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Barking Squirrel Lager - Hop City Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | 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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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-20-2013 01:40:22 | More by sbarre
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Matt2422


4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

01-19-2013 00:57:13 | More by Matt2422
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cbutova

Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes last night. Random grab while in Philly.

A- Dark amber pour with a small fizzy white head. Retention of the cap is fairly poor and a tiny ring leaves just a few spots of lace. Ends up looking like a juice with just enough lace to save it from being abysmal.

S- Has a slight adjunct lager feel to it. I just think there isn't enough going on to really make it interesting besides a bit of lager yeast hints, light fruits and herbal hops.

T- A bit more satisfying here. Yeast bread, apple light fruits and buttery lager yeast. Some cracked grains and sweets from the malts. Hops are mostly herbal but spicy and grassy as well.

MF- Creamy light end body with a fair hop bitterness. Smooth moderate amount of carbonation.

Average lager with just enough hops and malts to keep it out of a very bad category of beers.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 03:51:08 | More by cbutova
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass revealed a darker rusty copper looking color, yielding an off white 1” head with a semi aggressive pour. The head reduced to a thin ring rather quickly. Respectable lacing for a lager.

Smell: Not much going on with the nose. A swirling of the glass gets me a lightly sweet caramel malt with a hint of bread and hay.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. A mild sweetness shoots across the tongue with a light caramel bready maltiness. Light on the hops, but surprisingly pleasant from start to finish. The lightly sweet malts surely dominate this beer. Any hint of hops decided to sit this one out.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is right on to allow the mild flavors to blend. An easy drinking crisp and clean light to moderate body lager.

Overall: Nothing really jumps out with this lager, but I did find it to be an easy drinking potential session beer. This is probably a step up from your generic lagers. With that said, I don’t see myself running out to grab another 6-pack of this. Dollar for dollar, Yuengling Lager has proven to be the staple in one of my three taps at the basement bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:01:52 | More by cmq103
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-13-2013 04:51:25 | More by firstlighthiker
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-12-2013 23:35:02 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber colour with two fingers of foamy head.

Smell - Bready/biscuity malts, touch of leafy hops, hint of grains.

Taste - Dominated by the bready and biscuity malts. There is a touch of the hops at the end, but quite minimal.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A crisp, refreshing amber/red lager. For me, it is a little malt heavy and I'd like to see the hops play a slightly stronger role. Pretty easy-drinking.

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 04:18:40 | More by leaddog
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-11-2013 02:38:30 | More by rab53
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The squirrels are definitely barking at The CANQuest (TM) today. My neighbor had this as a single the other day and I am in a lager mood. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Craft with attitude."; Welcome to HOP CITY, where we brew beer with equal parts flavor, complexity & sessionability. BARKING SQUIRREL LAGER is a 5% ABV, 24 IBU amber lager brewed with a blend of Hallertau Mittelfrueh & Saaz hops, perfectly balanced by [CAN]adian Pale 2 Row, Crystal & Munich malts. Mmmm.

The Crack & Glug was a pleasure, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see through walls and into the neighbor's kitchen where the cat was asleep on the counter. Nose was heavy with a biscuit malt scent. Mouthfeel was full, especially for a lager and the biscuit taste continued on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry with a lingering taste of bread or biscuit well after the swallow. More lagers like this are needed!

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 22:52:51 | More by woodychandler
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasant and rich. Pours deep and amber with plenty of carbonation. Subtle, unexceptional lager nose. Balanced body defined by rich malt and hints of sugar, with traces of biting hops that combine to leave a pleasant aftertaste. Big challenging taste for that doesn't overpower. More IPA than lager.

Serving type: can

01-04-2013 16:45:42 | More by HATS4BATS
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Yoozeo

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-03-2013 20:35:07 | More by Yoozeo
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-01-2013 23:40:57 | More by MylesMac
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sludgy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-01-2013 20:17:56 | More by sludgy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking clear amber color with a white head on top. Th lacing was impressive looking as well as the thin retention it had. The smell of the beer is grainy and sweet smelling with a bit of earth in there too. The taste of the beer is malty, with some musty flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and had a soft carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good brew, not one I would seek out often but still a sessionable brew that could be enjoyed frequently.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:34:02 | More by Knapp85
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Stobin

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-31-2012 00:33:59 | More by Stobin
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

12-30-2012 23:38:52 | More by notdriving
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-25-2012 20:21:48 | More by Lee_Hancock
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RyGlas


4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

12-25-2012 16:05:57 | More by RyGlas
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undeadozzy

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured vigorously from the can. Looks awesome! So much head and no bubbly soda look. Looks great so far! Deep amber color is making my mouth water already.

S - And here we go! Sniffing...smelling...not getting anything? Wow, I don't know if it was a bad can or something, but it doesn't really smell like anything...

T - Beautiful taste for a beer I thought was gonna be bad because it was only $6.99! Has a rich amber lager taste with a nice hoppy bite! The hops! Pretty intense for a beer that's relatively far away from IPAs on the beer scale.

M - Smooth and velvety. The head adds great texture to it, but other than that, just kinda average.

O - Not bad! Very good beer for the money! Can't wait to see what Hop City has up its sleeve next!

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 02:37:08 | More by undeadozzy
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drperry11

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-16-2012 04:33:13 | More by drperry11
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eddie_g

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second review, and as with my first, bare with me. I don't reach for a lager when I want a good brew, but tonight when I asked the bartender for something different, he handed me this tall 16 ounce can. I poured the beer into my glass, and an average pour produced about two inches of thick white head. The color was a bit darker than an average lager and allowed less light through. The beer gives off a typical lager aroma - a metallic hoppy smell. The taste is what sets this drink apart. For a lager, I found the flavor sweet, starting with a toffee taste and migrating to a typical lager blend of malt and hops. That initial rush of sweet toffee really drew my attention, however. The body was also nice. I found the mouth feel to be a bit thicker than the average style - still light bit teetering on medium bodied. Overall, if I ever find myself with a hankering for a lager, this beer would absolutely do the trick. It doesn't rewrite the style. Rather, Barking Squirrel Lager serves as a nice edition in any lager lover's library.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 04:05:24 | More by eddie_g
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jagada

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-13-2012 16:56:04 | More by jagada
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-10-2012 13:00:02 | More by Travcofarms
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-08-2012 22:17:52 | More by jpd7374
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THEGENERALISMO

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +45.8%

12-03-2012 23:08:27 | More by THEGENERALISMO
Barking Squirrel Lager from Hop City Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.