Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.
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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
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
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.