitamin c tablet taste, then a yeasty pleasant aftertaste. Nicely balanced, a little weird but good.

M: Bready, slightly thick body, low to medium low carbonation.

O: Good, nice, dunno what els to say. Had better ambers (Gaelic ale) had worse ambers (Fat Tire). I will give this 7.9 out of 10. Would go well with all you’d have a regular lager with, but its got some darker stronger qualities that could stand up to some whole wheat multigrain breads.

Serving type: can

04-25-2014 03:18:31 | More by patre_tim
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice amber, towards golden, color, topped with a decent slightly off-white head with decent retention.
There is a very nice malty aroma complemented by some nice caramel and biscuity smell.
The taste is pleasantly sweet at first, slightly roasted in the body, together with some caramel feel. Finishes with a nice bitterness.
Easily drinkable, smooth and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 19:07:34 | More by MarkoNm
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -41.7%

04-23-2014 05:20:35 | More by Beerlover
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Pacioli1445

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-19-2014 00:24:54 | More by Pacioli1445
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Joebraggot

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-18-2014 01:54:58 | More by Joebraggot
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kerry4porters

Arizona

2/5  rDev -41.7%

04-14-2014 22:22:39 | More by kerry4porters
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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DoubleJ

California

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-13-2014 02:37:41 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Will12

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-11-2014 16:09:43 | More by Will12
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

04-10-2014 22:57:56 | More by hunterjames
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
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